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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Volume III, Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885.
JOSEPH C. BARNETT was born September 4, 1818, in Ohio County, Ky., and is a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Conditt) Barnett. Robert Barnett came with his father’s (Alexander Barnett’s) family to Ohio County from Virginia in 1788. He was the only son in a family of seven children that lived to be grown. He was a successful farmer, was a captain in Hopkins’ campaign against the Indians in the war of 1812, and afterward county surveyor for Ohio County for twenty years, in connection with farming; he died in August, 1865. Joseph C. was reared on the farm and was educated by his mother chiefly; a thorough scholar educated in the East. At twenty-two years of age he engaged in a farming for himself, which has been his principal occupation since. He now owns 350 acres of land, one-half improved. He holds various positions in the Methodist Church. His wife, who was a Miss Frances D. Bennett, was a member of the same denomination. He was elected magistrate, and served four years. He was formerly a Democrat, and now a stanch Republican. He has five children living: Matilda E., wife of W. Tinsley; George W., a Methodist minister; William B., also a Methodist minister; Fannie M., now Mrs. J. W. Taylor, and C. M. attending the De Paw University, Green Castle, Ind. His present wife was the widow of Capt. Henry M. Bennett, who was an officer in the Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry – her maiden name was Tinsey.