Madison County


Genealogical Society


Written by Rebecca Sellars for the Madison Genealogy Society

     When one has lived in a county for a few years, he can sense which folks have been around for a long time. Maybe one knows longtime residents because their name is common. It could be that those who have lived in Madison for years have lots of aunts and uncles and cousins. The stories of early days that long term residents tell are a clue. Or maybe one can tell because the folks who have been around so long seem to feel a pride or an ownership in their county. But there is something even deeper that runs in long term residents that the rest of us see. There is a confidence that Madison is their home; it has been, and it will be their home. Born in South Carolina, Daniel Burnett and his wife, Hannah Gornto, came to Madison before Florida was a state, around 1840. He is listed in the 1840 census, along with his son, James Burnett. Born in South Carolina, Daniel arrived in Madison County after a stopover in Bulloch County, Georgia, where he had received land in the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. Daniel and his family settled around the Cherry Lake and Hamburg areas and have lived in this area for many generations.

Second Generation

Daniel and Hannah had four children:
Mary Burnett, born around 1806 and married William Knight;
Daniel Burnett, born in 1817, and died 1903 married first Martha Ann P. Sever and then Francis T. Grambling;
James Burnett was born between 1810-1820 and married Sarah Jane Guiton.

Third Generation/Daniel

Daniel Daniel and Martha P. Sever had 7 children:
Peyton Pierce Burnett;
Capers Peter Burnett;
Daniel William Burnett;
James T. Burnett;
David Felix Burnett,
Mary S. Burnett and
Elizabeth Maude Burnett.

Daniel and Frances Terrell Gramling had 6 more children:
Margaret B. Burnett,
Emma D. Burnett,
John Burnett,
Samuel Henry Burnett,
Nancy C. Burnett and
Marshal O. Burnett.

Daniel and his wives lived in the Madison and Hamburg areas their whole lives, and at least three of their sons married and raised their families also in the Madison/ Hamburg area.

Third Generation/James

James and his wife, Sarah Jane Guiton had 5 children:
William Burnett,
Thomas Burnett,
Nancy Nelly Burnett,
James Burnett, and
Samuel J. Burnett.

At least two of their sons raised families in Madison.

Fourth Generation/Daniel

From Daniel and Martha Sever’s family, David Felix Burnett married Rebecca Jane Paul; they lived in Madison. Hamburg, and Cherry Lake. Their children were:
Rosella Burnett,
Alonzo J. Burnett,
Daniel Felix Burnett,
George Paul Burnett,
Lewis Washington Burnett,
Mary Agnes Burnett, and
Louis Burnett.

Daniel and Martha’s son, Daniel William Burnett married Mary Elizabeth Morrow and had the following children:
Madge E. Bennett,
Martha Elizabeth Bennett,
James Daniel Bennett,
William H. Bennett,
Capel Pellar Bennett,
Samuel Felix Bennett,
S. P. Bennett,
Mary Frances C. Bennett, and
Mazzey Bennett.

Daniel and Mary Elizabeth raised their family in Madison, Hamburg, and Cherry Lake.

From Daniel and his second wife, Frances Terrell Gramling, Samuel Henry Bennett married Carrie L. Wilson and had the following children:
Carl Washington Bennett,
George Forest Bennett, and
Samuel Paul Bennett.

Samuel and Carrie lived in the Madison area.

Fourth Generation/James

James and Sarah Jane Guiton’s son William Bennett married Sarah Elizabeth Dansby, and had the following children:
William Shelton “Shelt” Bennett and
Daniel Bryan Bennett.

James died at age 26 as result of wounds in the Civil War. He died in a hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

James and Sarah Jane’s son, Samuel J. Burnett married Martha Burnett and had the following children:
William Jackson Bennett,
Henry Bennett,
Samuel Bennett,
Jobe Bennett,
Martha A. Bennett, and
Rose Ann Bennett.

If you’ve managed to make it to the end of this article, whether you are a Burnett, a kin, or an obsessive article reader, you may have seen some familiar names—Daniel, Samuel, and William Burnetts abounded. You will probably be even more familiar with some of the fifth generation Burnetts.

Fifth Generation/ Daniel

Children of George Forest Burnett, who married Martha Church Croom were Mary Martha Bennett, George Forest Bennett, Jr., and Carlton Croom Bennett.

Fifth Generation/James

Children of William Shelton “Shelt” Bennett and Ella Jane Loper were:
William A. Bennett,
Councel Moye Bennett, and
Joseph Russell Bennett.

Children of “Shelt” and his second wife, Rhoda Henderson were:
Rosa Lee Bennett,
Eva Mae Bennett,
Kathleen Bennett,
Ruby E. Bennett,
Katie Bennett,
Minnie Belle Bennett, and
Mary Helen Bennett.

Thank you, Burnetts, for being here so long and for taking such good care of our county. We love you. Part of the information in this article was provided by Sandra Norris in articles in The Madison County Florida Family History Book. In addition, information was used that came from several Burnett Family Trees on
[Extracted from the Enterprise-Recorder, 11 Jul 2014]