of Fairfield green, is a most worthy citizen of Drumore township, where he carries on a successful blacksmith business. He was born in this township July 6, 1857. a son of James and Emily ( Ritchie ) Barnett, also natives of this township, and of Scotch- Irish ancestry. James Barnett, the father, reared twelve children, but only six grew to maturity: Joseph a blacksmith of Chestnut Level, married Harriet Shank : James a railroad conductor, married Margaret Brown, and lives in Renova, Clinton Co., Pa. ; Charles a resident of Conowingo, Md. : Mary the wife of Bishop Clark, of Chestnut Level ; Lousia, of Drumore township ; and Benjamin Franklin, of this sketch. James Barnett was born in 1820 and spent his life as a farmer, was prominent in the Methodist belief. His widow still survives, living in Centerville, Pa. in her seventy-sixth year. The successful business career of Mr. Barnett should be an inspiration to others who are obliged to submit to disadvantages of limited means in youth. At the age of fourteen years he went into the blacksmith shop belonging to Mr. Hensel, and remained there for three years, or until he had mastered the every detail of this business. Then, without a dollar, he started out courageously for himself, and established a shop in Fairfield, where by energy, economy and industry, he has earned a most comfortable home and shop, and all the expensive tools necessary to his trade. Mr. Barnett was united in marriage on April 6, 1883, to Sarah L. Brown, of Drumore township, born Feb. 13, 1855, a daughter of John S. and Sarah ( Hellam ) Brown, of Eden township. Mr and Mrs. Brown reared a family of five children : Margaret , who married James Barnett, she now being deceased ; Clara, who married Aldus Rineer, of Lancaster ; Sarah L. , the wife of the subject ; William , deceased ; and John, of Lancaster. A commingling of English, Scotch, and Irish blood was in the Brown ancestry. Both parents have passed away. The two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Barnett are : Scott B. born Nov 24, 1885 ; Elsie born Feb. 27, 1888, both bright and intelligent, children. Mr. Barnett has been a life-long Democrat, while in religious connection he and his wife attend, and most heartily support, the Methodist Church. Mrs. Barnett has assisted her husband by her housewifely skill, and is much esteemed in the neighborhood. Socially he is connected with the I. O. O. F., where he is valued. Perhaps no family in the village enjoys more thoroughly the high esteem of the community than does that of Benjamin Franklin Barnett.
was born in Colerain township, Lancaster county, March 7, 1843 on the western bank of the East Branch of the Octorara. The old homestead yet retains the dignity of the farmhouse and is now a place of historic interest, where By sylvan dell, through meadows green, The flood of the East Branch is seen, Around the brae, through painted lea, Seeking a passage to the sea, The swelling tide flows ever on, By glen and brake till race is won, Where, mingling with the salted wave, Returns unto the springs which gave. There, in one of the richest agricultural districts in southern Lancaster county, in a community composed largely of Friends and Free Presbyterians, all of whom were intensely anti-slavery in sentiment, the boyhood days of Mr. Brosius were passed, During these years he acquired the habit of industry and developed a love for knowledge which continued with him during his entire life, often burning the midnight oil when preparing for some great effort. Henry Brosius, his paternal great grandfather, came from England and settled near Philadelphia in 1780, He was a member of the Society of Friends. His son Malhon, the paternal grandfather of Marriott Brosius, settled on the East Branch of the Octoraro and established a pottery. He was an upright, conscientious gentleman, and exemplified the teachings of George Fox in his daily walk and life. Clarkson Brosius, father of the late Congressman Marriott Brosius, was a leader in his community, and although for years incapacitated physically yet he was foremost in every good work for the elevation of his fellowmen. He was a thorough gentleman, and devoted to his calling, that of farming. He was methodical scientific and enterprising, and ranked high as a model farmer. He was largely instrumental, in 1856, in organizing the Octoraro Farmers' Club, which gave an impetus to higher farming in southern Lancaster and Chester counties. Clarkson Brosius died Oct. 8, 1863. His last thoughts were of his boy far away on the firing line. The entire community was grief stricken at his untimley death. On the maternal side Mr. Brosius's great grandfather was Samuel Hambleton, a consistent reformatory Friend. His sons were Samuel, Charles, Eli and Yhomas. Samuel was the father of Rachel, the mother of Mr. Brosious. Each of the other sons of Samuel, Sr. offered their sons to their country's cause. Gerrit Smith, son of Thomas, died in the service. Charles Burleigh, son of Charles, was seriously wounded; he now resides in Atglen, Chester co. Pa. Benjamin Kent, uncle of Mr Brosius, tendered three sons that our nation might live. Malhon G. Brosius, younger brother of Clarkson Brosius, was also in the service; he is now one of the most enterprising citizens of Chester County. From the above we may learn that Mr. Brosius's patriotism was not only cultivated but hereditary. The mother of Mr. Brosius died when he was seven years old, and two years afterward Mary Ann Brinton became his stepmother, and how well she performed a mother's part is attested on every side. Her testimony is that Marriott was ever dutiful and self denying for the happines of the other members of the family. Mr. Brosius's early school days were passed in Octoraro and Chestnut Hill acadimies, under the tutorage of the vetern teacher, Thomas Baker, who early predicted him a glourious future. His summers were passed in manual farm labor, and under his fathers direction superintending the hands employed. With a dictionary in his pocket and some favorite classical author in his hand , his time for rest was spent in study. The study of political economy had a decided fasination for him, and, and he was authority on all the nations issues. When the war of the rebellion was inaugurated then our young student farmer became restless. A conflict raged within his bosom, between his duty to his invalid parents and his duty to his duty to his country. The supremacy was won by his unqualfied patriotism, and he obtained his parents' permission to enlist at a heart breaking cost. He was enrolled in Co. K, 97th Regiment Pa. Vols. recruited by Capt. Wayne, grandson of "Mad Anthony" Wayne, the celebrated major general in the Revolutionary army. He was of Irish Quaker ancestory. Mr. Brosius's history in the service is summed up by his colnel, Henry R. Guss, afterard Gen. Guss, who says "Mr. Brosius's record is
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