Wednesday, January 14, 2015

52 Ancestors - #18: Prince Albert Burnett

Prince Albert Burnett
Prince Albert Burnette, son of Thomas Terrell Burnette and Elizabeth Jones, was born on November 2, 1903 in Walton County, Georgia. He was the 7th child of 13—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.

On June 28, 1910, six year old Prince lived with his family in Greene County, Georgia. The enumerator recorded him as Price.

By February 13, 1920, Prince and his family had moved to the Walker District of Greene County. The enumerator got his name wrong again, spelling it as Prence. Prince had not attended school since September 1, 1919, but was able to read and write. At age 16, he was a laborer on the home farm.
An infant Prince

Prince married Mary Lee Queen, daughter of Lewis Benton Queen and Cornelia Vandora (AKA Dora) Dellinger, in 1923. At the time of their marriage, Prince was 20 and Mary 19 years old.

On April 16, 1930, Prince and Mary lived in the 141st Militia District of Greene County where he rented his home. Prince was a farmer on a general farm.

Prince and Mary only had one child, a daughter they named Kathryn Loretta Burnett who was stillborn on November 4, 1934 in Greene County, Georgia. Kathryn was buried at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Penfield, Greene County.

Kathryn Loretta Burnett's stone
On April 5, 1940, Prince and Mary lived in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia. Three family members lived with them—his mother-in-law Dora Queen, sister-in-law Cora B. Queen, and an aunt, Nora Wilson. Prince was a farmer on genaral farm, working 40 hours a week.

I don’t find a military record for Prince and his death certificate says he never served in the military. I expected to find him in the World War II draft and am curious as to why he didn’t register.

Prince was the owner and operator of an agriculture and cattle farm.

My Daddy remembers his Uncle Prince as the kindest, nicest man you’d ever know.

Prince died of a heart attack on May 15, 1993 at the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital in Greensboro. He was 89 years old. The doctor estimated that the approximate interval between onset and death was 30 minutes. Prince was buried at Greensboro City Cemetery. He lived at 1230 Hanson Road in Greensboro at the time of his death.

I joined Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2014 challenge late so I’m continuing to work toward number 52. However, when I can, I plan to map to her 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 edition which has weekly themes. The theme for week 2 is “King.” While Uncle Prince wasn’t a king and in fact doesn’t have anything to do with royalty, I always smile when I think about “Prince Albert” marrying a “Queen.”


  1. I love that your "Prince" married a Queen! And, what a terrific name to give a son! I couldn't figure out how to work the them in this week, so my 52 Ancestor story is of a minister who was murdered:

  2. I cheated a little on the theme this week but feel I'm close enough ;-)

    Thanks for sending the link to your blog. Don't you just love to find newspaper clippings to verify a long told story!