History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1893

Henry  Barnhart Biography

Honorable Henry Barnhart died in Boggs township, Sept. 4, 1873, aged eighty-eight years. He was the second son of Philip Barnhart, a soldier of the war of the American Revolution. He was born in the year 1786, at a place known as the "Trappe," in Montgomery County, about thirty miles from Philadelphia. His parents removed with him to Lycoming County, and settled at an early period, about 1788, near Jersey Shore, where he spent the boyhood years, of his life.

Here he lived until 1806, when the family emigrated into the Bald Eagle valley, and settled upon lands near his late residence.

He married Isabel Holt, fourth daughter of John Holt, one of the early pioneers of the valley. In his youth he was elected captain of a military company, then successively in the line of promotions as major, colonel, and brigade inspector. In each of those positions he served respectively seven years, making a continuous uninterrupted service in the military affairs of the State of twenty-eight years.

In 1832 he was elected as a member of the lower House of Representatives, and re-elected in 1833. In 1856 he was elected one of the associate judges of this county, and discharged the duties of his office until the expiration of his term, thus closing a long and eventful period in public life.

Philip Barnhart, of Howard, died April 26, 1867, aged seventy-four.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883.

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