I have just found my first reference to Ft. Barnwell in the Kinston Free Press newspaper. Ft. Barnwell is where my father is from!
The short notice in the May 3, 1898 issue states that “Mr. F. Harris and family, of near Ft. Barnwell, were in Kinston today.”
I did a 1900 census search and only find one Harris family (out of many Harris families living in Fr. Barnwell) that have a male whose name starts with an F living in Ft. Barnwell. Mr. Frederick Harris and wife Martha, have 8 children; perhaps this is them? I’ll be on the lookout for additional references to the town.