Hiram J. Barnett, b. about 1811, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, d. after 1860, Tennessee

Hiram J. Barnett (Samuel 2, James 1) was born about 1811 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky and died after 1860.[1]

Hiram was probably one of the males under ten listed in the Samuel Barnett household in the 1820 U.S. census;[2] and one of the males ages 15-19 in the Samuel Barnett household in the 1830 U.S. census.[3] In 1833 and 1834 Hiram paid a poll tax in Hardeman Co., Tennessee[4] and in 1840 he was listed as head of household in Marshall Co., Mississippi, near his father Samuel.[5] While most of Samuel’s children moved on to Texas, Hiram returned to Hardeman Co., Tennessee by 1844 when he again paid taxes in that county[6] and where he was living and farming in 1850 and 1860.[7] No death date has been found for Hiram J. Barnett, but he probably died between 1860 and 1870 when his wife and some of his children are listed in the 1870 U.S. census without him in neighboring Tipton Co., Tennessee.

Hiram married Sarah H. Webb on 14 Feb 1832 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee.[8] Sarah was born about 1815 in Tennessee.[9]

Besides appearing in her husband’s census household in 1850 and 1860, Sarah was listed as head of household in Tipton Co., Tennessee in the 1870 U.S. census. Four of her nine children were living with her; she was keeping house and had personal property worth $100, but no real estate.[10] By 1880 Sarah and some of her children had crossed the Mississippi River and settled in Greene Co., Arkansas. She was living with her youngest children, Benjamin and Florence.[11] No death information has been found for Sarah (Webb) Barnett, but she probably died after 1880 in Greene Co., Arkansas.

Hiram J. and Sarah H. (Webb) Barnett were the parents of nine children:

1. Samuel James Barnett, b. 1835, d. after 1900
2. Jones W. Barnett, b. about 1837, d. 1888
3. Mary S. Barnett, b. about 1840
4. George W. Barnett, b. about 1843
5. Sarah Frances Barnett, b. about 1845
6. Elizabeth Barnett, b. about 1848
7. John N. Barnett, b. about 1851
8. Benjamin M. Barnett, b. about 1856
9. Evaline Florence Barnett, b. about 1859

[1] Maynard, Frances O, “Descendants of James Barnett,” Frances O. Maynard, Cit. ID: Barnett.

[2] U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Saml Barnett household, Caldwell County, Kentucky, populati on schedule, Darnell’s Parish, p. 50, line 26; NARA M33, ro ll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[3] 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com.

[4] Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1833 Taxable Polls and Property, Tax books 1824-1854 – FH L US/CAN Film [ 989359

[5] 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Marshall County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northern Division, page 8, line 27, Hiram Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 218; accessed 20 Jul 2011

[6] Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1844 Taxable Polls and Property, District 8, Tax books 1824 -1854 – FHL US/CAN Film [ 989359 ]

[7] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Hiram Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, popula tion schedule, page 71, dwelling 44, family 44; NARA microp ublication M432, roll 881; accessed 19 Jul 2008 online at h ttp://ancestry.com and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Hardeman County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 13, page 179, dwelling 1335, family 1240, H.J. Barrett household; citing NARA micropublication M653, roll 1253; accessed 9 Jul 2012.

[8] Hardeman County, TN-Vitals, list, marriage records 1824-1950.

[9] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Hiram Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, popula tion schedule, page 71, dwelling 44, family 44; NARA microp ublication M432, roll 881; accessed 19 Jul 2008 online at h ttp://ancestry.com.

[10] 1870 U.S. Census, Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com), Tipton County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 12, pages 22 & 23, dwelling 165, family 165, Sarah Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M593, roll 1567; accessed 10 Jul 2012

[11] 1880 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com), Greene County, Arkansas, population schedule, Poland, ED 102, SD 1, page 20D, dwelling 181, family 180, B.M. Barnet household; citing NARA micropublication T9, roll 45; accessed 12 Feb 2013.

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Samuel Barnett, b. abt. 1783, South Carolina, d. after 1860, Texas

Samuel Barnett (James 1) was born about 1783-1784 in South Carolina and died after 1860 probably in Collin Co., Texas.[1]

Samuel appeared as head of household in Caldwell Co., Kentucky in 1810 and 1820.[2] Living in western Kentucky, Samuel probably experienced the chaos and destruction of the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-1812. He may have served in the War of 1812; there is a Samuel Barnett who served in Capt. John C. Dodds’ Company, 14th Regiment, detached militia.[3] In 1815 he submitted a land claim for 400 acres of vacant land in Caldwell County on the waters of the Tennessee River and adjoining the lands of Levi Davis.[4] In 1819 he was ordered to view and mark out a road, along with Levi Davis, Richard Swor, Beamon Fowler and James Barnett, from Osburn’s ferry on the Cumberland River to Pentecost’s ferry on the Tennessee River.[5] In 1824 Samuel sold to Broady Howard 93 acres of land in Caldwell County for $100 and in 1825 he was named in a lawsuit against the heirs of James Barnett.[6]

About this time Samuel and his family left Kentucky and moved to Hardeman Co., Tennessee. He appears as head of household in the 1830 U.S. census in Hardeman County and he paid taxes there from 1826 through 1833.[7] He paid only a poll tax so he apparently did not own property while he lived there. In 1833 Samuel and his family probably experienced one of the largest meteor showers ever seen; eyewitnesses described it as the sky being on fire and many people feared it was the end of the world. By 1840 Samuel had again moved south and he appears as head of household in the 1840 U.S. census in Marshall Co., Mississippi.[8]

By 1850 the family had again moved on and had now settled in Texas. Samuel appears as head of household in the 1850 U.S. census in Limestone Co., Texas and in the 1860 U.S. census in Collin Co., Texas.[9] In 1851 Samuel Barnett paid taxes on one negro valued at $700 and he also appeared in the 1850 Slave Schedule as having one 11-year-old male slave.[10] In 1860 Samuel was 77 years old and he was not found in the 1870 U.S. census, so he probably died between 1860 and 1870 in Collin County.

Samuel married Sarah Goheen or Gheen, daughter of James Goheen, Jr. and Mary Pinkston, on 19 May 1810 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.[11] Sarah was born about 1790 in North Carolina and died after 1860 probably in Collin Co., Texas.[12] 

Sarah appeared by name in both the 1850 and 1860 U.S. censuses[13] and she is probably the adult female who appears in the Samuel Barnett households in 1810 through 1840.[14]

Samuel and Sarah (Goheen) Barnett were the parents of nine children:

  1. Hiram J. Barnett, b. about 1811, d. after 1860
  2. James J. Barnett, b. 1812, d. 1880
  3. John W. Barnett, b. about 1814
  4. Francis Austin Barnett, b. 1816, d. 1884
  5. George Washington Barnett, b. 1819, d. 1882
  6. Nancy Selina Barnett, b. about 1825, d. before 1879
  7. Evaline Barnett, b. about 1826, d. about 1875/1876
  8. Malinda E. Barnett, b. about 1829, d. 1866
  9. Susan E. Barnett, b. 1833, d. 1919

[1] 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[2] Kentucky, Caldwell, 1810 U.S. census, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M252, roll 9, p. 5 stamped (381 written), line 5, Saml Barn ett, accessed 24 Jul 2008 and U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Saml Barnett household, Caldwell County, Kentucky, populati on schedule, Darnell’s Parish, p. 50, line 26; NARA M33, ro ll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[3] War of 1812 Muster Rolls, photocopies of military files

[4] Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977, Order Books, 1809-1815, vol. B1, p. 427-428, October 1815, Saml Barnett land claim; digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 24 Apr 2015).

[5] Happy Greer, Extracts Caldwell Co., KY, Court Order Bk. A, 1819 (N.p.: US GenWeb Archives, n.d.), Samuel Barnett road order. Cit. Date: 24 Apr 2015.

[6] William P. Oliver, “Selected Caldwell County Deed Abstracts – 1815 – 1853,” database, USGenWeb Archives  (http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/caldwell/deeds/deeds-001.txt : 6 Mar 2009), accessed 6 Mar 2009), entry for Samuel Barnett to Broady Ho ward; citing Caldwell Co. Deedbook K, p. 342 and William P. Oliver, “Selected Caldwell County Deed Abstracts – 1815 – 1853,” database, USGenWeb Archives  (http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/caldwell/deeds/deeds-001.txt : 6 Mar 2009), accessed 6 Mar 2009), entry for suit of Jeremiah Rucker aga inst the heirs of James Barnett; citing Caldwell Co. Deedbo ok D, p. 389 – 390.

[7] 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com.  Cit. Date: 15 Nov 2007 and Hardeman County, Tennessee, Trustee Tax Book 1824 – 1880 (Nashville, Tennessee : State Library and Archives, 1975), 1826, 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1833 Taxable Polls and Property, Tax books 1824-1854 – FH L US/CAN Film [ 989359 ]

[8] 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Marshall County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northern Division, page 8, line 26, Saml. Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 218; accessed 20 Jul 2011

[9] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Saml. Barnet household, Limestone County, Texas, populatio n schedule, Precinct No. 5 (or 3), p. 364, dwelling 139, fa mily 139; NARA M432, roll 912; accessed 18 Jul 2008 onlin e at http://ancestry.com and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[10] 1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedule (digital images online at ancestry.com), Limestone County, Texas, page 89, column 2, line 35, Samue l Barnett entry; citing NARA micropublication M432; accesse d 12 Oct 2010 online at http://ancestry.com and “Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910,” database and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 24 Apr 2015); Collin County, 1851, p. A, Samuel Barnett entry.

[11] Kentucky. Caldwell County, Marriage Records, 1808 – 1968. Caldwell Co., KY, A, Barnett-Gehen; FHL microfilm 546,371.

[12] 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com

[13] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Saml. Barnet household, Limestone County, Texas, populatio n schedule, Precinct No. 5 (or 3), p. 364, dwelling 139, fa mily 139; NARA M432, roll 912; accessed 18 Jul 2008 onlin e at http://ancestry.com and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Collin County, Texas, populatio n schedules, Highland Post Office, page 44 stamped (151 wri tten), dwelling 944, family 997; NARA M653, roll 1291; acce ssed 18 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com.

[14] Kentucky, Caldwell, 1810 U.S. census, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M252, roll 9, p. 5 stamped (381 written), line 5, Saml Barn ett, accessed 24 Jul 2008; U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Saml Barnett household, Caldwell County, Kentucky, populati on schedule, Darnell’s Parish, p. 50, line 26; NARA M33, ro ll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008 online at http://ancestry.com; 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Samuel Barnett household, Hardeman County, Tennessee, pag e 385, line 6; NARA micropublication M19, roll 176; accesse d 15 Nov 2007 online at http://ancestry.com and 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Marshall County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northern Division, page 8, line 26, Saml. Barnett household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 218; accessed 20 Jul 2011.

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.