22 MAR 1882 - Accomack, VA
20 OCT 1954 - Cole's Point, Westmoreland, VA

John Edward "Eddie" Barnes

Show Family Line Eddie Barnes >> Thelma Barnes >> Frances Franklin >> Mark Dameron

Eddie was a sailor and waterman in Cole's Point.

John Edward Barnes was born March 22nd, 1882. According to his death certificate he was born in Cole’s Point, Westmoreland, VA, but a family account states that he was born in Accomack County, VA and sailed across the Bay with his parents as an infant. His parents were Edward Parker Barnes (1852-1921) and Susan Anna Barnes (1856-1927).

Because of the loss of the 1890 census, the first record John Edward Barnes appears on is the 1900 census when he is already 18 years old. He lived with his parents and is listed as being able to read, write and speak English. He has an occupation listed as “day labor.” His father’s occupation that year was given as “farmer.”

On January 6th, 1904 Eddie married Elizabeth Catherine “Bessie” Allen in Washington D.C. Her parents were John Parker Allen (1856-1933) and Sarah Frances Hardwick (1854-1933). Their first child was born on January 3rd, 1905, Thelma Frances “Meme” Barnes. William Parker “Billy Boy” Barnes was born soon after on June 15th, 1906.



The 1910 census shows the family in Westmoreland, VA in the Cople magisterial district on the main road between Hague and Cole’s Point. Eddie’s profession is sailor on a freight vessel. He is noted as owning his own home mortgage free. Bessie and Thelma are listed as being born in DC, William is listed being born in Virginia.

On May 9th, 1912 James Lester Barnes was born into the family. The last child, Elizabeth Catherine “Catnee” Barnes was born on July 15th, 1914.

In 1918 as the US was entering World War One, Eddie was required to fill out a card for the draft. He gave his present occupation as fisherman and described himself as medium height and build with dark eyes and brown hair. He was already 36 at the time and luckily was not drafted.


On the 1920 census the family appears to be living in the same place, but no road is given. Eddie is still listed as a sailor. His parents and sister Effie with her family are listed on the same census page, so they must have all been close neighbors. Effie’s husband, George Godman, appears to have taken over the store previously run by Eddie’s father.

The 1930 census still places the family in the Cople magisterial district of Westmoreland County. Thelma and William have grown up and moved from home. Bessie’s mother, Sallie F. Allen age 76, is listed as living with the family as a permanent guest. Eddie’s occupation is as a waterman in the oyster industry. Lester is listed as a laborer in the oyster industry.

In the 1940 census Eddie’s youngest two children still lived with him although each had gotten married. Eddie’s occupation was given as captain of a freight vessel. Lester was married to Virginia Z., he was listed as being unemployed and looking for work as a waterman in the oyster and crab industry. Catnee was married to Samuel P Trader, he was employed as a carpenter in the building construction industry. This census for also asked for the highest level of education, Eddie is noted as completing 7th grade, Bessie completed the first year of high school, Lester completed two years of high school and Catnee finished 3 years of high school.

Eddie died on October 20th, 1954, likely at home. The cause of death was apoplexy (unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke) due to "Cardiac Insufficiency.” He was under the care of a doctor for the last month of his life, the apoplexy had its onset a week before his death. He was buried October 22nd at Carmel United Methodist Church in Kinsale.

More Memories:

Frances Catherine Franklin wrote down some memories of her grandfather:
About my grandfather Eddie Barnes, I always called him Pop. He was a very kind man who would carry a roll of cash in his pocket and would give money to anyone who gave him a hard luck story and needed money. My mother used to say that was why they didn’t have more than they did because of him giving to others. He made his living on the water and would take us out for a ride in his boat a lot of Sunday afternoons.

I also remember that every night after supper he would walk to the country store nearby and sit around an old wood stove and play checkers with other men. It was a gathering place for them. Then each night when he come home he would bring a package of buns, the kind you pull apart with icing on top. He would have a couple for breakfast with a cup of hot Postum. (I am sure I am not spelling that right but it was black and stronger than most coffee) I have his mug that he drank out of.

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Sources:

  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: 1731; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1241731
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: T624_1651; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0121; FHL microfilm: 1375664
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: T625_1918; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 156; Image: 53
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: 2464; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0001; Image: 213.0; FHL microfilm: 2342198
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: T627_4301; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 97-1
  • District of Columbia, Select Marriages, 1830-1921
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014

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Siblings:

  • Lewella May Barnes
    • 1877-1878
  • Effie Lee Barnes
    • 1879-1984
  • Arthur Parker Barnes
    • 1892-1917

Last Updated: 9/29/2019