Elizabeth Barnes

Brief Life History of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Barnes was born on 9 June 1805, in Highworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Barnes, was 23 and her mother, Mary Dodd, was 28. She married Richard Bapson Merchant on 30 December 1827, in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 10 June 1863, in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Bapson Merchant
Elizabeth Barnes
Marriage: 30 December 1827
William Merchant
Richard Merchant
Sarah Ann Merchant
Jane Merchant
James Merchant
Thomas Merchant
Harriet Eliza Merchant
Caroline Annie Merchant
Charles Edward Merchant
Susan Matilda Merchant
Mary Merchant
John Merchant

Sources (20)

  • Elizth Merchant, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Elizabeth Barnes - Individual or family possessions: Family genealogies: birth: 5 June 1805; Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Elizabeth Barnes, "Australia Marriages, 1810-1980"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

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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Life Story of Richard Merchant and Elizabeth Barnes

This is the story that Ina May Merchant Olcott told about her Grandparents (her father's parents). Richard Merchant (Bapson) was born 3 July 1800 in Berkshire, England. Elizabeth Barnes was born …

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