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Pvt John Barnett
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Birth: Sep. 27, 1758
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1781
Chittenden County
Vermont, USA

John was the son of Samuel Barnett and his wife Amy (Ame) Rogers, sister of Major Robert Rogers a notable during the French and Indian War (1755-1763). Samuel and his family had moved to Newbury on the New Hampshire Grants, then under the Province of New York, by 1770 when his name was included on a list of the heads of families living there. John's siblings were at the least: Samuel (1746-1814) and Benjamin (1756-1828).

In 1775, John served 12 days as a Private in Captain Thomas Johnson's Minutemen Company, Colonel Peter Olcott's Militia Regiment on the New Hampshire Grants (Vermont) in the service of the Country. Captain Johnson's Minutemen Company was formed in Newbury, May 16, 1775.

In 1776, John served as a Private 18 days in the same Minutemen Company in Newbury on the New Hampshire Grants, for Scouting and Guarding.

From April 1777 to May 1779, John served 1 month as a Private in Captain John Gideon Bagley's Newbury Company, Colonel Peter Olcott's Militia Regiment, for Guarding and Scouting.

From May 1779 to May 1781, John served 19 days as a Private in Captain Simeon Steven's Company, Colonel Peter Olcott's Militia Regiment, in Guarding Prisoners and Scouting in sundry alarms.

The words "guarding and scouting" used to describe the services performed by those listed on the various Rolls from which John's services are derived, come from that prisoners were often sent to Newbury, for safe keeping, or to await an exchange. In the latter case, men were detailed to escort these to the Canadian lines. Men were also employed guarding the military stores deposited in Newbury and in case of alarms, protecting the houses of the more prominent citizens or watching the roads.

On February 14, 1780, John entered and served 1 month and 6 days in Captain Nehemiah Lovewell's Company raised by order of Colonel Peter Olcott, Esq. for the Defense of the Frontiers of the State of Vermont.

On July 1, 1781, John entered and served in Captain Abner Seeley's Company, Colonel Benjamin Wait's Battalion in the service of the State of Vermont until about October 10, 1781 when he and 23 other men were detached from their various Companies in Colonel Wait's Regiment to go on a Scout to Lake Champlain under the command of Sergeant Moses Warren. On October 16th near Onion River on the way to the lake they were met and fired upon by a party of 16 Indians and Loyalists commanded by a Captain Pichards. Sergeant Warren and John Sargent were wounded. John was killed by a Tory, John Gibson, who shot him from a place of concealment in the woods, where now stands the Town of Richmond, Vermont. The rest of the scout were taken prisoner and carried to St. John's in Lower Canada.


(1) "History of Newbury, Vermont, From the Discovery of the Coos Country to Present Time. With Genealogical Records of Many Families" by Frederic P. Wells, 1902, pages 59, 74, 104, 281, 282 and 460

(2) "State of Vermont - Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783" by John E. Goodrich, 1904, pages 2-4, 11-13, 113-115, 147-148, 368-370, 536-537, and 651-653

(3) "History of Broome County Québec From the Date of Grants of Land Therein to the Present Time - With Records of Some Early Families" Volume I, by Earnest M. Taylor, 1908, pages 258 and 259

(4) US Federal Military Pension File No. W.26,967

(5) "History of Chittenden County Vermont with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers" by W. S. Rann, 1886, page 388
Family links: 
  Samuel Barnett (1730 - ____)
  Ame Roger Barnett (1733 - 1776)
  Samuel Barnett (1746 - 1814)*
  Hannah Barnett Kennedy (1752 - 1830)*
  Benjamin Barnett (1756 - 1828)*
  John Barnett (1758 - 1781)
  Joseph Orville Barnett (1776 - 1835)*
*Calculated relationship

Jno. Barnett
Lovewell's Co.
Olcott's VT.
Mil. Rev. War
Oxbow Cemetery
Orange County
Vermont, USA
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Record added: Jan 19, 2009
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Pvt John Barnett
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