I was born a Barnhill and we have very little info on our family. My grandfather was Audley Hiram and all I no is that he was born in Kansas - don't no if that was KS or MO.
I SWEAR that, when I was still little enuf to believe everything my parents told me that daddy told me grampa came from England "in a covered wagon". When I got big enuf to say 'why'd u do that to me', of course, he denied ever saying it!
What intrigued me was the Louisiana connection - I transplanted from CA to Houma FARRRRRR to long ago (!) and discovered some yrs ago that the wife of one of our doctors (Bonnie Haydel) was ALSO a Barnhill! We were going to compare notes "someday" and never did.
A tip for old records that SHOULD cover pretty much the whole state by now: Look for books by Fr. Donald Hebert, titles are by region. My neck of the woods is Southeast LA. I used to work for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and the Bishop got complimentary copies of each edition. The regions are subdivided by date. He definetly made use of all parish (church, as well as civil) records which is REALLY good around here - old ones are in French! We were just starting the diocesan archives and I typed many an abstract. People interested in geneaology who also spoke French translated the old records. Really interesting to see the evolution of names! Since most people were illiterate, whatever Msr. L'Abbe heard is what he wrote down! Lots of folks who thing they're French are SO wrong!
Anyhow, just wanted to give u that info tip, primarily, and if my gramps rings a bell, give me a holler! He also had a brother named Vernon,
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