Elizabeth Burnett

Died October 18th

                                                                                            Below: Elizabeth and family on the 1841 census



Elizabeth Burnett died age 39 on October 18th 1849, in the Alnwick cholera epidemic. She was already a widow.

Elizabeth was born in 1810 to Matthew and Isabella Gibson, and baptised at Christmas on 23rd December. Her father was a shoemaker, from “Silver Street”. Elizabeth was baptised in the
Pottergate non-conformist church, as were her siblings: John Gibson, baptised 1808: Richard Robson Gibson baptised in 1812: and Isabella Gibson, born many years later in 1828 to the same parents who were then living in Bondgate. 

Elizabeth Gibson married a shoemaker called Samuel Burnett, who was five years younger than she was, so therefore born about  1815 . They were married on 16th March 1839, in St Michael’s Church in Alnwick, signing the register with a cross. Elizabeth and Samuel had to wait until he was “full age” that was 21, in those days.  Their fathers were Samuel Burnett, mason and Matthew Gibson, shoemaker.


Elizabeth and Samuel were to live and work in Crown Inn Yard off Market Place. He possibly had a shop selling his shoes. Their first child, Isabella Gibson Burnett was baptised on 6th October 1839, seven months after they married.

The family was on the 1841 census for Crown Inn Yard. Surprisingly, Samuel 20, Elizabeth 25 (both ages rounded down on this census) and young Isabella were joined by an “Elizabeth born 1838”, which was before they were married. There was an Elizabeth baptised on 1st September 1839, but born to Thomas and Jane Burnett, so perhaps she was just visiting at the time of the census. See the next page under “Sarah Burnett”. 


Mary Gibson Burnett was born the following year and baptised on 20/2/1842. Samuel was born in January 1844 and was only seven months old when his father died on 25th August that same year, age just 26.

Poor Elizabeth.  To add to her woes,Mary Gibson Burnett also died exactly a year later on 25th August 1845.

Then Elizabeth herself died in the Cholera epidemic, leaving the remaining children to be taken in by the extended Burnett family we think, although we don’t know for sure. We do know that Isabella Gibson Burnett married Joseph Bruce and moved to Newcastle.

1849 Cholera Outbreak
Ann Allison George, Susan and Isabella Anderson Ann Appleby John Douglas Arnott John Balmer Ann Bamburgh Isabella Bell Jane Berkley Sarah, Robert, Sarah Black Dorothy and Jane Brankston Ann Brown Isabella Burn Elizabeth Burnett Sarah Burnett Mary Carr Thomas Carr John Cavenah Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper Harvey and Catherine Cross Edward Davis George and Jane Davison William Dick John and Sarah Dickman Isabella Dixon Adam Dixon Rebecca Dobbs John Douglas Jane Douglas Jane Duncan Robert Duncan Ann Egdell Ralph Emmerson Ann Fawdon, Ann Fawdon Mary Ann Featherstone Henry and Ellen Mary Ferguson Isabella Flannaghan George and Eleanor Forster Robert Gardner Elizabeth Gray Dorothy Grey Robert Grey Thomasine Grey Mary and Henry Hedley Mary Henderson James and Ann Hindmarsh William Howey Ann Hudson, Ann Hudson George Hume, Alice Hume John Hunter Dorothy Jameson, Jane Jackson Joseph Jamison Thomas Jeffrey Elizabeth Jobson Mary Joicey James Keen, Margery Keen Frances Laing George Lindsay, John Lindsay Catherine Lockey James Lockey Ann Lough Patrick Macone Margaret Marshall Mary Maule Latitia McLaughlin James McMillan Thomas McMillan Neil McNab Elizabeth Mennim Catherine Metcalf Ann Middlemas Margaret Millar Mary Mills Margaret Moffit Jane Morrison Ann Nesbitt Ann Newton John Newton James Paxton Ann Pearson Mary and Isabella Pickard George Pike Rebecca Quin Mary and William Ramsay George Reed Thomas and Ann Robarts Michael Sanderson James Skelly George Slight Elizabeth Smails John Smith Sarah Smith John Snowdon Jane Snowdon Robert Stansfield John Stocker Robert Tate Dinah and Charlotte Tate George Taylor Grace and Jane Taylor Mary Thew Thomas Thompson Jane Thompson Henry Tinson John Walker Robert Wallace Alice Wardhaugh John and Robert Wardle Thomas Wilkinson James Williams Mary Wilson Elizabeth Wood Appendix-James Wood