US Congressman. Elected to represent Georgia as At-Large in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1812 to 1815. Also served as a Member of the Alabama State Legislature. Revolutionary Soldier
First wife: Mary Meriwether (1764-1805) Second wife: Sally Smith Wyatt (? - 1826)
William Barnett, 1761-1832, was the son of Nathaniel Barnett, 1727-1829, of Amherst County, Virginia, and his wife Susannah Crawford. William Barnett, like his father and brother, Joel, was a Revolutionary soldier, fighting throughout the war both in Georgia and Virginia. With his wife, Mary Meriwether, they were among the earliest settlers of Broad River, Georgia, his plantation being on the Elbert County side of the Broad River. He long outlived his wife and after a career as Sheriff, Legislator and Congressman died and was buried in the Gilmer cemetery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
Barnett, William (1761-1832) Born in Amherst County, Va., March 4, 1761. Member of Georgia state legislature; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1812-15. Died in Montgomery County, Ala. Interment at Gilmer-Christian-Barnett Cemetery, Mathew's Station, Ala.
BARNETT, William, a Representative from Georgia; born in Amherst County, Va., March 4, 1761; moved to Georgia with his father, who settled in Columbia County; at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War returned to Virginia with his brother and joined a military company from Amherst County under the leadership of the Marquis de Lafayette and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown; returned to Georgia at the close of the war and settled on Broad River, Elbert County; sheriff of Elbert County for several years; member of the State senate and served as pesident of that body; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Howell Cobb; reelected to the Thirteenth Congress and served from October 5, 1812, to March 3, 1815; appointed commissioner to establish the boundaries of the Creek Indian Reservation in 1815; moved to Montgomery County, Ala., and engaged in planting; died in Montgomery County, Ala., April 1832; interment in the Gilmer-Christian-Barnett Cemetery, near Mathew's Station, Montgomery County, Ala.