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Dianah Barnard

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Roane County, TN, USA
Death: Died in Webster, MO, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel Bachman Barnard and Nancy Barnard
Sister of Zedekiah Barnard; Sarah Elizabeth Barnard; Jonathan Barnard; John Carr Barnard; Dudley Jolly Barnard and 7 others

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About Dianah Barnard

Dianah Barnard (1824-1906)

Taken from “Genealogy of Samuel Barnard and Descendants, Eight Generations, 1800-1954” by Noble Edgar Nay, 1955.

With editing by Deanna Horton Mitts

dmitts@earthlink.net

Dianah Barnard, the second child of Samuel and Nancy, was born in Tennessee on the 18th of August, 1824, Evidence of this is again in the store book¹, and in the probation of the Dudley Barnard estate. Dianah is listed there as one of Dudley’s sisters; Dudley being a son of Samuel.

It was 1844 when Dianah, with her parents, brothers and sisters, made the long trek in ox-wagon to Missouri. At that time she was a mature woman, 20 years of age. She married James Ewing, and from that union comes the long line of Ewing’s…

[NOTE: Dianah married James Ewing 14 Jan 1847 in Greene Co., MO, at which time Dianah would have been 23 years old (the Noble Nay research shows marriage date "unknown"). Dianah's first child, Oliver, was born about June 1840, when Dianah would have been 15. Dianah's second child, Francis, was born 17 Sept 1846. Both children were born in Tennessee. If these dates are correct, and there are no contradictions in any family records, then Dianah was not married to James Ewing at the time of the birth of her first two children. I also have some information that James Ewing migrated with his family from Tennessee to Webster Co., MO several years before the Samuel Barnard family made their trip.

Also, there is a gap of more than six years between the birth of the first two children. Unusual in those times. In the 1900 census Dianah shows "mother of nine, six living". According to Noble Nay’s research she was the mother of 10, a child born 11 Aug 1851, a twin of Arthur, died at age three months, a child born 9 Sept 1852, died at age 13 months, and a son died in 1883 at age 22. This would make her the mother of 10, with seven still living in 1900 and does not allow for any additional children being born between the first and second.

Noble Nay does not even hint at the possibility that Dianah may have been married before or had two children out of wedlock, he simply shows her date of marriage as “unknown.” Since Zed, Sarah and Dianah were all married in Greene County within about two weeks of each other, and he lamented that he was unable to find records for Zed and Sarah, he probably truly didn’t find Dianah’s either and assumed the missing marriage record was in Tennessee.]

Jim Ewing was a Union soldier during the Civil War. From the Adjutant General’s office, Department of the Army, the following information has been obtained: “Jim Ewing enlisted, at Springfield, Missouri on November 1, 1863, a private in Company M, 16th Missouri Regiment, Calvary; was discharged July 1, 1865 at Springfield, Missouri. The 16th Regiment was engaged in the following battles: Wright County, MO, 22 July 1864; Boonville, MO, 11 October 1864; Little Osage, KS, 25 October 1864; Dallas Co., MO, 19 September 1864; Big Blue River, MO, 11 October 1864; Big Blue, MO, 31 October 1864.”

His official discharge is now in the possession of Ivan Ewing. It reads as follows: “James Ewing, born in Tennessee, served in the 16th Reg. Co. M. Sergeant under Capt. George W. Taylor. Enlisted November 1, 1863. Discharged July 1, 1865. He was 38 years old, 5’8”, fair complexion , blue eyes and dark hair.”

Jim and Dianah originally established housekeeping in Webster County, but in 1887 they answered the call of the west and moved in an emigrant car to New Bridge, Oregon, which is in Eagle Valley. With them they took their youngest child, Thomas Benton. There they rented a ranch and moved in. Soon after, however, for reasons unknown, they moved back to Webster County, and there purchased the Matt Connett farm.

Dianah was the mother of ten children, viz: Oliver, Francis, William Asberry, Arthur St. Clair, Charles Columbus, James Hallock, Louisa Jane, Thomas Benton, John S., and Dennie. The last two were buried under the same stone in Panther Valley Cemetery. Of the ten children, perhaps Oliver is the best remembered.

Jim and Dianah Ewing were well known and respected citizens; popular, industrious, and devoutly religious. Uncle Jimmy, as he was better know, was a Methodist, and would usually walk two miles each Sunday to services. He rarely missed a Sunday. Dianah was of the Primitive Baptist faith.

The grave stones of Jim and Dianah may be found in the Panther Valley Cemetery.

¹ When speaking of the “store book” Noble Nay is referring to the books of “Barnard and Bottom” a country general store operated by Samuel Barnard and Charles I. Bottom. Noble Nay states, “the author has in his possession two books of the daily sales records of that firm…Many interesting and unusual items appear in these records, and from which we have received untold data that could not have been secured from any other source.”

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Dianah Barnard's Timeline

1824
August 18, 1824
Roane County, TN, USA
1906
December 6, 1906
Age 82
Webster, MO, USA