Saturday, January 3, 2015

John Barney

A westbound Grand Trunk train stopped at the Ainsworth station on the morning of October 24, 1921, to deliver a sad cargo: John Barney, born and raised in Ross Township, was making his last trip home.

2015-1-3. John Barney obit
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Hobart News 27 Oct. 1921.

I've seen the Barney name every now and then in social news, but I didn't realize until now how long the family had been in this area. A couple of posts ago, I mentioned Thomas Chandler buying a farm from "Charles E. and Maggie E. Barney at Palmer" — John's parents — which farm I haven't identified; but oddly enough it seems that Charles E. and Maggie E. Barney sometime between 1874 and 1891 bought 80 acres that had belonged to Thomas Chandler's grandfather; namely, this parcel on the south side of E. 73rd Ave.:

2015-1-3. Barney 1891
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On this image from the 1908 Plat Map, the land that belonged to Charles and Maggie Barney in 1891 is outlined.

That's the only land I have found ascribed to the elder Barneys in any plat map.

John's widow, née Lena Maybaum, belonged to the large Maybaum family. They had married in 1887, not 1886 as stated in the article above.

Their two sons, Edward Ray and Charles Leslie, often went by their middle names.

Additional Sources:
1874 Plat Map.
1891 Plat Book.
1900 Census.
1910 Census.
1920 Census.
Indiana Marriage Collection.
♦ "Obituary." Hobart Gazette 28 Oct. 1921.
WWI Draft Cards.

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