Eusebius Barnard

Eusebius Barnard

Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Oct 1865 (aged 63)
Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 59223788 · View Source
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64 Years

He was described by Gilbert Cope as “a man of great force of character”.

Eusebius Barnard was recognized 2011 with a PA Historical marker, photo shown, at his Pocopson Farm "Barnard Station" for his work as an abolitionist (he was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Meeting of Progressive Friends as well as Longwood Progressive Friends Meetinghouse) and plans @ 2016 are for the farmhouse to house the Kennett Underground Railroad Center. Eusebius & his 2nd wife Sarah Marsh, moved to Hamorton in 1859 (next door to their friends Isaac & Dinah Mendenhall who moved to Hamorton in 1857 from their Oakdale Farm nearby). Eusebius and President Abraham Lincoln were 3rd Cousins once removed who both died in 1865. They share Richard Barnard, a Quaker who arrived @ 1687 in America from Wiltshire England settling in Upland (his descendants moved out into Kennett, Chester County Area), who was Eusebius' 2nd Great Grandfather and Abraham's 3rd Great Grandfather.

Parents: Richard & Sarah (Chambers) Barnard
Siblings: Joseph C. (1793-1823), Amos (1795-1854), Elihu (1798-1857), William (1800?-1864), Eusebius R. (himself), Cyrus (1805-1808, child), Ezra (1806-1808, child), Cyrus (1808-1842), Elizabeth (1809-1813, child) & Philena (1812-1813).
Grandparents: Richard & Lettice (Baker) Barnard
Great Grandparents: Richard & Anne (Taylor) Barnard
Great Great Grandparents: Richard & Frances (Lambe) Barnard and Abiah & ? Taylor. Note: Frances Barnard later married Thomas? Bowater.

Eusebius attended the Westtown Boarding School, and being of a studious and attentive disposition he advanced rapidly in his studies and was one of the foremost scholars in the school. Joseph Barnard, brother of Eusebius Barnard, was teaching school at Locust Grove, and finding his classes in advance of his education called upon Eusebius, who was but thirteen years of age at that time and a student at the school in Westtown, to take charge of these advanced students temporarily.

Eusebius was also a member of the Locust Grove Lyceum, which met at the nearby one room schoolhouse in the early 1850’s.  The lyceum members wrote on a variety of topics including: Education; Science; Literature; Slavery; Women’s Rights and Temperance. The members often disagreed on such controversial topics.  However, for the papers that survive, it is very clear that the lyceum members including Mr. Barnard was very optimistic that with education and moral living, that things would be right.

Eusebius married 4/9/1829 his first wife Sarah Painter (1804-1849, Sarah's brothers Minshall and Jacob Painter established what is known today Tyler Arboretum at the estate they were raised on) in 1829 and had 8 children:
Elizabeth P. (4/11/1830-3/26/1856) m. 1855 Thomas C. Hoopes on her father's Pocopson farm;
Minerva (6/14/1831-5/9/1833, only @ 2 years old);
Hannah M. (3/7/1833-5/12/1914) m. 1857 William B. Hoopes on her father's Pocopson farm called "The Firs" or "Cedarlawn";
Minerva S. (3/20/1835-1907) m. 1856 Elwood Hoopes (cousin of William B. Hoopes);
Enos (9/27/1836-9/7/1837, only 1 year old);
Anna (2/26/1839-1/7/1845, only @ 6 years old);
Eusebius R. (11/2/1840-1915) m. 1878 Alta Jean Downing;
Enos Painter (4/24/1844-1925) m. 1868 Abigail Steele.

Eusebius married his second wife Sarah Marsh (1819-1887) sometime after his first wife died in 1849 and before 1855. Her parents, Gravener and Hannah Marsh were fellow conductors on the Underground Railroad.

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  • Maintained by: Loraine Lucas
  • Originally Created by: Kimberly
  • Added: 26 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59223788
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eusebius Barnard (Jul 1802–2 Oct 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59223788, citing Longwood Cemetery, Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Loraine Lucas (contributor 48176490) .