Barnett Cemetery

I received the following from a Barnett researcher, but I’ve forgotten who it was. If you recognize this write-up, please let me know. 

Barnett Cemetery is located on what was the original land bought by John I. Barnett in Barnett Township Section 34 and registered in 1831. It is off the road perhaps about 1/4 mile. This cemetery was deeded to the township October 27, 1953 and accepted on April 5, 1955. It is recorded in deed book 80 page 133. The Township is supposed to care for this cemetery and a strip of land given as right of way. Instead, Barnett is a cemetery forgotten by the powers that be, as you can see in the picture below.

Barnett Cemetery

To get this picture I had to cross through about an acre of corn. This only being possible because a very kind neighbor of the cemetery guided me through the corn. She said that until the present owners of the land next to her moved in there was at least a path to the cemetery. This cemetery not only holds the remains of some of the oldest pioneers in the County, they were also soldiers in several wars. Buried there is John Barnett, a soldier in the war of 1812. I am listing below a list of people buried there that was received by my mother from Oscar Cromwell 1959.


John I. Barnett, b. Jan. 29, 1780 d. May 16, 1854. He was a veteran of the War of 1812 and fought with Andrew Jackson at New Orleans and also was a soldier in the Black Hawk War 1832.

James Barnett, son of John and Sally (Kenney) Barnett b. Nov. 9, 1820 Bourbon Co., KY. d. March 16, 1889. His stone is no longer found. His wife Elizabeth Jane Irvin is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Cyrus Miller Barnett, b. June 6, 1850 d. Nov. 9, 1852 son of James and Elizabeth.

Victor Barnett, b. July 29, 1859 d. Oct. 4, 1859 son of James and Elizabeth.

Edward Barnett b. Mar. 29, 1853 d. Feb. 18, 1859 son of James and Elizabeth.

Infant daughter of James and Elizabeth d. May 14, 1860.

Edna Barnett b. July 8, 1880 d. May 19, 1887 daughter of

George A. and Sally J. (Kirby) Barnett.

Infant son of George A. and Sally J. (Kirby) Barnett.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Lanham, b. Feb. 18, 1817 d. Dec. 18, 1862 daughter of John and Sally (Kenny) Barnett, wife of Curtis Lanham.

Curtis Lanham, husband of Elizabeth Barnett (there is no remaining stone).

Mary L. Lanham, d. Jan. 12, 1859 adopted daughter of Curtis F. and Elizabeth (Barnett) Lanham.

Addison Eads (no dates). He was one of the earliest judges for DeWitt County.

Sarah Barnett Eads (no dates), daughter of John and Sally (Kenny) Barnett, wife of Judge Addison Eads.

Infant daughter of Addison and Sarah (Barnett) Eads d. Nov. 22, 1861.

Carlson Eads (no dates) died at age 16 (accidentally shot while climbing through a fence while hunting).

Sally Eads d. Sept. 5, 1859 daughter of Addison and Sarah (Barnett) Eads.

John D. Kirby, b. Feb. 13, 1841 d. Aug. 11, 1881 son of Robert and Phoebe (Graham) Kirby and husband of Sarah Frances (Sally) Barnett. Civil War veteran.

Sarah Barnett Kirby, b. Oct. 20, 1845 Bourbon County, KY d. Feb. 25, 1887 daughter of James and Elizabeth J. Barnett wife of John D. Kirby.

James Edwin Kirby, b. Jan. 2, 1867 d. Oct. 29, 1870.

There are a few other unmarked graves.

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