|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1909, USA|
Age 67 years
WILLIAM J. BARNETT (ca. 1842 - 1909) was born in Kentucky about 1842. In 1861, many young men of the border state chose to serve the South in the Civil War. Barnett volunteered in Helm's Brigade, Second Kentucky Cavalry. In 1862, Barnett was captured, confined at Camp Chase, Ohio, became quite ill and later was included in a prisoner exchange. Making his way to Florida and volunteering in the Florida "Cow Cavalry," he served in the Hernando region. After the close of the war on July 4, 1865, he married his longtime sweetheart, Virginia Hope (1841-1924), the daughter of William Hope, a prominent planter. Barnett was active locally, and in August 1869, a prisoner on the way to jail wounded Barnett and Deputy David L. Sellers. Barnett and his new wife remained in the Brooksville area. He "read law" with a local attorney and was admitted to the bar in late 1869. Barnett served in many positions of trust for the county. He was assistant state attorney for the 6th District, justice of the peace and a notary public. A Tampa newspaper reported: "(Brooksville) has but one lawyer in full practice, Col. W.J. Barnett, who is a wise counselor of sterling integrity, unblemished character and a Christian gentleman." Barnett became the first mayor of Brooksville in 1880. In the late 1890s, he moved his family to Port Tampa. However, the family returned to Brooksville just after the turn of the century. He died of cancer Jan. 24, 1909, and was buried in the Hope family cemetery. [From a 2007 St. Petersburg Times article by Roger Landers.]
Barnett, William J.
REGIMENT NAME:9th Regiment, Florida Infantry
SOLDIER'S RANK IN:Private
SOLDIER'S RANK OUT:Lieutenant
ENLISTED AUG 24 1861
CO. Q 1ST REGT. FLA.
DISCHARGED 1865 BROOKSVILLE, FLA.
Virginia Hope Barnett (1841 - 1924)
Hope hill Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 13, 2012
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