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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

John Barnes and Margaret Ratz

John Barnes and Margaret Ratz
John Barnes (Dob: 11/3/1816 in Rowan County (now Davidson County, NC; Dod: 9/19/1892 in Churchland, Davidson County, NC) was a son of Richard Gilmer Barnes, III and Fanny Johnston. He married Margaret Ratz, (aka Margaret Ratts, Margaret Rats, Margaret Rattz) (Dob: 10/30/1817 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 1/7/1890 in Davidson County, NC) on 3/18/1841 in Boone, Davidson County, NC.

John's parents were members of the Piney Meeting House (now Churchland Baptist Church) and his father gave a small portion of land for the church. John inherited 160 acres of land from his father in 1839 and he built a two-story log house on Hwy #150 where they made their home. He was a farmer and an active member of county affairs, especially the church. When the Piney Meeting House split and became Churchland Missionary Baptist Church, John and Henry Clement gave 2 acres each to the church. He remained an active member until his death. He left no will so the land was divided among his 5 surviving children and his granddaughter, Sallie Fannie Barnes Greene.

1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedules
First column, Lines 22-23, "John Barnes"
John Barnes, 1, 40 yrs old, Female, Black
John Barnes, 1, 14 yrs old, Male, Black



1850 U.S. Census Northern Division,  Davidson County,  North Carolina; Roll:  M432_628; Page:  281B; Image:  127, Lines 23-28, "John Barnes"
John Barnes, 33 yrs old (DOB 1817), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $800 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Margaret Barnes, 33 yrs old (DOB 1817), F, W, Born in NC
Sarah An Barnes (sic), 8 yrs old (DOB 1842), F, W, Born in NC
Hiram L. Barnes, 6 yrs old (DOB 1844), M, W, Born in NC
Charles A. Barnes, 4 yrs old (DOB 1846), M, W, Born in NC
John T. Barnes, 1 yrs old (DOB 1849), M, W, Born in NC



I did not find him in the 1860 Slave Schedule so he may not have had any slaves by 1860.

1860 U.S. Census Northern Division, Lexington,  Davidson,  North Carolina; Roll:  M653_895; Page:  358; Image:  188; Family History Library Film:  803895, Lines 20-28, "John Barnes"
John Barnes, 43 yrs old (DOB 1817), W(hite), M(ale), Farmer, $1,200 Real Estate Value, $585 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC
Margaret Barnes, 43 yrs old (DOB 1817), W, F, Dmst, Born in NC
Sarah Ann Barnes, 18 yrs old (DOB 1852), W, F, Dmst, Born in NC
Harrison Barnes, (sic), 15 yrs old (DOB 1855), W, M, Farm, Born in NC
Charles Barnes, 13 yrs old (DOB 1857), W, M, Born in NC
Lewis Barnes, 8 yrs old (DOB 1852), W, M, Born in NC
William Barnes, 5 yrs old (DOB 1855), W, M, Born in NC
James Barnes, 3 yrs old (DOB 1857), W, M, Born in NC



1870 U.S. Census Boone Township, Lexington Post Office,  Davidson County,  North Carolina; Roll:  M593_1134; Page:  18B; Image:  39; Family History Library Film:  552633, Lines 37-40, "John Barnes"
John Barnes, 53 yrs old (DOB 1817), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $700 Real Estate Value, $300 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC
Margaret Barnes, 53 yrs old (DOB 1817), F, W, Keeping House, Born in NC
Lewis Barnes, 18 yrs old (DOB 1852), M, W, Farm Hand, Born in NC
William Barnes, 11 yrs old (DOB 1859), M, W, Farm Hand, Born in NC
Margaret Smith, 17 yrs old (DOB 1853), F, W, Born in NC



1880 U.S. Census Boone,  Davidson County,  North Carolina; Roll:  961; Family History Film:  1254961; Page:  158B; Enumeration District:  36; Image:  0327, Lines 33-34, "John Bomer" (sic, should be John Barnes)
John Bomer, W(hite), M(ale), 62 yrs old (DOB 1818), Married, Farmer, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Margarett Bomer (sic), W, F, 62 yrs old (DOB 1818), Married, Keeping House, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



The Civil War Roster of Davidson County, NC, by Christopher M. Watford, published by McFarland & Co, Inc., Jefferson, NC, Pg 21, #26, Barnes, John, Private, Company F, 76th Regiment NC Troops (6th NC Senior Reserves)
"John was born 11/3/1816 to Richard & Fannie Johnston Barnes in Rowan county (Davidson County). In 1839, John's father died and left him 160 acre tract of the family farm. John married Margaret Ratts in 1840 and built a two story house on the land. John & Margaret would have seven children:... With two sons already serving in the War, John enlisted in Hills Senior Reserves in May 1864. He served as a private in Co. F of the 6th NC Senior Reserves when it was organized in 1/1865 and saw limited action. After his time in service, he made a successful living on his farm. He and Henry Clement each donated 2 acres of land for Churchland Missionary Baptist. John died on 9/19/1892 leaving no will. His estate remained unsettled until 10/24/1893. He is buried at the Barnes Cemetery across the street from Churchland Baptist Church."


U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Name: John BarnesSide: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: North CarolinaRegiment Name: 5 North Carolina Senior Reserves.
Regiment Name Expanded: 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves
Company: C
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M230 roll 2


They had 8 children with only 6 living to adulthood:
1) Lewis Frances Barnes (Dob 10/1/1851 in Davidson County, NC; Dod 9/21/1934 in Davidson County, NC) married to Annah Elizabeth Brawley on 10/14/1875 in Davidson County, NC. This is my direct ancestor.

2) Hiram Lindsey Barnes aka H.L. Barnes (Dob: 4/4/1839 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 9/7/1867 in Churchland, Davidson County, NC) married Harriett N. Simmerson on 2/22/1866 in Davidson County, NC. Hiram was shot twice in The War but he survived to continue fighting. He was at Appomattox Courthouse when Lee surrendered and had to walk back home from Virginia. When he got home he had mental problems due to The War and, though he tried to make a new life as a farmer with a new wife, he couldn't handle it and hung himself in his Daddy's home. It was 2 years after The War and during the terrible Reconstruction era. He left his 23 year old wife and 14 month old daughter to face life in a decimated South. He was the first person buried in the Barnes Cemetery. Since he was a suicide, he couldn't be buried in the church cemetery so the Barnes family started the Barnes Family Cemetery across the street from the church.

3) Sarah Ann Elizabeth Barnes (Dob: 1/3/1842 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 1/22/1909 in Davidson County, NC) married Joseph Napoleon Davis on 1/4/1866 in Davidson County, NC.

4) Charles Adolphus Barnes (Dob: 1/11/1847 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 9/6/1935 in Davidson County, NC) married Alice Joan Kinley on 6/25/1869 in Davidson County, NC.

Charles Adolphus Barnes and Alice Joan Kinley Barnes

5) John Thomas Barnes (Dob: 5/20/1849 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 9/6/1935 in Davidson County, NC) married Sarah Jane Roberts on 12/22/1869 and married Mary C. Michael on 1/7/1897 both in Davidson County, NC.

6) William Henderson Barnes (Dob: 6/4/1854 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 7/24/1943 in Davidson County, NC) married Sarah Elizabeth Kesler on 12/6/1876 in Davidson County, NC.

7) James Robertson Barnes (Dob: 3/14/1857 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 9/27/1862 in Davidson County, NC)

8) John William Barnes (Dob: 12/27/1871 in Davidson County, NC; Dod: 12/17/1874 in Davidson County, NC)






John Barnes homeplace

Here is John Barnes Family Bible:








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