Fred D. Barmington

Fred D. Barmington born 16 Nov 1844, IL and died 27 Oct 1927, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL and his 2nd wife Mary Elizabeth Cornwall, dau of Nancy A (LNU), born about Dec 1860, died 15 Jun 1943, came to the St. Johns Park area of St. Johns County and are listed in the 1910 census on page 60 with his occupation given as "Carpenter."

In a letter dated 6 July 1913 to the Bunnell Home Builder by Fred Barmington, he states; that he is now over sixty eight years old and was raised in Stephenson County, Ill, was a member of Company C, 46th Illinois Infantry; that he had also lived in the states of Wisc. Idaho, Texas, Ark., and in states and territories west of the Missouri River and came from Tennessee to Florida, arriving on the 25th of October 1910 a little west of Bunnell and started clearing 10 acres. They bought their land sight unseen, paid cash, and this places beats all the rest of the places he had lived for climate and health. He tells of the crops they have grown and the fruit trees they have bearing.

In the 1920 census of Flagler County Mr and Mrs Barmington are found on page 37 with his age given as 75 (one year younger than in 1910) and her sister is listed in a separate dwelling as the wife of Mike O'Brien, Both men are listed as "Farmers."

Sometime after 1920 Mr and Mrs Barmington and her sister Martha Cornwell (O'Brian) moved to Bunnell and resided just off the Deen Road. All three are buried at Espanola Cemetery.

Fred D. Barmington was an Organizing/Charter member of Bunnell Lodge #200 F & AM, formerly belonging to Parian Lodge #321 Iowa. Mary E. Barmington and Frederic D. Barmington were Charter members of Bunnell Chapter No. 93 Order of the Eastern Star when it was chartered 19 April 1916.

After Mr Barmington died, the twin sisters, Mary and Martha lived on in Bunnell for many years and were referred to as "the Barmington Twins" though Martha was not a Barmington. The Twins did not change their dress styles, way of living, as the years brought change all around them, but lived out their days in their own straightforward ways, walking wherever they wanted to go even for several miles to visit a friend. They were regular attenders at the Bunnell Methodist Church.

Fred was first married to a Permelia (LNU) born about 1846, TN. Issue;

1. James Frederick Barmington born 22 Nov 1880, IA died Jun 1968, married Mollie A (LNU) born about 1878, IL. Issue;

A. Ralph H Barmington born about 1907, IA

B. Raymond E Barmington born about 1911, IA

2. Permelia J Barmington born about 1873, IL

3. Clara L Barmington born about 1878, IL

4. Bernard Burton Barmington born 04 Nov 1887, died, Jul 1924 NE married Rose T Gillett born about 1889, IA. Issue:

A. Hazel M Barmington born about 1914, NE

Source: The First Families of Flagler by Mary Ketus Deen Holland who listed as sources, Census and Published Articles.

Additional sources used by the compiler: Census,1900 & 1910, Jackson Shelby CO, IA; Census, 1920, Pierce CO, NE, Eastern; Census, 1920, Hugo, Lincoln CO, CO; World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; Social Security Death Index; Obituaries from The Flagler Tribune and stories from the Bunnell Home Builder.

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