B.J. Barnett, Dry Goods

c. 1840 - 1881

Manville, SC

FAMILIES: Barnett and Loryea

B.J. Barnett immigrated from Estonia (Russia) in the 1830s or 1840s and settled in Manville (Lee County), where he operated a dry goods business until about 1881. He married Zelda Loryea (1829-1882), an immigrant from Canada, and together they had eight children. Two of B.J.’s sons opened a store in Mayesville (Sumter County) and farmed. B.J. and another son, Henry Davis Barnett (1862-1950) moved to Sumter in 1880 to open a second general merchandise store, which was incorporated in 1948 as BJ Barnett, Inc.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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