Biography of Austin M. Barney



Van Buren County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman was born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., Feb. 25, 1821, and was brought to Michigan at a very early age by his parents. As soon as his age and strength were sufficient he worked on the farm with his father, assisting in clearing the land and preparing it for cultivation. In 1840 he left the farm and found employment in a machine shop, and, after completing his trade, engaged as an engineer on the Mississippi River, which occupation he followed for ten years. The age and failing strength of his father rendered it necessary for the son to return to the farm, which he did; and he managed his fatherís business until the death of the latter, in 1858, when he assumed the entire control of the place, and continued to conduct the business thereof until 1871. In that year he purchased forty acres near the old homestead, and in 1879 added forty acres more. He has since become the owner of a farm of eighty acres in the township of Keeler. Nov. 4, 1861, he was married to Miss Caroline C. Barney, daughter of J. A. and A. Barney.

In political matters Mr. Barney has always voted and acted with the Democratic party.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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