Thomas W. Barnett

Thomas W. Barnett
1 mss box

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Edythe Huffman, January 2013

Biographical Note:

Thomas W. Barnett was born in Ohio, June 13, 1817. He served as County Commissioner for Fulton County from 1873-1875. He died Oct. 29, 1882.


1860 United States Census
Esarey, Logan. History of Indiana from Its Exploration to 1922.  Barnhart, Henry A,, ed. An Account of Fulton County from Its Organization. Vol. III. Rochester, in: Tombaugh Publishing House,1981 reprint (p. 41)
Genealogy Bank, 1/28/2013. [online database]
Tombaugh, Jean C. and Wendell, C. Fulton County, IN  Cemetery Inscriptions (with genealogical notes).  V. 3.
Find a Grave. Jan. 28, 2013. <>

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a photocopied diary of Thomas W. Barnett when he lived in Union Township, Fulton County, Indiana, from 1861 – 1870. 

Diary in folder 1, is written on pages from The Franklin Almanac and Diary for the Year 1861, which consists of 2 pages per month with a space for each date, the first page also showing sunrise, sunset, moon rise and moon setting time for each time zone in the United States, as well as the phases of the moon. This is a daily diary with entries for each day of daily life for a farmer. The diary in folders 2-5 consist of daily entries on ledger-type sheets.

Morgan is mentioned in entry dated July 13, 1863. Fulton County’s payments for recruits for the Army is mentioned Feb. 24th, 1863. The Great Peace Democratic Convention is mentioned on Aug. 29, 1864. Michael [Barnett] was to be mustered out of the U.S.A. Service mentioned on Sept. 21, 1864.

Many local weddings, births, and deaths are mentioned.

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.  Thomas W. Barnett

1. Diary, 1861
2. Diary, May 18,1861 – Feb. 21, 1865
3. Diary, Mar. 1, 1865 – Dec. 22, 1867
4. Diary, Jan. 1, 1868 – June 22, 1869
5. Diary, July 1, 1869 – Nov. 14, 1870

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 box, 5 folders
Collection Dates: 1861-1870
Provenance:  Mrs. Enid Barnett
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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