Friday, September 12, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. This post my subject is my 9x great grandfather
William Barnes.

I have two different Barnes families in my ancestry. One is from John Barnes of
Plymouth Plantation. who I've blogged about previously. The other is from William
Barnes of Salisbury and Amesbury, Ma., north of Boston in Essex County. I found
this information in the Appendix of a Hoyt family genealogy:

William Barnes * was one of the original settlers of Salisbury, Mass. At the first division of land, he received a house lot and a planting lot of four acres. In Jan., 1640-41, he received the "Rockie Island" in the meadow, and other grants. On the list of freemen contained in the Mass. Records, under date of June 2, 1641, we find the name of William Barnes, in connection with two or three other Salisbury names. He was one of those who removed to the west side of the Powow River, and settled that part of the town afterwards called Amesbury. On the Amesbury records he is frequently mentioned as constable, moderator, &c. His name also occurs several times on the Old Norfolk records, as juror, one of the "comission" to end small causes" in Amesbury, &c. His grants of land in the new town correspond very nearly in number and amount with those of (1) John1 Hoyt. His trade was that of a house carpenter. Wife Rachel died Feb. 9, 1685-6. He died March 14, 1697-8. Will dated April 7, 1696, proved Sep. 28, 1698. His homestead was bequeathed to his daughter, Rebecca Morrill.

Children of William and Rachel Barnes.
I. Mary, b.____ ; m. (3) John9 Hoyt, June 23, 1659. By her father's will she received his "great farm or lott." [See (18) Mary3 Hoyt.]

II. William, b.______ ; d. June 11, 1648.

III. Hannah, b. Jan. 25, 1643-4; m. John Prowse. She d. May 27, 1688.

IV. Deborah, b. April 1, 1646; m. Samuel Davis, Dec. 19, 1663; lived in Amesbury.

V. Jonathan, b. April 1, 1648; probably died young. He is not mentioned in his father's will. 

VI. Rachel, b. April 30, 1649; m. Thomas Sargent, March 2, 1667-8; lived in Amesbury.

VII. Sarah, b___ ; m. 1st, Thomas Rowell, Sep. 8, 1670, and 2d, John Harvee; lived in Amesbury.

VIII. Rebecca, b.___ ; m. Moses Morrell, and lived in Amesbury. They had a son William Barnes Morrell, an early instance of a middle name. He was probably so named because there was no descendant in the male line to bear the name of Barnes

*In the Hist. Geneal. Register, July, 1s50, p. 2s1, is found the name of Wm. Barnes, aged 22, among the "Passengers for Virginia," August, 1635, " in the Globe of London Jeremy Blaekman Mr." We also find the names of Wm. Browne and Richard Wells on the same list.p123-124

A genealogical history of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight families  By David Webster Hoyt Providence Press Co.  Boston, Ma. 1871 .S

William seems to have led a more sedate life than John Barnes who'd been somewhat of
a problem to the authorities at Plymouth.

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