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 Jonathan Varian Barnes

Jonathan Varian Barnes

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Death 1932 (aged 75–76)
Burial Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 61332307 · View Source
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Jonathan Varian Barnes, youngest son of Jonathan (2) and Joanna E. (Staples) Barnes, was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, April 4, 1856. He was educated in the public school of Johnston, and at Jencks Mowry's Academy, and after finishing his studies began business life as his father's assistant in the milk business, father and son conducting the business until the former's death, in 1894, after a connection of thirty years with the milk business. From that year, 1894, Jonathan V. Barnes became sole owner of the business and until October 1, 1917, conducted a profitable milk and dairy business, giving it his close, personal management. In 1895 he built his present house and otherwise improved a part of the old Manton farm, the same year occupying the home on Greenville avenue, which has since been their home. Mr. Barnes, now retired, having sold his business in 1917, reviews a business life as a milk dealer covering a period of forty-seven years, beginning in 1870 as a youth of fourteen years. Honorable and just in all his dealings, he retired with the respect of every man with whom he had come in business contact.

A Republican in politics, Mr. Barnes has given his town loyal service, and has held about every town office. He has served as a member of the Town Council and president of that body for three years; member of the school committee for six years; police constable for twenty years; and during the years 1913-14, represented Johnston in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Public-spirited and progressive, he has always stood for all that was best in local government, and numbers his friends everywhere. His public service has been of value to his town and there is no diminishing of his interest and public spirit.

He married, December 16, 1874, Anna E. Matthewson, born April 21, 1852, daughter of James Olney Matthewson, whose career is recorded elsewhere in the work in connection with that of his son, Byron Matthewson. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes are the parents of seven children: 1. Walter Varian, born March 13, 1876; now engaged in the drug business in Providence; he married Stella Tyas. 2. Nettie Josephine, born August 13, 1877; a graduate of State Normal School; married August 13, 1907, Professor Frank Arthur Burr, of Cornell University; children: Edith Barnes and Evelyn Josephine Burr. 3. Anna Louise, born August 19, 1878, resides at home. 4. Lucius Irving, born January 4, 1880; married (first), Grace Carpenter, who died February 9, 1915, leaving four children, Kenneth, Ruth, Charles Henry and Estella; Lucius I. married (second) Amey Sutcliffe, of Scituate, October 11, 1916, and now resides in Providence. 5. Nelson Sweet, born October 8, 1882, died February 5, 1894. 6. Edith Evelyn, born July 9, 1886; married John J. Dolan, of Auburn, Rhode Island, and has a son, John J. (2). 7. Ethel Sweet, born January 18, 1897, resides at home.


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  • Originally Created by: Superkentman
  • Added: 8 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61332307
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Varian Barnes (4 Apr 1856–1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61332307, citing Greenville Cemetery, Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .