Carroll Co IL Biographies


Providence has graciously smiled upon the labors and enterprise of the subject of this history, who came to Illinois in 1871, with limited capital, which he has been enabled to increase in more than a tenfold ratio. He now owns and occupies a fine farm of 400 acres, lying on sections 20 and 21, in Shannon Township, having his residence on the first mentioned. He also owns a farm in Cherry Grove Township, and another in Florence Township, Stephenson County. He has paid out fully $10,000 for land alone in Illinois, which has yielded him handsome returns. He is largely interested in Percheron horses, and at one time was the owner of the celebrated “Norbonne” and “Salute,” both imported animals, of great value. His farm is finely adapted for stock purposes, to which it is largely devoted, and Mr. Barnes has done much to raise the standard of horseflesh in this county.

A native of Alleghany County, Md., our subject was born Oct. 9, 1827, and lived there until coming to the West. He was given good school advantages for that time and place, and grew up on his father’s farm becoming familiar with its various employments, and choosing agriculture for his life occupation. When reaching his majority he rented a part of his father’s land, on which he operated two years, and afterward for a time engaged in general teaming. In the meantime he had purchased land in Maryland, and, after teaming two years, began the improvement of his property. On the 12th of May, 1853, he was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Dye. The newly-married pair began the journey of life together on the farm of our subject, in Maryland.

Mrs. Barnes was born in Alleghany County, Md., Jan. 15, 1835, and is the daughter of James and Mary Dye, who were natives of Maryland. The mother is now in Maryland; the father deceased. To our subject and his estimable wife were born five children, four of whom are living, namely: William, John J., Edward S., and Della M. They are all at home with their parents. John married Miss Agnes Linker, of Shannon, and is operating the farm with his father.

In 1870 Mr. Barnes purchased a quarter section of land in Shannon Township, to which he removed in March of the following year, and since that time has been adding one improvement after another. He put up, in 1874, a fine, large barn, covering an area of 40 x 60 feet, and also the present fine residence. With the exception of officiating as School Director, he has carefully avoided the responsibilities of office, but keeps himself posted upon current events, and usually votes the straight Republican ticket. Socially, he is an active member of the I.O.O.F.

John Barnes, the father of our subject, was a native of New Jersey, but when young removed to Maryland, where he was married to Miss Sarah Facenbaker, and they became the parents of twelve children. Mr. Barnes died in Maryland, about 1858-9, at the age of sixty-eight years. The mother died in 1852, in Maryland.

William was born March 6, 1854; John J., March 3, 1856; Edward S., Nov. 27, 1864; Della M., Nov. 5, 1873; Louisa Belle, Sept. 4, 1859, and died June 23, 1862.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish from the Portraits and Biographical Album for Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, IL (1889), p. 861.

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