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Barnett, John Tipton


20 Oct. 1809–2 Sept. 1905. Farmer, community and civic leader. Born in Sullivan Co., Tennessee. Son of James Henry Barnett and Mary A. Tipton. Moved to Jefferson Co., Tennessee, by 1822. Moved to Springfield, Sangamon Co., Illinois, 1829. Boyhood friend of Abraham Lincoln. Married Malinda Robinson, 22 Nov. 1831, in Sangamon Co. Moved to Hancock Co., Illinois, by 1840. Member of Nauvoo Legion. Elected to serve on city council of Nauvoo, Hancock Co., 1841. Served as Hancock County commissioner. Moved to Galesburg, Knox Co., Illinois, by 1846. Served as justice of the peace, assessor, and town clerk. Died in Galesburg.