Person:William Barnett (62)

William S. Barnett
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Name William S. Barnett
Unknown[6] William Barret
Unknown William M. Barnett
Gender Male
Birth[8] 27 Sep 1786 Orange, Virginia, United States
Census[3] 1850 Nineveh, Johnson, Indiana, United States
Death[1][2] 14 Sep 1854 Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Cause of Death? 14 Sep 1854 Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United Statesdrowning in steam boat accident, Hurricane Island, Kentucky
Alt Death[8] 24 Sep 1854 Marion, Crittenden, Kentucky, United StatesHurricane Island
Alt Burial[2] Bet 1854 and 1857 Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United StatesOld Burying Grounds, later moved to Woodland
Burial[1][2] 7 Mar 1857 Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United StatesWoodland Cemetery

Still needed: a source that confirms he died in a steamboat accident. Still needed: information on why he is buried at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. He has no known connections to Dayton.

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    Int. # Name Birth Date Death Date Sec. Lot Tier Grave Burial Age Birth Place Undertaker
    2392 Barnett, William S 14 Sep 1854 10 222 7 Mar 1857

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 List of Persons Removed from the Old Burying Grounds & Re-Interred in Woodland Cemetery 1804-1869 Dayton, Ohio
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    Title: A list of persons removed from the old burying grounds & re-interred in Woodland Cemetery, 1804-1869 : Dayton, Ohio / Found and printed by Anne and Robert Johnson.
    Publisher, Date: Dayton, OH : Anne and Robert Johnson, 1997.
    Description: 30 unnumbered pages ; 28 cm
    Subjects: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum (Dayton, Ohio)
    Registers of births, etc. -- Ohio -- Dayton.
    Dayton (Ohio) -- Genealogy.
    Other Author: Johnson, Anne (Anne Walker), 1931-
    Johnson, Robert Eugene.
    Other Number: 37719484
    System Availability: 3
    Current Holds: 0
    Control Number: 1614559
    # Local items: 3
    Call Number: 977.172 L773 1997
    Available at Dayton Metro Library (Ohio)

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    1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: William Barnett
    Age: 64
    Birth Year: abt 1786
    Birthplace: Virginia
    Home in 1850: Nineveh, Johnson, Indiana, USA
    Gender: Male
    Family Number: 749
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    William Barnett 64
    Mary Barnett 54
    Lucy Barnett 28
    Marion Barnett 18
    William Barnett 17
    Sarah Barnett 15
    Harriett Barnett 12
    William Randle 10
    Source Citation
    Year: 1850; Census Place: Nineveh, Johnson, Indiana; Roll: M432_155; Page: 133A; Image: 143

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    William S. Barnett
    Birth: 27 Sep 1785
    Death: 14 Sep 1854 (aged 68) Ohio, USA
    Burial: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
    Plot: Section 10, Lot 222
    Memorial #: 32518062
    Bio: William is the son of John Perry and Elizabeth L. Self Barnett.He married Nancy Kerlin in 1808 in Johnson Co., Johnson, IN. William drowned in the Ohio River in 1854.His grandparents are Henry J. "Harry" Barnett and Mary Grundy Barnett.William is the great, great, great grandson of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, hence their descendants are linked to the earliest days of our country.The story goes:John and Elizabeth had 9 children: James, William, Spencer, George, Lucy, Thomas, John, Elizabeth Ann and Ambrose Barnett.His son William married Nancy Kerlin in 1808. William drowned in the Ohio River in 1854. Nancy Kerlin passed away on December 1, 1831 and is buried what is known today as "The Grave in the Middle of the Road".It has to be one of America's most unusual burial grounds: A grave that singularly divides a county road.At each end of the grave is a divided highway sign with a cross in the center, indicating a cemetery. One can only wonder if there's another like it anywhere in the country.Here's the story: Nancy Kerlin was only 14 — soon to be 15 — when she married William Barnett in 1808. Her husband was the great-great-great grandson of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Nancy and William lived near present-day Amity, a small community south of Franklin which wasn't actually founded until a number of years later in 1855.When she died in 1831 at age 39, she was buried at what was apparently one of her favorite places — on a small hill overlooking Sugar Creek. In the following years, several others also were buried there and a small cemetery was created.Like many Indiana counties, Johnson County had innumerable small cemeteries. One researcher has identified 163 in the county with 54 of them lost and nine removed. This biggest move of all came in the 1940s when a large number of graves were moved so Camp Atterbury could be constructed.Over time a foot path developed through this small cemetery and later a county road was planned through it. Other graves probably were moved, but one of Nancy's sons objected to moving her grave. Since it originally wasn't a problem, her grave was left behind.The trouble developed still later when the county wanted to widen the road. Now the grave would have to be moved.So the story goes, her grandson, Daniel Doty, went to the gravesite with his shotgun and, in essence said, "over my dead body." How long he remained there and what was said by whom to whom isn't definitely known.The upshot, however, was that the county agreed not to move the grave. Instead, they built the road around it. A concrete slab was placed over the grave to protect it and on Aug. 8, 1912, a historical marker was placed at the site as well.That's how things still stand today.In almost any writing about unusual places in Indiana, you will see the gravesite of Nancy Kerlin Barnett included. Also, it is easily seen by traveling a short distance north off U.S. 31 in southern Johnson County. (See "If You Go" box for more information.)Incidentally, the grandson who protected his grandmother's grave was the son of one of Nancy's daughters, also named Nancy, the eighth of her 11 children. The second Nancy was 20 years old, if records are correct, when she married John Doty in Johnson County in 1843. Daniel was the second of her nine children.The first Nancy's husband, William, died by drowning in the Ohio River 13 years after her death.If you go:GETTING THERE: South on Interstate 69 and Interstate 465 around Indianapolis. Here you have two choices. The most direct route is U.S. 31 South but it has many stoplights. Or you can take Interstate 65 South and at Franklin take S.R. 44 west to U.S. 31. Then go east on C.R. 400S 1.3 miles to the grave.
    Family Members
    John Perry Barnett 1764-1828
    Elizabeth Self Barnett 1766-1840
    Nancy Kerlin Barnett 1793-1831
    Lucy Barnett Townsend 1796-1828
    Thomas Barnett 1798-1880
    Elizabeth Ann Barnett Records 1806-1859
    Ambrose Dudley Barnett 1809-1885
    Elizabeth Barnett Wyrick 1810-1885
    James Karlin Barnett 1812-1895
    Mary D. Barnett Doty 1823-1888
    Sarah Barnett Featherngill 1835-1907
    Created by: Rebecca Ann (46893700)
    Added: 30 Dec 2008
    Citation: Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 11 November 2019), memorial page for William S. Barnett (27 Sep 1785–14 Sep 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32518062, citing Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Rebecca Ann (contributor 46893700) .

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    1840 United States Federal Census
    Name: William Barnett
    Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Johnson, Indiana
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
    Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
    Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
    No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 2
    Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
    Total Free White Persons: 8
    Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8
    Source Citation
    Year: 1840; Census Place: Johnson, Indiana; Roll: 84; Page: 285; Family History Library Film: 0007726

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    Kentucky, County Marriage Records, 1783-1965
    Name: William Barret
    Gender: Male
    Marriage Date: 15 Feb 1808
    Marriage Place: Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
    Spouse: Nancy Kerlin
    Film Number: 000183079
    Source Information Kentucky, County Marriage Records, 1783-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

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    William BARNETT
    Sex Male
    Birth 27 September 1786
    Orange, Orange County, Virginia
    Death 1854
    Drowned In, Mississippi Rvr
    PARENTS Mother Elizabeth SELF
    Father John Perry BARNETT
    CITING THIS RECORD The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 November 2019), entry for William BARNETT (WMWZ-2C); submitted by cejasmcquinn2275771 [identity withheld for privacy].
    ANCESTRAL FILE Ancestral File Number WMWZ-2C

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    Sons of the American Revolution Membership Application for Hazael Oris Blackwell.