James J. Barnett, b. 1812, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, d. 1880, Parker Co., Texas

James Johnson Barnett (Samuel 2, James 1) or “J.J. Barnett “was born on 16 May 1812 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky, died on 16 Sep 1880 in Hiner, Parker, Texas at age 68, and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker County.[1]

In 1820 James was probably living in Caldwell Co., Kentucky with his father Samuel Barnett.[2] By 1830 the family had moved to Hardeman Co., Tennessee and James was probably one of the three males ages 15 – 19 listed in Samuel Barnett’s household.[3] James paid taxes in Hardeman Co., Tennessee beginning in 1834 and appeared in most years until 1850. He paid only a poll tax, suggesting that he had acquired no land.[4]

About 1849 James and his family moved to Freestone Co., Texas. In the 1850 census he was listed as head of household and a farmer in Limestone Co., Texas.[5] About 1857 J.J. Barnett and his family made their way to newly formed Parker Co., Texas which became their permanent home where they settled south of Weatherford in the Hiner area.  J.J. and his family appeared in Parker Co., Texas in the 1860 and 1870 census records.[6] They were not found in the 1880 census, but they were probably still in Parker County.

J.J. Barnett served in the CSA 9th Texas Field Battery during the Civil War. His unit served in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater of the war. They were involved in battles in Louisiana and along the Mississippi River. James’ service records show that he was hospitalized in Aug 1864 in the Shreveport, Louisiana hospital for a fever.[7] Later James encouraged settlement of the area and was known for helping newcomers with transportation and temporary housing. A family story recounts how James traveled to Eastern Tennessee after the war and organized and led local families to new opportunities in Texas. Some of those families became part of his family through the marriages of their children.[8]

James married Elizabeth Wylie (Willie), daughter of Matthew Wiley and Elizabeth Shields, on 27 Mar 1834 in Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee.[9] Elizabeth was born on 21 Apr 1813 in Kentucky, died on 9 Apr 1884 in Hiner, Parker, Texas at age 70, and was buried in Ox Mill Cemetery in Parker Co., Texas.[10]

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

  1. John N. Barnett, b. 1836, d. 1927
  2. Sarah Jane Barnett, b. 1839, d. about 1869
  3. George Franklin Barnett, b. 1842, c. 1915
  4. James Madison Barnett, b. 1844, d. 1931
  5. Matilda Ann Barnett, b. 1847, d. 1872
  6. Matthew William Barnett, b. 1850, d. 1930

[1] Parker County, Texas Cemeteries (Weatherford, Texas: Parker County Genealogical Society, 1998), v. 1 Southern Half of the County, p. 36 “Barnett/Oxmill Cem etery.”

[2] U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell County, Kentucky, population schedule, Darnell’s P arish, p. 50, line 26, Saml Barnett household; citing NAR A micropublication M33, roll 19; accessed 24 Jul 2008.

[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), 1834-1849 Taxable Polls and Property, Tax books 1824-1854 – FH L US/CAN Film [ 989359 ].

[5] 1850 U.S. Census, James Barnett household, Limestone County, Texas, populatio n schedule, Precinct 2, page 360 and 364, dwelling 71, fami ly 71; NARA micropublication M432, roll 912; accessed 31 Ma r 2007 online at http://www.ancestry.com

[6] 1860 U.S. Census, Parker County, Texas, population schedule, Beat 1, page 424 , dwelling 66, family 66, J. Barnet household;citing NARA m icropublication M653, roll 1302; accessed 21 Mar 2007 and 1870 U.S. Census, Parker County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 4, For t North Tarrant post office, page 411, dwelling 773, famil y 773, Jas. Barnett household; citing NARA micropublicatio n M593, roll 1601; accessed 31 Mar 2007.

[7] U.S. Govt, Confederate Veterans Records, medical cards. photocopies in possession of compiler

[8] Jim Taylor, “Descendants of James Kelly,” Jim Taylor.

 

[9] Tennessee, State Marriages, 1780 – 2002. Digital images. (The Generations Network, Inc., Ancestry. http://ancestry : 2009.), Barnett-Willie marriage 1834

[10] Parker County, Texas Cemeteries (Weatherford, Texas: Parker County Genealogical Society, 1998), v. 1 Southern Half of the County, p. 36 “Barnett/Oxmill Cem etery.”

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Sophia Barnett, b. about 1799, d. 1888, Fannin Co., Texas

Sophia Barnett (James 1) was born about 1799 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky, died in 1888 in Fannin Co., Texas about age 89, and was buried in Woods Cemetery in Fannin County.[1]

Sophia and her husband Levin Oliver were involved in land transactions in Caldwell Co., Kentucky in 1825, 1835 and 1838.[2] Sometime after 1838 the family left Kentucky and settled in Fannin Co., Texas. Sophia and her family were listed in Fannin County in both the 1850 and 1860 U.S. census enumerations.[3] Her husband, Levin Oliver, died before the 1870 U.S. census when Sophia was living with her youngest daughter in the James and Margaret (Oliver) Pile household in Fannin County.[4] In 1880 she was living with another daughter in Fannin County in the R.D. and N.H. (Oliver) household.[5]

Sophia married Levin Oliver, son of Nathan Oliver and Hannah Gray, on 10 Aug 1816 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky.[6] Levin was born on 8 Mar 1799 in Virginia, died in Feb 1870 in Fannin Co., Texas at age 70, and was buried in Woods Cemetery in Fannin County.[7]

Levin Oliver participated in several land transactions in Caldwell Co., Kentucky between 1823 and 1848.[8] He appeared as head of household in the Caldwell County U.S. census records between 1820 and 1840.[9] About 1848 Levin moved his family to Fannin Co., Texas where he appears as head of household and a farmer in both the 1850 and 1860 U.S. census.[10]

Levin and Sophia (Barnett) Oliver were the parents of eight children:

  1. Mary Evelina Oliver, b. 1817, d. 1882
  2. Elizabeth Oliver, b. about 1820, d. before 1880
  3. Lydia Green Oliver, b. 1821, d. 1902
  4. Sarah Oliver, b. 1824, d. before 1906
  5. ? Oliver, b. 1826
  6. Nancy Howard Oliver, b. 1832, d. 1917
  7. Margaret Jane Oliver, b. about 1834, d. after 1910
  8. Robert C. Oliver, b. about 1838, d. 1862

[1] “Grave Search Results,”> database, Find A Grave  (http://www.findagrave.com), 10 Jul 2010, Sophia (Barnett) Oliver entry.

[2] 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 Leaven Oliver; citing Caldw ell Co. Deedbook E, p. 75, 108-109, 85-86.

[3] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, page 149 [stamped], dwelling 86, family 86, Leavan Olivr household; citing NARA micropublication M432, roll 910; accessed 6 Feb 2013 and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, Beat 4, Sadonia Post Office,  page 229 [stamped],  dwelling 718, family 727, Levin Oliver household; citing NARA micropublication M653, roll 1293; accessed 7 Feb 2013.

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com), Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 4, page 3 [written], 258 [stamped], dwelling 14, family 14, James R. Pile household; citing NARA micropublication M593, roll 1584; accessed 4 Feb 2013.

[5] 1880 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com), Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 4, ED 26, SD 2, page 50B [written], dwelling 445, family 449, R.D. Lee household; citing NARA micropublication T9, roll 1302; accessed 9 Jan 2013.

[6] Jordan Dodd, “Kentucky Marriages, 1802 – 1850,” database, Ancestry (http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 Dec 2012), Oliver-Barnett marriage (1816).

[7] “Grave Search Results,”> database, Find A Grave  (http://www.findagrave.com), Levin Oliver entry; accessed 30 Aug 2015.

[8] 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 John Barnett; citing Caldwe ll Co. Deedbook

[9] U.S. Government, 1820 U.S. Census, Caldwell County, Kentucky, population schedule, p. 33, Levin Oliver household; citing NARA micropublication M33, roll 19; accessed 30 Aug 2015; 1830 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Caldwell County, Kentucky, population schedule, p. 167, Leven Oliver household; citing NARA micropublication M19, roll 34; accessed 30 Aug 2015; and 1840 U.S. Census (Digital Images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)), Caldwell County, Kentucky, population schedule, p. 45,  Levin L. Oliver household; citing NARA micropublication M704, roll 106; accessed 30 Aug 2015.

[10] 1850 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, page 149 [stamped], dwelling 86, family 86, Leavan Olivr household; citing NARA micropublication M432, roll 910; accessed 6 Feb 2013 and 1860 U.S. Census (Digital image. Ancestry (http://ancestry.com)), Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, Beat 4, Sadonia Post Office,  page 229 [stamped],  dwelling 718, family 727, Levin Oliver household; citing NARA micropublication M653, roll 1293; accessed 7 Feb 2013.

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.

Lorena E. (Bourland) Barnett Confusion

There is some confusion as to the death date of Lorena E. Bourland, the wife of Francis A. “Frank” Barnett. A photo of her tombstone found at the Find a Grave website clearly shows her death date as 13 Nov 1912.

A search of Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, online at FamilySearch found the death certificate of Mrs. L.E. Barnett who died in Mitchell Co., Texas in 1912. The death certificate showed that she died of tuberculosis 11 Oct 1912 and was buried 12 Nov 1912 in Benbrook, Texas.

So did they really wait a whole month after her death before they buried her? It appears that one of these dates is in error, but which one? And if she actually died in November instead of October, was it on the 13th as shown on the tombstone or the 12th or earlier as indicated by the death certificate?

Ida Leah Barnett

Ida Leah Barnett, daughter of George Franklin Barnett and Florence Arzella Crouch, was born 28 Mar 1875 in Parker County, Texas, died 30 Jul 1954, at age 79, in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford. Ida married 31 Mar 1898 in Parker County, Dr. William Murphy Campbell. They were the parents of one daughter: Ilona Adelia Campbell.

Research in online sources to date:

Census search – Ida and her husband William M. Campbell were found in the 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930 U.S. census records. The consistently lived in Parker Co., Texas and William’s occupation was as physician. Ida would have been about 5 years old in the 1880 U.S. census, but her family was not found in that census.

Marriage record – The Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 at FamilySearch has an entry for the marriage of W.M. Campbell and Iva Leigh Barnett who were married 31 Mar 1898 in Parker Co., Texas.

Death – Texas death certificates were found for both Ida (Barnett) Campbell and for William M. Campbell at the FamilySearch website.

Cemetery – Memorials for Ida Leah (Barnett) Campbell and William Murphy Campbell were found at the Find a Grave website.