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I would like to ask if you would take a moment to place a flower at my dad's memorial, Gene H. Barnes (1928-2007), Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas? Other memorials include Lezlie S. Boast (1959-2001), Michael "Mike" Breit (1960-1991), Dana Schaber (1959-1991), Tim Berlin (1960-2012), Donald "Donny" Hilger (1952-2004) and Chris Willems (1961-1991) outstanding friends who left us far too soon. Many thanks to those who have left flowers.
Note that Chris C. Willems died in the line of duty while protecting us all as a highly awarded Sedgwick County Sheriff. His marker accurately reads, "Here Lies A Hero." Chris left a wife, two daughters, his mother and a grandmother. Chris is further remembered at the Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Memorial located at Central and Main Streets in Wichita and at the national memorial in Washington, D. C.
Another memorial of interest is that of a hunter of man-eating big cats in India, Edward James "Jim" Corbett (1875-1955). Hunting alone and on foot, he answered these pleas for help in ventures other hunters described as too difficult or simply suicide. In 30 years Corbett put an end to 33 man-eaters that had claimed 1,500 human victims and years of sheer terror. He achieved this while on the big cats' own turf without aid of automobile or modern communication and while on leave from his job. And he never accepted a reward. Only after the urging of his friends Corbett wrote his first book, "Man-eaters of Kumaon" where the hunter and the hunted frequently switched roles making other thrillers seem like children's nursery rhymes. This book became a world-wide best seller with Corbett sending his first royalties to soldiers blinded in the war. He later switched his gun for a camera becoming a spokesperson for big cats and all endangered wildlife. Following Corbett's death a national park (in India) and a tiger species were named in his honor.
Just 100 years later, with much of its habitat gone, the wild tiger is almost gone.
At one time or another, we have all looked at a cemetery and felt that the people buried there are not only long gone, they're also long forgotten. And if it happens to be our relatives or friends it can leave an especially empty feeling. But, Findagrave empowers us to put an end to those concerns. Therefore, I now view cemeteries as a place where people can be remembered and their stories saved and shared rather than lost.
In 2002, I interviewed Marguerite (Barnes) Dow (1897-2003) of Mount Hope, Kansas. She said her grandfather, Armstead L. Barnes, told of riding off on his own horse to help the South win during the Civil War. I didn't think about it until later that Marguerite had lived in 3 centuries!
Courthouse janitor Daniel Cason died in 1911 in Newton, Kansas. The rest is that he was a former slave and Union Civil War soldier. A real survivor.
You may not be aware of one of the most interesting characters connected to this Barnes family. He's Ben S. Dowell (1818-1880), brother of the wife of Armstead Barnes (1809-1854) shown below. Ben served in 2 wars, owned a saloon in what is now El Paso, Texas and experienced adventures in the Old West that makes fiction, well, look like fiction. Ben is the subject of a 1976 book by Nancy Hamilton, was portrayed on an episode of the television show "Death Valley Days," mentioned in a novel by famed Western writer Louis L'Amour, etc., etc. You're missing out if you don't take a look at Ben Dowell on Findagrave.
Within most people, there is a basic desire to learn the events of their family's history. The really fortunate ones get to experience those moments of discovery. As Gordon Lightfoot wrote and sang, "to know the wherefore and the why."
We are descendants of passengers of the famed pilgrim ship Mayflower. Recently, a descendant of Jacob Hayden (1836-1906) became a member of the Mayflower Society by supplying the required documentation showing that this Hayden line descends from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, passengers on the Mayflower. Jacob Hayden was a brother of Sophia S. Hayden that married Elijah Hicks Barnes (1845-1933). Every family has its important links to history. This is certainly one of ours.
My Barnes ancestry;
James Barnes, Died in 1795 in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Elijah Barnes (1777-1845) Died in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Armstead Barnes (1809-1854) Died in Meade County, Kentucky.
Elijah Hicks Barnes (1845-1933) Died in Trimble, Clinton County, Missouri.
George Richard Barnes (1870-1944) Died in Montrose County, Colorado.
Elijah Harry Barnes (1902-1973) Died in Wichita, Kansas.
Gene Harry Barnes (1928-2007) Died in Wichita, Kansas.