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Rev Glen Owen Burnett

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Rev Glen Owen Burnett

Birth
Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death
7 Jul 1886 (aged 76)
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
Burial
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA GPS-Latitude: 38.4564504, Longitude: -122.7062548
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Parents: George and Dorothy (HARDEMAN) BURNETT.
Husband of Sarah M. (ROGERS) BURNETT.

Glen Owen Burnett was among the first wave of Gospel preachers coming over the Oregon Trail, although the first saints arrived in the Great Migration of 1843. While John Burris Smith was coming up the Applegate Trail from the south, Glen was bringing his family over the usual Oregon Trail through The Dalles. Another preacher in the wagon train of 1846 was Dr. James McBride and his family - old friends from Missouri.

It might help the memory to be aware that Glen's brother Peter had come to Oregon as the wagon master of the 1843 train, then moved on to California where he became the first governor. He had been converted to the ancient gospel in Missouri, but embraced Catholicism while in Oregon. Dr. John McLoughlin became his god-father.


Glen Owen Burnett

Glen Owen Burnett married Sarah Rogers (Peter had married her sister) and they had 11-year-old Horace and four-year-old Peter Rogers Burnett and five other children as they traveled the Oregon Trail. Eventually there were 11 Burnett children. Glen was 37 and Sarah was 28 on the trip. They were pioneering untouched land at the northern edge of present day Polk County, a few miles north and west of Salem. Like other married settlers, he was able to claim 640 acres or one square mile of grass and timber. Looking on a map, the land was about two miles east of present-day McCoy on Highway 99W.

Burnett organized the Bethel Church which flourished due largely to his strong, yet reverent and tender appeal and his scathing denunciation of sin. Burnett chose the name "Bethel" because it was the name of the last church he had served in Missouri, a town north of Jefferson City, Missouri on State Route 15. It must have been a pleasant ministry. He gave the name "Bethel Hills" to the heights north and east of Bethel, Oregon. The name is still in use. In 1846, the nearest U.S. Post Office was Weston, Missouri. These pioneers were isolated!

Glen Burnett immediately became a circuit-riding preacher. Perhaps at first, he was a circuit-walking preacher. He preached in a school house at Rickreall, several miles to the south of his property. He preached in many developing villages, primarily in Polk County. After arriving in the fall of 1846, he walked north into Yamhill County, fording the Yamhill River at Elbridge Edson's place. His aim was to join Dr. James McBride on a preaching tour that would take them to the home of John Foster, another preacher- farmer near present-day Carver, in Clackamas County.

Absalom Hembree (pioneer of 1843), a Christian farmer in Yamhill County, showed his support for both the Lord's cause and Glen Burnett by providing a horse for the rest of the journey to John Foster's home near the end of the Oregon Trail. While there, the two preachers met old friends from Missouri who became part of the developing church at Carver. (John Foster must be distinguished from Philip Foster of Barlow Road fame.)

The Harveys and the Burnetts shared a dream of building a Christian College in the newly opened Oregon Territory. Each donated a portion of their land to the project and the new town of Bethel was platted. They financed Bethel College by selling homesites at $100 for 2.25 acres each. This was about 10 times the going price for land outside of town

The college came into being, and most of the work of raising the structure was done in a single day by a huge crew that came from all over central Oregon. W. L. Adams had advertised the event in his Oregon Argus newspaper. That was July 4, 1855. The Harveys and the Burnetts had reached Oregon in 1845 and 1846 respectively. By the end of a decade, they had a school for grades one through high school and had launched a Christian College, all at Bethel.

In 1855 the first store at Bethel was constructed. The town flourished with blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, wagon shop, and a general store. One of the stores was opened by John D. Kelty after he married Sarah, daughter of Amos and Jane Harvey.

The College closed in a few years and merged with the new - and better financed - college at Monmouth. The building was eventually dismantled.

When it is possible, I take my history classes at Northwest College of the Bible to the site of Bethel and we have prayer at the monument that commemorates the College. We pray that God will give us the kind of vision that these men had for proclaiming the gospel of the Lord in the Northwest.

Glen Owen Burnett is a name inseparably linked with the opening days of Gospel preaching in Oregon. God used his vision, his hard work and the sacrifices of Sarah and the children, for progress of the church in the Polk-Yamhill area.

In the Fall of 1861 the Burnett family moved to California so Peter R. could attend the new college that was opening at Woodland. While Peter R. returned to Oregon and married, Glen Burnett stayed in California.

The family lived and worked in California for the final 29 years of Glen Owen Burnett's earthly sojourn.

From: Circuit Riding Oregon Preacher, Charles Dailey - 1998, Revision 1.

http://ncbible.org/nwh/ProBurnett.htmlNative of Tennessee
Parents: George and Dorothy (HARDEMAN) BURNETT.
Husband of Sarah M. (ROGERS) BURNETT.

Glen Owen Burnett was among the first wave of Gospel preachers coming over the Oregon Trail, although the first saints arrived in the Great Migration of 1843. While John Burris Smith was coming up the Applegate Trail from the south, Glen was bringing his family over the usual Oregon Trail through The Dalles. Another preacher in the wagon train of 1846 was Dr. James McBride and his family - old friends from Missouri.

It might help the memory to be aware that Glen's brother Peter had come to Oregon as the wagon master of the 1843 train, then moved on to California where he became the first governor. He had been converted to the ancient gospel in Missouri, but embraced Catholicism while in Oregon. Dr. John McLoughlin became his god-father.


Glen Owen Burnett

Glen Owen Burnett married Sarah Rogers (Peter had married her sister) and they had 11-year-old Horace and four-year-old Peter Rogers Burnett and five other children as they traveled the Oregon Trail. Eventually there were 11 Burnett children. Glen was 37 and Sarah was 28 on the trip. They were pioneering untouched land at the northern edge of present day Polk County, a few miles north and west of Salem. Like other married settlers, he was able to claim 640 acres or one square mile of grass and timber. Looking on a map, the land was about two miles east of present-day McCoy on Highway 99W.

Burnett organized the Bethel Church which flourished due largely to his strong, yet reverent and tender appeal and his scathing denunciation of sin. Burnett chose the name "Bethel" because it was the name of the last church he had served in Missouri, a town north of Jefferson City, Missouri on State Route 15. It must have been a pleasant ministry. He gave the name "Bethel Hills" to the heights north and east of Bethel, Oregon. The name is still in use. In 1846, the nearest U.S. Post Office was Weston, Missouri. These pioneers were isolated!

Glen Burnett immediately became a circuit-riding preacher. Perhaps at first, he was a circuit-walking preacher. He preached in a school house at Rickreall, several miles to the south of his property. He preached in many developing villages, primarily in Polk County. After arriving in the fall of 1846, he walked north into Yamhill County, fording the Yamhill River at Elbridge Edson's place. His aim was to join Dr. James McBride on a preaching tour that would take them to the home of John Foster, another preacher- farmer near present-day Carver, in Clackamas County.

Absalom Hembree (pioneer of 1843), a Christian farmer in Yamhill County, showed his support for both the Lord's cause and Glen Burnett by providing a horse for the rest of the journey to John Foster's home near the end of the Oregon Trail. While there, the two preachers met old friends from Missouri who became part of the developing church at Carver. (John Foster must be distinguished from Philip Foster of Barlow Road fame.)

The Harveys and the Burnetts shared a dream of building a Christian College in the newly opened Oregon Territory. Each donated a portion of their land to the project and the new town of Bethel was platted. They financed Bethel College by selling homesites at $100 for 2.25 acres each. This was about 10 times the going price for land outside of town

The college came into being, and most of the work of raising the structure was done in a single day by a huge crew that came from all over central Oregon. W. L. Adams had advertised the event in his Oregon Argus newspaper. That was July 4, 1855. The Harveys and the Burnetts had reached Oregon in 1845 and 1846 respectively. By the end of a decade, they had a school for grades one through high school and had launched a Christian College, all at Bethel.

In 1855 the first store at Bethel was constructed. The town flourished with blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, wagon shop, and a general store. One of the stores was opened by John D. Kelty after he married Sarah, daughter of Amos and Jane Harvey.

The College closed in a few years and merged with the new - and better financed - college at Monmouth. The building was eventually dismantled.

When it is possible, I take my history classes at Northwest College of the Bible to the site of Bethel and we have prayer at the monument that commemorates the College. We pray that God will give us the kind of vision that these men had for proclaiming the gospel of the Lord in the Northwest.

Glen Owen Burnett is a name inseparably linked with the opening days of Gospel preaching in Oregon. God used his vision, his hard work and the sacrifices of Sarah and the children, for progress of the church in the Polk-Yamhill area.

In the Fall of 1861 the Burnett family moved to California so Peter R. could attend the new college that was opening at Woodland. While Peter R. returned to Oregon and married, Glen Burnett stayed in California.

The family lived and worked in California for the final 29 years of Glen Owen Burnett's earthly sojourn.

From: Circuit Riding Oregon Preacher, Charles Dailey - 1998, Revision 1.

http://ncbible.org/nwh/ProBurnett.htmlNative of Tennessee


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35380599/glen_owen-burnett: accessed ), memorial page for Rev Glen Owen Burnett (16 Nov 1809–7 Jul 1886), Find a Grave Memorial ID 35380599, citing Santa Rosa Odd Fellows Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA; Burial Details Unknown; Maintained by Marc Thayer, III (contributor 46542959).