THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   THOMPSON E. BARNES, Notary Public and Conveyancer, resident of Oneida, Madison County, N. Y., was born in the town of Trenton, Oneida County, N.Y., March 11, 1820. His father, Calvin W. Barnes, was born in the town of Blenheim, N. Y., in 1792, a son of pioneers in that section. Calvin was brought up to agricultural pursuits, and lived in the towns of Floyd and Trenton until 1824, then moved across the town line to Floyd, where he lived two years, going from there to Durhamville,--where he engaged in farming, and at the same time worked a saw-mill. He resided there until his death, at the age of eighty, in 1872. He was a deacon in the Baptist church for many years, and was a good and exemplary man. His wife was Miss Anna Frazee, born in Schoharie County, New York, daughter of Eliphalet Frazee. She was eighty-three years old at her death. Of her twelve children seven reached maturity; namely, Mindwell, Sarah, Thompson E., Allen, Wilson, Austin, and Ransom D.
   Our subject received his early education in the public school at Durhamville, and later in the academy at Holland Patent. As has been the case with so many of our prominent men in this country, he made his first step for himself as a school-teacher. He taught two terms, one at Florence, the other at Durhamville. His compensation was but fifteen dollars per month and the experience of "boarding around" in the neighborhood. Ending that, while this occupation tended to keep his intellect bright and his wits sharp, his physical strength could scarcely stand the strain of poor living and still poorer pay, he gave up teaching, and at twenty years of age became a clerk in a grocery store in Durhamville. A few months later he bought his employer's stock of goods; and continued the business until 1847, when he sold it out, and went to Syracuse, where he stayed one year . Returning to Oneida County, he bought a farm in Verona, which he managed for a year, and then sold it, and went to Durhamville, where in 1850 he opened a grocery business, which he continued until 1864. He remained in Durhamville until 1870, when he settled in Oneida, and went into business as the senior member of the firm of Barnes, Stark & Monroe, bankers. This partnership lasted for five years. Since its dissolution Mr. Barnes has been mainly occupied as a conveyancer of real estate and manager of estates, having a great many of them intrusted to his care.
   Mr. Barnes married Miss Betsey Van Deusen in 1864. She died in 1884, leaving one son, named Page. His second wife was Miss Eliza Garling, to whom he was united in marriage May 2, 1886. He served as Justice of the Peace in Durhamville from 1850 to 1870, and has been a Notary since coming to Oneida. Shrewd and capable, having sound judgment and much knowledge of affairs, Thompson E. Barnes is a successful man of business. The fact of having so many valuable trusts committed to his care is a proof that his honesty and his ability are equally unquestioned. He is a Republican in politics.

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