Priscilla Burnett

Priscilla Burnett is my 8th great-grandmother and one of the daughters of Thomas Burnett Jr. and Mary Cooper, and a great-granddaughter of Alexander Burnett, 11th Laird of Leys and Katherine Arbuthnot.

Priscilla was born in Southampton, Long Island, New York in about c.1657, she was the member of the House of Burnett, a noble house in Scotland with royal ancestry. Thomas Burnett Jr and his wife Mary Cooper’s children is the first generation of this line to be born in the New World. Priscilla is the mother of my 7th great-grandmother Esther Fithian.

The Official Genealogy of the Burnettt of Leys Family: The Holly and The Horn, the supplemental genealogy to Crannog To Castle: A History Of The Burnett Family IN Scotland. Pg# 34 & 35.



In about 1679, Priscilla Burnett met Samuel Fithian Sr., and soon later moved from Southampton, Long Island to Cumberland County, New Jersey where they married on March 6th 1679 at Greenwich Presbyterian Church in New Jersey and soon settled in Salem County, New Jersey where they raised their 7 children.  On July 3rd, 1702 Priscilla ’s husband Samuel have left a will and in his will, his wife Priscilla is made sole executrix of his estate and their their 7 children is mentioned: John, Josiah, Samuel Jr. Easter (Esther), Mathias and Issac and William. Priscilla the wife, of Samuel Fithian Sr. died sometimes in 1703 in Cumberland County, New Jersey.
New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817 for Samuel Fithian; Volume XXIII, Abstracts of Wills, 1670-1730 (Ancestry.com Database)