William Barnes
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William Alexander Barnes (abt. 1822 - 1890)

William Alexander Barnes
Born about in North Carolinamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 19 Nov 1857 (to about 1863) in Sonoma County, Californiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lakeport, Lake, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 May 2016
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  • William Alexander Barnes was born about 1822 in North Carolina.

*Married Ruth Fulkerson 1857 at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Divorced 1862.

*Married Sarah Ann Gillam Edmiston abt 1867 at Lower Lake, Lake County, California. Children we're Florence 1868, Joseph Alexander Barnes 1870, David Clayton Barnes 1874. Divorced about 1880.

*Died in Lakeport Hospital, Lake County, California.


  1. https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/collection/1030/tree/77459493/person/36369417011/media/f7f7a973-6ff8-4158-8a20-d3f318c15a0b?_phsrc=aqw18427&usePUBJs=true
  • Darlene Courville provided the poem about her great grandfather William Alexander Barnes written by her grandfather David Clayton Barnes. In her early 80's in 2017, she recalls her grandfather stories about William Alexander Barnes.
  • Marriage record for Wm A Barnes and Ruth Fulkerson Mize 19 Nov 1857 Sonoma County, California
  • Source Citation for California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 Name William Alexander Barnes Residence Year 1866 Residence Place Napa, California Age 32 Birth Year abt 1834
  • "California Great Registers, 1866-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNFT-3FG : 25 July 2019), William Alexander Barnes, 30 Oct 1872; citing Voter Registration, Middletown, Lake, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 976,469.
  • Source Citation for California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 Name William Alexander Barnes Residence Year 1872 Residence Place Lake, California Age 42 Birth Year abt 1830
  • Source Citation for California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 Name William Alexander Barnes Residence Year 1882 Residence Place Monterey, California Age 52 Birth Year 1830

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Y-DNA test results from FTDNA for the great grandson of William Alexander Barnes.

( Waife Emmett " Bud " Barnes kit # 708526 Big Y-700 SNP Haplogroup R-BY198581 ).

This Y-DNA test puts William Alexander Barnes in Group 2 of the Barnes Surname Project and establishes him as a descendant of James Barnes 1655-1726 of Ann Arundel Co., Maryland.

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