John L. Barkhurst


JOHN L. BARKHURST, a highly respected citizen of Mt. Pleasant township, is the youngest of a family of six children born to William and Nancy Haynes Barkhurst, native of Ohio, who were married August 19, 1805. Their children were: Isaac, born May 3, 1806; Sarah born November 11, 1808, died August 21, 1880; Joshua born July 13, 1811; Margaret born March 30, 1813, died April 29, 1836; Polly born August 29, 1816, deceased; and John L. born October 7, 1821. The father, a farmer, and very estimable man, served for nearly three years in the war of 1812 under Gen. Harrison, and died April 18, 1861, aged seventy-six years. His wife died August 22, 1842 aged fifty-eight. John L. Barkhurst was born near Little York, Jefferson county and was raised on the farm. In August 1844, he was married to Louise Parkinson, daughter of Jacob and Polly Parkinson of Jefferson county who became residents of Jefferson county in 1814. She was a faithful member of the Methodist Protestant church from the time her husband and she united with the same in 1856 and the church as well as her husband and she united with the loss in her death which occurred August 22, 1882 at the age of fifty-eight years. On January 28, 1885, Mr. Barkhurst was married to Sarah Kithcart, daughter of Cunningham and Jane (Dunlap) Kithcart. He and wife are active members of the Short Creek Valley Methodist Protestant church. In 1872 Mr. Barkhurst left the farm and purchasing the Udegraff mills, engaged in milling in which he has been quite successful. This mill was formerly run by Samuel Dennis, for eleven years and a fourth interest is now owned by John Craven. The mill has now adopted the roller process and is doing a large business being situated in a fertile wheat country. Mr. Barkhurst now resides on property within the limits of the new town of Dillon where he has platted town lots. This promises to be a village of importance. The Dillon coal mines opened on the Barkhurst and Craven farms, are expected soon to yield twenty-five to 150 car loads of coal daily.

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