John Barnes

1 July 1741–1 February 1822 (Age 80)
Kennett Square, Chester, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America

The Life of John

When John Barnes was born on 1 July 1741, in Kennett Square, Chester, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, his father, Brinsley Barnes, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Lindley, was 20. He married Elizabeth Ruth Fisher on 1 January 1764, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He registered for military service in 1777. He died on 1 February 1822, in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 80.

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John Barnes
Elizabeth Ruth Fisher
Marriage: 1 January 1764
Edward Barnes
Edward Barnes
Thomas Barnes Sr
Brinsley Barnes
James Barnes
Lurana Barnes
Ann Elizabeth Barnes
Ruth Amy Barnes

Spouse and Children

1 January 1764
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


    Edward Barnes


    Edward Barnes





+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Zeke Barnes


    James Barnes



    Ann Barnes


    Rachel Barnes


+14 More Children

World Events (6)


Age 35

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 35

North Carolina is the 12th state.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 45

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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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Story Highlight

John Barnes (Deaf John) LCF8-843

during the american revolution, 'deaf john' barnes finally picked up his hunting rifle & let a few "red coats" have it after they started to trespass on his farm. by doing so, he gave up all rights to …

Sources (3)

  • John Barns, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"
  • John Barns/Rebekah Haynes, 1759, "New Jersey, Marriages"
  • John Barns/Rebekah Haynes, 1759, "British Colonial-New Jersey, County Marriages"

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