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Edgar W. Barnes was born in Harrison County, Western Virginia, October 3, 1833, the son of John and Frances (Vincent) Barnes, Virginians by birth. Edgar W. Barnes, now an M. D. and a graduate of one of the Eastern schools of medicine and surgery, came to Roane County about the year 1856 or 1857, for it is observed that on May 28, 1857, he and Eleanor, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Hughes, were wedded. She was born in Marion County, Western Virginia, April 8, 1838. Two young people these were. He twenty-four and she nineteen. Dr. Edgar W. Barnes so far as we can learn was the first regular practitioner of medicine to locate in Harper District. He enlisted and served through the Civil War as a Confederate soldier. In the year 1880, in an interview, he mentioned with some pride his farm on which be resided and from which he attended to the duties of his profession. He and Eleanor raised only the child; Leslie D., born January 1, 1862; Married M. Starcher June 11, 1883.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq., p 443
Submitter: Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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