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Capt Calvin Barnes
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1839
Edgecombe County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1899
Wilson County
North Carolina, USA

Calvin Barnes was born 1839 in Edgecombe Co, NC the youngest of 2 known children born to wealthy planter and merchant James D. Barnes, and unknown wife.

He was the paternal grandson of John Barnes and Mary "Polly" Dew; and gr-grandson of Dempsey Barnes, Sr. and Sarah Dew, all of Edgecombe County. He is a descendant of Edward Barnes (ca. 1680-1762) & Sarah Pope, considered the patriarch of the Barnes families in Wilson; and a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, Edward Barnes, the London merchant who emigrated to the Isle of Wight, VA ca. 1620.

Calvin was 22 when Civil War broke out, and he enlisted with the NC 2nd Regiment, Company B where he rose to the rank of Captain. The unit took an active part in the difficult campaigns of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor , fought with Early in the Shenandoah Valley, and ended the war at Appomattox. The regiment sustained major casualties, and at the surrender at Appomattox, only 6 officers and 48 men remained.

Following the War, the 26-year old veteran returned to Wilson where he married in about 1865 to 24-year old Mary E. (often reported to be Mary Stuart/Mary Stewart). Calvin resumed farming on land near his father's around Stantonsburg, and the couple would prosper and became parents to 6 known children (1 boy/5 girls): Lizzie Barnes (ca. 1866), Anna/Annie Bowen Barnes (1868-1896), Kate Barnes (1869-1943), James D. Barnes (ca. 1872-aft 1910), Alice Barnes (ca. 1877), and Calvin Barnes Jr. (ca. 1880).

Calvin became embroiled in a nasty custody battle for his grandchildren following the death of his 28-yr old daughter, Annie Barnes Young, who died April 28, 1897.
Annie had become the 2nd wife of wealthy merchant Charles Ashley Young in 1891, who had come from Virginia with his family, and had married (1st) Ella Powell of Hertford County, by whom a son was born -- Charles Russell Young. Annie and Charles would have 2 sons -- Ashley "Harry" Young (ca. 1893) and Calvin Frank Young (1894-1960). Annie died in Jan 1896, and her husband passed 11 months later in Nov 1896, stipulating in his will that he wished his sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Young Setzer to have custody of his children. Calvin, who adored his grandchildren, took the grandchildren and later in court tried to paint Mrs. Setzer and as an unfit parent and guardian. The attempt failed, and the grandchildren were returned to Mrs. Setzer; but the 2 sons born to Annie remained close with their Barnes family and later lived with their grandmother and uncle, James D. Barnes. [Charles, Annie, and son, Calvin Frank Young are all buried here in Maplewood.]

Tragedy struck the Barnes family when on August 24, 1899 Calvin Barnes was MURDERED -- shot on the public highway, near his home in Wilson at about 7 o'clock on the evening of the 29th. His only son, James D. Barnes, was able to get to him before he died, and his father's dying words were reported to have been -- "Have John Jefferson arrested". Later court testimony revealed that Calvin and John Jefferson had had words about tobacco hands and corn. Calvin was later walking down Hominy Hill when somebody shot him. He looked back, and saw a man running out of a clump of bushes at a hog pen, but it was really too dark to recognize him. Nevertheless, John J. Jefferson was arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of Calvin Barnes. The conviction was appealed, however, and presiding Judge Hoke ruled it was an error in admitting testimony of a dying man's declaration, and he ordered a new trial. Jefferson was found innocent in the second trial, and Calvin's murder went unsolved.

Following the murder of Calvin Barnes, his wife of 35 years remained in Wilson, and by 1900 she had both of Annie's sons (Harry & Calvin Frank) living with her and her daughter, Kate, in Wilson. Mary Barnes survived her husband 7 years, passing in 1906 at age 69.

As for his surviving children, his only son James married married in 1899 to Mary E. (surname unknown) and became father to 2 known children: Catherine (ca. 1902) and Susan (ca. 1906). After his mother died in 1906, both his nephews (Harry & Calvin) came to live with him in Wilson. The boys would later move in with their aunt, Kate Barnes (ca 1920) and the family would include Calvin's young wife, Margaret "Hattie" Boykin.

Kate Barnes was the last surviving member of this branch of the Barnes. She never married and died in Wilson in 1943 at age 76.
Family links: 
  James D. Barnes (1808 - 1877)
  Mary A. Bensel Barnes (1837 - 1906)*
  Lizzie Barnes (1866 - 1870)*
  Annie Bowen Barnes Young (1868 - 1896)*
  Kate Barnes (1869 - 1943)*
  Mary Barnes (1874 - 1875)*
  John Barnes (1876 - 1876)*
  Allie Bensel Barnes Walls (1877 - 1964)*
  Calvin Barnes (1879 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Maplewood Cemetery
Wilson County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Nov 20, 2010
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Capt Calvin Barnes
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Capt Calvin Barnes
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Capt Calvin Barnes
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