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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HENRY BARNHART, farmer and carpenter; P. O. West Milton; born near Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio, in the year 1839; is the son of John and Elizabeth Barnhart, who were born in Pennsylvania, the father in 1811, the mother in 1813, and were married in 1835; the following year they removed to Montgomery Co., in which they resided two years, then removed to Darke Co., where they resided a year, and finally settled in Concord Township, where they now live; they had five children, all living, viz., David, Henry, John, Andrew and Anna. Our subject was reared upon the farm, and, at the age of 16 years, learned the wagon-maker’s trade, which he followed for three years. Aug. 19, 1862, he enlisted in Co. E, 63d O. V. I., and was soon after transferred to the front and placed in the 3d Brigade of the 17th Corps; the regiment took an active part in the thrilling scenes of the war; Mr. B. participated in the battles of Resaca, Atlanta, Altoona, Kingston Jonesboro, Kenesaw Mountain, and, in fact, all the engagements in and around this great rebel stronghold; he passed through three years of active duty and receiving no scratches, he “veteranized” in 1863 and was discharged in July, 1865 having been promoted to Corporal. After his return home, he took up wagon-making which he followed for ten years, then burned lime for two years in Davis Wheelock’s kiln, after which he located on the farm where he has since resided; he frequently works at carpentering, plastering, etc., being one of those natural mechanics who can turn a hand to most anything. Feb. 9, 1864, he was married to Sarah Root; to them six children have been born, five of whom are living viz., Noah, Nettie, Icy, Ida M. and John W.; Cora deceased. Mrs. B. is a daughter of John and Louisa Root; the former was born in France, the latter in Germany; they had but one child, Mrs. Barnhart; by a previous marriage, Mr. Root had twelve children, part of whom are living; Mr. R. is deceased; Mrs. R. resides with our subject; she was born in 1802. Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart have been members of the Disciples Church for four years, and are zealous in the cause; he is also a member of the subordinate Lodge, I. O. O. F., in West Milton.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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