William P. Barnes


WILLIAM P. BARNES, of Salem township, Jefferson county, is a native of that township, born May 10, 1840 near Annapolis. His father was Joshua Barnes, born September 22, 1803, and died March 11, 1878, who was the son of Thomas and Nancy Barnes and his mother was Sarah (Strayer) Barnes, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Strayer. She was born September 9, 1815. Joshua Barnes and wife had eleven children: Cyrus, William, Phylander, ALbert, George, Samuel, Joshua, Mrs. Samantha Eaton, Ross, Thomas and Amos (who died from wounds received at Newberg, N. C., in the Union Army). The subject of this sketch had about completed his schools days when the rebellion broke out, and on August 15, 1862, he enlisted in the Fifty-second Ohio regiment of infantry, which he served with until the war was closed, and he was mustered out in June 1865. He did gallant and faithful service in the ranks, participating in many severe engagements, among them Murfreesboro, Stone River, Chickamauga, Buzzard's Roost, Peach Tree Creek, Key Point, Atlanta, and was with Sherman in the march through Georgia. On his return home he engaged in farming, and has met with good fortune, being now one of the leading farmers of the township, and pioneer breeder of Hereford cattle. He is esteemed as a valuable and enterprising citizen. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is a comrade of the G. A. R. Mr. Barnes was married October 16, 1866, to Mary Campbell, born April 14, 1841, daughter of William and Jane (Ekey) Campbell (Mr. Campbell died September 26, 1853), and they have two children: James W. and Rema Blanche.

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