Name meaning: A distinguished family of Sotterly, Suffolk, Eng.; Bearn, local, a city in France; Cornish British Barnyz, a judge. Traces of the family are found in England under Norman kings. The name may be also a corruption of the Norse Bjoin, signifying warrior. The family seat for five hundred years has been in Surrey, England. Sir Hugo de Berners came from France with William the Conqueror. A clear pedigree of the family begins with John Berners of West Horsley, Surrey, in 1347.

John Barnes

m.Mary Plummer

CHILDREN included:

  1. Lydia Barnes b.Aug. 24, 1647 Plymouth, MA d.March 1677 m.Oct. 30, 1670 Braintree, MA Benjamin Savil

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Thomas Barnes

b.abt.1590; s/o parents ukn
m.Mary Andrews


  1. William Barnes b.1610/1615 Amesbury, MA d.March 14, 1697 Salisbury, MA

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William Barnes

b.1610/1615; s/o Thomas Barnes and Mary Andrews
d.March 14, 1697 Salisbury, MA
m.(1)June 23, 1630 Salisbury, MA; Louisa Mellor
m.(2)1637; Rachel Lord

CHILDREN included:

  1. William Barnes b.1638 Salisbury, MA d.June 11, 1648 Salisbury, MA
  2. Mary Barnes b.Jan. 25, 1639 Salisbury, MA d.Aug. 13, 1696 Amesbury, MA m.June 23, 1659 John Hoyt
  3. Hannah Barnes b.March 25, 1643 Salisbury, MA d.May 27, 1688 Salisbury, MA m.Oct. 2, 1665 Salisbury, MA John Prowse
  4. Deborah Barnesb.Apr. 1, 1646 Salisbury, MA d.Jan. 14, 1718/9 Haverhill, MA m.Dec. 19, 1663 at Salisbury, MA Samuel Davis
  5. Rachel Barnes b.Feb. 3, 1648 Salisbury, MA d.Feb. 7, 1718/9 Salisbury, MA m.March 2, 1668 Thomas Sargent
  6. Johnathan Barnes b.Apr. 1, 1648 Salisbury, MA d.y.
  7. Sarah Barnes b.1651 Salisbury, MA d.Apr. 17, 1720 m.(1)John Harvey m.(2)Sept. 8, 1670 Thomas Rowell
  8. Rebecca Barnes b.1654 Salisbury, MA d.Apr. 3, 1727 Salisbury m.Moses Morrill
  9. John Thomas Barnes b.Oct. 26, 1656 Amesbury, MA
  10. Harvey Barnes b.abt.1658 Amesbury, MA

From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: William was a freeman at Salisbury, Mass., 1641; one of the first settlers of Amesbury, Mass., 1654.

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