Albert Charles & Julia Louise Leford Barnier

Albert & Julia Leford Barnier

Albert, son of Joseph Amedee Barnier (1868 - 1942) and Marie Adeline Repellin (spelled Ripelin in other references) ( ?? - 1904), was born in on January 30, 1893 in Grenoble, Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Albert Barnier immigrated to the United States from France in 1910, traveling on the S.S. St. Louis.  The ship sailed from Cherbourg, France on April 30, 1910 and arrived at the Port of New York on May 8, 1910.  Albert's final destination was Williston, North Dakota, although he was meeting his brother, Julian Barnier, in Bainville, Montana (Julian had immigrated to the United States in 1906).  The occupation listed on the manifest is farmer/laborer. Albert was 16 at the time of his voyage, and appears to have traveled alone.

The ship's manifest lists Albert's last place of permanent residence as Dionay, France.  The "name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came" lists his father, Joseph Barnier, a farm laborer living in Dionay. He had paid for his own ticket, had $10.00 in his possession, and had never been in the US before.  The manifest states that he was never in prison, was not a polygamist or anarchist, was in good mental and physical health, was not deformed or crippled, was 5 feet tall, with dark complexion, with dark brown hair and eyes.  He had a "mark over each eye", and was born in Grenoble France.

The manifest Albert was listed on was "for steerage passengers", which, by any measure, was an extremely difficult way to travel the high seas. Click here to see an image of the SS St. Louis.

The ships Affidavit of the Master or Commanding Officer, or First or Second Officer states:

"I, H Harlley, Chief Officer of the S Louis, from Cherbourg, do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that I have caused the surgeon of said vessel sailing therewith, if the surgeon employed by the owners thereof, to make a physical and oral examination of each and all of the aliens named in the foregoing Lists or Manifest Sheets, 8 in number, and that from the report of said surgeon and from my own investigation, I believe that no one of said aliens is an idiot, or imbecile, or a feeble-minded person, or insane person, or a pauper, or is likely to become a public charge, or is afflicted with tuberculosis or with a loathsome or dangerous contagious disease, or is a person who has been convicted of, or who admits having committed a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or is a polygamist or one admitting belief in the practice of polygamy, or an anarchist, or under promise or agreement, express or implied, to perform labor in the United States, or a prostitute, or a woman or girl coming to the United States for the purpose of prostitution, or for any other immoral purpose, and that also, according to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information in said Lists or Manifests concerning each of said aliens named therein is correct and true in every respect.”  Sworn to on the 7th day of May, 1910.

Albert's future wife, Julia Louise (Ann) Leford (daughter of Mary Barnier and Peter Leford), was born on May 16, 1906 in Alpena, Michigan.   Albert Barnier and Julia Leford married on December 01, 1922 in Roosevelt County, Montana. Albert was 28 years old, Julia 16 years old.  They both lived in Bainville, Montana. It was the first marriage for both of them.  Their marriage was witnessed by J. Edna Rucker and Lorna Donohor (sp?).

Albert and Julia had 4 children;

Charles Wilmer Barnier (September 12, 1923 - February 18, 2012).  Charles was married to Chadyeane.

Marguerite Dorothy (Peggy) Barnier (Anderson) (November 6, 1926 - September 13, 2003). Peggy was married to Vernon Irvin Anderson (Sonny) (December 24, 1923 - October 31, 2013).  Peggy and Sonny had three sons; Dan (Linda) Anderson, Steve (Sheila) Anderson, Mike (Nancy) Anderson.  Peggy and Sonny are buried at Arlington Municipal Cemetery, a.k.a. Harwood Cemetery, in Arlington, Washington.

Bernard Wayne Barnier (December 22, 1928 - October 21, 2003).  Bernie was married to Donna. Bernie is buried at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue, Washington.

Beverly Mae Barnier (Holland) (April 14, 1933 - March 22, 2016).  Beverly was married to Edgar Lee) (April 03, 1931 - November 24, 2011).  Beverly and Ed had four daughters; Jody (Gary) Holland Malean, Peggy (Buzzy) Holland Grable, Susie (Tim) Holland Garton, Stephani (Rod) Holland Brower.

The 1940 US Census, taken on April 19, 1940, finds the Albert Barnier family living in Snohomish County, Washington State.  Albert was 45 years old, and Julia 33 years old.  Their four children were now 16 years old to 7 years old; Wilmer 16 years old, Marguerite 13 years old, Bernard 11 years old and Beverly 7 years old. Wilmer and Marguerite were born in Montana, Bernard in Idaho and Beverly in Washington State.  Albert's occupation was Sectionhand in the Steam Railroad industry.  His income in 1939 was $900.00.

Albert served in the United States Army, PFC. He was a veteran of WWI.

Albert died on February 8, 1975 in Arlington, Snohomish County, Washington.

Julia died on May 13, 1995 in Arlington, Snohomish County, Washington, at the age of 88.  At the time of her death, Julia's children had blessed her with 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Both Albert and Julia are buried at Arlington Municipal Cemetery.

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