Shelby  County,  Indiana


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, August 8, 1921
Page 5
(From Monday's Daily.)
          Francis Marion Barnhart, 46 years old, plasterer and widely known resident of this city, died at his home, 1023 Meridian street, Saturday evening at 8:30 o'clock, from neuralgia of the heart.  His death was very sudden and occurred a few minutes after he was stricken.  His wife rushed to his side and a physician was called, but nothing could be done.  Funeral services were conducted at the late home, at 2 o'clock this afternoon.  Rev. H. N. Spear, pastor of the First Baptist church, and Rev. Owen Livengood, of the First Christian church, officiating.  Burial was made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.
          The death of Mr. Barnhart was a severe shock to the city.  He was held in high esteem by countless friends.  He was born at Taylorsville, Ind., July 6, 1875; the son of  Henry and  Martha Barnhart,  and came to Shelbyville in early life and always lived in this city since that time.  When a young man he learned the plasterer's trade in which he became very efficient and was known in this and neighboring counties for his good workmanship.
          He was a member of the West St. M. E. church but always attended the Baptist church services with is daughter, Mary Barnhart, who is a member of that church.  He was a member of Chillon Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Kennelworth Temple Pythian Sisters.
          Mr. Barnhart was twice married, his first wife,  Hattie Busby Barnhart  having passed away 18 years ago.  To this union one daughter, Mary, was born.  He was united in marriage with  Miss Martha Muse,  Sept. 4, 1905, no children being born to this union.  Mr. Barnhart was a devoted husband and father and he was happiest when at his home with is family, which is grief-stricken.
          Besides the widow and daughter already mentioned, he leaves his aged father,  Henry Barnhart, of this city, and one brother,  Jacob Barnhart, of Indianapolis.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Wednesday, January 13, 1915
Page 1   column 3
Passed  Away  At  Her  Home  On
Harrison  Avenue -- Fun-
eral  Friday.
          Mrs. Martha Ellen Barnhart,  57 years old, wife of  Henry Barnhart,  died at their home, 903 Harrison avenue, at 12:40 a.m., today, following an illness of several years.  She suffered from a complication of diseases and her health had been failing for the past ten years.  During nearly all of that time she had been almost blind.  She had been unable to leave her bed for four weeks.  Mrs. Barnhart was well known in this city, as the family came here from Columbus, Bartholomew county, in 1890, and she had many friends, who will be saddened by the news of her untimely death.
          She was a daughter of  James and  Nancy Pyles  and was born in Union township, Bartholomew county, April 30, 1857.  Her marriage to Mr. Barnhart was solemnized May 8, 1872, and four children were born to the union, which had proved a most happy one.  The children were  Louis,  Frank,  Jacob  and  Bertha.  The first child and the last one passed away several years ago.  The son, Frank and Jacob, survive to comfort their aged father.  Frank is a resident of this city and Jacob lives at Wilkinson, Ind.  Mrs. Barnhart also leaves a granddaughter,  Mary Barnhart,  and three brothers and two sisters.  They are  David Pyles,  of Indianapolis;  James,  of this city;  Francis Pyles,  of Columbus;  Mrs. Rebecca Kemp,  of Columbus, and  Mrs. Emma Fouts,  of Columbus.
          Mrs. Barnhart had united with the church at Taylorsville, Ind., in her girlhood days, but had removed her membership to the West street M.E. church in this city twenty-one years ago at the time the  Rev. M. A. Farr,  now of Cincinnati, was pastor of the church.  She was always active in the work of the church when the condition of her health would permit and had lived a consistent christian.  She was also a member of District Court of Honor, No. 244, of this city, and the members will take an active part in the funeral services and burial ceremonies.
          The funeral services will be held at the house at two o'clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. S. J. Cross officiating, and the interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of M. G. Tindall.  The casket will be open to friends from three to five-thirty Thursday afternoon, seven to nine Thursday evening and from nine-thirty Friday morning until the hour for the funeral.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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