John Barnes has a pleasant home on the Center gravel road just outside the city of Huntington, where he is enjoying the results of a well spent life. He has resided in the county for more than three score years as he was two years old when brought to Indiana. He is a native of Ohio, born in Darke county, July 9, 1837.
Amos Barnes, father of our subject, was born in Ohio, September 1, 1808, and chose as his wife Amy H. Byram, who was born in the same state in October, 1808. In 1839 the family came to Indiana and settled in Huntington county. Amos Barnes purchased eighty acres of wood land, and built thereon a log cabin. The land he obtained from Judge Hanna, giving him a horse as the purchase price. He improved this tract and in the following year, 1840, sold it for $500. He next purchased one hundred and four acres in Union township, on which he made improvements. In 1860 he removed to Minnesota, three years later to Lawrence, Kansas, and subsequently to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he died in 1872. His wife died October 1, 1847.
John Barnes remained with his father until 1858, and in April of that year was united in marriage to Melinda E. Houseman and at once commenced keeping house on a rented farm one and one-half miles south from Huntington, but one year later he returned to the old home and took charge of the farm.
August 1, 1862, he enrolled his name as a volunteer soldier and was mustered into service at Indianapolis as private in Company E, Seventy-fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was engaged in many skirmishes during his first year of service, when he was taken sick and passed about one year in hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee, where he was discharged on account of physical disability just before the close of the war. Returning home, he resumed farming which he followed until he retired from active pursuits. In politics he is a Republican but has never held office.
Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have ten children, viz: William A., Amy E., James F., George W., Mary C., Martha E., John H., Thomas S., Amos M. and Samuel J. Of these William A., Amy E. and Mary C. are deceased. He owns one and three-fourths acres of land in sight of town, and receives thirty dollars per month pension.