ROBERT BARNETT, a retired farmer m Warsaw, Wyoming County, N.Y., was born near the Erie Railway station in this village on July 12, 1839. His grandparents, Jonathan and Ruth (Merrill) Barnett, came from New Hampshire to Orangeville, N. Y., in 1820, bringing their family with them, the journey being made in slow stages with a team. Two of their elder sons, Amos M. and William D. Barnett, had come a few years previous and were engaged here in manufacturing fanning mills. Jonathan Barnett was a descendant of Scotch Irish immigrants who settled in Londonderry, N. H., in 1720. He was born in that town on September 13, 1767. He died on August 27, 1842. Mrs. Ruth Barnett survived her hus band several years and died March 29, 1855.
Their son Robert, the father of the original of this sketch, was born in Londonderry, N. H., in 1798 and was twice married. His first wife, Sally Nevins, died, leaving one son, James Nevins Barnett, who was a commercial traveler in the interests of the fanning mills and Miller’s blacking but later became a farmer. He died aged fifty two years. Mr. Barnett’s second wife was Miss Hetty Foster, to whom he was married in 1837. She was the daughter of Luther and Ruth (Hedges) Foster.
Her father was from Eastern New York, and her mother was a native of Long Island. Mrs. Hetty Barnett’s brothers and sisters, Solon Foster, an octogenarian in Salt Lake City, and Mrs. Ruth E. Cleveland, who is eighty-one years of age, and resides in Warsaw, survive. Robert Barnett, Sr., was a -farmer in comfortable circumstances. He and his wife, Hetty Foster Barnett, were both members of the Congregational church. They had but one child, the present Robert Barnett, of Warsaw. The father died in May 1870, the mother in March 1875, at seventy-five years of age.
Robert Barnett received a suitable, plain education in the schools in Warsaw and was early trained to practical farming knowledge. He remained at home until 1862, when he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirtieth New York Volunteer Infantry, Company D, but was transferred to the First New York Dragoons, where he served three years. During the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, he received a gunshot wound at Strasburg, which resulted in many weeks of suffering in various hospitals and, finally, in amputating his leg just above the knee joint.
Mr. Barnett was seven weeks at the Brick Church Hospital in Winchester, Va., a fortnight at the hospital in Frederick City, Md., and was finally stint to the Central Park Hospital, which was under Dr. Shrady’s charge and had for its nurses the Sisters of Charity, whose gentle ministry always brought comfort, and whose calm, sweet faces seemed to leave a benediction upon cot and ward.
He was discharged on August 22, 1865, when he returned to his parents, who, while they lived, were his principal care. Mr. Barnett has always been engaged in agriculture and has owned three farms, all of which he has disposed of by sale or lease. In recognition of services rendered in his country, he receives a monthly pension of thirty-six dollars. He is a member of Gibbs’ Post, No. 130, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was Commander for a year, and is a member of Crystal Salt Lodge, No. 505, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Barnett cast his first vote for the martyred President, Abraham Lincoln, and he has ever since been loyal to the Republican party, to which his early allegiance was plighted.
BARNETT, ROBERT.—Age, 23 years. Enlisted, August 11, 1862, at Warsaw, N . Y . ; mustered in as private, Co. D, August 15, 1862, to serve three years; wounded in action, October 17, 1864, at Strasburg, VA.; absent at muster out of company; no further record.
History of the Town of Warsaw, page 222: Private, 1st Reg’t NY Dragoons, Co D; enlisted August 11, 1862; 3 years. Lost a leg at the battle of Strasburg, Oct. 14, 1864. Discharged Aug., 1865.
Dansville Express, dated Thursday, Mar. 25, 1915: Robert Barnett who served in Co. D. 1st NY Dragoons in the Civil War died at Warsaw Monday. He was past 75 years of age and enlisted in the regiment in August, 1862, when 22 years old and was discharged. He was wounded in 1864.
Western New Yorker, March 25, 1915: The death of Robert Barnett, one of the best known residents of Warsaw, occurred Monday afternoon at the home of Adelbert Foster of South Main street where he had made his home for several years. Mr. Barnett had been in failing health for the last few months, and the immediate cause of his death was pneumonia. Funeral services were held in the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00, Dr. George D. Miller officiating, and Gibbs Post had the charge of the services at the grave.
Mr. Barnett was born in Warsaw July 12, 1839, the only child of Robert and Hettie Foster Barnett, was educated in the Warsaw school and received practical training in farming. He enlisted in the 130th New York Volunteer Infantry, Company D., and was transferred to the 1st NY Dragoons, in which he served 3 years. During the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, he lost a leg in the battle of Strasburg Oct. 14, 1864 and spent many weary weeks in various hospitals. He received an honorable discharge 8/22/1865 and returned to Warsaw where he made his home with his parents until their death.
For several years he lived with Mr. & Mrs. Porter Munger, and later with Mr. & Mrs. Adelbert Foster. Mr. Barnett at one time owned several farms and took a great interest in their successful development. He was a cheery, genial man of sterling integrity and strong convictions, keenly interested in municipal affairs and bore the loss of his limb and the consequent suffering that loss entailed with a manly patience which won the admiration of all who knew him. Too much honor cannot be given to a soldier who has fought bravely and suffered cheerfully for his country and Robert Barnett has set an ideal of heroism which every patriotic American may well aspire to follow.