Sarah "Sally" Fazenbaker, wife of Henry Clouse and John Barnes

Sarah "Sally" Fazenbaker was born about 1789, daughter of the Hessian soldier George Fazenbaker. On 3/9/1806 at the Methodist Church in Cumberland, she married 1) Henry Clouse. At the time of the 1810 census, Henry Clouse was head of household in Allegany County. He received payment from the estate of James Evan on 10/13/1810.

According to family tradition passed down by great-granddaughter Daisy Lamb through ggg-grandaughter Harriott Ivers of Beaumont, Texas, Henry and a son were killed when a bridge collapsed. Most of the features of the family tradition passed down by Daisy that can be checked appear accurate. For example, family tradition correctly recorded Sally's maiden name and the number of her children.

When Henry died, James Morrison, a prominent local citizen, became the administrator for the estate. We do not know the date of the first accounting, but the second accounting occurred 8/30/1820, and one Elizabeth Fazenbaker, believed to be Sally's widowed mother, received a share. On 1/22/1823, Elizabeth received the substantial sum of $116.57 from Henry's estate. Neither the second nor the third accountings mentioned Henry's widow Sally, who by then had married again. Today, it is a historical curiosity that Henry's widow did not receive funds from the estate, while his mother-in-law did.

On 6/3/1817 according to the Clerks Office of the Circuit Court of Allegany County, or on 6/9/1817 according to the Marriage Diary of Reverend William Shaw, deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church 1792-1813, Sally married 2) John Barnes. John, who was born about 1788, was a son of William Barnes, smithy. John became the legal guardian of Sally's four children: Elizabeth Clouse, George Clouse, Philip Clouse, and "Julianna" Clouse. John had previously married Nancy Broadwater (license obtained 1/9/1813 at Cumberland), daughter of Cornelius Broadwater and Mary. John and Nancy had had a daughter Sarah "Sally" Barnes who was born about 1814. Sally Barnes married 1) William Sigler and 2) David Evans.

When John's father William Barnes died in the early 1820s, John was one of the administrators and William's estate paid an account to brother Jacob Fazenbaker, among others.

Sally inherited a share of her father's estate. On 2/7/1828, Sally together with her brothers George, Conrad, and Marcus Fazenbaker sold their interest in their father's two Military Lots to brother Godfrey Fazenbaker.

At the time of the 1840 census, John Barnes, Sr., headed a household of 12 people in Allegany County. That census did not record the names of members of the household other than the head, and it has not been possible to reconstruct who was in the household at that time.

At the time of the 1850 census, John and Sally were living in Allegany County. Sally died 10/10/1852. On 8/8/1853, John obtained a marriage license to marry Charity Broadwater, daughter of Guy Broadwater and Susanna Reckner, widow of James McIntire. We do not know when John died, but on 4/20/1859 one Charity Barnes, who may have been John's widow, was named in an Allegany County marriage license with William Gitterny.

The extensive Civil War pension file for Samuel Major, husband of John and Sally's daughter Mary Ellen (Barnes) Fazenbaker Major, was a key resource which made it possible to include many of the children of this family. Children of Sally and John Barnes: Nancy Barnes (born about 1818); John Barnes (born about 1820); William Barnes (born about 1822); Joseph Barnes (born about 1825); Eliza Barnes (born 4/1/1826); Jefferson Barnes (born about October 1827); Benjamin Barnes (born 7/11/1829); and Mary Ellen Barnes (born 3/8/1833).

I have compiled a huge amount of information about hundreds of descendants of Sarah "Sally" (Fazenbaker) Clouse Barnes. My draft book, The Fazenbaker Family of Western Maryland is now at the printer; it is expected to be available by spring 1999. It will have 500 pages of text, plus detailed references, an every name index, thirteen photos and maps, being in all almost 900 pages. It will be available at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland, MD, and the Library of Congress. Inquiries about western Maryland Fazenbaker families are welcome.

This page was revised January 16, 1999. Walt Warnick's Western Maryland Family History Home Page