I'm trying to link Bardna to Matthew Bates, who was born in 1760 Halifax, VA, possibly the son of John Bates. Bardna or Bardney married Willis Bryant, son of Anthony Bryant. They were my gr-gr-grandparents. I've not been able to prove that Bardna/Bardney was a Bates. She was said to be born in KY in 1803, where the Bryant family was living at the time. It is likely she and Willis met and married in KY. They eventually moved to Pulaski County, MO and were amongst the earliest settlers. I believe their part of Pulaski might have been in Crawford County back then. If anyone can help with this, I'd appreciate it. I plan to be in the Crawford County area in early July and hope to do some research locally.