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Barnett Family Cemetery
N   of NE of SW of Sec. 12, T 51N  R 9W
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BARNETT, Our mother Aretta Barnett died Dec. 21, 1871 Aged 66 yrs., 8 mo., 16 days.

BARNETT, J.W. born Apr. 8, 1800 died Nov. 18, 1852.

BARNETT, Thomas M. died March 15, 1876 aged about 72 years.A native of Virginia.

LEAVAUGH, Patsy E. wife of J.G. Levaugh, July 23, 1875 Aged 26 yrs., 7 mo. 23 ds.Accidentally drowned at Powell’s Ford.

BARNETT, William J.  born July 4, 1815 died Oct. 3, 1864   

BARNETT, Thomas A. born Mar. 26, 1847 died Oct. 4, 1864

BARNETT, John W. died August 10, 1866 aged 21 yrs 2 mo 11 da

The Weekly Intellingencer, published at Mexico, Missouri September 7, 1911, page 4 column 4

By Thomas S. Carter, Sturgeon, MO.

Wm. E. Barnett, an old resident of Sturgeon, died at his home there last Friday after a long illness.He leaves a wife. They have no children.

Mr. Barnett was born and reared in Bourbon Township in Boone County. During the "bushwacking" period of the Civil War his father, William J. Barnett moved near Mexico to escape the troubles between the Union and Federal sympathisers in Boone.

In the fall of 1864 when Price and Shelby were making their raids into Missouri, the Knox county militia, then stationed at Mexico, were ordered to Jefferson City. as was the custom, a squad of militiamen were sent into the surrounding country in quest of horses to be used in the movement to the capital. The squad went to the home of William J. Bartnett and ordered him to hitch up a team and to aid in carrying the soldiers to Jefferson City. It seems that a single tree was lacking and WIlliam E. Barnett was sent to a neighbor's to borrow one. During the absence of WIlliam, the militiamen became enraged at something and turned their

guns on the older Barnett, shooting him to death.

Thomas Barnett, the eldest son was in the yard and at the crackle of musketry again, he too fell dead.

Joseph Barnett,a younger son, then 19 years old, having seen his father and brother murdered, tried to make his escape and was shot three times through the body and left for dead.

In the meantime, William E. Barnett, the boy who was running back from a neigbor's with the borrowed single tree, hearing the shots, secreted him self in a corn shock and escaped.

The killing took place in the Dingle neighborhood north of Mexico. Mrs. Frankie Rucker, now living in Mexico, who was Miss Frankie Dingle, helped the Barnett family in caring for the dead and wounded.
Mrs. Rucker is the widow of the late John F. Rucker of Sturgeon. She was a mere girl when the Barnetts were killed and there was not a man in the neighborhood at the time.