JOSHUA BARKHURST, is one of the leading farmers of Smithfield township, Jefferson county, Ohio in which township he first saw the light of day, July 13, 1811. His parents, William and Nancy (Haynes) Barkhurst, who were married in 1805, had six children, three of whom are dead: Margaret (Chance), Mrs. Mary Glover, Jacob, Isaac, Joshua and John. The father died in 1855 and the mother in 1846. Mrs. Barkhurst was born in Kentucky. She was a daughter of Thomas Haynes. Joshua Barkhurst had very limited opportunities for attending school, only being able to devote three months during the winter to his education. After leaving school, at the age of fifteen years he worked on his father's farm until his marriage to Mary Reynard which occurred in June 1831. His wife was a daughter of Marmaduke and Mary Reynard, natives of England, in which country she was born in the year 1810. Her death occurred in June 1872. The issue of this union was nine children: William; Jane, wife of Lemuel Hooper; Margaret A., wife of Joseph Brown and Mary are deceased, John, Marmaduke, Isaac, Joseph and Hannah, wife of Joseph Gosnell, still survive. Mr. Barkhurst married a second time Hannah Reynard becoming his wife October 15, 1873. She died June 19, 1888. Mr. Barkhurst and his entire family are members of the Methodist Protestant church and are greatly beloved by their friends and neighbors. The head of the family is one of the most successful farmers of the county, having always been engaged in this highly useful vocation. He is a true supporter of the republican party.
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