Person:James Barnett (39)

Col. James Barnett
m. 1729
  1. John Barnett1730 -
  2. Joseph Barnett1731 - 1795
  3. William Barnett1735 -
  4. Col. James Barnett1736 - 1808
  5. Susannah Barnett1737 -
  6. Byrom M Barnettabt 1738 - BEF 1797
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Name Col. James Barnett
Gender Male
Birth? 1736 Amherst County, Virginia
Death? 8 July 1808 Montgomery County, Virginia

James Barnett was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land in Virginia:

  • Page 85 - James Barnett, 54 acres, Roanoke. December 8, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 31].
  • Page 140 - James Barnet, 47 acres, Roanoke River. Adjoining James Robertson. November 11, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 50].

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - CIRCUIT COURT CAUSES ENDED--OLD STYLE. - No. 19.; Madison vs. Lewis.--William Madison and Col. James Barnett were soldiers in the battle of Guilford in 1781. John Thompson's answer to bill filed against him, together with Joseph and James Thompson, by James M. Marshall, in the High Court of Chancery of Virginia. His father, William Thompson, removed from Maryland to Virginia in 1747. Soon afterwards Fairfax issued a proclamation encouraging those persons who had settled upon his lands to continue thereon, and that they should have 400 acres for each settlement. The alarm the dispute between Fairfax and the Crown had excited amongst the people was his reason for this means being taken to quiet them. William remained upon his settlement until 1793, when he died intestate, having six lawful children, viz: John, Joseph, James, William, Henry Sarah (now wife of Jacob Hidener, of Hardy County). Sworn to in Frederick County by John Thompson, 27th July, 1799.
  • Vol. 2 - Susannah Smith Madison, Agatha Strother Madison, children and heirs of William Madison, deceased, by Elizabeth Madison their mother and next friend, vs. Andrew Lewis--O. S. 19; N. S. 6--Bill filed 10th March, 1800. In 1779-1780 Wm. was entitled to 1,000 acres military lands in Kentucky, called Boon's Creek or Gordon's Station. His brother, Rowland Madison, sold it without authority to John Gordon and offered to give Wm. a tract in Botetourt called Vanse's, which their father, John Madison, proposed giving them. John died about 1784. William died 1782, intestate, leaving Elizabeth, his widow, and Susannah and Agatha his only heirs. Andrew Lewis married a sister of William and Rowland. Rowland married a sister of Andrew before 1784 and lived in Kentucky, but returned and lived on Vose's. William Lewis deposes at the Mermaid Tavern in Botetourt, 28th June, that he married a sister of Rowland Madison, and Rowland married his sister. William was married early in the summer of 1787. Rowland went to Kentucky in October, 1790. Gabriel Madison deposes at Nicholasville, Ky., 19th July, 1802. Rowland died about four years ago. Gabriel was a brother of Rowland and William, and moved to Kentucky in spring of 1780. Andrew Lewis and Rowland's sister were married in 1778. Col. Hugh Crockett was very intimate with the Lewises, and a very talkative man. William Walton deposes at Mermaid Tavern on Roan Oak, Botetourt County, 28th June, 1802, that he kept the books of Andrew Lewis when Andrew had a store at the place where Mr. Sherman now resides for about two or three years and about one and one-half years, when he was in partnership with William Lewis and myself, about the latter part of which period Rowland moved to Kentucky. Copy of John Madison's will in Botetourt, dated 19th December, 1783. Col. James Barnett deposes at house of David Wade in Montgomery County, 3d February, 1802, that on an expedition against the British in spring of 1781, William Madison and deponent, expecting to go into battle the next day, stepped aside privately in the night and made their verbal wills and called upon witnesses to testify the same.
  • Vol. 2 - Revolutionary War Service Declaration - Claudius Buster's Declaration, September 25th, 1832: Aged 68 on the 24th November last; entered the United States service in Albemarle County in December, 1780, under Capt. William Grayson, Lieut. William Gooch, Ensign Francis Montgomery, Orderly Sergeant Tarlton Woodson; entered agreeable to his division on the muster roll in Albemarle County, where he was born; he was discharged March, 1781, having served three months either from the time they received arms at Richmond or from the time they were received by Colonel (or General) Nelson at Yorktown; he does not recollect which; there were two other companies from Amherst County joined with Capt. Grayson's, one under Capt. James Barnet, the other under Capt. Tucker; the Field Officers were Col. Dabney and Major Campbell, all under the then Col. or General Nelson; he served at Yorktown, The Half House, and near Hampton; once the British sailed up York River, landed in the night time near The Half Way House and destroyed some property; the Americans had marched from the place the evening before; a Col. Mallory collected some men and gave them battle, in which he and some of his men were killed. {Excerpt}
  • Vol. 2 - Revolutionary War Sercice Declaration - William Smith's Declaration, February 25th, 1833: Was born July 22, 1763, at Staunton; his father moved from Staunton to Amherst (now Nelson) when declarant was very young; declarant returned to Augusta in 1825; in the latter part of 1777, or early in 1778, he was drafted for one month to guard a large number of British and Hessians captured at Saratoga and brought to Charlottesville; his Captain was David Skelton, of Amherst, from which county he marched. Again he was drafted for one month, and marched from Amherst to Charlottesville to guard the same prisoners; the manner in which troops were detailed to guard the prisoners was this, viz: two companies were drafted and marched at the same time from Amherst, served one month, and were then relieved by two companies. Again he was drafted early in 1781, and marched from Amherst under Capt. James Barnet and Lieutenant John Woodruff; Charles Dabney, of Hanover, was Colonel; his company was stationed at Williamsburg, but was at intervals marched to other places to keep watch upon the British, whose foraging parties were continually roving about the country; at Half Way House, a soldier announced that he had seen the British a few miles from camp, when declarant's and several other companies marched out and captured 70, who surrendered without making any resistance; they were delivered to General Steuben at Williamsburg, where declarant was discharged.

Records in Botetourt County, VA

  • 14 May 1776, Botetourt Co. Court -- "Isaac Taylor, Junr, is apptd. Constable in the room of James Barnett who is dischd. from that office." (254)