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Henry Purres Barnard

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Roane County, TN, USA
Death: November 6, 1921 (78)
Birmingham, AL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Bachman Barnard and Nancy Barnard
Husband of Mary M Barnard and Lucy M Barnard
Father of Joseph M Barnard; John Albert Barnard and John Barnard
Brother of Zedekiah Barnard; Dianah Barnard; Sarah Elizabeth Barnard; Jonathan Barnard; John Carr Barnard and 7 others

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About Henry Purres Barnard

Henry Purres Barnard (1843-1921)

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

Edited by Deanna Horton Mitts


Henry Purres Barnard, the eleventh of thirteen children born to Samuel Barnard and Nancy JOLLY, was born on April 11, 1843. He was the last of their children born in Roane County, Tennessee; he came to Webster County, Missouri, when he was just a year old.

The middle name, Purres, is quite unusual. In my Roane County research I found in the 1822 records a “Henry S. Purres”, a solicitor and possibly a judge, who likely was his namesake. He was always known as “Uncle Purres Barnard, but he signed H. P. Barnard.

In 1862, at the age of 19, he and his brother, Samuel E., ran off together to join the Confederate Army. He and his brother, Samuel E., ran off together to join the Confederate Army in 1862, and were assigned to the same regiment and company. Samuel was captured and died in a Union prison.

Henry was wounded but recovered and returned to battle. He was captured, but escaped, and traveling at night and living on coon meat and parched corn, he evaded Union troops and returned to the southern lines. In May 1865, he was surrendered to Union forces at New Orleans, Louisianna, and paroled in June 1865.

In 1865 he returned home to find that his father had been murdered, his brother had died in a Union prison, and another brother, John Carr, had been widowed and remarried. He had brought home a great deal of Confederate currency which was now worthless.

In 1866, he married Lucy Matilda COMPTON, who before the war had been engaged to his brother, Samuel E., and was the sister of John Carr’s second wife, Rachel. He homesteaded 80 acres and built a log cabin where he and Lucy lived until he built a second home in 1875. According to the census, in 1870 his “Hillview” was valued at $500.

Henry Purres was a farmer. The 1876 Special Census for Webster County shows he owned two horses, four cattle, eight sheep, and 20 hogs. He had on hand 65 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of corn, 3000 pounds of tobacco and 12 pounds of wool.

In 1883, Henry Purres signed a contract with the Panther Valley Post Office to carry the mail twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. His salary was $104 a year, which would be $1.00 per trip.

Henry Purres was raised in the Primitive Baptist faith, and in later years was a devout member of the Ozark Baptist Church. He is said to have been a quiet, unassuming, law-abiding farmer, who seldom missed a Saturday afternoon of fishing.

Lucy died in 1901, and in 1905 he married Mary M. (Davis) Edwards. She died in 1916.

Henry Purres Barnard died of a broken neck and crushed chest after being hit by a car at the corner of 74th St. and 1st Ave., in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 6, 1921. Noble Nay’s research stated that Henry Purres lived in Webster County until his death, but his death certificate shows he had been a resident of Birmingham for five years prior to his death, which would have been about the time of his second wife’s death, giving an address matching that of his son, Henry Hope. Either way, he was present in Webster County sometime in early 1919 for a four-generation picture to be taken.

He is buried in Panther Valley Cemetery, Rogersville, Missouri, with both of his life companions.

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Henry Purres Barnard's Timeline

April 11, 1843
Roane County, TN, USA
April 6, 1870
Age 26
May 22, 1872
Age 29
Webster County, MO, USA
November 6, 1921
Age 78
Birmingham, AL, USA