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.
The tradition of family names has been observed for generations. Though not quite as popular now as it once was, it’s a tradition still followed in some families. Most often it’s a name that holds significant meaning, honoring a person of great accomplishment or character. The name Isaac was especially popular in our family throughout the 1800’s, making it difficult to determine what record goes with which Isaac or even which Isaac goes with what family. The Hammitt family actually had two naming traditions. Most prominent was the name Isaac. Our first Isaac has proven to be somewhat of a mystery and difficult to document. But family notes, bits of information and a tradition that lasted generations tell us he existed. Since so much of our family history is centered on shipbuilding, we decided an Ark would be the perfect place to gather all the Isaac’s. And so, the meaning of Isaac’s Ark.
The second name, although not quite as common but equally important, is John Kille Hammitt. Continue reading
Are you wondering why your Uncle Joe or Jim, Aunt Mary and sister Jane are not included in our genealogy section? While we want to have a tree that is accurate and up to date, we also don’t want to intrude on anyone else’s privacy. After reviewing the information we had accumulated, it was discovered there was a significant amount of information that had been gathered from obituaries identifying family members of the deceased. While the information is of public record, we also felt some of it may be a bit too revealing. For that reason, we made the decision to trim the branches of our extended families and only include the records of those we could confirm were deceased. Although the Genealogy program offers security options, we recognize that anything posted to the internet can be compromised. Therefore, the cut-off date for extended family members without a confirmed date of death is around 1915.