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Brentford Councillors - Henry Samuel Barnes


Janet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.

Henry Samuel Barnes

Mr Barnes was one of the earliest members of the Brentford Local Board with his name in the minute book of 1874. His name is also on the drinking fountain at St Lawrence’s Church as a Churchwarden in 1862.

He had been baptised there in 1824, his parents were Joseph and Elizabeth.

Joseph was landlord at the Black Boys, 140 High Street in 1826. Henry and his brothers, William (b 1815 Isleworth) and Joseph junior (born Old Brentford 1819 and baptised St Mary’s Ealing) inherited property when their father died in 1836.

The 1851 census shows him as a confectioner in the High Street aged 26 married to Emma (21) with John Gunner, an apprentice and 3 servants.

By 1861 the address is what became 203, High Street and Henry and Emma have a daughter, Louisa aged 6 months and a son Henry aged 2 plus one servant. All members of the household had been born in Brentford.

In 1871 Henry was shown as a wholesale confectioner aged 46, Emma was 42 with daughters Emma (18), Louisa (10), Alexandra (7) and Beatrice (4). They were all born in New Brentford with the servant born in Old Brentford.

Henry died on March 3rd 1878 (Brentford 3a 50 aged 53) and Emma in the March quarter 1880 aged 50.

‘30th March The Will of Henry Samuel Barnes late of New Brentford in the County of Middlesex wholesale confectioner who died March 5th 1878 at New Brentford was proved at the Probate Registry by John George Goddard of New Brentford china merchant and Emma Barnes of New Brentford Widow and Relict the Executors.
Personal Estate under £1,500’.

Emma junior would seem to have married in the December quarter 1872 (Brentford 3a 63). The 1881 census shows Beatrice a pupil at school at 8, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick and Louis and Alexandra students of drawing in Hackney.

Other material

Janet adds 'Unfortunately the Middlesex Independent hadn't started by the time of this gentleman's passing so all I have is the minutes page with the proposal to send a letter of condolence'. To be added as time permits.


Page published June 2011