Owen County Democrat, 15 Apr 1926

Submitted by Charlotte Barns Lewin

Mrs Cynthia A. Barnes, aged 81 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dan Lucas, west of Spencer Friday, following an illness of pneumonia. She is survived by a son, James J. Smith of Freedom, four daughters, Mrs. Walker Wood, Mrs. Dan Lucas, Mrs. Cyrus Galimore all of Spencer and Mrs. Cliff McKee of Linton, two step sons, E. T. Barnes of DeLand, Florida and Daniel Barnes of Yates Center, Kansas, a brother J. B. Workman of Terre Haute and two sisters, Mrs. S. N. Chambers and Miss Amanda Workman of Patricksburg. Mrs. Barnes¹ fine quality of character endeared her to a large circle of friends who regret to learn of her death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. W. Shields of Terre Haute, a former pastor at Freedom M. E. church. Interment was at River Hill cemetery.


Owen County Democrat, 15 Apr 1926

Submitted by Charlotte Barns Lewin

Cynthia A. Barnes, daughter of Otho and Catherine Workman, was born in Coshockton County, Ohio, June 21, 1844 and died April 9, 1926 at the age of eighty-one years, nine months and nineteen days. She was the oldest of a family of eight children, all of who have preceded her in death except one brother and two sisters. The surviving brother being Joseph B. Workman of Spencer, Ind., and the sisters Mrs. Josephine Chambers and Miss Amanda Workman of Patricksburg, Ind. She was married to James A. Smith March 24, 1872, and to this union were born two children, William E. and James J. The husband died in 1875, and William E. died at the age of seventeen years. She was married to William L. Barnes July 26, 1877, and to this union were born five children: Otho, who died in infancy; Mrs. Dan V. Lucas and Mrs. Walker Wood of Spencer, Ind.; Mrs. S. E. Galimore of Bloomington, Ind. and Mrs. H. C. McKee of Linton, Ind. The last four named together with James J. Smith and two step children, E. T. Barnes of DeLand, Fla. and I. D. Barnes of Yates Center, Kans. survive. There are eight grandchildren, ten step grandchildren and one great grandchild. She united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at the age of thirteen years and lived a devoted christian life, as exemplified in her kind and unassuming manner. She was always happiest when serving others. She was no respecter of persons and all who came were made to feel the strength of her christian character.


Owen County Leader Wednesday August 31, 1921

Submitted by Debbie Jennings

Ephraim M. Barnes, 80 years old, for many years a prosperous farmer of this county, died Friday at the home of Mr and Mrs James "Bud" Fender, after eleven years of invalidism due to paralysis. For the past several years he has been helpless. For a time he was cared for at the Spencer Hospital and lately he has been under the care of Mrs. Bud Fender. During all his long period of illness, he never lost his cheerful and happy outlook and was always highly pleased when friends called to see him. Following his death, his body was taken to the home of his son, Stephen Barnes, on the old home place, where funeral services were held Sunday at 4:30 pm. Interment was made in the Barnes Cemetery near the home. Ephraim M. Barnes, son of Isaac and Susanna Barnes was born May 12, 1841 and died Aug 26, 1921 at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 14 days, the last member of a family of nine children. He was born and reared southwest of Spencer on the farm then owned by his father, one of the early settlers of this community and now owned by his son and grandson. He united with the Whites Bethel ME Church under the pastorate of the Rev. McAlister during the winter of 1894. Twenty years ago, after the marriage of the last son, he and his wife left the farm to their sons and moved their residence and church membership to Spencer. On January 5, 1865 he was married to Sarah M. Johnson, daughter of Henry and Julia Johnson, another early settler family. To this union Silas E, Milton A, Stephen, Joseph A and Harry C were born. Three of these children died in early childhood. Harry on Nov 10, 1918. One son, Stephen, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren are living. Wayne, a grandchild, is the only surviving member of the Harry Barnes family.


Yates Center News January 3, 1930

Submitted by Charlotte Barns Lewin

Isaac Daniel Barnes was born near Spencer, Ind., October 21, 1859. He grew to manhood in the state of his nativity, and in 1881, was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Taylor. To this union six children were born, one dying at the age of 16 years. The surviving children are: Elmer E., Walter L., Mrs. Ben Heinlen, Miss Emma, all of Yates Center, and Otis T. of Iola. After his marriage he moved to Nebraska, later to Colorado, and 35 years ago to Woodson county, Kansas, settling in the vicinity of Yates Center, where he resided since. He with his familiy, experienced many of the hardships and privations in early years incident to pioneer life. At the age of 13 years he was converted and lived a consistent life, commanding the respect of all who knew him. He believed in exeprimental (that is how the paper spelled it) religion. The day before his departure he expressed the necessity of yielding heart and life to God in eary life and abiding faithful to the end. His peace with God was made, and he was ready to depart and he with his Redeemer. Years ago he contracted asthma, which caused him a great deal of distress in later years. A complication of diseases finally terminated his career. He fell asleep Tuesday morning, Dec 24, 1929, at the age of 70 years, 2 months, and 3 days. Besides companion, he is survived by five children, 6 grandchildren, 1 brother and 4 sisters. Funeral service was held at the Evangelical church, Friday afternoon, Dec 27, 1929, conducted by M. C. Platz. A large concourse of people assembled to pay their respect to his memory. Interment was made in the Yates Center cemetery.


Yates Center News Thursday, September 9 1948

Submitted by Charlotte Barns Lewin

Matilda Jane Barnes, daughter of Charles M. and Elizabeth Taylor was born near Spencer, Ind., on November 18, 1862. She was united in marriage to Isaac Daniel Barnes also of Spencer, Ind. on November 12, 1881, and to this union six children were born. One son preceded her in death. The remaining children are Elmer E. Barnes, Yates Center, Walter L. Barnes, of the New York Valley community, Mrs. Clara D. Heinlen, Yates Center, Mrs Emma A Withers, Hillsboro, North Dakota, and Otis T. Barnes, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Barnes, with her husband, moved from Indiana to Nebraska and lived in that state about two years. Then they went to Colorado where they stayed until 1894. The family then came to Yates Center and resided for about two years on a farm four miles northeast of the town. Then a move was made to the New York Valley community where they lived until their retirement in 1919 from the farm, moving into Yates Center to 401 South Grove. She was converted when a girl and joined the Methodist church. She was a member of that church until she moved to the New York Valley community, then transferred to the Church of God. After moving to Yates Center she became a member of the Evangelical church and was so until her death. The last nine weeks of her life was spent with her son, Otis, in Kansas City, where all human love and help that was possible was granted her. She passed away Spetember 1, 1948 at the age of 85 years, 9 months, and 12 days. Besides the five children, she is survived by 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one sister in Indiana and other relatives. Her husband passed away December 24, 1929. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, September 3 at the Evangelical U.B. church with Rev. E. F. Boehringer in charge, and the pastor, Rev. David W. Bletscher, assisting. The Ministerial quartett sang "Christian's Good Night" and "In That Land So Far Away" with Mrs. Walter Weider at the piano. Burial was in Yates Center cemetery.

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