GEORGE W. BURNETT, deceased, was one of Cross Creek's most highly respected citizens and well known farmers. He was born in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where his father, Edward Burnett, was also a farmer, and his death took place in January, 1906. He was the sole survivor of his parents' family--Robert, Harvey, John and Sarah having died previously.
George W. Burnett was married first to Elizabeth McClain, who, at death, left five children: Nettie, wife of Hiram A. Pittinger; Jennie, wife of Lucas McClelland; Flora, wife of John Clark; J. S. and John. In August, 1877, Mr. Burnett married Miss Jennie Ryan, who was born May 25, 1842. Her parents were Samuel and Elizabeth Ryan, the former of whom is not living, but the latter survives and is now in the ninetieth year of her age. TO Samuel Ryan and wife nine children were born, as follows: William, Jennie, Samantha, James T., Elizabeth, John, Anna, Belle and Simpson. Mr. Ryan was a farmer in Jefferson County.
Mrs. Burnett resides on the farm of 152 acres which was left her by her husband, who was thoughtful enough when he found his health failing to put in her name. Both were active workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church when they were young and always were among the leading members, Mr. Burnett being a church officer for many years.