JOHN L. BARNETT is the eldest son of David L. and Sallie A. (Baird) Barnett and was born July 8, 1850, in this county. David L. Barnett, who was also born in Ohio County, was a farmer and tobacco dealer, and for several years government storekeeper at Owensboro, Ky. He and wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died at Owensboro, March 16, 1883, and his wife died January 9, 1879. They had nine children, seven living: Rebecca O., now Mrs. J. W. Marks, of Louisville, Ky.; Sallie M., now Mrs. Amos Shown, of Ohio County; John L.; Felix B., on the home place; James M.; Clarence M., now in Louisville; and Jennie A. John L., being the eldest son greatly assisted his father in the support of the family, which prevented him receiving a thorough school training, but by study and a few terms at school, he gleaned a practical education. At twenty-one years of age he began life for himself in the tobacco business, buying in this and other localities, as agent, until 1881, when he opened a tobacco establishment of his own, and is doing an extensive business. He was married November 12, 1874, to Miss Pauline Barnett of this county. They have two children — Luther C. and Zana. Mrs. Barnett is a member of the Methodist Church.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895