William Murchison Barnes

26 January 1899–10 May 1964 (Age 65)
Jonesboro Heights, Lee, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Murchison

When William Murchison Barnes was born on 26 January 1899, in Jonesboro Heights, Lee, North Carolina, United States, his father, John Newsom Barnes, was 41 and his mother, Isabella Murchison Worthy, was 38. He died on 10 May 1964, in Chapel Hill, Orange, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Sanford, Lee, North Carolina, United States.

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John Newsom Barnes
Isabella Murchison Worthy
Mary Barnes
Elizabeth " Bessie" Barnes
Raymond Worthy Barnes
John Kenneth Barnes
William Murchison Barnes

Parents and Siblings

    John Newsom Barnes


    Isabella Murchison Worthy




World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1900 · Giving Puerto Rico an American Welcome

Age 1

A law that established government on the island of Puerto Rico and gave all Puerto Ricans citizenship. This law was replaced by the Jones–Shafroth Act in 1917.

Age 18

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived by or worked at a barn or barns, from Middle English barn ‘barn’, ‘granary’. In some cases, it may be a habitational name from Barnes (on the Surrey bank of the Thames in London), which was named in Old English with this word.2 English: name borne by the son or servant of a barne, a term used in the early Middle Ages for a member of the upper classes, although its precise meaning is not clear (it derives from Old English beorn, Old Norse barn ‘young warrior’). Barne was also occasionally used as a personal name (from an Old English, Old Norse byname), and some examples of the surname may derive from this use.3 Irish: possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin ‘descendant of Bearán’, a byname meaning ‘spear’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • William Murchison Barnes, "North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994"
  • William Murchison Barnes, "North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000"

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