John Shaw Barnes

Brief Life History of John Shaw

When John Shaw Barnes was born on 31 December 1824, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Barnes, was 33 and his mother, Sarah Turner, was 22. He married Jane Lee on 23 March 1846, in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He lived in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1860. He died on 22 November 1890, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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John Shaw Barnes
Jane Lee
Marriage: 23 March 1846
Fannie Emma Barnes
Ann Eliza Barnes
Sarah j Barnes
Charles E. Barnes
Lilian Leantine Barnes
Nellie Lee Barnes

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  • John Barnes in household of James Barnes, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Barnes - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: John Shaw Barnes
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Barnes - Individual or family possessions: occupation: Cutler at time of marriage, Mining broker later;

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1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.


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Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Barnes (on the Surrey bank of the Thames in London), named with Old English bere-ærn ‘barn, a storehouse for barley and other grain’, or a topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived by or worked at a barn or barns, from Middle English barn ‘barn, granary’.

English: variant of Barne, with excrescent -s, derived from either the Middle English personal name Bern, Barn (based on the Scandinavian personal name Biǫrn or Old English Beorn, both from a word meaning ‘warrior’), or from Middle English barn (Old Norse barn) ‘child’. The latter term is found as a byname for men of the upper classes; it might also have had the meaning ‘young man of a prominent family’, like Middle English child (see Child ).

Irish: in Ireland in many cases this is no doubt the English name, but in others it is 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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My records show that the sealing of John Shaw Barnes, and Jane Lee took place in the Endowment House on August 28, 1855 at 3 p.m. It was licensed by C.C. Kimball. It was witnessed by W. W. Phelps an …

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