Barnes, James Richard (1877-1917)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.A. Ayre

James R. Barnes was born at Haslingden, whence his parents. removed to Edenfield, Lancashire. Twenty years ago, he came to Barnoldswick, Yorks. Here he became a devoted Sunday school teacher, a bright and consistent Christian, and was in a very real sense “a brother beloved.”

At the call of duty, he joined the Army, and was stationed at Bedford, where his winsome smile and gracious spirit enabled him to grip the hearts of many young recruits. Being transferred to Clipstone Camp, his shining life testified to the grace that was in him.

As the result of a sharp attack of pneumonia, he departed this life on May 1st, 1917, in the fortieth year of his age. He leaves a widow and one son to treasure his memory. His remains were interred on May 5th in the Barnoldswick Cemetery, after an impressive service, held in our own Church, in which the Rev. W.A. Eyre and Mr. J. M. Crew took part. On the following Sunday evening a memorial service was held.


James was born in late 1877 at Haslingden, Lancashire, to parents John Hargreaves Barnes, a cotton weaver(1871), and Ann Barker.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1891 cotton weaver
  • 1901 cotton weaver
  • 1911 cotton weaver

He married Betsy Jane Marsh (abt1878-1918). Census returns identify one child.

  • James (b abt1907)

James died on 1 May 1917 at Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/663

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