We wish to thank those who have made contributions of time and other resources to the website.
- We are particular indebted to Warren E. “Mick” Barnes for making his book available for inclusion in articles appearing on the website and for providing guidance on occasion. For details on purchasing the book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ancestral Specialist: Mary Elizabeth Graves-Andrews, Lauren Barnes-Collier, Betty Britt, Linda Gardner, Jefferson Gray, Linda S. Kimberling, Ph.D.,
- Robert Lewis McNeely, Ph.D. and Margaret Ogilvie for their ongoing contributions. A complete biography of each ancestral specialist may be found under the About tab on the main menu.
- John LaRue is a new guest contributor to the website. In speaking about himself, John tells us he was born in 1947 in the far, far away state of Washington. My parents were small-town folk, moved to Seattle, for the opportunities that the city provided. Mom came from a line of peasant farmers who departed Germany for the safe haven of Imperial Russia after the Napoleonic Wars. Dad’s people were Protestant Huguenots who fled France under pain of death, arriving in New York about 1660. My Huguenot ancestors melted into the Scotts-Irish Americans living on the Pennsylvania frontier during the French and Indian War. They were genealogically lost until the 1820s when my great, great grandfather, John Reed LaRue married Charlotte Barnes, one of the many great, granddaughters of Brinsley Barnes. All of this family history has given my family a big, beautiful garden in which to play telling the story of us. We prefer to call ourselves Family Historians rather than Genealogists. I do not criticize Genealogy, but maintain that my story is more than documents or headstones that have managed to survive through time. And, yes, I am named after my great, great grandfather. Your family’s story waits to be told as well.
John has written an essay that first appeared on his Ancestry.com website. It clearly and for the first time discusses the complex issues surrounding The Settling of Brinsley Barnes’s Estate. To review the article, click on the link below:
- Michael Barnes for providing information on Brinsley’s baptismal record. Michael is Solomon Sr.’s 5th great-grandson.
- Stewart Dunaway of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society for providing maps locating Brinsley’s Chatham County property and providing general guidance on land issues. Stewart provides some free genealogical research services in Durham-Orange area. For a list of the services, click on
Stewart has opened the door for future research on the Barnes family’s involvement in the War of Regulation. His maps point out the close proximity of Brinsley’s Chatham County property to property owned by Herman (Harmon) Husband. Husband was a leading activist in the War. For more about Husband click on