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Thomas Barnes, of Hartford

Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England
Death: Died in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Thomas Barnes of Hartford and unknown mother of Thomas Barnes of Hartford
Husband of Mary Barnes, of Hartford and Elizabeth Barnes, of Hartford
Father of Mercy Thompson; Martha Barnes; John Barnes, of North Haven; Elizabeth Austin; Thomas Barnes, of East Haven and 3 others

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About Thomas Barnes, of Hartford

Thomas Barnes

  • Birth: Circa 1623 - England
  • Death: June 10 1691 - Middletown, Connecticut
  • Wife: Mary, Elizabeth

Thomas is referred to as the Thomas Barnes of Hartford, Hartford County, CT.

He was one of the first 40 settlers in Hartford, CT, 1639. having six acres alloted to him. His name appears on the Founders Monument at Hartford, CT. It is believed that he was born in Essex County, England. Thomas sailed from London, England to St. Kitts or St. Christopher in 1635 on the ship, "William and John". Feb 1639, four parcels of land were described "belonging to Thomas Barnes and to his heirs forever." This site was to become part of the business center of the City of Hartford, and contained about as much land as an ordinary city block, it faces southeast, at the corner of High Street and Albany Avenue.

Thomas served in the Pequot War, 1637, granted 50 acres for his services, 1671. He removed to Farmington and served as a Sergeant in the Trainband of Farmington, CT in 1651. He joined the Farmington Church about 30 Jan 1652/3 and was the 30th member. Subsequently, two of his sons were baptized there. Thomas was probably the first Barnes family in America. His will is dated 9 June, 1688. Around 1661, he gave the City of Farmington a rear portion of his land for a burying ground. In 1668, he gave another portion on the street for the same purpose, and in 1695, his son Joseph sold a third portion to the town. The earliest burials there are unmarked. The oldest stone which can be deciphered are 1685. Thomas residence in Farmington was 123 Main Street. In 1946, Mrs. Hurlburt wrote an article concerning the Barnes' Home for the Colonial Dames Society as the "Barnes-Mix-Lawrence House".


1. Barnes Family Yr Bk, Vol I, 1907, pp 4, 5, and 9.

2. Early Puritan Settlers, p 141.

3. Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America - 1967- Henry Whittemore, p 27.

4. The Memorial History of Hartford County, CT p 229.

5. Ten Generations of the Barnes Family in Bristol, CT by Fuller F. Barnes, 1946, Chap. 1.

6. Passengers to America, Michael Tepper, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1978, p 68.

7. McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines, Selim Walker McArthur, M.D., the Antholensen Press, 1964.

8. Will dated 9 June 1688.

9. The Westward Migration of one Line of the Descendants of the Thomas Barnes of Hartford and Farmington, CT, Clair Elmer Barnes, 1966.

10. Ancestry of Fanny Barnes and her Husband Thomas Knight, Chap. 3.

11. Farmington Town Clerks and Their Times.

12. Genealogy Record, E. McInnes, 1996.

13. American Ancestry, Vol IV, 1889.

14. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. I, 1635-1700, pp 401 and 402.

15. Soldiers of King Philip's War, G.M. Bodge, A.B., p 466.

16. Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York, 1910, p 735.

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Thomas Barnes, of Hartford's Timeline

Of, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticutt
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Of, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticutt
Of, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticutt
Of, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticutt
August 26, 1623
Barking, Essex, England
- 1663
Age 19
Resided in, and his children born in, New Haven
Age 21
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 22
North Haven, New Haven, Connecticut