Barnes Family

My earliest known Barnes ancestor is James Jackson Barnes, my 4th Great Grandfather. He was a member of the Peace Society that was apparently formed to resist the Confederate authority. He was a member of the second family to settle Arkansas. He served our State as a member of the Legislature, a County Commissioner, and a County and Probate Judge.

His son, George Washington Barnes, was my 3rd Great Grandfather. His son, Samuel Aarter Barnes, was my 2nd Great Grandfather. His daughter, Vada Barnes, was my Great Grandmother.

I am one of those lucky people that got to know my great-grandparents. I met my Great Grandmother Lawrence several times. She came to Springdale and visited with my grandmother (her daughter, Ruth Lawrence Treat). We would go and visit when she was in town.

Also, when I was a teenager, my parents took us with my grandparents to visit with her mother. We stayed with my mother's aunt for the night but we visited with my Great Grandmother Lawrence in her home for several hours. She had a wood stove in the living area that served for much of her cooking as well as for heating the house. I think that she had a gas stove in the kitchen as well but I am not sure. She didn't have running water in the house. This was in the 1970s and was very unusual, at least in my experience. I don't think that she even had electricity.

She was a slim woman who wore modest dresses and who enjoyed growing her roses and making quilts for her family. My mom still has a few potholders that she made as well as a quilt that was hand-quilted from scraps of material.