Esther Barnes

7 December 1897–2 September 1985 (Age 87)
Kansas, United States

The Life of Esther

When Esther Barnes was born on 7 December 1897, in Kansas, United States, her father, John Silas Barnes, was 28 and her mother, Cora Belle Taylor, was 23. She married John Patrick Nalty on 13 October 1916, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States for about 15 years and Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1940. She died on 2 September 1985, in California, United States, at the age of 87.

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John Patrick Nalty
Esther Barnes
Marriage: 13 October 1916
Homer Nalty
Virginia Nalty
Damon Nalty

Spouse and Children

13 October 1916
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States



    Virginia Nalty


    Damon Nalty


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 9

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

Age 23

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

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 (3)

  • Ester Barnes in household of J S Barnes, "Kansas State Census, 1915"
  • Esther Barns in household of John F Barns, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Esther W Barnes in household of Johny Barnes, "United States Census, 1900"

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