James J. Barnett Family Summary

James J. Barnett, son of Samuel Barnett and Sarah Goheen, was born 16 May 1812 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky, died 16 Sep 1880 in Hiner, Parker, Texas and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas. He married 27 Mar 1834 in Hardeman Co., Tennessee, Elizabeth Wylie, daughter of Mathew Wylie and Elizabeth Shields. Elizabeth was born 21 Apr 1813 in Kentucky, died 9 Apr 1884 in Hiner, Parker, Texas and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery.

James paid taxes in Hardeman Co., Tennessee between 1834 and 1849. He paid only a poll tax, suggesting that he did not own real property. The tax records also suggest that James did not migrate to Marshall Co., Mississippi along with his father, Samuel. By 1850 James and Elizabeth were living in Texas, where they and their children are listed in the 1850 U.S. census in Limestone County. In 1857 they moved to the recently created Parker County where they settled south of the county seat of Weatherford. They bought land lying on the Brazos River at the mouth of Patrick Creek. James was actively engaged in recruiting and helping settlers for the community of Hiner in Parker County. James farmed the land and he and his wife remained in Parker County for the remainder of their lives.

During the Civil War J.J. Barnett supported the Confederate cause and enlisted in the 9th Texas Field Battery. This unit saw action in the struggle for control of the Mississippi River. James spent time in the hospital in New Orleans for a fever.

James and Elizabeth (Wylie) Barnett were the parents of six children:

i.            John N. Barnett was born 9 Sep 1836 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee, died 30 Apr 1927 in Brazos, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas. He married 2 Sep 1858 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, Elvira Jackson. During the Civil War John supported the Confederacy and served in Co. E, Griffin’s Regiment, Texas Infantry. He was a member of the Pioneer Association of Parker County, Texas. John was a farmer and by 1900 he and his family moved to neighboring Palo Pinto County where they remained. John N. and Elvira (Jackson) Barnett were the parents of twelve children, four of whom died in infancy: a) Julia Ann Barnett, b. 23 May 1859 in Texas, d. sometime between 1861 and 1864 and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas; b) William Barnett, b. 7 Sep 1861, d. sometime between 1861 and 1864 and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas; c) John Barnett, b. 26 Jun 1863, d. Apr 1864 in Hiner, Parker, Texas and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery; d) Hiram Barnett, b. 20 Jun 1866, was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery; e) Martha Ella Barnett, b. 20 Apr 1869 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 7 May 1934 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Dobbs Valley Cemetery in Palo Pinto County, m. 2 Nov 1895 in Parker Co., Texas, Bernard Kenton Landreth, four children;  f) Essy Barnett, b. 24 Sep 1871 in Parker Co., Texas, was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery; g) Lula Barnett, b. 17 Oct 1873 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 14 Mar 1960 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, Washington, Indiana, m. 28 Dec 1903 in Brazos, Palo Pinto, Texas, Gus A. Roberson, one child; h) Alonzo Barnett, b. 27 Oct 1877; i) James Andrew Barnett, b. 1 Apr 1880 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 22 Nov 1962 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Dobbs Valley Cemetery in Palo Pinto County;  j) Katie Ellen Barnett, b. 15 Dec 1883 in Brock, Parker, Texas, d. 15 Jul 1958 in Brazos, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Dobbs Valley Cemetery in Palo Pinto, Texas, m. about 1917 in Gainesville, Cooke, Texas, Grover Brown Chestnut; k) Winnie Barnett, b. 22 Nov 1886 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 7 Oct 1955 in Brazos, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Dobbs Valley Cemetery in Palo Pinto County; and l) Jesse Barnett, b. 7 Nov 1889 in Parker Co., Texas, d. Aug 1963 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Santo North Cemetery, Santo, Palo Pinto, Texas, m. 24 Apr 1908 in Paris, Lamar, Texas, H.T. Gartrell, one child.

ii.            Sarah Jane Barnett was born 19 Feb 1839 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee, died about 1869-1870 in Parker Co., Texas and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas. She married 12 Mar 1857 in Freestone Co., Texas, John Nathan Cook. John and Sarah reportedly died as the result of an accident and their orphaned children were raised by other members of the Barnett family. John N. and Sarah J. (Barnett) Cook were the parents of four children: a) Mary A. “Sissie” Cook, b. about 1858 in Parker Co., Texas, m. 22 Aug 1886 in Wise Co., Texas, M.E. Norton, one child; b) William Frank Cook, b. about 1860 in Texas, d. 23 Nov 1932 in Amarillo, Potter, Texas and was buried in Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, m. Cleo Virgie Thurman, seven children; c) Mattie Delia Cook, b. 8 Jun 1868 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 30 May 1917 in Stanton, Martin, Texas and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, m. 1894 in Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto, Texas, Henry Jackson Larkin, five children; and d) Samuel Calvin Cook, b. 3 Oct 1869 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, d. 26 Aug 1945 in Memphis, Hall, Texas and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Memphis, m. 3 Sep 1896 in Childress, Childress, Texas, Lillie Elizabeth Arnold, six children.

iii.            George Franklin Barnett was born 4 Jan 1842 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee, died 24 Dec 1915 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford. He married 23 Nov 1873 in Parker Co., Texas, Florence Arzilla Crouch. George was a farmer, a member of the Methodist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served as a County Commissioner and was a member of the Pioneer Association of Parker County, Texas. During the Civil War George supported the Confederacy and served in Company K of the 5th Texas Calvary. In 1883 and 1884, along with his brother, James Madison, George bought the land originally belonging to his parents from their remaining heirs. George F. and Florence A. (Crouch) Barnett were the parents of twelve children: a) unnamed infant, b. and d. in 1874, buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, Parker, Texas; b) Ida Leah Barnett, b. 28 Mar 1875 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. 30 Jul 1954 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, m. 31 Mar 1898 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, Dr. William Murphy Campbell, one child; c) unnamed infant, b. and d. 1877 in Parker Co., Texas, buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas; d) Maude Emma Barnett, b. 1 Jan 1879 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, d. 27 Mar 1958 in Oxford, Lafayette, Mississippi, m. 19 Sep 1900 in Weatherford, William Nichols Lowrance, four children; e) Anna Bess Barnett, b. 27 Jan 1881 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, d. 22 May 1979 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, m. 28 Feb 1907 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, Bert Augustus Wall, six children; f) Corina Cora Barnett, b. 20 Jan 1883 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, d. 1 Feb 1979 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, m. 14 May 1914 in Dallas, Dallas, Texas, Leon Dancer, one child; g) Joseph Henry Barnett, b. 17 Sep 1885 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. 3 Jan 1977 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Greenwood City Cemetery in Weatherford, m. 14 Nov 1909 in Abilene, Taylor, Texas, Vivian Cowden; h) Lennie Myrtle Barnett, b. 5 Nov 1888 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. 29 Sep 1980 in Bentonville, Benton, Arkansas, m. 21 Dec 1909 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, William Talbot Ivy, Jr., six children; i) Jesse Matilda Barnett, b. 24 Dec 1890 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. 10 Oct 1978 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, m. 13 Jun 1919 in Weatherford, Ray Woodbridge Oliver, two children; j) Frances Arzella Barnett, b. 23 Sep 1892 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, d. 18 Mar 1971 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford, m. 6 Apr 1917 in Weatherford, Edgar Guy Oliver, one child; k) Simms Barnett, b. about 1874 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. about 1875 in Hiner and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas; and l) Worth Wilford Barnett, b. 6 Dec 1897 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. 22 Sep 1970 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Springtown, Parker, Texas, m. 1) 25 May 1920 in Weatherford, Marie Huffman, one child, 2) 12 Jun 1929 in Weatherford, Lou Ola McEntire, one child, and 3) about 1962 in Parker Co., Texas, Mildred Myrle Hutchinson.

iv.            James Madison Barnett was born 5 Nov 1844 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee, died 10 Sep 1931 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Hiner Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas. He married 17 Sep 1875 in Dennis, Parker, Texas, Mattie Ann Kelly.

v.            Matilda Ann Barnett was born 11 Jul 1847 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee, died 12 Jan 1872 from complications of childbirth in Parker Co., Texas. She married about 1867 in Parker Co., Texas, William Reason Maxwell. They were the parents of one child: Mary Elizabeth Maxwell, b. 23 Nov 1869 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 11 Oct 1936 in Midland, Midland, Texas and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Midland, m. about 1890 in Bell Co., Texas, John Calvin Roberts, seven children.

vi.            Matthew William Barnett was born 25 Feb 1850 in Freestone Co., Texas, died 31 Dec 1930 in Eastland, Eastland, Texas and was buried in Brock, Parker, Texas. He married about 1872 in Parker Co., Texas, Sarah Caroline Buckner. M.W. Barnett was a farmer, a charter member of the Brock Baptist Church, a stockholder and one of the operators of the Barnett ferry across the Brazos River, and a member of the Pioneer Association of Parker County, Texas. He was only ten years old when the Civil War broke out and with his father and three older brothers serving in the military the young boy took on the responsibility of looking after his mother and sisters and helping run the farm. Matthew W. and Sarah C. (Buckner) Barnett were the parents of eight children: a) Mary Love Barnett, b. 24 Jan 1874 in Hiner, Parker, Texas, d. 9 Apr 1959 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Brock Cemetery in Brock, Parker, Texas, m. 2 Nov 1891 in Brock, William Dickson Baker, two children; b) Sarah Adeline Barnett, b. 16 Nov 1876 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 24 Apr 1947 in Waco, McLennan, Texas and was buried in Brock Cemetery in Brock, Parker, Texas, m. 29 Sep 1897 in Brock, Joel Walter Brock, five children; c) China Elizabeth Barnett, b. 16 May 1880 in Brock, Parker, Texas, d. 26 May 1968 in Eastland, Eastland, Texas and was buried in the Eastland Cemetery in Eastland, m. about 1902 in Brock, Edwin Thomas Cox, five children; d) Katherine Leah Barnett, b. 9 Dec 1882 in Brock, Parker, Texas, d. 23 Jan 1963 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas and was buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, m. 24 Feb 1905 in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, Horace Herschel Collier, one child; e) James Franklin Barnett, b. 11 Feb 1885 in Brock, Parker, Texas, d. 27 Feb 1885 in Brock and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas; f) Celeste Barnett, b. 15 Jan 1886 in Brock, Parker, Texas, d. 28 Dec 1910 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas and was buried in Brock Cemetery in Brock, m. 24 Dec 1907 in Brock, Henry Miller, one child; g) Robert Henry Barnett, b. 11 Jan 1888 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 17 Jun 1905 in Parker Co., Texas and was buried in Brock Cemetery in Brock, Parker, Texas; h) Paul Barthold Barnett, b. 7 Dec 1892 in Parker Co., Texas, d. 2 Nov 1980 in Tarrant Co., Texas and was buried in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, m. 16 Mar 1909 in Brock, Parker, Texas, Cordia Marie Nash, one child.

[Sources available on request]

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Parker County, Texas Birth Index

The following Barnetts were found in the Parker County, Texas Birth Index: 

CHILD PARENTS SEX COLOR DATE VOLUME
Barnett, not given James Barnett F W 15 May 1903 1, p. 3
Barnett, Myrtle Geo. Barnett/Myrtle F W 26 Sep 1906 1, p. 128
Barnett, not given Jno. Barnett/Bell F W 10 Mar 1905 1, p. 169
Barnett, Willie Christian John Barnett/Josie F W 7 May 1905 1, p. 183
Barnett, not given John Barnett F W 2 Aug 1906 1, p. 287
Barnett, not given G.A. Barnett/Minnie F W 31 May 1907 2, p. 63
Barnett, not given J.F. Barnett F W 21 Oct 1907 2, p. 92
Barnett, not given Thos. Barnett F W 18 Dec 1907 2, p. 104
Barnett, not given Geo. Barnett/Myrtle F W 12 Oct 1908 2, p. 162
Barnett, not given Geo. Barnett/Myrtle McNut F W 24 Apr 1911 4, p. 76
Barnett, not given
  1. Barnett/May Clayton
M W 23 Sep 1912 4, p. 299
Barnett, not given Chas. Barnett/– Baker F W 24 Dec 1912 5, p. 2
Barnett, not given Frank Barnett/– Carr M W 26 Nov 1914 5, p. 337
Barnett, Groms Foster Yewin Foster Barnett/Grace Truman M W 5 Sep 1918 7A, p. 15

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
Deed
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.

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.