buried in cemetery Head of Tennessee Baptist Church, Dillard, Georgia 1856 minutes of which record that his funeral was held at that church.
Luke Barnard was born possibly in South Carolina in 1770. He lived in Edgefield County, South Carolina in 1790 before his marriage. The names of his parents and siblings remain unknown. After his marriage to a wife possibly named Marguerite circa 1794 his first three children, Sarah, Margaret and Andrew, were born between 1795 and 1799 in Pendleton District, South Carolina. He moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina in 1800 where he purchased 375 acres on the Caney River. His children John, Nancy and Elizabeth were born between 1800 and 1805 in Buncombe County. He was a Baptist. In 1820 he moved into Rabun County, Georgia in what is now the Town of Dillard where he and his son, John Barnard, dispossessed Cherokee Indians living on private reservations. He was in 1820 one of the first five justices elected to the Inferior Court of Rabun County. In 1820 he purchased 600 acres on Cartoogechaye Creek in Macon County, North Carolina located a few miles west of present Franklin. He was named as one of the six first county commissioners in Macon County who met in March 1829 to organize the county. These commissioners drafted plans and let a contract for the construction of the first county court house. Luke Barnard was one of the trustees of the property of the Baptist congregation in Franklin. By 1835 he had sold most of his Macon County real estate. He was by 1840 living in Cherokee County which had earlier been formed from the western part of Macon County. His wife died about 1842. He resided in 1850 at age 80 in adjoining Union County, Georgia with his granddaughter. He died in 1855 and was probably buried in a now unmarked grave in the Head of the Tennessee Baptist Church cemetery at Dillard, Georgia. Head of Tennessee Baptist Church, Dillard, Georgia 1856 minutes record that his funeral was held at that church.
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