Information submitted by Jean Rowell.
William Grant Barrett was born March 28, 1831 in Pickens Co, AL. He enlisted in Co. A, 33rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment at Neshoba County, MS March 8, 1862. William was taken prisoner of war near Jonesboro, GA on September 4, 1864, sent to Camp Douglas, IL, and discharged June 17, 1865.
His Confederate pension application, filled out in August 1900, states that he served until the close of the war in 1865. He was wounded in March, 1864 at Atlanta, GA and was discharged when his unit surrendered at Greensboro, NC.
Family legend has it that he was nicknamed "Ringtail" Barrett. As young Confederates, they often found themselves encamped uncomfortably close to Yankee camps. Boys being boys, young WG strayed too close to the Yankee camp- and was captured. They painted a target on his butt, turned him loose, and, yelling, "Run, Boy, Run!!" took pot shots at him. When he made it back to his own camp, safe but scared, his buddies took one look at those circles painted on his butt . . . and nicknamed him "Ringtail."
He is buried in the Good Hope Cemetery, Neshoba County, MS.
Arthur Barrett, William Grant Barrett’s brother, was born 1830 In AL. He enlisted in Enterprise, MS for Co. A, 33 MS Infantry Regiment, CSA. He was taken prisoner near Jonesboro, GA on September 4, 1864, and sent to Camp Douglas, IL, and discharged on June 17, 1865.
William and Arthur had other brothers who served in the Civil War:
Quincy Caradine Barrett, b. April 17, 1822 AL, d. Oct 9, 1891 Lamar County, MS, listed as a Mississippi Conscript.
Percidine Lysander Barrett, b. AL, d. May 30, 1864 in Camp Chase OH (prison camp).
Massey J. Barrett, b. 1838, MS, enlisted May 3, 1862 at Carthage, MS Co. C, 6th Mississippi Infantry. It is suspected that he died during the war.
Tyler Harrison, b. 1842, Neshoba County, MS, died Feb 26, 1865, Camp Chase OH (prison camp).
The ancestors of William Grant Barrett were Arthur Barrett b. 1798 in Greenville, SC and Mary Carradine. The parent of Arthur Barrett b. 1798 was Reuben Barrett b. abt 1755, who served in the Revolutionary War.
Buried next to William Grant Barrett in the Good Hope Cemetery in Neshoba County, is his wife, Harriet Young.
The children of William Grant and Harriet were:
LAVINIA JANE BARRETT, b. March 18, 1853, Neshoba Co., MS; d. February 17, 1916, Neshoba Co., MS; m. JOSEPH SWAIN MOHRHEAD.
PERRY LYSANDER BARRETT, b. February 14, 1855, Neshoba Co., MS; d. February 24, 1937, Columbus, GA; m. MINERVA CATHERINE FOUNTAIN, February 03, 1875, Newton Co., MS.
LEMUEL LYMON BARRETT, b. December 15, 1856, Neshoba Co., MS; d. January 01, 1937, Coletown, Purvis, Lamar Co., MS; m. MADORA K. MOHRHEAD, January 04, 1883, Purvis, MS.
LAMANTHA LILLIAN (SIS) BARRETT, b. February 07, 1859, Neshoba Co., MS; d. February 21, 1951, Holmes Co., MS; m. EDWARD OSBOURNE SAVELL, 1876.
WILLIAM BARRETT, b. May 1860, Neshoba Co., MS; m. NANCY(?).
JOHN T. BARRETT, b. July 18, 1861, Neshoba Co., MS; d. March 30, 1953, Jackson, MS; m. MARY SHACKELFORD, October 20, 1885, Leake Co., MS.
MARY E. (POLLY) BARRETT, b. September 30, 1863, Neshoba Co., MS; d. November 05, 1939; m. TIM W. OSBORN, February 02, 1882, Neshoba Co., MS.
TYLER HARRISON (TIP) BARRETT, b. July 1865, Neshoba Co., MS; d. November 26, 1919, Neshoba Co., MS; m. NANCY E. CLARK, November 11, 1897, Neshoba Co., MS. (Apparently named after his uncle who died in the Civil War. Buried at the Good Hope Cemetery, Philadelphia, MS.)
ANDERSON M. BARRETT, b. April 01, 1865, Neshoba Co., MS; d. July 06, 1948, Madden, Leake Co., MS; m. MARGARET ANN OXINER, June 04, 1891, Leake Co., MS.
BURTON D. BARRETT, b. 1871, Neshoba Co., MS; d. Lumberton, Lamar Co., MS; m. BETTY PHILLPS, December 20, 1894, Neshoba Co., MS.
ARTHUR BARRETT, b. 1873, Neshoba Co., MS; m. MAXY ROBERTS.
THOMAS C. BARRETT, b. September 13, 1874, Philadelphia, MS; d. November 21, 1937, Handsboro, MS; m. JULIA MAE WALTERS.
RITHA ANN BARRETT, b. February 13, 1876, Neshoba Co., MS; d. January 11, 1960, Neshoba Co., MS; m. WILLIAM ROBERT TINGLE, December 12, 1894.
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