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Brentford Councillors - William 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.

William Barnes

William Barnes was a member of the early Brentford Local Board and his name is on the minutes in 1874.

From a probate record it seems he was the eldest of a family with 3 brothers and was baptised at All Saint’s Church, Isleworth in 1815. His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth.

Joseph was shown as a tin plate worker which was also his job when Joseph junior was baptised at St Mary’s Ealing in 1819 but he was a victualler or publican at the Black Boys, Brentford High Street by 1824 when Henry Samuel was baptised at St Lawrence’s Church, New Brentford.

They all inherited property when their father died in 1836.

In the 1841 census William was a publican in the Market Place aged 25 with his wife Charlotte and one servant.

In 1851 the pub is named and he is at The White Horse Inn aged 36 with Charlotte 37, a niece, Mary Smith (8) scholar, James Smith (17) pot boy born Isleworth and Emma Sadler (19) house servant born Heston.

Charlotte died in the September quarter in 1852 (Brentford 3a 40) and by the time of the 1861 census he was living in the Half Acre described as ‘gentleman’ and married to Eleanor aged 45 born in Twickenham with 2 daughters, Mary Elizabeth (5) born Ealing and Eleanor one and a half born Brentford. There was Eliza Elizabeth Howes (9) who was a visitor and one servant.

I haven’t found a death for Eleanor but in 1871 the most likely census entries are William Barnes, traveller, widower, Lodger aged 58 born Middlesex at 279, Great Lister Street, Aston Birmingham. His daughters seem to be Eleanor at St Aloysius RC School, Clarendon Square (born London) and Mary a boarder at Leighton Road Ealing.

His address in the 1872 Directory is Half Acre.

William died in the September quarter 1876 (Brentford 3a 59).

‘13th October The Will of William Barnes late of the Half Acre in the Township of New Brentford in the County of Middlesex who died 23rd September 1876 at the Half Acre was proved at the Principal Registry by Henry Samuel Barnes of New Brentford Confectioner the brother the surviving Executor. Personal effects under £450.’

Other material

Janet has also a report from the 'Middlesex Chronicle' of a Brentford Local Board meeting which includes a note about William Barnes' death. To be added as time permits.


Page published July 2011