James M. Barnett Pension Application

During the Civil War James Madison Barnett served in the Texas state militia, protecting the settlers from marauding Indians and bandits. In 1931 he applied for and received from the state of Texas a pension for his service – unfortunately, he died just a month after receiving his pension.

J.M. Barnett Application for Pension

Burkett – Barnett Deed – 1884

Burkett to Barnett – Warranty Deed
Texas. General Land Office, Land Records, 1874-1978; index, 1874-1904, Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978-1988
Deed Records v. 13-15 1882-1887, FHL microfilm #1536181
Vol. 14, pp. 736-737
Drawn 31 Jan 1884; proved 1 Feb 1884

Transcribed by Yvonne Curry
19 November 2003

GH Burkitt and [too faint to read] Murphy of Anderson County, Texas forThree hundred and thirty [?] dollars to M.W. Barnett of Parker County, Texas a parcel of land in Parker County Texas known as
“survey No 2 Block A on the waters of Patricks Creek a Tributary of the Brazos River about 7 miles S. 50o W from Weatherford by virtue of land script No 5208 issued to International and Great Northern Railroad Company”
The land was patented to Burkitt and Murphy by Letter Patent No. 355 vol. 43 on 23rd of May 1877 and is described more fully as
“Beginning at the most Eastern S.E. Corner of the James Clayton original survey of 640 acres. Thence N 30 East with said Clayton SE Boundary line at 1391 varas to a stake for corner 36 varas S 30 W from a spring just East of said line: from which Corner is Live Oak in a ravine bears N 29 ½ East 2 3/10 vars. Thence S 60o East at 650 varas to a stake for corner on W. line of J.D. Rodgers Survey Thence S 30o West ¼ varas said Rodgers West corner. Thence S 60o East at 178 varas to C.L. boundary Bandys N. Corner. Thence S 30o West 278 varas to the East Corner of T.O. Conners Survey. Thence N 60o West at 672 varas the N. Corner of same. Thence S 30o West at 672 varas the said T.O. Conner West Corner. Thence N. 60o West 156 varas to the place of Beginning and containing 110 [?] acres of land.”
Burkitt and Murphy warrant title against “ every person lawfully claiming . . . the said or any part thereof.” [Signed] G.W. Burkitt and Daniel Murphy at Palestine Texas on 31 January 1884

1 Feb 1884 GW Burkitt and Daniel Murphy appeared before A B Sangerman a Notary Public for Anderson County, Texas

Cook – Barnett Deed – 1884

Texas. General Land Office, Land Records, 1874-1978; index, 1874-1904, Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978-1988
Deed Records v. 13-15 1882-1887, FHL microfilm #1536181
Vol. 14, pp. 472-473

Transcribed by Yvonne Curry
1 November 2003

May [sic] Cook
To GF Barnett
The state of Texas
Parker County

Mary Cook of Parker County Texas for Seventy five Dollars to GF Barnett and Jas M Barnett both of Parker Co Texas to the following described land belonging to the Estate of JJ Barnett decd three hundred and fifty acres of the seven hundred and thirty eight acre survey in the name of Robt Coldswell which was owned by JJ Barnett and occupied by him as a homestead at the date of his Death and is described in two deeds to JJ Barnett from MJ and MW Beavers one Deed dated March 2nd 1872 for three hundred acres recorded in Book No four Pages 316 and 317, records of Parker County Texas. The other dated Dec 14th 1872 for fifty acres recorded in Book No four Pages No 317. 318 and 319 records of Parker County Texas The land is situated in Parker County Texas at the mouth of Patrick Creek on the Brazos River and is warranted by Mary Cook unto GF and JM Barnett as an heir and grand daughter of JJ Barnett decd and his wife Elizabeth Barnett
Signed Mary Cook [her mark] on 11th day of February 1884

11 Feb 1884 Mary Cook appeared before L.C.W. Patton, Clerk for County Court in Parker Co. and acknowledged the deed.

Deed filed 11 Feb 1884 and recorded 12 Feb 1884

William Barnett

William Barnett

William Barnett (photo courtesy of Kate Ruckman)

 William (Will) Barnett was born 29 May 1894 in Parker County, Texas. He was the youngest son of James M. and Mattie A. (Kelly) Barnett. In his WWI draft registration he was described as tall with a slender build, brown eyes and light brown hair. He worked as a bookkeeper for an insurance firm, a clerk at a lumber yard, and a bank cashier. He was named as executor in his father’s will and handled the paperwork after the death of both of his parents. He married Dorothy Ribble on 23 Jul 1926 in Parker County, Texas. They were the parents of one son, James Thomas Barnett (b. 1928). His wife, Dorothy, died 9 Sep 1955 in Parker County, Texas. Sometime around 1957, Will remarried to Edith Knight (1896 – 1970). Will died in Parker County, Texas on 10 Oct 1973 at the age of 79. He was buried in East Greenwood Cemetery in Parker County, Texas.

Tarrant County, Texas

While researching at the Family History Library I gathered some Barnett family information. There is no known relationship to the Parker County Barnetts, but I thought I would post the information here.

From the DAR Tarrant County Cemetery Records:

Grapevine Cemetery
John W. Barnett, 1881 – 19–
Mary E. Barnett, 1886 – 1940

Lillian Barnett

There are a couple of interesting stories about Lillian Barnett. First, Lillian was married to Lon Baker, one of the brothers of my great grandmother, Verda M. Baker. Verda was married to Lillian’s brother Charles W. Barnett. It sometimes is, truly, a small world.

The second story is very sad. Lillian died very shortly after giving birth to her only child, D.L. Baker, at the young age of 21 years. According to my aunt, Lillian had a very difficult delivery and things did not go well for her or for the baby. While the doctor worked, unsuccessfully, to save Lillian, her mother-in-law, Rhoda Baker, worked with the apparently lifeless baby. She dipped him alternately in warm and cold water until he finally took his first breath. The baby was saved, but the young mother died. Rhoda went on to help raise this motherless grandson.