Joseph Barnett


Mayesville, SC


The oldest son of Sumter merchant B.J. Barnett (1826-1897) and his wife Zelda Barnett (c.1829-1882), Joseph Barnett (1851-1902) got his start in the mercantile business around 1880 by managing his and his father’s general merchandise store, Barnett & Son, in Mayesville, South Carolina. After he and his father dissolved their partnership in 1884, Joseph continued to work in Mayesville as a farmer and merchant. By the time of his death in 1902, he had “amassed a large fortune from his extensive mercantile and farming interests.”1

Main Image: News about a fire in 1887 that destroyed four bales of cotton belonging to Joseph Barnett. Reprinted from The Watchman and Southron, October 5, 1887.

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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