WILLIAM BARKHURST, a leading farmer of Mt. Pleasant township was born in Jefferson county January 27, 1831. He is the son of Jacob Barkhurst by his first wife Mary Moore. Both parents were natives of Ohio and the father was an industrious man who by following the callings of farmer and shoemaker succeeded in becoming well-to-do. The mother died December 25, 1837 and the father was subsequently married to Jane Reynard of this county. The children of the first marriage are William B. and Naomi, the latter the wife of George A. Walker of Mt. Pleasant. William Barkhurst began work on his own account at the age of twenty-five years, and his steady industry and good management since then have enabled him to achieve considerable success and earn a high place among the best people of the county. He is a member of the Methodist Protestant church and in politics is republican. In 1888 he removed to Mt. Pleasant and is now leading a retired life. Mr. Barkhurst was married January 5, 1860 to Rebecca, daughter of Silas and Martha Moore of Jefferson county. Her father, a farmer and member of the Methodist Episcopal church died November 15, 1872 at the age of eighty years and the mother is living in her eighty-fourth year. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Barkhurst are Sylvanus who married Elizabeth White; Nancy J., wife of Hugh Best, and Micajah S., who married Lenora Heltabridle. Mr. and Mrs. Barkhurst have the following children: J. Elsworth, who married Jeannette Jones; Dr. S. O. Barkhurst, a physician at Smithfield, Ohio; Mary J., wife of Homer Cheffy; Martha A. and Ada at home. Mrs. Barkhurst is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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