Jorile R BARNETT James BARNETT John N BARNETT Thomas BARNETT Evaline BARNETT William D BARNETT Francis Marion BARNETT Isabella Carline BARNETT Mini tree diagram
Nancy Ophelia WEDONTKNOW

Nancy Ophelia WEDONTKNOW4,1,5

also known as OPHELIA1

also known as Nancy BARNETT3

18081 - between 1844 and 18482,1

Life History


Born in South Carolina.1

about 1829

Married Jorile R BARNETT in Maco, Brunswick, North Carolina.8,21,22

about 1832

Birth of son James BARNETT in North Carolina.3,6

27th Apr 1834

Birth of son John N BARNETT in North Carolina.3,7,8

about 1835

Birth of son Thomas BARNETT in North Carolina.3

22nd Dec 1835

Birth of daughter Evaline BARNETT in Cherokee County, North Carolina.8,9,10,11,12

about 1840

Birth of son William D BARNETT in Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina.13,3

21st Feb 1841

Birth of son Francis Marion BARNETT in Murphy, Cherokee, North Carolina.14,15,16,17,18,3,13,19,20,12

about 1844

Birth of daughter Isabella Carline BARNETT in North Carolina.3,19

between 1844 and 1848

Died in Cherokee County, North Carolina.2,1

Last child b 1844; next wife married 1848

Other facts


Buried in Cherokee County, North Carolina.1


  • We do not know the full name of Jorile (Jorial) Barnett's first wife.  She is reported in the 1840 census, but names of individuals other than the head of household were not reported.  We find Jorile and his first wife with their family in Cherokee County, North Carolina in the 1840 census.

    1840 Federal Census, Cherokee County, North Carolina
    Joriael Barnett
    MALES:  1 under 5 (William?), 3 between 5-10 (James, John, Thomas), 1 30-40 (Jorile/Jorial)
    FEMALES: 1 under 5, (Evaline), 1 5-10 (??); 1 10-15 (Nancy), and 1 30-40 (1st wife)

    There is an additional female child here, aged between 5 and 10, whom we do not see later.  This is probably a child who died before the 1850 census.

    Working with another Barnett researcher, Nadene Snyder, I discovered that the first name of Jorile's first wife was Nancy.  Nadene found a church record, minutes form the Hanging Dog Baptist Church in Cherokee County, North Carolina, which reported that the church received Jorial and Nancy Barnett as members on 8 June 1844, just one month after the church had been organized.  This would be Jorial's first wife.

    His second wife's name was also unknown until 13 June 2008, when I found a note in a genealogy discussion list from Barbara Stevens.  She reported that the name of Jorile's second wife was Nancy Powell, and they married about 1848.  This Nancy Powell.  I had already found the Hanging Dog Church records, which reported that a Nancy Powell had joined that church in November 1844.  Then I knew that the Nancy who joined the church the same day as Jorile was his first wife, meaning both his first and his second wife were named Nancy.

    Jorile married Nancy Powell in October 1848.  So Nancy <Firstwife> died before that time.

    Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, page 78, entry 226
    Name: Jorial Barnett
    Spouse: Nancy Powell
    Marriage 27 Oct 1848, Monroe County, Tennessee

    With this marriage record, we know his first wife died before October 1848.

    The 1850 census, along with the information from the church records, tells us that Jorile and his first wife lived in North Carolina, and he met his second wife in the same church.  That 1850 census gives us the names of all the children who survived to that point.  In 1850, Jorile and his second wife are just over the border in Monroe County, Tennessee.  From the marriage record above, we learned the Nancy here is Nancy Powell.

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

    Additionally, after finding the marriage information for Nancy Powell, we know that Zachary Taylor Barnett here is the son of Nancy Powell, not Jorile's first wife Nancy.  Because Zachary is reported here as 9 months old, we know he was born in either January or February (census was in November 1850).  Since Jorile married Nancy Powell in October 1848, He is definitely Nancy Powell's son.  The other children shown in the 1850 census are the children of Jorile's first wife Nancy.

    One genealogy reports Jorile's first wife with the same children and marriage place and date as Ophelia.  This may indicate that her full name was Nancy Ophelia.  This genealogy, however, like others, has no details or source information and no information on her parents.  The name Ophelia may be a middle name or an error by that compiler.

    Birth 1810 in Ill, Death BEF 1844 in Cherokee, North Carolina
    Marriage to Jorial R Barnett 1829 Maco, North Carolina
    --  Barnett,

    This source reports the same children, all born in North Carolina, as other sources report for the known first wife Nancy.  But though this source reports all her chidlren as born in North Carolina, it reports that Ophelia was born in Illinois.  This is extremely unlikely, since there is no record or indication that Jorile was never in Illinois until after the death of his second wife, Nancy Powell in Tennessee.  Like most genealogies no source is given.


  • 1. Ancestry Trees
    • Barnett,
  • 2. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    • page 78, entry 226,
  • 3. 1850 Federal Census, Monroe County, Tennessee
    • 12 November, 14th Civil District, page 229 (scan 115), Hse/Fam #1608
  • 4. Hanging Dog Baptist Church Minutes 1844-46
    • Name: Name:;;
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
    • Barnett,
  • 6. 1860 Federal Census, Monroe County, Tennessee
    • [no day] July, P O Sweetwater, District 18, page 231, Hse #1672, Fam #1692
  • 7. 1865 Illinois State Census, Jefferson County
    • 3 July, Township 4, page 27
  • 8. Ancestry Trees
  • 9. 1895 Kansas State Census, Hodgeman County
    • 1 March, Sterling Township, page 1, Hse/Fam #4
  • 10. 1920 Federal Census, Finney County, Kansas
    • 3 January, Sherlock Township, District 49, page 1B,  Hse/Fam #9
  • 11. Gravestone of Joseph Abraham and Evaline Barnett Dixon, Browns Grove Cemetery, Burdett, Pawnee, Kansas
  • 12. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 13. Genealogy Trails
    • Washington County IL Veterans,
  • 14. Gravestone of Francis Marion Barnett, Johnson Chapel Cemetery, near Aspermont, Stonewall, Texas
  • 15. 1880 Federal Census, Hill County, Texas
    • 5 June, District 73, Page 13, Hse #106, Fam #105
  • 16. Ancestry Trees
    • Barnett,
  • 17. 1910 Federal Census, Stonewall County, Texas
    • 2 May, Justice Precinct 5, District 259, Page 8B, Hse #131, Fam #139
  • 18. 1920 Federal Census, Stonewall County, Texas
    • 7 March, Commissioner's Precinct 4, District 229, Page 2A, Hse/Fam #26
  • 19. 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Illinois
    • 22 June, Ashley, page 42, Hse # 298, Fam # 270
  • 20. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
  • 21. Ancestry Discussion Boards
  • 22. 1840 Federal Census, Cherokee County, North Carolina
    • page 236

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