The 1870 Ohio Federal census shows that the Barnhiser's are living in the town of Carey. The daughters are all married; however, the boys are still at home. One son, John is married and the couple is living in the Barnhiser home.
All the grown boys are working for the railroad which crosses through Carey. The Cincinnati, Sandusky and Cleveland Rail Road connected Sandusky, Ohio with Cincinnati, Ohio running through Carey. Railroads provided numerous opportunities for employment. Thomas is listed as railroading, not a railroad laborer. The difference is that railroading is the action of traveling or working on the railroad as opposed to working on the tracks and maintenance.
Thomas J. Barnhiser married Elizabeth Bacher on September 26, 1872 in Wyandot County, Ohio.On March 24, 1874, Thomas and Elizabeth welcomed their first child, Harry Barnhiser. The baby was born in Carey, Wyandot County, Ohio.
On April 15, 1875, Thomas married Lillie Burney (Burnie) in Wyandot County, Ohio.
On August 28, 1875, Lilla Trude Barnhiser was born to Thomas and Lillie Burney Barnhiser in Carey, Wyandot County, Ohio. Lillie Burney Barnhiser either died in childbirth or within a year. Little Lilla is enumerated with her grandmother, Sarah Burney on the 1880 Ohio census in Carey. The Burney house is on the north side of Findlay Branch east of Clay. Also in the house is her son, Alexander Burney.
On November 29, 1877, Thomas Barnhiser married M. A. King in Wyandot County, Ohio. The initials stand for Mary Adeline King.
Listed in the 1877 Carey Directory, John and his son, Thomas Barnheiser are listed as living at the north side of Mud Street, west of Vance. John owns the house and Thomas is a laborer and boarding in the house.
Cropped and marked properties owned by the Barnhiser family in Carey, Wyandot County, Ohio. The map is dated 1879. The first map shows a section of town. The rail road tracks cut through town and probably supplied the Barnhiser sons employment as shown on the 1870 census. Red arrows mark the two properties. The lower one is marked W.H. and T.J. Barnhiser and has a house on it. The upper one is Thomas J. Barnhiser with no house.
Mary Barnhiser, age 26, born in Ohio as were both of her parents, a housekeeper.
Susan Barnhiser, age 70, mother of Thomas, born in Maryland as were both of her parents.
Alfred Kime, age 23, born in Ohio as were both of his parents, employed as a laborer. Alfred is the grandson of Susan Barnhiser and nephew of Thomas.
Known children of Thomas Jefferson Barnhiser and Mary Adeline King Barnhiser:
- Franklin J. Barnhiser 1880-
- Frank K. Barnhiser 1884-
- Jay Harrison Barnhiser 1889-1941
Known child of Thomas Jefferson Barnhiser and Elizabeth C. Bacher Barnhiser:
- Harry Barnhiser 1874-
Known child of Thomas Jefferson Barnhiser and Lillie Burnie Barnhiser:
- Lillian Trude (Gertrude) Barnhiser 1875- married Volney Claire Lytle
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