Jeremiah Barnhill was born in Oldham County, Ky., July 15, 1818. His father, James Barnhill, was born in Virginia and came to Woodford County, Ky., when a young man. He married Hannah Boone, who was born in the fort a Boonesboro, Ky., and was a daughter of Josiah Boone. After Mr. and Mrs. James Barnhill were married they settled in Oldham County, Ky., and in the spring of 1824 cams to Daviess County and settled on the farm now owned by their youngest son, Joseph Barnhill, in Boston Precinct. Mr. and Mrs. Barnhill had a family of nine children. Jeremiah was the second son, and was but six years old when he came with his parents to Daviess County. In September, 1836, he married Elizabeth A. Ware, a native of Shelby County, Ky., and a daughter of James and Anna (Garner) Ware. After his marriage he remained on the old homestead farm in Boston Precinct, until the spring of 1854, when he purchased his present farm in Boston Precinct. He and his wife have four children, three living- James Taylor, married Martha Harrison; Amadine A.A., married Joseph Taylor, who died August, 1878, and she resides with her children in Masonville; Nicholas B., married Mary S. Harrison. Mrs. Barnhill died in 1848. Mr. Barnhill then married Mrs. Nancy M. Barnhill in April, 1849. She was the widow of James Barnhill, and by whom she had one daughter-Virginia A., wife of Elijah Lacklin. Mr and Mrs. Barnhill had three children- Malissa, married Phillip Lackin; Louis D., and John W., a practicing physician at Newville. Mrs. Barnhill died in 1869.She was a member of the Baptist church, and her maiden name was Nancy Melvina Smizer. Mr. Barnhill married Mrs. Bettie Owen, Sept. 15, 1872. She was a native of the Murray Precinct, born April 20, 1826, and a daughter of James and Nancy (Howard) Johnson. Mrs. Barnhill first married Richardson Owen, by whom she had one son, John J., who married Eliza Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Barnhill are both members of the Baptist Church at Bethabara. He owns a fine farm of 170 acres, 110 under cultivation. In politics he is a Democrat. His grandfather was in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Barnhill’s grandfather, James Johnson, was also in the Revolutionary War. He lived to be 104 years old. Mr. Barnhill is of English and German descent.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Courtesy of the Daviess County Bicentennial Committee