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 to the date of probation of the will of John Barnett.  See below.

    Some genealogies report the name of John's father as John, others as William.  Some split the difference by reporting his as "William or John."  Most genealogies I have seen appear to copy each other in at least one error, reporting the same date of death for William/John as for the son John.  John's will was probated 21 September 1756.  No other date is given for his death, and this is reported as his date of death.  Almost all the genealogies I have found also report this very same date of death for his father, whether under the name William or John.  This seems highly unlikely.  Some report the date of WRITING of the will as the date of death for the son John, instead of the date of probation ("proving").

    Coming to America

    John Barnett, Sr. lived in the very early and formative days of America.  He is identified with those early Virginians that joined the Jamestown colony established in 1608-9.  It cannot be determined exactly 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 all probability his parents or grandparents joined the colony about 1650 or soon thereafter.

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

    Some references indicate that the Barnett family came to America from England bearing the name.  Others indicate that the name was changed from 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't know if all the misspellings are in the original or are only typos in the 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 Holland of 7152

    My records show 11 children. The will of John Barnett (below) lists these 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 seven hundred and fifty five I John Barnett Senr of the County of Goochland being at this present very sick and weak in Body but of a sound and perfect desposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for it considering the certainty of Death and the uncertainty of the time thereof do make Ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first and pricipally I commend my Soul to the hands of god my Creator that gave it me, and my Body I commit to the Earth to be Buried after a deceant Christian like manner, and as to what worldly godds it hath please God to bestow upon me I give and dispose in manner and form following.

    Item First I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Barnett that part of my 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 I live and devise unto my younest son Jesse Barnett to him and his heirs forever, the Branch between them to be ye dividing.

    Item And remaining part of my Estate both Real and personal I give and bequeath unto the rest of my Children namely Richard Barnett, John Barnett, William Barnett, Joseph Barnett, Edward Barnett, Catherine Whitler, Sarah Barnett, Mary Barnett, and Frances Barnett to them and their heirs forever, to be equally divided between them, at the Death or Marriage of my Wife desiring my Estate may not be appraised.

    Item I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Dear wife Catherine Barnett, my Son John Barnett, and my Son Thomas Barnett, to be my Sole and full Executors of this my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said John Barnett Senr have hereunto set my hand and Seal.

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

    At a court held for Goochland County September the 21st 1756. This writing was proved by the oaths of Samuel Hix Senr and henry Whitler to be the last will and Testament of John Barnett Senr deceased and was 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.  His death actually probably occurred a few days before the probate date.  No separate record to date of death has been found.


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