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John Barnhill - 1790 Pitt Co North Carolina
Posted by: Cathy Osborn (ID *****1895) Date: August 08, 2009 at 15:11:45
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Hello Carolina Researchers,

Hoping someone has information on the John Barnhill listed on the 1790 census for Pitt, North Carolina? John Barnhill's family consists of 2 males 16 and above years and no females.

Working with the premise here that John Barnhill of Pitt, North Carolina was the father of John W. Barnhill who was probably born about 1774, or some time right before the American Revolution. Believe that John W. Barnhill's father was a soldier in that war and was gone from the family from 1775-1783. May or may not have been in Pitt, North Carolina area before settling there in 1790?

John W. Barnhill is not listed as head of a family on any of the 1790 censuses for the Carolinas probably because he was still living with his family, but by 1791 think he had already married Dorothy "Dollie or Dolly" Dortch, daughter of William Dortch of central South Carolina.

When the Carolina Company began promoting land in the Natchez District, John W. Barnhill and wife Dorothy Dortch migrated to that area with Dorothy's Dortch and extended families members and are found there by October, 1791.

John W. and Dorothy Barnhill named one of their sons Henry, and in addition to the John Barnhill mentioned earlier from the 1790 census Pitt, North Carolina, there are four other Barnhill men also listed, Henry, Harvey Jr., Jesse and William. Henry, Jesse and William were probably sons of the John Barnhill listed, not sure about Harvey Jr., his father should have been named Harvey unless he had already named a son Harvey?

Have looked at the Barnhill men 1790 census York Co, South Carolina. My William Barnhill Sr. line never named any of their sons Henry until the Henry Clay period and his son John as been accounted for. Alexander Barnhill had no sons in 1790 and Robert Barnhill had 1 male 16 and above years and 16 and less years. Thinking that Robert Barnhill's family has also be accounted for but may be wrong?

May never know who John W. Barnhill's father actually was but feel I'm on the right track now, so if anyone can help me out here?

Thanks,
Cathy Barnhill Osborn





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