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Barnett, George (of Vermilion County, Illinois)

Born: 1773-01-09

Died: 1842-02-14 Vermilion County, IL

Flourished: Vermilion County, Illinois

Barnett emigrated to Vermilion County from Bourbon County, Kentucky in the 1820s. One of the earliest pioneers to the area, Barnett and his family established a large farm and successful cattle and pig raising operation. A director of the Rock Island & La Salle Railroad Company and a founder of the Danville Academy, Barnett served as Vermilion County state representative from 1832 to 1834, and from 1836 to 1838. He and his wife Delia (Delilah) had 8 children, all born in Kentucky.

Gravestone, Lebanon Cemetery, Indianola, IL; The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway System (Chicago: Biographical, 1900), 70; Lottie E. Jones, History of Vermilion County Illinois (Chicago: Pioneer, 1911), 1:96; H. W. Beckwith, History of Vermilion County (Chicago: H.H. Hill Co., 1879), 767-68; An Act to Incorporate the Danville Academy; John Clayton, comp., Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 203, 205.