MERRITT BARNETT SR. was born in April of 1866 in Pennsylvania to
Joseph and Mary Barnett. His father was a ship carpenter. The
family moved to New Jersey around 1870. The 1880 census shows
the Barnetts at 518 North 3rd Street in North Camden. John M.
Barnett was living at this address as late as 1887. He married
about that time. By 1890 he and his wife Mary had moved to 512
William Street in South Camden. They were still at that address
in the summer of 1900. The 1906 City Directory shows him at 507
tin roofer by trade, John M. Barnett served briefly with
the Camden Fire Department in 1907 and with the Camden Police
Department from 1908 to May 1, 1910.
1910 Census shows John M. Barnett Sr., his wife Mary, and four
of their children living at 616 South 5th Street. He was the
working as a policeman, but soon returned to work as a roofer.
The 1914 City Directory shows him at the same address. By 1920
he had moved to 521 South 5th Street. He was then in business
with his son Joseph in a tin roofing business, and was still
their as late as 1924. By 1929 he had left Camden.
April of 1930 John M. Barnett Sr. had moved out of Camden and
was living in Mantua, New Jersey. Fire Department records
indicate that by 1931 he had moved 168 East Avenue in Pitman,
New Jersey and was collecting a pension, possibly due to
injuries received while with the Fire Department. He died on
June 22, 1945.