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Charles Barnes Papers
The Charles Barnes Papers consist of personal and business correspondence of this Webster, Massachusetts man.
SERIES I. Family Correspondence SERIES II. Business Correspondence
Scope and Content Note
The Charles Barnes Papers consist of personal and business correspondence of this Webster, Massachusetts man. They are divided into two series.
Series I. Family Correspondence consists of letters from his wife, Mary Peabody Foster Barnes, largely regarding domestic matters, and letters written by his children.
Series II. Business Correspondence is of an informal nature from acquaintances, etc.
Biographical information on Charles Barnes is limited. On 17 November 1841, Barnes, of Leicester, Massachusetts, married Mary Peabody Foster (b. 16 January 1814), daughter of Moses and Sarah Foster. A son, Charles Henry, was born to Charles and Mary on 7 December 1849 in Leicester. In addition, they had a daughter, Sarah Foster Barnes.
Charles Barnes was employed by Sawyer, Phelps & Company, a machinery manufacturer in North Andover, Massachusetts. In 1834, he and a fellow employee purchased the business that became Barnes, Gilbert & Company. Barnes left the business in 1835, joining the Ballardville Manufacturing Company, a woolen manufacturer. He returned to the machinery business in 1838, only to rejoin Ballardville in 1841, serving as an agent. During the period of these papers, Barnes was situated in Webster, Massachusetts.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Barnes, Charles Henry, b. 1849
Barnes, Mary Peabody Foster, b. 1814
Barnes, Sarah Foster
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
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