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 David Elmore Barnard

David Elmore Barnard

Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Death 28 Aug 1933 (aged 92)
Rush County, Indiana, USA
Burial Manilla, Rush County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 80933469 · View Source
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When on my day of life the night is falling,
And I hear far voices out of darkness calling,
Thou who hast made my home of life so pleasant,
O Love Divine, O Helper ever present,
Be Thou my strength and stay.

David Elmore Barnard, son of Brazilla [Barzillai] and Rachel [Roberts] Barnard was born in Wayne county, Ohio [IN], November 2, 1840. Departed this life August 28, 1933, aged 92 years 9 months and 26 days.

In early life the family removed to Rush county, Indiana, where David Elmore grew to manhood; here he spent more than eighty years of his life, being actively engaged in farming until he was four-score years of age.

On October 28, 1869, he was united in marriage to Jennie Swain, and to this happy home there came four children, three sons and one daughter.

Shortly after his marriage, he affiliated with the Friends Church and gave himself sincerely to the cause of his Master and the interest of the Sunday School and Church. He was a man of faith in Jesus Christ, positive in his convictions and devoted in his service to his home and his Maker.

At the call of his country he enlisted in Company C, 16th Regiment Indiana Volunteers and served from July 1862 till June 1865. He was a participant in some of the major engagement of the War, one of which was the Siege of Vicksburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnard retired from the farm about 12 years ago and became residents of Manilla where they were greatly beloved by many friends and acquaintances.

Mrs. Barnard was called away some nine years ago and these later years have been a period of patient waiting to Mr. Barnard, often have we heard in the evening twilight as he sat alone in his home, this servant of God signing that familiar hymn, "There's a Land that is Fairer than Day."

Surviving are three sons: Omer, of Indianapolis; Marshall, of Franklin; and Dr. Roy Barnard of Shelbyville; with seven grandchildren; a brother, Ambrose Barnard, Seattle, Washington and a sister, Mrs. J. E. Merrill [Helen Jennie Barnard], Indianapolis, and many other relatives.

He held his place --
Held the long purpose like a growing tree --
Held on through blame and faltered not at praise.
And when he fell, he leaves a lonesome place against the sky.
The pains of death are past,
Labor and sorrow cease;
And, life's long warfare closed at last,
His soul is found in peace.
Soldier of Christ, well done!
Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Savior's joy!

BIOGRAPHY, "Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana, Volume II", by A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas, pub 1921, Pages 175-176:

DAVID E. BARNARD. The thriving and hospitable village of Manilla includes among its residents many who have stepped aside from the paths of labor to allow to pass the younger generation with their high hopes and ambitions. Among these retired residents none is more highly esteemed than David E. Barnard, a highly respected octogenarian, who for many years was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Posey township, this county. Mr. Barnard was born in Wayne county, Indiana, November 2, 1840, a son Barzillai G. and Rachael (Robert) Barnard, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Virginia. The parents were married in Fayette county, Indiana and the father followed farming throughout his life, for the most part in Rush county, where he owned about 300 acres of land. There were eleven children in the family, of whom five are living, Ambrose, Herman J., Mary E., Helen G. and David E. David E. Barnard received his education in the public schools of Posey township, this county, to which community he had taken by his parents when six years of age. He began working on his father's farm, but at this point the peaceful routine of his life was disturbed by the advent of the Civil war, and on July 21, 1862, he enlisted for service in the Union army, and was mustered into the service on August 16, 1862, as a member of Company C, Sixteenth regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which command he served nearly three years, being mustered out on July 20, 1865. During his service in the army Mr. Barnard showed himself a valiant and faithful soldier and rose in rank, eventually receiving an honorary commission as first lieutenant from Governor Morton. After leaving the army, Mr. Barnard worked at several different occupations, principally farming, until his marriage in 1869, at which time he became the proprietor of a country store in Posey township, which he conducted for three years. He then turned his attention again to farming, which he followed with success in Posey township until 1920, when he retired from active pursuits and took up his residence at Manilla. At this time he and his wife are the owners of 122 acres of valuable land in Posey and Walker townships. Mr. Barnard was married on October 28, 1869, to Jennie Swain, who was born in Walker township, this county, daughter of Prior and Louisa (Coffin) Swain, natives of North Carolina, who followed agricultural pursuits in Walker township for many years. Of their two children, Mrs. Barnard survives. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard have had four children, of whom three are living, Omar P., a traveling salesman living at Charlottesville, Indiana, who married Lulu Macy and has four children, David I., Glenn R., Kenneth S. and Perry L.; Marshall S., a telegraph operator for the Pennsylvania railroad at Franklin, Indian, who married Pearl Taylor and has one child, Dorothy A.; and Dr. Roy F. Barnard, a dental practitioner of Shelbyville, Indiana, who married Minnie Schlissmann and has two children, J. Paul and Elizabeth F. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard are members of the Little Blue River Friends Church. He is a Republican in his political sentiment and a strong supporter of the principles of his party.

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Civil War Veteran 1862 - 1865
1st. Lt. Co. C 16 Reg. Ind. Vol. Inf.





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