LIFE HISTORY OF JOHN HILLMAN BARNES
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Written by his daughter
Ada Bethiah Barnes Christensen
John Hillman Barnes, son of James Thomas Barnes and Prudence
Hillman Barnes, was born 4 October 1855 at Blaina, Monmouthshire,
England and blessed 10 January 1857. He was the third child in a
family of nine with two preceding him in death and one boy adopted.
He was baptized 25 October 1863 in Wales. His family moved
around in various small towns because of the persecution they
suffered because they were Mormons. John would start school and
when they found out he was a Mormon, he was expelled. In spite
of the things they suffered, John never lost his faith even as a
small lad. When he was old enough, he went to work in the coal
mines with his father. He tried to go to night school but was
discharged there also, for being a Mormon. They were forced to
move from town to town because people would find out they were
Mormons and the ridicule and persecution would force them out.
John's brothers and sisters are listed in order of birth.
Louise was born 13 July 1852 at Staffordan, Wiltshire England.
She only lived two months passing away 19 September 1852. The
first son James was born 19 August 1853 at Holt, Wiltshire,
England. He also died but he was a young man nineteen years of
age. Nothing is mentioned pertaining to cause of death and to
date, a death notice or entry has not been found. He passed away
17 February 1872. John was born in Blaina 4 October 1855, Robert
H. was born 14 December 1857 also in Blaina, Monmouthshire,
England. Eliza Ann was born 10 January 1860 in Pralue, Glmgn,
Wales. Emily Jane was born 8 May 1862 at Blaina, Monmouthshire,
England. Thomas Hillman born 26 August 1869 at Rhymney, Mon
mouthshire, England, William James Barnes was born 24 January
1872 also at Rhymney but only living a little over a month. He
passed away on 4 March 1872. The last child was named James Tho
mas Barnes. This child was adopted. He was born 16 May 1880
also at Rhymney, Monmouthshire, England. However, he only lived
about seven months, dying 13 September 1880. Out of nine chil
dren, John grew up with only two brothers and two sisters.
In 1874, while living in Wales, John's father, James Thomas
Barnes, was working in the coal mines and iron works. There came
to him a miraculous healing power. He was working at the iron
works when a terrible accident happened. James was quite a large
built man, not too tall but rather broad. As he was working, he
was caught in the machinery and went through the large spindles.
These spindles were only six inches apart. When he was taken
from the machinery his body and bones were most mashed and bro
ken. He was taken home for dead. John was nineteen at the time.
When he was told of the terrible accident at work he ran all the
way home with a prayer in his heart and repeating "No, he isn't
dead, he isn't dead, he can't die, please Father in Heaven he
can't die". When John reached his home he ran into the house and
saw the awful condition his father was in and although he saw how
his body was mashed so badly he still said. "He isn't dead, he
will not die, he can't die". They immediately sent for the Elders to Administer to him. When they arrived, they were shocked to see the condition James was really in. They immediately anointed him, then administered to him, asking that the Lord's will be done. John said while they had their hands upon James head, they could hear the broken and crushed bones just snapping back into place again. He was healed by the faith and by the laying on of hands by the Holy Priesthood of God. James was restored and lived an active life for another twenty four
years. John witnessed this miraculous healing of his father through the Power of the Priesthood, through his faith and through the power of prayer because he knew his father would not die.
His family had joined the church in 1850, five years before John was born but they had long desired to emigrate to Zion. They had gone through such a hard time and endured so much since joining the church that they longed to be free and worship with other church members in America. They had worked and saved but still did not have enough money as yet. They were anxious to come to Utah and be with the main body of the Church. They borrowed money from friends and relatives and with what they had saved, had enough to send John and his youngest sister, Emily first. They could not arrange for the family to all come at the same time so it was decided to go in three different companies.
John and Emily left Wales 19 September 1877 settled in South
Cottonwood (Murray), Utah. Nothing was mentioned in his history
regarding how they got from Wales to Utah. We are still trying
to find any information we can. The second company to go was
Prudence, John's mother and his two brothers Robert H. and Thomas
H. They emigrated 21 May 1881 from Liverpool on the Steamship
"Wyoming" with 278 Saints on board. Elder Joseph R. Matthews was
in charge of the Company. They arrived in New York 1 June 1881
and arrived at Salt Lake 10 June 1881. What a joyous reunion
they had when they saw John and Emily again. They were so glad
that their mother and Robert and Thomas had made it safely to
Salt Lake. They all settled in South Cottonwood. But now, they
were more anxious than ever to have their father and the one
remaining sister, Eliza Ann, with them. They began to make plans
to help them join them in South Cottonwood. In Wales, James and
Eliza Ann were also trying to get money together to emigrate as
soon as possible. Finally with help from America and Wales,
their dreams were realized. James knew the Lord had blessed them
greatly and he prayed the Lord would again help them on their
journey and see them safely to a reunion with their family. Five
months later on Saturday, 22 October 1881 they embarked from
Liverpool on the Steamship "Wyoming" with 396 Saints aboard with
Lyman R. Martineau in charge. The company landed in New York 2
November 1881, passing the Castle Gardens the same day and
arrived at Ogden and Salt Lake City 11 November 1881. What a day
that was. They were overjoyed and thanked our Heavenly Father
for bringing them all safely across the Great Waters, the country
to the Rocky Mountains and on to Salt Lake. Now they can worship
the Lord as they please. How wonderful it was for them to be in
America all together.
John Met and married Sarah Ann Leek. Two daughters were born
to them. Prudence L. Barnes and Eva Barnes. Sarah died and also
baby Eva. Prudence was then raised by John's parents.
On 19 July 1882, at South Cottonwood, Utah, John married
Bethiah Wilkins Hammond. Bethiah had also emigrated to America
and she had also been married before and her parents were raising
her daughter, Isabelle. They were married by a Justice of the
Peace, Ishmall Phillips, Union Precinct, Salt Lake City, Utah. We
have their Marriage Certificate in his book. Nine children were
born to them including one set of twins. I, Ada, am the one sur
viving twin. Three children died in infancy.
On 21 December 1889, John received his Certificate of Citi
zenship from the United States of America, Territory of Utah,
Third Judicial District Court. What a Christmas present this
must have been for him. We have that Certificate in his book.
In the spring of 1893, John moved his family to Idaho to farm
with his father. His father had taken Homestead at Willow Creek
at Shelton a few years before. His father had promised to give
him forty acres of ground and water rights. He said he could
farm for one year free and he could settle with him end of second
year. However, something went wrong. We know father never did
get the land. It was shortly after this arrival that their only
son Christy died of exposure. The family then moved to Eagle
Rock (Idaho Falls, Idaho). Times were very hard for them for
awhile. Money was very scarce and jobs were only for menial
wages. Mother said that father used to cook in some eating place
They finally had another son, William James. When he was six
months old they moved to Rounds Fruit Farm John managed this
farm. They lived there in Idaho Falls for about twenty years.
Life was better for them there. We used to have such fun. But
we worked too. It was at a dance in the Berry house that I met
my husband, Andy.
Their daughter Ada had married Andrew Eskild Christensen in
1907 and they were living in Montpelier at this time. Sometime
during the next three years John, Bethiah and family moved to
Montpelier also. In the 1910 Census of East Montpelier Precinct
shows John, age 54, Bethiah age 48, married 27 years, 10 children
with 7 living, Born Wales and England, year of immigration, 1874
for Bethiah and 1877 for John, they could both read and write,
John put laborer and odd jobs under occupation, indicated they
were renting their house. Children living in the home are Beat
rice, twenty one years of age, working out for private family,
Emily eighteen years of age, also working out for private family,
Lucy, fourteen years of age, and William J. twelve years old.
All could read and write. Lucy and William were attending
school. Their house number was 93 and the house was on 4th.
Avenue. Ada and Andrew's home was number 91 also on 4th. Avenue.
Apparently there was one house between them. A copy of this cen
sus is in his book.
John was ill several months with stomach cancer. Bethiah
made him a nice room in a building out back away from the house
because he would cry and scream so with pain. It was so hard for
the children to hear. John finally passed away 17 February 1913
at home in his room. His body was shipped from Montpelier to
Idaho falls for burial. Funeral services were held from the
Chapel of the Idaho Falls Undertaking Company. Services were in
charge of Bishop Crabtree. Interment was in his family Plot
(Block 91, Lot 2, Old Part) in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho
Falls, Idaho, 20 February 1913. John was a very honest man.
Although he never had a wealth in material things, he had a
wealth in the Gospel and his faith was unsurpassed.
THE FOLLOWING LETTERS WERE SENT TO JOHN H. BARNES FROM HIS FATHER JAMES THOMAS BARNES. AS THEY ARE VERY OLD AND BECOMING ILLEGIBLE, I AM TYPING THEM AND ADDING THEM TO MY GRANDFATHER'S HISTORY. I HAVE NOT EDITED OR CORRECTED SPELLING. THE LETTERS ARE JUST AS GREAT GRANDFATHER, JAMES THOMAS BARNES, WROTE THEM.
Marla C. England. 1 May 1993.
December 22, 1893
Dear Son John H. Barnes i rite a few lines to you and your
Wife and Children hoping to find you all will i am pleased to
hear you have a son I hope he will live and do will i
received the news in Logan i got home last sadurday i wanted
to stay longer but my money run short and i could not do but
veary little more there and i want for you to favour me it is
this you are the Blood relation to Mothers father and wone of
hir Grandfathers if you cant atend to the Baptisoms of them
rite at wonce and let me know and give me a thoraty to be Bap
tised for them as it ought to be atented to and i want it done
right away get wone of the Brethering to rite it out on a Peace
of paper as it will have to go to the Clark at logan temple I
think you will undurstand me your letter gave me the right to
officiate for your brother James that died in Rhymney he has
his Endowments and a wife now. you ask about Jack Stokes his
sister bob wife dont know any thing about him nor his father Mr
James Stokes Holt near Trowbridge Wiltshire ingland I have
plenty of flour 13 Cwt now I gave Robert 2 Cwt 2 weeks ago
and we have a half a Beef and we shall not fine hard times this
Winter i think it is time you was discouraged i have offired
you land and water and i told you that tom would fetch you up if
you ask him i have land hear idle large sage Brush growing on
it waiting for you to clear it and raise your bread & c and i
have Plenty of water to water it I will give you forty Akers
two years free and forty inches of water after you will have to
clear up my Accounts I dont think it will be much and when i am
gon i gus it will be yours. I want you at the temple nesc fall
if posable Please answear this right away and dont say any
thing for excuse I wish you a Merry Xmas all of you would
like if you was hear Bob have Built a house and living on my
Place Jones is in Idaho falls we are going to keep Christmas
So no more at Presant from your father and Mother
James & Prudence Barnes
Wheat hear is 70c a Cwt
Bathia come up and go out for a ride in my Cart or buggy and
have a jolly time
If you can get the Geneoloay of Brother John loyd Abergivaney
for his kindness go Proxcey and get his indowments
J. T. Barnes
Priesthood Ordinances of John Hillman Barnes
Blessed June 19,1857 by James Tucker
Babtised October 22, 1863 by Watkin Morgan
Confirmed November 1, 1863 by his father James Thomas Barnes
Ordained a deacon May 26, 1872 by his father James Thomas
Ordained an elder february 9, 1873 by John Grimley
James Thomas Barnes (Handwritten)
(Confirmed by searching the film "Early Idaho Falls Church
Records" under Ordinances: 227 007309. MCE
September 2, 1897
To John H. Barnes Dear son You are the son of James and
Prudence Barnes Born October 4, 1855 at Blaina Monmouthshire
England was brought up in the church of jesus Christ of
L.D.Saints i require you to go to the temple of the Lord and be
adopted to your parents you will be able to do that if you are
faithfull and get your older Brother James that is dead adopted
to us if you fail Place it on your brothers You should be the
first of the living to do so you can get some wane to be Pro
scey for your father and mother i believe in the temple your
daughter if there and if you remain faithful you will be with
them in the new world injoying Eternal live
James T. Barnes
High Priest in the church of jesus Christ
Thomas Hillman Barnes
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THOMAS HILLMAN BARNES
Thomas Hillman Barnes was born August 26, 1869 at Rhymney,
Monmouthshire, England. He was the seventh child and the fourth son of
James Thomas Barnes and Prudence Hillman.
Rhymney, Monmouthshire, England is on the Rhymney River 2 114
miles west of the town of Tredegar. It is a parish town with a railroad station,
the Great Western Railroad. Its main source of business was coal mining,
engineering, and brewing.
The Rhymney River runs between South Wales and England. The
town of Rhymney England is on one side of the river and the town of
Rhymney, (Welsh spelling) is on the other side of the river in Wales. Wales is
part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Wales has
been united with England for more than 400 years, and English is the official
language of Wales.
On some genealogy sheets, you will see the country listed as Wales and
other times England. Most of the towns or parishes were only within a few
miles radius of each other. A person might be born in one parish, married in
another and yet live in another parish. People would record their papers in
the parish or town where the event occurred, sometimes only a mile or so
apart. So, some of the records will be recorded in Wales and some in
England. So, it is hard to locate important information without searching the
whole general area, either in Wales or England.
It would be interesting to know why they decided to leave England.
Also, how they became introduced to the Church. We do know, however,
that they left England in 1881. Thomas 11, Robert his older brother 23, and
his mother Prudence 50, sailed from Liverpool on the ship Wyoming, on May
21, 1881 with 297 other saints. They arrived in New York 1 June 1881 after
sailing for 11 days. James T, Barnes and his daughter Eliza Ann Barnes
sailed from Liverpool on October 22, 1881, on the ship Wisconsin, with 396
saints, and arrived in New York 11 days later. Eliza A. Barnes who was 21
sailed from the Liverpool Conference and used the Perpetual Emigration Fund
for her passage. James T. Barnes left from the Welsh Conference and he was
listed as Church Oft #415, which indicates he held an office in the church and
the church paid for his passage. Prudence, Robert, and Thomas left from the
Welsh Conference and paid cash for their passage.
James Thomas Barnes became a citizen of the United States on 25
May 1890, and his son Thomas H. Barnes became a citizen of the United
States on 25 Sept 1890.
On 1 March 1892, James T. Barnes secured a Homestead of 159
43/100 acres from the United States of America signed by President
Thomas Hillman Barnes farmed the same farm until his death 11 Feb
1940. It is still owned by a member of the Barnes family, a great grand-
daughter of Thomas Hillman Barnes, Colleen Jensen.
Thomas Hillman Barnes was Bonneville County Commissioner for the
3rd District from the years 1922-1932. He was a republican.
MY PARENTS - THOMAS & MARY ELLEN BARNES
Written by daughter Olive
The Francis Cleverlys came from England after being converted into
the L.D.S. Church. With them they brought a young daughter, Mary Ellen.
Later in 1890, this family moved to a small community named Shelton; near
Idaho Falls where they homesteaded.
During this same time, a young man Thomas M. Barnes left England at
age 13 and came to the United States with his parents, after being converted
to the L.D.S. Church. In 1885, they moved to Shelton and homesteaded.
Mary Ellen and Thomas met at a church function and courted for
several months. When they decided to marry they traveled to Logan Temple
where they had to go a day early because Mary Ellen was re-baptized due to
lost records. They began their married life by homesteading and built their
own log cabin. In this log cabin, most of their twelve children were born.
Mother was assisted in deliveries by mid-wife Tillie Newman, no
doctor; hospital; or medication.
Growing up on a farm with many brothers and sisters bring such joy
and love. As a child, I played in the big straw stacks and swam in the canals.
I also helped fill the straw ticks for the beds and loved to feel the carpets with
new straw underneath.
Every fall the grain had to be harvested and this meant the thrashers.
My older sisters and I helped our mother bake for days. Then when the work
began I had to get big pans of water, towels, and soap under the trees for the
men to wash with before eating. Even this brought some fun, for when the
big engine moved into the yard the engineer would blow his whistle and
sometimes gave the children rides.
Also, while I was eight my family built a big brick house. This seemed
like a mansion after being crowded in a three-room log cabin. That was also
the year my oldest brother Thomas was in the first World War, and I watched
my mother walk the floor night after night. Many years later my youngest
brother Albert, was also in the service. At this time there was a terrible
epidemic which killed many. Because of lack of wonder drugs people were
doctored with home remedies like turpentine, lard, castor oil, and beef iron
and wine tonic. Aspirin was not even common.
I attended many important functions with my family and gained many
qualities. My father was a hard working, quick but fair-tempered man who
always carried through with his discipline. He loved the Bible and was a
great scholar of this book. He worked in community affairs, being Farmers-
Friend secretary and county assessor; also, the county commissioner for 10
My mother had little formal education but she loved nature and taught
her children to appreciate it. She was dependable, thrifty, honest, had a great
sense of humor and was grateful for her heritage. She let her husband handle
discipline but did issue an occasional slap for quarreling.
I loved my family and the good times we enjoyed. My father would
play the violin and the family would sing. At Christmas, we would each light
a candle and march through the house caroling. Birthdays were also special
and my parents never missed one. After I was married they even traveled by
bobsled to visit me on my birthday.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THOMAS HILLMAN BARNES
Born in England August 26, 1869, emigrated to America and settled in
Salt Lake City at the age of twelve years. Five years later, in March 1896, he
moved to Idaho Falls, then known as Eagle Rock. He has been engaged in
the farming and stock raising industries in this vicinity ever since.
Mr. Barnes has been active in public work, being particularly interested
in irrigation ever since January 1918. He served in Bonneville County as
deputy assessor from 1913 until 1922 at which time he was elected to the
board of County Commissioners. He has been a member of this continuously
up to January 8, 1933, which was ten years. During that time, he served four
years on the Board of River Control.
Brother Barnes has served as Sunday School Superintendent, President
of the Mutual Improvement, Teacher in Sunday School for many years,
Sunday School chorister and ward chorister. He was ordained to the office of
Deacon in 1883, ordained as Elder in 1894, and was secretary of the Second
Elders Quorum for many years. He served as ward teacher for many years.
He was married to Mary Ellen Cleverly in the Logan Temple on December
12, 1894 and is the father of twelve children, eight girls and four boys.
(The following is the clipping out of the paper at the time of Thomas Hillman
Barnes' death dated February 14, 1940 -- I received it from Olive Schwieder
on February 15, 1982 -- the article was so hard to read, I typed it over--
"Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Shelton L.D.S. ward church
for Thomas H. Barnes, above (there was a picture--but too dim to see),
former Bonneville County Commissioner. He died Sunday.
RITES HONOR T.H. BARNES
Funeral for former County Commissioner held in Shelton Ward.
Shelton, February 14, 1940 -- Thomas H. Barnes, 70, former
Bonneville County Commissioner, Wednesday was laid to rest in beautiful
Shelton cemetery overlooking the Upper Snake River Valley where he
worked untiringly through the years for civic improvements.
Hundreds braved a snow storm to attend funeral services in the Shelton
L.D.S. ward church, which Mr. Barnes helped build as a member of the ward
"We will miss Mr. Barnes as a member of our ward and a citizen," said
W. F. Burtenshaw, Shelton ward bishop.
'''Ris long and useful career was dedicated not only to the
advancement of this ward but to the upper valley as a whole."
Mr. Barnes, who served as county commissioner in District 3 from
1922 to 1933, died Sunday in an Idaho Falls hospital. He failed to rally after
an operation and had been ill only two months.
His work as a commissioner and in the Shelton Ward was recalled by
four other speakers at the funeral service: Ralph Albaugh, Idaho Falls city
attorney; David Smith, President of the North Idaho Falls L.D.S. Stake;
Oscar Nelson, member of the Idaho Falls Fourth Ward church, and Josiah
Call, former President of the Rigby Stake.
ON HIGHWAY PROJECT
Mr. Barnes was instrumental in the paving of the present highway
through Ririe and Swan Valley and paving of the Yellowstone highway
stretch from Beach's comer to the county line north of Ucon, speakers
He was prominently associated with the Shelton Ward for many years
and was a former president of the ward M.I.A. Bishop Burtenshaw recalled
Mr. Barnes helped dig the basement for our present church building after
directing the campaign to finance the building project.
Funeral services opened with the pioneer song of the L.D.S. church--
Come, Come Ye Saints -- by the chorus of the Shelton Ward, accompanied
by Mayme Cleverly.
William J. Sperry, member of the Shelton Ward and high counselor of
the North Idaho Falls Stake, gave the opening prayer.
Glen Johnson and Florence Moore sang "Whispering Hope"; Earl
Brown, member of the Milo Ward, sang "Just for Today", accompanied by
Ardith Burtenshaw; Ray Crystal, Garfield ward, sang "End of the Trail"
accompanied by Wilma Chase, and Ray Andrus, Ucon ward, sang "Lay My
Head Beneath a Rose."
The Shelton ward chorus sang "Rock of Ages" and Clarence Cleverly
gave the closing prayer.
Pallbearers were: Thomas F. Barnes, George Barnes, Ralph Barnes,
Albert Barnes, Carvel Schwieder and William Croft.
Flower bearers were: Hannah Cleverly, Annie Ritter, Josephine
Newman, Hannah Nelson, Mabel Sperry, Mrs. Dale Burtenshaw, Mrs.
Zelpha Howard, Mariah Williams, Mrs. Hugh Morten, May Cleverly, Olive
Burtenshaw, Katie Clapp, Matilda Johnson, Ethel Egan, Zetta Wheeler and
Mrs. Rose Jenson and Mary E. Brown were in charge of flowers."
Thomas Hillman Barnes, son of James Thomas and Prudence Hillman Barnes.
Born in England, August 26, 1869. Emigrated to America in 1881.
Moved to Idaho Falls in the spring of 1885, then known as Eagle Rock, and
has been engaged in farming and stock raising industries in the vicinity ever
since. He has been active in public work, being particularly interested in
He has been secretary of the Farmers Friend Irrigation Company since
January 1918 to 1922, at which time he was elected to the board of County
Commissioners, of which he was chairman. He was a member of the board
continuously up to January 8, 1933. During that time, he served four years on
the Board of River Control.
He served as Sunday School Superintendent, President of the Mutual
Improvement, teacher in Sunday School for many years, Sunday School
chorister and Ward Chorister. He was ordained to the office of a Deacon in
1883, ordained an Elder in 1894. Was secretary of the Second Elders
Quorum for many years, served as Ward teacher for many years and was
ordained a Seventy 1909 and High Priest in 1928.
He was married in the Logan Temple December 12, 1894 to Mary,
Ellen Cleverly. Father of twelve children, eight girls and four boys.
Thomas F. Barnes ------- Shelton
Mrs. Claude Mann ------ Shelton
George Barnes ----------- Shelton
Mrs. Earl Brown -------- Milo
Mrs. Elmer Goldman --- St. Leon
Mrs. Golden Dearden -- St. Leon
Mrs. Carvel Schwieder --- Iona
Ralph Barnes ----------- Shelton
Mrs. Wm. E. Croft -------- Iona
Mrs. Melvin Robinson -- Ucon
Mrs. Ray Anderson ------ Clark
Albert Barnes ----------- Shelton
A brother -- Robert Barnes of Corvallis, Oregon
A niece ---Mrs. Frank Husband of Ogden, Utah.
The funeral will be held at the Shelton Church Wednesday, January 14, at 1
p.m. Bishop Francis Burtenshaw in charge.