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Brinsley Barnes

Also Known As: "Brimsley"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Williams Street, St. Bride's Parish, Dublin, Dublin City, Leinster, Ireland
Death: May 5, 1796 (83)
Taylor's Creek, Taylorville, Wilkes, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. James Barnes; William Barnes; Mary Barnes (Unknown) and Elizabeth Kay
Husband of Lindsey; Sarah Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes
Father of Ann Barnes Hobson; Mary Elizabeth Carter; John "Deaf John" Barnes; Ezekial Barnes; Brinsley Barnes, Jr. and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Barnes; Edward Barnes and James Barnes

Occupation: Father of 10 children
Managed by: Private User
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About Brinsley Barnes

DAR Ancestor #: A006290

  • Brinsley (Brimsley) Barnes, born February 5th, 1713, son of James and Mary Barnes of Williams Street. He had three brothers; Thomas, b. 1714 Jan. 4th; Edward, b. 1717 Fed. 7th; James, b. 1720 May 17th, John.
  • This information comes from T.C.D. Ms. 1478: Copy-register of St. Bride's Parish, Dublin [ Baptisms 1633 - 1801 ]

BRINSLEY BARNES. 1715-1795 County Down, Ireland to Wilkes County, NC

Brinsley came to Chester County, PA, ca 1740. The story I have goes this way.

Brinsley came with two sons and a wife (Sarah), but she died soon after coming to PA. He went back to County Down and returned with his second wife, Elizabeth Lindley.

Brinsley had at least 6 children, that I am aware of at this time.

He wasn't satisfied with the area he had settled so he moved his family to the Morgan District of Wilkes County, NC.

"Ancestor's Services: My ancestor's services in assisting in the establishment of American Independence during the War of the Revolution were as follows: Brinsley Barnes-Patriots Service (DAR Patriots' Index) p. 37, Col. I, The said Brinsley Barnes is the ancestor who assisted the establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of Patriot Service rendered material aid. National #221316.

"It is known that Brinsley Barnes was one of the signers of the Tryon Petition....{from book - Brinsley Barnes, 1715-1975, and Related Families}." 

Children of Elizabeth Lindley and Brinsley Barnes:

  1.  Mary5 Barnes, born September 17, 1734 in Delaware Co., PA; died September 06, 1823 in Chatham Co., NC.  She married Samuel Carter August 27, 1756 in Orange Co., NC.
  2.  James Barnes, born Abt. 1740 in Kennet Township, Chester Co., PA; died 1850 in IN.  He married (1) Sarah Carter.  He married (2) Tempy Parkinson.
  3.  John Barnes, born July 01, 1741 in Kennet Township, Chester Co., PA; died February 01, 1822 in Taylorsville Township, Wilkes Co., NC.  He married Ruth Elizabeth Fisher January 01, 1764 in Philidelphia, Montgomery Co., PA.
  4.  Ann Barnes, born May 17, 1744 in Kennet Township, Chester Co., PA;died February 01, 1775 in Rocky River, Chatham Co., NC.  She married Stephen Hobson Abt. 1762 in Cane Creek, Chatham Co., NC.
  5.  Brinsley Barnes, born Abt. 1745 in Chester Co., PA; died Abt. 1823 in Estil Co., KY.  He married (1) Lydia Barnes.  He married (2) Isabella Barnes Abt. 1765.
  6. Ezekiel Barnes, born Abt. 1749 in Kennet Township, Chester Co., PA; died 1799 in Wilkes Co., NC.
  7.  Jehu Barnes, born Abt. 1750 in Orange Co., NC; died April 1821 in Wilkes Co., NC.  He married Hannah Teague in NC.
  8.  Thomas Barnes, born Abt. 1750 in Kennet Township, Chester Co., PA; died January 04, 1823 in Chatham Co., NC.  He married Lurana Moon September 05, 1772.
  9.  Solomon Barnes, born Abt. 1752 in Orange Co., NC; died February 09, 1804 in Wilkes Co., NC.
  10.  Reuben Barnes, born Abt. 1756.


  • Brinsley, b. 1715, d. 1795; m. 1st Sarah _____, 2nd Elizabeth_____, did patriotic service in NC
  •  He paid Taxes in 1734 in Kennett twp., Chester co, PA. He died on 5 MAY 1796 in Wilkes Co, NC. He was buried in Wilkes co, NC?.
  • For those of us who descend from Brinsley Barnes, Sr., born about 1705 in County Down, Ulster, Ireland.  Latest DNA tests show (Family Tree DNA) that men who descend from Brinsley and participated in the Barnes stud match up with George Barnes, born 1604 who married Janeta Key, born 1608.
  • Brinsley was of the Quaker faith.
  • He is listed in the DAR Patriots Index because he rendered material aid in the cause for American Independence.


(1.)Brinsley Barnes, born February 5th, 1713 on or in William Street, Dublin Ireland. The son of James and Mary Barnes. (2.) "1653: L 400 of the Irish Adventure, being the share of James Barnes of the Middle Temple (elsewhere of the Inner Temple), Gentleman,.."[1]


(1.)Source for above listing: "Baptisms in St. Bride's Parish, Dublin. Irish Genealogist (Vol.7, 1988)" (2.) Calendar of State Papers in Ireland:

From * Posted by: Date: December 17, 2012 at 09:28:31

I have only been looking for Brinsley Barnes (abt 1715-1794) in the past six months or so, and have not found any documented evidence regarding his parents. Most sites indicate he was born in either Ireland or Chester, Pennsylvania, but I haven’t found any documentation re either possible birthplace. There are two sets of parents I see most frequently listed for him.

1. William Barnes (1669-1731) and Elizabeth Key (1680) are the parents most frequently given, but I have yet to find any documentation that Brinsley is their son, and some documentation that suggests he is not. This William Barnes is reported to be the son of Thomas Barnes (1636-1679) and Abigail Goodenow (1642-1734), but I recently found this William Barnes’ birth record on line in the Marlborough MA town records - It lists a William Barnes born to Thomas R. and Abigail Barnes, April 3, 1669. Thus, William can’t be Brinsley’s father if Brinsley was born in Ireland since William was born in Massachusetts (unless William returned to Ireland and his wife gave birth to Brinsley there…doubltful but possible, although William’s father appears to have been born in England (not Ireland) and reached America on the Speedwell in 1656). Until I see documentation that explains how this William could have been born in Massachusetts and his son in Ireland (or even Chester PA..there is no record I can find of William’s family getting to PA..I see MA and CT in documents, but no PA.)

2. John Barnes and Martha Brinsley - I have found a few trees that give John and Martha as his parents -- seems promising since it would explain how he got his first name (mother’s maiden name), but I can’t find any evidence, documents etc. Will be looking and if anyone else has, would love to hear about it. Thus far I haven’t been able to find anything out about Martha or John.

3. Mysterious line back to a George Barnes (1604 ) and Janeta Key (1608). I am not sure what to make of this but the Barnes Surname DNA project shows in the group 11 (where Brinsley is apparently matched to) a George Barnes, 1604 and a Janeta Key (1608) with no location. Since I can’t join the Barnes Surname Y-chrom group at FTDNA, I can’t do much else with that information. If you are a FTDNA member, you might consider joining the group and seeing if you have a match to this George Barnes (1604). Oddly, I have a vague recollection about seeing a post somewhere that suggested that this George might have been a physician, which your note about the James Barnes you found in Down Ireland being a physician interesting as families sometimes continue professions/occupations.


2. WILLIAM2 BARNES (THOMAS1)1 was born Abt. 1679 in Donn, Ireland, and died Bef. 1731 in Chester Co, PA. He married (1) SARAH WATSON. She was born Abt. 1700. He married (2) ELIZABETH KEY February 16, 1707/08 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Child of Sarah Watson & William Barnes is Brinsley Barnes (1705-1796)

I think I might know who this George Barnes is, born 1604, that may be our genetic ancestor. I have an extensive file on the Barnes family that I have been collecting at least I know some of the computer file date back to 1996. Found in "Family Group Records - Ancestral File" "FamilySearch(R)Ancestral File (TM-trade mark) V4.19 Download GEDCOM

I found "George Barne" (AFN:127Q-Q4j) Born: 1603, Place: Woolwich, Kent, England

He is the son of Sir William Barnes (Lord Mayor of London)and Anne Sandys, daughter of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York, and Cecily Wilsford (she is a descendant of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, b.1113, by an unknown mistress).

The genealogy of the Barnes can be found also in "The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography' Vol. XXIX, (29), page 117. The best of luck to you. Let me know if you find anything.

Also seen as William Barnes, Jr & Sarah Watson


  •  The Barnes Family. Arlington, Va, 1972. Internet resource (Hathitrust)
  •  Barnes, Mick W. E. Descendants of Brinsley Barnes 1713-1795 & Elizabeth Lindey Along the Lineage of Williard Howard Barnes 1907-1974 & Ethel Garnell Davis 1907-1946. S.l.: Mick Warren E. Barnes, 1998.
  • The Barnes Family, The American Genealogical Research Institute, Arlington, VA.
  • DAR Ancestor #: A006290
  • [ From Scotland to Barnes Mountain by Ralph Barnes]



Did patriotic service in North Carolina - The Barnes Family, The American Genealogical Research Institute, Arlington, Va. He paid taxes in 1734 in Kennett twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania. 1717 AD The beginning of the mass migration of Ulster-Scots to the American Colonies. Between 1717 and 1775, large numbers of people, mostly Protestants, left Ulster to settle in America

From Hinshaw's Quakers Vol. 1 North Carolina: Brinsley & Elizabeth Barnes had Ch: James, Mary and Ann (b. 1744). Mary Barnes dt. of Brinsley and Elizabeth Barnes Married Samuel Carter. Child: John, b. 1759

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes "Descendants of Brinsley Barnes 1713 - 1795 and Elizabeth Lindey along the lineage of Willard Howard Barnes 1907-1974 and Ethel Garnell Davis 1907-1946" prepared by Warren E "Mick" Barnes 2007 Forward: The information contained within this document pertains primarily to immigrant Brinsley Barnes, b circa 1713, Ireland. A large amount of the material was extracted from the genealogy work entitled, "The Lineage Trail from Brinsley & Elizabeth LINDEY Barnes to Us", by Warren E. (Mick) Barnes, 1998. The extracted material has been updated with changes/ corrections/ additions as a result of my continuous research of the Barnes family since my original publication in 1998. Beginning at least with immigrant Brinsley, the family name BARNES was initially spelled as BARNS on legal documents and census records, and sometimes within the same legal document the family name was written and spelled both ways -- Barns and also Barnes. In an article entitled, Alexander County Pioneers, written by W. N. Watt, 1976, it is stated that ?????????? The early records (of Wilkes County NC) show the Chatham (County in NC) Barns without the 'e' in their name." The comment had been made in reference to other pioneers in Alexander County NC who spelled their last name as Barnes. It appears that Brinsley and his wife Elizabeth and at least their son Brinsley II could not write their names; hence they made their 'mark' on legal documents. It is difficult to say if they knew or could recognize the correct spelling of their name BARNES. Most, if not all, legal documents were written by someone other than the ?signers? of the document so often times people who could neither read or write were at the mercy of the author of the document. The name was not consistently spelled as BARNES by my family lineage until about 1860. This document is intended to be informative only and is not intended to be a critical piece of work. Errors have been minimized but I am sure some still exist within this updated document for a variety of reasons. Also, please keep in mind that this history is not intended to exalt or humiliate anyone and anything which may seem otherwise is purely unintentional. On 29 April 1998, our son Tom and his wife Jacki became parents of an 8 pound 10 ounce boy who was born in Grayling, Michigan at 6:16 pm. They named their son Thomas Brinsley Barnes in honor of the proud father and in honor of our patriarch immigrant Brinsley. The birth and naming of young Thomas Brinsley rekindles the life and the family history of our immigrant Brinsley & wife Elizabeth. People have always been more than just one thing and so it it is with the Barnes Families presented herein. Mick

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes Brinsley & Elizabeth Barnes - Time line. 1713: Estimated Birth year of Brinsley Barnes (Source: Barbara Weir, Archivist for Chester County Archives & Records, West Chester Pa defined 'Inmate' category of tax payer as a male who was at least 21 years of age, married, but did not own land in Chester county Pa. 1734 was the first year Brinsley appeared on the tax rolls of Chester County Pa. 21 years from 1734 gives the latest birth date of 1713. ) 1734 -1738: Listed as 'Inmate' on Tax Records for Kennett Township, Chester County, P 1734, 17 Sep 1735: Birth of daughter Mary in Delaware County Pa. (Source: Tax Records for Kennett Township, Chester County, Pa.) 1735: Listed as a witness to the marriage of John Morgan & Lydia Babb, Newark Meeting House. (Source: Kennett Monthly Meeting Marriages, 1692-1821, Box PH-265, page 80, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College ) 1736/1737: Birth of son John in Chester County P A. 1737: Brinsesby (sic) Barnes signs petition in Wilmington on the Delaware. (Source: Benjamin Ferris, Original Settlements on The Delaware, page 212) 1740: Birth of son James in Chester County P A 1741: Elizabeth received in membership to Kennett Quaker Church. (Source: Women's Minutes, Kennett Monthly Meeting, 26 December 1741, page 132) 1741-1746: No Taxes were due nor collected in Kennett Township. (Source: Tax Records for Kennett township, Chester County, Pa. & personal discussions, 1997 & 2000 by Mick & Barb with Barbara Weir and follow-on letters on same.) 1743: Listed as a witness to the marriage of John Oark & Ann Young, Center Meeting House. (Source: Kennett Monthly Meeting Marriages, 1692-1821, Box PH-265, page 140, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College ) 1744: Listed as a witness to the marriage of John Wilson & Abigail Harlan, Kennett Meeting House. (Source: Kennett Monthly Meeting Marriages, 1692-1821, Box PH-265, page 165, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College) 1745: Listed as a witness to the marriage of William Beatty & Betty Ooud, Kennett Meeting House. (Source: Kennett Monthly Meeting Marriages, 1692-1821, Box PH-265, page 146, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College ) 1747: Birth of son Brinsley II 1748-1751: Listed as 'Inmate' on Tax Records for Kennett Township, Chester County, P A. (Source: Tax Records for Kennett township, Chester County, Pa. & personal discussions, 1997 & 2000 by Mick & Barb with Barbara Weir and follow-on letters on same.) 1750: Birth of son Thomas in Chester County P A 1751: Last year Brinsley Barns was listed as a tax payer in Chester County PA (Source: Tax Records for Kennett township, Chester County, Pa.) 1751: Birth of son Jehu in Orange County NC 1752: Birth of daughter Lydia in Orange County NC 1753, 5 May: "Certificate requested for Elizabeth Barns to Carolina she being about to remove" (from Kennett Quaker Church) (Source: Women's Minutes, Kennett Monthly Meeting, 5 May 1753 1753, 1 Sep: "Elizabeth Barns disowned .... for drinking hard liquor .. " by Kennett Quaker Church. (Source: Women's Minutes, Kennett Monthly Meeting, 1 Sept. 1753) 1754, 20 Mar. & 17 April: Request filed for Survey and Plat of 640 acres, Land Grant provided by Earl of Granville to Brinsley Barns, in Orange County NC; Survey & Plat included portions of Rocky River and the mouth of Mudlick Creek. (Source: Survey Order authorized by Francis Corbin, agent for the Earl of Granville, dated 17 Apri11754, County of Orange, NC ) 1756, 5 April: Survey & Plat Map of the 640 acres of Brinsley Barns, Orange County NC; James Barns & George Hobson Jr. were listed as chain carriers. 1760, 1 Nov: Elizabeth Barns received on request, Cane Creek Meeting House, Cane Creek NC. (Source: William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I, pages 373, 347, 356) 1761 6 June: Mary Barns received on request, Cane Creek Meeting House, Cane Creek NC (Source: William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I, pages 373, 347, 356) 1761, 10 June: Brinsley obtains 640 acres of land in Orange County NC from Earl of Granville (Source: Included in the text of the sale of land in 1787 by Brinsley IT to Andrew Culberson, Deed Book D, page 196 & 197, Chatham County NC ) 1763, 3 May: John Johnson appointed overseer of road from his house to Jeremiah Hadley's place, in the room of Brumley (sic) Barnes. (Source: Orange County NC Court, 3 May Vol. Aug. 1762 - Aug. 1766 Abstracts.) 1763, 4 June: Ann (Barns) Hobson received on request, Cane Creek Meeting House, Cane Creek NC. (Source: William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I, pages 373, 347, 356) 1767, 10 Feb: Brinsley sells three separate parcels of land in Orange County NC one parcel each to Samuel Carter, John Barnes, and James Barnes. (Source: Abstracts from Register of North Carolina Deeds 1752-1768 and 1793 Colonial) 1768-1772: Brinsley was a Regulator in Orange County NC. (Source: Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 7, page 733) 1768: Brinceley (sic) Barnes signs Regulator's Advertisement No.9 petition in Orange County NC. (Source: Colonial Records of North Carolina, Volume 7, page 733) 1769, 10 June: Brinsle (sic) and Elizabeth Barns named in trespass suit against Daniel Vinson, Burke County NC, (Source: Burke County North Carolina Land Records & More Important Miscellaneous Records, 1751-1809, page 53,152,154, Vol. III) 1771, 16 May: War of the Regulation & Battle of Alamance. (Source: William E. White, A History of Alexander County, Alexander County NC Library.) 177?: Brinsley, ?The refugee from Alamance." (Source: William E. White, A History of Alexander County, Alexander County NC Library.) 1771, 10 Sep: Brinsley conveyed all or part of 640 acres in Chatham County NC obtained from Earl of Granville in 1761 to son Brinsley II. (Source: Included in the text of the sale of land in 1787 by Brinsley IT to Andrew Culberson, Deed Book D, page 196 & 197, Chatham County NC. ) 1771, 19 Sept: Brinsley sells 146 acres of land in Chatham County NC to son Brinsley II. (Deed Book A, pages 103,104, & 105, Chatham County NC.) 1772: Brinsley Barns on Tax Record, Orange County NC 1773: Brinsley Barns listed as a debtor of Col. John McGee, Orange County NC. (Source: Page 38, North Carolina Genealogical Society JournaI.Vol. 1) 1774, 9 Aug: Brinsley included in group of men to layout a road from Chatham Courthouse to Ely Bransons, Chatham County Court Minutes. (Source: Page 59, VoL III, NC Genealogical Society Journal,) 1775: Beginning of the American Revolutionary War with England. 1775, 1 Feb: Daughter Anne BARNES Hobson dies. Buried in the Quaker cemetery at Rocky River, Chatham County NC. (Source: William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. I, pages 373, 347, 356.) 1780, 31 March: NC Land Grant of 390 acres in Chatham County NC to Brinsley Barns (Source: Deed Book C, Pages 514 & 515, Chatham County, NC.) 178?: Brinsley conveys 390 acres of land in Chatham County NC to son Brinsley II. (Source: Included in text of sale of land by Brinsley II to Andrew Culberson, Deed Book D, pages 205 & 206, Chatham County NC in 1787) 1780, Nov: Brinsley supplied horsehire as material aid to the Militia of NC. (Source: Report No. 30, North Carolina State Archives, S.115.45, Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. A, page 192.) 1780: Brinsley buys land in Taylorsville Township in Wilkes County NC 1782: Brinsley Barns supplied two sheep as material aid to the Militia of NC (Source: Report No. 40, North Carolina State Archives, S.115.45, Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol A, page 72.) 1782, 23 Oct: NC Land Grant of 400 acres in Chatham County NC to Brinsley Barns. (Source: Deed Book C, Page 392, Chatham County, NC.) 1783, 5 Aug: Brinsley Barns receives a Revolutionary War Pay Voucher from Morgan District of Wilkes County NC. (Source: Revolutionary War Pay Voucher #1812, Morgan District North Carolina, 5 August 1783, NC State Archives.) 1783: Ending of the American Revolutionary War with England, 1784, 22 July: Brindley (sic) Barnes 100 acre Warrant on Lower Little River, adjacent to Patrick Sloan and Isaac Elledge. (Source: Burke County North Carolina Land Records,Vol. III.) 1784, 17 Nov: Brinsley & Elizabeth Barnes listed as witnesses to marriage of their granddaughter Margaret Carter to Isaac Stubbs at Rocky River Meeting, Chatham County NC. (Source: Cane Creek NC Marriages, 1755-1840, Box NC-2, page 120, 17DllMI784, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College .) 1784, 21 Dec: Brinsley & Elizabeth Barns sell 250 acres of land in Chatham County NC to John Chamness, (Source: Book D, pages 18 & 19, Chatham County, NC.) 1785, 7 Aug: Brinsley & Elizabeth Barns sell 150 acres of land in Chatham County NC to Jacob Teague. (Source: Book D, pages 18 & 19, Chatham County, NC.) 1787: Brinsley founded Little River Church in Alexander County NC. (Source: William E. White, A History of Alexander County, Alexander County NC Library.) 1789, 24 March: Survey & Plat Map of 100 acres of land owned by Brinsley Barns in Burke County NC. (Source: Survey & Plat Map, Burke County NC 24 March 1789 ... Opal.) 1790, July: Articles of Agreement between Brinsley and son Jehu for the care of Brinsley until his death. (Source: Articles of Agreement between Brinsley Barnes and Jehu Barnes, July Term 1790, page 278, Superior Court, Wilkes County, NC .) 1791, April: " .... Little River Church represented by Elder John Swain and Mr. Barnes (probably Brinsley) .... ? (Source: William E. White, A History of Alexander County, Alexander County NC Library.) 1794, Autumn: Brinsley Barnes dies in Morgan Militia District of Wilkes County NC 1794, 4 Nov: Ordered by the Wilkes County NC Court that letters of Administration be granted to Jehu Barns on the estate of Brinsley Barns, Deceased. (Source: Wilkes county NC Minute Docket, Court of Pleas & Quarter Session, 178-1790, 1790- 1798, c.104.30001) 1795, 5 Feb: John Bradburn relinquishes Executorship of Will of Brinsley Barns. (Source: Wilkes County NC Court Minutes, Vol. IV, 5 Feb. 1795 .) 1795, 5 Feb: Brinsley Barnes II requests to have the Last Will & Testament of immigrant Brinsley Barnes proved in open court. (Source: Wilkes County NC Court Minutes, page 66, 5 Feb. 1795 ) 1795, 7 May: Court Case: Jehu Barnes vs John Barnes; Exceptions to Last Will & Testament of immigrant Brinsley Barnes. (Source: Wilkes County NC Court Minutes, Vol. IV, 7 May 1795.) 1795, 5 Aug: Court Case: Articles of Agreement document held by Jehu apparently superseded the Last Will & Testament held by Brinsley II et al. (Source: Wilkes County NC Court Minutes, Vol. IV, 5 Aug. 1795.) 1796, May: Jehu Barnes submits an inventory of the estate of Brinsley Barnes (Source: An Inventory of the Estate of Brinsley Barnes as provided by Jehu Barnes, May Term 1796, Book 1, page 479, Superior Court, Wilkes County, NC.) 1797, July/Aug: Jehu Barnes charges John Barnes on trespass re estate of Brinsley Barnes, deceased. (Source: Wilkes County NC Estates Records, 1777-1945. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC) 1797, Oct: Jehu Barnes Adm. vs John Barnes. (Source: Wilkes County NC Estates Records, 1777-1945. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC)

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - The Origin of Immigrant Brinsley Barnes . A limerick taken from the HANDBOOK ON IRISH GENEALOGY, by Heraldic Artists Ltd., Trinity Street, Dublin could have been Brinsley's verse; With my bundle on my shoulder, Sure there's no man could be bolder I'm leaving dear old Ireland without warning, For I've lately took the notion To cross the briny ocean, I'm bound for Philadelphia in the morning Many, many, articles on Ol Brinsley Barns(Barnes) claim that he was born in County Down Ireland. I have not been able to identify a legal document that would serve as proof of his birth place. The following items are some of the 'better' circumstantial evidence of the birth place of Brinsley. Brinsley Barnes is listed as a patriot of the American Revolutionary War in the book D.A.R. Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, Part 1, as follows: Barnes: Barns. Brinsley; b 1715 IR d c 1795 NC m (1) Sarah - (2) Elizabeth --- PS NC - where the IR stands for Ireland. Several female descendants of Brinsley stated, without proof, in their application papers for membership in the DAR that Brinsley was born in Ireland. The following is taken from ?History of the Oxford Family, 1890,? by Rev. Isaac Oxford, and I obtained a copy from the Isaac Oxford files in the DAR Library. Dorothy Mighty, DAR Library Search Service, responded that "there is a file in our Library documentation collection, which seems to be an excerpt from this particular book (document); copies from this file are enclosed." The enclosed copies that I received contained a two page typewritten text and a two page hand-written lineage of the Oxford family beginning with Samuel and including the family of James & Hannah Barnes Oxford as well as their son Rev. Isaac Oxford. The typescript text contained the following paragraph (I have since requested a copy of the original hand written text that now is presented in typescript.): "In the fall of 1806 James Oxford took to wife, Hannah Barnes, daughter of James Barnes and Sarah Barnes. James Barnes was born in the State of Pennsylvania, was of Irish descent, his father having emigrated from Doublinbutt in County Down, Ireland. Sarah, his wife's maiden name was Carter, she also was a native of Pennsylvania, of English descent and a Quaker by profession. She died at the residence of James Oxford in the year 1829 at the advanced age of 96. James Barnes, in the last account, was in Indiana, was one hundred and fifteen years old and could walk five miles to and from church in the day." The father of James Barnes was immigrant Brinsley Barnes. The Reverend Isaac Oxford, born 23 June 1810, NC and died 10 January 1899, NC, was a son of James and Hannah Barnes Oxford. Isaac was a great-grandson of immigrant Brinsley and Isaac was born after Brinsley had died in 1794 so his information about the birth place of his maternal great-grandfather Brinsley must have been passed down through Isaac's mother Hannah Barnes or her family. The Brinsley Barnes Manuscript Collection submitted by (Judge??) Frank Carter, Asheville, NC, 11/27/1931 to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, is a single page of typescript notes on the Barnes, Carter, Stubbs, Parrish, Oearly, and Murphy families. The Call Number is Mss C 383, apparently filed in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Dept., at NEHGS. My email query to NEHGS brought this response. Dear Mr. Barnes: Manuscript "Mss C 383" is a carbon copy typescript (one page) of notes recorded by Frank Carter of Asheville NC concerning the Barnes, Carter, Stubbs, Clearly, Parrish & Murphy families. The paragraph on Brinsley Barnes indicates that he & wife Elizabeth had a dau. Mary born 1734 who married in 1756 to Samuel Carter. Samuel & Mary Carter moved to Orange (now Chatham) Co. North Carolina circa 1764. Then Frank Carter cites "The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy" vol. one page 92 concerning the Clearly family. I hope this helps. Sincerely, Timothy Salls Archivist, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Dept. New England Historic Genealogical Society 101 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116-3007, 617-226-1232, FAX: 617-536-7307, E-mail: I obtained a copy of the actual manuscript, Mss C 383, from NEHGS via Timothy Salls, Archivist at NEHGS. The total notes on Brinsley are as follows: "Brinsley Barnes and his wife Elizabeth, of Chester County, Pa., had a daughter Mary, born in 1734 who was married in 1756 to Samuel Carter." The birth place of Brinsley Barnes was not stated any where in the manuscript.

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - The Migration of Brinsley Immigrant Brinsley Barnes first appeared in the Tax Records of Kennett Township of Chester County PA beginning in 1734 and last appeared in 1751. Taxes were not collected each year so there are gaps perhaps before 1734 and perhaps between 1734 and 1751 as well as after 1751. During the years between 1734 and 1751, his name appeared as a witness on several marriage certificates awarded by Quaker Churches in Chester County and also on a Petition in 1737 in Delaware (County??). The name of Brinsley and the names of his countrymen repeatedly appeared on Quaker church marriage records as well as on the petition of 1737. And this group of men, by the presence of their names, appeared in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia namely Rockingham County, primarily at the new Quaker colony at Hopewell in then Frederick County VA (now Berkley County WV A). Many of the same group moved on to Randolph County NC and then on to a part of Orange County which later became Chatham County NC. Many members of the Barnes families followed immigrant Brinsley to Rowan County and later to Surry then Wilkes and finally Alexander County NC. It has been stated in some literature that the Quakers in Pennsylvania became concerned that their land was being bought by non Quakers and that the Quaker way of life was changing, and that the Quakers were losing control of their local environment. So, the concerned Quakers looked for new territory in Virginia to set up shop. Hopewell was the first Quaker Meeting established in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It was originally known as the Opeckan and was set off from the Concord Quarterly Meeting of Pennsylvania in 1734. The meeting house was located about six miles north of Winchester in then Frederick County, VA. About 1732, Alexander Ross and Company obtained a land grant of 100,000 acres located along the Opeckan River from the Governor and Council at Williamsburg in Virginia. The Company was comprised of Quakers from Pennsylvania and Maryland who were looking for a new place to get back to their way of life. Names that commonly appeared from the onset were Few, Lindley, Morgan, Babb, Hobson, Hollingsworth, Harlan, Vestal, Clarke, Dixon, Chandler, Carter, Cloud, Carleton, Marshall, Ball, Moon, Stout, and Perkins. The Hobsons, Carters, Moons, Vestals, etc. who lived around Brinsley and married into his family were all families of the Hopewell MM in Frederick County VA. Others remained life-time neighbors and friends. And later, probably around 1750, several of the named families moved on to North Carolina when free land became available in the Granville District. Sir John Carteret, Earl of Granville, was the son of Sir George Carteret and Grace Granville, owned vast amounts of land in North Carolina and he offered the land to people who would-settle and farm the land. Granville hoped that eventually he would receive moneys for the land through the form of taxes imposed on the settlers. The Granville District in North Carolina was opened in 1748 and remained open until the death of Lord Granville in 1763. Brinsley obtained his first land grant in 1754 for 640 acres along the Rocky River at the mouth of Mudlick Creek. Many of the named families (Hobsons, Vestal, Barnes, Dixon, Stubbs) settled in Orange County North Carolina initially in the area of Mud Lick Creek and Rocky River (of now Chatham County) while others (Moon, Few, Lindley, Barnes, Stout) settled in the area of Cane Creek (of now Allamance County). Mud Lick Creek originates north of Siler City, NC and it flows into Rocky River from the northwest corner of the 640 acres once owned by immigrant Brinsley. Today, Mud Lick Creek is a small creek while Rocky River is about three times as big as Mud Lick Creek. The two streams probably have not changed much since the time of Brinsley. Rocky River flows out the south side of the 640 acres of land once owned by Brinsley and eventually empties into Deep River. Cane Creek begins near the town of Hillsboro and flows southwesterly to the Haw River. Quaker Meeting Houses sprang up first at Cane Creek, and then Rocky River probably due to the distance which is about 20 miles between these focal points of Quakers. And of course there were no bridges so every stream had to be forded. The spatial locations of the named families of common names, such as Barnes, may also indicate the relationship, if any, between the families. I have never found any confirmation that Brinsley was a Quaker. Perhaps he lived a 'Quakerly' life without putting his name on the bottom line. Several members of Brinsley's immediate family, including his wife Elizabeth, were Quakers. One daughter Anne Barnes Hobson has the dubious honor of being the first person to be buried at Rocky River Meeting House. And both Brinsley and his wife Elizabeth attended and witnessed the marriage, at the Cane Creek Meeting House, of their granddaughter Margaret Carter who was a daughter of Mary Barnes Carter. Further, granddaughter Charity Barnes Stout raised her children in the Quaker Church at Cane Creek. Charity's mother, Lurannah Moon Barnes was removed from the church for marrying out of unity, Thomas Barnes. Quaker church records exist for Elizabeth, Anne, Mary, Margaret, Charity, etc. known to be members of the Quaker Church. Elizabeth and daughters Anne and Mary, became members of the Quaker Church via 'received on request' at Cane Creek, NC, Samuel Carter, who was the husband of Mary, was initially removed from the Quaker Church for 'marrying out of unity' though he was later reinstated. The Wilkes County, NC Genealogical Society provided copies of several pages from a family history book written by Ruth Amy Barnes in regards to Brinsley Barnes. Ruth Amy was a descendant of Brinsley's son John and John's wife Ruth Fisher Barnes. The front portions of Ruth Amy's book is largely a compilation of articles and inputs provided from many sources. One entry in Ruth's book was provided by Mrs. Dorothy B. Lapp of the Chester County P A Historical Society, and reads in part as follows: "From Chester County, Penn. tax lists 1715-1758, Barns, Brinsley, Bransley, 1734 Kennett Twp., 1735 B Kennett, 1735/36 Kennett, 1737 Kennett, 1737/1738 Kennett, 1748 Kennett, 1749/50 Kennett, (Breensley) 1751-Kermett. In Kennett Township, Chester County in southeast Pennsylvania bordering the north Delaware line our Brinsley Barnes, Quaker immigrant and patriarch, son of parents from County Down, Ireland, paid taxes first in 1734 to 1738. Born about 1715 in Ireland, did he return there twice between 1738 and 1748? Again from 1748 to and including 1751 Brinsley Barnes paid taxes in Kennett Township. Mary was born in 1734. Anne was born in Chester County in 1744. Brinsley, Jr. was born in Ireland in 1747, (d. 4-5-1816 Private, m. Sarah Howard) according to "Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia (1682 - 1750)" by Albert Cook Myers, 1902." The question presented above by Mrs. Lapp about Brinsley (and obviously Brinsley's wife) returning to Ireland twice between 1738 and 1747 was probably prompted by her knowledge of the birth places identified with James Barnes and Brinsley Barnes Jr. (Brinsley II) who were two sons of Brinsley's. From other information sources, it was found that son James (confirmed Private in the American revolutionary War) was born in 1740 in Ireland and son Brinsley Jr. (Brinsley II) was born in Ireland in 1747 while daughter Mary was born 17 September 1734 in Kennett Township Chester County PA and daughter Anne was born 17 March 1744 in Kennett Township, Chester County, PA. Also, the word "Private", as listed above in Mrs. Lapp contribution, typically refers to service in the American Revolutionary War, but I have not confirmed this status for son Brinsley II. Brinsley's last son, Jehu, was born in Orange County NC about 1751. Note: I have reviewed the cited reference of A. C. Myers, 1902, by Mrs. Lapp and I did not find any information re immigrant Brinsley and/or his descendants. Similar information of a Brinsley Barnes born in Ireland and died about 1795 in Wilkes County NC was provided by Mrs. Mary Barnes Widney, Pacoima, Los Angeles County, CA based on Bible records and D.A.R. papers, and also family records of Alice Lelia Bransford (Mrs. Walter Lee Bransford, National Number 221316),432 Crittendon Street, Red Bluff, CA. The date/place of birth of son Brinsley II was not listed in her entries. Also listed was another son of Brinsley, namely, Jehu, who allegedly was born in Orange County NC about 175l. During our (Mick & Barb Barnes) visit to Chester County, PA in the Fall of 1997, Barbara L. Weir of the Chester County Archives informed us that Brinsley was listed in the 1734 Tax Records of Kennett Township of Chester County as an ?inmate? which means that he was at least 21 years of age and was married but did not own any land. No tax records existed for 1733 simply because no taxes were owed or collected. The paying of taxes in 1734 and the 21 years age requirement for paying taxes would mean that Brinsley must have been born no later than 1713 instead of the reported birth date of 1715. 1752 was the last year that Brinsley was listed as a tax payer in Chester County, PA. From Quaker records for Kennett Township, on 5 May 1753 "Certificate requested for Elizabeth Barns to Carolina she being about to remove?, and on 1 September 1753" Elizabeth Barns disowned ? It is believed that Brinsley & Elizabeth and sons and families of Mary's and Anne's moved from Pennsylvania through Virginia to North Carolina around 1753. . Although Brinsley is often referred to as 'the Quaker immigrant' in many documents produced by family members, Susanna Morikawa, Archival Specialist at Swarthmore College, in her research of early Quaker records did not find any evidence that Brinsley was a member of the Society of Friends, Quakers. Swarthmore College is the home of the Friends Historical library and many original Quakers records are resident in the library. Brinsley is listed as a witness to several marriages (viz., John Morgan & Lydia Babb, 1735, Newark Meeting House; John Clark & Ann Young, Center Meeting House, 1743; John Wilson & Abigail Harlan, Kennett Meeting House, 1744; William Bailey & Betty Cloud, Kennett Meeting House, 1745) occurring within the Quaker Churches in the Kennett Township area of Chester County PA and the witnessing of both Brinsley and wife Elizabeth of the marriage of their granddaughter Margaret Carter to Isaac Stubbs, Cane Creek, NC Quaker Meeting House, 1784. The laws of the Quaker church permitted non-members to worship and witness weddings in the Quaker church, and to be buried in a Quaker burial ground. Further, Susanna states that it was not a requirement to be able to read or write in order to be a member of the Quaker church. Finally, Susanna speculates that " .... He (Brinsley) may well have worshipped at Quaker meetings with his wife and lived in a "Quakerly" style without becoming a member". Records and research are not necessarily fool-proof but I have no hard confirmation that Brinsley was a Quaker. In regards to Brinsley's wife Elizabeth Barns, she applied for membership to the Quaker Church in Kennett Township in 1741, she requested to be permitted to attend Business Meetings (attended by church members only) on 26 December 1741, and was received in membership in the Quaker Church at Kennett in Chester County in January 1742. The records (or lack thereof) indicate that 1) Brinsley did not seek membership and 2) Elizabeth did not request membership for her children. On 5 May 1753, Elizabeth requested her Quaker Church membership be transferred to North Carolina because she and her husband and family were moving to North Carolina. During the time period of consideration for her transfer request, she was accused of drinking strong liquor by other church members and eventually she was disowned by the Quaker Church on 1 September 1753. The Quaker records show that Elizabeth was 'received by request' back into the Quaker church at Cane Creek NC in 1760 but I never found any record that she ever gave up drinking hard liquor. And, I wonder if a slight but secret smile formed on the face of Elizabeth in Heaven when her grandson Brinsley III and family moved to a county in Kentucky called Bourbon. I obtained a copy of a Pedigree Chart compiled by Clifford H. Johnson, 6049 Mad River Road, Dayton, OH 45459, dated 26 May 1983. The chart goes back to immigrant Brinsley Barnes and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth's maiden name is listed as Lindly. I attempted to contact Mr. Johnson but my letter of inquiry concerning his references for Elizabeth's maiden name of Lindly was returned to me. The envelope had been stamped by the Post Office with "Forwarding Order Expired" .. Mr. Johnson would be about 88 years old today so future contact is doubtful. In Ruth Amy Barnes's book, page 12, Elizabeth's maiden name is listed as Lindey and also as Lindly. Further, information researched and compiled by Beth Dalleske, Stanwood Washington, P. O. Box 131 and provided by the Wilkes County NC Genealogical Society, in which Beth states that a Brinsley Barnes arrived at Nantucket (Massachusetts??). Beth also adds the names "Lindey" to that of Brinsley's wife Elizabeth; thus Elizabeth Lindey Barnes. During my research at Swarthmore College in the Fall of 1997, I noticed that a James Lindley transferred his membership from a Quaker church in Carlow, Ireland to the Quaker order in Kennett Township on 3 August 1713. Also, in 1781, one battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought at Lindley's Mill on Cane Creek in Orange County NC. Though circumstantial, Lindly or Lindey could be variations of Lindley much like Barns is a variation of Barnes. Further, Lindley came from Ireland as did Brinsley and his wife Elizabeth. And finally, maybe the possible family connection with James Lindley was the attraction that brought the Barnes family to Cane Creek and Rocky River in Orange County NC from Chester County in Pennsylvania. A surprise finding occurred at the local library in Angola, IN in regards to the family of immigrant Brinsley Barnes. A commercial firm by the name of Family Tree Maker produces genealogy information on compact discs (CD). On Tree# 2848 of the CD labeled as World Family Tree pre 1600-present. Volume 3, immigrant Brinsley is listed as being from Ulster in County Down Ireland. Further, his wife Elizabeth is listed as being the daughter of James & Eleanor Parke Lindley. In general, confirmation of family information contained in private or commercial genealogy is indicated by the sources (legal documents) contained within each family history of the genealogy records. No confirmation references were found within the commercial CD record of the Barnes family. There is other circumstantial evidence (article appearing in the Boston Transcript, 7 Nov. 1932, item 5512) that Brinsley's wife Elizabeth might have been Elizabeth Few, b 2 December 1705 in Kennett Township of Chester County PA, and the only daughter of Isaac & Hannah Stanfield Few. This speculation could have been precipitated from the fact that an Aaron Barns was named the Administrator of the Estate of a James Few on 31 May 1731 in Chester County PA. James Few (d. 1787) was one of the brothers of Elizabeth Few. The relationship of Aaron Barns to immigrant Brinsley Barns is not known by me. Several D.A.R. documents and also Hosier's book list Sarah Barnes as another wife of Brinsley but during my research I did not find Sarah mentioned in any documents. I did find a marriage record, (marriage bond, Wilkes County NC 2 Feb 1796) of a Sarah Barns who became the wife of a grandson of Brinsley's who was also called Brinsley. The grandson Brinsley (b 1766) was a son of John who in turn was a son of immigrant Brinsley. It is my belief that the listing of Sarah as a wife of immigrant Brinsley is an error and that Elizabeth Lindey was the one and only wife of Brinsley. Elizabeth Who????? Immigrant Brinsley may have been married several times but if so it is my opinion that each one of his wives was named Elizabeth. I have never found any name other than Elizabeth in any legal document (church records, land records, court records, etc.) except for the DAR' s Patriot Book where the name Sarah is listed as the name of his first wife. Family information submitted to the DAR by applicants for membership is not necessarily critically reviewed by the acceptance board so it is my contention that the name Sarah was an honest mistake as it was probably the name of the wife of immigrant Brinsley' s grandson who was also named Brinsley. The latter Brinsley was the son of John and Ruth Fisher Barnes who lived in the same county in North Carolina. The name Elizabeth as the wife of Brinsley appears in the Quaker records in Chester County, PA for the birth of their daughter Mary in 1734 and also for the birth of their daughter Anne in 1744. The names of Brinsley and Elizabeth appear together in Court records of Burke County NC beginning in 1769 and also in 1784 Quaker records for the marriage of their granddaughter Margaret Carter (Margaret was a daughter of Samuel and Mary BARNES Carter) in Chatham County NC and again in land records of Chatham County NC in 1784 & 1785. Brinsley died in the autumn of 1794 in Wilkes County NC and I presume that Elizabeth died between 1785 and 1794 since her name was not mentioned in the Estate Records of immigrant Brinsley following his death in 1794. There are several candidates all with the name of Elizabeth that keep surfacing in various genealogy material as the wife of Brinsley. Perhaps the most promising ones are Elizabeth Lindley and Elizabeth Few but neither one of these gals pass my tests. Elizabeth Lindley was born 4 August 1720 in New Garden of Chester County PA and would have been about 13 years old when daughter Mary was born in 1734. Elizabeth Lindley was born a Quaker so she would not have been required to have applied for membership in the Quaker church, just re-instatement, if she had married out of unity (to immigrant Brinsley). Elizabeth, the one believed by me to have been the wife of immigrant Brinsley, applied for membership in the Quaker church of Kennett Township of Chester County PA in 1741. Further, Elizabeth Lindley married George Jones in 1740. George was a son of Henry Jones who had married Elizabeth Lindley's widowed mother Eleanor Park in 1730. Elizabeth Few was also a birth right Quaker who married William White in 1727. Apparently William died early as it was recorded in Quaker records that Elizabeth Few was disowned by the church in 1745 for marrying someone who was not a Quaker. Again, the same argument of re-instatement vs application for membership applies here for Elizabeth Few if Brinsley (a non Quaker) became her new husband. Brinsley is listed as a witness to marriages conducted in Quaker churches and he may have attended Quaker churches but I have not found any records that show that he was a member of the Quaker church. So to the question Elizabeth Who????, the wife of immigrant Brinsley, I can only say with confidence that her name was Elizabeth and that I think Brinsley only had one wife. From the birth dates and birth places of their children and church records and a 1754 Land Grant, it appears that Brinsley & Elizabeth and family worked their way down from Chester County PA through Delaware County PA and into Orange County NC sometime around 1753. Chester and Delaware Counties are the two extreme southeast counties of PA and Orange County is located in the northern middle of NC. Part of Orange County later became Chatham County. Immigrant Brinsley obtained a Land Grant from the Earl of Granville in March 1754 for 640 acres which included portions of land where Mudlick Creek flows into the Rocky River in Orange County NG. The witnesses to the 640 Land Grant were James Barns and George Hobson Junior. It is believed that James was a son of Brinsley and George was probably related to Brinsley?s daughter Anne who had married Stephen Hobson around 1762. George Hobson Jr. was a brother of Stephen Hobson. Apparently, Anne and Stephen and family moved with her father & family to Chatham County NC. The Hobson?s were members of the Quaker church of Cane Creek. Under the English rule in western NC, money collected by representatives of the Crown for payments of debts by the pioneers typically had to be in the form of either silver or gold. No local currency or script was accepted as payments of the debts. The requirement of silver or gold created many problems for the frontier people. The frontiersmen of western NC normally bartered for their goods and did not keep a lot of money on hand. Often times payment of the debt was demanded on-sight and if the people could not pay at that moment; their property was confiscated by the 'Collector for the Crown'. Confiscated properties were often sold to 'friends' of the collector at bargain prices. As a defense against this form of governmental corruption, the people demanded Regulation of the Processes and the people who worked and supported Regulation were called Regulators. The Regulators were a group of people, frontiersmen, who wanted a written accounting of the taxes, the amount of taxes, who could collect the taxes, and where the tax money was spent. The Regulators presented several petitions to the Colonial Government and none were favorably received. In one of the first petitions, the Regulators stated that they were not complaining about the form of Government but that they only wanted the laws in writing. At first the Regulators were simply passive, that is, they did not want armed confrontation with the Colonial Government. But as time went on, the passive resistance became active resistance and eventually culminated in the Battle of Alamance in NC in 1771 in which the Regulators were defeated by Colonial Troops. It is my guess that many of the Regulators were Quakers since many Regulators were definitely against taking up arms. During this period of time, the Quaker records for many counties in NC including Orange and Chatham have entries in their Meeting Records that state for individual men, "disowned for taking up arms & going forth in a warlike manner." An entry for James Barnes, believed to be a son of immigrant Brinsley, reads, "James Barns disowned for bearing arms in a warlike manner & partaking of plundered goods." After the Battle of Alamance, all signers of-the petition and people who fought in the Battle of Alamance were required to sign an oath of allegiance to the King of England. Those who refused to do so had to flee to escape punishment, loss of property, and or imprisonment. They became known as "refugees from Alamance" and many fled westward to the wilderness of NC. The wilderness was the area west of a boundary line that ran north and south across NC. The boundary line was located between Wilkesboro and Statesville NC. The land just west of this boundary line was Indian country and was "controlled" by the Cherokees while the land east of the boundary line was English and was "controlled" by the Colonial Government that was led by Governor William Tryon. Governor Tryon's administration lasted from March 1765 to June 1771 when he left North Carolina to become the leader of the government of New York. According to The War of the Regulation and The Battle of Alamance. May 16 1771 , by William S. Powell, Colonial Governor Tryon considered the following four items as the most troublesome for his government during his reign in North Carolina: 1) The Stamp Act Troubles, 2) The "Tryon Palace" and the debt (15000 pounds) it created (and the new taxes levied on the local people to payoff the debt) 3) The Cherokee Indian Boundary Line and the extravagant cost of running it and 4) The Regulation Troubles The happenings involving the Regulators, the Battle of Alamance, and the 'refugees from Alamance' were significant moments in the beginning of our independence from England and the eventual American Revolutionary War. On page 26 in the book entitled The War of the Regulation and The Battle of Alamance. May 16 1771, by William S. Powell, "By 1772 about 1500 had left (Regulators moved to the NC wilderness and Kentucky and Tennessee) and others were waiting only to sell their land before joining them." Also, in the History of Little River Baptist Church, obtained from the Alexander County Library in Taylorsville NC, it is stated that " ... It is said the Old Little River in the country (Chatham County) from which they fled had 500 members in 1768 and due to the trouble with Tryon and the coming Revolution this group all left for other places by 1772, but 48 members. If Brinsley Barnes had enough of his neighbors to come with him to this section (then Wilkes County), it is quite natural that they would get together, organize, and call the new Church "Little River" after the old church where they formerly lived. . the church was organized in 1787. . ..... in April 1791, mention is made that Little River was represented by Elder John Swain and Mr. Barnes (probably Brinsley)." Lastly, from William E. White's book, A History of Alexander County, while writing about several Barnes families in Alexander County states " ... Brinsley, a refugee from Alamance and founded Little River Church ... " The original church building was made of logs and was later rebuilt as a framed structure. Recent remodeling occurred in 1950 and also in 1971. It is not known to me what was the original denomination of the church that Brinsley founded but it is known that it became a Baptist church around 1791. The church is still functioning today near the original building site. Immigrant Brinsley and his sons James and John were Regulators, signed the 1768 Petition of Regulation that was presented to Colonial Governor William Tyron, and were subsequently 'refugees from Alamance'. Based on my research, it appears that Brinsley and wife Elizabeth and sons James and John and families fled to Wilkes County soon after the Battle of Alamance in 1771, but, son Brinsley II apparently stayed in Chatham County until he moved to Kentucky in the early 1800s. Brinsley the Regulator and 'refugee from Alamance' sold some of his land in Chatham County to his son Brinsley" in September of 1771 perhaps in fear of losing his land to the Colonial Government set up by the King of England. It is not known by me when Brinsley bought land in Wilkes County but it is known, Book ??, page ??, Wilkes County, that in 1780 he owned land in Taylorsville Township in Wilkes County NC (now Alexander County) adjacent to his son John, also a Regulator and refugee from Alamance. In 1795, as recorded in a Deed from Aaron Freeman to Isaac Elledge, Book B-1, page 405 &406, the Freeman property was apparently bounded on one side by property owned by John Barnes and bounded on another side by John's father Brinsley. The Barnes properties were apparently very near Lamberts Fork on the Lower Little River in then Wilkes County which today is Alexander County. On page 16 of the document, Alexander County Pioneers, W. N. Watt, 1976, it is stated that "Solomon Barnes was probably the first settler on Grassy Fork near Sugar Loaf and was living there ten to fifteen years before Brinsley, James and John Barns arrived from Chatham County. The early records show the Chatham Barns without the "e" in their names. The families were probably not closely related." Solomon was a son of Thomas Barnes who allegedly emigrated from England in the late 1600's. Brinsley was from Ireland. If they were related, it would have been back in Europe so they would not have been closely related in America, which is good because some of the descendants of immigrant Brinsley married some of the descendants of Solomon. Brinsley's son James, also a Regulator and a 'refugee from Alamance' lived several years in the part of Wilkes County that is north of Taylorsville and just south of the Little Brushy Mountains. James and his son John later moved to the West Fork of the Middle River in then Burke County which is now Caldwell County. In my search for Deeds in Burke County, the Deputy Register of Deeds in Burke County responded in writing that " ..... We are a 'burned county'. We have no deeds prior to 1865. Supposedly the early deeds were burned during the Civil War. ..... " In May 1772, immigrant Brinsley sold land (Book A page 103 Chatham County NC) to his son Brinsley II. Brinsley Barns obtained 390 acres 31 March 1780 (Number 259, Book C, pages 514 & 515) and 400 acres 23 October 1782 (Number 589, Book C, page 392) by land grants in Chatham County from the State of North Carolina. Based on the difference between the signature "marks" made by Brinsley and his son Brinsley II as recorded on legal documents, it is my belief that the aforesaid land grants were obtained by immigrant Brinsley. Further, the money received by the new American Government was used to support their cause in the" on-going American Revolutionary War with England. Brinsley and wife Elizabeth Barns sold land to Jacob Teague, 7 August 1785, (Book D, page 18 Chatham County NC). Immigrant Brinsley apparently 'conveyed' his 390 acres of land in Chatham County obtained from the State of North Carolina in 1780 to his son Brinsley II sometime before 1787. On the D.A.R. application for membership papers filed by Mary Susan Hobson Ludwick (a descendant of Ann BARNES Hobson who was a daughter of Brinsley & Elizabeth Barnes), it was stated that Brinsley Barnes resided in the Morgan Militia District and also the Salisbury District of Wilkes County NC and provided material aid during the Revolutionary War, and died in 1795 in Wilkes County NC. At the onset of the American Revolutionary War, the Salisbury Militia District basically included all of western NC. In 1782, the Salisbury District was split and the counties to the east then known as Burke, Lincoln, Rutherford, Sullivan, Washington, and Wilkes formed the Morgan Militia District. Immigrant Brinsley and his sons John and James resided on land properties that were near Lambert's Fork on the Lower Little River so their properties probably fell into the militia area of Wilkes County that became known as District 14 in 1790. In a copy of the application for membership papers submitted by Alice Lelia Bransford to the D.A.R. (and accepted by the D.A.R. 1 April 1926) Alice listed several legal documents which were on file in the Superior Court of Wilkes County NC. I obtained copies of three legal documents that specifically mentioned Brinsley Barnes. One legal document called "Articles of Agreement Between Brinsley Barnes & Jehu Barnes" was entered in the Court Records during the July Term of 1790 in Wilkes County NC. The document basically provided a life estate for Brinsley (b abt 1715 in Ireland) while naming his son Jehu (brother of Brinsley II) as the Administrator of the estate when Brinsley died. According to page 12 of Ruth Amy Barnes's book, immigrant "Brinsley Barnes died in the Fall of the year ·1795 in the Morgan Militia District, Wilkes County now Alexander County, North Carolina, in the home of Jehu Barnes, his son." An Inventory document of Brinsley's estate was entered into the court records in the May term of 1796 and listed in the Inventory were" ... two large books .... ". Apparently, neither Brinsley or his wife Elizabeth could read or write (they only made their "mark" on legal documents) so it makes you wonder, what were the two large books in their household? My guess is that one of the books was a Bible while the other book could have been a Hymnal (not that they could read them but they probably knew the page locations of their favorite passages and hymns). If you only had two books in your home, what would they be? It is worth noting that Brinsley's son John contested the Articles of Agreement document that stated Jehu was the soul Administrator of their father's Estate. In the records of Wilkes County NC Court Minutes, 7 May 1795, John Barns vs Jehu Barns, " ? John Barns saith if Brinsley Barns, dec'd (deceased) made and executed said Will he was not of sound mind .... " The first trial ended in a mistrial but the second trial ended in the favor of Jehu and the document stood as originally written. From the cited documents, it appears that the Brinsley Barnes who was born about 1713 in Ireland, who lived in Chester County PA from 1734 -1752, who lived in Chatham County NC (then Orange County) from 1754 -1771, who rebelled against the Colonial Government and who was a Patriot of the American Revolutionary War, and who lived in Wilkes County NC from 1771 - 1795 was the Brinsley Barnes who died in the Autumn of 1795 in Wilkes County NC. Brinsley Barns, the ?Ol? Quaker immigrant from Ireland, was the start of our Barnes lineage in America.

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - History of Little River Baptist Church - Alexander County Library. Rev. A. L. Crouse who wrote Historical sketches of Alexander County" said ; The individual who attempts to contribute anything to the history of a country is greatly embarrassed by the lack of records and conflicting traditions. When he has done the best he can he must expect to be criticized for the errors he has made. What I shall write is based on my own reading of minutes of this and other Associations and on research made by Fred Brookshire, who is an ardent student of the history of the Baptist churches in Alexander and Wilkes Counties, based on papers written by G.W.Paschal, W.E.White, George W Green, and others. Now, as to the name "Little River": Bishop Spangenburg and his group, searching for a place for a settlement of the Moravians, came up "Bell's" river, probably as far as Poplar Springs church and called the river "Little River", date of Nov 5, 6 and 7th, 1752. Second possibility. W.E.White says that Brinsley Barnes who with Thomas Jones, was a charter member of Little River church, was one of the signers of the petition to Governor Tryon for redress in the matter of exorbitant fees and taxes. All the "Regulators" who had signed the above mentioned petition or had had any part in the "Battle of Alamance" on May 16, 1771, had to swear allegiance to the King of England, or flee their former homes. Many of those patriots in Anson County - now Montgomery Chathan- gathered up their families and belongings and fled across the Cherokee line- that is the boundary between Tryon?s domain and the Indians, said to have been between here and Statesville. It is said the Old Little River in the country from which they fled had 500 members in 1766 and duo to the trouble with Tryon and the Coming Revolution: this group all left for other places by 1772, but 48 members. If Brinsley Barnes had enough of his neighbors to come with him to this section, it is quite natural that they would get together, organize, and call the new Church ?Litt1e Rive?" after the old church where they formerly lived. Since the organization of the Alexander Baptist Association at Mecedonia, Sept 30, 1887, the Association has met with Little River twice before this session. In 1898, W. E.White, Historian and 1934, G. L. Chatham, Historian. Mr White says that Little River is the oldest church in the territory of the Association and that the records prior to 1822 have been lost. Another source says the church was organized in 1767. At the second annual meeting of the Yadkin Association, held with Briar Creek in April 1791, mention is made that Little River was represented by Elder John Swaim and Mr Barnes (probably Brinsley).

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - Colonial Records REGULATORS' ADVERTISEMENT - To THE GOVERNOR & COUNCILL &c. The humble Petition of us the Subscribers sheweth that We the Inhabitants of Orange County pay larger Fees for recording Deeds than any of the adjacent Counties and many other Fees more than the Law allows by all that We can make out from which a jealosie prevails that we are misused and application has been made to our representatives to satisfy us. But we were disregarded in the said application upon which the said discontent growing more and more so as to threaten a disturbance of the public peace, we therefore beg that those matters may be taken under your serious consideration and interpose in our Favour so that we may have a fair hearing in this matter and [be] redressed where we have been wronged Our com­plaints are too numerous and long to be notified in a Petition, but have sent herewith copies of the Applications Petitions &c that has been made on this Occasion with a small sketch of our Misusage and begging your protection and aprobation in so just and equitable an undertaking and an opportunity to be heard We conclude your humble Petitioners. Simon Hadley, John Wilson, William Copeland Jun., John Youngblood, Joseph Park , William Dunkin, John Bullen, Wilham Inglish, John Marshills, JAMES BARNES, Thos Youngblood, William Caps, Peter Youngblood, Nickless Brewer, Abram Bradley, George Wilson, Rednap Howell, Laurence Bradley, James Youngblood, David Smith, Charles White, Samuel Dark, William Copeland Sen., Joseph Clark, William Paine, Thomas Glover, James Wills, John Grubbs, Enoch Spinks, Benjamin Grubbs, James Barns, Eshrnael Williams, John Erwin, Richd Copeland, Luke Welsh, David Brown, William Levy, Jacob M'Danil, James Wilson, BRINCELEY BARNES, Neheh Williams, Andre Jones, Eron Harlow, _____ Brown, Enoch Pugh, Ulrick Whit, John Maudlin, Matthew Davis, John Baxter , John Henderson, Alex: Kenedy. The Regulators were frontiersman allied in opposition to the Colonial Government. Initially, they tried several passive approaches to resolve their discontent with taxation and the Government but eventually it took the American Revolutionary War to completely settle the matters. Three of the Regulators were immigrant Brinsley and at least two of his sons James and John. The names of these men appear on page 733 and John appears on page 736. This initial discontent led to the Battle of Alamance NC in 1771 in which the Colonial Government Troops won. Regulators who had participated in the battle or had signed the petitions had to swear allegiance to the King of England or else flee from the area. Brinsley, James, and John refused to swear their allegiance to the King and fled to the frontier which at that time was in Wilkes County NC. The frontier was out of the domain of the English Rule but it was in the domain of the Cherokee Indians.

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - The Land of Brinsley The name of Brinsley's wife, Elizabeth, did not always appear with the signature of Brinsley on the land deeds when parcels of their land were sold. Typically, dowager rights required that the name of the wife was to be present on all sales of land owned by the wife and husband but this was not always observed in the legal system. Some folks say that the absence of the name of the wife or the absence of a 'Forfeiture of Dowager' document indicates that she was not living at the time of the sale. In which case, immigrant Brinsley may have been married more than once with each wife having the name of Elizabeth. Only the name of Elizabeth is recorded as the wife of immigrant Brinsley as observed in the Quaker records from Chester County P A, and Cane Creek and Rocky River NC, and in court records of Burke County NC, and also from the sale of lands in Chatham County NC. It is my belief that Brinsley only had one wife. Immigrant Brinsley received 640 acres in then Orange County NC in March of 1754 and around 10 June 1761 he obtained another 640 acres that laid to the east of Rocky River. The latter land deed was supposedly recorded in Book A, page 203, in the records of Orange County NC but when I wrote for a copy the County Clerk replied that ??.they could only confirm the ownership by Brinsley and that the actual deed was missing. The initial 640 acre tract Brinsley settled on around 1754 in Chatham County NC was roughly divided into Quarter Sections and sold/ conveyed to men members of his family. One Quarter went to his son James on 10 Feb. 1767 and James later sold the land to Adam Moser in 1778. James moved from Chatham County to a part of Wilkes County NC that later became Alexander County. One Quarter went to his son John on 10 Feb. 1767 who later sold the land to his nephew John Carter in 1791. John Barnes moved from Chatham County to a part of Wilkes County NC that later became Alexander County. One Quarter went to his son-in-law Samuel Carter (husband of Mary BARNES Carter) on 10 Feb. 1767 and Samuel sold the land to his son John Carter in 1784. One Quarter went to his son Brinsley II on 19 Sept. 1771 and Brinsley II sold the land to Andrew Culberson in 1787. Brinsley II moved from Chatham County to a part of Fayette County KY that later became Estill County. On 26 December 1778, Brinsley bought 390 acres of land on the east side of Rocky River that joined his existing land. . On 23 October 1782, Brinsley bought 400 acres of land which joined Moses Teague?s land. On 21 December 1784, Brinsley & wife Elizabeth (their names and signatures (marks) appear on the deed) sold 250 acres to John Chamness. On 7 August 1785, Brinsley & wife Elizabeth (their names and signatures (marks appear on the deed) sold 150 acres to Jacob Teague who is believed to be a son-in-law of Brinsley?s and also the husband of Lydia who was a daughter of Brinsley?s. In 1787, Brinsley II sold the 290 acres to Andrew Culberson via power of attorney given to him by his father, immigrant Brinsley. The use of the power of attorney probably indicates that immigrant Brinsley no longer lived in Chatham County. Chatham to Rowan to Surry to Wilkes to Alexander ?????????????? In 1789, Brinsley had his 100 acres of land (in then Burke County now Alexander County) lying on the west side of Lambert Fork surveyed. Lambert Fork flows into the Lower Little River near Beaver Dam Branch.

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - Pay Vouchers of the American Revolutionary War with England 1776 - 1783 It is interesting to note that no money was ever intended to be paid out by the state of North Carolina for pay vouchers. Instead, the pay vouchers were intended to be exchanged for goods from merchants or used for taxes or other sums owed to the state. Also, in order to minimize fraud or counterfeit pay vouchers, each legitimate pay voucher had a unique curve placed on the voucher as it was removed from the book of vouchers. When the voucher was redeemed by the state, each voucher had to match up with the stub in the pay voucher book. The pictures of two of the vouchers received by Immigrant Brinsley are found in ?Descendants of Brinsley Barnes 1713-1795 and Elizabeth Lindley? by Warren E (Mick) Barnes.

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - Revolutionary War Muster Rolls Militia Muster Roll of Capt. Harper?s Company, Chatham County NC, 1772. James, Jehue, and Thomas Barns listed in the muster roll are believed to be three of the sons of immigrant Brinsley and Elizabeth Barnes. Jacob Teague is believed to be the husband of Lydia Barns, a daughter of immigrant Brinsley and Elizabeth. Militia Muster Roll of Capt. Brook?s Company, Chatham NC, 1772. Brinsley Barns Jr, and John Barns listed in the muster roll are believed to be two of the sons of immigrant Brinsley & Elizabeth Barnes. Samuel Carter is believed to be the husband of Mary Barns, a daughter of immigrant Brinsley & Elizabeth. Immigrant Brinsley and sons John, James, Brinsley II, Thomas, and Jehu served in their local militias and several of them also served in the American Revolutionary War as Patriots or as Soldiers. It is believed that the judicial districts were also the same boundaries that defined the military districts. At the time of immigrant Brinsley?s death in 1794, he was living in Alexander County, NC and the county was split by the Morgan and Salisbury District lines. The split could be the reason why some references state that during the Revolutionary Was, Brinsley resided in the Morgan district while other sources state that he resided in the Salisbury District

From Warren E (Mick) Barnes - Closure of Immigrant Brinsley On 5 May, 1790, immigrant Brinsley had a legal document constructed called an Articles of Agreement with his son Jehu in Wilkes County NC which gave, after the death of immigrant Brinsley, everything that immigrant Brinsley owned to Jehu in return for life-time care of immigrant Brinsley by Jehu. This included 290 acres (of which I have only accounted for 100 acres). Elizabeth's name does not appear in this legal document so perhaps she had died sometime between 1789 (re Civil Action Papers, 1789) and 1790. On 4 November 1794, the court of Wilkes County NC awarded to Jehu a Letter of Administration of the estate of immigrant Brinsley Barnes, now deceased. The Articles of Agreement document may have been equivalent to a 'Last Will & Testament' of immigrant Brinsley (I have requested a LW & T from the NC State Archives) as referred to by Brinsley II when he, by Power of Attorney, challenged Jehu in Wilkes County NC court on 5 February 1795. Brinsley II was listed as a Tax Payer of Fayette County KY in 1792 ergo the 'Power of Attorney' approach for Brinsley II since he was not living in NC in 1795. The effort of contesting the Last Will & Testament was picked up by immigrant Brinsley's son John on 4 May 1795. The case was tried by jury and the case was awarded by the jury to Jehu. The Articles of Agreement stood as written. Jehu lived for the rest of his life on the land received from his father's estate in Wilkes County NC which is now Alexander County. It is believed that Hannah Teague was the wife of Jehu but Hannah Hobson could also have been the wife of Jehu. A story is told that Jehu was murdered in his home in Alexander County NC in 1820. Apparently two strangers stopped at the home of Jehu one night and asked for room and meals for the evening. Jehu invited them to spend the night. During the evening, Jehu took to a coughing spell and the coughing greatly disturbed the two strangers who in turn demanded that he stop the coughing. Jehu could not stop his coughing and the two strangers killed Jehu. Some truth must be with this story because Elizabeth MARLEY Reid stated in her deposition to the court in 1877 that she saw the blood and a broken chair in the home of her grandfather Jehu Barnes on the night he was murdered. The land in question of Jehu Barnes as recorded in the depositions of Samuel Reid et al vs Joseph Chatham et al to the court in 1877 could have been the land that Jehu inherited from his father Brinsley Barnes in 1796 via the Articles of Agreement that were established in 1790 between immigrant Brinsley and son Jehu. The legal document, Articles of Agreement, gave all of the possessions of immigrant Brinsley which included 290 acres of land in Alexander County to Jehu upon the death of immigrant Brinsley Barnes. Per the text of the aforesaid court records of Samuel Reid et al vs Joseph Chatham et al, it appears in regards to Jehu's land in question that there were not any legal documents that indicated if Jehu " ... entered it or Bot it .... " It is my opinion that Jehu did not file any legal documents for ownership of the land since the Articles of Agreement clearly gave him the land in question upon the death of his father, immigrant Brinsley Barnes. It is not known to me where the graves of immigrant Brinsley and his wife Elizabeth are located.

From Linda, Frances (Barnes) Spidel, Brinsley BARNES. They went from the Chester County area of PA to Orange, Chatham and then Wilkes County in NC between 1750 and 1800. SOURCE: Margaret Ogilvie World Connect. Brinsley, James and John, sons of Quaker parents from County Down, Ireland - History of Alexander County, NC, by Robert Echard and rewritten by William E. Whitein 1926 (per Ruth Amy Barnes) ***SOURCE: Barnes: Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Kentucky; A Critical Analysis by Ramona J.Sadlon, 1207 Fox River Drive, De Pere, Wisconsin 54115, 414-336-8724; September 1993. Sent to me by Margaret July 2001. ***SOURCE: "Barnes: Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Kentucky; A Critical Analysis by Ramona J. Sadlon, 1207 Fox River Drive, DePere, Wisconsin 54115, 414-336-8724; September 1993. Sent to me by Margaret Ogilvie July 2001. Brinsley II born in Chester County, Pennsylvania. For the entire fifty-eight years of the "Great Migration", starting in 1717, the large majority of Scots-Irish made- their entry into America through Philadelphia, or Chester, Delaware, or New Castle, Delaware, and since they had come to farm they were not likely to linger in the town, but were eager to get to the frontier, then only thirty to forty miles west of Philadelphia.("The Scotch-Irish: A Social History" by James G.Leyburn) James and Elinor (Parke) Lindley, parents of Elizabeth Lindley, were in Chester County, PA. at least by August 3, 1713. "Immigration of the Irish Quakers" by A.C. Meyers.p.336.) According to "Lindley and allied Family" by Chris A Bailey, Elizabeth Lindley was born August 4 1720 in Chester County, PA. Despite circumstantial evidence, we do NOT, at this time, have any documented evidence that the surname of Brinsley Barnes I wife was Lindley. Since the Barnes were not Quakers, then Brinsley would not have married Elizabeth Lindley in a Quaker ceremony. We must look elsewhere for his marriage. If Brinsley did indeed marry Elizabeth Lindley, and she was born in 1720, she was only 13 at the time! They probably married no later than December 1733-Jan 1734, as their daughter Mary was born Sept 17, 1734. (Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by Hinshaw) This would also mean that Brinsley I was in Chester County, PA by at least 1733. If, as has been rumored, he was born in 1715, then he was only 18 at the time. (Did he immigrate with parents or siblings or??) And where did the birthdate "1715" come from? Brinsley I and Elizabeth were still in Chester Co., PA. in March1744 when their daughter Anne was born. (Encyclopedia ofAmerican Quaker Genealogy.) It is not known exactly when Brinsley I and Elizabeth migrated to North Carolina, but by the 1740's, land was cheap and plentiful and the agents of Lord Granville came to praise the advantages of living in North Carolina. Orange County was organized in 1752 because of the swelling population. It is probable that Brinsley I and Elizabeth migrated to NorthCarolina sometime between 1750 and 1753 as by 1754 the French and Indian Wars began in earnest in Pennsylvania, and Gov. Dobbsof NC, stated the the Indians had put a "total stop" to the influx of Pennsylvanians. Elizabeth Lindley's brother Thomas Lindley and his wife Ruth (Hadley) were in Orange County by at least 1753. And by at least 1759 a William Barnes appears in Orange County. Since we know nothing at this time of Brinsley's family, it is possible that this William Barnes was a relative? Brinsley I and Elizabeth's daughter, Mary Carter and her husband were in Orange County by at least 1759 and the father-in-law of Brinsley I and Elizabeth's son, James, was there by 1756 (JamesCarter, Sr., father of Sarah Carter who married James Barnes). We know Brinsley I was in Orange County by 1761, as in January of that year he purchased 640 acres, from the Earl of Granville. It is not known, at this time, what, if any, relation Jacob, Nathaniel, Jonathan and Samuel Barnes were to Brinsley I? Note that Brinsley I sold 150 acres, to Samuel Barnes on Feb 10 1767, the same day he sold to his ? sons, John and James. Also on this same day Jacob Barnes sold land. Coincidence? Chatham County was formed in 1771 and apparently Brinsley I lived in that part of Orange County which was taken for this new county. It is not known exactly when Brinsley I moved west from Chatham County, but it was probably sometime between 1778 and July 1784 when he is recorded as receiving a land warrant on Lower Little River in Wilkes County. I suspect that the Barnes were members of the NC "Regulators", and possibly took part in the battle of Alamance on the May 16 1771, which was largely instigated by the abusive and corrupt policy of Lord Granville's land agents, and led to the migration of many settlers to the west. The trouble had started as early as 1759 when settlers in Orange County seized a tax agent and forced him to give bond for the return of "extortionate fees". By 1771 it had escalated to threats, violence, and disorder, and Gov. Tryon sent troops to the region and thoroughly defeated the Regulators. Five of the leaders were hanged and about twenty of the Regulators killed and many wounded. Brinsley I would have been possibly about 56, and Brinsley II about 26? The 100 acre warrant to Brinsley (I or II) in July 1784, is recorded in Burke County, but the land is stated to be on Lower Little River,which was in Wilkes County--and both Burke and Wilkes Counties were formed in 1777. Burke formed from Rowan, and Wilkes from Burke and Surry. Since Wilkes County had already been in existence for 7 years by 1784, and Brinsley's land is on Lower Little River, which by 1790 is recorded as being in Wilkes--I wonder why the warrant is recorded in Burke? North Carolinians had found the way through their mountains into Tennessee as early as 1771, and the Cumberland Gap, leading to Kentucky, had been reached before the outbreak of the Revolution. Settlers poured into both these new territories after 1782.

(1.)Brinsley Barnes, born February 5th, 1713 on or in William Street, Dublin Ireland. The son of James and Mary Barnes. (2.) "1653: L 400 of the Irish Adventure, being the share of James Barnes of the Middle Temple (elsewhere of the Inner Temple), Gentleman,.."

Born to James and Mary Barnes Dublin Ireland Married in 1739 in Chester Co. Pennsylvania. There children are Mary Barnes (Carter), John, James, Anne Barnes (Hobson), Brinsley Jr., Thomas, Jehu and Lydia Barnes (Teague

A founder of Little River Church 1787 Wilkes Co. is now Alexander Co.

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Brinsley Barnes's Timeline

February 5, 1713
Dublin, Dublin City, Leinster, Ireland
September 17, 1734
Age 21
Down, Ireland
Age 22
Chester, Pennsylvania
Age 26
Down County, Ireland
March 7, 1744
Age 31
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Age 31
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 32
Kennet Township, Chester, Pennsylvania
Age 34
Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 36
Kennet Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA