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McLean County, Illinois
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ELI BARNARD, who has always been occupied in agricultural pursuits and is at present engaged in that vocation on his fine farm on section 21, Money Creek Township, is a son of Melman N. Barnard, whose sketch is given in connection with that of S. F. Barnard in another portion of this work. Our subject was a twin brother of Levi Barnard and was born in Money Creek Township, Sept. 1, 1843. He was reared to manhood on his father's farm and received his education in the pioneer log school-house of this county. All his years thus far in life, with the exception of about three months, have been spent in the boundaries of the township in which he was born.

Mr. Barnard is at present the owner of a fine farm consisting of 240 acres, and located on sections 20 and 21, Money Creek Township. He thoroughly understands the vocation at which he labors and is meeting with success in the conducting of his place. Our subject was married in Champaign County, Ill., Jan. 1, 1867, to Miss Sarilda, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor G. (Beaty) Shaw. Joseph Shaw was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, and his wife was a native of the same county. They were married and settled in that county, whence they removed to Pickaway County, same State, and then, in 1862, came to this county and located in Money Creek Township. He died there Feb. 4, 1868. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Barnard was the fourth in order of birth. She was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1843, and by her union with our subject seven children have been born Nettie, Sinia, Josie, Leslie, Anna, Grace and Alta. Nettie died when three years old. Socially Mr. Barnard is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and his wife hold fellowship with the Christian Church, and in politics he is a stanch Republican.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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