03 JAN 1905 - Washington D.C.
19 JAN 2000 - Henrico, VA
"Meme" Thelma Frances BarnesThelma Barnes >> Frances Franklin >> Mark Dameron
Meme was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Westmoreland. She was a member of Totuskey Church and played the organ for many years.
Thelma first appears in the 1910 census with her parents and brother William “Billy Boy” living in Westmoreland on the main road between Hague and Coles Point. Her father listed his profession as a sailor.
By the 1920 census Thelma’s two younger siblings had been born. Thelma, William and Lester are all noted as having attended school in the last year. Eddie is still listed working as a sailor.
At age 17 Thelma married Everett Harding Branson. They were wed August 15th, 1922 in Leonardtown, St. Mary's, MD. St. Mary's county was a popular spot for young couples in the Northern Neck to go and get married because there was no required waiting period for a marriage license and no parental consent was needed. Everett was 20 years older than Thelma, but gave his age on the marriage license as 25. According to family lore, Everett had some wealth and his sisters were angry that he was marrying a younger woman who would inherit his money. Everett died on September 13th, 1922. Thelma's mother had taken her on an out of town shopping trip for new clothing as a wedding gift. When she returned she found Everett dead from a gunshot. His death certificate gave his cause of death as “suicide by shooting" and the newspaper reported his death as a suicide. However, Thelma always thought that he was shot by his jealous sisters. He is buried in Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Thelma met George Edward Franklin a short time later when he was working in a bank in Hague. They were married October 2nd, 1926 at the Baptist parsonage of Reverend Ogden in Kinsale. The 1930 census shows Thelma and George renting a home in Hague and having a 2 year old son, George Edward Franklin, Jr. George's profession was given as bank cashier. On December 12th, 1935 Frances Catherine Franklin was born.
In the 1940 census it shows that the family moved from Hague in Westmoreland to Haynesville in Richmond County. George is now working as a jeweler in a retail and repair jewelry business. Goerge was shown as completing 2 years of college, Thelma as completing 3 years of high school, George finishing 4th grade, and Frances has not yet starting school.
During WWII Thelma volunteered for the Civilian Air Warning Service. She took shifts in a lookout tower in Haynesville and reported on any airplane sightings. The Air Warning Service operated from May of 1941 to May of 1944 and relied on a network of citizen spotters to provide early alerts for enemy planes entering US airspace. The Haynesville observation tower is no longer standing.
In the 1950 census the family was again recorded in Haynesville, George reported working 48 hours the previous week as a watch repairman in his jewelry store. Their son George, Jr. lived two houses down and also reported working in watch repair at the jewelry store.
George continued his jewelry business in Warsaw for many years until the building was destroyed in a fire and then operated from a small building he built in their yard in Haynesville. The couple were active members at Totuskey Baptist Church and Thelma played the organ.
In the late 1980's Thelma and George moved from their house in Haynesville and retired to the Masonic Home in Richmond City.
Thelma passed away on January 19th, 2000. She was buried on the 22nd at Totuskey Baptist Church by Reverend Frank Dunn.
- 1922 Death of E.H. Branson
- 1922 Death of E.H. Branson
- 1926 Marriage Announcement
- 1926 Marriage
- 1927 Visit Parrs
- 1933 Visit from Rocky
- 1934 Visit Rocky
- 1934 League of Carmel Church
- 1935 Visit Terry Self
- 1937 Nannie Beale Missionary Society
- 1938 Visit Parents
- 1939 Visit Mother
- 1939 Lottie Moon Circle
- 1939 Visit from Nettie Palmer
- 1941 Visit from Nettie Palmer
- 1941 Visit from Norma
- 1941 Visitors
- 1942 G.A. Leader
- 1944 Visit Parents
- 1950 Visit Natural Bridge
- 1951 Death of Brother
- 1952 Visit Rocky
- 1952 Elizabeth Hale Circle
- 1952 Richmond Shopping
- 1953 Church Carpet
- 1953 Church Equipment
- 1953 Henrietta Hall Shuck Group
- 1954 Visit White Stone
- 1954 Death of Father
- 1955 State WMU Meeting
- 1955 Mother's Day Party
- 1955 Babysit Mark
- 1957 Visit from Mother
- 1957 Training Union
- 1958 Revival
- 1958 Piano
- 1958 Bloodmobile
- Year: 1910; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: T624_1651; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0121; FHL microfilm: 1375664
- Year: 1920; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: T625_1918; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 156; Image: 53
- Year: 1930; Census Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia; Roll: 2464; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0001; Image: 207.0; FHL microfilm: 2342198
- Year: 1940; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: T627_4288; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 80-6
- 1950 United States Federal Census, Virginia, Richmond, Washington, 80-7, Page 27, Line 5, Ancestry.com. 1950 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2022.
- U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
- U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
- Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
- Virginia, Marriage Registers, 1853–1935. Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Spouses & Children:
- Everette Harding Branson
- Everette Harding Branson
- William Parker Barnes
- James Lester Barnes
- Elizabeth Catherine Barnes