JOHN BURT is a general farmer and owns eighty-four acres in township 16, range 11. He has a well-cultivated farm upon which he has resided since March, 1866. While Mr. Burt's farm is not a large one, its productive qualities are equal to that of any in his neighborhood. He spares no pains to attain good results, and by constant application has made a success.
In 1861 Mr. Burt came to Morgan County from Sangamon County, Ill. He is a carpenter, and followed his trade while living in Ohio, and was very successful. He was born in Ayreshire, Scotland, a few miles from where the former poet, Robert Burns, first saw the light of day. Mr. Burt's birth occurred on Dec. 23, 1814. His parents were of English descent. His father, Abraham Burt, was born in Scotland, and married Susan Harper, after which they located in Ayreshire, and there the father followed mechanical pursuits until 1837, when on the 8th day of October of that year, they started for America, and after a voyage of six weeks and five days, they arrived safely in New York City. The ship upon which they came from Scotland, the "Frances," Capt. Griffin commanding, was lost on her return trip. After landing in New York the family proceeded immediately to Warren County, Ohio, where they settled, the father dying there in 1863, being ninety years of age at the time of his death. His wife, the mother of John, died in January, 1861, at the age of eighty-six years. They were of the old Scotch-Presbyterian faith, than whom there are no better people living. John Burt was the fourth child of five children, three sons and two daughters. He was reared in his native shire until he was twenty-three years old, at which time his parents came to America as before indicated. He learned his trade while in Ohio working with his brother Abraham. John came to Illinois in 1856, when men were in large demand, and when large wages were paid. These conditions aided him in making a start in the world. He married Miss Mary Hunter of Sangamon County, Ill. She was born in Lexington, Ky., on March 12, 1819 and is the daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Neel) Hunter, who were natives of Mechlenburg County, N.C., and who came originally from Pennsylvania, ancestrally speaking. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were reared in North Carolina, and later removed to Lexington, Ky., where Mr. Hunter died in the prime of life in January, 1831. His widow, with her children, in 1836, came to Morgan County, where she died April 4, 1862, being then past eighty-six years of age. She, like her husband was a life-long Presbyterian.
Mrs. Burt was the youngest of five children, three sons and two daughters that lived to grow up. Mrs. Burt was a young lady when her mother came North, receiving her early education and impressions in Kentucky. She is the mother of one child - Mary E., who, as a dutiful daughter is staying at home with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Burt and daughter take great interest in religious matters, and worship in the Presbyterian faith. Politically Mr. Burt is a Republican; originally he was an Abolitionist, but after the wiping out of slavery, he naturally found a political home with the party that freed the slave. He is reckoned as one of the solid, hard-working men of his community.