Biography of Stephen I. Barnes
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Barnes, Stephen I., an old resident of Lansing, was born in Erin, Chemung county, December 20, 1833, son of Jeremiah and Eleanor (Swartwood) Barnes, the father born in Delaware county, January 8, 1800. He was a son of Abram Barnes, also a native of New York State. The mother was a daughter of Gen. Jacob and Catharine (Van Fatten) Swartwood. Jacob was the first postmaster of Cayuta Creek, now known as Swartwood. Jeremiah, father of our subject, came to Lansing in 1844 and settled where our subject now lives, and where he resided until his death April 1, 1878. The mother died August 27, 1860. Jeremiah was a Democrat in politics, but when the Republican party was formed he joined with them. Our subject was educated in the common schools and attended one term at Aurora Academy. At the age of twenty four he took an extended trip west through Iowa and Minnesota, three years later returning home and settling on his father's farm. In 1858 he married Eunice M., daughter of Ashley and Phoebe Taylor, of Illinois, formerly of New York State, and they had four children: Fred, born in February, 1861; Floyd, born in June, 1864; Ruth, died in infancy; John, born in March, 1870. Fred married Elizabeth Rumsey of Chiming county, and they have two children: George, born in June, 1885, and Charles, born in 1889. John married Lora Ferriss, of Cayuga county, and they have one child, Earl, born in 1891. Our subject is one of a family of eight children: Jacob, Rubin, John, James R., Stephen I., Charles (died in the army), Elizabeth, Catharine and Ruth (twins), the wives of Francis Smith of Lansing and J. G. Waldwin of Ithaca respectively. Mrs. Barnes died September 4, 1890. Subject is now serving his third term as assessor, a member of the I. O. O. F., the Rebecca Grange Lodge 282, and I. O. G. T. He has a farm of seventy three acres, and makes a specialty of fruit growing.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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