|Birth: ||May 2, 1844|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1922|
Andrew Jackson “Jack” Barrett was born Thursday, May 2, 1844 in Greenup, Cumberland County, Illinois to David & Esther (Rogers) Barrett & moved to Cottonwood, Cumberland County, Illinois before the age of 6.
Andrew was known to travel quite often being seen between Morgan, Clark, Cumberland; and Edgar Counties of Illinois to brief visits in West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. With hard times upon his family Andrew traveled helping & visiting friends & family until he volunteered to help the Union.
At the age of 18 in July of 1862 Andrew reported to Charleston, Coles County, Illinois. On Aug 8, 1862 in Charleston Andrew was enlisted into Union Company D 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry a Private (National Archives M539 Roll 5); mustering in September 16, 1862 at Camp Butler in Jimtown, Sangamon County, Illinois. In August of 1865 Andrew was transferred to Union Company E 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry ranked Private. Andrew was from Edgar County, Illinois, 5'8" tall, light red hair, blue eyes, light complexion, single, and a laborer.
Major battles he would fight in included (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 & 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 when discovered per affidavits of witnesses in 1884 of his whereabouts. Andrew was put in an abandoned rebel field hospital those months from a back injury he had sustained at Fort Blakely. Just hours after the surrender from General Robert E Lee miles away in Virginia; Andrew fell & was trampled from rear soldiers charging in the Battle of Blakeley fought at Fort Blakeley in Alabama at 5:30 pm & was the last major battle of the Civil War. Andrew received an honorable discharge July 5, 1884; he filed for pension October 14, 1886 residing in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Andrew suffered his entire life with back pain & filed a disability pension with the War Department September 28, 1889 at the age of 45 years old.
Sarah & Andrew met working for Robert Reeves in the summer of 1868 per Sarah's affidavit in 1922. His farm was 15 miles just East of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois on the big prairie. They knew each other less than a year & married March of 1869; moving immediately to West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana in April of 1869 appearing at the doorstep of Andrew's cousin Newton Dunbar's home announcing they were newlyweds surprising family members per affidavit in 1922. This is not the same story that has been passed down through generations.
Andrew was a cooper working along the Wabash River. Andrew & Sarah lived in a two story red brick home along the Wabash River at 655 North Water Street in Terre Haute with their children always close by.
They had 8 children; with 1 dying at infancy:
Melissa Elizabeth "Lizzie" Barrett Cook
George Washington Barrett
Andrew Jackson "Jack" Barrett Jr
Mary Ollie Barrett Anderson
Nellie Barrett Merritt
Oscar B "Os or Brick" Barrett
Albert "Abb" Barrett
Andrew & Sarah have no headstones. Location unknown & records for this cemetery burned up in a fire in the 1960's.
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.
David Barrett (1802 - 1857)
Hester Rogers Barrett (1807 - 1897)
Sarah Elizabeth Baldwin Barrett (1844 - 1923)*
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