Samuel or James? Son of Hiram J. Barnett

Samuel Barnett was born about 1835 in Tennessee, the oldest child of Hiram and Sarah (Webb) Barnett. He is listed in Hiram’s 1850 census household in Hardeman Co., Tennessee as 15 years old, born in Tenn. Hiram’s household (listed as H.J. Barrett) is again found in Hardeman County in the 1860 U.S. census, but Samuel is not listed in the household. A further search of Tennessee marriage records and census records finds no sign of Samuel Barnett. What happened to him, where did he go?

On 24 Oct 1855 in Hardeman County, James Barnett married Narcissa Box. Jas Barnett (age 24, born Ten) and Narcissa Barnett (age 20, born Ten) are listed in Hardeman County in the 1860 U.S. census with two children: Sarah E. Barnett (age 4, born Ten) and Mary J. Barnett (age 2, born Ten). A Box family history stated that Narcissa Box married James S. Barnett (Hardeman County, Tennessee Family History, vol. 2).

Neither Samuel or James Barnett were found in the 1870 U.S. census, but James (age 44, born Tennessee) and Narcissy (age 40, born Tennessee) were listed in Greene Co., Arkansas in the 1880 U.S. census. Included in the household were a daughter, Jane Shelten (age 21, born Tennessee, widowed) and a granddaughter Henry Shelten (age 3, born Arkansas).

S.J. Barnett paid taxes in Greene County in 1877 and 1878 (“Court Records,” Greene County, Arkansas GenWeb, accessed 7 Aug 2012 online at http://www.argenweb.net/greene) and S.J. Barnett was also listed in a reconstructed 1890 census (accessed 7 Aug 2012 online at http://www.argenweb.net/greene).

Samuel J. Barnett (born Oct 1835 in Tennessee, widowed) was listed in the 1900 U.S. census in Greene Co., Arkansas with one grandson: Josiah R. Miller (born Jan 1892 in Arkansas). Mollie Shelton married Jacob M. Miller, 19 Mar 1882 in Greene Co., Arkansas.

No where do Samuel and James Barnett appear in the same records at the same time. These facts taken together seem to point to the conclusion that Samuel Barnett and James Barnett are probably the same person. Samuel James Barnett married Narcissa Box in Hardeman Co., Tennessee in 1855 and had at least two children: Sarah E. and Mary J. Barnett. Mary J. is probably the Jane Shelten in the 1880 census record and the Mollie Shelton who married Jacob M. Miller. Jacob and Mollie (Shelton) Miller may have been the parents of Josiah R. Miller listed in Samuel’s 1900 census household.

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James or Jones?

What is the name of the second son of Hiram Barnett? My original information listed him as James W. Barnett, but on closer examination of the 1850 and 1860 census records I have to agree with the indexers and say that his name was Jones W. Barnett. The 1860 census image is faded and a little hard to read. In addition the enumerator’s “a” and “o” look alike. But if you take a close look it looks like the third letter is an “n” not an “m” suggesting that his name was Jones.

Looking at the Hiram Barnett household in the 1850 census however, clearly shows his second son’s name as Jones, not James. This detail is important to help distinguish between Jones and one of his brothers.

Hiram Barnett Update

I was finally successful in finding Hiram Barnett in the 1860 U.S. census. In a line by line search in Hardeman Co., Tennessee, I found the H.J. Barrett household that matches the family of Hiram Barnett. Here’s a summary of what appears on the census:

Barrett, H.J., age 51, M, farmer, personal estate $200, born Ky

Barrett, Sarah H, age 44, F, born Tenn

Barrett, Jones M., age 22, M, farm labor, born Miss

Barrett, Geo W, age 17, M, farm labor, born Tenn

Barrett, Sarah F, age 15, F, born Tenn

Barrett, Elizabeth, age 12, F, born Tenn

Barrett, John N., age 9, M, born Tenn

Barrett, Benjamin M.,age 4, M, born Tenn

Barrett, Evaline, age 1, F, born Tenn

In addition a Public Member Tree (“My Forebears Since Jamestown by meggars55) at Ancestry pointed me in the direction of additional records:

Sarah H. Barnett and some of her children appear in the 1870 U.S. census in Tipton Co., Tennessee and in 1880 they appear in Greene Co., Arkansas.

It appears that Hiram Barnett may have died sometime between 1860 and 1870, probably in West Tennessee and his family went on to settle across the Mississippi River in Greene Co., Arkansas.

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]

What Happened to Hiram Barnett?

Hiram Barnett, son of Samuel and Sarah (Goheen) Barnett, was born about 1811 in Caldwell County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Webb, 14 Feb 1832 in Hardeman County, Tennessee. They were the parents of: Samuel Barnett (b. abt. 1835); James W. Barnett (b. abt. 1837); Mary Barnett (b. abt. 1840); George W. Barnett (b. abt. 1843); Sarah Frances Barnett (b. abt. 1845); Elizabeth Barnett (b. abt. 1848); John N. Barnett (b. abt. 1851); Benjamin M. Barnett (b. abt. 1856); and Evaline Barnett (b. abt. 1859).

He paid taxes in Hardeman County, Tennessee in 1833 and 1834. In the 1840 U.S. census he was listed in Marshall County, Mississippi. He again paid taxes in Hardeman County, Tennessee in 1844, 1845 and 1849. He was listed in the 1850 U.S. census in Hardeman County and again paid taxes there in 1852.  After that he and his family disappear.

Did Hiram die in Tennessee or did he move? If he moved, where did he go? Did he go to Texas with the rest of the Samuel Barnett family? It’s a mystery.

Holly Springs, Mississippi

During a recent research session I noticed that Evaline Barnett married Benjamin H. Moss in 1849 in Holly Springs, Marshall Co., Mississippi. This raised questions: What was she doing in Mississippi? Was this the right person? Could this be a mistake?

Later I was at the BYU Family History Archive site. As I searched for Barnetts I found they had many Texas histories online, so I searched them for Barnetts. I found a great biographical sketch for William Y. Barnett. William was the son of George W. Barnett and grandson of Samuel Barnett. The sketch gave some information on George W. Barnett as an early settler of Collin Co., Texas. The bio stated that George’s family left Kentucky when he was three years old and settled in Mississippi; he grew up in Holly Springs, Mississippi. A search of U.S. census records found Samuel Barnett and his son, Hiram, in Marshall Co., Mississippi in the 1840 census.

One correction should be noted, the family may have left Kentucky in the early 1820s, but they apparently did not go straight to Mississippi. In the 1830 census, Samuel Barnett was listed in Hardeman Co., Tennessee and he paid taxes in that county between 1823 and 1833. The Chickasaw Indians ceded their lands to the U.S. in 1832 and Holly Springs was founded in 1835. This also seems to confirm that Samuel Barnett moved his family there in the early 1830s.