As previously mentioned re Reuben Barnes more info:
Reuben was the son of George W Barnes and Mary Parkes, Born 1828 Wilkes Co. North Carolina. Family relocated from NC to Ste. Genevieve County about 1835. Reuban married Martha Wood daughter of Elijah Wood and Sarah Curr August 12, 1849. Purchased 20 acres Sec 11, 35N, 5E, St. Frncois County in Jackson Land Office 1-31-1856 (Document Number 17396) Had 5 Children Sarah J. William M. George W. Mary S. and Margaret D. Sargent Co B, 2nd Missouri Cav. CSA, Killed Bloomfield MO January 1863. I've still not located his grave,any help appreciated.
Brothers include: Ambrose Lee Barnes, b. 3-11-1826, d 11-22-1893, Jonca Ste. Gen. MO buried Laws Cemetery Se Gen. Co. MO Not verified but appears to be the same Doctor Barnes assigned to 2nd Mo Cav, 1862. An A.L. Barnes also appears on the roll of 10th MO EMM for total of 8 days as Staff Surgeon ordered into service by General Edwards 6-16-1863 & resigned / relieved of duty 6-25-1863.
John M. Barnes b. abt 1843, appears on roll of Co E. 2nd MO Cav, aged 19 enlisted Ganesville Ark. April 6, 1862 transfered to Co. B. Survived war listed in 1880 census with 2 daughters in Big River Township St. Francois County.
G. W. Columbus Barnes Obituary
G. W. Barnes was born. August,11 1832, in North Carolina; died January 29, 1912, at his old home near Springfield, Mo. When three years of age he came to St. Genevieve county, and moved with his family to Greene county near Springfield in 1884. He became a member of a Baptist church in St. Francois county in. his youth and was married to Ketturah Murphy when 26 years of age. To this union were born eight children, six of whom are now living: Mrs. Vida Martin, of Springfield, Mrs Nettie Richmond of Bolivar; Elliott Barnes of Phillipsburg, Marcus and C. Allan Barnes of Springfield, Mo. and Erastus Barnes of Milton, Wash. He also leaves nineteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In 1852 he went to California during the gold fever time and many were the exciting narratives he told of adventures in the early days. He was ever kind and tender with his children who will greatly miss him. Funeral services were conducted by Rev.Alden, after which his remains were laid to rest in Green Lawn Cemetery. by the side of his companion; who preceded him to the grave ten months. Dear brothers and sister strive to enter in at the straight gate that leadeth to the City of Light, where there will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying. N.B.R. "St Francois County Public Library"
Reuban had a sister Francis Livingston who married George Calvin Laws b 1825 Wilkes Co NC who also served in Co. B 2nd Mo Cav. enlisting same date and place as John M Barnes above.
GWC Barnes obit interesting as Henry Clay Thompson in his history of St. Francois County lists a number of men who joined Dubert and David Murphy on gold seeking trip to California. Ketturah, GWC's wife, was daughter of David Henderson Murphy who made this trip. A number of those listed include names that show up in Hildebrands autobiography.