Ferdinand Barnett
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Ferdinand Lee Barnett (1855 - 1936)

Ferdinand Lee Barnett
Born in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Brother of
Husband of — married 14 Nov 1882 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USAmap
Husband of — married 27 Jun 1895 in Cook County, Illinois, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Oct 2009 | Last significant change: 10 Jul 2021
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Biography

US Black Heritage Project
Ferdinand Barnett is a part of US Black heritage.

Born in Nashville about 1854, he was the son of Ferdinand Barnett and Martha Brooks.[1] His family fled to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, just before the American Civil War. After the war, they settled in Chicago, where Barnett graduated from high school, and then obtained his law degree from what is today Northwestern University School of Law. He was a founding editor of the African-American oriented The Chicago Conservator monthly in 1878. The third black person to be admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, he also became a successful lawyer.

His 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. [2]. They had two sons, Ferdinand, born 1884 [3] and Albert. Mary died in 1890.

He married journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida Bell Wells on June 27, 1895 in Chicago. [4][5] They had four children: Charles Aked, Herman, Ida Belle and Alfreda. [6] [7]

In 1896, Barnett became Illinois' first black assistant state's attorney.[8] 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. He died in 1936.[9]

Sources

  1. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M64K-T6W : 12 April 2016), Ferdinand Barnet in household of Sarah Brooks, 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.
  2. "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.
  3. "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.
  4. "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.
  5. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/80676254/ferdinand-barnett-and-ida-wells-wedding/
  6. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/80676010/judge-ferdinand-barnett-1906/
  9. "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.
  • "United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJSK-7C4 : 1 February 2021), Alfreda Barnett, 1920. (The family is listed on a supplemental page.)
  • "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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