|Thomas Terrell Burnette family, ca. 1908|
The “e” in Burnette comes and goes. First you see it, and then you don’t. I’ve chosen to use it for Thomas but not for his father, Samuel, based on what was used on their tombstones.
The Burnette family was just getting started when the enumerator came through Covington, Newton County Georgia on July 28, 1870. Thomas, at 11 months old, was just an infant. His big brother John was two. Their father farmed the land while their mother kept house. Thomas’ mother was born in Newton County so it’s no surprise that they lived there.
By June 18, 1880, the family had moved from Newton to Gwinnett County, living in the Harbins District. Thomas was 10 years old.
Thomas married Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Henry Clayborn Jones, Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Tuck, on December 10, 1893 in Walton County, Georgia. Together, they had 13 children—Luther Terrell, Eva Drucilla, Floria Mae, Jesse, twin to Jesse, Willie Loyd, Prince Albert, Claudia (twin), Maudie (twin), Henry T., Eleanor Estelle, Samuel A., and Julia Virginia Burnette.
By February 13, 1920, the family has moved to the Walkers District of Greene County where they would stay. Thomas is still farming on a general farm. Elizabeth is enumerated as Lizzie. Ten children are living in the home. Two years after Henry was born, Elizabeth gave birth to Eleanor, followed by Samuel (enumerated as Sammie), and Julia. As often happens, Thomas’ father, Samuel, 78 years old and widowed, had moved in with his son after the death of his wife. Thomas’ son Luther and his wife Etta Belle lived next door.
|Tom and Lizzie's headstone at Walker United Methodist Church Cemetery|
On April 14, 1930, the family still lived in the Walkers District. Only three of their children are living in the home now—Henry, Sam, and Julia. Everyone in the house is able to read and write. Luther and his family still lived next door and have added two daughters to their family—Hazel and Francis. Thomas is still farming and now has Henry as a helper.
My Daddy remembers Thomas as being a good man and always spoke fondly of him.
The family photo at the beginning of this blog post was taken at a Jones family reunion. Click on the photo to see a larger version.