Henry Barnes was born in Montpelier, Vt., August 16, 1836; the son
of Henry Y. Barnes and Caroline Yale Barnes. Mr. Barnes began
business as a harness-maker in 1857, in Vermont, and followed that
trade for 12 years. Then he moved to Iowa and became a farmer in
Pottawattamie Co., in 1869. He held various township offices:
Justice of the Peace, Trustee, etc. He was married, first to Mary E.
Gentle, Oct. 7, 1858; she was born in Canada in 1835, and died in
Vermont in Oct., 1864. Her parents were Hiram and Mary Bateman
Gentle, natives of New York State. Mr. Barnes was married to Emma S.
Stratton, May 23, 1866. She was born in Greenwich, Mass., July 26,
1840; her parents were Nathaniel H. and Susan H. (Legg) Stratton.
Mr. Barnes had three children by his first wife: Henry, b. July 21
1859; Charles, b. Nov. 1, 1861; and Fred, b. Dec. 3, 1863. By his
second wife he had two children: Frank, b. June 30, 1867; and
Nellie, b. Oct. 21, 1877. The family were members of the
Congregational Church. After leaving the farm, Henry Barnes moved
to Elliott, where he was first in the grain and coal business. Later
he had a lumber yard. Then he was postmaster for many years.
He died in
1911 at the age of 75. All his children and grandchildren are now
deceased, excepting Herschel Barnes of Bensenville, Ill., and Dewey
Barnes of Elliott. They are sons of Charles Barnes. He had an
acreage of 14 acres east of the present school building in Elliott.
He built three homes there, the first one is still standing.