Thursday, May 18, 2017

Robert Barnes Compensated $30 from Illinois Central Railroad

Did Robert Barnes scrape his elbow, lose an eye, suffered broken bones when he was injured by an Illinois Central Railcar. The chancery court records do not give details to Robert's injuries. His mother was required to petition the court on the behalf of her nine-years-old minor son to receive the compensation.

Robert was born about 1905 in Lincoln County, Mississippi, to Robert Barnes, Sr., and Carrie Markham. He was nine years old when he was awarded his $30 settlement. Six-years-old Robert is seen in the 1900 census household with his mother, maternal aunts and cousins. He was seen again in 1920 with his mother, siblings, and cousins, the last census Robert would be found. He was a delivery boy and was not literate.

How is Robert connected to my family?
Robert's mother Carrie Markham was the daughter of Newton Markham and Jane McCoy.
Newton and my great-grandfather, Monroe Markham, were brothers.

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