He said he was going home to change clothes.

Wilson Daily Times, 25 November 1930.

In the 1900 census of Crossroads township, Wilson County: widow Annie Barnes, 35, and children Flora, 9, Alvester, 8, Jona, 7, Hejikiah, 4, and Zachariah, 2.

On 7 February 1917, Sylvester Barnes, 21, of Black Creek, son of Ben and Annie Barnes, married Esther Woodard, 19, of Black Creek, daughter of Ella Woodard, at Ella Woodard’s in Black Creek township.

Sylvester Barnes registered for the World War I draft in 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 12 February 1896 in Wilson County; farmed for himself in Black Creek township, and supported his wife and mother.

In the 1920 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: farmer Sylvester Barnes, 23; wife Esther, 20; and mother Annie, 58, divorced.

“Found dead in Bed no sign of foul looked as it Body had been dead 10 or 15 days”

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