email in May 2000 from Neil C. and Fran Barnhill
who live in Texas.
Barnhill anecdote: "This story was told by Adolphus
"Bill" Barnhill at the reunion, Oct.
22, 1994 at Marthaville, Louisiana. Bill was 82 years
old and lives in Houston, Texas.
Bill Barnhill also told the story of
how William Hodge Barnhill who lived in
Tennessee came to migrate to Louisiana.
Originally William Hodge Barnhill's
family came from Kentucky. They moved to Tennessee.
His parents had 12 sons and 12 daughters. William Hodge
Barnhill was being tried by the court
for desertion in Tennessee. He was being tried in the
backyard of the courthouse. His Daddy and 11 brothers
were sitting there at the trial on a log.
Before the trial started, they brought the prisoner out
of the jailhouse. His Daddy walked over there and told
him, "Now son, you listen to me. If they find you
guilty, there is a horse tied in those bushes down
yonder." He said, "If they find you guilty, run and get
on that horse and leave this country as fast as you can.
They won't bother you." Sure enough, the court found
him guilty. His Daddy and 11 brothers stood up with
their guns drawn. They covered the court until he could
get on his horse and leave. William Hodge
Barnhill rode his horse as fast as he could
sout and settled down, married, and raised a family and
is buried in Marthaville, Louisiana."