Barns – Benjamin

May 28 2016 – This week I discovered the identity of my 4th great grandfather, Benjamin Barns. Until this discovery, my only connection with the Barns family was his son, Nathaniel, and his granddaugther – Ida – my 3rd Great Grandfather and 2nd Great Grandmother respectively. The Barns connect with my Bishopp family.

They came from Rhode Island to Oneida County New York – settling in the Clark Mills and Kirkland areas. Benjamin would marry twice – I have not yet determined which wife was Nathaniel’s mom. And 11 of his 13 children would live for at least 3 years. At the time of his death in 1873, only 5 of those children were still alive.

His will shows that he established a sizable wealth. He left his wife, Joanna, a home for her perpetual use. My ancestor, Nathaniel, was his eldest son and executor of his will. Each living child was left between $2,800 and $3,000. The widows of his deceased sons were left $100 or $50 annuity. The children, his grandchildren, of his deceased sons and daughters were each left $3,500 for their education and “other useful expenditures” and if there was any remaining it was theirs at the age of 21 or 23 – child dependent. By the way – I was proud to see this applied to grandsons and GRANDDAUGHTERS equally – education was specifically detailed for each child. My 2nd great grandmother was no mentioned, but her father was living and the executor of the will.

I’m sure I’ll learn more about him as time passes, but for now I am very proud of my 4th Great Grandfather. The value of a good education has been a family trait throughout my tree. It wasn’t always attainable, but it was valued.

My constant reminder of this branch of my family is my pheasant topped teapot set. I think I’ll value it even more now (and possibly polish it!!).

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