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Biographies of Western Nebraska

These biographies are of men prominent in the building of western Nebraska. These men settled in Cheyenne, Box Butte, Deuel, Garden, Sioux, Kimball, Morrill, Sheridan, Scotts Bluff, Banner, and Dawes counties. A group of counties often called the panhandle of Nebraska. The History Of Western Nebraska & It’s People is a trustworthy history of the days of exploration and discovery, of the pioneer sacrifices and settlements, of the life and organization of the territory of Nebraska, of the first fifty years of statehood and progress, and of the place Nebraska holds in the scale of character and civilization. In the table below you can find the name of those whom biographies can be found and click on the page number – it will take you directly to their biography. If you wish to access the history portion of the manuscript then it is contained in volumes 1-2, volume 3 being devoted entirely to biographies. Gallery of Western Nebraska’s People 143 full page photographs of families, couples, group photographs, individual people, and homesteads found within the manuscript History of Western Nebraska & It’s People, Volume 3. Volume 1 – History of Western Nebraska Volume 2 – History of Western Nebraska Biographies of Western Nebraska – Volume 3 SurnameGivePageNotes BusheeBerton Kenyon5 GentryBenjamin F.6 DownerAmon R.7 KirkhamValle B.7 LammWilliam H.8 NeeleyRobert G.8 HamptonRodolphus M.9 HardingWilliam Henry11 WesterveltJames P.11 GrimmJoseph L.12 McHenryMatthew H.12 RaymondLewis L.13 LymanWilliam H.14 SimmonsRobert G.14 DenslowLloyd15 PeckhamJohn S.16 PeckhamGeorge B.16 AndersonVictor17M.D. FrenchWilliam F.17 DavisEvan G.18 HanksRobert M.18 LammWilliam19Sr. ProhsOtto J.19 JonesHoward O.20D.D.S. MillerRobert G.20 AtkinsAuburn W.21 BrownWilliam G.22D.D.S. IrelandTed L.22 HamiltonLuther F.23 YoungFrank B.23M. D. ScottFremont24 MaginnisPatrick25 FaughtArthur M.27M....

Descendants of Alexander Bisset Munro of Bristol, Maine

Alexander Bisset Munro was born 25 Dec. 1793 at Inverness, Scotland to Donald and Janet (Bisset) Munro. Alexander left Scotland at the age of 14, and lived in Dimecrana in the West Indies for 18 years. He owned a plantation, raising cotton, coffee and other produce. He brought produce to Boston Massachusetts on the ship of Solomon Dockendorff. To be sure he got his money, Solomon asked his to come home with him, where he met Solomon’s sister, Jane Dockendorff. Alexander went back to the West Indies, sold out, and moved to Round Pond, Maine, and married Jane. They had 14 children: Janet, Alexander, Margaret, Nancy, Jane, Mary, Solomon, Donald, John, William, Bettie, Edmund, Joseph and Lydia.

Slave Narrative of Midge Burnett

Interviewer: Mary A. Hicks Person Interviewed: Midge Burnett Location: 1300 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Age: 80 Plantation Life In Georgia An interview with Midge Burnett, 80 years old, of 1300 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. I wus borned in Georgia eighty years ago, de son of Jim an’ Henretta Burnett an’ de slave of Marse William Joyner. I wurked on de farm durin’ slavery times, among de cotton, corn, an’ sugar cane. De wurk wusn’t so hard an’ we had plenty of time ter have fun an’ ter git inter meanness, dat’s why Marse William had ter have so many patterollers on de place. Marse William had near three hundret slaves an’ he kept seben patterollers ter keep things goin’ eben. De slaves ain’t run away. Naw sir, dey ain’t, dey knows good things when dey sees dem an’ dey ain’t leavin’ dem nother. De only trouble wus dat dey wus crazy ’bout good times an’ dey’d shoot craps er bust. De patterollers ‘ud watch all de paths leadin’ frum de plantation an’ when dey ketched a nigger leavin’ dey whupped him an’ run him home. As I said de patterollers watched all paths, but dar wus a number of little paths what run through de woods dat nobody ain’t watched case dey ain’t knowed dat de paths wus dar. On moonlight nights yo’ could hear a heap of voices an’ when yo’ peep ober de dike dar am a gang of niggers a-shootin’ craps an’ bettin’ eber’thing dey has stold frum de plantation. Sometimes a pretty yaller gal er a fat black gal would be...

Burnett, W.F. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon O.F. Burnett and little son, Douglass, went to La Grande Thursday. Mr. Burnett was called by the death of his father, W.F. Burnett, a civil war veteran. Wallowa County Reporter, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday November 21,...

Burnett, Ruth Loretta Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Long-time Hermiston resident, Ruth Loretta Scott-Burnett, died August 1, 1995, at Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston. She was 88 years of age. She was born on March 16, 1907 in Athena, the daughter of Arthur and Daisy Bryson-Scott. She graduated from the University of Washington and the taught kindergarden and high school in Stanfield and kindergarden in Seneca. On November 13, 1928, she married William Earl Burnett in La Grande. She was a member of the Stanfield Rebekah Lodge, Stanfield Study Club, Stanfield Grange Faith Presbyterian Church, Echo Womens Golf Club, Theta Rho Advisor and a master bridge player. She also played the piano for the Hope and Faith Presbyterian churches. She is survived by her husband, William Earl (Mick) Burnett of Hermiston; daughters, Lora Looman of Bend, Phyllis Whittington of Portland; and son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kathy Burnett of Stanfield; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Kay Martinez. Memorial services were held Saturday, August 5, at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermiston. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, August, 1995 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

Burnett, Verle Leaman – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Verle Leaman Burnett Verle Leaman Burnett, 70, of Hermiston, died May 30 from a heart attack at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Following the service, there will be a gathering for friends and family at Skip Walchli’s farm. Verle was born Oct. 2, 1936, in La Grande to Orval Virgil and Grace Loraine (Thompson) Burnett. Verle attended elementary school at Mount Emily Camp west of La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. On Oct. 2, 1956, he married Marlys Myers, and they had three children: Tari, Michael and Cherice. In 1968, Verle married Frances Leeper Schoenhals. They had a son, Verle Dean, and a daughter, Deona. Verle worked in the auto parts business until he retired in 1998. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and drives in the mountains. He also enjoyed playing pool, chewing on a toothpick and meeting with the gang for coffee at Eastside Market each morning hoping to solve the world’s problems. Survivors include his children, Tari McBride of West Richland, Wash., Cherice Ellig of Hermiston, Verle “Dean” Burnett of Hermiston and Deona Hodges of Lexington; stepfather, Ken Sleeth of Kennewick, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Grace Burnett; son, Michael Burnett; and second wife, Frances. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending June 9, 2007 published: June 9, 2007 Transcribed by...

Burnett, Preston Frank – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Preston Frank Burnett, 85, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died June 7 at St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 S.E. Second St. in Pendleton. Preston was born July 7, 1921, to Lawrence and Mabel Brown Burnett in Island City. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1938 and served in the Navy prior to World War II. Preston married Madaline E. Rhoads in Portland. He worked for the Oregon Highway Division for 42 years and was a resident engineer on many highway projects. The family lived in Hood River, Roseburg, North Bend, John Day and Baker before settling in Ontario in 1962. They lived there for 39 years and then moved to Pendleton in 2001. Preston enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and camping. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, family and friends. After retirement, Preston and Madaline enjoyed traveling and spending time at their cabin on the Owyhee Reservoir. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Survivors include sons and their spouses, Gary and Tammy Burnett of Pendleton and Ronald and Nancy Burnett of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton 97801 La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 16, 2007 Published: June 16, 2007 Transcribed by Dixie...

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Martha Burnett

MRS. MARTHA BURNETT.- The subject of this biography was born September 28, 1838, in Franklin county, Missouri, and is the fourth child and oldest daughter of Roland and Elizabeth Hinton. Her parents emigrated to Oregon in 1846, and located their Donation claim in the southern part of Benton county, near Monroe. In her twenty-first year, 1859, she was married, on June 12th, to Honorable John Burnett. They took up their residence in Corvallis, where Judge Burnett entered into the practice of law, and prospered in the practice of his profession. There is a vast difference in the Oregon of 1846 and the Oregon of 1889; and Mrs. Burnett has experienced all the rigors of pioneer life from the time she was a child of tender age until the march of civilization westward took its way. She is now in her fifty-first year, and is surrounded by her family of fine children, and all the comforts which a beautiful home with peace and prosperity can give. She has reached the palm trees and wells of sweet water after a brave and uncomplaining journey through the arid sands of the desert. She has been blessed with seven children, five of whom are living. They are Alice, Ida, Mattie, Brady and...

Biographical Sketch of Hon. James D. Burnett

HON. JAMES D. BURNETT. – Mr. Burnett, one of the best farmers of Douglas county, and a gentleman of eminent abilities in public affairs, was born in Blunt county, Tennessee, March 12, 1822. In 1850 he came to Oregon, settling first at Salem. Two years later he removed to Douglas county, taking a claim upon which he has lived to the present time, and which he has increased by purchase to the baronial dimensions of twelve hundred acres. He has ever been active publicly in establishing those institutions which reflect credit upon the community and advance society. He is a gentleman highly respected by the entire circle of his friends and acquaintances, and has fittingly born public honors. He was married in Tennessee to Miss Margaret Love; and they have reared a family of seven children, Martha, Francis, Mary, Lydia, Thomas B. and Virginia C....

Biography of Hon. John Burnett

HON. JOHN BURNETT. – Among the prominent self-made men of Oregon is the subject of this sketch. He was born in Pike county, Missouri, on the 4th of July, 1831. He lost his father at the age of fifteen, and was turned out in the world to fight his way as best he might. He first engaged as an errand boy in a store, but, becoming tired of the confinement, at the end of a year hired out to work on a flat-boat on the Mississippi, boating wood to St. Louis. His early education was obtained in the common schools of the country; and, though his opportunities were limited, he laid the foundation upon which he, in after life, built a sound practical education. In the spring of 1849, there being great excitement about the gold discoveries in California and a general rush to the mines, he accepted an outfit form a relative, and though under eighteen years old started “the plains across” to seek his fortune in the new El Dorado. He arrived in Sacramento on the 10th of September with just one five-franc piece in his pocket. During the greater part of the time from that date on he was engaged in mining and dealing in cattle, until the spring of 1858, when he came to Oregon and settled in Benton county, where he has resided since. The year after his arrival in Oregon he was married to Miss Martha Hinton, daughter of Honorable R.B. Hinton of Monroe. This happy union has been blessed with a family of seven children of which three girls and two boys...
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