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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville. 1884. Union Schoolhouse Precinct
JOHN ANDREW GARRETT was born in Dubois County, Ind., on September 15, 1846, and is the third of five children of James and Parmelia Garrett, both of them being natives of Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. James Garrett emigrated to Indiana via New York, in 1839. Their family were: James, who married in Missouri, and died there, leaving a wife and two children; Eliza, married and living in Indiana; Sarah Ann, who married, and died shortly afterward; Mary Ann, married, and living in Indiana; and John Andrew Garrett. He remained at home till he was nineteen, working in the summer and attending school in the winter. At nineteen he enlisted in the Fifty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Col. Carr, who was brother-in-law to Gove. O. P. Morton; he was with Gen. Sherman at the surrender of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston near Raleigh, N. C., and at Atlanta. After the surrender at Appomattox Court House, he was with Sherman’s army at the grand review in the City of Washington, and was honorably discharged from the service at Louisville, Ky., and paid off at Indianapolis, Ind. Then he engaged in the saw-mill business in Dubois County, Ind., since then removing opposite Mt. Vernon, In., in Kentucky, cutting walnut lumber; then in Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee and Arkansas, and also where he at present resides. He was married to Miss Maggie, the fourth of six children of Lawson and Almetta Downs, of Trigg County. Mr. Garrett’s family now consists of three children, Lester, their child, dying in infancy.