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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville, 1884. Fruit Hill Precinct.
DAVID L. BARNES is a native of this county, born November 18, 1829. He has about 1,500 acres of land, which is devoted principally to fruit culture, and is one of the substantial citizens of the county. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Myers) Barnes, were natives respectively of Virginia and Pennsylvania. His grandfather, George Barnes, was originally from Ireland. He had come over to America on business, but owing to the war troubles would not return, and finally entered the army and served throughout the Revolutionary war. He started for Kentucky with his wife, three sons and three daughters, at a very early date, and finally located in Mercer County. Two of his sons were either killed or captured upon the way, by the Indians, and William, the father of our subject, was saved by falling into the hands of some woman, who afterward restored him to his parents, and about fifteen years afterward (in 1797) they removed to this county, then a wilderness, and William Barnes and Joe Lewis cleared the land on which the Court House at Hopkinsville now stands. The parents of our subject were blessed with twelve children, of whom there are seven living: Robert D., Maxwell S., David L., Nisan W., Elizabeth A., Ildegirt A. and Mary Z. Our subject devotes most of his attention to fruit culture, apples and peaches being the principal varieties, most of his land being situated upon high land and ridges, particularly adapted to this branch of agriculture. He is a member of the Universalist Church, and is a Greenbacker politically. For the last five years he has been Secretary of the Universalist State Convention of Kentucky.