Nancy A. (Martin)
Barnett, the sixth child of John
Martin, Jr., and Mary Ann (Wheeler) Martin, was born 23
January 1846 at Camargo, Illinois (which was then part of Coles
County but was included in Douglas County in 1859). On 3
July 1867, she married James Franklin Barnett1 in Douglas
County. He had been born 29 January 1840 in Bowdre
Township (which was also then in Coles County but was later
included in Douglas County). He was the son of John
McConnell Barnett and Anna A. (Yarnell) Barnett.
Prior to their
marriage, James had served the Union during the Civil War.
He had enlisted in the 79th Illinois Infantry, Company G, 18
Aug. 1862. Records show, however, that he deserted 10 July
James and Nancy do not seem to be listed in the 1870 census, although the subsequent censuses of 1880, 1900, and 1910 all show them to be in Bowdre Township of Douglas County. They probably settled there right after their marriage. While living there, they became the parents of six children:
James and Nancy apparently lived the rest of their lives in Bowdre Township. Both died in 1914 and are buried in the Van Voorhis Cemetery.
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