Edson Barney

Brief Life History of Edson

When Edson Barney was born on 30 June 1806, in Ellisburg, Jefferson, New York, United States, his father, Royal Barney Sr., was 23 and his mother, Rachel Marsh Barney, was 22. He married Lillis Ballou on 2 January 1831, in Amherst, Lorain, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Utah, Utah, United States in 1900. In 1880, at the age of 74, his occupation is listed as carpenter in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States. He died on 2 February 1905, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edson Barney
Louisa Walker
Marriage: 10 May 1847
Lucy Matilda Barney
Partha Ann Barney
Lillis Louisa Barney
Royal Hyrum Barney Sr
James Alexander Barney
Emma Jane Barney
Rachel Marsh Barney
Martha Rosetta Barney
Ellen Urselena Barney

Sources (62)

  • 1850: Census Record; Edson Barney listed as head of household, Pottawattamie, Pottawattamie, Iowa, "United States Census, 1850"
  • 1831: Marriage Record; Edson Barney and Lillis Comstock, Lorain, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1831
  • 1905: Edson Barney, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.


Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Barney in Norfolk, which is probably named with an Old English personal name Bera (with genitive -n) + Old English ēg ‘island, dry ground in a marsh’.

English: from the personal name Barney, a pet form of Bernard .

Scottish: possibly from the Old Norse personal name Bjarni (from bjǫrn ‘bear’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Edson Barney (1806–1905)

Edson Barney was born 30 June 1806 in Ellisburgh, new York, the second child and first son born to Royal and Rachel Marsh (Barney) Barney, who are cousins. They had the following children: Philena (18 …

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