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John W. Barnhill, d. 1809-1810 Feliciana Parish, LA
Posted by: Cathy Osborn (ID *****1895) Date: July 31, 2009 at 23:51:29
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Hello Researchers,

Currently researching John W. Barnhill and Dorothy (Dolly or Dollie) Dortch Barnhill Wells of Feliciana Parish, LA. John W. Barnhill came to Natchez, MS in the late 1700s and settled on land in Feliciana Parish which was then a part of the territory of West Florida.

By the early 1800s John Barnhill and his wife Dorothy Dortch had settled on land in the St. Francisville area of Feliciana Parish, LA.

Some time between May 1809 and 27 July 1810 when Dorothy Dortch Barnhill remarried to Benjamin F. Wells, John W. Barnhill had passed away.

Census of 1820 for Feliciana Parish, LA, Red Wood Creek area of St. Francisville, lists the names of Parson Carter, Dolly Wells and David (Dortel) Dortch living next to each other.

What I have learned from a Dortch researcher, Mr. James Perrin, is that Dorothy (Dolly or Dollie) Dortch Barnhill Wells was the daughter of David Dortch and Mary ( Maria) Hay, sister of Nancy Anne Dortch and wife of Parsons Carter.

After the death of certain family members Ann and Parsons Carter took into their home a number of orphaned children from connected families and two of them that have been mentioned are John N. and Mary (Maria) A. Barnhill but there were other Dortch children as well.

By the 1820 census we find Dorothy or Dolly Dortch Barnhill Wells a widow, and only one son about age nine or ten actually living with her but tons of persons living with the Parson Carter family.

What is known to date about John W. Barnhill and Dorothy Dortch is that they had at least three children, Henry Barnhill, who died at the Battle on New Orleans in 1815. Mary (Maria) A. Barnhill, b. about 1803 and John A. or John N. Barnhill, b. 1808 who died at Goliad, Texas 27 Mar 1836.

Apparently none of these three above mentioned Barnhill children married? Hard to believe given the number of marriages, deaths and remarriages that occurred during this period of time but court records clearly state all of them unmarried at time of death.

Have not to date found any records of other Barnhill children from this union of John and Dorothy Dortch Barnhill but three children in no more than possibly four years of marriage sounds about right.

The union of Benjamin F. Wells and Dorthy Dortch Barnhill lasted for at least ten years or less so where are those children if Dorothy (Dolly) Wells only had one reported son living with her by the 1820 census?

What I'm hoping is to find other Barnhill, Dortch, Carter and Wells family member who are also researching these connected families in Louisiana.

Cathy Barnhill Osborn

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