Shared Photo: Theodore B. Barnes

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I wanted to share this family photo of Theodore Barnes with the community. Location: New York. Date: 1865.
Click here for the image details page.  This is my Grandfather, Theodore B. Barnes.   This picture and others of my family members were contributed to me by a distant cousin who wrote on a message board.  She wanted them to go to his family.  I was lucky enough to see the message and contact her even though the message was 10 years old.  In this photo, Theodore is in uniform (Civil war) he is 14 years old.  His father, Edmund F. , died in the Civil War in 1863.

WikiTree profile: Theodore Barnes
in The Tree House by Alta Barnes G2G5 (5.3k points)
edited by Alta Barnes
What a great photo , really daft to send a 14 years young man to the war.

Thank you for sharing
I just saw your message about my father Earl Barnes.  This is a younger picture of my father's father.  I found a couple of records on him.  After the record I found of his marriage to my father's mother, Rena Gray, I have not been able to find anything else.  Rena became ill and she put my father  in an orphanage.  There is a possible record of his mother going into the orphanage, later, when she became ill.  I found some things on his mother, but completely lost track of Theodore.  He never went to the orphanage to see my father.  He may have died because there is no trace of him, anywhere.  I was, also, shocked to see him in uniform at this age, but it happened in that war.  Thanks for your comments.

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Very nice photo of him in uniform. Just a boy going off to war, how sad.
by John Noel G2G6 Pilot (758k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Yes, I feel so lucky to have it.  My father was an orphan and I Just recently found his family.
What a very good looking young man he is. But it makes me sad that such a young boy has to go off and fight a war that old men make. 14 year old boys, today are still playing with toys.
Yes, it's painful to hear about these things.  He might have gone in because his father was in and died in the war in 1863.
I, recently, found the will of my Great Grandfather, Rena’s father and Father -in-law of Theodore.  He specifically states that Theodore is ‘never, under any circumstances, to receive anything, whatsoever, from his estate.’  It’s evident from this that there was ill will between them.  As I said, Rena, my Grandmother, put my father, Earl, in an orphanage and died a few years, later, Ill and destitute.

New info...found a letter from Rena to a Louisville newspaper asking for help finding Theodore.  She explains in the letter that after he was treated with Morphine for injuries suffered in a trainwreck, he became addicted to the drug.  In spite of all his efforts to be cured in different asylums, he was unable to do so and she lost contact with him.  Unfortunately, she became ill with consumption and was, also, treated with morphine.  She died from chronic morphinism at the age of 40.
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Great picture Alta!  Thank you for sharing.

While it is distressing to know that a 14 year old could go off to war, it's good to know that he survived.
by Marty Franke G2G6 Pilot (802k points)

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