Franklin Rush Barrett

b. 23 November 1844, d. 22 June 1910
  • Franklin Rush Barrett was born on 23 November 1844 in Coosa County, Alabama.
  • James Howard Barrett and Elizabeth W. Parks appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Hatchet Creek, Coosa County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Franklin Rush Barrett, John Parks Barrett, William M. Barrett, Howard Welcome Barrett, Sarah Ann Barrett and Russel R. Barrett. Also in the household was Irish teacher George Miller, age 37.
  • James Howard Barrett and Elizabeth W. Parks appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Mt. Olive PO, Coosa County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Franklin Rush Barrett, John Parks Barrett, Missouri Ann Pearson Wood, Sarah Ann Barrett, Russel R. Barrett, Thomas W. Barrett and Sarah Nell Barrett.
  • He married Josephine Lavinia Gilchrist on 7 December 1871 in Coosa County, Alabama.
  • Franklin Rush Barrett and Josephine Lavinia Gilchrist appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Axtell, McLennan County, Texas.
  • He was self-employed as a country physician, according to the 1910 census.
  • Franklin Rush Barrett died on 22 June 1910 at age 65 in McLennan County, Texas.
  • He was interred at Axtell Cemetery, Axtell, McLennan County, Texas.
  • Mrs. Josephine Lavinia Barrett applied in August 1911 for a Confederate widow's pension, citing husband's service with Company B, 34th Alabama Infantry Regiment, CSA. The approval process dragged on until 1916. Also in the file, in addition to dozens of pages of correspondence related to the pension, is a short letter from their son William Wood Barrett to the Pension Commissioner in Austin informing him of Josie Barrett's death on 24 October 1919.
  • The following biographical sketch appears in A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas (1893):
         Frank R. Barrett, a representative citizen of McLennan county, is a son of James H. and Elizabeth W. (Parks) Barrett. The father was born in Georgia in 1802, was a farmer by occupation, and a member of the Methodist Church. The parents were married about 1830, and reared a family of nine children, namely: J. P., a farmer near Hubbard City, Texas; William M., deceased; H. W., of Wolf City, Hunt county; James I., deceased in infancy; Mary, who died during girlhood; Sarah A., wife of Dr. E. B. Wood, of Hubbard City; Frank R., our subject; R. R., a farmer of Hubbard City, and T. W., of the same place. The father subsequently moved with his family to Alabama, where he died in 1864. In 1870 the mother and family moved to Texas, settling near Hubbard City, where she died in 1881.
         Frank R. Barrett was born in Coosa county, Alabama, November 24, 1844, and removed to this state with his mother, where he reeived a common school education, and was just ready to take up the higher branches when the war came on. In 1862 he enlisted in the Thirty-fourth Alabama Infantry, Colonel Mitchell's regiment, and served until the close of the war. He was captured at the battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863, was taken to Camp Douglas, Chicago, and kept as a prisoner of war until June 18, 1865. After the close of the war Mr. Barrett returned home and took charge of his mother's business and in 1868 began the study of medicine under Dr. E. B. Wood, then of Marble Valley, Alabama. Two years afterward he attended lectures at Atlanta Medical College, then practice in Marble Valley, Alabama, until February, 1871, next at Athens, Henderson county, Texas, three years; in the spring of 1874 came to Hubbard City; two years later removed to Mexia, Limestone county, and in 1887 came McLennan county, settling six miles east of Waco. He is now erecting a fine residence in Axtell, where he will reside when it is finished.
         Mr. Barrett was married in Marble Valley, Alabama, in 1871, to Josie L., a daughter of T. E. and A. M. Gilchrist. To this union has been born five children: Howard E., Valley G., William W. and Thomas J. and Claude F., deceased in infancy. Mr. Barrett is identified with the Democratic party, and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Church.
  • Last Edited: 7 Sep 2014

Family: Josephine Lavinia Gilchrist b. June 1850, d. 24 October 1919