John BERNARD Thomas BARNETT Joseph BARNETT Edward BARNETT Katherine FARRAR Jane ROLFE Mini tree diagram

John BARNETT1,7,3,8,4

16891,2,3,3,4 - 21st Sep 17561,5,6,4

Life History


Born in Henrico County, Virginia.1,2,3,3,4

between 1721 and 1725

Birth of son Thomas BARNETT in Goochland, Goochland, Virginia.7,9

3rd Oct 1731

Birth of son Joseph BARNETT in Goochland, Goochland, Virginia.7,10,11


Birth of son Edward BARNETT in Goochland, Goochland, Virginia.12

21st Sep 1756

Died in Goochland County, Virginia.1,5,6,4

Date will was probated.  Actual death was probably a few days before this.

after 21st Sep 1756

Buried in Unknown.4

Other facts


Married Katherine FARRAR


  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Katherine Farrar
    Spouse John Barnett
    (no date or place for the marriage included in this index record)

    Family Data Collection - Individual Records
    John Barnett
    Spouse Katherine Farrar
    Father John Bernard
    Birth 1683 Goochland Co, VA
    Death 1756 Goochland Co, VA

    John Barnett
    Born 1689 in Goochland County, Virginia
    Died 1756 in Goochland County, Virginia
    Spouse Katherine Farrar 1700-1763
    Child Joseph Barnett
    --  Rickard - Winfrey,

    This genealogy reports the date of death as 1756.  This corresponds tothe date of probation of the will of John Barnett.  See below.

    Some genealogies report the name of John's father as John, others asWilliam.  Some split the difference by reporting his as "William orJohn."  Most genealogies I have seen appear to copy each other in atleast one error, reporting the same date of death for William/John asfor the son John.  John's will was probated 21 September 1756.  Noother date is given for his death, and this is reported as his date ofdeath.  Almost all the genealogies I have found also report this verysame date of death for his father, whether under the name William orJohn.  This seems highly unlikely.  Some report the date of WRITING ofthe will as the date of death for the son John, instead of the date ofprobation ("proving").

    Coming to America

    John Barnett, Sr. lived in the very early and formative days ofAmerica.  He is identified with those early Virginians that joined theJamestown colony established in 1608-9.  It cannot be determinedexactly when he or his ancestors entered the area, but by deduction,we are quite sure of his existence there in the late 1600's.  In allprobability his parents or grandparents joined the colony about 1650or soon thereafter.

    We do know from established records that John Barnett, Sr. lived inVirginia in the late 1600's and reared a large family there.  This isborne out by facts in his will which certified the date of his death.

    Some references indicate that the Barnett family came to America fromEngland bearing the name.  Others indicate that the name was changedfrom Bernard to Barnett upon reaching the new county.

    --  Description Taken from Barnett and Kindred Families by Dr. Hoyt M.Warren, Sr. published in 1977.

    John Barnett
    Birth 1689 Henrico County, Virginia, USA
    Death 1756 Goochland County, Virginia, USA
    Spouse Katherine Farrar Barnett (1700 - 1763)
    Children Joseph Barnett (1731 - 1802)
    Burial Body lost or destroyed
    Created by Mary Elizabeth Gatch Feb 03, 2016
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #157757472,

    The following text presents the will of John Barnett (Jr).    I don'tknow if all the misspellings are in the original or are only typos inthe transcription.  I have not seen the original.

    John Barnett b. 1689 Goochland Co., VA
    Posted by: Jerry Olschki Date: October 12, 2000 at 20:05:26
    In Reply to: John Barnett b. 1689 Goochland Co., VA by Lynda Hollandof 7152

    My records show 11 children. The will of John Barnett (below) liststhese children.

    Will: Goochland Co. Wills and Deed Bk. 7 p. 118-119, dated October 7,1755, and proved September 21, 1756.

    In the name of God Amen the Seventh day of October One thousand sevenhundred and fifty five I John Barnett Senr of the County of Goochlandbeing at this present very sick and weak in Body but of a sound andperfect desposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for itconsidering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the timethereof do make Ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament inmanner and form following that is to say first and pricipally Icommend my Soul to the hands of god my Creator that gave it me, and myBody I commit to the Earth to be Buried after a deceant Christian likemanner, and as to what worldly godds it hath please God to bestow uponme I give and dispose in manner and form following.

    Item First I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Barnett that part ofmy Land he now lives on to him and his heirs forever.

    Item and the other part of my Land with the plantation I now live on Ilive and devise unto my younest son Jesse Barnett to him and his heirsforever, the Branch between them to be ye dividing.

    Item And remaining part of my Estate both Real and personal I give andbequeath unto the rest of my Children namely Richard Barnett, JohnBarnett, William Barnett, Joseph Barnett, Edward Barnett, CatherineWhitler, Sarah Barnett, Mary Barnett, and Frances Barnett to them andtheir heirs forever, to be equally divided between them, at the Deathor Marriage of my Wife desiring my Estate may not be appraised.

    Item I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Dear wife CatherineBarnett, my Son John Barnett, and my Son Thomas Barnett, to be my Soleand full Executors of this my Last Will and Testament in Witnesswhereof I the said John Barnett Senr have hereunto set my hand andSeal.

    In Presents of Samuel (S) Hix Senr, Henry Whitler, John Farrar.

    At a court held for Goochland County September the 21st 1756. Thiswriting was proved by the oaths of Samuel Hix Senr and henry Whitlerto be the last will and Testament of John Barnett Senr deceased andwas thereupon admitted to record.

    (The will is also listed in William and Mary Historical Magazine,Second Series, Vol. 7, page 48.)

    The date of "proving" (probating) the will is all that is given.  Hisdeath actually probably occurred a few days before the probate date.No separate record to date of death has been found.


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