(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Woman in Nurse Uniform

MissRose UniformThis photograph was taken by the Walter Washington Foster Studio, in Richmond, Virginia. There are more of the Foster photos at the Virginia Historical Society. It was addressed to Miss Barnes, 354 R. Black.  The photo was in a trunk belonging to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes. She was from Wayne County, North Carolina. Most likely this had been sent to her daughter, Bessie Pauline Barnes Coleman (1886-1944). After her marriage to Thomas Coleman, Bessie Barnes lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

From other photos I’ve seen, this looks to be a nursing uniform from the early 20th Century. Vintage Nursing Uniforms on Pinterest has some wonderful photographs of nurses, and this cap looks similar to one from 1901. Any help in dating this photograph would be very much appreciated!

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by GeneaBloggers.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Sadie Fitzgerald Barnes (1891-1947) – of Four Oaks, North Carolina

Source: Smithfield Herald, Smithfield, NC, Friday, June 10, 1947, Page 9. Copied by Johnston County – The Heritage Center, PO Box 2709, Smithfield, NC. sent 19 Feb 2004.

Source: Smithfield Herald, Smithfield, NC, Friday, June 10, 1947, Page 9. Copied by Johnston County – The Heritage Center, PO Box 2709, Smithfield, NC. sent 19 Feb 2004.

Sadie Elizabeth Fitzgerald was born 5 March 1891 in Johnston County, North Carolina. Her parents were Gaston and Tabitha Jane Massey Fitzgerald. She married George Herbert Barnes on 18 Feb 1914 in Johnston County, NC.  Their daughter, Nancy Rose Barnes, married William Washington Springle. The Barnes family lived at Four Oaks, Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC.

Barnes Women

Barnes women photograph is from Betsey Coleman

The original photo shown  above, belonged to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes, who was married to Thomas Whitley Barnes. I’ve done a previous blog posting on Ophelia. She is second from the left, in the white dress. Standing next to her is her daughter-in-law, Sadie Elizabeth Fitzgerald Barnes, also in a white. Nancy Rose Barnes (1914-2006), called Rose by the family, is the young girl standing in front.  The two ladies on either side are unknown, but most likely were related.  Our Barnes family remembers being told that Sadie Fitzgerald Barnes had Native American ancestry, but we have never confirmed that.

Sunday’s Obituary is a blogging post suggested by Geneabloggers.

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Friday’s Faces From the Past – Bessie Pauline Barnes of NC?

Barnes Girl of North Carolina

This photograph of a lovely young girl, or teenager, was taken by the Parker Studio in Dunn, North Carolina.  No other information is associated with the picture, except that it was in a trunk belonging to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes. Looking at some other photos sent to us by Betsy Coleman, my husband and I think it could be a portrait of Ophelia’s daughter, Bessie Pauline Barnes (1886-1944), taken during a graduation, or some other important occasion.

I always enjoy looking at fashions from the past, to try to date a photo. Fashion-Era shows Children in Costume History 1890 – 1900, and the length and style of the dress is right. Also, the sleeves of the dress look like leg of mutton sleeves from the 1890s. The girl is wearing a cameo, or brooch, at her neck, and she’s holding a small bouquet of flowers. She’s leaning against a log, with a rural backdrop.

The Barnes family lived in Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC, but by the 1900 census Bessie was living in Goldsboro, North Carolina while attending school, and was enumerated with her great uncle and aunt – Needham and Mary Musgrave. She was also enumerated living with her mother and two brothers in Grantham Township during the 1900 Federal Census. Her father, Tom Barnes, had died in 1892.

What made us think that this photo could be Bessie Pauline Barnes, was another portrait taken before her wedding to Thomas Coleman in 1910. In the photo below, Bessie has darker hair, but often hair does darken after childhood. The beautiful eyes look similar, and in both portraits there is a quiet look of kindness and contemplation. What do you think? You can click on the picture to enlarge it.

BessieBarnesFriday’s Faces From the Past is a blogging prompt to help research unknown ancestors, or rescued photographs,  suggested by GeneaBloggers.

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Workday Wednesday – David Jeptha Rose (1861-1940) – General Contractor

David Jeptha RoseDavid Jeptha Rose (1861-1940) started his Rocky Mount, North Carolina general contracting business in 1890, and the company, D. J. Rose & Son, Inc., is still in business today. His firm was one of the first licensed general contracting firms in North Carolina. David J. Rose, and his partners, built homes, churches, banks, railroad stations, and a multitude of other buildings. Visit the firm’s website, http://www.djroseandson.com/about.htm and also read this excellent article: http://americanbuildersquarterly.com/2013/building-through-four-generations/ for more information. Next year the company is planning their 125th anniversary in the construction trade.

This photo, and the one below, were in the collection of pictures his sister, Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes saved. His great-niece, Helen Barnes Golden, said her family called him Uncle Jep, and at the time of her grandmother Ophelia’s death in 1936, he was putting together a family history tree. Many in the Rose family have gathered genealogy information, and published family histories at reunions. Many thanks to Betsy Coleman for the photos.

D. J. RoseSince D. J. Rose was such a successful North Carolina builder his biography was included in the History of North Carolina, Volume V, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1919, pages 338-339. He was the fifth of eleven children of George Pinkney and Nancy Brunt Rose, born 27 November 1861 in Bentonville, Johnston County, NC.  In 1868 his family moved to nearby Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC., where his family farmed. He was an enterprising young child, finding jobs in the neighborhood, and by the age of twenty-four had started working as a carpenter. His brother, William P. Rose also started a general contracting business, and became another well-known North Carolina builder. D. J. Rose’s business grew to encompass sites throughout the south. D. J. Rose married twice, first to Anna Woodall, and after her death to Vara Benton. Both were natives of Johnston County, NC. His obituary is from the Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC) , published on Thursday, May 9, 1940, page 18.  David Jeptha Rose died 8 May 1940 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina.

Workday Wednesday is a blogging prompt to help your ancestor’s occupations, suggested by Geneabloggers.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Joel L. Rose (1859-1932) of Wayne County, NC

Source:  Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC, Sunday, December 11, 1932, page 3. Accessed at GenealogyBank.com

Source: Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC, Sunday, December 11, 1932, page 3. Accessed at GenealogyBank.com

Joel L. Rose was born in 1859, at Bentonville, Johnston County, North Carolina. His parents were George Pinkney and Nancy Brent Rose. When he was a young child, his family moved to Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a farmer. He had ten siblings that lived to maturity, including Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes.

On December 7, 1887 he married Mollie Stafford in Johnston County, NC. They had twelve children, and in this other obituary it states that all twelve children were at his bedside when he died. That seems so touching to me, and a testament to how much he must have been loved by his children. This obituary was copied by the Johnston County Heritage Center, in Smithfield, NC, and at the time, in 2004, it was the best copy available. I’ve also added the obituary as a PDF.

Source: Smithfield Herald, Tuesday, December 13, 1932, page 1. Copied at the Johnston County Heritage Center, NC>

Source: Smithfield Herald, Tuesday, December 13, 1932, page 1. Copied at the Johnston County Heritage Center, NC.


Here is a photograph from 1918, showing Joel and Mollie Rose, of the Grantham Community, in the center, surrounded by their children and extended family. Many thanks to Guy Potts for his help in identifying the picture for our family. He found a smaller version in a copy of the Goldsboro News Argus, Wayne County, NC from March 1981 entitled, “Yesterday’s Scene”.

Joel and Mollie Stafford Rose Family, circa 1918.

Joel and Mollie Stafford Rose Family Reunion, 1918. Photo from Betsy Coleman.

Sunday’s Obituary is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. Good luck searching for your family’s roots!

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Passenger Record for Ellen Barns – SS Campania – 1908

When researching passenger records online at the Ellis Island Foundation website in 2003 for Helen Barnes (1881-1973), I came across only one likely record for my husband’s grandmother. Some of the information seemed wrong, but I saved the record and printed it out.  The family had thought she was born in County Offaly (County Kings), Ireland in 1887. We knew she had emigrated to the United States sometime before her marriage to Ernest Barnes in 1914. The passenger record below showed that an Ellen Barns had come to New York City on the 29th of April in 1908. Her last residence was Roscrea, Ireland.


Source: Ellis Island Passenger Record, http://www.ellisisland.org accessed on 10/8/03

Name: Barns, Ellen.
Ethnicity: British, Irish.
Place of Residence: Roscrea, Ireland.
Date of Arrival: April 29, 1908.
Age on Arrival: 24y.
Gender: F.
Marital Status: S.
Ship of Travel: Campania.
Port of Departure: Queenstown, Cork, Munster, Ireland.
Page 0787-0788, line 0023.
Going to sister Hannie Barnes, 223 East 36th St., N.Y.
Home address: Jno. Barnes, Roscrea.
Height: 5 foot 7 inches. Hair: Dark Brown. Eyes: Brown. Occupation: Domestic.

When researching on Ancestry.com I took a closer look at the manifest, and facts slid into place. First hint for family research – always trust your instincts. Second hint – record what you have found, by printing out the record or keep a notebook dedicated to your genealogy. Third hint – when researching Irish records use a broad base of ten years plus or minus for the birth year.

Our Helen Barnes went by the name of Ellen Barns/Barnes in Ireland. After coming to the USA she changed the spelling of her given name and also the year of her birth from 1881 to 1887.  Even as she left Ireland she started to make herself younger. Way to go, Nana!

Here is the section of the manifest for Ellen Barns showing she was leaving the household of John Barns, Dromakeen, Roscra, Ireland. Dromakeenan is a small village on the border of northern County Tipperary and southern County Offaly. Her brother, John Barnes, was the only one of Barnes twelve siblings to stay on the family farm. In some records the farm is shown at Kilcolman or the townland of Aughadouglas. When Helen Barnes’ father died in 1892 the place of death was Dromakeenan, County Kings (Offaly).

SS Campania docking at the port of New York on 29 April, 1908. Source:  Ancestry.com

Manifest for the SS Campania docking at the port of New York on 29 April, 1908.  Image 109 of 912. Source:  Year: 1908; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: 1098; Line: 23; Page Number: 53. Ancestry.com

Helen Catherine Barnes 5 August 1881 - 11 November 1973

Helen Catherine Barnes about the age when coming to America from Ireland.
5 August 1881 – 11 November 1973

My eldest daughter and I took a trip to Ireland in 2008, and we met up with one of my husband’s cousins, and his family. He also had been doing family research on his grandmother. When we looked at the passenger record together, we realized we were meeting in Ireland exactly one hundred years after Helen Barnes’s journey! Ellen Barns set sail from Queenstown, County Cork on the SS Campania on the 25th of April 1908, and she arrived at Ellis Island five days later.

Good luck searching for your family’s departures and arrivals.


Helen Barnes – December 1958

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Friday’s Faces From the Past – Man’s Photo taken by S. R. Alley of Tarboro, NC


This unknown man had his photograph taken by S.R. Alley of Tarboro, North Carolina, most likely at towards the end of the 19th century. The man seems to be staring right into my eyes pleading to be identified. This portrait was one of many photographs belonging to Sarah Ophelia Barnes, née Rose (1863-1936). Her great-granddaughter, Betsy Coleman, shared the pictures with our Barnes family, in the hopes that more folks could be identified.

The photographer was active in Tarbor0, Edgecombe County, NC between 1880 – 1920. At times S. R. Alley partnered with Francis M. Winstead. There are also some photos taken by Francis M. Winstead in our collection, but this is the only one from the Alley Studio. Of the photographs found in Ophelia’s trunk, this appears to be one of the older ones. The man looks very prosperous from the cut of his suit. There seems to be some resemblance to the Rose and Barnes families, especially his beautiful eyes and the shape of his ears.

My husband’s Barnes family are descendants of early Virginia settlers who came to America from the British colonization. The earliest ancestor we have traced back was a Quaker farmer named John Barnes, born circa 1640. He lived in Virginia near the James River, and at some point when land opened up in the new frontier of North Carolina, he moved his family there. His will is dated from 1719 in Chowan County, NC.

This four-generation pedigree chart is of Ophelia’s son, Ernest Howard Barnes. The Rose family were also early Virginia settlers. Most likely the man in this unknown portrait fits somewhere in this chart, or the Coleman family. You can click on the chart and photograph to enlarge the images.

In genealogy, one person’s research helps the next. A publication by Frances G. Howell, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, helped our family find the many branches of our tree. Many other people helped, too, but I would be amiss if I didn’t mention the genealogy book called, The early Howells of Wayne County, North Carolina:  Henry Howell, his descendants, and some allied lines, by Frances Godwin Howell, 1991. LC Classification: CS71.H858.  Copies can be found at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and also, The Wayne County Library, Goldsboro, NC.

If you are researching any of our North Carolina Barnes and Rose families, try to track down her book. In 2005 I contacted Frances Howell, and she was a great help untangling our Rose lines, with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of early Wayne County, NC families. These are the chapter headings of her book: Henry Howell Family; Daughtry Lineage; Brent Family; Heath Lineage; Mathews Lineage; and Edwards Lineage.

Friday’s Faces From the Past is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers.


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Private Jacob H. Barnes (1827-1863) of the 5th North Carolina Infantry

Fort Delaware

Fort Delaware’s Monument to Confederate Civil War Soldiers. Photo taken by Maryann Barnes.

Private Jacob H. Barnes was a member of Company C, 5th Infantry Regiment, North Carolina State Troops, Confederate Army. He was present or accounted for until captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863. Confined at Fort Delaware, Delaware, he died there on Pea Patch Island, August 24, 1863 of “rubeola” now known as measles.

I have previously written about Jacob H. Barnes at the blog I write with my sister, called Genealogy Sisters. I started thinking about him recently, when I read an interesting newspaper article in USA Today of the plans to plant a tree for every soldier, from both the Union and Confederate sides, killed during the Civil War – estimated at about 620,000. From a tree-lover’s point of view, I’m thrilled. I’m also happy from the point of view of a family researcher.

The initiative is called Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. Click on the title in italics, and it will tell more about the tree planting. My husband and I have traveled on Route 15 through the Virginia and Maryland hills into Pennsylvania and visited Gettysburg. Most likely this was the route that Jacob H. Barnes took from North Carolina.

I’ve always wondered what his middle initial stands for. Most records he signed as “J. H. Barnes”or “Jacob H. Barnes” and that has helped differentiate his name from others. Two of his grandsons had the same middle initial – George Herbert Barnes and Ernest Howard Barnes. Jacob’s maternal grandfather was named Hardy Williamson. Possibly it represents one of these three names.

A few years ago my husband and I started researching about his great-great-grandfather, Jacob H. Barnes, and in doing so we learned not only about another branch of the family tree, but also about a riveting period of our country’s history. When realizing that the U. S. National Archives had some Prisoner of War records from Confederate soldiers, we sent for Form 86 Military Service Records, filled it out, and one month later received the packet in the mail.

Jacob, a young farmer from North Carolina, received the “Badge of Honor” for gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. Standing at 6’1″ he would have been considered a tall man for the times. The records state that he had dark eyes, hair, and complexion. I’m always hopeful that a photograph of the Confederate 5th NC Infantry Regiment will be found, from right before the Gettysburg Battle, and will include his picture. At his death while a POW at Fort Delaware he left behind in Johnston County, North Carolina, his young widow, Nancy Ann Musgrave Barnes, and three children: Emma, Alice, and Thomas.

Click on the images to enlarge them.





JacobBarnes2Wishing all of my fellow family researchers a very happy new year, with many blessings. If you are new to genealogy, good luck in finding out about your family tree!

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” ~ Chinese Proverb

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Friday’s Faces From the Past – North Carolina Couple

Unknown Married Couple from North Carolina - Photo belonged to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes

Unknown Married Couple from North Carolina – Photo belonged to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes

I’m always hopeful about solving photograph mysteries. This unknown couple must have had a significant event to have posed for a portrait with the Cyrus P. Wharton Photographers (1887-1905) in Raleigh, North Carolina. The photo was in a trunk belonging to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes (1863-1936). Ophelia, as she was called, lived in Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC. When she was elderly she went to live with her daughter, Bessie Barnes Coleman, and son-in-law, Thomas,  in Rocky Mount, NC. The photo is from Barnes cousin, Betsy Coleman. Click on it to enlarge.

The time period for the Wharton Photographer Studio seems exactly right for the fashions. The pretty and prim lady has leg-of-mutton sleeves on her blouse. They were very popular in the 1890s and had disappeared by about 1905. With men suits it is harder to gauge, since many men wear clothes that they like, even when out of fashion. The gentleman has distinctive facial hair, with what was called a mutton chop mustache or burnsides, named after American Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. That style went out of fashion by the 20th century. My guess is that the portrait was taken sometime around 1900.

When Ophelia’s granddaughter, Helen, looked at this photo, she commented that the lady looked to have some Native American features. Helen thought that would have made the portrait from the Barnes family, and not the Rose family. One of the female ancestors, Sarah Shearwood Barnes (b. 1706 in Berkeley, NC), was thought to have Native American ancestry. Also, Ophelia’s son George Herbert Barnes’s wife, Sadie Fitzgerald Barnes supposedly had a Cherokee ancestor. The couple look to be in their 40s.

This is where I’m going out on a limb, but I think the couple were Amariah A. Grantham (1848-1903) and Alice S. Barnes Grantham (1858-1932). Alice’s sister, Emma, had first married Amariah in 1873, in Wayne County, NC. Emma and Amariah had two children, Claud and Alice. After Emma Barnes Grantham died, circa 1880, sister Alice married Amariah.  Part of what I’m basing my guess on is a family report and photo about the Grantham family, published in the Heritage of Wayne County, North Carolina, 1982 [Hiram Grantham Family 538, pages 253 and 254]. Emma and Alice Barnes were the sisters of Thomas Whitley Barnes, Ophelia’s husband.

From a photo of Jesse Hiram Grantham, who was Amariah’s brother, I think there is a resemblance between the two men. I really enjoyed finding this article, because it gives an intriguing background on the Grantham and Barnes family in Wayne County, NC. Evidently, Amariah and Jesse Grantham had another brother, named Silas C. Grantham, who had also been in love with Alice Barnes, and was very upset when she married Amariah after her sister’s death.

Hiram Grantham Family, 538, page 254. The heritage of Wayne County, North Carolina, 1982.

Hiram Grantham Family, 538, page 254. The Heritage of Wayne County, North Carolina, 1982. Hunter Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, NC.

Friday’s Faces From the Past is a blogging prompt by GeneaBloggers, to help with discovering about known ancestors or complete unknowns. It was suggested by Smadar Belkid Gerson of Past-Present-Future. Enjoy searching your roots!

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Six Word Saturday – Looking at old cards and smiling!

Thomas Barnes and son

Looking at old cards and smiling!

Today I’m looking at old saved photo Christmas cards and smiling. Above, Thomas Barnes holds his infant son so very tenderly, that it makes me smile with joy. The photo card below was sent the same Christmas, and baby Barnes is so darn cute that I decided to include it, too.  Love the black and white prints.

ChristmasBarnesNow we have to start writing out our holiday cards. This month is just speeding by. Happy Saturday!

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt suggested by Cate at Show My Face.

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