The Barnes Family:

The Barnes story begins in Hampshire in 1694 with the birth of Edward to John and Sarah Barns in Stratfield Saye. Edward married Mary Paise in 1714 and had several children, including Thomas in 1717, John in 1718 and Mary in 1723 . All their children were born in Stratfield Saye. Son John married Sarah (born 1722) and had children Sarah (1744), John (1746) Dew (1748), Mary (1750), William (1752), Thomas (1754) and Judith (1757). All their children were born at Stratfield Saye, but John and Sarah may not have been married in Hampshire - so far I have not been able to find a marriage entry in any Hampshire parish. 

Their son John (born 1746) married Judith Read in 1772 at Stratfield Turgis, Judith was from the parish but John was at the time living in Hartley Wespall.  They had eleven children, born between 1772 and 1795 in Hartley Wespall and Heckfield. Their son, also called John, was born in 1772 and he  married Mary Hunt in 1801 at Heckfield and they had at least eight children, one of which was George Barnes (see Family Photos).

George married Elizabeth Banks in 1832 and in 1841 they were living at the nearby Riseley Common. Their sons were agricultural labourers. Son Thomas Barnes (born 1838) married Jane Arlott  in St. Mary's Church, Reading in 1863 and soon after sons Thomas George (1864) and William (1866) were born. The family moved to London to start the London branch of the family sometime between 1866 and 1870. My great grandfather, Charles John Barnes was born at Nine Elms, London in 1871. George died in 1874 aged 67.

The young Thomas Barnes (born in 1838) may have worked at the nearby Bramshill House in the 1850's  -on the 1851 census he is shown as an 'errand boy'.  There is a photograph thought to have been taken at Bramshill House which shows the staff and Thomas is one of the young lads seated in the front row -  maybe you can see a family likeness. It is said that Thomas met his future wife Jane Arlott (born  1842 in nearby Burghfield, Berkshire) while they were both working at Bramshill House - not something we can confirm but a definite possibility. In the family is a photograph taken in Clapham which could be Thomas with his baby son Charles John (my great grandfather).  Thomas Barnes and his wife Jane and their two children lived at first in Lambeth but by 1901 they were living in Tooting with another four children firmly establishing the London branch of the family.  Thomas was an agricultural labourer in Hampshire and after moving to London worked as an unskilled worker variously employed as a porter, general labourer and council worker. He appears on the 1901 census aged 62 - but so far we have been unable to determine when he died. He is most likely buried in an unmarked grave in Streatham Cemetery.

The Barnes family lived at various addresses in London and when Thomas and Jane moved from 23 Cobbett Street, their son Thomas George and his wife Annie moved in. Thomas George appears to have spent his working live in the brewery trade, employed variously as a drayman and as a brewer's assistant. He was most likely working at the Anchor Brewery in Dorset Street - almost on his door step. Of son William not much is known, except that he married Blanche, had a daughter called Grace and was living in Clapham Park Road in 1901 and working as a tram driver. There may have been other children born in later years.

Thomas George and his wife Annie had four, possibly five children two boys and two girls. A letter in the family states that one of the sons died after receiving a stomach wound. After several years trying to find "Bob" and after a few false trails, I finally found "Bob" on the 1911 census. Bob, is in fact Herbert Robert Albert and with cross-referencing the Commonwealth Graves Commission website and the Medal Index Cards I have found that Herbert Robert Albert - listed as Albert Robert Herbert was killed on the 18th September 1918 at the Battle of Ephey Wood. He had served in the 24th Battalion of the County of London Regiment since 1916. Of his two sisters Florence and Ethel and his older brother Thomas Charles I have no information after 1911. If Thomas Charles served in the First World War he must have survived it as there are no likely Thomas Charles Barnes listed on the Commonwealth Graves Commission website and nor is his name listed on any of the Stockwell War Memorials. 

The Barnes family that remained in Heckfield were either tenant farmers, working land owned by the Duke of Wellington, or farm workers. The tenant farmers must have been fairly well off as not only did they employ men and boys to work the land (on farms of at least 100 acres) but they (according to the census records) also employed indoor servants as well. The Barnes family continued to work various farms around the area of Heckfield including Newells Farm, Brick Kiln Farm, Clays Farm (also listed in census returns as Heckfield Clays and The Clays) and Malt House Farm. Some of these farms can be found today. The available census returns show that the Barnes family worked the land up to 1901 and most likely much later. 

The London branch of the Barnes family pursued a variety of careers, mostly unskilled labourers, porters, various occupations associated with the brewing industry and as council workers (I count myself in the latter category). When called upon they served their country - in two World Wars, in the Army, in the  Navy or in Civil Defence as ARP wardens, firewatchers or as Special Constables. Thankfully, all but one that fought returned home; Hebert Robert Barnes was not so lucky and there is a part of a foreign field that is his finally resting place. No known photographs of Herbert exist and there is no knowledge of him in the family, but now that he has been found he will always be remembered. This web site is a tribute to all the Barnes' that have gone before, long dead but not forgotten. Without them I would not be the person I am today.      

Today, the descendants of John and Sarah Barns can be found all over the UK and in Australia, Canada and America too.