Wilson Advance, 9 September 1898.
Possibly, in the 1880 census of North Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer Mark Barnes, 31; wife Annie, 30, a hotel cook; and nephews Peter, 10, and Spencer Barnes, 8, who shared a household with Esther Taylor, 65, and her nephew Iredel Taylor, 16. (The families lived next door to Julius and Eliza Freeman.)
On 4 December 1899, Spencer Barnes, 26, of Wilson, parents unnamed, married Anna Pettiford, 25, of Franklin County, daughter of Martin and Frances Pettiford. Rev. W.B. Perry, Episcopal, performed the ceremony, and Mr. McDonald, Miss Irene Winstead and Mrs. James Branch witnessed.