Matthew Burnett

31 Jul 1875 - 2 Sep 1944


Matthew Burnett

31 Jul 1875 - 2 Sep 1944
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One of the most well-known stories about Matthew Burnett is how he saved David McKay’s (the prophet David O. McKay’s father) life. David McKay was heading home to Huntsville one stormy night. The river in Ogden Canyon was very high and swift; the roar was deafening. Brother McKay pulled his team
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Matthew Burnett


Mountain View Cemetery

5551-5589 E 2700 N
Eden, Weber, Utah
United States


February 27, 2012


February 26, 2012

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Saving the prophet's father

Contributor: MDSIMS Created: 11 months ago Updated: 11 months ago

One of the most well-known stories about Matthew Burnett is how he saved David McKay’s (the prophet David O. McKay’s father) life. David McKay was heading home to Huntsville one stormy night. The river in Ogden Canyon was very high and swift; the roar was deafening. Brother McKay pulled his team over to let Matthew pass by with his wagon. David got too close to the edge and the wagon tipped over, dumping him into the swirling waters below. The swift current carried him down, slamming his body into the rocks. He finally caught hold of a large rock in the middle of the river and managed to pull himself up unto it. In the meantime, Matthew Burnett was plodding along, letting the horses have a loose rein because they could pick out the road better than a human in these stormy conditions. He had his coat pulled up and his cap pulled down to keep out the cold. He thought he heard someone, but with the roaring water, he wasn’t sure. A voice came to him and said, “Go back. There is a man in the river.” He untied the team, unhooked the mare and returned to where he heard the call. He saw Brother McKay on the rock, waving his arms. The river made a big turn above the rock where the water washed around it, and the bank was very steep. Matthew went up river and made the horse jump in the water. The force of the water carried them downstream to the rock, finally pressing the horse against the rock long enough for Brother McKay to climb on. As the horse started to swim, the current carried them to bank of the river near the road. The McKay’s wagon was nearby with his team standing close to it. Brother McKay later said that when he climbed up on that rock, he knelt and prayed for some way to be rescued. This was the moment that Matthew had heard the voice telling him there was a man in the river.

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Matthew Burnett was born on 31 Jul 1875
Matthew Burnett was 6 years old when The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. A telephone call is a connection over a telephone network between the called party and the calling party.
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Matthew Burnett was 16 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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Matthew Burnett was 33 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
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Matthew Burnett was 42 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
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Matthew Burnett was 45 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
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Matthew Burnett was 55 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
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Matthew Burnett died on 2 Sep 1944 at the age of 69
Grave record for Matthew Burnett (31 Jul 1875 - 2 Sep 1944), BillionGraves Record 762891 Eden, Weber, Utah, United States