Wilson Daily Times, 30 December 1921.
Ernest Barnes, 21, son of George and Emma Barnes of Wilson, married Enda Austin, 19, daughter of Eph and Alice Austin of Wilson on 22 December 1909. Holiness minister LeRoy Wiggins performed the ceremony at the residence of Tob. Barnes in the presence of Ed McCullers, Sam Austin, and Tob. Barnes.
In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 488 Walnut Street, Ernest Barnes, 23, factory laborer, wife Enda, 19, son Frank, 3, and lodger John Jackson, 52, a factory laborer.
India Alston Barnes died Christmas Eve 1921 as the result of a pistol shot to the right cheek. Dr. Frank S. Hargrave, quoted above, certified her death.
Tip Barnes was indicted in India Barnes’ homicide two months later.
Wilson Daily Times, 10 February 1922.
However, if he were convicted of his wife’s death, he did not serve much time. On 28 December 1926, Tip Barnes, 37, married Mable Polka Scott, 23, in Wilson.
Earnest Tipp Barnes died 1 November 1952 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 20 January 1888 in South Carolina to George Barnes and Emma McGowan. He was a laborer, was married, and resided at 400 East Hines Street. Mable Barnes of that address was informant.