|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1824|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1898|
Sterling Standard - December 8, 1898, Sterling, Illinois
The funeral of Alfred Barnes was held Tuesday at 11 o'clock. Interment was in Bethel cemetery near Milledgeville. Mr. Barnes was one of the oldest settlers of Genesee.
ALFRED BARNES was born in Fabius township, Onondago county, New York, Nov. 28, 1824. His father was Truman Barnes and his mother Azuba Barnes. When Alfred was eleven years old, he hired out as an apprentice in a woolen factory. In 1848, he married Adeline Olin, with whom he enjoyed a long and happy married life. They had six children, five of whom still live, while one, Sarah A., died in infancy. The names of those living are Mrs. Mary Sowles, Mrs. Eveline Hall, Mrs. Henrietta Connor, Eugene E. Barnes and Miss Emma E. Barnes who still lives at home. In 1854, Mr. Barnes moved to Illinois, where he has since lived. In March, 1898, he and his wife with many of their family, celebrated their golden wedding, having enjoyed fifty years of married life. At the age of seventeen years, he was baptized and joined the Congregational church, In 1865, he united with the M. E. Church, which has been his religious home ever since. Last Wednesday afternoon, J. E. Milroy and his pastor, S. C. Bennett, being present, he gave his last testimony as a Christian in these words: "It is all right if I stay, or if I go to the other side." Under his influence, all of his children have joined the M. E. church and today are lively members of the same. His life as a whole was a testimony to the peaceful form of Christianity.
On Sunday, Dec. 4, 1898, at 2:30 p.m., in the presence of his wife and many of his children, he passed away to the life to come, having lived seventy-four years and one week. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Coleta, Tuesday forenoon at 11 o'clock, Rev. S. C. Bennett officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery near Milledgeville. In the death of Mr. Barnes, Genesee has lost one of her most influential citizens.
Contributed Karen Fyock
Created by: Janice Klafehn
Record added: Jul 03, 2010
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