Marriage of Thomas Barnes to Barbara Woods – 1920


This past week I’ve been looking in the new records that FamilySearch added for New York City, and I found this marriage record, for one of our Irish Barnes clan. Thomas Barnes was born in the townland of Aghadouglass, in Kings County, Ireland on October 11th, 1884. He was the youngest of the twelve children of John and Mary Ryan Barnes, that lived to maturity.

Source: Irish Midlands Ancestry, Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland. Date: 12 May 2005 - Report on The Barnes family, of Kilcolman, County Offaly, Ireland.

Source: Irish Midlands Ancestry, Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland. Date: 12 May 2005 – Report on The Barnes family, of Kilcolman, County Offaly, Ireland.

Barbara Woods was born in Largydonnell, County Leitrim, Ireland to Patrick and Catherine Higgins Woods, on 2 March 1893. I found her application for a US Passport on and she had traveled back to Ireland, to see her mother, in 1923. At that time, Thomas and Barbara were living at 820 Third Avenue, in Manhattan. Below is her photo from her passport application. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.

My father-in-law, Thomas Barnes, was named for this uncle Tom from his mother’s side, and also for his paternal grandfather, Tom Barnes, of Wayne County, North Carolina. I had heard stories that Uncle Tom Barnes was a captain on a tugboat in the New York harbor. When I checked with my husband’s aunt Helen a few years back, she corrected me, saying that he was only a fireman on the boats working in the boiler room. Aunt Helen said that Uncle Tom was a great favorite of her, and her siblings, because he was lots of fun and brought them candy.

When Thomas Barnes emigrated from Ireland in 1909, he listed that he was coming to his brother, Patrick Barnes, living at 223 East 36th Ave., Manhattan, New York. He left from Queenstown, County Cork, on the ship Majestic, arriving at Ellis Island on October 14th. Barbara Woods emigrated from Londonderry, Northern Ireland on the ship Cameronia, arriving at Ellis Island on 6 October 1912 [ New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010].

From an old postcard. "RMS Majestic.

From an old postcard. “RMS Majestic.

From the 1910 Federal Census, Thomas was living at 223 East 36th Avenue, in Manhattan,  along with his brother, Patrick, at what was actually the home of his sister, Maria, and her husband, Martin Gleason. Many of our Irish Barnes family first lived with the Gleason family on their arrival to New York City. Thomas was working as a laborer in a building, and was listed as 21 years old. On Thomas Barnes’ World War One registration card, he listed October 14, 1887 as his birthday, but most likely this was the day he was baptized.

From looking at the Federal Census records from 1930 and 1940, Thomas Barnes was listed as a water tender for New York City. The water tender was often also called the stoker, or fireman, on the boats. In 1940 he was listed as 48 years old. From the records that I’ve found, Tom seems to be hazy about the year of his birth – always making himself younger. He and his wife, Barbara, lived on Staten Island, in Richmond County. No children were listed in 1930 and 1940, and this seems consistent with family research, that since they were childless, they enjoyed spoiling their many nephews and nieces.

Many thanks to Randy Seaver, of Genea-Musings, for bringing these records to my attention! From his Tuesday’s Tips: the URL for this post is:

 New York City Marriage Records from 1866-1938

Good luck searching your family marriage records!

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Surname Saturday – Ryan Clan

Ryan Crest photo by

Ryan Crest photo by

The Ryan surname is often listed as one of the top ten surnames of Ireland. The Ryan Clan that I’m researching comes from Kilcolman, County Offaly (King’s), Ireland.

“Ryan Family History. Irish: simplified form of Mulryan.Irish: reduced form of O’Ryan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Rian'; Ó Maoilriain ‘descendant of Maoilriaghain’, or Ó Ruaidhín ‘descendant of the little red one’. Source:”;

Since I’m researching the grandparents of my husband’s grandparents, today I’m focusing on the maternal grandparents of Helen Barnes. Helen was baptized as Ellen Barnes at the Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church on 5 August 1881. Her parents were listed as John and Mary Ryan Barnes [Source: Irish Midlands Ancestry, Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland – Date: 12 May 2005]. Her sponsors were Pat Barnes & N.R. Barnes (N.R. means the first name was not recorded). The Barnes family lived in the Townland of Aughadouglas. When Ellen came to New York City she married Ernest Barnes, retaining her own maiden name.

Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church, County Offaly, Ireland. Photo taken by Maryann Barnes

Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church, County Offaly, Ireland. Photo taken by Maryann Barnes.

When I started researching Helen Barnes in 2000, I sent to the Social Security Administration for her original application for a Social Security number. The application showed that her father was John Barnes and her mother’s full name, at her birth, was Mary Ryan. Knowing her mother’s maiden name was a great help when I contacted the Irish Midlands Ancestry to compile a report for my husband’s family.


Original applications for a Social Security number are still available under the Freedom of Information Act. As an example, I submitted a request for another deceased family member on 5 February 2015. Since I knew the Social Security number the cost was $27. On February 20th, I received a form letter saying the request was received.  On 2 March 2015, a copy of the original application was sent to me. For more information on obtaining a copy of an original application under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) click here.

Along with researching our Barnes clan, the Irish Midlands Ancestry, also called the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, looked at Ryan records. The Kilcolman Roman Catholic Baptismal Records they hold start at 1830. With the information from family members about the twelve children of John and Mary Ryan Barnes, and their wedding date of 13 June 1859, there were two possible records.

At the Kilcolman Church on 18 March 1831, a child, Mary Ryan, was christened with the parents listed as Stephen and Mary Fitzpatrick Ryan.  This Mary Ryan was the only child listed of those parents. Another Mary Ryan was christened on 15 July 1841, with the parents listed as Jamy and Johanna Ryan. Mary Ryan Barnes also had two other possible siblings christened at the church. James Ryan was christened on 11 April 1839, with his parents listed as James and Jony Ryan. Honora Ryan was born on 23 April 1844, with her parents listed as James and Honora Ryan. For all three of these records the mother’s maiden name was also listed as Ryan. With two of the twelve children, of John and Mary Ryan Barnes named James and Joanna, it seems that our Mary Ryan was the child born in 1841.

When I contacted the priest of the Kilcolman R. C. Church in 2008 for more information, he replied that John and Mary Ann Ryan Barnes were married on 13 June 1859, confirming the information from the Irish Midlands Ancestry. Earlier in 2005 I had sent a letter to the church requesting information, but it was returned unopened because that priest had left! I was happy that in 2008 I had the correct name, Rev. Kieran Blake, and that he took the time to reply.

When my daughter and I visited the Kilcolman R. C. Church in 2008, the priest was away. We searched the adjacent cemetery for any Barnes or Ryan headstones, finding only one for a Mary Ryan, which was obviously not the one we were looking for. Here is a photo in case it helps another Ryan researcher. We also visited the Coolderry parish church. According to Father Blake there is also a third church in the parish. The Kilcolman Church is about three miles from Birr, County Offaly, going towards Roscrea, County Tipperary.

Headstone at the Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church Cemetery for Kiernan and Mary Ryan.

Headstone at the Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church Cemetery for Kieran and Mary Ryan.

County King’s (Offaly) Tithe Applotment from 1820 lists nine occupiers with the name of James Ryan. The Griffiths Valuation from 1850 recorded thirteen occupiers under James Ryan. Although the Ryan surname is very common, especially in the Irish Midlands, I’m hoping that the release of the Irish Roman Catholic church records from the National Library of Ireland, planned for this summer will help me to narrow down the possible Ryan families. The records will consist of primary baptismal and marriage records.

The Irish Midlands Ancestry had included the marriage records for the surname Ryan from the Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church when they did our family report. They had fifteen listed under the husband’s surname, Ryan, from 1832 until 1918, and another fifteen under the wife’s surname of Ryan, from 1831 until 1930. None matched up with James and Joanna Ryan, so it is possible their marriage record will be found at another parish.

Surname Saturday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. Take a look at their webpage for more information. Happy Saturday!

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Barnes and Musgrave Families of Wayne County, North Carolina

Source: Marriage record of Nancy Ann Musgrave and jacob Barnes, 1854. Record accessed 17 November 2914.

Source: Marriage record of Nancy Ann Musgrave and Jacob Barnes, 1854. Record accessed 17 November 2014.

When I started researching my husband’s Barnes line, I knew they had Wayne County, North Carolina roots. My husband’s father and his Aunt Helen had told me that their father, Ernest Barnes, had been born in the Goldsboro area in 1885, and that the family had lived in Grantham Township. It took lots of research to find out that his grandfather’s grandmother was Nancy Ann Musgrave Barnes (1837-1921). The Barnes surname is a very common one in North Carolina, and there are many different lines in Wayne County!

This year I have been trying to find out my about both mine, and my husband’s, grandparents grandparents. From focusing on these specific generations in our family tree I’ve been having very good results and learning more about the history of our families.

Nancy Ann Musgrave married Jacob H. Barnes on 18 May 1854 in Wayne County, NC. She was the daughter of Tobias and Apsilla Whitley Musgrave. After her father’s death in 1848, her mother married John T. Toler, of Wayne County, NC. From searching this month in the “North Carlina Estate Files, 1663-1979″ I’ve finally found out that Nancy Ann’s father died on 1 January 1848 in Wayne County, when he was 42 years old, and she was 10 years old. The estate files gives many pages of details about the guardians appointed for Nancy Ann and her brothers, William and Needham, and the settling of Tobias’ estate.


Here is a note I saved from when I was trying to unravel the Barnes family tree.

Oct. 2004 – I’m not sure if Nancy Ann Musgrave is the mother of Thomas W. Barnes, but I’m entering her because the information seems to fit. On his marriage application he stated his father was J. Barnes – dead, and his mother is N. Barnes – living of Wayne County, NC. He gives his age as 23, and he would be turning 24 in April of that year if he was born in 1860. From the 1870 Federal Census for Wayne County. Grantham Township, there is a Thos. W. Barnes, age 10, living with his mother N. A. Barnes age 32, and sisters Emma – 15, Alice – 13. In the 1880 Federal Census, Wayne County, Brodgen District, there is a T. W. Barnes age 20. living with his mother N. A. Barnes age 42. Also, in the 1900 Federal Census for Wayne County there no longer is a Thomas W. Barnes, and Bessie Pauline Barnes seems to be listed twice; once with her mother Ophelia in Grantham Township, and earlier that month with Musgrave relatives in Goldsboro Township. [Yes, this is the right family. – Maryann Barnes].

Nancy Ann Musgrave’s husband, Jacob H. Barnes, died at age 36, after being wounded and captured during the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. He died at Fort Delaware during a measles outbreak, while being held as a prisoner of war by the Union side. She never remarried. Nancy Ann Musgrave Barnes is buried at the Willowdale Cemetery in Goldsboro, Wayne County, NC.

Below is where I found the copy of the marriage record at the top of this post. All of the records at FamilySearch are free, so take a look and try to find something new about your ancestry. Good luck researching your family and unraveling your lineage!


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Jacob Barnes – Land and Slave Divison in Johnston County, NC, 1840 – Friend of Friends Friday

Friend of Friends Friday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers to upload records of enslaved ancestors, whether they are your own or not, and to transcribe them to your blog.  These records are from the estate of Jacob Barnes, who was born on 23 December 1759 in North Carolina, and who died May of 1840, at Boon Hill, Johnston County, North Carolina. The records show the land divisions, and also the disrupted family groups of the enslaved families, that the children and grandchildren of Jacob Barnes were given after his death by court decree. It was copied from the Barnes surname file at the Wayne County Public Library, in Goldsboro, NC, on 12 April 2005. You can click on the images to enlarge them. The record starts on page two, at the number 46.

Jacob Barnes of Johnston County, North Carolina - Records from 1840 - 1843

Jacob Barnes of Johnston County, North Carolina – Records from 1840 – 1843

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Good luck researching!

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Six Word Saturday – An unknown barefoot boy from Goldsboro

Photograph taken by Alexander A. Miller, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Photograph taken by Alexander A. Miller, Goldsboro, North Carolina – Circa 1900

An unknown barefoot boy from Goldsboro.

I have to confess that I have a crush on this young handsome Carolina boy. His portrait was in a collection of pictures that belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother, Ophelia Rose Barnes. From other family photos, I think this young lad was from the Rose family, and not the Barnes side. He looks a lot like one of Ophelia’s brothers, William Preston Rose.

Alexander A. Miller had a photography studio in Goldsboro, Wayne County, NC, and we have other lovely photos taken by him. They have a nice gentle feel, that transcends the generations passed since they were taken. Here’s a quote about A. A. Miller:

The first long-term permanent operator in Goldsboro was Alexander A. Miller (1857-1936). He ran his photography business from the 1880s to 1930 from his West Center Street location [].

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt suggested by Cate at Show My Face. Enjoy the remaining barefoot days of summer. Happy Saturday!

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Six Word Saturday – Wearing hats takes a certain panache!

Wearing hats takes a certain panache!

Mystery Woman in a Hat. Perkin's Studio, Baltimore, Maryland.

Mystery Woman in a Hat.  Photograph taken at the Perkin’s Studio, Baltimore, Maryland.

The mystery lady above has a very stylish wild hat. This, and the photo below of another mystery lady, belonged to Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes. Most of Ophelia’s photographs were taken in Goldsboro or Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but the one above was taken in Baltimore. The only family member that we are aware of that lived in Baltimore, was Ophelia’s sister, Martha Ann “Annie” Rose Turlington (1874-1968) and her family.

Mystery Young Lady. Photgraph taken at the David Hallery Studio, Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

Mystery Young Lady. Photograph taken at the David Hallery Studio, Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

The young lady above also has a very interesting hat. She looks a little bit like the first woman. Both are wearing glasses, but this young lady looks very studious and shy, yet confidant and comfortable with her own style. The other Richmond photographs in Ophelia’s collection were of Rose kinfolk.

Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes died in 1936, leaving behind an old trunk filled with family photographs. The photograph below wasn’t in her collection, but shows her daughter-in-law, Helen Barnes, wearing a beautiful hat. Most likely this photo was taken in New York City. Helen’s maiden name was also Barnes, and she was born in Ireland in 1881. Grandmother Helen is definitely wearing her hat with confidence and style!

Helen Barnes (1881-1973)

Helen Barnes (1881-1973)

I’m very interested in hats, because I joined the local chapter of the Red Hat Society over the winter. Before that I usually only shopped for baseball caps and visors. Plus, hats still seem very popular for ladies in the south.

Six Word Saturday is a blogging prompt suggested by Cate, at Show My Face. Many thanks to our Coleman and Barnes family for sharing their photographs. Happy Saturday!

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Tombstone Tuesday – Thomas William Barnes


Thomas W. Barnes

Middlesex – Thomas William Barnes, 69, died Sunday in Somerset Medical Center, Somerville.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Mr. Barnes was a Middlesex resident for the past 40 years. He was a machinist retired from Union Carbide in Bound Brook.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are [family omitted for privacy]; a brother, Ernest Barnes of Bower Bank, Me; a sister, Helen Golden of Princeton; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Bryan Hislop will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerset Crippled Children’s Treatment Center, P.O. Box 6824, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.S. Cole Funeral Home, Cranbury [family copy of obituary].

TomBarnesSympathyCardTombstone Tuesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. The photograph of Thomas Barnes’ tombstone is from Find  A Grave.

Thomas William Barnes is buried with his wife, Evelyn, at the Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey. His parents, Ernest Howard and Helen Catherine Barnes, are buried nearby.

    Thomas Barnes and Family, September 1950, High Point, New Jersey. Photograph copyright Genealogy Sisters, 2014.

Thomas Barnes and Family, September 1950, High Point, New Jersey. Photograph copyright Genealogy Sisters, 2014.

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Searching the Old Man’s Registration for World War II, 1942 – Ernest H. Barnes

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 record for Ernest Howard Barnes - Source:


Today’s tip is to remember to search through the World War II draft registrations for your ancestors that were too old to serve in active duty. This record for Ernest Howard Barnes from the 1942 Selective Service Registration shows his age to be 57. The copy was through the database on, and although it is a paid subscription service, it is also available for free at Family Search, from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Family Search website gives a description of what was called the “Old Man’s Registration”.

“This draft registration, called the Fourth Registration, or Old Man’s Registration, was held on April 27, 1942. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capacity and skills of men who were born between April 27, 1877 and February 16, 1897 (ages 45 to 64). This draft registration was not intended to be used for military service but to provide a complete inventory of manpower resources in the United States that could be utilized for national service during World War II.”  Source:

During World War II there were six different draft registrations, and these original records are stored at the National Archives at St. Louis, MO.  These records are also available to search at the branches of the National Archives. Very often the men from this age group also have a World War I Draft Registration Record card. Below is the second page, the Registrar’s Report. Here is the the link for Ernest Howard Barnes’ 1942 registration, through Family Search.

Source: U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Accessed 1/22/2013.

Source: U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Accessed 1/22/2013.

This photo is of Ernest Howard Barnes (1885-1951) holding his first grandchild, the son of Barbara and Ernest Barnes, Jr., on 10 May 1943. With him are his wife, Helen Barnes, and on the other side, his daughter, Helen Barnes Golden.

Barnes Family of Princeton, New Jersey, 1943

Barnes Family of Princeton, New Jersey, 1943

What was interesting to me was comparing the description of Ernest to that of his grandfather, Jacob H. Barnes, who died during the Civil War in 1863 after being injured at the Battle of Gettysburg, and taken prisoner. Both were tall, with dark hair, eyes, and dark complexions. It was said that Ernest took after the Barnes side and not his mother’s side the Rose family. We are very lucky that these military records are still available thorough the National Archives.

JacobBarnes3_0001Tuesday’s Tip is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. Happy Searching!

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The Death of Mary Ryan Barnes in Ireland – 1904

Source: Irish Midlands Ancestry, Bury Quay, tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. Record sent 16 Dec 2005.

Source: Irish Midlands Ancestry, Bury Quay, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. Record sent 16 Dec 2005 [click on image to enlarge].

Researching the death of ancestor Mary Ann Ryan Barnes took a bit of time. We knew by 2005 that our Irish Barnes family had been parishioners of the Kilcolman Roman Catholic Church in County Offaly, Ireland. Back when Mary Ann Ryan was born on the 15th of July 1841, it was called King’s County.  We had commissioned a report on our Barnes family, from the Irish Midlands Ancestry, and had received back a nice big packet in May 2005. At that time the death record for Mary wasn’t found. Two possible birth records had been found, with the one closest to her age showing her parents of Jamy and Johanna Ryan. With two of her twelve children being named James and Johanna, it seemed the correct fit.

When the above death record was found we knew it was correct. At that time the record cost an additional $15.00. We had sent the funds gladly! What struck us right away was that Mary had died one day before her birthday. Her age was listed as 63, and that would have been her age the next day. Since her death was certified, she must have been under treatment by a doctor for her bronchitis.

Most of what we had found out about Mary was from one of her granddaughters, Helen Barnes Golden. She helped us immensely with her great recollections of her Irish aunts and uncles. She shared this one tidbit about Mary Ryan Barnes – that Mary had never felt she had a normal teenager experience – she went right from being a child to being a bride. We were rather surprised to find out that she was 17, and almost 18, when she married John Barnes. We thought she would have been younger.

Mary Ann Ryan married John Barnes on 13 June 1859 at the Kilcolman Church. We had received the marriage record from Irish Midlands Ancestry. I also sent a letter to the parish priest at the Kilcolman R. C. Church in May of 2008 to find out if there was any more information. Fr. Kieran Blake kindly replied, ” John Barnes and Mary Ann Ryan were married on June 13, 1859. John Barnes and Bridget Larkin were married on November 24, 1909. John Joe wars baptized on March 3, 1914.”

At this time we don’t think there is a gravestone marker at any of the parish cemeteries for John and Mary Ryan Barnes, after an extensive search. Their grandson, John Joe Barnes, put up a gravestone for his parents, John and Bridget Barnes, at the Dungar Cemetery, Fancroft, near Roscrea, Ireland. He never married nor had children. All of the rest of Mary and John Barnes’ children emigrated to the United States.

Looking at the Ireland Census of 1901, the last taken before Mary’s death, she can be found as the head of the household in King’s County, in the townland of Aghadouglas, Kilcolman, living in house number 3. She’s listed as a Roman Catholic, 60 years old, a widow, born in Kings County. With her were her children: John, age 30; Daniel, age 23; Ellen, age 18; and Thomas, age 16 (all not married). Her husband, John, had died in 1892.

The children that had already left for the United States were: Maria, Patrick, Margaret, James, Johanna, Anna, Hannah, and Daniel. We did find a record at Ellis Island, New York, for Jeremiah’s entrance in 1910, when he went to his brother James’ home. Most of the Barnes siblings went to 223 East 36th St., NYC, and stayed with their siblings when they first left Ireland.

Tuesday’s Tip: Civil registration of births, marriages, and death records started in Ireland in 1864 – 1958. Family Search at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints is a good site to start your search: .  Certificates can be ordered from them. Under this heading there is more information and this suggestion – Ireland Civil Registration – “Civil registration records are also indexed online at and These are either pay-as-you-go or subscription websites”. I did find a basic listing for our Mary Barnes searching Source – “ Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011 Original data: “Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845–1958,” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah. General Register Office. “Quarterly Returns of Births in Ireland with Index to Births.” Belfast, Ireland.”  Good luck searching Irish records!

Name: Mary Barnes
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1904
Death Age: 63
Registration district: Roscrea
Volume: 3
Page: 359
FHL Film Number: 101602
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Friday’s Faces From the Past – Charming Children, Circa 1910

Photographer - Capt. A. O. Clement, Goldsboro, NC

Photographer – Capt. A. O. Clement, Goldsboro, NC

This portrait was one of many photographs belonging to Sarah Ophelia Barnes, née Rose (1863-1936). Ophelia lived for many years in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina. Her great-granddaughter, Betsy Coleman, shared the pictures with our Barnes family, in the hopes that more folks could be identified.

I’m not sure if these two charming cute children are boys or girls, or one of each, but most likely they were siblings. They could have been twins or born one year apart. The dresses may have been christening outfits. Both children look like they belong to the Barnes family, and the one in the back looks a lot like Ophelia’s granddaughter, Helen Barnes Golden, as a child, but we know it isn’t her. We have another portrait from this same photo studio in Goldsboro, dated 1909.

The photographer, Captain Albert Oliver Clement, was born September 15, 1882 and he died April 25, 1936 in Goldsboro, Wayne County, NC. He was buried at Rockfish Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wallace, Duplin County, NC (source: Find A Grave Memorial# 54795614).

Looking at newspaper archives online at Genealogy Bank I found a short death notice for Capt. Clement in the Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC, from Saturday, May 23, 1936. I would think the Wayne County Public Library, in Goldsboro, NC will have more information about the A. O. Clement Photo Studio. One of these days I have to plan a trip there for more research on our Barnes Family!


Source: Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC, page 2, Saturday, May 23, 1936.   Accessed at: May 2, 2014.

Here is another portrait from the A. O. Clement Studio, of a pretty young girl with a bow in her hair. This child favors the Rose side of the family. Many in the Rose family had thick dark brown hair and large expressive dark eyes.

From the studio of A. O. Clement, Goldsboro, NC

From the studio of A. O. Clement, Goldsboro, NC

Any help in identifying or dating these two portraits will be much appreciated! Friday’s Faces From the Past is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers.


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