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Elizabeth Curry Barnard
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1806
Davidson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 1892
Sugar Creek Township
Hancock County
Indiana, USA

d/o David & Sarah (Sullivan) Curry

w/o Reuben Barnard (m. abt Sept 1825, Davidson County, North Carolina)

m/o Louisa Barnard, Frederick Barnard, James J. Barnard, Sarah E. (Barnard) Cunningham Schildmeier, Delphina (Barnard) Smith, Mary E. (Barnard) Jinks/Jenks, Elihu B. Barnard, Eunice (Barnard) Senour, William C. Barnard, & Charlotte Josephine (Barnard) Burkhart


The following newspaper article is from the Greenfield (Hancock County, Indiana) Republican Weekly newspaper. Seemingly, the paper did a series called 'Our Pioneer Sketches!'; this sketch appeared on August 27, 1891.

Of the Old Pioneers now Living in the County, Giving in Detail Many Interesting Reminiscences of the Early Day,
Relating the Hardships, Trials and Difficulties Through Which They Passed, Following Their Career up to the Present Time.
These Sketches Will be Carefully and Accurately Written up, and Will Prove to be Interesting Reading for all.

Sketch No. 26 - Mrs. Elizabeth Barnard of Sugarcreek Township

Elizabeth Curry was born in Davidson county, N. C., March 20, 1806, and was married to Reuben Barnard in September, 1825, and moved to Hancock county, Ind., and settled on the homestead where she now resides, in the green woods, March 25, 1833. She has lived continuously on the same 80 acres and is the only person in Sugarcreek township living on the land bought by them from Congress.

Reuben Barnard was the first blacksmith in Sugarcreek township, was also a millwright and carpenter, and while he worked away from home trying to earn a few dollars, his wife and children stayed in the green woods, tended their patch of corn and gathered ‘sang' in the day time and barred themselves in their cabin at night to keep out the wolves and other wild beasts. She was the mother of ten children, four sons and six daughters. All except one son lived to the age of maturity, and he died on the road to Indianapolis at the age of 17 years.

One son, after taking a course of study at Bloomington University, studied law with Barber & Porter (since Governor and now Minister to Italy) and went to Texas as a practical lawyer.

One son, James, is located at Springfield Mo. He has been Sheriff of the county, Mayor of the city, and is now a practicing attorney.

One son, W. C. Barnard is now serving his second term as Treasurer of Hancock county to the satisfaction of all parties.

One daughter died August, 1884, aged 45 years.

One daughter died March, 1856, aged 30 years.

Two daughters live in Marion county, Ind., one in Shelby county and one in Green county, Missouri.

When Reuben Barnard and wife located in Hancock county they were very poor, and they had many hardships to endure, incident to pioneer life. It was by unceasing, hard work, self denial and determination to succeed that they did succeed. They raised a large family, gave them all a fair education, and when Reuben Barnard died Dec. 29, 1870, he left a snug fortune for his family.

Elizabeth has been in poor health for the past three years. At that time she had a hard spell of sickness, since which time she has been rapidly failing both mentally and physically, and is waiting the call of her Master to come.
Two sons and four daughters are still living. One son, James J., is living in Springfield, Mo., has four children. W. C. Barnard, our County Treasurer, has two daughters, Miss Borgia and Miss Audrey. Both are intelligent and among Greenfield's nicest young ladies. Miss Audrey is a teacher in our city schools, and Miss Borgia is an efficient Deputy Treasurer for her father at his office.

One daughter, Sarah E., married C. Schildmeier and has six children.

Delphina married G. M. Smith of Irvington and they have nine children. One son, Will Smith, served two years as surveyor of Marion county.

Mary married J. W. Jenks, a railroader. They live in Springfield, Missouri, and have two children.

Josephine married John Burkhart, a farmer of Shelby Co. They have 7 children.

Eunice (dead) was the wife of Richard Senour. They had four children.

Mrs. Barnard has thirty-four grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. Her family were members of the German Reform church. She has raised a large family of honorable sons and daughters that rise up and call her blessed. Hers has been a long life of usefulness, and will contribute much to enable those that come after to encounter the trials of life successfully.
Death of Elizabeth Barnard.

On Saturday, July 24th, Mrs. Elizabeth Barnard, mother of County Treasurer W. C. Barnard, died at her residence in Sugar Creek township. On Tuesday afternoon the funeral was preached at the G. E. Z. Church at New Palestine by the Rev. Em. M. Buchanan, of Acton Baptist Church, and the remains were interred in the Palestine cemetery. A large congregation was in attendance at the funeral, among them a number of citizens of Greenfield.

Elizabeth Barnard was born in Davidson county, N. C., March 20, 1806 and was married to Reuben Barnard, September, 1824. She removed to Hancock county March, 1833, and entered the homestead on which she lived at the time of her death. She was the mother of ten children four sons and six daughters, of whom two sons and four daughters still survive. She was one of the oldest ladies in the county, and led a useful life, and died at a ripe old age, honored and esteemed by all.
[The Hancock Democrat, Thursday Morning, August 4, 1892, Page 5, Column 4] 
Family links: 
  Reuben Barnard (1805 - 1870)
  Louisa Barnard (1826 - 1856)*
  Elihu B. Barnard (1839 - 1855)*
*Calculated relationship
"Aged 86y, 4m, 4d"
Sugar Creek Township Cemetery
New Palestine
Hancock County
Indiana, USA
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Elizabeth <i>Curry</i> Barnard
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