THE FAMILY ALBUM: Mary Jane Cline Ayres Barmes Bannon

Mary Jane Cline Ayres was a widow when she married my 3rd great-grandfather, Frederick Elde Barmes, of Hope, Indiana.

This is some information on Mary:

Mary Jane Cline Ayres Barmes Bannon was born 23 December 1854 in

Mary Jane Cline, born 23 December 1854 in St. Paul, Decatur County, Indiana and was the daughter of Robert Martin Cline (1829-1919) and Julia Anne Weatherford (1832-1869).

Mary first married to George W. Ayers (1850-1875) in March 1872 at Decatur County, Indiana. It is not known if Mary and George had any children.

After George died, Mary remarried to Frederick (went by Fred) Elda Barmes (1838-1897) on 13 Feb 1877 at Decatur County, Indiana. Mary and Fred were the parents of four known children, namely:

1. Jesse Delmar Barmes (1877-1938) (this is our line)
2. Elda “Eldie” Robert Barmes (1880-1955)
3. Elsie Blanch Barmes Rothrock (1889-1919)
4. Hazel E. Barmes Harber (1895-1973)

After Fred died Mary remarried to William Campbell Bannon (1844-1918) on 08 Nov 1899 at Anderson County, Indiana.

Records also show Mary J. Barmus (sic) married William C. Bannon on 31 Jan 1901 at Madison County, Indiana.

At the time of the 1900 census Wiliam C. Bannon, Mary and William’s step-children Elda, Elsie and Hazel Barmes were living at Elwood, Madison County, Indiana. Mary said she was the mother of four, all living.

Mary J. Bannon was still living at Madison County, Indiana in 1910, being listed twice: once with William C. Bannon and once listed with her daughter Hazel, married son Jesse and his family, a single sister, Hattie Cline.

In 1920 the widow Mary was living with her son Jesse and his family at Elwood, Madison County, Indiana.

In 1930 the widow Mary Bannon and married daughter Hazel Barmes Harber (or Hordes), were rooming at Stockton, San Joaquin County, California.

Mary Jane nee Cline (Ayres) (Barmes) Bannon died 3 April 1931 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana and is buried alongside Frederick Barmes in The Moravian Cemetery, Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana.


Mary Jane Cline Barmes, left, with her son and daughter-in-law, Jesse Delmar Barmes and Emily Brewer Barmes.

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Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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