This is my own branch of the name. It was in the village of Levisham, on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, that Thomas BURNETT, an alehouse keeper, lived and raised a family in the early 18th century. Thomas had at least four children; three of them, Robert, Mary and John, variously recorded with the surnames BURNETT and BURNAND, being baptised at Levisham. The baptism record for the fourth child, Philip, has not survived but he is mentioned in other, later records which provide further, more conclusive evidence that BURNAND was a local variant of BURNETT. If this variant is accepted then it is almost certain that Thomas BURNETT was a descendant of Robert BURNAND, recorded in the parish register of nearby Lockton, who was very probably one and the same person as Robert BURNETT, listed in Hearth Tax returns as a householder, in Lockton, in 1673. There was a Thomas BURNAND recorded in Lockton as early as 1596 and it is very likely that he was my ancestor. Unfortunately, the survival rate of records for the villages of Levisham and Lockton is very poor, and it has so far proved impossible to take this line any further back than Thomas, the alehouse keeper, with any degree of certainty. This family tree shows the descendants of his son John BURNETT, my 4xgreat-grandfather. The descendants of John's brother Philip BURNETT are contained in a separate file - the "Vale of Pickering Branch"
Throughout these notes the abbreviation NYCRO = North Yorkshire County Record Office [Northallerton]