1 BARNETT ANCESTRY Written by Nancy Barnett Edited by Donald Eugene Barnett The ancestral lineage of DONALD EARL BARNETT can be traced back to the beginning of English settlement in Virginia. There are several Barnett family lines in America but DNA testing results show matches with the descendants of JOHN BARNETT born in Goochland, Virginia in The research is very solid up to SAMUEL BARNETT (1780) and shows no connection to these other families. The DNA connection to JOHN happened in the two generations preceding SAMUEL, which would include JOHN BARNETT (1689) and/or one of his sons, or possibly a brother. Not much is known of JOHN BARNETT s ancestry. One researcher, Mic Barnett, believes JOHN s father was JOHN BERNARD born in 1661 in Purton, Gloucester, England and died in 1709 in Virginia. Bernard was often interchangeable with the surname Barnett. JOHN BERNARD s father was RICHARD BENARD, JR., born in 1636, Petsoe, Buckinghamd, England, and died in 1691 in Purton, Gloucester County, Virginia. RICHARD BENARD, JR s father was RICHARD BERNARD, SR., christened 12 March 1608 in Turvey, Bedford, England, married ELIZABETH WOOLHOUSE, and died before 2 April 1651 in Virginia. Nothing is known about the Bernard migration from England to Virginia some time between 1636 and There is also a possibility that JOHN had a brother, HENRY. The DNA would be the same from either brother. HENRY BARNETT sired 24 children in a very long and active life with possibly three wives. Seventeen of his boys were soldiers in the French and Indian War and/or Revolutionary War, perhaps more serving sons from one father than any other Virginia family. Of these Barnett brothers, some perished during the War of Independence, several others were with General Washington when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown on October 19, Possible Pocahontas Connection There are several researchers who believe JOHN BARNETT (1689) was the grandson of Pocahontas. Also, evidently many Barnett s from this family line have had a Pocahontas family story connection that has been passed down through the generations. There are also family stories referring to a Washington in the family history and a French ancestry.
2 John Rolfe and Pocahontas POCAHONTAS was born circa , and was possibly married, at least for a time, to a Powhatan warrior named Kocoum, circa Vague references have been found suggesting one or two native children were born to this union, but no evidence has surfaced. Kocoum abruptly stepped off the historical stage (for reasons unknown) and in 1613 POCAHONTAS married JOHN ROLFE. They had one child, a son, THOMAS ROLFE who was born in POCAHONTAS died of an undetermined illness while on a 1617 business visit to England with her merchant husband and was buried in Gravesend, England. Their infant son, THOMAS, was too small and fragile to withstand the risky sea journey back to America, so JOHN ROLFE left him in England under the care of his brother, Henry Rolfe. Henry raised the boy as an Englishman.
3 Pocahontas and her son Thomas Rolfe JOHN ROLFE died in Virginia in 1622, either from a lingering illness or an Indian raid. It is actually JOHN ROLFE who established tobacco as an export to Europe. According to his will, his son THOMAS could not inherit his father s rather sizable estate before reaching age 21 unless he married prior to that time. In what may have been at least a partial response to that stipulation, 17 year-old THOMAS married ELIZABETH WASHINGTON in September of 1632 at Clerkenwell, St. James Church, London, England. In 1633, ELIZABETH died giving birth to a daughter, Anne, who later married Peter Elwyn, and they had at least three sons and four daughters. The Elwyns inherited several of Pocahontas personal possessions. In 1635, THOMAS ROLFE, now 21, returns to the Virginia colony in North America and by March 1640 he was in the possession of the land south of the James. He married JANE POLYTHRESS, and they had two daughters, ANNE and Jane. ANNE married WILLIAM BARNETT, a Frenchman, who came to America between 1652 to WILLIAM may have been a Huguenot looking for religious freedom. Some evidence suggests his name was originally Barnard or Bernard. What does seem clear is that shortly after his arrival in the New World the spelling and pronunciation of his name soon evolved into: Barnett. The son of this union is JOHN BARNETT, born Generation One JOHN BARNETT marries KATHERINE FARRAR and they had eight sons and a number of daughters. Unfortunately with the exception of two, there is scant information. Five of their sons were: i. John Barnett, born 1719 in Hanover, Virginia, married Sarah McCann, died in Fluvanna, Virginia.
4 ii. Thomas Barnett, born 1721 in Goochland, Virginia, married Sarah Croshaw Graves ( ), died in Granville, North Carolina in May iii. Richard Barnett, born 1725 in Goochland, Virginia, died in Prince Edward, Virginia. iv. William Barnett, born 1727 in Goochland, Virginia, married Hannah Fenton (b. 1827), died in 1805 in Goochland, Virginia. v. Joseph Barnett, born October 1731 in Goochland, Virginia, married Lucy Wade ( ), died on 1 March 1802 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. JOHN BARNETT died in 1756 in Goochland, Virginia. His wife KATHERINE stays in Goochland, because she is recorded as dying there in They have several children and eight of them are sons. After JOHN dies in 1756 some of his sons and daughters moved to Rutherford, North Carolina, and some went on to South Carolina. The direct evidence is lost in this generation. Generation Two Joseph Barnett is the most likely ancestor but this cannot yet be established with certainty through DNA alone. What we know is that he is the son of JOHN BARNETT and perhaps the father of SAMUAL BARNETT. Generation Three The provable ancestry family begins with SAMUEL BARNETT, possibly the son of Joseph Barnett, born in Mercer County, Kentucky. SAMUEL marries PATSY WOODS in 1801 in Mercer County, Kentucky. The 1810 Federal Census shows SAMUEL BARNETT living in Mercer County, Kentucky, his age 30. SAMUEL moves with his family to Missouri about Family traditions believe the BARNETT s moved with Daniel Boone. Daniel Boone moved to Missouri when he lost his land in Kentucky. SAMUEL and PATSY BARNETT had eight children. i. DAVID BARNETT born March 3, 1804 in Kentucky ii. John Woods Barnett born May 30, 1811 in Kentucky iii. Zachariah Barnett birth date unknown in Kentucky These three brothers, DAVID, Zachariah and John Woods Barnett show up with their father, SAMUEL on the 1830 Federal Census in Missouri. Generation Four DAVID BARNETT marries NANCY CATHERINE CONNER on 18 February 1830 in Howard County, Missouri. DAVID and NANCY BARNETT had eleven children. They had six sons and five daughters all born in Missouri. Seven are listed in the 1850 census:
5 i. Washington Barnett, 1831 ii. Margaret A. Barnett, born in 1834 iii. Priscilla Barnett, born in 1836 iv. Isaphina C. Barnett, born in 1838 v. Armilda F. Barnett, born in 1840 vi. JAMES LOGAN BARNETT, born in 1846 vii. Samuel D. Barnett, born in 1849 When the BARNETT s got to Missouri they did not put down permanent roots. DAVID BARNETT (1804) was in Howard County, MO in By 1840 he and his family had moved north to Macon County (about 50) miles. By looking at the birthplaces of the children, we can tell that between 1840 and1850 there was a lot of movement for the BARNETT family. DAVID and his family had moved by 1846 to Hickman Hills, Jackson County, MO about 150 miles away. JAMES LOGAN BARNETT is born in Knob Noster, Johnson County, MO in That is about 50 miles from Hickman Hills. By 1849 the family is back in Hickman Hills, Jackson County, Missouri. A year later, by the 1850 Federal Census they have relocated in District 91, Schuyler County, Missouri about 200 miles away. About this time SAMUEL BARNETT, DAVID s father, dies in the neighboring Scotland County. By 1860 DAVID and NANCY, along with her mother, SARAH, have made the final move to Benton, Adair County, Missouri, about 25 miles away. Census Data CENSUS: DAVID BARNETT is listed in the 1830 Federal Census for Howard County, MO as being between 20 and 30 years old, his wife also between 20 and 30 years old. There were no other members in their household. CENSUS: DAVID BARNETT is listed as head of household in the 1840 Federal Census for Goshen, Macon County, Missouri. In the past ten years his family has grown to show one son and two daughters and his wife NANCY. It is apparent the BARNETT s are staying close. Nearby are SAMUEL BARNETT, his father, Zachariah Barnett and John Barnett, his brothers and their families. CENSUS: DAVID BARNETT is listed as a head of household in the 1850 Federal Census for Schuyler County, Missouri. He is now 46 years old, his occupation is listed as farmer. He doesn t own much land as the value of his real estate is only $22. His wife, NANCY BARNETT is 40 years old. Both DAVID and NANCY state on the census that they were born in Kentucky. CENSUS: DAVID BARNETT is listed as a head of household in the 1860 Federal Census for Benton, Adair County, Missouri. He is listed as 56 years old. He still lists his occupation as a farmer, no value of real estate is listed. His personal estate is estimated at $375. His wife, NANCY, is 50 years old. Their children are: "A.G. Barnett, 17 male, born in Missouri; J. L. BARNETT, age 15, male born
6 in Missouri; and S. D. Barnett, age 11, male, born in Missouri. Also a member of the household is SARAH HUMPHRIES (NANCY s mother), age 78, female, born in Kentucky. DAVID dies in Johnson County, Missouri on January 8, 1877 at the age of 73. NANCY outlives him by 22 years when she dies in NANCY CONNER is shown listed in the 1880 Federal Census for Drywood, Kansas as a member of the household of her son JAMES L. BARNETT. She is white, female, age 70, mother of JAMES, widowed "at home." It is apparent that when DAVID died three years earlier she moved into the home of JAMES LOGAN BARNETT. Generation Five JAMES LOGAN BARNETT is born in Knob Noster, Johnson County, MO in He marries MARY CATHERINE HAMMETT at the age of 32 in 1878 in Knob Noster, MO. They have nine children all born in Missouri. i. David Barnett, born in 1879 ii. Lula Barnett, born June 1883 iii. Frank Barnett, born 1886 iv. Bulla Barnett, born June 1888 v. Effie Barnett, born March 1889 vi. WILLIAM CLEM BARNETT, born December 1890 vii. Nancy Barnett, born February 1896 viii. Ida Barnett, born May 1899 The 1880 Federal Census shows that JAMES LOGAN BARNETT is 34 years old and has moved back to Knob Noster. By that time he has been married to MARY CATHERINE HAMMETT for two years. Within two years they have moved to Drywood, Bourbon County, Kansas. The 1890 Census shows his mother, NANCY CONNER BARNETT is now a widow, age 70, and living with JAMES and his family in Drywood, Kansas. Between 1899 and 1900 they move to Ft. Scott, Kansas. The 1900 Federal Census lists James as 54 years old and his occupation is listed as a coal miner. Their oldest son David is not living at home. The 1910 census shows him in the Fort Scott Ward 5, in Bourbon County, Kansas. We know he has built his dry goods store by this time. Below is a picture taken for a newspaper article showing WILLIAM (Tim) on the left and his brother, Frank on the right behind the counter on the last day they owned the store.
7 Barnett dry goods store By 1920 JAMES is 74 years old. He is the owner of his home free of any mortgage. The census states that he can read and write, that he was born in Missouri and his parents were born in Kentucky. He lists his occupation as none. His wife, MARY C. is listed as 61 years of age, born in Missouri and that both her parents were born in Virginia. Their daughter, Effie Barnett, is shown living with them at the age of 31. She is single and her occupation is a typist in an office. MARY CATHERINE dies in 1920 at the age of 61 and JAMES dies in 1923 at the age of 76. They are buried with their infant daughter, Mary, in Large Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kansas. Generation Five WILLIAM CLEM BARNETT is born December 5, 1890 in Ft. Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas. WILLIAM marries EMMA EWING on December 12, 1912 in Ft. Scott, Kansas. WILLIAM and EMMA had six children all born in Fort Scott, Kansas. Their first daughter Wilma, was born in 1913 and died the same year. i. Wilma Barnett, born 1913 ii. Vera Juanita Barnett, born on March 4, 1915 iii. Freda Barnett, born on January 21, 1917 iv. William (Buzz) Barnett, born May 30, 1920 v. DONALD EARL BARNETT born April 20, 1922 vi. Mary Catherine Barnett, born August 20, 1926
8 In the 1910 Census WILLIAM is shown as living with his parents and his sister, Nancy. He is 19 years old. WILLIAM became a mail carrier in He retired after 38 years on July 1, Below is a picture of him in his postal uniform. WILLIAM and EMMA on their wedding day in By 1920 WILLIAM and EMMA are shown owning their own home. For many years, they lived in a little house on 3rd Avenue, down the street from the elementary school. The house was right next to a gas station. The house has been torn down, but the gas station remains.
9 Donald and William (Buzz) Barnett
10 Jack McGrew, Patty and Susan Marsh, Terry McGrew, Emma, Thomas and Mary C. Marsh, William (Tim), Vera and Lawrence Westerhouse. Freda McGrew must be the photographer. Vera Juanita married Lawrence Westerhouse. They had no children. They lived on National Avenue in Ft. Scott in a brick home. Lawrence died of a heart attack in 1981 while on the golf course. Vera died less than six months later on May 21, Vera and Lawrence Westerhouse Freda married Jack McGrew on May 25, She and Jack had one child, Terry. Freda died on February 3, 1975 at the age of 58. Jack has remarried and is still living. William was always known by the nickname Buzz. He joined the Navy in On December 7, 1941 he was serving on the West Virginia that was moored at Pearl Harbor. The West Virginia was one of the ships sank by the Japanese. Buzz was initially listed as missing in action. His body was never found. For years after this death, EMMA, his mother, believed he would somehow show up. Buzz was the first casualty of World War II from Ft. Scott. The Ft. Scott Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was named after him. Below is a picture of Buzz in his uniform taken shortly before his death. His name is also listed at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
11 William (Buzz) Barnett DONALD was very small at birth. He reprotedly was kept in a warm oven, which acted as an incubator. DONALD married JUANITA PEARL CARTER on November 7, 1943 just before he left for military service.
12 Donald and Juanita Barnett Mary Catherine Barnett married Thomas Marsh in 1946 and had three children Patricia, Susan and Thomas. Mary C. as she was called, died in childbirth on January 23, 1964 at the age of 37. This was almost exactly a year after her father had died. DONALD lost his mother, his father and his sister within thirteen months.
13 Mary C. and Thomas Marsh with their daughter Patricia
14 William (Tim) and Emma Barnett WILLIAM and EMMA were married for 59 years. EMMA passed away on December 26, She was in the hospital for some time before she died. Their son DONALD traveled from California to Ft. Scott to take care of things after her death. He returned home in the middle of January Tragedy struck the family again. WILLIAM was so despondent over EMMA s death that he shot himself to death in his daughters (Freda) garage. Again DONALD made the long trip back to Ft. Scott to help his sisters deal with the death of their beloved father.