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Gerrit Smith Barnes
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Birth: Nov. 27, 1818
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1898
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA

Gerrit Smith Barnes was a Very Important person in as much as he was Mayor of Colorado Springs. He was born 27 Nov 1818 in Florence, Oneida County, NY. He was the son of Rhoda Coburn and Asa Barnes. Gerrit died 3 Sept 1898 in Colorado Springs and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. He married Maria Eliza Pierce 25 Feb 1846 in Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY. She was the daughter Lucy Barnes and James Pierce. Maria died 22 Apr 1911 in Colorado Springs. Gerrit Smith's daughter, Irene Stillman Barnes, married Henry Hunter Seldomridge, State Senator, US Rep.,who is listed as a very important person and is also buried in the Evergreen Cemetery

Information provided by FAG volunteer Fred Barnes

From: Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, 1899

HON. GERRIT SMITH BARNES, deceased, who for years was one of the most successful merchants of Colorado Springs, embarked in the hardware business in September, 1873, his first location being a frame building on the corner of Huerfano Street and Cascade Avenue. In 1876 he removed to No. 17 South Tejon Street, which property he purchased on the death of the owner, D. Russ Wood. The store, a building of sixty feet, backed by extensive warehouses, is supplied with the largest stock of hardware of any similar establishment in the city, two floors being devoted to the stock. On the corner of Costilla and Wahsatch streets there is a warehouse stocked with jobbers' goods, where may be found, as in the retail store, hardware of all kinds, wagon works' supplies, agricultural implements, etc. In 1886 he took into partnership his son, James P., from which time until his death, September 3, 1898, the firm title was G. S. Barnes & Son. The active management of the business was placed in the hands of the junior partner, Mr. Barnes having practically retired in 1895.

In an early day three brothers came to this country from England. From them the Barnes family descends. James, grandfather of our subject, was born in Connecticut, and removed to Paris, N. Y., where he engaged in farming. Asa, our subject's father, was born in Farmington, Conn., and engaged in farming in Oneida County, later was in Jefferson County, N. Y. During the war of 1812 he served as a captain of a company of state militia. He was agent for Gerrit Smith in Oneida, where he cleared a large tract of land, and for nineteen years kept a country store on the state road between Rome and Adams.
Fraternally he was a mason. He died in Jefferson County, in 1852.

The mother of our subject was Rhoda Coburn, a native of Connecticut; she died in New York when more than eighty years of age. In religion, as her husband, she adhered to the Presbyterian faith. Her father, Zebediah Coburn, was born in Connecticut and served an enlistment each year of the Revolutionary war. For some years he made his home in Jefferson County, N. Y., but died in Cortland County, at eighty-four years of age. His occupation was that of a cabinetmaker, and he manufactured large numbers of chairs, one of which is in the possession of our subject. The family to which he belonged was of English origin.

Of nine children who attained mature years our subject and sister alone survived until the death of the former. He was born in Florence, Oneida County, N. Y. , November 28, 1818, and spent his boyhood years in Florence and that neighborhood, and was educated in evening schools and later at the Homer Academy. At sixteen years of age he left the farm and went to Homer, where he was employed for four years in his uncle's store. Afterward he traveled with his uncle, who was an invalid, and not only took care of him personally, but attended to all his business matters. In 1854 he removed to Wisconsin and opened a hardware store in Horicon, Dodge County, where he carried on business in the same building for nineteen years. From there became to Colorado in the spring of 1873. He enjoyed the distinction of being the only man in the city, who was still in the same line of business as that in which he embarked more than twenty-five years ago. His residence was at No. 317 East Kiowa street, where his widow now resides. While in Horicon he was a member of the board of city trustees, and since coming to Colorado Springs he has served as mayor one term. In politics he was a Republican, and was active in the early days of the state.

On a snowy winter morning, when he was a young man, Mr. Barnes started on a journey of seventy miles through the drifts, in order to fulfill a very important engagement. When he finally reached Syracuse, he was united in marriage February 25, 1847, with Miss Maria E. Pierce, daughter of James Pierce, who was an early settler near Sangerfield, Oneida County. Their golden anniversary was held amidst much congratulation and good wishes of friends here and by letter and telegrams from distant points, at their home on Kiowa street, February 25, 1897. Their union was .blessed with five children, the eldest of whom, James P., was his father's partner, while the other son, Marion O. , is also in the store. The three daughters are: Lucy, Etta D. and Irene, wife of Hon. H. H. Seldomridge, of Colorado Springs.

Information provided by FAG volunteer Ron West
Family links: 
  Asa Barnes (1781 - 1850)
  Rhoda Coburn Barnes (1796 - 1862)
  Maria E Pierce Barnes (1828 - 1911)*
  Irene Stillman Barnes Seldomridge (____ - 1959)*
  James Pierce Barnes (1847 - 1925)*
  Etta D Barnes (1867 - 1917)*
  Marion Oscar Barnes (1903 - 1904)*
  Lyma Barnes (1803 - 1842)*
  Pamella Barnes Filer (1809 - 1878)*
  Eliza M. Taylor (1811 - 1905)*
  Eliza Maria Barnes Taylor (1811 - 1905)*
  Randall Barnes (1813 - 1879)*
  Gerrit Smith Barnes (1818 - 1898)
  Maria A. Elmore (1820 - 1899)*
  Wealthy Ann C. Barnes (1826 - 1838)*
  Theressa A Barnes Ferrin (1830 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried: 09/03/1898, Source: City of Colo Spgs online cem data 3/2/09
Evergreen Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Block 00039 000001 - 000005
Created by: Joe & Connie, and Mariah
Record added: Mar 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34400005
Gerrit Smith Barnes
Added by: Ron West
Gerrit Smith Barnes
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Gerrit Smith Barnes
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