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Logo -Genealogy vs. MythThis site is devoted to the genealogy of Irish immigrant Brinsley Barnes (1713-1794) Solomon Barnes (circa 1752-1807), immigrant John Oxford (1639-1719), the History of the North Carolina Foothills and the Lenoir Family Papers. Brinsley settled in Chester County Pennsylvania before 1734 migrated to Orange (Chatham) County, North Carolina in 1753 and later to Wilkes County, NC where he died.  Less is know of Solomon who is of English descent.  All Oxford’s in American descend from John.  He immigrated from England at the age of 13 indentured himself and worked on a Virginia tobacco plantation for five years, to earn his freedom.

All Oxford’s in America are descended for Englishman John Oxford .  At the age of 13, John To keep abreast of the latest Oxford family news, click on

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