John May Barnett, Sr.
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John M. Barnett was born in 1799 in the state of Georgia. He married Lavina Poag of South Carolina and the two settled in Wayne County, Tennessee. He was a farmer by occupation. However, he also practiced medicine, and was preacher of the old time gospel of Christ. He was a minister of the Christian church.
John M. Barnett first saw the light of day in Wayne County, Tenn., in 1834. His parents, John M. and Lovina (Poag) Barnett, were born in Georgia and South Carolina, respectively, and came to Tennessee at an early day and when quite young. The father was a farmer by occupation but also practiced medicine and preached the gospel, being a minister of the Christian Church. He was a Whig and died in Wayne County, in 1834, followed by his wife in 1864.
Barton W. Stone's Journal -
November 25, 1826
Location Of The Grave of John M. Barnett
M. Barnett is buried in a small family cemetery in Wayne County in Southwest
Tennessee called Old Barnett Cemetery. It is located on 48 Creek. Take Hwy
64 from Lawrenceburg toward Waynesboro. Go about 15 miles. After you go
under the Natchez Trace overpass about .4 miles on the left is Highland Methodist
Church with a cemetery in the back. This is the Ovilla Community. Turn to the left in front of the church
on Barnett Branch Rd.
Go 1.5 miles and the road will split. Bear to the left (To the right is
Barnett Branch Ln.) cross the branch and bear again left and go exactly .2
miles. You will come to a little entrance toward the creek to the left.
Drive across eht creek to the gate on your right. The gate should lift up
and open out toward the creek. Head up the hill and cemetery is on your
Special Thanks To Francis Kelly of Fayette County, Georgia. She is a long-time member of the Fayetteville Church of Christ where I preached from 1996-2006. She and her sister Louise Oswalt, have been life-long friends and co-workers in the kingdom of heaven. They are direct descendants of J.M. Barnett. He was their great, great, great grandfather. Their connection with John M. Barnett perhaps places their personal ancestory in the Restoration Movement the oldest in America.