Family Reunions

This year we will celebrate with two reunions one on each coast. This marks the coming together of two major Barnes lines whose early settlers died in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

East Coast North Carolina Barnes Family Reunion is in Wilkes County, NC on Saturday, May 19 at Cub Creek Park, 315 Henderson Street, Wilkesboro, NC
This group originally recognized Irishman Brinsley (1713-1794) and his descendants. These descendants are scattered across America, with major branches in North Carolina, Indiana, Georgia and Missouri. It will be a catered BBQ. The cost is $10.75 per person including tax. You may send a check payable to Barnes-Oxford Foundation, 1240 Taylorsville Road SE, Lenoir, NC 28645-8312. Or pay online with Paypal.  Payment made by all methods must be received by Friday, May 11, 2018 
Barnes Reunion BBQ Lunch Purchase
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You may also send a check payable to Barnes-Oxford Foundation to 1240 Taylorsville Road, SE, Lenoir, NC 28645-8312. Payment must be received by Friday, May 11, 2018
Barnes Reunion BBQ Lunch Purchase
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West Coast Idaho Reunion will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3 pm to 9 pm in, Coeur d’ Alene City Park, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho 83814. The West Coast Group was originally held to honor descendant of Claude and Amanda Barnes who descends from William Alexander. He was the son of Peter and grandson of Solomon, Sr. (circa 1742-1807) William left North Carolina to seek his fortune during the California Gold Rush. Items furnished will be plates, utensils, napkins, cups, water, soda, lemonade, and coffee. The Coeur d’ Alene family will provide meat and some side dishes. Desserts, chips or any dish to share is welcome!
Special beverage folks are encouraged to bring their own choices. The city does not allow alcohol.

While we have no details, we recently learned of another reunion in St. Francois, Missouri. It honors Ambrose Lee, Solomon. Sr.’s grandson through Solomon’s son George Washington. If you have details on this reunion, please contact us at

We are very pleased to announce that Julie Cleary has joined the Foundation as Vice President of Information Technology and a member of the Board of Directors where she will be responsible for the website and the Foundation’s new Facebook page. Julie has 29 years of experience as an IT professional. She oversees a major upgrade to the website. This includes a new look, the addition of a new database/tree and the addition of many new documents. Julie’s addition will leave others free for research and promoting our activities.

Important Message to All Users:We are now a federal tax exempt organization.  This will allow us to make dramatic long-range changes.  We will collect large volumes of old records relating to Barnes and Oxford families discussed here that are scattered in many courthouses throughout the U.S.  Most of these documents are not currently available online elsewhere.   This will bring about a radical redesign of the website.  If you wish to be kept informed of new documents as they are added to the site, it is recommended that you subscribe to one or both of our two quarterly family newsletters.  Instructions for doing so are discussed below.  Our no spam lists are shared with no one. Because of the volume of new content failure to do this will probably result on your not being informed of new information added to the site.  At the same time, we welcome your tax-deductible donation by credit card below or sending a check to Barnes-Oxford Genealogy Research Foundation, Inc., 1240 Taylorsville Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

2nd Annual Barnes Reunion May 21, 2017
The Second Annual Reunion was held on May 21, 2017, in North Wilkesboro, NC.







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