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Asahel Barnes

ASAHEL BARNES, born 1774 in New Haven, Connecticut, was the 3x’s Great Grandson of Thomas Barnes (1623-1691) and Mary Elizabeth Andrews (1626-1676) and was the son of Joel Barnes and Ann Todd. Married 1st to Patty Ives, the daughter of Stephen Ives and Sarah Ames. The couple had 9 children. After the death of Patty, Asahel married 2nd Hannah Linsley in 1824. It’s not likely the marriage between Asahel and Hannah was as blissful as hoped, since in 1826 Asahel placed a notice in the local paper referring to his then wife as “my old, blind, drunken, lying, she devil”.

Following is the line of descent from Thomas Barnes, progenitor of the Barnes family:

Thomas Barnes (1623-1691) & Mary Elizabeth Andrews (1626-1676)
|_ Thomas Barnes (1653-1726) & Mary Hubbard (1656-1690)
|_ Thomas Barnes (1687-1750) & Mary Leek (1685-1756)
|_ Joshua Barnes (1723-1790) & Deborah Wooding (1727-1782)
|_ Joel Barnes (1752-1804) & Ann Todd (1752-1794)
|_ Asahel Barnes (1774-1851)

ASAHEL BARNES, born 1777 in Hartford, Connecticut, also descends from Thomas Barnes and Mary Elizabeth Andrews. He was Thomas Barnes 3x’s Great Grandson and the son of Asahel Barnes (1747-1777) and Mercy Gridley (1747-1784). He married Keturah Ives (1778-1840), the daughter of Enos Ives and Eunice Merriman. Asahel is the only child of record. He died in 1859 in Vermont.

Thomas Barnes (1623-1691) & Mary Elizabeth Andrews (1626-1676)
|_ Ebenezer Barnes (1675-1756) & Deborah Orvis (1681-1726)
|_ Ebenezer Barnes (1700-1781) & Lydia ____ ( -1785)
|_ Daniel Barnes (1723-1763) & Rachel Bird (1722-1810)
|_Asahel Barnes (1747-1777) & Mercy Gridley (1747-1784)
|_ Asahel Barnes (1777-1859)

The two Asahel’s were 4th cousins. They both married women whose maiden name was Ives.

The 3x’s Great Grandson of Asahel Barnes, born 1774, married 2x’s Great Granddaughter of Isaac Hammitt and Mary Louise Augustine. Both Asahel’s, along with their families and spouses, can be viewed in Cheryl’s tree.

Asahel Barnes (1774-1851) or (1777-1859)

The tradition of naming children after family members has been widely practiced throughout history. Asahel Barnes is a perfect example of how difficult it can be to separate one person from another. The honor of having a namesake to carry on your legacy must have held a great deal of esteem. While still practiced today, it seems to be less of a trend. Even though we may still name our children after a grandparent or relative, today’s names project individuality. No longer is it common to have 4 or 5 children with the same name, all born within a year or two in one family.

Determining who belongs to which record, or even which family, can be not only challenging, but enlightening. These are the discoveries that often lead to forgotten family ties. Sharing how we settled our identity questions will hopefully clear the air for the next researcher.

Both Asahel’s descend from the first Thomas Barnes (b. 1623) that emigrated to America. They both married wives with the surname Ives and their birth and death dates are within a few years of each other. Continue reading

Barnes – Bosworth

The Barnes and Bosworth Families

We connect to the Barnes and Bosworth families through the children of Isaac Edwin Hammitt and Ruth Eva Fennell.  This branch traces the family of Thomas Barnes, of New Haven, Connecticut.  Originally from Barking, Essex County, England, born in 1591, he came to America in 1637.  The majority of the descending Barnes families remained in the New Haven area for several generations.  Then in 1814 Asahel Barnes (3x great grandson of Thomas Barnes) and his wife, Patty Ives, removed to Burton, Geauga County, Ohio, with their five children.

The Barnes family history is the cumulative work of three family members over two generations.  It is important to note the bulk of the Barnes Family research on this tree was done by Shirley Barnes Weber and Ruth Barnes Hammitt.  These sisters worked tirelessly together for many years, doing research the “old fashioned way” – by trekking to county seats, libraries and cemeteries.

The marriage of General Charles Asahel Barnes, to his second wife, Marcia Crocker Bosworth in 1851 introduces the Bosworth Family line.  This branch traces the family back to Edward Bosworth, born 1589 in Market, Bosworth County, England.

The backbone of the Bosworth family tree on this site is based on the extensive work of Mrs. Mary Bosworth Clarke, “Bosworth Genealogy.  A History of the Descendants of Edward Bosworth who arrived in America in the year 1634”.

Some of the branches, in particular the Pennsylvania and New York Bosworth families, have been built upon.