Biography of E. J. Barnhart
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Barnhart, E. J., Massena, was born on Barnhart Island, April 16, 1839, a son of Peter, a son of Jacob, a native of Cornwall, Canada, and son of George Barnhart, of German extraction, who settled in Cornwall in 1780, and died there in 1811. Three of the sons of George, George, Jacob and John came to the island, of which their father had secured a permanent lease from the St. Regis Indians. John afterwards went to Toronto and became prominent; Jacob and George resided on the island until their deaths. Peter Barnhart was born on the island, May 8, 1801, and there reared and educated. He followed farming all his life, and died on the island his father settled. His wife was Amarilla Barnhart, a native of the island, born October 10, 1807, by whom he had six sons and three daughters, of whom four sons are now living. Peter died May 31, 1853, and his wife February 23, 1880. They were members of the Episcopal church. E. J. Barnhart, the subject of this sketch, was born on the island and there educated. His life occupation has been farming, and he now owns 169 acres and keeps a dairy of thirty five cows; he also owns the Maple Leaf cheese factory and manufactures about 44,000 pounds of cheese yearly. Mr. B. is a Democrat, and he and his wife are Episcopalians. December 26, 1861, Mr. Barnhart was married to Carrie, daughter of David Barnhart (son of George W.). David Barnhart was born on the island and was there reared and educated. He was married first to Lucia, daughter of Elijah Burpee, of Canada. Mrs. Barnhart died in 1855, and he married Elizabeth Burgett. The subject and wife have one adopted daughter, Bertha A., a native of Canada, and educated in Massena. She taught school in Massena village for three years, after teaching on the island and in Brasher a short time, beginning at the age of sixteen. She married Cassius A. Hamilton, of Massena, and they live in Susquehanna, Pa., where he is engaged with a publishing house as general manager.

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