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John C. Barnhill, grocer, Crawfordsville, was born July 19, 1853, in Marion County, Indiana. His father, John C., was born February 7, 1830, in the same County, and his mother. Martha A. (Carter) Barnhill, was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, July 19, 1829. John C. Sr. is a farmer, and oversees 710 acres of land, 235 of which he owns. He is a strong republican, but quiet in political circles. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. The parents of John C. Sr. came to Indiana in a very early day, and settled in Indianapolis when there were but three log cabins there. His father was born in Ohio, and mother in New Jersey. His father blazed the first road nine miles westward from Indianapolis, and one of the streets of that city is named for him. The parents of Mrs. Barnhill came from North Carolina to Hendricks County in 1822, and her father still lives, at the age of eighty-seven. John C. Barhill, Jr. passed his youth on the farm. He was educated at Plainfield, and at the university at Indianapolis. At the age of twenty-one years he began business for himself in the grocery trade at Indianapolis, handing about $50,000 worth of stock per year. In 1876 he sold out and came to Crawfordsville, and became the silent partner in the firm of Hadley & Hornaday, in the large grocery establishment opposite the post-office. Mr. Hadley retiring, Mr. Barnhill became the equal partner with Mr. Hornaday, and the firm is now Hornaday & Barnhill. They have a handsome store 40x80, with ware-room 25x60, and have done a business of about $75,000 per year. Mr. Barnhill was married September 2, 1874, to Mary C. Hadley daughter of Harlan Hadley. She was born September 19, 1854. They have three children: Farrie E., Mabel C. and Frank. He is a republican, and a member of the Royal Arcanum. The family of Barnhills is remarkable for longevity. John C. Sr., his wife and children, grandchildren, and four sisters, are all living.