Manuscript Group 1025, Estate of James W. Burnett (1789 – 1822), Records, 1823 – 1838

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Manuscript Group 1025, Estate of James W. Burnett (1789 – 1822)
Records, 1823 – 1838, 0.2 linear feet / 2 folders
Call Number: MG 1025


Principally receipts from Joseph C. Hornblower (1777-1864) as executor of the will of James W. Burnett (1789-1822), a Newark, New Jersey lawyer and the husband of Abi H. (Johnson) Burnett.

Biographical Note:

James Wheeler Burnett (1789-1822) was the son of Abigail Wheeler and John Burnet (1759-1811), and the grandson of Doctor William Burnet (1730-1791), the chief physician to the Continental Army. James W. Burnett lived in Newark, New Jersey where he practiced law and was a member of St. John’s Lodge Number 2.  In September of 1811 he married Abi H. Johnson, the daughter of Doctor Uzal Johnson (1751-1827), a Loyalist during the Revolution, with whom he had at least three children: John Wilmot Johnson (bapt. 1817), James Wheeler (b. 1820), and Jane Mary (1822-1823).

James W. Burnett’s died in Newark on December 18, 1822 at the age of 33.  He had appointed Joseph C. Hornblower (1777-1864) (his cousin’s husband), Theodore Frelinghuysen (1787-1862), and Elias Van Arsdale (1770-1846) as the executors of his estate.


Burnet Family File, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Burnet, Isabella Neff.  Dr. William Burnet and his Sons Jacob, Isaac and David: A Chart of Their Forefathers and Descendants in America, 1640-1938 (published by Isabella Neff Burnet, 1938).

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains 2 folders of James W. Burnett’s estate papers from 1823-1838, including receipts of payments made by Joseph C. Hornblower to Abi H. Burnett, indentures, and James W. Burnett’s will.

Related Collections:

For more information on James W. Burnett and Abi H. (Johnson) Burnett see:

Manuscript Group 10, Hornblower Family Papers
Manuscript Group 61, John Robertson Burnet Genealogy Collection

Folder List:

Folder Title Dates
1 Receipts 1823-1833
2 Receipts 1834-1838
Will 1822

Processed by James Lewis, February 2001 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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