I'm sure more than a few Dark Shadows fans have Googled the name "Barnabas Collins" in hopes of finding someone baring the name of the fictional vampire. While it's an unlikely name, it appears that at least one man shared the name of television's best-loved antihero.
A California legislator named Barnabas Collins passed away in 1901, and has a grave marker eleven blocks from the State Capitol in a section of Sacramento City Cemetery.
In a eulogy delivered on the Assembly Floor, Grove Johnson noted “For twenty-one years I had known Mr. Collins, and in every relation the man proved his worth as a father, as a husband, as a friend, as a citizen. Here in this Assembly we have not had time to understand his worth. We have not been able to appreciate the dignity of his character and his indomitable perseverance.”
You can read more about the real life Barnabas Collins HERE.