Burnett, Hiram

Burnett, Hiram a Baptist minister, was born in Georgia, Feb. 19, 1799. His parents moved, when he was ten years of age, to Winchester, 0., where he spent a few years. His conversion took place in early manhood, and he was ordained in 1832. For four years he was pastor of the Church in Bethel, O., from which place he removed to Winchester, where, finding a new church, he built up a strong religious society. He performed much missionary work in Scioto, Highland, and Pike counties, preaching the Gospel in schoolhouses, private houses, and out of doors, his labors being greatly blessed.' In the fall of 1842 he removed to Mt. Pleasant, la., when its population was only about three hundred. In due time a Baptist Church was formed, of which he was the pastor for twelve years. A part of this time he preached to Pisgah Church, in Des Moines Co. He also organized the Church at Jefferson. Subsequently he aided in the establishment of several other churches. He continued to serve his Master down to the close of his long life, his death occurring at Mt. Pleasant, Jan. 8, 1881. He was everywhere known by the affectionate appellation of "Father Burnett ;" and was, in all the vicinity in which he lived, regarded with great love and respect. See Chicago Standard, Feb. 3, 1881. (J. C. S.)

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