George Washington Barnet was born 1793 in South Carolina. Barnett’s name appears on the petition of July 2, 1835, requesting permission from the “political chief” of the Mexican government to form the new Municipality of Washington. On July 20, 1835, he was chosen captain of one of four volunteer companies under Col. John Henry Moore, organized to attack the Tawakoni Indians. He joined Capt. James G. Swisher’s Washington Company on October 8, was elected second lieutenant on October 27, and was discharged on December 22, 1835, after participating in the Siege of Béxar. He spent the spring of 1836 at San Augustine transporting supplies for United States troops under Edmund P. Gaines. Between July 3 and October 3, 1836, he was enrolled in William W. Hill’s company of rangers. On October 8, 1848, while hunting deer fifteen miles west of Gonzales, he was killed by marauding Lipan-Apache Indians.
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