Very little information has been found about David C. Burnett. He arrived on the shores of Lake Worth between 1886 and 1893, and was a land owner on the west side of the lake.
In the winter of 1913-19 14, Burnett moved to the small settlement of Ritta (now Lake Harbor) on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee. His brother-in-law, Henry Braddock, persuaded him to move to Torry Island in the lake, where Burnett took up farming. Apparently he never married.
David C. Burnett was drowned in the 1928 hurricane.