Notes from Sally:
I am trying to trace a man called Joseph William Barnes. In 1875, he had a son named Francis Henry Barnes who was born in the Canton Bazaar. On Francis' birth certificate, Joseph is listed as a Sergeant in the Royal Naval Dockyards Police but I have no idea where I might find records that might help me to find out more about who this man was.
... it is known that he had 3 children (my great-grandfather being one of them) with a widow in Hong Kong. She died in 1884 and then the children came under the care of the Salesian Brothers. I was told by my great-uncle that there was the possibility that the boys were abandoned, but more recently I have wondered whether or not their father was ever truly resident in Hong Kong.
the three children that the first Joseph Barnes had - Francis Henry, Joseph William and William - were all illegitimate. But they had the same mother AND there appears to be no dispute that he was the father of all three boys.
Just wandering around the web I found a couple of family trees that include your ancestors on Mundia.com. I guess you're the person who created them, but thought I'd mention them in case they're new to you.
I was interested to see that Francis Henry lived in Hong Kong up til his death in 1944, and then that there was a Francisco Henrique Barnes interned in Stanley Camp who also died that year. Are they the same person?
thankyou for that information. Yes, at least one of the family trees is mine but the information about the Stanley Camp is new to me. In the Carl Smith Collection Francis is named as Franciscus Henrique so I would presume that Francisco Henrique Barnes is the same person. I have two different pieces of information - one that says that he died in Macau and another that says that he died in Hong Kong but I have no information beyond that (he is buried in St Michael's Cemetery in Hong Kong). I know that my father and his parents went to Macau during the war, but I also know that Francis' youngest son, Dr Robert Joseph Barnes, was interred in Sendai during the war. He is listed on the HK Voluntary Defence Force and he once shared with me a book that he had written of his recollections of that time.
Francis Henry was born and did live in Hong Kong and two of his children were born in Hong Kong, but he also seems to have lived in the Philippines, Japan and Shanghai. I know that he worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company (we have a watch that he was given on the occasion of his retirement). He was widowed in 1907 and left with four children under the age of 7 when he was living in Japan. What I don't know is when he came back to Hong Kong, but I do know that my grandfather completed his medical degree at Hong Kong University.
I would be interested in following up on the Stanley Camp information - can you tell me how/where you found his name? I have other relatives who were also interred in Stanley and died there.
Unfortunately, my father shared very little about his family and their origins, although how much he knew is debatable ... he was only a young boy when most of these people passed ...