|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1843|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1915|
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 450 - 469
JOEL A. BARNES was born near Astoria, Fulton county, Illinois, January 6, 1844, spent the early years of his life on a farm, and enlisted from Woodland. He participated in all the battles in which the command was engaged; served to the close of the war, and was mustered out with the regiment. He attended the English and German college and the business college at Quincy, Ill., after the close of his service taught school, read law and was admitted to the bar. Has been justice of the peace and served as deputy circuit clerk. He resides on his farm at Summum, Fulton county, Illinois, deals in stock and serves his clients when they are inclined in the luxuries of the law.
Recruiting for Company H was commenced on July 31st, and by the 6th of August, 1862, the first of two companies enlisted at Astoria had been enrolled. As with Company G, this company stands on the record as having been enrolled by the FHon. S. P. Cummings. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Nathaniel McClelland, captain, Luke Elliot, first lieutenant, and William Cohren, second lieutenant.
During the three years' service 29 of this company were hit with shot or shell, 4 of whom were killed action , 1 died of wounds, 24 received wounds from which they recovered or were discharged, 6 officers resigned, 11 men died of disease, 24 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and 45 were present at the final muster out.
Of Company H it may be fairly said that it performed its full measure of duty, bore its full share of hardships and suffered it full proportion of loss. The record of the regiment was made brighter by its harmonious action in camp and field, by its steady, soldierly bearing in battle, and its prompt and intelligent response to every call for duty.
Joel A. Barnes, trader and grain dealer, Summum; was born in woodland township; his father, Aquila Barnes, was a native of Pa., and followed farming and blacksmithing; he removed to Harrison county, Indiana, where he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Onion, who bore him 10 children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the 6th child. He was born in 1844; and in his 17th year he enlisted in Co. H, 85th Ill. Inf., proceeding to the front he became a participant in many noted battles. When the war closed he returned to his old home in Fulton county, where he has since lived, taking up his residence at Summum; here he practices the profession of attorney, and engages somewhat extensively in trading.
History of Fulton County
published in 1879 by C. C. Chapman
Aquila Barnes (1812 - 1865)
Elizabeth Onion Barnes (1812 - 1891)
Nancy Jane Barnes (1836 - 1871)*
William Perry Barnes (1838 - 1861)*
Susan Ann Barnes (1842 - 1858)*
Joel A Barnes (1843 - 1915)
Sarah Ann Barnes (1847 - 1847)*
Washington M Barnes (1850 - 1917)*
Benniah Barnes (1861 - 1861)*
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