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John Barnhill
(Between 1745-After 1800)


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John Barnhill

  • Born: Between 1745-1755, NC
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: , at age 55
  • Buried: NC

  General Notes:

1800 Federal Census - New Hanover County, NC
John and his wife were born prior to 1755.
Their ages in the census are 45 or older.
2 males between the ages of 10 - 16
1 male between the age 16 - 26
1 female between the age 0 - 10

John is our oldest known and proven ancestor who lived in North Carolina.

Unfortunately, the census in 1800 did not list the names of the wife or children. The only information provided was the age range and sex of each. Therefore, we do not know the name of John's wife or his daughter. We know from later census records the names of the three sons, James, Alexander and John.

It is not known what happened to John and his wife and nothing more is known of the daughter. I have not found any record of them after the 1800 Census was taken. The records for 1810 are non existent for New Hanover County, NC. and they don't appear in the 1820 census records, that I have been able to find. It is believed they may have died between 1800 and 1820. Since their specific birth dates are not known, it is difficult to determine their accurate ages at this time. However, based upon information in the census, it appears they are between the ages of 45 and 55 in the 1800 census.

Sometime after the 1820 Federal Census was taken, sons Alexander and James move to Bladen County, to the subdivision on the NE side of the Cape Fear River. The younger brother John A. moves with his family into Bladen County later.

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John is thought possibly to be a son of possibly Alexander and grandson of David Barnhill and Margaret Fleming from Pitt County. David is believed to be a son of Johne and Elizabeth Barnhill from Maryland. This is only conjecture and has not been proven. Johne is also believed to be the uncle of Robert Barnhill from Pennsylvania, who married Elizabeth Potts. Robert and Elizabeth had a daughter, Martha Barnhill, who married Cornelius Van Shaack Roosevelt. Martha Barnhill is grandmother to President Theodore Roosevelt.


John married Unknown. (Unknown was born between 1745-1755 in NC, died after 1800 in NC and was buried in NC.)

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