(Fons) Noonan and his wife Betty McConnell
Bettie Noonan was the
daughter of John McConnell and Sallie Barnes both of
whom were slaves in Kentucky. According to the
information provided by Bettie's daughter (Lida
Noonan Johnson) on her death certificate, Bettie was
born on June 6, 1853 in Fulton County, Kentucky and
died on January 14, 1936 in Danville, Illinois.
Bettie's parents, John McConnell and Sallie Barnes
were both born in Fulton County Kentucky as well.
Sallie Barnes and her children, Bettie, Callie
(Caroline) Barnes Milner, and Mollie Barnes King
were all slaves in Fulton County. In the 1870
census Bettie is listed as Betty Barnes, age 18 and
is residing in the household of Henry Barnes, her
stepfather and Sallie Barnes her mother. Other
siblings of Bettie's are Henry (Hallie) Barnes and
William Barnes. Alphonse Noonan was also from
Fulton County Kentucky. He is listed as "mulatto" in
the census, he was born about 1850. Since I saw no
listing of him among free blacks in Fulton County I
assume that he was a slave as well. The Noonans
moved to Illinois in the early 1880s and in 1900
lived in Cairo, Illinois. By 1910 they had moved to
Danville, Illinois apparently to be near the
National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers where
Alphonse was being treated (he was probably a Civil
War Veteran). From various censuses I have compiled
the following list of Alphonse and Bettie's
children. Walter, Emma, Mollie, Anna, Sallie,
Alphonse, Robert, Lida, Flonoy? and Florence.
Bettie McConnell Noonan was buried at Springhill
Cemetery in Danville, Illinois on January 17, 1936.
This photo of the
Noonans is from the personal collection of the late
Mrs. Vera Lewis Hayes of Guthrie, Oklahoma and was
provided to the researcher by her daughter Mrs. Lois
Hayes Allums. Mrs. Vera Lewis Hayes was the
great-niece of Bettie Noonan, Bettie's half-sister
Callie Barnes Milner was Vera Lewis Hayes'
grandmother. The historical research for this
picture was provided by Joan Lewis-Osborne, the
great-great granddaughter of Callie Barnes Milner
and the 3rd great-niece of Bettie Noonan.