"GEORGE W. BARNES was born in Smith township, Belmont county, November 20,
1827. His father, John Barnes, was born near Frederick, Maryland, June 3,
1788, and migrated, with his parents, to St. Clairsville, Belmont county,
Ohio, in 1799.
David Barnes, the grandfather of our subject, was a brother of James, the founder of Barnesville. John Barnes, father of George W., remained in St. Clairsville one year, then leased a quarter section of land two miles west of town, on which he moved and made improvements. His educational advantages were superior to most young men of that day, having attended school in the easterna and southern states. When a young man he clerked for several years in the stores of Caldwell and Thompson, of St. Clairsville.
In 1817 he married Ann Thompson, daughter of John and Sarah Thompson, and resided in Richland township until his death, excepting the year he lived in Smith, where he cast the only Whig vote polled in that township. His principal occupation was farming. He died in 1865; his companion followed in July, 1870, aged 78 years. Our subject received a common school education.
On January 14, 1892[sic], he was married to Isabella Ferrel. His wife died May 8, 1866, and on the 24th day of December, 1868, he was again united in marriage to Martha Price, who died January 14, 1872. On the 11th of March, 1873, he made his third choice in Lucretia G. Hamilton. He has always been a citizen of St. Clairsville or vicinity, moving where he now lives, near the County Home, in 1877, and erected the dwelling in which he resides."