A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Levi W. SOUTHARD
According to the History of Hardin County, Iowa (Springfield, Ill: Union Publishing Company, 1883), Levi W. Southard resides on Section 24, where he has lived since 1863. Mr. Southard is one of the earliest and best known settlers of Hardin county. He was born in Surry county, North Carolina, July 30, 1813, where he was brought up. He was married in 1838, to Keziah Reece, born in Surry county, April 26, 1817. Mr. Southard was brought up to the business of farming, and also learned the trade of a blacksmith. In 1851, Mr. Southard, with his family and others, altogether forming a company of forty-four persons, emigrated from their native State, North Carolina, to Hardin County, Iowa. Mr. Southard's family composed ten of the company, they having eight children at that time. The distance traveled was about 1,200 miles. The entire distance was made with teams, and the time required for the journey was about two months. Mr. Southard made a settlement about two miles west of Hardin City, and the same distance north of Berlin. They arrived on the 22d of August. The first white girl born in the county was their daughter -- Mattie A. Southard. She was born November 22, 1851. She became the wife of Mr. Otis Hall, and died March 24, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Southard have had thirteen children, eleven of whom were daughters. Nine daughters and their two sons are living, viz: Nancy M., now Mrs. A. G. Barnum; Sarah E., wife of M. S. Ayres; Wm. R., in Nebraska; Mary, now Mrs. D. R. Washburn; Abraham M., in Denver City; Hannah E., wife of Henry Hughes; Celia B., wife of Justin Wells; Huldah; Phoebe K., now Mrs. A. W. Putnam; Clarinda M., and Dora M., wife of Otis Hall. Children deceased were: Eliza C., wife of R. G. Orcott, and Mattie A., wife of Otis Hall. Wm. R. served three years in the war of the rebellion, in the 32nd Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Mr. Southard was Assessor of the north half of the county when the county was composed of two townships. He was also the first Justice of the Peace of Morgan township, and was justice for many years.
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