James or Jones?

What is the name of the second son of Hiram Barnett? My original information listed him as James W. Barnett, but on closer examination of the 1850 and 1860 census records I have to agree with the indexers and say that his name was Jones W. Barnett. The 1860 census image is faded and a little hard to read. In addition the enumerator’s “a” and “o” look alike. But if you take a close look it looks like the third letter is an “n” not an “m” suggesting that his name was Jones.

Looking at the Hiram Barnett household in the 1850 census however, clearly shows his second son’s name as Jones, not James. This detail is important to help distinguish between Jones and one of his brothers.


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