JAMES D. CARNES, one of the substantial citizens of Smithfield, O., a man well known all through Jefferson County, was born in Adams County, Ohio, February 25, 1861 and is a son of Capt. David M. and Lavina (Thomas) Carnes.
Capt. David M. Carnes was born in Maryland and came to Ohio in childhood. The greater part of his life was spent as a pilot on the Ohio River. His death occurred in 1867 while his younger children were small. He married Lavina Thomas, who was also born in Maryland, and they had twelve children born to them.
James D. Carnes grew to the age of seventeen years in Adams County and attended school there. He then accompanied his mother to Scio, and several years later came to Jefferson County and for two and a half years was in the contracting business at Toronto. In 1891 he came to Smithfield and has lived here ever since, engaged in contracting. Mr. Carnes has done a large amount of work in his line in this county and put in some of the first turnpikes ever constructed in this section. He is one of the directors of the Miners and Merchants Bank, of Smithfield, and was one of its organizers. Mr. Carnes was married June 16, 1894, to Miss Minnie A. Noble, a daughter of Charles B. Noble. FOr many years he has been a member of the Masonic fraternity. He gives hearty support to the Republican party.