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William Henry Barnes

Birthplace: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
Cause of death: Diabetes Mellitus and contributory abcess
Place of Burial: Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, U S A
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Barnes and Nancy Barnes
Husband of Margaret Ellen Barnes
Father of William Henry Barnes; Robert Barnes; Nancy Ellen Thompson (Barnes); Sarah Alice Strebel; Margaret Ludlow born Barnes and 9 others
Brother of Richard Barnes; Elisabeth Betty Tong(e) born Barnes; Henry Barnes; Mary Barnes; Brigham Barnes and 4 others

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About William Henry Barnes

   Richard and Alice Barnes arrived in New York on 6 July 1866 via the ship Arkwright. William was traveling with them. (William's exact relationship to Richard is uncertain. Clarified below .) Although only Richard's name is listed on the overland company records, as head of household, the notation that he purchased three adult food rations indicates William and Alice were with him during this part of the journey as well. The amount charged in his PEF account also indicates that the travelling party was made up of three people.

Daniel Thompson Company (1866) Age at Departure: 13

Travelled With

  • Richard Barnes
  • Alice Howarth Barnes


This is probably no relative of the relevant Barnes family . Further research required .

There was a Mary Barnes age 22 born about 1844 who travelled with the Captain Thomas E Ricks Co 1866. List of Names in Incoming Passenger Trains, "Deseret News (Weekly) 16th August 1866. 251 individuals and 46 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Wyoming Nebraska (the west bank of the Missouri river about 40 miles south of Omaha) 6th to 10th July 1866 arriving 29th August, Pioneer Overland Travel. Number in company 270. No other identifying details available about her. Sources are in Family History Library Salt Lake City Utah



Departed 24th July 1866 arriving 29th September 1866

Number in company 112

Amongst them were :


Alice Howarth Barnes , age 32 , born 20th October 1833 , died 6th December 1911. Her travel to Utah is mentioned in her Husband's obituary. "Heber Pioneer who died in Butte. Laid at Rest." Deseret News : 2nd June 1928

Richard Barnes , age 23 , born 31st January 1843 , died 27th May 1928. See "Heber Pioneer who Died in Butte. Laid at Rest" Deseret News : 2nd June 1928. He travelled with the family of his brother in law :

John Howarth ,born 1st March 1829 , died 25th May 1904) , age at departure 37 .

and his niece

Ann Kay , born 31st December 1857 , age at departure 8 . She was listed on the ship passenger list as Ann Howarth . She died on the 21st May 1930 . "State Obituaries : Mrs Ann STREET" - Deseret News 22nd May 1930 .

Autobiographical Information Trail Excerpt :
 "My uncle John Howarth lost his pocket book before we started on the plains. My uncle sold his violin and other things to buy food. We crossed the plains with ox teams. Our Captains name was Thompson. There were 15 people for our wagon, me being the youngest got to ride all the way. We were 9 weeks and 2 days crossing the plains. When we got to Echo Canyon, John Crook (age at departure 24, born 11th October 1831, died 31st March 1921, For whom there are 2 long  and fascinating Autobiographies on Pioneer Overland Travel, Utah Pioneer Biographies, and  Daughter of Utah Pioneers ) Noah Mayoh and George M Giles (born 9th March 1840, age at departure 22, died 7th May 1908, Trail Excerpts - Montgomery,Livingstone Reminisences  Joseph W Young September 16th 1862 a letter to the Deseret News) ,  met us and took us to Heber City."

WILLIAM HENRY BARNES 22nd JUNE 1853 died 7th June 1921


WILLIAM HENRY BARNES is said to have been born in Bolton 21/22nd June 1853

At age 13 WILLIAM was a Mormon Pioneer, part of an ox wagon team lead by Captain Daniel Thompson. He travelled with his older brother . Richard, age 23, Richard's wife - Alice Howarth Barnes, age 32, her brother - John Howarth, age 37, and John's niece - Ann Kay aged 8, who was the youngest member of the 15 people in their wagon. On the boat on which they travelled to America , The Arkwright , she was listed as Ann Howarth.

There is a history of William's journey recorded in "How beautiful upon the Mountains"

See also www.dkbaird.com for a full biography of Richard Barnes , for what the two brothers achieved together for their family and who else they paid for to come to Utah

The boat they went to the USA on : it is probable that William came over with his brother Richard and his family on the "Arkwright" arriving in New York on the 6th July 1866 , as they all travelled subsequently together with Captain Daniel Thompson's Team to Utah.

The following information is from the Church or Family History Libraries, Salt Lake City, Utah, or Deseret newspapers


Departed 24th July 1866 arriving 29th September 1866. 

Number in company 112 . Company information : about 500 individuals and 85 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Wyoming Nebraska ( the west river bank of the Missouri river about 40 miles south of Omaha)

Semi Weekly Telegraph , a source of information concerning "The Emmigration" <sic> furnished by President B Young's Office, having been sent to him :

2nd August and 9th August 1866 :

 "Nebraska City 28th July 1866 Captain Thompson with about 500 immigrants left on the 25th inst. W.W.RITER"

10th and 12th September 1866 :

 "Casper September 6th 1866 : <We are passing here all well; getting along finely> DANIEL THOMPSON.  

12th September 1866 : "Sweetwater9. <We are all well. Passed here today>" .

1st October :

  "IMMIGRATION. - Captain Thompson's train arrived in the city last night...." .

3rd October 1866 :

 "TRAINS GOT IN - Captain D Thompson's train of  84 wagons and about 500 passengers got into the city on Saturday morning. They all made excellent time all the way , all circumstances considered. There was a rapid disappearance of the passengers shortly after the train arrived , their friends looking them up and taking them home . The following are the names of those who died following this company....."  (11 deaths in all cited - 7 children or infants . the others mainly elderly for that time)..... "There were 3 births during the trip."  There then follows details of other trains.

On the 28th December 1873 William married in Heber City, Utah.USA.

WILLIAM's wife was Margaret Ellen Clegg, born November 21st 1855, daughter of Jonathan Clegg and Ellen Wombsley, of Heber City . She was a Mormon Pioneer as an infant , being brought by her mother to Utah in 1854 . In 30th November 1856 she was in Edward Martin's "frozen" hand cart Company .

Deseret News 11th June 1921 :

"Pioneer of Heber is Buried - died 7th June 1921."

Billiongraves.com - Heber City Cemetery, Heber City, Utah,

on the stone :


22nd June 1853

Bolton Lancashire England 

Died 7th June 1920


Blackburn Lancashire England"

William was an elder, coal miner, farmer and quarryman. He appears in Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah Volume 2 Published in 1913, page 737.

US Federal Census 1880 1900 , 1910

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1958


There are other references in the Utah Census 1900

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1958

Family History Library Salt Lake City

New Family Search/Family Tree internet web site

Passenger lists and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration


Mormon Pioneer Overland Trail Database


Census England , Wales and Scotland :


Source : findmypast.co.uk Transcript and Copy of Original .

Country : England , County : Lancashire : Registration District : Bolton , Sub-Registration District : Little Bolton , RG9 , Piece 2821 , 543034 , Folio 65 , Page 21 , GS Microfilm 87273 - 87274 .

Household : 3 Telford Court , Little Bolton , Lancashire , England .

Head of Household : Nancy Barnes , Widow , Age : 42 , Occupation : Counterpane Weaver , Birth Place : Bolton , Lancashire , England .

Son : Richard Barnes , Single , Male , Age : 18 , Occupation Coal Miner , Birth Place : Bolton , Lancashire , England .

Daughter : Elisabeth Barnes , Single , Female , Age : 15 , Occupation : Factory Worker , Birth Place : Bolton , Lancashire , England ,

Son : WILLIAM BARNES , Single , Male , Age : 8 , Occupation : Scholar , Birth Place : Bolton , Lancashire , England .

Son : Brigham Barnes , Single , Male , Age : 5 , occupation : Scholar , Birth Place : Bolton , Lancashire , England .

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William Henry Barnes's Timeline

June 22, 1853
Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England
January 18, 1873
Age 19
Almy, Uinta, Wyoming, United States
September 11, 1875
Age 22
Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, USA
November 18, 1877
Age 24
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
November 27, 1880
Age 27
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah Territory, United States
December 16, 1881
Age 28
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
October 20, 1883
Age 30
Heber City, Wasatch County, UT, USA
February 22, 1886
Age 32
Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, USA
September 16, 1887
Age 34
Wasatch, Utah, U S A