The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883.
page 647, City of Winamac,
"WILLIAM C. BARNETT (deceased) is one among the revered names of the early settlers of Pulaski County, and among those who, by a life of labor and self-sacrifice, became useful and foremost citizens in building up the best interests of the county. William C. Barnett was born June 11, 1813, in Greene County, New York, and died March 17, 1881, at his home in Winamac, Indiana (Pulaski County). He was one in a family of eight children, five only yet living, of whom WILLIAM and MARIA(COOK) BARNETT were the parents. Both of these are now dead, the mother preceeding her husband four years, and he dying in Winamac August 10, 1877. William C. Barnett was a man of but ordinary education, but of keen perceptive faculties and an excellent judgment. In 1837, he came to Logansport (Cass County), and followed his trade of tailor until 1840, when he returned East, and April 9 of that year was united in marriage with Miss HARRIET PORTER, of Seneca County, who was born near Waterloo, New York, June 9, 1821. Shortly after marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Barnett moved to Logansport, where Mr. Barnett still continued his trade. In the fall of 1846, they removed to Winamac, then a small hamlet composed mostly of "board shanties" and rude log houses with perhaps one hundred inhabitants, and here Mr. Barnett engaged in merchandising for upward of a quarter of a century, and by hard labor, honesty and frugality acquired a competence. Through his enterprise, the steam flouring mill now owned by C. D. WOOD was erected, and in all matters of a public character Mr. Barnett was among the leaders. He was called upon to fill numerous positions of honor and trust, and served with fidelity as a Commissioner and as County Treasurer. In 1853, he was elected to the State Senate to represent the counties of Pulaski, Cass and Howard. He was a man of generous disposition, kind and neighborly to every one, always ready to assist the needy, and just such a man whose loss was regarded as a public calamity. He was a member of long standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, as is also his widow. They were the parents of only one son, GEORGE H., born September 18, 1842, in Logansport. This son married for his first wife SAMANTHA CLARK, who died July 12, 1873, leaving one son, WILLIAM J. His second and present wife was MARY RAVER, who has borne him three children - CHARLES A., CLARENCE H. and FRANCIS A."