Jess Barnhisel1

#6885, d. before 1 Jun 1900
Last Edited:10 Oct 2012
FatherJacob C. Barnhisel1 b. 12 Nov 1845, d. 29 Aug 1927
MotherElizabeth Sommers1 b. 15 Aug 1855, d. 8 Jan 1942
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Valentine Berndheisell

Research Notes:


     The only reference I have found which names Jess Barnhisel, a supposed child of Jacob C. and Elizabeth Barnhisel, was in Jacob's 1927 obituary, where he is listed as a surviving son. Elizabeth's 1942 obituary does not mention him at all, either as preceding or surviving. His supposed sister Rose's 1981 obituary mentions a sister and brother who preceded her in death, but doesn't name them. Also, it is interesting to note that in both the 1900 and 1910 census entries for Jacob and Elizabeth, it is shown that Elizabeth was the mother of 3 children, 2 still living. It appears that there was a child, possibly a son, who died before 1900, but we only know the names of two from other records. Could Jess be the name of the third child?
There is some confusion in Jacob's obituary. Part of this confusion is apparent in the mention of "Boine Barnhisel" as Jacob's grandson, when "Doine" was actually his great-grandnephew. It is unknown who wrote the obituary for Jacob, but perhaps whoever it was got a couple of things mixed up. The name of this supposed son may have been confused with Jesse Wilber Barnhisel, who would have been about the right age and was still living at the time, but was the son of Noah and Mary Barnhisel, and the father of Doine. (Jacob was Noah's uncle.) Maybe the writer of the obituary, which reads more like a news item, was a reporter for the newspaper, and hearing the name "Jess" just assumed it was the Jesse Barnhisel who lived in the area.
I am keeping Jess as a son of Jacob, but he definitely needs more research. My current hypothesis is that this Jess is another child of Jacob and Elizabeth, who died before 1900 but was incorrectly mentioned as surviving in his father's obituary.1,2

Outline of Life Events:

EventDescription
DeathJess Barnhisel died possibly before 1 Jun 1900. See research note for additional information.3

Citations:

  1. [S511] Jean C. Tombaugh and Wendell C. Tombaugh. Fulton County Indiana Obituaries, The News-Sentinel. Tombaugh House : 700 Pontiac Street, Rochester, Indiana 46975-1538, 1996.
  2. [S521] Jean C. Tombaugh and Wendell C. Tombaugh. Fulton County Indiana Obituaries, The Rochester Sentinel. Tombaugh House : 700 Pontiac Street, Rochester, Indiana 46975-1538, 2002.
  3. [S839] 1910 U.S. Census. IN. Miami County. population schedule.