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Barnhills in Texas- Early 1800s
Posted by: Cathy Osborn (ID *****1895) Date: August 04, 2009 at 19:05:01
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Hello Texas Researchers,

For those of you researching the Barnhills and related families of early Texas now might be a good time to post the first and second generations that settled there.

To my knowledge William Barnhill, Jr. b. abt. 1774 in Craven Co., South Carolina and d. abt. 1838 in Travis co., Texas, was the first Barnhill to settle in Texas. William Jr. married Cynthia Hodge probably in 1796 in Elbert Co., GA and had ten known children.

William Barnhill Jr., and family stopped for periods of time in Elbert Co., GA/Franklin Co., GA/Barnesville, Lamar Co. GA (Barnwell spelling) according to Fern Albritton a Barnhill family researcher, and St. Clair Co. AL before settling in McNairy Co, Tennessee 1826-1831.

William Barnhill Jr., wife Cynthia and two of their children traveled to Texas where William Jr., applied for admission into the Stephen F. Austin Colony and land near the border of Texas and Louisiana, across the river from Sabine Parish, LA after 1831.

William Jr. and Cynthia Hodge Barnhill's children:

1. Daniel Barnhill b. abt. 1797.

2. William Hodge Barnhill b. abt. 1799.

3. Ann Barnhill b. abt. 1801.

4. Cynthia Barnhill b. abt. 1803.

5. Emily Barnhill b. abt. 1805.

6. Elizabeth Barnhill b. abt. 1807.

7. Isabella Barnhill b. abt. 1809.

8. John Newton Barnhill b. 1811.

9. Thomas Barnhill b. 1814.

10. Pleasant Alexander Barnhill b. 1816.

Do have the exact dates of birth and who some of them married if anyone is interested? What I am trying to show is who were the second generation of Barnhills who settled in Texas. John Hodge Barnhill and Cynthia Crump Barnhill
settled in Louisiana. John Newton Barnhill remained in McNairy Co, Tennessee. All of the other Barnhill siblings of William Jr., and Cynthia Hodge Barnhill eventually moved to Texas.

Elizabeth and Pleasant A. Barnhill were the two children who came with William Jr. and Cynthia Hodge Barnhill to Texas. Also Emily Barnhill Houston, husband Andrew Deavers Houston and Isabella Barnhill Chambers, husband Thomas Chambers also traveled along with William Jr. and Cynthia.

Haven't to date placed a time when other Barnhill siblings settled in Texas but have found evidence that the remaining three, Daniel, Ann and Thomas Barnhill are also found in Texas records.

Extensive research of the Barnhills of Sabine Parish, LA has already been done by Fern Albritton who wrote a book intitled, From Minto To Marthaville (A Barnhill Saga), which is out of print but have been able to obtain a copy from a Barnhill aunt.

Any Barnhills found after say the late 1800s are going to be most probably the third generation of Barnhills and connected families who settled in Texas and grand-children of the first William Barnhill, Jr. who came to Texas.

Sure there are probably other Barnhills who settled in Texas after William Barnhill, Jr. but if you follow his lines you should be able to determine from the above list who their parents were.

Hope this has been of help to some of you who are researching the Barnhills of Texas, a big job, and would enjoy exchanging information with others if you come across anything related to these children of William Barnhill Jr.

Happy Hunting,
Cathy Barnhill Osborn

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