Solomon Barnes, Sr. (circa 1752 – 1807)

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Born circa 1752 place unknown
Parents: English in lineage descending from the line of James and Ketura Shipley Barnes.
Husband of Elizabeth Isbell Murphree — married 1769 in Orange, North Carolina, United States.
Father of Isabella Lucy Barnes, John S. Barnes, Elizabeth Barnes, Lyda Barnes, Reuben Barnes, Solomon Barnes Jr., Rachel Barnes, Mary Barnes (Carley aka Cearley and Kerley), Sarah Sally Barnes, Peter Barnes, Ruth Barnes Chapman, Charles Barnes, and George Washington Barnes.
Died February 9, 1807, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA

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Solomon Sr-Last Will Transcription

Lauren Barnes-Collier has prepared an analysis of  Solomon’s landholdings.  At the time the land was in Burke County.  In 1777, this area became Wilkes County.  In 1847, present-day Alexander County was formed and the land is now in the Sugar Loaf community.  Information passed down by the family indicate that his landholding were in the neighborhood of 3,000 acres.  This information MAY BE correction but cannot be confirmed.  Burke County land records before 1865 were destroyed.

Tracking Solomon’s Whereabouts. He married Elizabeth Isbell Murphree from Bertie County. Bertie is in the far Eastern part of North Carolina. Elizabeth’s father Daniel moved to Orange and it is most probable they met there.  Chris Barnes, a direct descendant and a member of the faculty at Georgia Tech, first finds Solomon in Old Orange County (now Chatham) County North Carolina. Chris’s tree documents that in Orange County Deed Book 3, Page 450, Solomon purchased land from Christopher Rhodes. Solomon and wife Elizabeth sold the land to Samuel Parkes on 27 November 1770. The sale is recorded in Orange County Deed Book H, Page 54. Thanks to the courtesy of Chris Barnes, the original deed, and a transcription will be added to this website at a later date. Chris considers the document significant “because it places both Solomon and Elizabeth together near Elizabeth Murphree’s family.” Solomon migrated to Indian Territory (present-day Alexander County) in or before 1771. Lauren records that Solomon’s land grants were on Grassey Creek in both Burke and Wilkes Counties. The area later came to be known as Sugar Loaf and is presently known for its commercial apple orchards. Due to the creation of North Carolina Counties, the same geographic area was at various time in three different counties. When he first settled the area, it was Rowan County. For a short time, it was Burke County. In 1777 it became Wilkes County. Thirty years after Solomon’s 1807 death, present day Alexander County was formed, in 1847. He was one of the earliest settlers in the area. The book Tax List and Related Documents: Old Burke County, North Carolina 1760 – 1839 & 1864 Annotated Volume I: 1760-1814, 2016 by Betsy Dodd Pittman and Margret Collins Richardson page 13 records that Solomon paid a pole tax in Fort Dobbs District. The original document is CRX 244, folder 1772, Rowan County, North Carolina State Archives and was a translation by Jo White Linn and used with permission. His arrival in Indian Territory was 13 years before Brinsley, and his sons settled the same area.

Examining Solomon’s Ethnicity. Solomon’s birthplace and exact lineage are unknown.   In the past, some supported the position that he was a son of Brinsley. We now know that this is not true.  W.E. “Bud” Barnes is the first Solomon direct male descendant to take a Y-DNA test who has a proven paper trail to Solomon.  Bud’s test results support the lineage identified above.  In the past, some have wanted to use autosomal DNA to support the position that Solomon was Irish. Additional Solomon Sr. research has been provided by Donald Barnes, Bud’s son of Nevada. They are direct descendants of Solomon through his son Peter Quincey Barnes and Peter’s son William Alexander. William Alexander left the Sugar Loaf community in present-day Alexander County in pursuit of gold during the California Gold Rush. Don has analyzed the au-DNA of his father the oldest living Solomon descendant. Don has determined that au-DNA analysis can not be used to support this claim.  Solomon’s Irish wife Elizabeth Murphree and Peter Quincey’s Irish wife, Mary Bryant account for muchof these ethnic attributes.

Other facts about Solomon: Recently we discovered that he and Brinsley were both members of Little River Meeting House.  Founded in 1787, members voted to affiliate with the Yadkin Baptist Association in 1791.  In that year Solomon and pastor,  John Swain were sent to the Association to ask that they be received into membership.     The History of Little River will soon be added to this website.  We have also learned that Solomon was appointed a constable in 1775.  Documents have been ordered from State Archives and details will be available at a later date.