History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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J. HERMAN BARNSLEY. Thomas BARNSLEY, major in "His Majesties 60th Royal American Regiment of Foot," came with his regiment to American during the French and Indian War of 1756. At the close of the war he resigned his commission and returning to England brought over to Bucks county his wife Bersheba and his nephew John BARNSLEY. In 1763 he purchased six hundred acres in Bensalem, part of the Tatham tract, and erected thereon a handsome and commodious mansion house, the bricks for which were brought from England. He died in 1771, and his wife died some years earlier. The property was sold by his executors to John SWIFT in 1772, and remained in the SWIFT family until 1883, when it was purchased by Sallie B., wife of Dr. Richard DINGEE. The mansion house is still standing.

John BARNSLEY inherited a fourth interest in his uncle’s estate, but it was paid him in Continental money and became practically worthless. He was one of the committee for driving off cattle in Bensalem to prevent them from falling into the hands of the British, and was with Washington’s army in January, 1777, in the march from Trenton to Princeton, his team having been impressed to haul ammunition. He purchased a farm in Newton township, where he lived until his death, February 2, 1796. His wife was Elizabeth VAN COURT, who was born at Huntingdon Valley in 1751, and died in 1824. The children of John and Elizabeth (VAN COURT) BARNSLEY were: Thomas, born January 21, 1774, removed to Maryland: William, born November 8, 1775; Mary, born March 21, 1778; Elizabeth, born August 3, 1780; George, born November 8, 1783; Moses, born February 23, 1788; Sarah, born March 10, 1791; and Ann, born October 14, 1795.

William BARNSLEY, second son of John and Elizabeth, married Jane VAN HORN, born in Makefield, July 25, 1784, and died July 25, 1861. They were married January 21, 1808. Their children were; Mary, born 1809, died unmarried January 16, 1889; John, born August 26, 1811; Thomas C., born October 21, 1815, died September 5, 1866, and Joseph BARNSLEY, born June 9, 1820, died near Hartsville, January 12, 1888. William BARNSLEY died at Newtown, August 21, 1848.

John BARNSLEY, eldest son of William and Jane, resided on the homestead at Newtown until his death, January 11, 1880. He was a justice of the peace for thirty-five years, and transacted a great deal of business in settlement of estates and in transfers of real estate. He was a man of more than ordinary ability and very much respected in the community. He was county treasurer about 1848. He married October 27, 1835, Mary HOUGH, born October 15, 1814, in Doylestown township, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (SIMPSON) HOUGH, and a first cousin to the mother of General U. S. GRANT. She died at Newton, September 25, 1895. Their children are: Anna J., born 1836, married Captain Henry Y. PICKERING; William, born February 17, 1838, died October 27, 1902, married Mary Ellen PAFF, and has one daughter, Lily H., the wife of Edward P. HICKS, of Newtown. Hannah H. born 1839, married October 16, 1860, Captain Thomas P. CHAMBERS. Elizabeth J., born July 4, 1844, married Major Samuel COMFORT. Wilhelmina, born 1847, Mary, born 1850, married George C. WORSTALL. John Herman, born December 12, 1854, married April 23, 1902, Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel E. A. L. ROBERTS, of Titusville, Pennsylvania.

J. Herman BARNSELY, son of John and Mary (HOUGH) BARNSLEY, was born in Newtown, December 12, 1854. He was educated in the public schools and Newtown Academy and later took a course at a business college. He has traveled extensively in this country and abroad and spent several years in Kansas. He filled for some time a clerical position with the Standard Oil Company at Titusville, Pennsylvania, and later opened an office in Newark, New Jersey, and conducted a brokerage business. He married April 23, 1902, Elizabeth C. ROBERTS of Titusville. He purchased the old homestead, " Sharon," near Newtown, Pennsylvania, which he remodeled, and resided there one year when he sold the property to Mr. John J. TIERNEY, of West Virginia, the present owner, and the following year erected a handsome residence on North Chancellor street, Newtown, where he now resides. His only child, John, was born March 15, 1903.

Text taken from page 243–244 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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