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BARNES, JEREMIAH S., superintendent of the Harrisburg cemetery was born in York county, Pa., October 26, 1832, son of Josiah and Sarah (Sweitzer) Barnes, natives of York county. William Barnes, the grandfather, was also a native of York county and a carpet weaver by trade. The maternal grandfather, Sweitzer, was a pensioner of the war of 1812. The father was a shoemaker. Both parents died in York county. Jeremiah S. is the eldest of eight children. He received only a limited education in the schools of that period, and for several years worked around among the farmers. He learned the carpenter’s trade and afterwards went to Ohio and worked for two years. He returned to York county and in 1854 came to Harrisburg and worked as a journeyman at his trade until 1863, when he was elected by the board of managers, superintendent of the Harrisburg cemetery, which position he has filled for thirty-three years with the utmost satisfaction. His suggestions, approved and adopted by the board, have resulted in the vast improvement of the cemetery, and he has put up many of the finest monuments in the grounds. He served in the state militia under Col. Henry McCormick, going to Hagerstown, Chambersburg, and on other expeditions. Mr. Barnes is prominently identified with the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in the Blue lodge chapter, commandery and council. In political views he is a Republican, and is active in party measures. He has served as a member of the school board nine years. He was married, in 1858, to Miss Sarah Martha Williamson, native of England and resident of Harrisburg. Tehy have six children, four of whom are living: Robert E., printer, lives at home; Carrie, deceased; Charles W., at home, a musician; Mary Elfleda, wife of E.H. Gotschall, of Harrisburg; Laura may, deceased, and Harry Marcus, at home, with Montgomery & Co. Mr. Barnes is a member of the Grace Methodist Episcopal church and holds the office of steward in the same.


Dorothy Bumbaugh

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