Biography of Washington Barnes
Miami County, Ohio Biographies

WASHINGTON BARNES, Superintendent Knoop Children's Home, Troy; born in Adrian, Mich., April 5, 1835, is a son of Saley Seymour and Louisa Barnes, natives of New England, the ancestry being of English descent. S. S. Barnes and wife located in Adrian, Mich., about 1833, and there followed his trade, that of a carpenter, at which he continued to work throughout his life; in about 1840, removed to Cincinnati, where he remained till his dearth, which occurred in 1852, his wife surviving him till 1863 they were parents of four children, three now surviving, viz., Louisa (now Mrs. Hart), Helen M. (now Mrs. George Clyde) and Washington. Mr. Barnes resided with his father till his death, being then 17 years of age, and soon after went to Xenia, Ohio as an apprentice in the carriage manufacturing business; after becoming proficient in this trade, he continued to work at it until March 1, 1879, when he received his appointment and took charge of the "Knoop Children's Home," as its Superintendent, which position he has since held; and we can say that to all appearance, the institution which has just been founded, and is, as it were, in its infancy, is being well managed, and will doubtless, in a reasonable time become established upon a basis and a perfection that will ensure its success, and enable it to fulfill the object of its establishment. to the credit of its founder. its Superintendent, and all who have a controlling power over its welfare. On April 7, 1856. Mr. Barnes married Miss Martha Janet, daughter of James and Sarah Ann Jolly, natives of Ohio who were parents of two children - Simeon and Martha Jane; also by a second wife there are three children, viz., Nellie (now Mrs. Hammer, living in Fayette Co., Ohio), John and Sallie (now Mrs. West of Casstown).

History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880

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