Biography of Thomas Barnes
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Thomas Barnes, deceased, was for many years a dominant figure in connection with financial, business and civic affairs of Barnesboro, of which he was the founder. He was. born in Lancashire, England, May 13, 1843, the son of John Barnes, deceased.

At an early age Thomas Barnes came to the United States and located at Philipsburg, Pa., where he was employed in the coal mining business until 1872. He then purchased a small tract of land at Poweiltown, Pa., where he opened a mine. He became an extensive operator and owned mines throughout Cambria and Clearfield counties. In 1891 Mr. Barnes founded the town of Barnesboro, to which he removed his family in 1899, where a memorial parish house has recently been completed and donated by Mrs. Barnes to St. Thomas's Episcopal Church. He died Jan. 14, 1911, in Philadelphia, where the main offices of the Barnes Coal Company are located. He was one of the organizers of the Moshannon National Bank of Philipsburg and the president of the First National Bank of Barnesboro for many years.

On Aug. 18, 1864, Mr. Barnes was married to Miss Ann Ashcroft, who was born at Ashton-under-Lyne, England, Dec. 24, 1848. She is the daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Spencer) Ashcroft, both deceased. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Barnes, as follows: Jane, the widow of James Johnston, lives at Canandaigua, N. Y.; Margaret, married Abraham A. Post, lives at Geneva, N. Y.; Ruth, married Reuben H. Mull, lives at Philipsburg, Pa.; John, president of the First National Bank of Barnesboro, and head of the Barnes interests; Rachel, lives with her mother at Barnesboro; Ann Eleanor, married Laurance M. Hartzell, lives at Cincinnati, Ohio; and Esther Ashcroft, died in 1906, at the age of 21 years.

Mr. Barnes was a member of the Episcopal Church of Philipsburg.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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