Luther Barney

Born at Norwich, Conn., March 4, 1757. Died in the town of Ellery, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Sept 30, 1844. Grave in Bemus Point Cemetery. He was the youngest child of John Barney, who with his brother came to America from the north of England about 1720 and settled at Norwich, Conn. At the commencement of the American Revolution, Luther Barney became a “Minute Man,” afterwards serving as private in Captain Jesse Huntington’s Company, Col. Selden’s Reg’t., Connecticut Militia. During the battle of Bunker Hill he was stationed at Roxbury, Mass., and was with the troops of Connecticut formed to reinforce Washington in the vicinity of New York, participating in the battle of Long Island and other engagements. On the expiration of his term of enlistment, after serving two years, he joined the American navy where he remained until the close of the war. While in the navy he and his brother Edwin were taken prisoners. Edwin died of smallpox on the prison ship, but Luther was afterwards exchanged and returned to his father’s home in Norwich where he was shortly after married to Abigail Winship. They moved to Burlington, Vt., and afterwards to Genoa, Cayuga County, N.Y. His wife died in 1799 and was buried at Genoa. They had ten children: Sophia, William-Pitt, Charles, Philemon, Joseph, Luther, Nathan, Betsey, William, Samuel. About 1800 he married his second wife, Ruth Garrison, who was born in a fort in Maryland, Jan. 24, 1777. Their children were Sally Maria, Lysander, Ai, Benjamin, Alva, Zee, Milo, Anna, Clark, Ruth. In 1813 they moved to Newstead, Erie County, N.Y., where they remained until 1831 when they moved to Chautauqua County, making their home in the town of Ellery. He applied for pension in 1832, which was granted, and he is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840. His wife, Ruth, died Oct. 16, 1848, and is buried beside her husband in the Bemus Point Cemetery. Ruth, the youngest of his 20 children, married Charles G. Maples, for many years prominent in the official and business affairs of the County. She was a “Real Daughter” of the Revolution and at the time of her death in 1901 was a member of Patterson Chapter, D. A. R., Westfield, N.Y.


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