|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1850|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 1924|
Jennie Swain daughter of Prior and Louisa (Coffin) Swain was born in Walker Township, Rush county, Aug. 20, 1850, and departed this life Oct. 1, 1924, aged 74 years, 1 month and 12 days.
She has lived practically all her life in and near the house of her birth attending the district schools and acquiring her education from these places of learning the best they could give. Being naturally of a keen mind she outstripped the school curriculum and by application and experience was able to move in the very best circles of society.
Early in her young girlhood she met David E. Barnard and friendship ripened into love and on Oct. 28, 1869, they were united in marriage by the Rev. T. B. Gary, a minister of the Methodist Church, and settled in their house just South of the Wesleyan Methodist church in Rush Co.
To this union was born Four children of whom Three are living. Omar P. Barnard of Indianapolis the eldest and deprived by sickness of attending the funeral service, our sympathy goes out to him. Marshall S. a telegraph operator for the Pennsylvania railroad at Franklin Ind. and Dr. Roy F. Barnard a dental practitioner of Shelbyville, Ind.
At the age of 24 years she was attending service at the Wesleyan Methodist church and strong conviction for the need of a savior took possession of her heart and through repentance and faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, she found peace with God and great joy filled her soul and her life was continually radiating the sunshine of a Godly life. Soon after her conversion she united with the Friends church at Little Blue River and through all these Fifty years she has remained a faithful and loyal member, helping to bear the burdens and counting it all joy to be a servant of the Lord.
Early in the history of Little Blue River meeting she was appointed by the Monthly meeting to the station of Elder. The meeting recognising her ability as Elder has continuously retained her. Her quiet unassuming dignity and wise judgement has made her to be appreciated, though she sought no place, her ability, wisdom and strong christian character was the gift that made room for her.
She taught a class in the Sabbath school for a great many years, and years ago was chosen as clerk of the meeting of Ministry and Oversight which position she still retained at the time of her death.
During the month of June last she was taken serious sick but after a few weeks seemed to be much better but about two weeks ago the relentless hand of deseas laid hold, Though all was done that physicians, nurses, Husband, and children, and friends could do there was nothing that would stay the hand of the reaper. During the days of suffering she was the imbodiment of patience and the christian grace that had sustained her during the time of health, was on exebition constantly during the days of adversity and pain. Constantly she reminded the friends that all was well, and the testamony that had rang out in church service of victory was in the face of death made stronger when she cried I have perfect victory.
So passes one of God's noble women and a loving devoted wife and mother, a sincere friend and neighbour, and while our hearts break with the parting yet we through our tears can say Praise God for allowing Jennie Barnard to have lived among us and become to us a real mother in Israel.
She leaves a loving Husband, Three sons, Seven grandchildren becide a great company of friends that will mourn her departure, but we mourn not as they who have no hope, for the skye is clear and her bark has safley anchored in the haven of rest where ere this she has been reunited with Allie S. Barnard her daughter who preceded her to the heavenly home when she was 11 years old.
Prior Swain (1818 - 1862)
Louisa Coffin Swain (1821 - 1903)
David Elmore Barnard (1840 - 1933)
Little Blue River Friends Cemetery
Created by: K. Pruet
Record added: Nov 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80933780