I have discovered evidence in my research that Edward Barnard, the infamous Indian Trader, and early land surveyor and land owner in and around the old town of Augusta, may be related to my Barnard Heard family of neighboring Wilkes County and Robert Germany family of Columbia and Richmond Counties and Augusta, Georgia. I would like to locate more evidence and facts about the relationships between Edward Barnard and his wife Henrietta Fraser, daughter of James and Margaret Fraser, and the Germany family, in particular, James Germany who married Margaret Fraser after the death of her husband, and Robert Germany, brother of James Germany.
The Germany family of Augusta and the Heard family of Wilkes County were connected in a couple ways, with two Heard brothers, Maj. Barnard Heard and Gov. Stephen Heard, marrying two daughters of Robert Germany, Nancy and Jane respectively. Since Edward Barnard, Robert Germany, Barnard Heard and Stephen Heard are deeply imbedded in the early history of Georgia politics, the town of Augusta, the fighting with Indians, and the Revolutionary War, I strongly feel there was a deeper relationship between these men and their families.
I am very interested in learning more about the children of Edward Barnard, especially any daughters, and his wife, Henrietta. "Barnard Heard" is an interesting name and I'm wondering if he was named after Edward Barnard because of any business or military aquaintences with Barnard Heard's father, John Heard, who built Heard's Fort near the present site of Washington, GA. Stephen and Barnard Heard were also imprisioned in Augusta during the Rev. War and may have had contact with the Germany and Barnard families through that event in history as well. Any help, guidance, or theories as to the connection of these historical figures during the early days of Georgia would be greatly appreciated.
Robert C. Johnston, Jr.
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