From the "Benton County, Indiana
Biographies" (link at the bottom) I read about my ancestor Obed Barnard.
His father was John Barnard and this is where I have been stuck for years. I have highlighted the paragraph referencing John Barnard below, which provides some details about his past. But I have yet to find any evidence, other than a photo of a gravestone which matches his birth date and the name of his wife.
The subject of this review is one whose history touches the pioneer epoch in the annals of the state of Indiana and whose days have been an integral part of that indissoluble chain which links the early, formative period with that that of latter day progress and prosperity. Not alone is there particular interest attaching to his career as one of the pioneers of the state and as one of the most prominent business men and leading citizens of Benton county, but in reviewing his genealogical record we find his lineage tracing back to the colonial history of the nation and to that period which marked the inception of the grandest republic the world has ever known. In the eighteenth century, while the Atlantic coast formed part of the colonial possessions of Great Britain, members of the Barnard family came to America, and as early as 1818 the family was founded in Indiana among the pioneer settlers in the southern section of the state.
The parents "of our subject were John and Sophrona (Sottle) Barnard, natives of the Empire state. The father was born in 1800, the mother in 1804, and their marriage was celebrated in Washington county, Indiana, about 1820. The father was a man of liberal education who devoted thirty years of his life to teaching in Tippecanoe county, Indiana. He was also a thrifty farmer and acquired considerable property. After a residence of forty years in Tippecanoe county, he was called to his final rest in 1873. His wife passed away in the same county in 1866. They were the parents of eight children, but only two are now living, although with one exception all reached the meridian of life. Stephen D., the eldest, died near Battle Ground, at the age of fifty six years; William died in the same neighborhood, at the age of thirty eight years; Obed is the third in order of birth; George W. died in infancy; Riley G. died in the vicinity of his birthplace, at the age of forty seven years; Almira, twin sister of Riley, became Mrs. Jennings and died in Cedar county, Iowa, at the age of fifty eight years; Mary A., who became Mrs. Bryan, died near Marion, Indiana, at the age of forty years; and Mrs. Eliza Ann Robinson, the living sister, makes her home in California. In her early womanhood she married a Mr. Bryan, a brother of her sister Mary's husband. She was early left a widow, and her health becoming impaired she went to the Pacific coast, hoping to be benefited thereby. While there she met and married Mr. Robinson and has since resided in California.
Removed remainder due to length constraints, but the link is found below.
Source: "Biographical history of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton (Indiana), Volume 1" By Lewis Publishing Company