William J Barnett

12 August 1916–15 February 2013 (Age 96)
Aspermont, Stonewall, Texas, United States

The Life of William J

When William J Barnett was born on 12 August 1916, in Aspermont, Stonewall, Texas, United States, his father, James Matthew Barnett, was 27 and his mother, Willie Mae Blanton, was 21. He married Etta Rea Skates on 20 June 1936, in Kaufman, Texas, United States. He lived in Stonewall, Texas, United States in 1920. He died on 15 February 2013, in Canton, Van Zandt, Texas, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Canton, Van Zandt, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William J Barnett
Etta Rea Skates
Marriage: 20 June 1936

Spouse and Children

20 June 1936
Kaufman, Texas, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Flora Zell Barnett




    Stella Victoria Barnett


    Mattie Elizabeth Barnett


World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 13

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 26

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from various places, for example Chipping (High) Barnet, East Barnet, and Friern Barnet in Greater London, named with Old English bærnet ‘place cleared by burning’ (a derivative of bærnan ‘to burn’, ‘to set light to’). 2. from a medieval personal name, a variant of Bernard .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

W.J. Barnett

Daddy worked at Oak Farms Dairy as a truck driver. One summer when I was probably about 7 years old, I got to go with him from Austin to Dallas in the truck. I remember the truck broke down and we h …

Sources (3)

  • W J Barnet in household of J M Barnet, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Jacob Barnett in entry for Morris Lathon Clopton and Billie Marie Barnett Clopton, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • J Barnett, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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