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Re: John N. Barnhill killed at Goliad Texas 1836 - Seeking ancestry
Posted by: Stan Barnhill (ID *****3111) Date: July 21, 2009 at 15:28:48
In Reply to: John N. Barnhill killed at Goliad Texas 1836 - Seeking ancestry by Fred Meek of 1660

Fred and Cathy - Research on this subject is nearly exhausted. I have had exchanges with Neil and A. Virgil Barnhill and here is what I have concluded...John N. Barnhill - enlisted with the "Red Rovers" (Dr. Jack Shackleford) in Alabama, went to Texas to fight for Texas independence, lost his life at Goliad, Texas under Colnel Fannin . His father (unknown) was married more than once. The family (fairly large) migrated to West Falencia Parish in Louisiana about 1800. Land records (written in Spanish) indicate the family settled for a while near the Mississippi River. About 1810, John and one relative (Thought to be William) went up the Mississippi to Natchez where fliers were advertising land fit for settlement in Tennessee and Tejas territory. John enlisted at Courtland & Tuscumbia, Alabama among about 70 men. It is interesting to note he claimed to be a native of Georgia. Red Rover company Landed in Matagorda Bay 19 Jan 1836 and joined Fannin at Goliad about 13 Feb 1836 with 15 men from TN & MS in the Company of Refugio Militia, Matagorda Volunteers and about 10 added men who joined during the journey. I have not discovered who John's father was. The more I find about John, the more I become convinced he was born in Georgia, possibly in Henry County. His possible grandfather, therefore could be John Barnhill, found on the 1800 census of Pitt county, North Carolina. He (the possible grandfather) was added to the pension roll of Revolutionary War in 1833 at age 74. John N. Barnhill was not known to have any living siblings at the time of his death. After Johnís death, Texas land grants in his name were claimed by some members of the CARTER family, who gave their relationship to John as Cousins. I havenít researched the Texas Land records in Austin, but I plan to do so if I last that long. Another lead I have attempted to follow up is, at least one mother or step mother has the surname DORTCH, Christian name unknown. Known descendants still live in Louisiana, some in Alabama. I apologize for the vagueness of my research here, but I give my conclusions in hopes that some day this record will be complete. After all, This John Barnhill and all that served under Colnel Fannin should be regarded as TEXAS HEROES, just as those who served at the Alamo. A little known fact is that this company of men were gathering up food supplies for the stand at the Alamo when they were discovered by Santa Anaís army. If they any suspicion that they would be treated other than prisoners of war, every one of them would have fought to the death. Santa Anaís orders was to take no prisoners and as a result, all of these men were slaughtered and their bodies were mutilated and burned. John N. Barnhillís name is the first on the memorial of men at Goliad, Texas who died in this massacre. Good luck with your search - Stan


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