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Re: Barnhill/Barnwell-Independence of Texas 1836
Posted by: Cathy Osborn (ID *****1895) Date: August 03, 2009 at 20:13:11
In Reply to: Re: Barnhill/Barnwell-Independence of Texas 1836 by Stan Barnhill of 1661

Hi Stan,

Always good to hear your thoughts regarding those Barnhills found during and after the Independence of Texas. Sorry if might be confusing some of our readers and see if can clarify some of these issues.

John W. Barnhill of the late 1700s and early 1800s found in Feliciana Parish, LA was likely married to Dorothy "Dolly or Dollie" Dortch Barnhill Wells and both parents of John N. Barnhill who died at Goliad, TX. Nancy Anne Dortch Carter was Dorthy's sister and married to Parsons Carter and at some point John N. and his sister Mary "Maria" A. Barnhill lived in the home of Parsons and Anne Carter in Feliciana Parish, LA.

Researched the two Barnwells who were also under Col. Fannin's command in Texas during the same time John N. Barnhill volunteered, John H. Barnwell and James H. Barnwell. Have only found one, James Hazzard Barnwell whose parents were John Bernes Barnwell and Elizabeth Christiana Stole, according to records found at Ancestry, who lived in Beaufort, South Carolina before settling in Georgia. James Hazzard Barnwell never married so his mother listed as Eliza C., brothers Edward and John B., and sisters Sophia and Elizabeth "Bonnie" Barnwell were his heirs to land in Texas. John H. Barnwell passed away after the Independence of Texas.

To date have found no evidence of there being other Barnhills, other than John W. Barnhill, in Louisiana in the late 1700s or early 1800s or other Barnhill sibs for John W. Barnhill, but you have mentioned a William Barnhill as being a brother in Tenessee and thank you for this information.

You have mentioned Elizabeth Hungerford Smith Calhoun Barnhill and can see now why, since she moved to Texas during the early or mid 1800s, that you have been following her family line.

William Barnhill, Jr. who claimed land in Texas through the Stephen F. Austin Colony had one son named William Hodge Barnhill who settled in Sabine Parish, LA, so any William Barnhills who are found in Texas during the 1800s are not direct members of his family but could still have a family connection?

Think at some point we are going to come across some records for the family of John N. Barnhill, besides the Carters, who claimed land in Texas as his heirs. My thoughts have always been that the children of William Barnhill, Jr. were the families who claimed land in Texas through his early land claims but all of them might not have been?

Hope this has clarified the issues somewhat and my address is if anyone who like to contact me directly.

Cathy Barnhill Osborn

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