Barnes Family History concentrates on the kinfolk of Ernest Howard Barnes and Helen Catherine Barnes. Their paths took them to New York City. Soon afterwards meeting they married in 1914. What a lovely wedding dress Helen is wearing! It looks to be linen.
Ernest came from a family that had long roots in North Carolina and Virginia. He was the first one in his family to head north. Helen hailed from Ireland. One by one her siblings left for America, and after her father and mother both died in County Offaly (then called County Kings) , she followed. They raised a family, first in New York State, and then New Jersey. They had three children – Ernest, Thomas, and Helen – plus one that died at birth.
Per a conversation with their daughter, Helen Barnes Golden, on April 16, 2004. Helen Barnes came to her sister Maria’s place in Manhattan when she first came over from Ireland. Her family called her Nellie instead of Helen. She was introduced to Ernest Barnes because they had the same last name. She worked as a domestic before marrying. Her parents first child, a girl, died one hour after birth in 1914. Her mother blamed the midwife. Times were tough when the children were growing up – it was the Depression. Helen said of her husband Ernest, “He is a good husband, because he doesn’t beat me”.
Follow along as we share what we have found about our Barnes heritage. Our hope is that we find some long-lost cousins. Please leave a comment with any questions, and we’ll try our best to answer them. Happy Sunday!