Who's Who of Crow Creek Valley
Uncle Andy in the driver's seat
Andrew Jackson Barnes
Born: August 7, 1870
Died: May 22, 1942
Place of birth: Sherwood, TN
Spouse: Hettie Dillon Lynch
information: Rose Birdwell Genealogy Webpage
Other information: (From Don and Vernie Jones) This is about a
man who lived in, and loved Sherwood, all his life. He was a tall man,
a man of many serious and determined efforts to make Sherwood a better
place to live. He hired men to clean off the creek banks, to mow the grass,
and to plant flowers by the creek side. He also hired men to side-dress
the roads and repair potholes in the roadway. He was instrumental in getting
the road down the mountain to become a reality. He donated land for the
building of the Sherwood Church of Christ. Mr. Andy and Mr. McKinley put
up the money for the spring to be enclosed, and a springhouse to be built.
For as long as he lived, he saw that the spring was kept clean and
Mr. Andy bought the big house near the spring
from Mr. Sherwood.
well-maintained. This included the planting of mint, watercress, and
Mr. Andy was a happy man, and a man of great pride. He wore a suit, tie,
and Stetson hat each day to his office in Sherwood, where he smoked big
Charles Denby cigars.
Mr. Andy was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Decherd,
now known as US Bank. He also bought and sold real estate, timber, and
was in the tan-bark business with his father-in-law, John Dillon Lynch.
When saloons were legal, he owned one on the west side of the square in
Winchester. Later what had been a saloon was turned into a grocery store,
and then into a Western Auto store. His granddaughter owned it, and finally
sold it in 1992. Mr. Andy also owned parcels of land all over the county.
Mr. Andy was born in the house by the old milldam, now known as Jake Summers'
home. He married Hettie Dillon Lynch, and out of that marriage came a
son Jack. Andy and Hettie also raised another boy, a distant relative
that had been orphaned. His name was Dave Garner. Dave later lived and
died in Orme, TN. Mr.Andy had five grandchildren - one deceased, and three
great grandchildren at the time of his death.