- *DEDICATION OF HEAD STONES AT
- On the afternoon of August 2nd, 1997, a
number of the descendants of Micajah and Joroyal
gathered together at the Barnett Cemetery in
Camp Croft to dedicate these stones; this
followed the annual Reunion of those descendants
at Quincy's, on Reidville Road, near
Spartanburg. At the dedication service, a
memorial to these two ancestors was delivered by
Dr.. Joel H. Fisher, husband of Lorene B.
Fisher. The following is a copy of his remarks
(with minimum editing):
- "We are gathered here today, August 2nd,
1997, to honor the memory of two of our
ancestors: Rev. Joroyal Barnett, born October
10, 1758, in Virginia, died June 6, 1812, in
South Carolina, and Rev. Micajah C. Barnett,
Sr., born May 13, 1760, also in Virginia, and
died on January 9, 1837, in Spartanburg County,
- "These two brothers were sons of a
Spartanburg County pioneer family - that of
Joseph Barnett (born 1731, died 1802) & Lucy
Wade Barnett, from Goochland County, Virginia.
We are standing in Joseph & Lucy Barnett
family cemetery for this ceremony.
- "I'd like to say a few words remembering and
honoring Rev. Joroyal Barnett. He married Agnes
Glenn, who was born about 1757-60, in Virginia,
and died in 1852, in Spartanburg County, South
Carolina, well into her 90s. They had 11
- "Joroyal was a charter member of Cedar
Springs Baptist Church. He held these offices
there: Association Messenger, Church Clerk,
Ordained Elder, Deacon, & Ordained Minister.
He was their 'beloved minister' when he died
1812 of a colic disorder.
- "Historian John R. Logan said of him, quote,
'Elder Joroyal Barnett was a member of the Cedar
Springs (Baptist) church and was one of the
pioneer ministers of the Broad River
Association. In 1811, he was chosen Moderator of
the body which is evidence of his high and
respectable standing in the Association at that
day and time.' End of quote.
- "On 22 March, 1812, Elias Stone, Ordinary of
Spartanburg District, South Carolina, certified
that he had publicly read the citation to
Administer on the Estate of the Rev'd Joroyal
Barnett, deceased. He read that 'at a meeting of
the Methodist. denomination in about a mile of
the house of the deceased on the 22nd of March,
1812.' (Estate file #432). We assume this was at
Antioch Methodist church. I suppose Elias Stone
was a Methodist and that's why the citation
wasn't read at Cedar Springs, and the Methodist
Church was only about 1 mile from JorRoyal's
residence. Perhaps old Cedar Springs Baptist was
about two miles from his house. We can only
- "We do not know positively if Joroyal is
buried here, but we are pretty safe in assuming
that he is. His father died 10 years prior to
Joroyal and he is buried here and his stone
- "Joroyal's military service came before his
ministry. I chose to mention it last.
- "I ordered a copy of Joroyal's Revolutionary
War service record - three pages arrived with
very little data. He served in Roebuck's
Regiment in the militia 'since the fall of
Charleston' and was paid on June 30, 1786. We
regret we do not know any particulars of his
service. Bobby G. Moss records him in his Roster
of South Carolina Patriots in the American
Revolution. His account # is AA297.
- Joroyal died 185 years ago. He lived only 53
& 3/4 years. His descendants number in the
thousands. He has left us a legacy well worth
- Rev. Micajah Cicero Barnett, Sr., was born
on May 13, 1760, in Goochland County, Virginia.
He died on January 9, 1837, in Spartanburg
County, South Carolina. He was married twice -
first to a lady whose first name was Jean or
Jene Glenn (she was a sister of Agnes Glenn
Barnett. Agnes and Jean/jene were daughters of
Tyree and Sarah Shelton Glenn. Jean/Jenn were
baptized on 25 June 1764, per Douglas Register.
She died 17 December 1812 and is buried in the
Barnett Cemetery), and second to Frances White,
born on October 4, 1776, in South Carolina, died
on April 23, 1852, aged 75 years, in Spartanburg
County, South Carolina.
- "Micajah administered the estate of his
mother Lucy on 15 May, 1812. Interesting and
sad. We also note that Micajah's first wife Jene
and three of Micajah and Jene's daughters died
between November 1812 and January, 1813. Maybe
they died from an epidemic. Joroyal died in June
of 1812, so this was a terrible time in the
lives of our ancestors' families.
- "Micajah remarried to Frances White James,
widow of Charles James, who had two small
children. She was a daughter of Henry and
Frances White of Spartanburg District, South
Carolina. Jene had 10 children and Frances had
two children by Micajah. Frances brought two
with her from her first marriage. This made
fourteen children. Some of the oldest ones were
married by the time of his second marriage.
- "Micajah was a minister also. I was hoping
Billy Barnett could put together the memorial
for Micajah, but he did not think he would be
here or be able to do it. I do not know where he
preached. Micajah, in his will, referred to
himself as a planter. We know he owned a large
amount of land in Spartanburg County. In 1796 he
bought 200 acres on the south side of Pacolet
River for 20 lbs. sterling. In 1808 he bought
130 acres on Thomson's Branch of Kelsey's Creek.
There are other transactions.
- "He was a successful farmer. He owned
several slaves and requested that they not be
sold but be distributed among his children. He
was a considerate master. He probably inherited
a slave from his father as he had five at his
death in 1802.
- "One of the biggest thrills to us Barnetts
came when the family Bible of Joseph and Lucy
Barnett was located in Virginia. The owner is
Pamela Reid, 4265 Berwick Place, Woodbridge, VA
22192. This Bible record gives Joseph and Lucy's
children's names and dates. Then we find
Micajah's children's names and dates by his
first wife Jene. And lastly we find William
(born 1768) & Sarah Foster's children &
dates given. This is a goldmine! We already had
a copy of Micajah's Bible so we feel very lucky
to have access to this new record.
- "Micajah's Revolutionary War papers were
lacking information also. He served in Col.
Benjamin Roebuck's Regiment "since the fall of
Charleston", May, 1780. Account #AA299. I assume
he and Joroyal served together. Bobby Moss also
lists him as a Patriot in his book. There were
fourteen Barnetts listed from South Carolina. We
can be proud of the military service he gave to
his country. This was a sacrifice. He left the
comfort and safety of his home to risk his life.
You are here today to honor his Courage and your
good name. You are a credit to this fine old
name. The majority of you here today descend
from this man."
- This concluded the remarks of Dr. Fisher at
the Dedication Service. Those remarks were
written by Dr. Fisher's wife, Lorene B. Fisher,
a fifth great-granddaughter of Rev. Joroyal
Barnett. This is from Nolen Brunson's book
- It should be noted that Joel and Lorene
Fisher bought the tombstone for Agnes Glenn
Barnett and put it in the Barnett plot. Also
that through the generosity of Kermit Barnett
paid for the shippong of the stones of Joroyal
and Micajah Barnett.
- *The above information is from Nolen
Brunson's book THE BARNETT - MCMAKIN UNION
and updated material from Loren Fisher