John Howell Burnett was born 7-8-1830 Greenville, Greene Co., TN and died 6-29-1901 in Houston, Harris Co., TX; the son of Silas Burnett and Malinda Howell. On the 1900 census his wife had died and he was living with his daughter (Ellen) and her husband (James O. Ross) in Harris Co., TX. He is in Galveston, Galveston Co., TX on the 1880 census along with his wife, Kate, son Henry, daughter and husband Helen & James Ross, adopted daughter Lizzie Burnett age 11, daughter Mattie Ross age 5/12. Occupation for the men is Rail Road Contractors. On the 1870 census he and wife and daughter Ellen (9) are in Crockett, TX living close of Wm. M. Beavers age 26 who is a brother to his wife. 1850 census shows him age 21 and wife Catharine A. age 17 in Chattooga County, Summerville Dist., Georgia.


He married Catherine Beavers in 1851 from GA; the Burnett's were originally from GA, too.

Catherine Beavers was born 7-25-1833 GA; died 6-5-1886 Galveston, Galveston Co., TX. She was the daughter of John Beavers (1800-c.1866 Houston Co., TX) and Nancy Hill (1799-1861 Houston Co., TX).


After the brick courthouse in Crockett, TX burned in 1865, a new courthouse of lumber was erected about 1869. It was a large two-story, wooden building, and it was used as a courthouse until it burned in Nov 1882. This wooden structure was built by John H. Burnett.

He is listed on a petition to the Texas Legislature asking for remission of the State Tax levied and collected in Houston County to the county to aid in building the wooden courthouse which was in progress because of a fire in 1865 that entirely consumed the town and courthouse; and in April 1871 the jail and a large portion of the town burned, then on the first day of October the entire portion of Crockett remaining was destroyed. John H. Burnett built that courthouse for about five thousand dollars.

He is listed as Treasurer in the Randolph Lodge #229, F.A.M.

In 1871 he is listed on a committee to solicit funding to build a new Baptist Church in Crockett.

John H. Burnett sold a stock of merchandise to Judge Robert Read for the sum of $5,000.00 in gold and silver that was in a store located on the corner of E. Houston & 7th Street where the Crockett State Bank was located for many years. He was also in business with Judge William Wall after the close of the Civil War.

He had a brother that moved to Houston County. He was Judge James Russell Burnett and in 1864 he published the Crockett Quid Nunc until after the war. Later leaving Houston County moving to Kerr Co., TX. I know one other brother was in Galveston... possibly more in Houston County but I don't have anything more.

1830 born Greene Co., TN
1850 Georgia
1870 Crockett, Houston Co., TX
1871 Committe for funding to build Baptist Church, Crockett.
1880 Galveston, Galveston Co., TX - occupation Railroad Contractor
1900 Living Houston, Harris Co., TX with daughter and s-n-law James & Ellen Ross
1901 died Houston, Harris Co., TX