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About John Carr Barnard

John Carr Barnard (1829-1907)

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

Edited by Deanna Horton Mitts

The fifth child of Samuel and Nancy was John Carr Barnard, who was born September 23, 1829 in Tennessee (page 129 of the store book ¹). The name Carr is a family name which dates back to around 1750, and was the surname of Anna Carr, the first wife of John Barnard, grandfather of John Carr. Anna Carr was from a very prominent family in colonial days.

He came to Missouri with his parents in 1844 at the age of 14 years. He drove one span of oxen, and his father drove four. The family has often heard of the feat of ferrying the Mississippi River by these two, which was quite a task in the days of no bridges.

In Missouri he lived with his parents on the James River until he homesteaded his own place. There he hewed and hauled the logs and built his home. Some of the original logs are still there. His son, John Henry Barnard tells us [Noble Nay] that part of the house is over 100 years old, and is still in use. Henry holds the following tax receipt: “Received from John C. Barnard, 32 cents, in full payment of his State and County Tax for the year 1850. (signed) AM M PO, Collector for Greene County.” John Carr lived here until he passed away in 1907.

In 2004 Bill and I visited this home. Dale Horton took us to what we believed at the time was the Henry Purres Barnard home. We spoke to the tenant, a friend of the Barnard heirs, and she very graciously showed us around. The original cabin where the family lived until the big house was finished was still standing, as was an old water pump and outhouse. She showed us the root cellar where slaves were hidden, and the newer barn built around the original barn. I was very excited thinking that this was the home of my 2nd great grandfather… until she showed us the names of the heirs. Sadly I realized that this was not the home of my ancestor, but that of his brother.

John Carr first married Louesa Caroline Yandell in 1854. To them were born three children. Louesa died in 1862, and in 1864 John Carr married Rachel Elizabeth COMPTON. His brother, Henry Purres would marry her sister, Lucy, upon his return from the war. Rachel and John Carr had seven children.

During the Civil War this part of Missouri was overrun by both Union and Confederate Armies. The battle of Wilson Creek was fought about 26 miles west of the Barnards. The destruction of these armies, added to the terrible depredations of the Bushwhackers, created an unsafe condition for everyone. So in 1862, one month before the death of his wife, John Carr applied for a permit from the army to keep a gun for the family’s protection. This permit, dated Sept. 3, 1862, now in the possession of John Henry Barnard, reads as follows: “This is to certify that I have examined John C. Barnard’s gun, and find the tube broke, which renders the gun unfit for service and I personally know him to be a law abiding man. Therefore I permit him to keep his gun while he remains such. (signed) John S. Coleman, Capt. Comdr. Co. E.M.S.M.” The same night that his father, Samuel was killed by the Bushwhackers, John Carr thought that he was to meet the same fate. He was home guarding his three motherless children, ages three to eight. However, much to his luck, they did not arrive.

John Henry still holds a newspaper clipping, published at Henderson, Missouri, which reads as follows: “Henderson, Mo., Sept. 24, 1898. John C. Barnard living three miles north of this place was treated yesterday to a surprise dinner on the occasion of his 69th birthday. Of the ten children of the lamented Samuel Barnard, a pioneer from Tennessee in 1844, the host of the occasion, three brothers and four sisters still survive.”

John Carr was raised in the Primitive Baptist belief, but never united with any church. Noble Nay heard Elder Agee, a Baptist minister, say publicly, “John Carr Barnard never belonged to any church, but…there was no more upright, God-fearing and respectable man in the neighborhood.”

Many stories and amusing incidents of his children could be told. They tried about everything that could be thought of, and investigated all avenues of fun, pranks and general tricks. Aunt Rachel (COMPTON) Barnard, as she was known, loved children greatly, and was always the happiest when she had them all around her.

Aunt Rachel Barnard was a very religious and devout member of the Ozark Primitive Baptist Church, who never allowed the weather to keep her from attending church when it was possible to get there. She loved vocal music, and was never happier than when the young folks gathered at her home to sing. She died in 1912 and her six living sons were the pallbearers at her funeral.

John Carr Barnard rests in the Panther Valley Cemetery in Webster Co., Missouri, with one companion on each side of him.

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John Carr Barnard's Timeline

September 23, 1829
September 30, 1857
Age 28
March 15, 1860
Age 30
September 10, 1865
Age 35
Webster County, MO, USA
August 7, 1868
Age 38
Henderson, MO, USA
December 12, 1869
Age 40
Age 41
January 19, 1875
Age 45
April 15, 1907
Age 77
Webster, MO, USA