Ida was born July 16,1862 in Holy Springs, Mississippi. She died March 25, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 68. In her 68 years of age she went Freedman's School, Rust College and Fisk University. In 1895 she married her husband Ferdinand L. Barnett. Mrs. Barnett was a civil rights and women's rights activist. She lived a successful life.