J. A. Barnes, farmer, was born near where he now resides in the Eighth District, in 1828, and is a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Wyatt) Barnes. The father was a native of South Carolina, born in 1795, and of German lineage. When young he left his native State, and immigrated to Stewart County, Tenn., where he lived at the time of his marriage in 1818. He soon moved to Henry County, and in 1828 came to Benton County and bought 200 acres in the Eighth District, where he remained until his career ended. He died in 1844. His wife was a native of Carolina, and was of Irish-German extraction. She died in 1868. Our subject was reared at home, and received but a limited education, not attending school more than two months during his entire life. In 1855 married Mary E. Byrn, a native of Davidson County, Tenn., born in 1832, and the daughter of Stephen and Mary Byrn. The marriage of our subject resulted in the birth of four children: James H., John P., Thomas E. and Edmond B. Mr. Barnes now owns upward of 350 acres, and is one of Benton County's well-to-do farmers. In politics he has stanch Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Franklin in 1852.