George Washington Barnett

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George Washington Barnett ( December 12, 1793 in Lancaster County , South Carolina , † October 8, 1848 in Gonzales County , Texas ) was an American doctor, settler, officer and politician .


George Washington Barnett, son of Margaret and William Barnett, was born in Lancaster County in 1793. He attended the Waxhaw Academy in South Carolina. In the following years he made a medical education and then began to practice in Williamson County ( Tennessee ). In 1823 he moved to Mississippi and from there to Burleson County (Texas) in 1834 , which was then still part of Mexico . Barnett bought a farm there in 1834 near what is now Brenham ( Washington County ), where he practiced as a doctor. His name appears on the petition of July 2, 1835, where the "political chief" of the Mexican government is asked for permission to found the new Washington community . On July 20, 1835 he became the Captain one of four volunteer companies under Colonel John Henry Moore chosen to set up the Tawakoni - Indians attack. Barnett then joined the Washington Company on October 8, 1835, under Captain James G. Swisher . On October 27, 1835 he was elected Second Lieutenant there. He was released on December 22, 1835, after participating in the siege of Bexar . He was subsequently elected a member of the Washington Assembly for the 1836 Convention, where he co-signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. He then joined the army, but then left because of his family, who were on the run from the Mexican army (see Runaway Scrape ). Barnett spent the spring of 1836 in San Augustine, where he transported supplies for the federal troops under Edmund P. Gaines . Between July 3 and October 3, 1836, he served in the Rangers Company under William H. Hill . On December 18, 1837, Barnett received a bounty certificate for 320  acres of land in payment for his services to Hill. On January 5, 1838, he was given a headright over 4,605.5 acres of land. He then sat in the Senate of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas from September 25, 1837 to January 16, 1843 .

Barnett moved to Gonzales County in 1846 . He was killed by marauding Lipan Indians on October 8, 1848 while he was hunting deer about 15  miles west of Gonzales . His body was buried in the old Gonzales cemetery. The Texas Centennial Commission erected a memorial in his honor on his grave in 1936. Barnett was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was married to Eliza Patton (1808–1872), whom he married on July 6, 1820 in Tennessee. The couple had six children.

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Individual evidence

  1. Eliza Patton Barnett in the Find a Grave database . Retrieved April 24, 2016.