Even though Marion was not an Admire (his sister married an Admire), I thought this was a very interesting story.
As I Remember It
By Donna Cooper
Mr. Marion W. Barnes, who is now in the Neil Nursing Home, Rogers, Arkansas was 100 years old on October 22, 1971.Miss Thelma Teeter and I visited him recently, and were most surprised to find such a remarkable person.He said that he had trouble remembering dates, but that he could remember many things quite well.He told us that he enjoys reading and having visitors.After he told us about himself and his family, he sang a song for us.Sitting there on the bed, more like a man of 70 or 80 years old, he sang “Root Hog or Die”.He said that this was an old fiddle tune that he enjoyed playing and singing in years gone by.We enjoyed every minute we spent with him, and we found that he can tell stories that have been memories to him for many years.
Marion W. Barnes was born in Newton County, Missouri on the land his father had homesteaded before he was born.This is near Rocky Comfort, Missouri, about 8 miles East of Neosho, Missouri.They homesteaded 160 acres near the big spring on Indian Creek.His father was Richard Anderson Barnes, and his mother was Sarah Sylvina (possibly Savilla) Stipp.Sarah was born in Topeka, Kansas, and the Stipp family had come to Missouri form Illinois.Richard Anderson Barnes was the son of Tom (Thomas) Barnes and Nancy McBryan.The Barnes family had come to Henry County, Missouri and homesteaded land there also.They came to Newton County, Missouri before Marion W. Barnes was born.Mr. Barnes referred to his grandparents as Ma and Pa Barnes.The following information is given as Mr. Barnes related it to us.
“Pa Barnes come from East Tennessee and come down the Tennessee River from near the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then he went on West.Nancy McBryan Barnes, or Ma Barnes, lived to be around 112 years old.I guess she lived to be older than any of us Barnes’.We lived in the same house with Ma and Pa in Newton County, Missouri.If Pa was out working somewhere, and one of us kids needed a spanking, Ma gave it to us.She used to smoke a cob pipe with a long cane stem, and I remember getting here pipe.She was good as gold, and we had a lot of fun.Ma and Pa Barnes are buried at Hart Cemetery, and my parents are buried at Mt. Heber.I was superintendent there at the Union Church for 14 years.It was called Union then.I guess it is called Methodist now.Hart Cemetery is 5 miles East of here, and that is where my wife is buried too.
“My wife was Sarah Jane Gaston, the daughter of Doc Gaston.We married after I come to Benton County, Arkansas.I homesteaded land in Benton County, there on the Osage Creek.My wife and me had two daughters, and they are Ida Mae and Pearl.We all had a good time, the four of us.Old Doc Gaston ran a boat down the Tennessee River, and it was a big boat, a sailboat.He used to ship goods down the river.I think Sarah was born in Tennessee, too.There was a brigade of them back then that come from Tennessee and went West.Ida Mae and Pearl used to sing and Ida played the fiddle and Pearl accompanied on the piano.Ida Mae married Morris Smith, and he died suddenly.Pearl lives in Kansas City.My wife and me had an agreement.It was hard to choke down at times, but we always did.We agreed not to go into debt for nothing, unless it was absolutely necessary.We had a home of our own and had the two girls.When I moved, I had bought 20 acres and Daddy had three, forty-acre tracts down by the road.I own 40 acres.Then, when Daddy died, they all wanted us to take Mother, and take the land.I said we would take Mother, but we didn’t want the land.But they all wanted us to take it, so we did.
“I used to lead the singing at the Oakley Chapel for ten years.That’s on the highway between Bentonville and Rogers.It used to be a Union Church, but I think it is the Methodist now.My neighbor played the fiddle, and we played and serenaded around over the country.All us kids were good singers, and we enjoyed music.
“Uncle Anderson Barnes lived in east Texas.He worked in the pinery and made coffins and fine furniture.I believe he lived to be 108 years old.He was grandfather Barnes’ brother.”
”There was five brothers and six sisters in the family.The boys were me, Albert, Henry, Edgar, and Oscar.Becky was the third sister, and I have a sister in California named Minnie.Minnie was married to Bill Vaughn, and they married here in Benton County.All my brothers and sisters have made a trip to California but me.It is a hot and windy country, and I’d just as soon stay here in the hills.Oscar lived in Beaumont, Texas.I’ve made three trips to Texas.Oscar was the youngest of the brothers.He was a fine musician; he used to play the piano and fiddle.He worked for Gay Singer Music Company there, and made them a lot of money.He was working there in Texas stringing a piano, and it was real hot.He had just said how hot it was, and then just died.All of us kids were good musicians. Oscar loved music too.All of us played a string instrument of some kind and sang.Mother and Father loved music and enjoyed it too.”
”Mother had a cousin that lived in Oklahoma over near Tulsie, and he came one time and said he wanted to take Becky home with him.That was when Oklahoma was young and there wasn’t many schools there then.Mother’s cousin taught school, and he taught Becky music.Becky was a natural-born musician.She could play the fiddle or anything.Becky learned to talk the Indian language while she was over there.Becky later taught music.
“We come to Benton County, Arkansas in 1881.We had started to Texas and got as far as Bentonville, and my youngest brother had taken sick.So, we pulled into the campgrounds there, and called old Dr. Smartt.He was our doctor until he died.We never made it to Texas and just stayed in Benton County, Arkansas.”
Note:Marion Washington BARNES was born 22 October 1871 in Newton County, Missouri to Richard Anderson BARNES (1848-1916) and Sarah Savilla STIPP (1852-1949).He was the brother of Nancy Elizabeth BARNES ADMIRE, wife of Van Every ADMIRE.Evidently, Mary Savilla Admire was named for her grandmother STIPP.
This article was written in 1971.Marion died in 1973.