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ELIAS BARNS, farmer and mechanic, P.O. Crossingville, was born March 19, 1820, in Victor, Ontario Co., N.Y. His parents, Jonathan J. and Lovina (Bradley) Barns, settled in Girard Township, Erie County, in 1832, and helped develop the resources of that country. This family was established in the United States by Thomas Barns, who emigrated from England to Norfolk, Conn., in the early history of the colonies. Silas Barns and Zolman Bradley, our subject’s grandfathers on both sides, were Revolutionary soldiers. Our subject married Miss Parmelia Peet, October 28, 1841. She was born June 23, 1824, in Portage Township, Allegany Co., N.Y.; her parents, Lewis and Margaret (Gerhart) Peet, became pioneers in Cussewago Township, this county, in 1840. Their children are Mrs. Martha P. Carnahan, Mrs. Anna L. Sperry; Mrs. Margaret Liephart, deceased; Arthur, deceased; Byron B., of Wood County, Ohio; Mrs. Elmina A. Daniels; Charles, in Michigan; Mrs. Ella V. Heard and David P. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Barns settled on the farm which he had been engaged the previous summer in clearing up and improving. By industry and good management they have built up a property of eighty acres of well improved land. Mr. Barns is a carpenter by trade; he erected many buildings in the surrounding townships, and built the house in which he now resides. Mr. Barns has been a Representative to the State Grange; is a Methodist; in politics originally a Whig, now a Republican.