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William Fletcher Barnes
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1841, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1930, USA

W.F. Barnes was the son of Joseph BARNES and Mary WELLER, Originally of Livingston County NY. W.F. died 1930-12-28 and was buried at the Forest View Abbey re-interred at some point between 1860-1985 in neighboring Greenwood Cemetery (West Side Cemetery). m. Julia Katherine GOULD b. abt. 1850 OH. d. 1922-05-16. She was formerly of St. Louis, the daughter of William GOULD of London, Madison County, OH. a descendant of William Gould who served in the Essex County Militia in NJ.
W. Fletcher BARNES and his wife Julia Katherine GOULD had at 4 children one son Joseph Barnes b. abt 1875? d. 1907, W. Flether JR, and dau's. Adeline, Amy and Murial.
He conducted business in Rockford, Winnebago County, ILL. The W. F. & John Barnes Company of Rockford, Illinois was established by the brothers William Fletcher and John Barnes in November 1869, organized as a formal partnership in 1872, and incorporated in 1884. The company operated in Rockford until 1964, when it was bought by Babcock-Wilcox. Fletcher held many patents on his wood working machines. The Family became very wealthy.
The residence Hall built in 1911, for 100000.00 is named after him. The Barnes Mansion was built by William Fletcher Barnes in 1893, now houses the Burpee Museum / Offices in Rockford his brother Franklin? Barnes lived very close, across the block on Church street.
A news paper reports On the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, they entertained 175 guests. "W.F. Barnes died in 1930 at the age of 89. In 1937, Mrs. Amy Lane, one of Barnes' daughters, sold the home to the Rockford Park District for $12,000."

Grave finder report:
The general problem Ernie Fuhr reported is missing marker:
He searched the stated plot or section and could not find the grave. Specifically:
He was one of the people whose remains were re-interred in the cemetery from the old mausoleum. So all of these people are in a certain section with plaque markers. I have gone over it many times and Mr. Barnes' marker is not there. It is not next to his wife, whose marker I did find.
 
 
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 Children:
  Amy Evelyn Barnes Lane (1875 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Rockford
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Time_angel
Record added: Feb 16, 2008
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William Fletcher Barnes
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William Fletcher Barnes
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William Fletcher Barnes
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