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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Charles Burnett

This c. 1812 portrait of Charles Burnett (1768-1812) by Joshua Johnson hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
"The Burnett Family, Tavern Owners. An influx of trade through Baltimore in the early 19th century meant an increase in the number of business people visiting the city. The Burnetts accommodated them in their Baltimore tavern in Fells Point. After Charles's death, Mary was the proprietor of the new Dock Hotel at the lower end of McElderry's Wharf, now Pier 5, off Pratt Street from 1824 to 1830. The Burnetts chose Johnson to paint their portraits and document their success. Mrs. Burnett wears fashionable clothing and jewelry and demonstrates her literacy by holding a book. Charles's uniform which features a silver breast plate similar to ones seen in this exhibition associate him with the War of 1812." -- Maryland Historical Society
The genealogy site We Relate says this of Charles Burnett (1768 - 1812).
"According to record on paper in bible of Joseph P. Burnett, Charles Burnett was born near 'Alight Bridge, London', England. We do not know of the existence of 'Alight Bridge', but there is an old section of London known as 'Knight's Bridge'."

Charles Burnett came from England to Richmond, Virginia, with a man named William Parrott. Charles Burnett had a sister named Susanna who married a Mr. Cutting in England.

     The record at Henrico Courthouse, Richmond, VA has two marriage licenses for Charles Burnett.  The dates are within 6 mos. of each other and we believe he married only once. There was a note from Alexander Leron with the license saying Mary Ann Jouills had lived with him since infancy. He was a witness to her marriage." -- We Relate

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