John A DUCKETT William A DUCKETT Unknown NICHOLS Zachary Taylor BARNETT Elvira Jane Esther BARNETT Melvina BARNETT Della BARNETT James Monti BARNETT Samantha Melvina DUCKETT Jane Elizabeth HAMILTON Mini tree diagram

Sarah Ann DUCKETT6,7,3,1,8,9,4,10,2,5,11

about 18443,1,4,5 - 22nd May 19281,2

Life History

about 1844

Born in Georgia.3,1,4,5

between 1860 and 1875

Married Unknown NICHOLS in Hall County, Georgia

19th Aug 1875

Married Zachary Taylor BARNETT in Hill County, Texas.24,6

16th Nov 1876

Birth of daughter Elvira Jane Esther BARNETT in Tennessee.12,13,14,8,5,15

about 1877

Birth of daughter Melvina BARNETT in Monroe County, Tennessee.5,16

Oct 1884

Birth of daughter Della BARNETT in Tennessee.10

14th Feb 1886

Birth of son James Monti BARNETT in Monroe County, Tennessee.8,17,18,19,20,21,7

about 1900

Death of daughter Melvina BARNETT in Monroe County, Tennessee.10

25th Nov 1913

Death of Zachary Taylor BARNETT in Baker County, Oregon.22,23

after May 1928

Death of daughter Della BARNETT in Ontario, Baker, Oregon.2

22nd May 1928

Died in Ontario, Baker, Oregon.1,2


28th May 1928

Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Ontario, Baker City, Baker County, Oregon, Plot: West, Block 1, Lot 36, Grave 2.1,2


  • Sarah Ann Duckett is most often found in genealogies under the name Sarah A Nichols, the name on her marriage record with Z T Barnett.  She is clearly documented in early life and in her burial information as the daughter of John A and Jane (Hamilton) Duckett.  Perhaps Nichols was a first married name.  I have not yet found documentation for her change of name from her maiden name of Duckett to the name of Nichols on the marriage record.

    In the 1850 census Sarah A Duckett is 6 years old, making her born about 1844.  This early report is more likely to be accurate than later ones and the common one found in genealogies of 1850.  1860 is similar, reporting her 15 yeras old (b 1844-1845).

    In the 1860 census, Sarah is reported as Sarah A E Duckett.  The 1900 census tells us the A stands for Ann.  I have not found any documentation for the initial E.  Her Civil War pension record has her name as Sarah A J Barnett.  I have not found what this J initial stood for either.  She is normally referred to as Sarah A.  One instance of her middle name Ann occurs.  Her grave has Sarah A, but the funeral/obit card carrying the record of her burial, while providing much family and personal information, has her as Sarah H.

    1850 Federal Census, Gordon County, Georgia, 9 December, Division 12, page 69, Hse #685, Fam #690
    John A Duckett 38 M Farmer No Real Estate value rptd b TN [b abt 1812]
    Jane E Duckett 31 F b GA [b abt 1819]Robert C Duckett 10 M b GA [b abt 1840]
    William A Duckett 9 M b GA [b abt 1841]
    Sarah A Duckett 6 F b GA [b abt 1844]
    E R Duckett 2 F b GA [b abt 1848]

    1860 Federal Census, Hall County, Georgia, 16 July, Fairmount, PO not rptd, page 15 (scan 391), Hse #1012, Fam #984
    John A Duckett 52 M Farmer $0 Real Estate #700 Personal born SC
    Jane E Duckett 42 F Domestic born GA
    Robert C Duckett 19 M Farm Laborer born GA
    William A Duckett 17 M Farm Laborer born GA
    Sarah A E Duckett 15 F Domestic born GA
    Elizabeth R Duckett 10 F born GA
    Samantha D Duckett 5 F born GA
    Alexander 3 M born GA

    1880 Federal Census, Monroe County, Tennessee, 18 June, Civil District 1, Enumeration District 85, page 26, Hse/Fam #356
    Barnet, Taylor  W M 30 Head Farmer TN TN TN[b abt 1850]
    Barnet, Sarah A  W F 30 Wife Keeping House GA TN NC [b abt 1850]
    Barnet, Elvira W F 6 TN GA NC
    Barnet, Melvina W M 3 TN GA NC
    Homes [sic], Eliza J W F 18 House girl Cannot read or write Tennessee -- --

    Records for a Sarah Barnett, wife of Taylor Barnett, in Baker County, Oregon, match very closely Sarah Baker, wife of our Zachary Taylor Barnett.  Following up on her records led me back to Monroe County, Tennessee, and a chain of records telling their story.

    Melvina Barnett
    Birth 1877 in Tennessee, Death <No date or place>
    Zachary "Taylor" BARNETT 1849 - 1913
    Sarah A Nichols 1850 - 1928
    Marriage to Marion Boatman 22 Dec 1896  Monroe, Tennessee
    --  Scott Hayes,

    Even though this genealogy has no date of death for Melvina, we know Melvina died before 1900.  Her husband Marion Boatman is reported as a widower in the 1900 census, living with her parents..

    1900 Federal Census, Monroe County, Tennessee, 21 June, Civil District 18, Enumeration District 122, page 17A, South Dewey Ave, Hse #242, Fam #243
    Barnett, Taylor Head  W M Dec 1840 60 [cf 1850 census, 9mos old] Married 23 year TN TN TN Farmer Owns
    Barnett, Sarah Ann Wife W F Sept 1855 45 Married 23 year 5 children/3 living GA GA GA
    Barnett, Della E Dau W M Oct 1884 15 Single TN TN GA At School
    Barnett, James M Son W M Feb 1886 14 Single TN TN GA At School
    Barnett, William M Grandson W M Jun 1898 1 Single TN TN TN
    Duckett, Jane Mother[-in-law] W F Dec 1817 83 Widow 7 children/5 living GA GA GA
    Boatman, William M Lodger W M July 1863 26 Widow TN TN TN Engineer

    Melvina and Marion had one child, apparently, who is reported in his grandparents household in 1910, as Willie Boatman, age 11, making him born about 1899.  I have not found where he was at the time of the 1900 census, when his father was reported in his grandfather's home.  Nor have I found his father in 1910.

    1910 Federal Census, Baker County, Oregon, Supplemental, Baker City Ward 2, District 2, page 8A, 1812 Birch St, Hse #[no #], Fam #[no #]
    Barnett, Taylor Head M W 62 Married 36 years TN TN TN Retired Farmer Rents
    Barnett, Sarah A Wife F W 56 Married 36 years 4 children/3 living GA TN GA
    Barnett, James M Son M W 24 Single TN TN TN [seems it should be TN TN GA] Saw Mill Laborer
    Boatman, Willie Grandson M W 11 Single TN TN TN

    Sarah applied for Civil War widow's pension after her husband Taylor died in 1913.

    U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
    Barnett Taylor
    Widow Barnett Sarah A J
    Service  E 7 Tenn Mtd Inf
    1887 Feb 18 Invalid  Application #598371  Certificate #515857
    1914 Jan 12 Widow Application #1020292  Certificate #780643  Oregon

    In 1920, Sarah is living alone as a single-member household, next door to her son James on one side and her daughter Elvira Rhymer on the other.  Sarah's age reported in 1910 would make her birth in about 1854.  In 1920 her age would make birth in about 1865.  Her grave says 1850.

    1920 Federal Census, Baker County, Oregon, 3 January, Baker City Ward 3d, District 7, page 3B, South Dewey Ave, Hse/Fam #78
    Baranett [sic], Sarah A Head Rents F W 74 Widow GA TN GA No Occup

    1920 Federal Census, Baker County, Oregon, 3 January, Baker City Ward 3d, District 7, page 3B, South Dewey Ave, Hse/Fam #78
    Barnett, James M Head Rents M W 34 NC NC NC House Carpenter
    Barnett, Hazel L Wife F W 26 SC SC SC
    Barnett, Edna L Dau F W 5 WA TN OR
    Barnett, Ray H Son M W 4yrs0mos OF TN OR
    Rissell, Elmer D Brother-in-law M W 22 OR Wisconsin Wisconsin

    1920 Federal Census, Baker County, Oregon, 3 January, Baker City Ward 3d, District 7, page 3B, South Dewey Ave, Hse/Fam #78
    Rhymer, Andrew J Head Rents M W 49 TN TN TN Lumber Mill
    Rhymer, Elvira J Wife F W 42 TN TN GA
    Rhymer, Evertt O Son M W 19 TN TN TN Cow Herder, Cattle Range
    Rhymer, Carlos A Son M W 16 TN TN TN
    Rhymer, Arthur Son M W 14 WA TN TN
    Rhymer, Dwight Son M W 11 WA TN TN
    Rhymer, Harold Son M W 5 WA TN TN

    Sarah A Barnett
    Birth 1850
    Death May 1928
    Burial Mount Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
    Plot West, Block 1, Lot 36, Grave 2
    Created by Ronda Crow Feb 09, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #84747355,

    Sarah's related funeral card has her name as Sarah H Barnett.  This card gives us further information that might indicate this Sarah and Taylor are a different couple from our Zachary Taylor Barnett and Sarah Nichols.  Sarah's funeral card reports more family information including Sarah's parents' names.  Her father is reported as John A Duckett, whereas the name of Zachary Taylor Barnett's wife was reported on their marriage record as Sarah Nichols.

    The name Nichols might have been a previous married name, accounting for the name difference.  Or perhaps John Duckett was actually Sarah's stepfather, the second husband of her mother Jane.  I have not found any records for Sarah before the 1900 census.

    Sarah's name on the Funeral Card is Sarah H Barnett, while her grave and the memorial on Find a Grave, as well as the photo of her gravestone, have her name as Sarah A Barnett, matching the Civil War pension record name of Sarah A J Barnett.  I have not seen any other documentation or discussion on her other middle initial J.

    Obituary card from Baker City, Oregon Family History Center
    Barnett, Sarah H
    78 year [sic] of age
    Death 22 May 1928  Ontario, Ore  Nephritis
    Buried 28 May 1928  Mt Hope Cemetery
    Husband Taylor Barnett - died 1913
    Father John A Duckett born Georgia
    Mother Jane Hamilton born Georgia
    Son J M Barnett - Hershal, Oregon
    Dau Mrs Elvira Rhymer - Ontario, Ore
    Dau Mrs Della Masengil - Ontario, Ore
    West & Co #15  p 295
    Funeral ordered by Baker County
    --  Terri Smith, Find A Grave Memorial #84747355,


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