Richard R. Barnstable, one of the prosperous tillers of the soil of this county, is a resident on section 5, Polk township, where he has a fine and attractive farm. He is a native of England, having been born in that country on the 23d of December 1830, in Othery, Somersetshire. After having grown to manhood in his native place he decided to seek what the New World held for him and coming to this country in the spring of 1852 proceeded to America, where he remained but a short time before returning to New York State to get a wife. The one whom he chose to be his life partner bore the maiden name of Ellen S. Pitmon, a native of the same country as himself, where she was born December 31, 1834. The wedding day of this happy couple was November 4, 1852.
The wife of our subject came to America when but a lass of seventeen years and made her home in Clay, Onondaga County, N.Y., until united in marriage with our subject. In the spring of 1853 this young couple came to this county, thinking it the best place to begin their new life. They settled on a tract of land in Polk Township where Mr. Barnstable has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits, of which he has made a great success. On this place will be seen a fine set of farm buildings and the other now has an arable tract of two hundred and thirty acres.
The home of our subject and his estimable wife has been blessed by the advent of five children, all but one of whom still survive. They are as follows: Emily J. died when nearly four years old; Walter J. is married to Miss Anna Dowland; Ella T. is the wife of Alonzo T. Keele; Nettie A. is the wife of T. M. Lawrence; and Norman R.
Mr. Barnstable in his political views casts his vote with the Republican party, which he thinks is the party to govern this nation. He is not in any way an office seeker but has been made the incumbent of the office of School Director of his district which he filled with great satisfaction not only to himself but to his constituents. He and his worthy and efficient wife are active and consistent members of the Congregational Church, with which they have been united since the year 1855. These good people are held in the highest esteem by all their neighbors and fellow men.
Source: Chapman bros. Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin county, Illinois. Chicago: Biographical publishing company, 1891.