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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(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, and also read this excellent article: 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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