When John S Barrett was born in 1812, in Kentucky, United States, his father, George S. Barrett, was 32 and his mother, Patsy Neavill, was 22. He married Mary Jane Ivy on 30 April 1848, in Madison, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Douglas, Missouri, United States in 1860 and Union Township, Ripley, Missouri, United States in 1870. He died on 12 May 1883, in Warm Springs, Randolph, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 71.
English and Irish (of Norman origin): probably a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French barat, Middle English bar(r)at, bar(r)et(te) ‘trouble, distress’, later ‘deception, fraud; contention, strife’. Through Norman settlement it also became common in Ireland, where it was Gaelicized as Baróid (Munster) and Baréid (Connacht).