Ferdinand Barnett
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Ferdinand Lee Barnett (abt. 1852 - 1936)

Ferdinand Lee Barnett
Born about in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 14 Nov 1882 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USAmap
Husband of — married 27 Jun 1895 in Cook County, Illinois, USAmap
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Died at about age 84 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Ferdinand Lee Barnett was a journalist, lawyer, and civil rights activist in Chicago, Illinois. He was a founding editor of the African-American oriented The Chicago Conservator monthly in 1878 and became Illinois' first Black assistant state's attorney. [1]

Ferdinand was born in Nashville, Tennessee about 1852. He was the son of Ferdinand Barnett and Martha Brooks.[2][3] The family moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, prior to the Civil War. After the war, they returned to the United States and settled in Chicago,[3]

Ferdinand obtained his law degree in 1878 from Union College of Law, (now Northwestern University School of Law.[4] The third black person to be admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, he also became a successful lawyer.

Ferdinand's first wife was Mary Henrietta Graham, first black woman to graduate from the University of Michigan, whom he married on November 14, 1882 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[5] They had two sons, Ferdinand, born 1884,[6] and Albert, born in 1886. Mary died in 1890.[1]

After Mary's death, Ferdinand married journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida Bell Wells on June 27, 1895 in Chicago.[7][8] They had four children, all born in Chicago from 1896 to 1904: Charles Aked, Herman, Ida Belle and Alfreda.[9][10]

In 1896, Barnett became Illinois' first black assistant state's attorney.[11] He was active in anti-lynching and civil rights causes and was called "one of the foremost citizens Chicago has ever had" by the Chicago Defender.[1]

He died in Chicago in 1936,[2] and was buried in Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.[12]

Research Notes

Please note that he had a notable cousin of the same name and almost the same age who was from Omaha. Ferdinand Lee Barnett (1854-1932)

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia contributors, "Ferdinand Lee Barnett (Chicago)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Lee_Barnett_(Chicago)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3C8-RZ7 : 10 March 2018), Ferdinand Lee Barnett, 11 Mar 1936; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,926,958.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M64K-T6W : 12 April 2016), Ferdinand Barnet age 17 in household of Sarah Brooks, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing p. 26, family 172, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,698.
  4. "Full Fledged," The Chicago [Illinois] Tribune, 6 June 1878, p. 8, col. 3; image, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com/image/349811064 : accessed 14 May 2022).
  5. "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3N7-LYS : 10 March 2018), Ferdinand L., Jr. Barnett and Mary L. Graham, 14 Nov 1882; citing Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, v 1 p 323 rn 339, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,342,471.
  6. "Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7SG-Z3F : 10 March 2018), Ferdinand Barnett in entry for Ferdinand L Barnett, 10 Oct 1884; citing item 1 v 10 p 21, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,287,729.
  7. "Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7XQ-G43 : 10 March 2018), Ferdinand L. Barnett and Ida B. Wells, 27 Jun 1895; citing Cook County, Illinois, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,252.
  8. Newspapers.com, clipped from The Owensboro Messenger, Owensboro, Kentucky, 30 Jun 1895, Sun., p. 2, online at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/80676254/ferdinand-barnett-and-ida-wells-wedding/
  9. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSST-SQF : accessed 7 June 2019), Ferdinand L Barnett, Precinct 25 South Town Chicago city Ward 5, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 132, sheet 7B, family 172, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,249.
  10. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKHR-B9Y : accessed 21 March 2018), Ferdinand L Barnett, Chicago Ward 2, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 205, sheet 10A, family 190, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 242; FHL microfilm 1,374,255.
  11. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/80676010/judge-ferdinand-barnett-1906/
  12. Find A Grave: Memorial #7008609 Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois

See also:

  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSR1-54J : accessed 21 March 2018), Ferdinand L Barnett, Chicago (Districts 0001-0250), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 75, sheet 4B, line 79, family 114, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 418; FHL microfilm 2,340,153.




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Barnett-16142 and Barnett-14 do not represent the same person because: These are cousins

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