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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
There, in Hagerstown, John Barnett, the
father of Josiah and the grandfather of John
C. of this article, was born. Ile married
Sarah Price, a native of that place, and a
sister of Judge William Price, who was fbr
many years a distinguished jurist of Baltimore,
and by this marriage had a number of
children, five of whom were sons, William,
Arthur, Washington, John and Josiah, three
of whom at a later date became citizens of
Texas. Josiah Barnett went when a young
man from Maryland to Missouri, where he
met and married Elizabeth M. Clark, and
subsequently moved to this State, settling in
1856 at Lockhart, in Caldwell county. I-He
died at Brenham in 1867, during the yellow
fever epidemic, in the forty-eighth year of
Mr. Barnett's maternal ancestors came originally
from Virginia and were among the first
settlers of Kentucky and Missouri. His mother
belonged to the distinguished Clark family
of these two States, the most conspicuous
members of which were Governor Clark, of
Kentucky, and John B. Clark, Sr., and John
B. Clark, Jr., of Missouri, both representatives
in Congress from Missouri and promninent
in State politics for many years. She
was also a relative of Governor Trigg, of
Kentucky: she survived her husband a number
of years, dying at Lyons in 1883, near
the sixtieth year of her age.
Josiah and Elizabeth M. Barnett had nine
children, three of whom, two daughters and
a son, died young and were buried at the old
Mount Hope Presbyterian Chnrch in Lafayette
county, Missouri, before the family's
removal to Texas. Tile others are: John
Clark, the subject of this sketch; William
S., a resident of Caldwell, Burleson county;
Bennett H., who was drowned in the Nodaway
river, northwest Missouri, while on a
visit there in 1863, being then in his twentyfirst
year; George W., who diedl of yellow
fever at Brenham in 1867; Hugh C., a resident
of Lampasas, this State; a'ld Arthur,
who lives at Lyons. Burleson county.
The eldest of this family, Johtn C., the
subject of this sketch, was in his fourteenth
year when his parents moved to Texas. His
youth was spent on the farm in Caldwell
county. He received only a fair conimmonschllol
education. In the spring of 1861 lie
entered the Confederate army, enlisting in
Company B. Twenty-fifth Texas Cavalry
(Debray's old regiment), with which lie began
active service along the coast in this
State. He was in the battle of Galvestuon, :tnd
later the engagements on Red river,--Mansfield,
Pleasant lIHill,Yellow Bayou and Jenkins'
Ferry. With the exception of a slight wound
received at Pleasant Hill, he passed through
the term of his service without injury, was
never captured, and surrendered with his
regiment at HIouston, May 25, 1865.
His father having moved to Brenham during
the war, Mr. Barnett went to that place
and immediately turned his attention to the
pursuits of peace, taking employment in the
cattle business, which he followed for about
three years from that date. Those were the
days when the cattle industry in Texas attracted
the attention of the most enterprising
citizens of the State and absorbed most of
ite capital. Mr. Barnett drove north to Nebraska
and Kansas and east to the then great
cattle markets of Shreveport and New Orleans,
and led the active, varied and interesting
life of the " cow man," as he has since
been pictured in the literature of the period.
In 1868 he began the mercantile business,
taking charge of a business at Long Point,
the firm being Craig & Barnett, which association
continued there until the fall of 1880.
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