William Forrest Barnes Jr.

29 December 1925–14 May 2005 (Age 79)
Brunson, Hampton, South Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of William Forrest

When William Forrest Barnes Jr. was born on 29 December 1925, in Brunson, Hampton, South Carolina, United States, his father, William Forrest Barnes Sr., was 29 and his mother, Mae Croft, was 21. He married Margaret Lee Gyles from 1940 to 1950. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Fairfax, Swain, North Carolina, United States for about 15 years and Charleston, South Carolina, United States in 2005. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 14 May 2005, in Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Fairfax, Allendale, South Carolina, United States.

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William Forrest Barnes Jr.
Margaret Lee Gyles
Marriage: from 1940 to 1950
Elizabeth Lorraine Barnes

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  • Marriage
    from 1940 to 1950
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
    1942 · Germans Sink Ships Near St. Simons Island
    Age 17
    Lights from homes along the coast of St. Simons Island provided a clear view of the SS Oklahoma for German U-boat Captain Reinhard Hardegen on April 8, 1942. A German torpedo was fired at the SS Oklahoma shortly after midnight. An hour later, a second torpedo was fired at the oil tanker Esso Baton Rouge. Both ships sunk and the attacks left 22 seamen dead. After the incident, residents of the Golden Isles panicked over concern of a German Invasion of the coast and were stringently observant of a nighttime blackout.  
    1947 · The Presidential Succession Act
    Age 22
    The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

    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 (11)

    • Forrest Barnes in household of Forrest Barnes, "United States Census, 1940"
    • William F Barnes Jr in entry for Mr William Forrest Barnes Sr, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"
    • William F Barnes Jr in entry for Mrs Mae C Faireax Barnes, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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