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William Robbins Barnes

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William Robbins Barnes

Co-Founder of Barnes & Noble


Who was William Robbins Barnes?

William Robbins Barnes was a co-founder of the bookselling firm Barnes & Noble. His partner in the venture was his father’s friend Gilbert Clifford Noble. Shortly after the Civil War, William’s father Rev. Charles Barnes was the first to buy a lot in a new town being put together in Illinois just west of Chicago. The town was Hinsdale and it was being created by a man named William Robbins. Robbins created a marketing promotion that offered a free lot to the first boy born in Hinsdale. On May 12, 1866, the Rev. Charles Barnes and his wife Ellen had the winning boy and fittingly named him William Robbins Barnes.

Famous Kin

It seems only fitting that among the famous kin of William Barnes is the dictionary publisher Noah Webster. Other literary kin for William Barnes include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and Clarence Day. Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine, is also among the kin of William Barnes.

William Barnes is a descendant of Mayflower passenger and Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford. Former U.S. Presidents in his family tree include Franklin Pierce, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, and both Presidents Bush. William Barnes also has a number of celebrity kin including actor Clint Eastwood, TV chef Julia Child, actor Christopher Reeve, actress Sally Field, actor James Spader, singer Grace Slick, actor John Lithgow, singer and actor Bing Crosby, TV host Dick Clark, actress Jodie Foster, singer Janis Joplin and many others.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for William Robbins Barnes

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Anderson Cooper

Television Journalist

7th cousin 3 times removed
via John Webster

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Gloria Vanderbilt

Fashion Designer

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Webster

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Henry Cobb

(c1607 - 1678/9)
Great Migration Immigrant 1632

6th great-grandfather

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Linda Ronstadt

Singer and Songwriter

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Scott

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Linda Ronstadt

Singer and Songwriter

6th cousin 4 times removed
via David Wheeler

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Alexander Carpenter

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Dunham

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Lucia Chase

Co-Founder, American Ballet Theatre

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard Treat

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Lucia Chase

Co-Founder, American Ballet Theatre

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Aquila Chase Jr.

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Ed Helms

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Aquila Chase Jr.

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard Treat

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Post Malone

American Rapper

5th cousin 5 times removed
via John Webster

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Jane Fonda

Movie Actress

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Nathaniel Merrill

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Peter Fonda

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Nathaniel Merrill

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Bridget Fonda

Movie Actress

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Nathaniel Merrill

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Morrison Waite

7th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

7th cousin
via Alice Carpenter

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

6th cousin
via William Bradford Jr.

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

7th cousin
via John Steele

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Mark Hopkins, Jr.

Co-founder, Central Pacific R.R.

5th cousin 1 time removed
via William Bradford Jr.

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Mark Hopkins, Jr.

Co-founder, Central Pacific R.R.

6th cousin 1 time removed
via John Steele

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William Crowninshield Endicott

United States Secretary of War

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Hutchinson

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Humphrey Wythe

(c1591 - c1638/9)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

6th great-grandfather

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Alexander Carpenter

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

7th cousin 1 time removed
via John Dunham

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard Kimball Jr.

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