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James Barnes Sr (abt. 1681 - 1726)

James Barnes Sr
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 19 Mar 1706 in Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 45 in Baltimore County, Province of Marylandmap
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This profile is part of the Barnes Name Study.

1655 Birth Year Estimation

James Barnes was born before 1676. [1]

Assume James was aged 21 when he immigrated in 1676; this would place his birth at, say, 1655.


James Barnes' parents are not known. [1]

1676 Immigration

James had been transported to America by Captain James Boddy in the ship "Cecelius" on 15 April 1676, eight years after the coming of Adam Shipley. [2]

James Barnes was transported by Captain John Boddy in the ship "Cecilius” 15 April 1675 [3][4]

1693 Marriage

He married Ketura Shipley, daughter of Adam Shipley the Immigrant sometime before 9 August, 1693,[3]at which time he received from his brother-in-law Richard Shipley (the administrator of his father, Adam Shipley's estate) 100 acres of a tract of land called Shipley’s Choice, located on the south side of the Severn River. [5]

Before 1696 in St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County, he married Keturah Shipley, b. Bef 1680, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland, d. Aft 1740, Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Age > 62 years) [1]

He married prior to the earlier date, Ketura, dau. of Adam and Lois (N) Shipley [1]

Keturah Shipley Barnes had followed her sister and brothers to Queen Caroline Parish in the Howard District of Anne Arundel County, where her name is to be found in the Christ Church register. [2]

Keturah Shipley, daughter of Adam, died after 31 Aug 1730. She married James Barnes prior to 9 Aug 1698, the date of a deed in which Richard conveyed all his rights in a parcel of land called Shipley's Choice to his sisters,Keturah Barnes, the wife of James Barnes, and Lois Shipley. [2]

1696 Receives Payments from Taylor Estate

Michaell Taylor 14.49 A AA £116.8.2 £38.8.0 Oct 1696

  • Payments to: James Barnes, Thomas Reynolds, Daniell Maccomous, John Rock, Col. Henry Ridgley, Capt. Howard, John Howard, John Mention, Michaell Yockly.
  • Administrator: Charles Stevens. [1]

1698 Shipley's Choice, Anne Arundel County

On 9 Aug. 1698, Richard Shipley, admin. of the estate of his father, Adam Shipley, conv. to his sisters Ketura Barnes and Lois Shipley, each 1 of Shipley's Choice on the south side of the Severn River ( AALR IH#1:82) A map of land grants on the s. side of the Severn River shows tract lying across the road about one mile north of Severn Crossroads, and running down to the waters edge. [6]

This tract upon the river side of the Severn is the earliest in the Shipley name. It was surveyed March 30, 1681, for Adam Shipley. It was held later by Peter Porter and by James Barnes equally. Richard Shipley granted to his younger brothers [sic Sons], Adam, Robert and Peter, "Howard's and Porter's Range" and to his brother Robert lands on Elk Ridge. Adam was to hold the homestead of his mother, Lois Shipley, on "Howard's and Porter's Range." Peter Shipley, by will, left all of his property to his brother Richard, as heir-at-law. Richard Shipley and Peter Porter sold 100 acres, in 1716, to Robert Freshwater. In 1720 Richard Shipley and James Barnes sold 100 acres to the same purchaser. Richard Shipley sold also to his sisters, Keturah Barnes and Lois Shipley, "Shipley's Choice." Richard and Adam Shipley sold "Howard's and Porter"s' Range" to Henry Sewell. This tract was the original survey of Captain Cornelius Howard and the first Peter Porter. [7]

1701 Creditor in Howard Estate

Capt. Phill. Howard 21.259 I AA £148.16.0 Mar 24 1701

  • Appraisers: Amos Pierpoint, John Marriott.
  • List of debts: Mr. Charles Hammond, William Jones, Mr. Gabriel Parrot, James Barnes, Capt. John Hide, John Munday [1]

1701 Elk Ridge Hundred, Baltimore County

James Barnes' name appears on the tax rolls of Baltimore County from 1701 to at least 1706, [8]but at that time Baltimore County extended south of the Patapsco River into what is today Howard County. [3]

The location, Elk Ridge Hundred, was then in Baltimore County, later in Anne Arundel County, and is currently in Howard County, Maryland.

In 1702, Darby Regan, Thomas Mawdey, and Joseph Hall were with him. [1]

In 1703, Regan, Hall and Thomas Peregnay were in his household; Hall and Thomas Ottaway were with him in 1705; and in 1706 only Joseph Hall was listed in the Barnes household [9]

1712 Eve's Dower, Baltimore County

On 29 September, 1712, Richard Shipley granted to James Barnes 103 acres known as Eve's Dower, part of a larger tract called Adam the First, taken up by Adam Shipley the Immigrant in 1687. [10] This land was located in Howard County, near the community of Oakland Mills. Later on, Richard, son of James and Ketura would inherit the tract, and he would sell it to his brother Peter. [3]

1717 Makes Payment in Dorsey Estate

Hon. John Dorsey, Esq. 39C.102 A BA £5.12.0 Feb 11 1717

  • Received from: John Case, Capt. John Dorsey, James Barnes, John Dorsey (son of Edward Dorsey), Anthony Johnson.
  • Payments to: Mr. Browning Elliott, Henry King, John Case, Edward Teale.
  • Executor: Mr. Caleb Dorsey [1]

1726 Death

James Barnes died intestate about 1726, and his widow Ketura posted bond as administratrix of his estate on 13 June, 1726. Robert Shipley and Robert Barnes wore her sureties. [11]

Ketura Barnes was still living on 31 August 1730, when she deeded some property to her son Peter Barnes, with the understanding that he pay a debt owing to Philip Hammond. [12]

James Barnes d. by 13 July 1726 when his estate was inven. by Jno. Hammond of Charles and (Thomas?) Wainwright, and valued at L85.18.9

James Barnes died in 13 July 1726 in Baltimore County, Maryland (Inventory). [1]

The inventory included a set of carpenters tools and some shoemakers tools, in addition to the usual furnitire and farming equipment.

Robert Shipley, "bro.," signed as kin, and Richard Snowden and Phi. Hammond were listed as creditors, although Hammond was reluctant to sign at first as he claimed the goods were not appraised well.

The inventory was filed on 6 May 1727 by Ketura Barnes, admnx. of the dec. An additional inventory was filed on 13 (OCT) 1727, totalling L0.18.9 (BAINV 4:265, 268) Ketura Barnes admin. the estate on 11 may 1728. (MDAD 9:150)

James Barns 12.381 BA £85.19.9 Jul 13 1726 May 6 1727

  • Appraisers: John Hammond (son of Charles Hammond), J. Wainewright.
  • Creditors: Richard Snowden, Mr. Phillip Hammond.
  • Next of kin: Robert Shipley (brother), Peter Shipley (brother).
  • Adminiatratrix: Kittura Barns.[1]

James Barns 12.384 BA £4.13.9 Nov 13 1727 Nov 15 1727

  • Appraisers: John Hammond (son of Charles Hammond), J. Wainewright.
  • Administratrix: Kittura Barns.[1]

James Barnes 9.150 A BA £85.19.9 £84.16.5 May 11 1728

  • A second inventory is cited in the amount of £1.18.9.
  • Payments to: John Midford paid to Capt. Lance Todd, William Chapman, Caleb Dorsey, Edward Fell, Mr. Edmund Benson, Thomas Wainwright & John Hammond,Thomas Brooke & William Holland & Thomas Addison, Esq., *Thomas Sheredine. Administratrix: Kittura Barnes[1]

1726 Land at Death

James Barnes owned 103 acres Eve's Dowry, pt. of Adam the First, on the south side of Patapsco Hundred; Admin. bond was posted 18 June 1726 by Keturah S. Barnes with Robert Shipley and Robert Barnes; estimated inventory 13 July 1726 by John Hammond and ? Wainwright and valued at 85.18.9lbs sterling. Keturah was alive in August 1730; [13]

1729 Debtor to Amos Garret

List of Debts for Amos Garret

  • In the Inventories is a list of the debts due to the estate of Amos Garret. Other probate information cites that the inventory was filed in Anne Arundel County. This list is dated 15 August 1729, and can be found in Libor 15, Folios 46-73. (Note: those entries that consist only of "ditto" have been omitted.)
  • List of debts
    • Richard Barnes
    • James Barnes, Jr.
    • James Barnes
    • Kitura Barnes [1]


Robert Barnes [3] lists Adam, James, Susanna, Nathan, Ketura, Richard and Robert. Shipleys of Maryland adds Peter and Joshua. [2] Mike Marshall lists James, Ricahrd, Joshua, Keturah, Susanna, Nathan and robert. [1]

  1. Adam [3]Adam, b. about 1700, died before 1779[2]
  1. Peter, b. about 1704, died 1759[2]
  1. James, b. about 1707, died 1740[2] b. Abt 1708, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland , d. 18 Apr 1740, Baltimore County, Maryland - Probate (Age ~ 32 years) [1] [3]
  1. Robert Barnes, b. Bef 1708, d. 22 Oct 1776, "Chews Farm" Frederick County, Maryland - Probate (Age > 68 years) [1] Robert [3]Robert, b. about 1706, died 1775/6[2]
  1. Richard, b. Bef 1709, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland Find, d. Aft 1729, Baltimore County, Maryland (Age > 22 years) [1][3]Richard, b. about 1696, died 1764 [2] Ketura m. 22 Oct 1728 Richard Shipley [14]
  1. Joshua Barnes, b. 1710, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, d. Nov 1756, Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Age 46 years) [1] #Joshua, b. about 1713, m. Ruthy[2]
  1. Keturah Barnes, b. Bef 1712, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland [1] [3]Keturah, b. about 1710[2]
  1. Susannah Barnes, b. 15 May 1715, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland [1] Susanna , b. 15 May, 1715; [15] Susannah, b. 15 May 1715[2]
  1. Nathan Barnes, b. 18 Jun 1717, St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County. Maryland , d. 1 Apr 1760, Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Inventory (Age 42 years) [1] Nathan , b. 13 June, 1717; [15]Nathan, b. 18 June 1717, d. 1759/60 [2]

Research Notes: Later James Barnes

1686 Birth

James Barnes was born Abt 1686 in England, [16]


He md Keturah Shipley Mar 19, 1705/06 in Anne Arundel Co. MD, daughter of Adam Shipley and Lois Howard. Keturah was born abt 1690 in Annapolis MD and died 1740 in Annapolis, MD. [16]

They had 9 children Robert, Adam, James, Susannah, Peter, Richard, Joshua, Nathan, Keturah. This Keturah md Richard Shipley (her second marriage) Oct 11, 1728. My line comes down from son Robert who md Lois Porter. This family had a number of them that went to Wood Co. WV, then to Ohio and some to KY.[16]

1698 Immigration to Maryland

Emigration: 15 Apr 1698 Maryland

James Barnes, progenitor of the family was in Maryland by 9 Aug. 1698, and d. by 13 July 1728. [17]

1726 Death

James Barnes died June 18, 1726 in Maryland. [16]


Mary Barnes has a different listing of children a generation later:[18]

  1. Robert James b. 1732; [18]
  2. Rachel b. 1728; [18]
  3. Joshua b. 1730; [18]
  4. Nathan b. 1734; [18]
  5. Katy b. 1736; [18]
  6. Peter b. 1738; [18]
  7. Sarah bl 1741, [18]
  8. Sylvanus b. 1742 [18]
  9. Ezekial b. 1744. [18]

1769 Witnessed Will

1769 James Barnes witnessed will of Basill Poole, husband of sister in law Loys Shipley.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Mike Marshall. Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties James Barnes Accessed 2/5/2019 jhd
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 The Shipleys of Maryland 2002. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2002. p. 10
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Robert William Barnes.Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  4. Land Records Liber 15, f. 369 Annapolis ited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  5. Anne Arundel Co. Deeds Liber IH No. 1, folio 3 cited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  6. Caleb Dorsey, "Original Land Grants of the South side of Severn River," MHM, Dec 1958, 53:3940400
  7. The_Founders_of_Anne_Arundel County: "SHIPLEY'S CHOICE, 200 ACRES. Cited by Mike Marshall
  8. Wilkins, Wm.N. Balto. Co. 'T ax Lists 1701-1705 cited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  9. William N. Wilkins, "Baltimore Co. Tax Lists, 1699-1706," MHS
  10. Balto. Co. Deeds Liber TR , No.A f. 210 cited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  11. Testamentary Proceedings 1724-27 Book 27 cited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  12. Anne Arundel Co. Deeds Liber IH & TI NoJ. Deed 2 cited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  13. From book "Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759.
  14. St. Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel County
  15. 15.0 15.1 Birth date from Parish Register of St. Anne’s Church, Annapolis. cited by Robert William Barnes Descendants of James and Ketura Barnes of Anne Arundel County. Baltimore, 1962. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Posted by: Artell Brown Date: September 18, 1999 at 14:10:42 In Reply to: Re: Keturah Barnes m. Richard Shipley/Md by Bobbie Bostick of 5250
  17. Colonial Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 18.9 Posted by: Mary V. Barnes Sumner Date: April 03, 2000 at 17:06:12 In Reply to: Keturah Barnes m. Richard Shipley/Md by Diane Kemper of 5250

See also:

  • James Barnes in entry for Nathan Barnes, "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), James Barnes in entry for Nathan Barnes, 18 Jun 1717; citing Baltimore, Maryland; FHL microfilm 13,281.
  • James Barnes in entry for Susannah Barnes, "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), James Barnes in entry for Susannah Barnes, 15 May 1715; citing Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland; FHL microfilm 13,281.
  • Legacy NFS Source: James Richard Barnes Sr - Migrated from user-supplied source citation: urn:familysearch:source:2036360119
  • Colonial Families of Anne Arundel Co., MD by Robert Barnes
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 27 February 2022), memorial page for James Richard Barnes (unknown–1726), Find a Grave Memorial ID 176494222, citing Saint Anne's Churchyard, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Memerizion (contributor 48072664) .

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(Living Barnes) My mother wrote a book of her research on a line of Barnes that concluded with Peter Barns' (b. 1744 Anne Arundel Co, Maryland) father, Robert Barnes, and mother, Lois Porter, m 1720 in Maryland, in her book cited on Peter Barnes' page without publisher's information: "Kindred Ventures, A History and Genealogy of Peter Barnes 1744-1814 and related families", by Shirley Moore Barnes (1993). While mom and dad are deceased and I have no y-dna (nor brothers or siblings on father's side), I have access to book and my dna from Ellen L Barnes [email address removed] if that is useful to anyone.
posted by Ellen Barnes
Want to add this matching Y-DNA to this profile.

Waife Emmett "Bud" Barnes Family Tree DNA Big Y-700 tested. Haplo R-BY198581 Kit # 708526 Matches all probable descendants of James Barnes-13 Group 2 of the Barnes Surname Project at FTDNA.

posted by Donald Barnes
edited by Donald Barnes
James and Keturah had at least 9 children.

At least one of them ( probably their oldest " Richard " ) moved south to North Carolina. This line was not documented and because of the lack of documentation some family tree's on Ancestry have assigned Abraham as father to Richard. Because there were several Richard Barnes in NC and because one of them had a son named Abraham this has caused some confusion.

If their is a connection between James and Abraham they may be cousins but I have yet to find a matching Y-DNA descendant of Abraham to compare with my Y-DNA.

posted by Donald Barnes
None of you monitor the Barnes news feed. Recently a change was made to the James Barnes, Sr. making newly created profile Abraham Barnes his father. This action was remanded the same day but the change was not made on the James Barnes, Sr. profile. I descend from James Barnes, Sr. but only indirectly and by no means consider myself an expert on the line. The experts are Dr. Larry Bowling, admin if the Barnes Y-DNA who descends from that line [[Day-1904|Jack Day}} and Dave McDougle. There have been numerous recent change to many in this line. I hope you will work together to make sure they are accurate.
posted by [Living Barnes]

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