Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 188] of New Castle, who occupies a prominent place among the retail grocers of that city, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1848, and is a son of Henry and Martha (Van Kirk) Barnes. Henry Barnes, Sr., our subject's grandfather, was a native of Philadelphia, and although born and reared in the city, developed a taste for farm life, and accordingly followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He married a Miss Cochran, and of the eleven children born to them, the father of our subject was the third in order of birth.

Henry Barnes was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., and at an early age learned the cabinet-maker's trade, which, in conjunction with carpentry work, constituted his chief means of livelihood throughout his life. He was a stanch Republican, politically. Six children were allotted to him as follows: Andrew, born Sept. 16, 1839; Sarah A., May 25, 1842; Caroline, June 3, 1846; David F., Oct. 28, 1848; Thomas, Nov. 28, 1851; and Mary F., May 25, 1859. Henry Barnes was born July 4, 1812, and departed this life July 10, 1894. They were Presbyterians in point of church attendance and creed. Mr. Barnes enlisted in the United States service in the War of the Rebellion, and served four years in Co. G, 76th Reg. Pa. Vol. Inf.

The subject of this narration was educated in the excellent schools of New Castle, and when a young man secured employment in the nail factory, where he remained about seven years. When twenty-two years of age, he learned the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and followed the same until 1883, when he turned his attention to mercantile pursuits, and has since been engaged in a general retail grocery business, in which he has been very successful.

In the month of April, 1884, he was married to Cordelia Rigby, daughter of Eli Rigby of New Castle. The following children were born to them: Edna, deceased; Stella, Carl; Alma; and Erma. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes are members of the Disciples Church.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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