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John Willes Barnes

  • Birth 9 May 1837 Bath, Steuben County, New York, USA
  • Death 11 Feb 1898 Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Section 11- Row 1
  • Memorial ID 78521066

Below is a family biography included in the book, The History Of Scotland County, Missouri, published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.

John W. Barnes, cashier of the Scotland County National Bank, was born in Steuben County, N. Y., May 9, 1837, the son of Washington and Deidamia (Knox) Barnes, natives of New York. Our subject came west in 1856, and followed bookkeeping in Warsaw, Ill., and also engaged in steamboating and manufacturing. In 1861 he enlisted in Company G, second Illinois Cavalry, and served until January, 1866, when he was mustered out as assistant adjutant-general of volunteers with the rank of major. He served mostly on Gen. G. M. Dodge’s staff. He came to Memphis in 1872, and was instrumental in organizing the Scotland County Bank, which was made a national bank in 1879. He is one of its largest stockholders, and its cashier at present. In 1866 he married Jannette L. Miller of Warsaw, Ill. Their children are Robert M., Louise and Josephine. Our subject is a Republican in his political views.


John W. Barnes, Cashier of the Scotland County National Bank and One of Scotland County’s Leading Citizens, Passes Away

John Willes Barnes died of apoplexy at his home in this city, Friday, February 11, 1898, aged 60 years, 9 months and 2 days.

About eighteen months ago he was stricken with what seemed to be paralysis from which he never fully recovered, although able at times to walk around, but the immediate cause of death was apoplexy. Deceased was born in Bath, Steuben County, New York, May 9, 1837, the son of Washington and Deidamia (Knox) Barnes, natives of New York, and came west in 1856, locating at Warsaw, Illinois, where he followed bookkeeping, steamboating and commercial work until the breaking out of the late civil war. In 1861 he first enlisted as a private in Company C, 2d Illinois Cavalry, but in a short time after being called into active service he was detailed to perform clerical services at headquarters. His abilities becoming known to those in command he was promoted in a short time to the position of Adjutant of the 118th Illinois Infantry and from thence he was transferred to Gen. G. M. Dodge’s personal staff and served in that capacity until January, 1866, when he was mustered out as Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers with the rank of major and brevet rank of colonel.

In 1866 he was united in marriage with Miss Jannette L. Miller, of Warsaw, Illinois. Of this union three children were born – Robert Miller, Mrs. Louise Combs and Miss Josephine – and they, together with the companion of his young manhood, survive to mourn the loss of husband and father. He has one brother – A. F. Barnes, of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania – and four half sisters living.

At the close of the war he returned to Warsaw and took an active interest in organizing a business enterprise and engaged in manufacturing for a few years. Disposing of his interests there he came to Memphis in 1872 and was instrumental in organizing the Scotland County Bank, which was made a national bank in 1879, and served in the capacity of cashier from the first organization of the institution until summoned to his reward. Ever since he was eighteen years of age he has held positions of honor and trust and every duty imposed upon him was discharged with ability and fidelity. He was a life member of the organization known as the Army of the Tennessee and served one term as its vice-president. In local business affairs he was prominently identified with every movement that would inure to the benefit of the town and county. He rendered efficient services to the fair company as its president, to the school district as a director and to the Loan and Building Association as president from its organization up to the time of his death. He had the reputation of being one of the brightest Masons in the city and enjoyed the distinction of being a Shriner. In G A R circles he was honored and esteemed by all his comrades and had served the Post faithfully and well as commander. As a business man he had few equals. His advice was sought and followed many times because our people knew he had made a success of his own business and was careful, prudent and sagacious and capable of giving wise counsel. Not only this, he was very charitable to the poor and needy. His benefactions were many and were mostly given in quiet unostentatious way so that none but his closest friends knew of them. In business affairs he was prompt and straightforward, never exacting more than was right between man and man. He despised sham and policy in everyone, preferring at all times to do what he thought was right no matter whether it was popular or not. In the private walks of life he was singularly pure and clean and in the home he was an ideal father and husband. The loss to the family can only be measured by those who have passed through a similar affliction. A devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father has been called away. This entire community joins in extending sympathy to the stricken family in their great bereavement.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, Sunday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, Rev. C. L. Hogue, pastor of the church preaching the funeral sermon. A large body of Masons from our local and neighboring lodges, the G. A. R. Post of this city and a host of sympathizing citizens were present to honor his memory. At the close of the services at the church the Masons took charge of the body and in accordance with the beautiful ritualistic ceremony of the order it was laid to rest in the cemetery.

John Willes Barnes Obituary, Memphis, Missouri, Memphis Reveille, 17 Feb 1898, p. 1, col. 4

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