ROBERT BARNHILL, a prominent pioneer farmer, P. 0. Findlay, was born in Mifflin County, Penn., March 17, 1809,
son of Gabriel and Nancy (McCurdy) Barnhill, natives of Pennsylvania. Gabriel Barnhill was one of the early farmers
of Harrison County, Ohio, and filled the office of justice of the peace as early as 1812. His family consisted
of eleven children, Robert being the second (he has two brothers and two sisters living). The subject of this sketch
was reared on the old home farm, and acquired his education in the common schools of that day. He came to this
county in 1836 , and settled in Liberty Township, which at that time was densely covered with forest. He assisted
in clearing away the timber that they might have a few acres of land to cultivate, and whereon to raise the necessaries
of life. His present farm consists of 140 acres of fine land, on which he and his family have made many improvements.
Mr. Barnhill was united in marriage in Wayne County, Ohio, the fruits of which union were six children, three of
whom survive: Agnes (wife of George Markley), Margaretta M. (wife of John Miller) and James (married to Elizabeth
Ramsey). The deceased are Anderson, Sarah E. and Mary A. After the death of his first wife Mr. Barnhill became
united in marriage with Mary A., daughter of Henry Keel, and the fruits of this union are Joseph (in Iowa, married
to Sarah Loy), Robert (a farmer, married to Mary E. Dennis) and Eliza J. (wife of M. R. Longbrake). Mr. Longbrake
was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, September 27, 1846, and chose farming as his life vocation. He was married
in 1871, and had the following named children: May A., G. W., J. H. (deceased), A. V., William E., Myrtle and Belle
Grace. The families are members of the Christian Union Church. Mr. Barnhill is school director and township trustee.
In politics he is a Democrat.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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