Biography of Mrs E. W. Barnes
Cook County, Il Biographies

MRS. E. W. BARNES was born in Washington County, Vt.. in 1809, daughter of Enos and Lavina Miner. She was marned in 1829 to Joseph A. Barnes, Wartsfield. Vt. They came to Cook County in 1833, and located for the first winter in Chicago. They bought a lot and built a house on Kinzie Street. near Canal, for which they paid $50, and sold it twenty three years later for $9,000. In the spring of 1834 they located in Elk Grove, on a farm containing 400 acres. Mrs. Barnes was the first white woman in Elk Grove Township. Mr. Barnes died in 1881, at the age of seventy six years. Mrs. Barnes still lives on the old homestead where she has lived for fifty years. She has had three children, one now living. Mary died at the age of six years, Adaline Roziene, of Charles City, Iowa, and Amelia Rassel. deceased, at the age of thirty eight years. She is a member of thc Congregational Church. They started with teams from Montpelier. Vt., on the 13th day of August, 1833, the party consisting of eleven persons, Dr. Miner and wife, Mrs. Lavina Wilder, Mrs. Barnes and six children from one to twelve years of age. They arrived in Chicago the 28th day of September. Mr. Barnes preceded his fanuly about six months, he, in company with Eli Williams and family, arriving in Chicago in April.


FROM:
History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.

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