Available generalogical information about John Barnard is scanty and sometimes appears contradictory. John Barnard according to the 1810 United States census for Buncombe County, North Carolina on Luke Barnard he was born circa 1800. Based on Luke Barnard’s residence in 1800 he was probably born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, but he could have been born in Pickens County, South Carolina. John Barnard (his name was spelled “Barnett”) testified in proceedings before the Board of Cherokee Commissioners that in the spring of 1820 or 1821 that he moved into the house of Little Betty, a Cherokee Indian, on her private reservation at present Dillard, Georgia. A letter from his sister, Elizabeth Barnard Love, then residing in Henry County, West Tennessee to her sister, Margaret Barnard Young, then residing in Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina dated June 19, 1835 is proof that he on May 8, 1835 was married to Eleander Sisson. It is also proof that John Barnard with the John D. Carne family moved to Henry County in northwestern Tennessee. Another letter dated June 5, 1936 from Elizabeth Love in Paris, Tennessee to Joshua Young and his wife in Burnsville, Yancey County discloses that Luke Barnard and his wife were present in Tennessee for a visit, that John Barnard was living about two miles away from the Loves, that his wife was expecting a child, and that Andrew Barnard was living about ten miles from the Loves.1 A letter from Nancy Barnard Carne then residing in Henry County, Tennessee to her sister, Margaret Barnard Young, in Burnsville, North Carolina dated July 23, 1837 writes “John intends to start to the mountains in a few weeks for his wife’s health and will probably pay you a visit.” This could mean that John Barnard was leaving Henry County, Tennessee and returning to the mountains of Cherokee County, North Carolina. A letter from his sister, Elizabeth Love, dated August 1, 1841 states that John Barnard had no children and no prospects of having any. A letter dated May 5, 1848 from Elizabeth Barnard Love, then a resident of Hazelwood, Wright County, Missouri to her sister, Peggy Barnard Young, of Burnsville, North Carolina complains that no family member had written to her since the date of death of her brother, John Barnard, who at some time before this date had died. John Barnard apparently died in his late forties. The names of his children, if any, remain unknown. Based on the letters he apparently had no children. His exact date of death, place of death and burial are unknown. Census records after 1848 at first appear to contradict the date of death of John Barnard contained in the above letters. The explanation may be that there was more than one John Barnard. The facts stated in the letters are regarded as overriding genealogical proof.
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