Davis Barnhart, a retired farmer of Greene county who for the past twenty-five years has made his home in Jamestown, was born on a farm in Silvercreek township, this county, December 19, 1854, a son of John and Jane (Sheeley) Barnhart, the latter of whom was born in that same township, in 1826.

John Barnhart was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1818, and was eighteen years of age when he came to Ohio, locating in Wayne county, where he remained until 1840, in which year he came to Greene county and made a permanent settlement here. In 1842 he married Jane Sheeley and in 1846 he established his home on a farm just south of Jamestown, in Silvercreek township, where he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring there on March 2, 1888. To him and his wife were born six children, one of whom died in infancy, the others being Matilda, born in 1846, who married Jacob Shigley, of this county, and is now living at Elwood, Indiana; Theodorick, born in 1848, who died in 1878; Davis, the immediate subject of this sketch; Morgan, born in 1857, who is now living in Madison county, Indiana; and Arabella, born in 1861, who died on February 10, 1902.

Davis Barnhart was reared on the home farm south of Jamestown and received his schooling in the schools of that vicinity. After his marriage in the summer of 1878 he established his home on the home place, which he eventually came to own, and there he continued to reside until his retirement in 1893 and removal to Jamestown, where he has since made his home. In 1906-08 Mr. Barnhart served as a member of the common council of the city of Jamestown from his ward. He is a member of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Jamestown.

On June 4, 1878, Davis Barnhart was united in marriage to Mattie L, Chalmers, who was born in Jamestown, daughter of John and Jane (Harper) Chalmers, the former of whom was born in Scotland in 1802 and was but fourteen years of age when he came to this county with his parents in 1816, and to this union was born one child, a daughter, Edith Belle, born on August 5, 1880, who died on January 6. 1892.

 

 

From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918