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Thomas Barnes

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  • Name Thomas Barnes 
    Born of Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Bef 7 Feb 1690  Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Died 10 Jun 1691  Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I19310  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2020 

    Family 1 Mary,   d. 25 Jan 1663 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Barnes
    Last Modified 23 May 2020 
    Family ID F17071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Andrews,   b. 15 Apr 1643,   d. Aft 7 Feb 1690  (Age > 47 years) 
    Married Aft 23 Mar 1663  [2, 6
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Barnes,   d. 1712, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 May 2020 
    Family ID F11638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • First appears in Hartford in 1637, serving in the Pequot War, for which he was granted 50 acres in 1671. Removed to Farmington by 1650, where he was a sergeant of the training band in 1651. His name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford.

      His first wife Mary, maiden name unknown, was indicted and tried for witchcraft on 3 Jan 1663, in Farmington, and hanged, along with Nathaniel and Rebecca Greensmith, on the 25th following.

      It is notable, and unavoidably disturbing, that the father of Thomas Barnes's second wife, John Andrews, has to have been involved in these proceedings, as he was the town constable at the time.

      It is also notable and definitely disturbing that Thomas Barnes appears to have done nothing in defense of his first wife, nor did he attend her trial and execution. But he did pay the jailkeeper the fee of 21 shillings for keeping her in jail for the three weeks between her trial and her execution.

      In a genealogical curiosity, Thomas Barnes and his second wife Mary Andrews were 5G-grandparents to Nancy White (1838-1928), second wife of PNH great-great-grandfather William Henderson Parker (1824-1898).

  • Sources 
    1. [S2515] Commemorative Biographical Record of Middle-sex County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families. Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1903.

    2. [S2517] E. J. Andrews, "Thomas Barnes and John Andrews of Farmington, Conn." The American Genealogist 9:40, Jan 1932.

    3. [S2518] Donald Lines Jacobus, "John Andrews of Farmington." The American Genealogist 35:83, Jan 1959., date only.

    4. [S2516] A Survey of the Scovils or Scovills in England and America; Seven Hundred Years of History and Genealogy by Homer Worthington Brainard. Hartford, Connecticut, 1915.

    5. [S4170] Ancestry of Jabez Perkins, 1766-1836, of New Haven, CT., Ashe/Wilkes Co., NC, Grayson Co., VA, Bureau/Putnam Co., IL, and Knox/Whitley Co., KY. by Steven C. Perkins. 1989-2000.

    6. [S2518] Donald Lines Jacobus, "John Andrews of Farmington." The American Genealogist 35:83, Jan 1959.