This old log barn was probably built by John and Barbara (Shaeffer) Minerd Jr., who migrated from near Scio, Harrison County, OH to a farm on the Ohio-Indiana border in the 1840s. The Minerds' son James inherited this farm and likely is the man standing near the open barn door. Note the large pile of mown hay at far right, behind the fence. Today, the barn is gone, replaced by a more modern structure, but the farm itself is still in the possession of one of our cousins as a fifth-generation owner. This image is just one of many wonderful photographs of the John Jr. and James Minerd family that has appeared as one of our "Photos of the Month" through the generous courtesy of their descendants. Click to see the others from May 2004, November 2003, August 2003 and December 2002.
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