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Thomas Barnes, of Farmington

Nicknames: "Goodman Thomas Barnes"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Essex, England
Death: Died in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
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Son of Thomas Barnes, III
Husband of Mary Barnes of Farmington, convicted witch and Mary Barnes Bronson (Andrews)
Father of Sarah Scoville; Joseph Barnes; Benjamin Barnes; Hannah Barnes; Thomas Barnes, Jr. and 2 others

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About Thomas Barnes, of Farmington

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1. THOMAS BARNES was born 1615 in Essex, England, and died 9 JUN 1688 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

He married Mary (__) w\o Thomas BARNES ABT 1648 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She died 25 JAN 1661/62 in Hartford Co., Connecticut.

He married MARY \ MARIE ANDREWS 23 MAR 1661/62 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of JOHN ANDREWS and MARY \ MARIE LILLEY. She was born 15 APR 1643 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1708 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Children of THOMAS BARNES and Mary (__) w\o Thomas BARNES are:

  1. 2 i. Sarah BARNES was born 1650 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died AFT 1700 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married John SCOVILLE 29 MAR 1666 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was born 1635.
  2. + 3 ii. Joseph BARNES was born 26 MAY 1651 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 23 JAN 1740/41 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
  3. 4 iii. Benjamin BARNES was born 24 JUL 1653 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 24 APR 1731 in Waterbury, New Haven Co., Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Kimberly MALLORY. He married Sarah INGERSOLL ABT 1684 in Farmington, Hartford, CT.
  4. 5 iv. Hannah BARNES was born 1657 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1663

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Children of THOMAS BARNES and MARY \ MARIE ANDREWS are:

  1. 6 i. Thomas BARNES was born 1665 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 20 MAR 1741/42 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Mary JONES 7 JUN 1690 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She was born 1668 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
  2. + 7 ii. EBENEZER BARNES was born 1676 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died APR 1756 in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

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Thomas Barnes, (Sen) of Farmington (Vol 1, page 402) will date Jan 9, 1688, mentioning his wife Mary. It refers to her as his "sd." wife, not sure if this means second or stated? Also mentiones a son Thomas, Ebenezer, and other children "already gone from me and disposed in marriage". John Hooker of Farmington and John Stanley sen. both witnessed the will, and it was approved by the court on March 6, 1689/90, after Thomas Barnes' death (he died sometime before Feb 7th of 1689/90, based on John Hooker's oath of that date). This would be the THomas Barnes who made the contract on March 23 1662/3 with John "Androos" to marry his daughter and stating how he will provide for her on his death, and "putting out" all his children except Benjamin and possibly Hannah is his wife will allow her to stay.

-------------------- Thomas Barnes, father of Sarah Barnes, wife of John Scovell, was an early settler at Hartford, and one of the soldiers in the Pequot War in 1637. For that service he received a grant of land in the Soldiers' Field in Hartford. He had disposed of his Hartford lands before 1649, and removed to Farmington, perhaps in 1646. The surname of his first wife Mary has never been found. She was tried on an accusation for witchcraft and on Feb. 6, 1662-3, was convicted.There can hardly be any doubt that she was executed. Homer Worthington Brainard (1915).

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http://grandmascabin.org/barnes.html MARY BARNES EXECUTED AS A WITCH

      Not every family can claim the dubious honor of having an ancestor executed as a witch but the many descendants of Mary Barnes, first wife of Thomas Barnes of Hartford, Connecticut can make this claim.
      In 1662 a young girl named Ann Cole began naming certain townspeople as witches.  Ann, who had suffered from epileptic or similar seizures for years, would cry out during these seizures that witches were tormenting her.  She named three people as her primary tormenters: Nathaniel Greensmith, his wife Rebecca, and Mary Barnes.
      In early January 1663/4 a trial was held to hear the various testimonies of the plaintiff and the defendants.   Rebecca Greenfield quickly confessed to being a witch and, with many ludicrous tales, implicated her husband Nathaniel.   Evidently, Mary defended herself and denied being a witch.
     On January 25, 1663/4 both of the Greensmiths and Mary Barnes were found guilty.  They were hanged that very day.  No chance for an appeal was given.  “Justice” was swift in those days.  The so-called witches had the distinction of being the last 3 persons executed in Connecticut for this crime.
     Thomas and Mary Barnes were the parents of 3 children: Sarah, Benjamin and Joseph.
     Their daughter Sarah married John Scoville and this couple was among the first to settle in Mattatuck, now Waterbury, CT. in 1674.   In 1686 they moved and, again, were among the early settlers of a new town called Haddam, CT.  John and Sarah Barnes Scoville were the parents of John Jr., William, Edward and Benjamin.
     William Scoville, born circa 1761, married Martha whose maiden name is unknown.  William was wounded while on an excursion against the Indians and it was said his wound made it impossible for him to do heavy labor.  In 1708/9 William was the schoolmaster in Haddam, CT.   He and Martha had 2 sons: William and John.
     William Scoville Jr., born June 1706, married Hannah Shailer in 1734.  He later died in 1788 and she died in 1802.  They were the parents of 14 children including Hannah Scoville who married Oliver Bailey.  This couple followed some of their children to Bradford County, PA.

(See Bailey Family.)

      Thus, today, there are many descendants of Thomas and Mary Barnes who can claim their lineage descends from a witch.
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Thomas Barnes, of Farmington's Timeline

1615
1615
Essex, England
1643
1643
Age 28
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1647
1647
Age 32
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
1651
May 26, 1651
Age 36
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1653
July 24, 1653
Age 38
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1657
1657
Age 42
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1663
1663
Age 48
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
1665
January 6, 1665
Age 50
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1676
1676
Age 61
Farmington, Hartford County, CT, USA
1688
June 9, 1688
Age 73
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut