Jim and Ora Burnett family page 1
 

JAMES WASHINGTON  and ORA ATWOOD (ELLIOTT) BURNETT

by

Sue Terhune (est3739@comcast.net)
Tom Osborne (tlosborne@aol.com)

These pages briefly describe the growth of Jim and Ora's family over the years.  Most of us grandchildren called them Mama and Papa Burnett, so we'll refer to them that way.  Sue has traced the Burnett line back to Thomas Burnett of Aberdeen Scotland in 1574.  For the story of our earliest Burnett ancestors, see Sue's history, The Burnetts Of Scotland.  For a summary of our most recent direct ancestors, see Sue's outline, Our Burnett Kin.

Papa was born in 1876 in Graves County, KY, the seventh child of seven brothers and four sisters, whose father was William Harrison Burnett and mother was Rhoda Jane Garnett Burnett. Both of Papa's parents were from Trigg County, KY.

Mama was born in 1884, also in Graves County, KY, and was the sixth child of five brothers and four sisters, whose father was Addison Josephus Elliott and mother was Nancy Jane "Nannie" Lisenby Elliott.  Both of Mama's parents were from Stewart County, TN

Mama and Papa got married on November 22, 1905 in Mama's home in Lowes, Ballard County, KY.  At the birth of their first son in 1907, they lived in Lovelaceville, McCracken Co., KY.  Then by the time their next child was born, they had moved to Lone Oak, McCracken, Co, KY

Papa Burnetts family taken Feb 13, 1893.  L to R: William Harrison Burnett, father; Rhoda Jane Garnett, mother; Charlie Henry; William "Willie" Sherman; John Cornelias; Susan Mildred; Isasc Thomas; Nannie Leah "Sadie"; James Washington "Papa"; Melissa Agnes; Robert Jackson; Rhoda "Hattie"; and George Oscar.  Eleven children in order of birth.  Papa would be 17 years old.





Papa's mother died in 1925 in Penny's Corner, Graves County, KY. His father lived to be 94 years old and died in 1935, also in Graves County, KY.  This is a copy of William's death certificate. (To see a larger view, click on the picture; use the back button to return.)

The Elliott family, probably in early spring 1910, based on Maries birthdate of 11/3/1909.  Left to right:  1. Rhoda Jane (Garnett) Burnett - mother of James Washington Burnett;   2.Addison Josephus Elliott - father of Ora Atwood (Elliott) Burnett;   3. Unknown woman;   4. Nancy Jane (Lisenby) Elliott - mother of Ora;  5. Unknown;  6. Jenny Isabell (?) Elliott - wife of George Thomas "Tom" Elliott;   7. George Thomas "Tom" Elliott [kneeling] ;  8. "Mama" Ora Atwood (Elliott) Burnett [standing];  9. &10. "Papa" James Washington Burnett [kneeling] holding Marie Atwood Burnett;  11. James Redmond Elliott [standing next to Ora];  12. Orlando Elliott - [in front of James] son of John Lewis Elliott;  13. Addie Homer (Elliott) Harper - wife of Chester Harper;  14, Sybil
Elliott - [in front of Addie] daughter of John Elliott;  15. John Lewis Elliott - husband of Emma Rust;  16. Marvin Winfield Elliott - bachelor;  17. Emma (Rust) Elliott - wife of John Elliott.

 

Addison Josephus Elliott and Nancy Jane Lisenby Elliott.  The date of this photograph is not known, but he looks to be about 50 so it would be about 1896, and she would be 51.


Addison J. and Nancy J. Lisenby Elliott at home in Kevil, McCracken Co., KY.  She died in 1920;  he lived to be 85 and died in 1930.  The date of this picture is not known, but probably about 1915.

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