WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
WILLIAM & JANE BARNES
BIOGRAPHYWilliam Barnes, a younger brother of Jane's first husband George, lived with George and Jane in Manchester. He also became a member of the LDS Church in 1842, serving a mission in the Norwich Conference in Norfolk. In April of 1854 he sailed out of Liverpool on the ship Germonicas enroute for New Orleans, destination Salt Lake City, Utah, to prepare the way for his brother George and his family to journey to Zion.
William Barnes was working as a carpenter in Salt Lake City.
After the widow of his brother, George, arrived in Salt Lake with her six children, William married Jane Howard Barnes on March 12, 1857.
Jane, between 1860 and 1861, due to her reputation in the art of healing, was called upon to administer medical aid to a young Pony Express rider, Charles Henry Billman. He would later marry her daughter, Elizabeth.
At the October 1861 General Conference of the LDS Church in Salt Lake, William Barnes, along with about 20 others, was called on a work mission to help found the community of St. George. He is listed in St. George history as one of its original pioneers.
He and Jane secured an original home lot on southwest corner of Third South and First East (Plat C, Block 18, Lot 6 on the old pioneer map of St. George).
While in St. George, William Barnes became an assistant to Miles Romney, Church architect in charge of constructing the St. George Tabernacle. In this role William worked on the woodwork within the Tabernacle.
Jane became a midwife, practicing for many years and delivering hundreds of babies in the St. George area. She not only raised her own children but acted as a loving mother to her daughter Esther's, children, after Esther's death.
William & Jane were diligent members of the LDS Church and contributed much time and effort to temple work. Jane and William, acting on behalf of Jane's mother and father, had the privilege of having President Brigham Young seal her parents, with Wilford Woodruff and Erastus Snow as witnesses.
Sometime in her declining years Jane Howard Barnes moved to Murray, Utah, where she died on Nov. 7 (4?), 1902. She is buried next to her second husband William Barnes at the Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah.
REFERENCESHistory of Esther Barnes Mudd
by Shirley M. Holder
George & Jane Howard Barnes Family
by Leon S. Pitman
Find-A-Grave entry for William Barnes
Find-A-Grave entry for Jane Howard Barnes