A family history shows Isaac as the 11th child of Isham Burnett and his first wife Sarah (Mayo) Burnett and born in Wayne County, Kentucky. The children of Isaac and Mary (Dodson) Burnett are listed as: James Mayo Burnett, born in Kentucky; Jemima Dodson Burnett, born in Hendricks County, Indiana; Ruth Ann Burnett; Frances ("Fanny") Jane Burnett, never married; Elizabeth Canada/Kanada Burnett, never married; Mary Serilda Burnett, died at age 27 unmarried; Martha Ellen Burnett, never married (in 1936 she lived in Danville, Indiana); Isaac Burnett, Jr. born at Lizton, married Alice Glover Taylor.
The 1850 Census shows Isaac Burnett living in Middle Township (the land later making up Union Township was still part of Middle in 1850). He was 39 years old and shown as born in Kentucky. His family included wife Mary (age 37), son James (age 18) and daughters Jemima (age 16), Ruth Ann (age 10), Anna J. (age 8), Elizabeth (age 6), Nancy M. (age 4) and Eliza M. (age 2).
Issac Burnett is listed as one of the voters from Union Township in the 1852 Presidential election.
The 1860 Census shows Isaac (age 49) living in Union Township with wife Polly (age 46), son Isaac (age 4) and daughters Jemima (age 25), Ruth A. (age 19), Fanney T. (age 17), Elizabeth (age 14), Polly Z. (age 9) and Martha E. (age 6).
The 1870 Census shows Isaac (age 59) living in Union Township with Jane (age 25), Elizabeth (age 23), Serilda (age 19), Ellen (age 17) and an Isaac Burnett (age 35).
from page 115 of the book "So Brief a Frontier" by Don and Ruth Hall: "...And later there was Isaac Burnett's mill dam. In the 1860's, Burnett (pronounced BURN-it) owned land which extended three quarters of a mile along the stream (the East Fork of Big Walnut). Almost directly east of the little grave yard (now the Cundiff Cemetery) on the William Leak place, Burnett built a dam and channeled the stream into a milll race which powered a saw that cut lumber. It was a water-driven version of what was called a sash saw: a straight-bladed saw that operated with an up-and-down motion. The first boards settlers had to build with were cut with sash saws powered by two men -- one stood on top of the log or frame and the other stood beneath, and caught all the sawdust. Burnett's mill, the first in the community, sawed logs lengthwise, but because of its design it couldn't cut through the last five or six inches of the log. The mill, perhaps in operation in the 1850's and 1860's, would have prevented any major work on deepening the creek."
from page 147 of the same book: "(Around the 1870's,) Isaac Burnett abandoned his low-capacity, water-powered sawmill on the creek and bought a steam mill that had been operating in New Elizabeth (later Lizton) since soon after the town was platted in 1851. It was the same sort of saw mill -- a "sash" mill with a long, straight saw blade moving up and down inside a frame or sash as logs are moved through on a wooden sled -- but it wasn't dependent on the flow of water in the creek. The operation was expanded to include the milling of corn and eventually Burnett could mill wheat into flour, too. This mill, a short distance north of the State Road (now US 136) opposite the schoolhouse and the old church, probably was the first industry in New Elizabeth....The mill provided a market for some local timber. Previously, what hadn't been used for barns or houses or what wasn't split into rails for fences was simply burned. Burnett, however, paid $1 a tree for tulip, ash and walnut."
Isham Richard Burnett (1766 - 1856)
Sarah Mayo Burnett (1768 - 1819)
Mary R. Dodson Burnett (1813 - 1862)
James M. Burnett (1833 - 1908)*
Ruth Ann Burnett Leak (1840 - 1923)*
Jane Burnett (1843 - 1915)*
Elizabeth Burnett (1845 - 1917)*
Nancy M. Burnett (1847 - 1856)*
Eliza M. Burnett (1849 - 1852)*
Mary Serilda Burnett (1851 - 1877)*
Ellen Burnett (1853 - 1939)*
Isaac Burnett (1855 - 1925)*
Maintained by: David Smith
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Record added: Mar 02, 2004
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