Another Pioneer Gone.
Last Saturday morning, Thomas Barnett, father of 'Squire Wm. H. Barnett, of
this city, died his home two and a half miles north of Edinburg. He had
been sick for some weeks and his death was not unexpected. He was born in
Bourbon county Ky., the 23d of March, 1798, and emigrated to Franklin
county, in this state in 1821. In January of 1822 he and his two brothers,
William and George, each armed with an axe and gun, started for this county.
A sled drawn by one horse conveyed the necessary provisions and bedding.
They all settled in Blue-river township; the subject of this sketch on the
farm where he died. At that time there was but few white settlers in this
county, and Indians were rather numerous, but peaceful and not inclined to
give the inhabitants trouble, as they had previously sold all their interest
in the lands of this county. The country being a vast wilderness with not a
stick of timber removed, some idea of the hardships and work necessary to
open up a farm may be inferred, and none but those brave hearted and
energetic men like our early settlers would have undertaken such a herculean
task. Mr. Barnett possessing an extra power of endurance, went through all
these trials and lived to see all his neighbors pass away. He being the
last of the citizens of Blue-river township who was old enough to vote at
the organization of the county, in December of 1822. Mr. Barnett was an
exemplary member of the regular Baptist church for the last forty-five years
of his life, and up to 1852 he was a member of the Whig party, but since
that time he has been numbered among the glorious band of Democrats who
stood firm to its principles, both in prosperity and in adversity. Besides
'Squire Barnett, he had another son, John, who lives out west, and an only
brother, Ambrose Barnett of Nineveh township, and a host of other distant
relations and friends to mourn his loss. By his death, another of the few
remaining links in the chain connecting us with those early days is broken,
and soon there will be none remaining to recite the adventures and relate
the reminiscences of the early inhabitants.
[Submitted by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry]