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Larry E. Barnes (#5663157)
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Bio Photo Please use the edit button when making requests as it gives me a link to the memorial.

I would like to ask if you would take a moment to place a flower at my dad's memorial, Gene H. Barnes (1928-2007), Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas? Other memorials include Lezlie S. Boast (1959-2001), Michael "Mike" Breit (1960-1991), Dana Schaber (1959-1991), Tim Berlin (1960-2012), Donald "Donny" Hilger (1952-2004) and Chris Willems (1961-1991) outstanding friends who left us far too soon. Many thanks to those who have left flowers.
Note that Chris C. Willems died in the line of duty while protecting us all as a highly awarded Sedgwick County Sheriff. His marker accurately reads, "Here Lies A Hero." Chris left a wife, two daughters, his mother and a grandmother. Chris is further remembered at the Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Memorial located at Central and Main Streets in Wichita and at the national memorial in Washington, D. C.
Another memorial of interest is that of a hunter of man-eating big cats in India, Edward James "Jim" Corbett (1875-1955). Hunting alone and on foot, he answered these pleas for help in ventures other hunters described as too difficult or simply suicide. In 30 years Corbett put an end to 33 man-eaters that had claimed 1,500 human victims and years of sheer terror. He achieved this while on the big cats' own turf without aid of automobile or modern communication and while on leave from his job. And he never accepted a reward. Only after the urging of his friends Corbett wrote his first book, "Man-eaters of Kumaon" where the hunter and the hunted frequently switched roles making other thrillers seem like children's nursery rhymes. This book became a world-wide best seller with Corbett sending his first royalties to soldiers blinded in the war. He later switched his gun for a camera becoming a spokesperson for big cats and all endangered wildlife. Following Corbett's death a national park (in India) and a tiger species were named in his honor.
Just 100 years later, with much of its habitat gone, the wild tiger is almost gone.

At one time or another, we have all looked at a cemetery and felt that the people buried there are not only long gone, they're also long forgotten. And if it happens to be our relatives or friends it can leave an especially empty feeling. But, Findagrave empowers us to put an end to those concerns. Therefore, I now view cemeteries as a place where people can be remembered and their stories saved and shared rather than lost.

In 2002, I interviewed Marguerite (Barnes) Dow (1897-2003) of Mount Hope, Kansas. She said her grandfather, Armstead L. Barnes, told of riding off on his own horse to help the South win during the Civil War. I didn't think about it until later that Marguerite had lived in 3 centuries!

Courthouse janitor Daniel Cason died in 1911 in Newton, Kansas. The rest is that he was a former slave and Union Civil War soldier. A real survivor.

You may not be aware of one of the most interesting characters connected to this Barnes family. He's Ben S. Dowell (1818-1880), brother of the wife of Armstead Barnes (1809-1854) shown below. Ben served in 2 wars, owned a saloon in what is now El Paso, Texas and experienced adventures in the Old West that makes fiction, well, look like fiction. Ben is the subject of a 1976 book by Nancy Hamilton, was portrayed on an episode of the television show "Death Valley Days," mentioned in a novel by famed Western writer Louis L'Amour, etc., etc. You're missing out if you don't take a look at Ben Dowell on Findagrave.

Within most people, there is a basic desire to learn the events of their family's history. The really fortunate ones get to experience those moments of discovery. As Gordon Lightfoot wrote and sang, "to know the wherefore and the why."

We are descendants of passengers of the famed pilgrim ship Mayflower. Recently, a descendant of Jacob Hayden (1836-1906) became a member of the Mayflower Society by supplying the required documentation showing that this Hayden line descends from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, passengers on the Mayflower. Jacob Hayden was a brother of Sophia S. Hayden that married Elijah Hicks Barnes (1845-1933). Every family has its important links to history. This is certainly one of ours.

My Barnes ancestry;
James Barnes, Died in 1795 in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Elijah Barnes (1777-1845) Died in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Armstead Barnes (1809-1854) Died in Meade County, Kentucky.
Elijah Hicks Barnes (1845-1933) Died in Trimble, Clinton County, Missouri.
George Richard Barnes (1870-1944) Died in Montrose County, Colorado.
Elijah Harry Barnes (1902-1973) Died in Wichita, Kansas.
Gene Harry Barnes (1928-2007) Died in Wichita, Kansas.

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Transfer Request
Would you transfer Memorial #50550324 to me? He is my grandfather.

Thank you,

Don Hicks
Added by DWH on Sep 20, 2017 9:04 AM
Kent Pack
RE: Geneva Lamkin Givans 1884-1997
Larry, I went back and checked my records, I was wrong she died in 1990 she only lived to be 105 years old. Kent
Added by Kent Pack on Aug 22, 2017 4:47 AM
Colleen Sanders Broyles
RE: Leven Green Cem., Nelson Co., Ky
hello Larry...sadly I don't recall's on a highway/county road is all I remember...I was on a weekend getaway to Bardstown when I drove past it :( I so wish I could help but as I've told others who have asked me recently...I truly cannot remember. :(
Added by Colleen Sanders Broyles on Aug 21, 2017 4:13 PM
John & Linda Russell
Wheeler's & Cole's in Texas
Thanks for your quick response. I am not sure why these families came to Texas but Texas became a state in 1846. A brief history of Texas on-line said that many people moved into Texas shortly thereafter because of the availability of land. I am still looking into the matter.

Added by John & Linda Russell on Mar 07, 2017 11:18 AM
John & Linda Russell
Davidson Barnes
Do you know who Davidson Barnes is? One of his Probate documents is signed by William I Wheeler and Jessie Monroe Roling (husband of Mary Cole - Jane Cole's sister)

Might there be a family tie somewhere?
Added by John & Linda Russell on Mar 05, 2017 3:49 PM
LaDonna Tassin
RE: Barnes/Faris/Friend
Hello, my apologies. I thought I had answered your query, but I don't see it. At any rate, Yes, I have a connection to Lloyd/Ester - Friend. He is a half great uncle, but I don't have a clue regarding the Barnes children living in their home. I am also researching my Barnes family, but those names have not shown up in my tree to date.
L. Tassin
Added by LaDonna Tassin on Feb 21, 2017 4:42 PM
Tina Cole
RE: Barnes
AJ Barnes's parents were Benjamin Taylor Barnes and Anna Eliza Ross, buried Cedar Creek Baptist Cemetery. Benjamin Taylor Barnes son of Reason Barnes and Pheba Dunn; Reason son of Samuel Barnes brother to (if I recall) your Elijah Barnes...sons of James Barnes of Anne Arundel, MD.

Anna Eliza Ross's parents Samuel Ross and Elizabeth Wortham. Samuel son of Joseph Harve Ross and Nancy Williams (dau of Evan Williams and Sarah Downs of Bardstown; not thought to be the Evan Williams bourbon/whiskey distiller of Louisville). Elizabeth Wortham dau. of Charles Wortham and Lucretia Hackley. Charles son of Samuel Wortham of Christchurch, Middlesex VA Worthams. Lucretia Hackley's line seems to have a connection to George Washington...Lucretia's father James Hackley's father John Hackley, mother Judith Ball dau of Samuel Ball. Samuel Ball appears to be a 1st cousin to Mary Ball, President George Washington's mother.
Added by Tina Cole on Feb 11, 2017 1:42 PM
Tina Cole
RE: Bertha Barnes
Sure, yes, please, if you would consider transferring memorial to me. I've gone deeper on Bertha Cantrell Barnes as hers is such a tragic story; to my limited perception, it adds to tragedy her husband accepted a wrong death date on her tombstone. Adonirem Judson (known as Judson) remarrried a Vada Harris, three more children, Louise, Kathleen, Benjamin. He's buried Resthaven Cemetery, Buechel, KY.
Added by Tina Cole on Feb 10, 2017 8:18 PM
Tina Cole
Change Request
Hi, Larry, we've collaborated in past re: Barnes of KY and MD shared ancestors. My great grandmother was Bertha Cantrell Barnes, wife of AJ (Adoniram Judson) Barnes. Thank you for establishing a memorial for her on findagrave, "Record added: Jul 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20450159." Please change her date of death, the grave marker is in error and we will be having it physically corrected. KY Death Certificate has date of death as 9 Oct 1917, not 8 Oct 1907. Bertha died at Waverly Hills Sanatorium at age 25, leaving a one-year-old daughter, my grandmother, Marie Elizabeth Barnes, born 1916. Thank you for respecting her life. Death record copy at is
Added by Tina Cole on Feb 10, 2017 9:04 AM
rj Harlan
RE: Edward Pierce
I'm a descendant of Edward through his daughter Mary Harlan. Edward was the 2nd son of Strother and stayed behind in Joplin when the rest of family moved to Kansas. Have known of relationship for years but only in last couple of weeks decided to establish various connections oh findagrave.
Added by rj Harlan on Dec 30, 2016 4:30 PM
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