|Birth: ||May 2, 1844|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1922|
Terre Haute Tribune, Pg 2 Saturday, Aug 12, 1922 - A J(G) Barrett, 78 years old, died Saturday morning at his home in Central Terre Haute. He is survived by the widow, Sarah Elizabeth; three sons, Jack, Oscar and Albert Barrett, and three daughters, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Cook and Mrs. Merrit, all of Terre Haute. The funeral will be held from the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be made in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Andrew was born Thursday, May 2, 1844 in Casey, Clark County, Illinois to David & Esther (Rogers) Barrett & moved to Cottonwood, Cumberland County, Illinois before the age of 6.
At the age of 20 Andrew enlisted & volunteered to serve the Union in the 37th Regiment Illinois Infantry Co E Private out of Chicago, Illinois. He was transferred over to the 97th Regiment Illinois Infantry Co D Private (National Archives M539 Roll 5). Andrew was from Cumberland County, Illinois, 5'8" tall, light hair (been told light red), blue eyes, light complexion, single, laborer originally from Edgar County, Illinois. Major battles he would fight in include (Wikipedia) Battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hills & Big Black River; Siege of Vicksburg & Fort Blakely. According to documentation from his pension papers & reports issued by the War Department he was considered a deserter. During the battle of Vicksburg he met Sarah; a servant. Story goes that he promised to give her a home & a family since she had none if she'd wait for him & that he'd return someday to get her (per family letters). Following the end of the siege of Vicksburg his regiment was sent to Galveston, Texas. Documentation reports he came up missing in the months of Jan & Feb of 1866 at or near Houston, Texas & was officially reported a deserter Feb 13, 1866. Andrew returned to his regiment & did muster out May 15, 1866. His charge of desertion was removed & he did file pension papers May 11, 1912. It unknown how or when he returned to get Sarah but she states on her widow's pension papers they married in 1868 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois filed Aug 17, 1922.
Andrew was a cooper. Andrew & Sarah lived in a two story red brick home along the Wabash River on North Water Street in Terre Haute with their children always close by. They had 8 children; with 1 dying at infancy. Melissa Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Cook), George Washington, Andrew Jackson "Jack" JR, Mary Ollie (Anderson), Nellie (Merritt), Oscar B "Os or Brick" & Albert "Abb" Barrett.
Andrew & Sarah have no headstone. I have personally walked the cemetery & have talked to family but no one knows of their exact location. The records for this cemetery burned up in a fire in the 1960's.
Hester Rogers Barrett (1807 - 1897)
Sarah Elizabeth Baldwin Barrett (1844 - ____)*
Melissa Elizabeth Barrett Cook (1870 - 1947)*
Infant Barrett (1874 - 1874)*
George Washington Barrett (1875 - 1948)*
Mary Ollie Barrett Anderson (1878 - 1943)*
Nellie Barrett Merritt (1880 - 1957)*
Oscar B Barrett (1883 - 1958)*
Albert Barrett (1887 - 1953)*
Margaret J Barrett Foley (1833 - 1897)*
Andrew Jackson Barrett (1844 - 1922)
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Plot: Unknown - Records burned in the 1960's. If anyone knows of his location please contact me.
Created by: JoAnnamae
Record added: Jan 31, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104431587
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