OHIO GENEALOGY EXPRESS
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Marion County, Ohio
History & Genealogy
The History of Marion County, Ohio
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, etc.:
General and Local Statistics; Military Record; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men;
History of Ohio; Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Henry M. Barnhart
|HENRY M. BARNHART
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 181
Like many of the representative and much esteemed citizens of Marion
County, our subject is a native of the township in which he lives,
having been born on section 9, Big Island Township, Feb. 13, 1834.
He still makes his home on the old estate which was the property of
his parents, William and Sarah (James)
Britton. The father of our subject was born in New
Hampshire, and there learned and followed the shoemaker's trade up
to 1815, the date of his removal to this state and county. He
at once located in Big Island Township, entering eighty acres of
land, and made this place his home until his death, in 1873, at
which time he was the possessor of four hundred and thirty acres.
He was a man of prominence and influence in his community. Having
lived through some very exciting times here, were he living he could
fill a volume with interesting reminiscences of his eventful career.
He was a man possessed of very little book knowledge, and as no
record was ever kept of his family history, but little is known of
Of the fourteen children born to William and Sarah Britton, seven lived to mature years. Of this family, Lorenzo, Cynthia, Clinton, Roxy, Gitto, Nealon, Sanuiel, Sarah and Clarinda are deceased. Melissa married Nelson Williams, the owner of land in both Big Island and Salt Rock Townships, Marion County; and James is the subject of this sketch.
When the father came West he conveyed his household effects on a raft down the Ohio River, but before landing with them met with a great misfortune, the raft sinking to the bottom of the river. This loss made him feel so poor that he felt compelled to remain here, although he had desired to return to the Granite State, and, entering a tract of land, settled down and prepared to gain a good income from its cultivation. This he did in time and was never sorry afterward that he did not follow his inclination to abandon the scene of his misfortunes. He was married, Jan. 16, 1857, to Lydia McNabb, daughter of Angus and Lydia (Shippy) McNabb. Her father was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and was married to Lydia Shippy after coming to the United States, in Massachusetts. The mother was born June 28, 1795, while her husband, who was some years older, was born in 1783. Their only child was our subject's wife, whose birth occurred June 26, 1838.
To Mr. and Mrs. Britton has been granted a family of eight children. Asa, born Sept. 10, 1858, is now a farmer of Big Island Township. William A., born Dec. 10, 1860, died Jan. 16, 1869. Sarah, born July 6, 1865, died Mar. 19, 1892; she had formerly married C. C. Brady, and was the mother of one child. Eleanor, born Dec. 29, 1870, died Apr. 6, 1871. James, Jr., born Apr. 15, 1871, is at home with his parents. Lydia R., born Dec. 20, 1873, and Maye M., June 7, 1876, are at home; and Marion W., born July 8, 1880, died May 6 of the following year.
Our .subject lived at home for a year after reaching his majority, and on commencing the battle of life for himself chose the occupation of a farmer, to which pursuit he had been reared. His possessions now include one hundred acres, on which he carries on general farming. He was as well educated as were the youth of his day and locality, but it is his intention to give his children every advantage. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in politics is a Prohibitionist.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Marion & Hardin Counties, Ohio - 1895 - Page 119
|WILLIAM T. BROCKLESBY