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John-Clay Byford Burnett (born August 4, 1986) is the first child and first son of John Burnett and Cheryl Burnett.

He is the brother of Hannah Dornink, Caleb Burnett, Abbie Duggar, Charity Wearden, Maggie Becerra Nino, Carinna Penn, and Benjamin Burnett.

He is the husband of Sarah Burnett and the father of their four children, Eric, Samuel, Joseph, and Nathaniel.

Early life

John-Clay Byford Burnett was born on August 4, 1986, in Oklahoma, to John Burnett and Cheryl Burnett. He was the couple's first child, and they went on to have seven more children after him.

Along with his siblings, John-Clay was homeschooled growing up. He and his siblings were raised as active participants of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, and regularly attended the yearly Advanced Training Institute conferences in Big Sandy, Texas.

Growing up, John-Clay hunted with his family and participated in recreational shooting.

At some point while he was young, John-Clay participated in Journey to the Heart, a Christian retreat for teens and young adults to spend time focused on God.

Personal life


On August 22, 2015, John-Clay married Sarah Faith Ferraro.


The couple has 4 children.

Their first child, son Eric Steadfast, was born on June 19, 2016.

Their second child, son Samuel John, was born on September 26, 2017.

Their third child, son Joseph Byford, was born on October 15, 2019.

Their fourth child, son Nathaniel Wilberforce, was born on July 14, 2022.

Wedding involvement

John-Clay was the best man at his brother Benjamin's wedding to Bethany Meckle on November 20, 2021.