CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A piece of Mahoning County history came back home Friday after traveling hundreds of miles over more than a century.
Descendants of the pre-Civil War era owners of Loghurst donated a hunting rifle that once belonged to Jacob Barnes to the Canfield Heritage Society. Martin Barnes traveled from Michigan to the Mahoning Valley with his family this week to see the land of his ancestors and to donate the rifle.
“Just recently I decided to do an ancestry search and that was where I came across the connection in Canfield to the family. And when I read about this place, I was very interested in coming down and seeing what it was all about,” Martin Barnes said.
He is the great-great-great grandson of Jacob and Nancy Barnes. Jacob Barnes was a staunch abolitionist who moved his family, including eight children, from their native Virginia to Canfield, according to the Canfield Heritage Foundation.
He farmed the land and operated a tavern/stagecoach stop for weary travelers on the road between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Jacob made a number of renovations to the original log home, including a kitchen and the sleeping porches, common in the South, to the front of the house.
The home has served as a stage coach station, a family home, a stop on the Underground Railroad and now, a museum.