Barnhard

3rd Michigan Infantry soldiers buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fremont, Michigan

There are six former members of the 3rd Michigan Infantry (first organization) buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont. One of them, Zeph Moe of Company K, is buried in the Grand Army of the Republic lot in block 4.



Zeph Moe (b. 1843) of Company K


William Paradise (1843-1875) of Company H

Shinar Preston (1839-1932) of Company K



George W. Tait (1837-1900) of Company K


William McErwan )1844-1915) of Company K


John Barnard (1836-1915) of Company H

Simon Peter Barnhard

Simon Peter Barnhard was born November 9, 1844, in Ottawa County, Ohio, son of Jacob (b. 1809) and Lucinda (Reed, b. 1820).

After the death of his first wife, Sarah in 1836 Jacob married Ohio-born Lucinda or Lorinda Reed (b. 1820) in 1840, probably in Ohio. Sometime in the late 1840s the family moved from Ohio to Chicago where they were residing between 1847 and 1848, but within two years had moved across Lake Michigan to Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan. According to one source, after living in Muskegon for about a year, local “Indians poled them up the Muskegon River in two canoes to Croton and while there Indian boys were his playmates and companions.”

Another source wrote that there were “No villages . . . in existence and all was a barren wilderness where they settled, nobody but roving trappers being in this part of the country. Their means of transportation from Muskegon to Croton was via the Muskegon River. . . .” (It is possible that only Simon’s older half-brothers, Horatio and John made the initial trek westward in the 1840s, the remainder of the family staying in Ohio until the mid-1850s.) In any case, by 1855 the family had settled in Dayton, Newaygo County, reportedly building the first house in the Township. In 1860 Simon was a farmer living with his parents in Dayton.

Simon stood 5’5” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 18 years old and probably still living in Dayton when he enlisted in Company K on August 9, 1862, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered the same day. (His two older half-brothers John and Horatio had enlisted in March of 1862 in Company H, which was made up predominantly of men from Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

Simon joined the Regiment on September 8, 1862, at Upton’s Hill, Virginia. He was present for duty from September of 1862 through February of 1863. He was wounded in the right thigh at Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 3, 1863; he was also reported was missing in action. And in fact, Simon had been taken prisoner at Chancellorsville on May 3 and paroled on May 15 at United States Ford (near Chancellorsville), subsequently admitted to the Corps hospital and then sent on to Washington, DC.

He eventually returned to the Third Michigan (at least by October of 1863) and was present for duty through early spring of 1864. On May 6, 1864, he was wounded a second time, in leg and left elbow at the Wilderness, Virginia, and subsequently hospitalized. He was transferred to Company K, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was reported absent wounded. He probably never joined the Fifth Michigan and was discharged for disability on December 5, 1864, from Columbian Hospital in Washington, DC.

After his discharge Simon returned home to Newaygo County.

He married Sarah Augusta Randolph (1848-1940) in Newaygo County on December 25, 1866. They had at least seven children: Wellington Emer (1868-1928), Edward (1869-70), Zella (1871-1948) Elwood Irving, Lula May (b. 1872), Charles Ward (b. 1874), and Clara Augusta (b. 1876).

Apparently Simon went back to school for one year, and subsequently taught school for another four more years. During this time he purchased an 80-acre farm adjoining his parents’ land and lived there for some 11 years; in 1880 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children in Sheridan, Newaygo County. He eventually moved Fremont where he engaged in business; in 1882 he was reportedly working for the Patron’s Cooperative Co. He was living in Fremont working as a merchant in 1883 drawing $16.00 per month for a wound to the left elbow (pension no. 35,561).

About 1890 he sold his business interests in Fremont and moved to White Cloud, Newaygo County where he engaged in business and farming ventures for the remainder of his life. He served as clerk of Dayton Township, as school inspector, village councilman and school trustee in Fremont and village trustee in White Cloud, and he was living in White Cloud around 1905.

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association and also very active in the local Grand Army of the Republic Henry Dobson Post No. 182 in Fremont, serving as the post’s Sergeant Major at its inception in 1883 and as Senior Vice Commander in 1886. Politically he considered himself an Independent. He was also a member of the Congregational Church.

Simon was reportedly stricken with “paralysis” (possibly the result of a stroke) on August 24, 1912, from which he never recovered. He died of “paralysis” at his home in Denver, Newaygo County, on May 24, 1913, and the funeral was held on May 28 at the Congregational Church, Rev. George Benford, former pastor of the church, officiating. Simon was buried in Prospect Hill cemetery in White Cloud: sec. B, row 2.

His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 770052).

John Barnhard - updated 12 Aug 2016

John Barnhard was born November 18, 1836, in Sandusky, Ohio, the son of Jacob (b. 1809) and Sarah (Hyland, d. 1836).

After the death of his first wife, Ohio native Jacob married Ohio-born Lucinda or Lorinda Reed (b. 1820) in 1840, probably in Ohio. By the late 1840s John’s family had moved from Ohio to Chicago where they were residing between 1847 and 1848, but within two years had moved across Lake Michigan to Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan. According to one source, after living in Muskegon for about a year, local “Indians poled them up the Muskegon River in two canoes to Croton and while there Indian boys were his playmates and companions.” (It is possible that only John and his older brother Horatio made this emigration westward in the late 1840s followed in the mid-1850s by their parents and the rest of the family.) By 1855 the family had moved to Dayton, Newaygo County, reportedly building the first house in the Township.

In 1857 John assisted his father, brother and two uncles in cutting a road from Croton to the family farm. In the fall of 1858 John purchased from the government 80 acres in Dayton on which he built a cabin.

In 1860 John was elected Dayton Township clerk and that same year he was working as a laborer and living in Dayton, when he married his first wife, Connecticut native Maryette or Margaret Stone (1843-1884), on November 25, 1860. (She may have been a sister to Phoebe Stone who married John’s brother Horatio in 1859.) They had at least two children: Gilbert A. (b. 1868) and Herbert A. “Together,” wrote one source, “they toiled as only those pioneers did toil to build the homes that stand as monuments today to their greatness.”

John stood 5’8” with blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion and was 25 years old and probably still living in Dayton when he enlisted with his older brother Horatio in Company H on March 12, 1862 at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and he was mustered the same day in Grand Rapids -- their younger half-brother Simon would enlist in Company K in August. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers”, was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

In July of 1862 John was sick in the hospital through August, and allegedly deserted on September 21, 1862 at Upton’s Hill, Virginia (he was probably still hospitalized). In any case, he returned to the Regiment probably on October 26, 1862 at Catlett’s Station, Virginia.

John was shot in the right forearm at Spotsylvania, Virginia on May 12, 1864, and subsequently hospitalized. He was transferred to Company A, Fifth Michigan Infantry, upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was reported absent sick. In July he was listed as a Corporal although he still remained absent wounded. Although he was reported in January of 1865 as having died, in fact he remained hospitalized until he was discharged on account of his wounds on December 24, 1864 (or February 26, 1865), at Augur general hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After his discharge from the army John returned to his family in Michigan and by 1870 he was working as a farmer (he owned some $4500 worth of real estate) and living with his wife and one child in Hesperia, Newaygo County. By 1880 John was working as a farmer and living with his his wife and one son in Dayton, Newaygo County.

He was living in the Fremont area in 1883 drawing $8.00 per month for a wound to the right arm (pension no. 27,554, dated February 1865), and again in 1888; he was living in Dayton, Newaygo County in 1890 and 1894.

After his wife died in 1884 John married May Thompson on May 4, 1886, and they had at least two children: Ernest and Horatio (the latter probably named after John’s brother who died during the war). They were living in Hesperia, Oceana County in 1890, but by 1911 he had returned to Fremont.

He was for many years a director in the Grangers’ Mutual Insurance Co., a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, as well as a member of Grand Army of the Republic Henry Dobson Post No. 182 in Fremont and a charter member of Hesperia Grange P. of H. no. 495.

According to one source, John “was a member of the Trustee Board of the local M.E. Church, a regular attendant of the Sunday School and preaching service and always manifested great interest in the church and welfare of the community.”

John died of myocarditis on Wednesday November 27, 1915, in possibly in either Hesperia or Dayton Township, and was buried in Maple Grove cemetery in Fremont: block B-38. “The love and respect,” wrote the Fremont Times-Indicator,

in which he was held by his neighbors and coworkers was manifested by their presence in large numbers at his funeral which was held in the little church he so much loved. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers and draped with the flag of his country. Rev. M. A. Oldt and Rev. George van Wingerden spoke words of consolation to the bereaved and the choir sang his favorite hymns. As the shades of evening were falling he was laid to rest in the cemetery at Fremont. In the passing of John Barnhard this community has sustained a loss that will long be felt. A pioneer who has lived on the farm he hewed out of the wilderness over 60 years [ago], whose life was truly crowned with success. We shall miss his cheerful presence, his wise councils, but the influence of his life will be an inspiration to those who follow after and his good works will long remain.

In 1915 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 803308).


Horatio Barnhard

Horatio Barnhard was born 1833 in Ottawa County, Ohio, the son of Jacob (b. 1809) and Sarah (Hyland, d. 1836).

After the death of his first wife, Jacob married Ohio-born Lucinda or Lorinda Reed (b. 1820) in 1840, probably in Ohio. In the 1840s Horatio’s family moved from Ohio to Chicago where they were residing in 1845 or 1848. In any case they remained in Illinois but a few months before moving on to Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, where they lived for a year before settling in the Newaygo County area, probably in Croton. (It is possible that only Horatio and his younger brother John made this emigration westward in the late 1840s followed in the mid-1850s by their parents and the rest of the family.)

By 1855 the family had moved to Dayton, Newaygo County, reportedly building the first house in the Township. On February 17, 1859, Horatio married Phoebe S. Stone (b. 1841), probably sister to Maryette Stone who married his brother John in 1860, and they had at least one child, a daughter Ocelia (d. 1863). By 1860 Horatio was a farmer living with his wife in Dayton.

Horatio stood 5’5” with blue eyes, sandy hair and a sandy complexion and was 29 years old and still living in Dayton when he enlisted with his younger brother John in Company H on March 12, 1862 at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and he was mustered the same day -- their younger half-brother Simon would enlist in Company K in August. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers”, was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.)

Wallace W. Dickinson, also of Company K, wrote that Barnhard received a slight wound in the head while the regiment was engaged during the action at Fair Oaks, Virginia on May 31, 1862, and he was subsequently absent sick in a general hospital in Washington, DC. He soon recovered, however, and rejoined the Regiment. Horatio was initially listed as missing in action on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, but was in fact killed in action.

Horatio was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers removed from the battlefield at Second Bull Run and reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1863 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 149504). By 1871 she had remarried a Mr. Anderson.