Jorile R BARNETT Zachary Taylor BARNETT Clarinda BARNETT Susan J BARNETT Mini tree diagram

Nancy POWELL4,1,5,6

about 18251 - between 1852 and 18572,3,1

Life History

about 1825

Born in South Carolina.1

27th Oct 1848

Married Jorile R BARNETT in Monroe County, Tennessee.3,4,1,6,5

about Jan 1850

Birth of son Zachary Taylor BARNETT in Cherokee County, North Carolina.7,8,1

about 1851

Birth of daughter Clarinda BARNETT in Monroe County, Tennessee.9,3,10,11

about 1852

Birth of daughter Susan J BARNETT in Monroe County, Tennessee.10,3

between 1852 and 1857

Died in Monroe County, Tennessee.2,3,1


  • Jorial Barnett's wife who was the mother of Clarinda (b 1851) and Susan J (b 1852-3) was Jorial's second wife.  In the 1850 census in Monroe County, Tennessee, Josiah is married to a young wife of age 25 named Nancy.  This is Nancy Powell, whom we find on the roll of the same church as Jorial/Jorile and his first wife, also named Nancy.

    We see a report in the minutes of the Hanging Dog Baptist Church that on 12 June 1847 Nancy Powell was "dismissed by letter," which appears to mean that she had joined another church who had written back to the HDBC to notify them, a common practice between Baptist churches when members change congregations.

    I thought this might be when they moved to another church, since in the 1850 census we find that Jorile, or Jorile as some public and family records spell it, and his econd wife Nancy are just across the border in Monroe County, Tennessee.  There is no record in the HDBC minutes along this same time period, however, of Jorile moving his membership from that church.  They could still have come back to that church for services even if they were living across the state line.  We found out, however, that Jorial and Nancy Powell did not marry until October 1848.

    I had earlier found another source.  Barbara Stevens, in a genealogy discussion list on, reported several pertinent and credible dates and other information on this family.  Barbara says that Jorile married Nancy Powell in about 1848.  I shared this information with Nadene Snyder, and while I was examining the Hanging Dog Church records, she found the record of Nancy Powell's marriage to Jorial Barnett:  The name of the groom is written as Josiah, not Jorial.  This may be one source for the name appearing as Josiah in some other soruces and genealogies.

    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, page 78, entry 226
    Josiah [Jorial/Jorile] Barnett
    Spouse Nancy Powell
    Marriage 27 Oct 1848 Monroe County, Tennessee

    The date given is the date the license was issued.  No date is recorded for the actual ceremony.  Some other entries on the page also lack the ceremony information.

    In the 1850 census in Monroe County, Tennessee, all Jorile's children are at home.  The youngest child, Zachary Taylor Barnett, born in about January 1850, is Nancy Powell's son.

    1850 Federal Census, Monroe County, Tennessee, 12 November, 14th Civil District, page 229 (scan 115), Hse/Fam #1608
    Jariel [Jorial] Barnett 42 M Farmer $600 Real Estate. $200 Personal  b SC
    Nancy Barnett 25 F b SC
    James Barnett 18 M b NC
    -- page 230 --
    John Barnett 15 M b NC
    Thomas Barnett 15 M b NC
    Evaline Barnett 12 F b NC
    William Barnett 10 M b NC
    Frances Barnett 8 M b NC
    Isabell Barnett 6 F b NC
    Zachary Tailor Barnett 9mos M b NC [b Jan-Feb 1850]

    Since Joriel and Nancy Powell married in 1848, Zachary Taylor Barnett is Nancy's son.  The other children listed in the 1850 census are the children of Jorile's first wife Nancy.

    In 1860 Jorile is living in Washington County, Illinois, married to a his 3rd wife, a widow named Sarah Morgan Gibson (See notes for Jorile Barnett).

    Jorile's second wife also died after the birth of two children (Clarinda and Susan) in Tennessee, after which Jorile (Jorial) moved to Illinois, where we find that he married widow Sarah Morgan Gibson in 1857.  They are recorded there in the 1860 census.  The ages and birth states of the Barnett children help spell out this story.  Note that while the 1860 census reports Zachary is already 12 years old, the 1850 census says Zachary was 9 months old in November 1850.  The latter is most likely correct, indicating that his parents reported the actual birth month

    1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Illinois, 22 June, Ashley, page 42, Hse # 298, Fam # 270
    Jorial Barnett 52 M Farmer $600 Real  $200 Personal South Carolina
    Sarah Barnett 38 F Missouri
    Frances Barnett 19 F North Carolina
    Isabella Barnett 17 F North Carolina
    Z Taylor Barnett 12 F North Carolina
    Clarinda Barnett 9 F Tennessee
    Susan J Barnett 8 F Tennessee

    Sarah and Jorial were not married until 1857, so Sarah is not the mother of Clarinda and Susan Barnett, having had her last child John Gibson in Illinois in 1852, the same approximate time as the birth of Susan Barnett in Tennessee.  The mother of Clarinda and Susan, as well as Zachary, is Nancy Powell, Jorile's second wife.  This means Nancy died sometime in late 1852 or later, after the birth of Susan.

    Jorile probably moved to Illinois after Nancy died, but I have not yet (June 2012) found her death or burial information in North Carolina or Tennessee.


  • 1. 1850 Federal Census, Monroe County, Tennessee
    • 12 November, 14th Civil District, page 229 (scan 115), Hse/Fam #1608
  • 2. Illinois Marriage Index
    • Book 2, Page 16
  • 3. 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Illinois
    • 22 June, Ashley, page 42, Hse # 298, Fam # 270
  • 4. Tennessee Marriage Records
    • page 78, entry 226
  • 5. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
  • 6. Ancestry Discussion Boards
  • 7. 1880 Federal Census, Polk County, Tennessee
    • 18 June, Civil District 1, Enumeration District 85, page 26, Hse/Fam #356
  • 8. Ancestry Trees
    • Scott Hayes,
  • 9. 1930 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    • 23 April, Richland Township, District 22, page 12A-B, Hse #226, Family #227
  • 10. 1870 Federal Census, Hill County, Texas
    • 23 August, PO Hillsboro, page 39, Hse/Fam # 265
  • 11. 1920 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    • 28 January, Marlow, District 257, page 13B, Hse #441, Fam #562

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