Friday, July 24, 2015

Friend of Friends Friday: Ex-Slave Buried With Honors: Eppa Barnes

Manassas Journal
8 January 1931


Eppa Barnes, colored, aged about eighty-eight, died at his home in Independent Hill in the closing hours of 1930 after an illness of several years.

The old fellow was very popular.  During his long confinement many people would call on him to cheer him up.  His wife, who survives him, is equally well known and well liked.

Back in the days "Befo' de war," Uncle Ep is stated to have been domiciled with the Copen family, well known in the anals of Prince William. The family plot in which he was buried was  a part of the old estate.

He leaves eight sons and one daughter.

The funeral which took place on New Years Day was one of the county's biggest in recent months, and there was a profusion of beautiful flowers.

Elder A. J. Garland, of Clarendon, performed the rites at Uncle Ep's home, and many who attended came from without the county.

Prince William misses its old timers who have lived right and tried to lead their sons and daughters in teh same path.

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