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 Olivia <I>Vines</I> Barnes

Olivia Vines Barnes

Pinetops, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 29 Jun 1894 (aged 47)
Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina, USA
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Olivia Vines was born 1846 on her father's plantation, "Vinedale" near Pinetops, Edgecombe County, NC, the 4th of 9 known children (2 boys/7 girls) born to wealthy planter John Allen Vines and his wife, Prudence Selina Ruffin.

She was the grandchild of Charles Vines & Sophia Tyson of Edgecombe; and reportedly the gr-grandchild of Col. Samuel Vines and Mary "Polly" May of Pitt County. She is believed to be a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, Capt. Samuel Vines (ca. 1686-1741) of England who first came to North Carolina and settled near Bath, Beaufort County, NC. On her mother's side, she was the maternal grandchild of wealthy planter, Samuel Ruffin and Mary Ann Johnston of "Sycamore Grove" plantation in Edgecombe.

Olivia was 15 years old when Civil War came to the family farm, and she saw the start of the disintegration of everything she knew. She had already lost two of her sisters before the war to early deaths (Helen and Emma) and she would see her only two brothers (Charles & Samuel Ruffin) go off to war and never return. At war's end, her weary father and mother saw their wealth greatly depleted and now running a once great plantation with no slaves, and just 4 daughters left at home.

In 1865, Olivia's oldest sister, Mary Sophia, had wed Lt. Reading Southerland Sugg and had removed to Wilson. The following year, on June 26, 1866, the 20-year old Olivia married 27-year old war veteran, Dr. Edwin Barnes, Jr. of Edgecombe County, who had served as Assistant Surgeon Field & Staff to the NC 4th Regiment with his brother, Capt. Arthur Barnes.

The couple settled in Wilson where Edwin had his medical practice, and they would become parents to two sons -- Leslie Edwin Barnes (1874-1960) and Edwin Wilmer Barnes (1881-1937).

Olivia's father died in 1872, followed by her mother in 1875, and her two orphaned sisters, Prudence and Linda, would come to live with Edwin and Olivia in Wilson.

Olivia was widowed at age 36 when her husband of 16 years died young in 1882 at 43 years of age. The young widow would later move to Kings Mountain, Cleveland County and reside near her married sister, Mary Sophia Vines Sugg.

Olivia never remarried and would survive her husband only 12 years, passing in 1894 at age 48.

Her son, Leslie Edwin Barnes was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill when his mother died, and he would later marry Elizabeth "Bessie" Bennett and reside in Wilson. Son, Edwin Wilmer Barnes, was just 13 when his mother passed. He would go to live with his aunt, Linda Vines Cobb, wife of James T. Cobb, on the family farm "Vinedale" in Pinetops. Edwin would later marry Lyda Faison and reside in Wilson and Kings Mountain.

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