John Bygrove Barnes (1833 - 1855)

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Sorell, Sorell Council County, Tasmania Australia

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Brunswick, Moreland City County, Victoria Australia

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Father: Richard Bygrove Barnes
Mother: Mary Ann (King) Barnes
Siblings: Sarah Bygrove (Barnes) Gill, Samuel Barnes, Francis Barnes, William Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Caroline Barnes, Robert Barnes, Margaret Rose Ann Matilda ( Barnes) La Pouple, and Richard Thomas Bygrove Barnes

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1833 - In the year that John Bygrove Barnes was born, on March 4th, Andrew Jackson was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. Jackson had won the election over Henry Clay of Kentucky - Jackson got 54.2 % of the popular vote.

1835 - John was just 2 years old when on June 2nd, P. T. Barnum and his "circus" began their first tour of the U.S. He had paid $1,000 for an elderly slave named Joice Heth, who he claimed was 161 years old and a former nurse for George Washington. Touring the northeast of the U.S., he made more than $1,000 per week. Joice died the next year - at about 80 years old.

1842 - When he was just 9 years old, on August 14th, General William J. Worth declared that the Florida War - also called the Second Seminole War - was over. It was the "the longest and most costly of the Indian conflicts of the United States", lasting from 1835 to 1842. By the end of the war, it was costing $93,300 per month - plus the pay of the regular soldiers. An agreement allowed the Seminole either to move west or to move to a reservation in southwest Florida.

1851 - At the age of 18 years old, John was alive when on March 27th, the first recorded visit of white men to Yosemite Valley occurred. The Mariposa Battalion, chasing Native Americans, went into the valley. One man, Dr. Lafayette Bunnell, wrote "the grandeur of the scene was but softened by the haze that hung over the valley -- light as gossamer -- and by the clouds which partially dimmed the higher cliffs and mountains. This obscurity of vision but increased the awe with which I beheld it, and as I looked, a peculiar exalted sensation seemed to fill my whole being, and I found my eyes in tears with emotion."

1855 - In the year of John Bygrove Barnes's passing, on March 3rd, Congress appropriated $30,000 to create the U.S. Camel Corps. The idea was to use camels as pack animals in the Southwest and 34 camels were bought. But the Army wasn't enthusiastic about the idea and after the Civil War the Camel Corps was entirely abandoned.

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John Bygrove Barnes passed away on May 5, 1855 in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia at age 21. No cause of death has been listed. He was born on June 23, 1833 in Sorell, Tasmania, Australia. He was born to Richard Bygrove Barnes and Mary Ann (King) Barnes, with siblings Sarah, Samuel, Francis, William, Hannah, Caroline, Robert, Margaret, and Richard.

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