Biography of Charles W. Barnes
Yates County, NY Biographies





Barnes, Charles W., an extensive business man, and a highly respected citizen, was born January 1, 1823, and died in Rock Stream within a quarter of a mile of the place of his birth, on February 5, 1884. His father, Enos, was born in Litchfield, Conn., and his mother in Lansingburg, N. Y. At the age of sixteen Enos Barnes went Lunenburg, Va., where he remained eight years, studying medicine and commencing practice as a physician. He served as a surgeon in the war of 1812, and afterward returned to the north. June 22, 1814, he married Miss Rebecca Wicks. They came from Hyde Park to what is now Rock Stream, in 1815, the first of the following eight children having been born previous to their removal: Dr. Harry R. Barnes, of Rock Stream Woodruff L., who died in Brooklyn; Morris T., who died in Watkins, and whose two daughters, Mrs. A. C. Pike, and Mrs. R. H. Canfield, and their mother, Mrs. M. S. Phinney, now reside in Corning, N. Y.; Delia M., who married Dr. J. S. Stevens, of Penn Yan, and Charles W.; Edmund F., who died at Folly Island, S. C., during the rebellion; Emma H., who became the wife of Julius Bancroft and died in New Madrid, Mo.; and Hattie N., wife of Mr. Otis Whitney, of Oswego, Kan. Dr. Enos Barnes was twice married, and two children were born of the second union, Enos W. Barnes, editor of the Allegany County Reporter, who died at Wellsville, N. Y., in 1888, and Rebecca, wife of Rev. J. T. Otis, of La Preston, Dak. Charles W. Barnes, after attending the Penn Yan Academy, at the age of fifteen became a clerk in the store then kept by Alonzo Simmons at Rock Stream. He remained there two years and then entered the employ of L. G. Townsend, at what was then called Big Stream Point, now called Glenora, where he re mained until going into business for himself, which was nine months previous to his attaining his majority. April 18, 1853, he married Mary S., daughter of Alonzo Simmons. Two children were born to them: Delia M., wife of John D. Goundrey, and Alonzo S. Mr. Barnes was a member of the Masonic order, but not of any religious society. He gave freely for charitable purposes, and for years gave liberally to the Presbyterian Church of Rock Stream. At two periods of his life partners were associated with him in. business, Mr. Sharp for a term of years, and subsequently his brother in law, George Simmons. During his long and prosperous business career his dealings were ever honorable and his relations with acquaintances were such that only death could sunder the bonds of friendship formed. Alonzo S. Barnes was born October 22, 1860, and educated at Starkey Seminary and Cook Academy, and in 1888 married Erma. L. Miles. He succeeded his father in the mercantile business at Rock Stream.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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