WILLIAM D. BARNS, widely known for many years as one of the most prominent and successful agriculturists, fruit
growers and horticulturists in the State of New York, pursued his vocation at Middle Hope, Orange County, where
he was born October 16, 1828. He was the descendant of an old and honored New England family. His father, Nathaniel
Barns, was born in Litchfield, Conn., in 1782, and settled in Middle Hope shortly after his marriage to Miss Effie
Dusenberre in 1828. Four children were born to them, namely, William D., Nathaniel, Daniel D , and Mary E.
Nathaniel Barns became a prosperous farmer, and at the time of his death in 1879 was the owner of 300 acres of
the choicest farm land in Orange County. These farms became the property of the sons above mentioned. William D.
continued the homestead farm, and for thirty five years previous to his death devoted his attention largely to
the cultivation of fruit. He was vice president of the Orange County Agricultural Society from 1888 to 1897, and
superintendent of the fruit department at the annual fairs of this organization. He was a member and exhibitor
at the Newburgh Bay Horticultural Society. He was connected with the Eastern New York Horticultural Society since
its organization, and a member of the Western New York Horticultural Society. In 1893 he was appointed by Governor
Flower a member of the board of control of the New York State Experiment Station at Geneva. He was also appointed
by Governor Odell a State delegate to the National Farmers' Congress at Sioux Falls, S. D., in Igor. As a citizen
of the town of Newburgh, he was the incumbent of many offices of trust and honor. As almshouse commissioner he
was prominent in securing many improvements on the farm attched to that institution. He was largely instrumental
in the establishment of the Children's Home, and the plans for its management have been conducted substantially
as he advocated. Mr. Barnes's death occurred in October, 1904. In 1860 he married Miss Elizabeth A. Carpenter,
and rive children were born, of whom four are living, Edwin W., Mary, George D., John S., and Nathaniel H. (deceased).
The homestead farm is now conducted under the management and firm name of Edwin W. Barns & Son. Over seventy
acres are devoted to the culture of fruit, and all specimens adapted to this section, from the earliest strawberry
to the latest apples, are here grown.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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