Thomas Yarnes (Harnes)
& wife Deborah

First Generation

1.  Thomas1 YARNES (HARNES) was born in NY about 1730, according to the register in the Greenfield Hill Church records, of Fairfield, CT, as son of William HERNS/HEARNS and Elizabeth THORP.  Thomas's will was probated 29 April 1803.  Thomas died 1803 in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, at 61 years of age. This does not agree with his date of birth, but it is likely he is one and the same.

    Thomas Harnes was taxed from 1759-1766 in South Precinct, which is now part of Putnam County. In March 24, 1772, South Precinct was subdivided into "Southeast", "Fredericksburgh," and "Philips" Precincts. The first of these precincts included the present towns of Southeast and Patterson, the second Carmel and Kent, and the third Putnam Valley and Philipsburgh.

    Thomas Yarnes, also later known as Herns or Harnes, was living in Kingsbury, Charlotte County, New York. This county was formed in 1772 from Albany, and in 1784 was renamed Washington County. A book, "Old Fort Edward", by Hill, mentions on page 264: "On August 29th, 1780, Joseph Hawkins, Thomas Yarns and William Bell were apprehended by the order of Albert Baker, John Moss, and Noah Pain, three of the justices of the peace of Charlotte County, and brought before the Committee for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies, at Albany, charged with having been with the enemy." Charlotte County, after being formed in 1772, was comprised of present-day Washington, Warren, Essex, Clinton and part of Franklin Counties in New York as well as part of Bennington, Rutland, Addison, Chittenden and Franklin Counties in Vermont.

    Confiscations of Albany, Charlotte and Tryon Counties lists Josiah Yards, Gilbert Yards, and Johnson Yards, for Kingsbury, Charlotte County. In Minutes of Commissioners for Conspiracies, dated 5 Feb 1781, Thomas Yarns of Kingsbury, Charlotte County was discharged from confinement for good behavior. It again lists Thomas YARNS of Kingsbury in Charlotte County, and that he then lived "upon the Frontiers".

    It is interesting to note that his Last Will is acknowledged and witnessed by a William Bell, "my friendly neighbor". Perhaps this is the same William Bell who was arrested with him in 1780. Perhaps a study of this Bell family would shed some light on Thomas YARNES.

Thomas YARNES (Harnes) and Deborah CAMPBELL had the following children:

  • 2  i.  Gilbert2YARNES was born in Charlotte, NY circa 1760. He married 1st Catherine BARTLEY circa  1785. He married 2nd Mary McDougall 31 May 1791 Fredericksburgh, Ontario. Gilbert died 8 August 1831 in Pickering, Durham, Ontario. Gilbert Yards was listed as having served with Webster's Regiment of New York during the Revolutionary War.Other family members listed were Jesse Yarns, Jonsan Yarns, and Thomas Yards.

     3  ii.  Josiah YARNES was born in Charlotte, NY ca 1761 (e-mail from Michael Duffy, dated 30 Jun 2000). He married Jenny BARTLEY and had two children. Michael Duffy has his 1783 discharge papers which indicate he was in the King's Rangers under Major Rogers, and was aged 22 at that point.This also says he was born in the parish of Phillips Patent in Dutchess County.

     4  iii.  Johnston YARNES was born in Charlotte, NY ca 1758.  He was christened in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, 20 February 1788. He married ?.

     5  iv.  Thomas YARNES Jr was born in Charlotte, NY ca 1776.  He was christened in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, 20 February 1788.

     6  v.  Jason YARNES was born ca 1764.  He was christened in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, 20 February 1788. He married Catherine ?.

     7  vi.  Darius YARNES was born in Charlotte, NY ca 1763.  He was christened in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, 20 February 1788.

     8  vii.  Jerusha YARNES was born in Charlotte, NY ca 1770.  She was christened in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, 20 February 1788. She married Andrew SPENCER.

     9  viii.  Sarah YARNES was born ca 1767.  She was christened in Fredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, 20 February 1788. Sarah married ? HOWARD.
     

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    9 June 2004