Biography of Frank P. Barney
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Barney, Frank P., was born in Bristol, R. I., October, 1847, son of John and Nancy Louisa Barney. His father was a butcher and a farmer throughout his life. Mr. Barney was educated in the public schools of Bristol, and also studied and worked with his brother, Charles E. Barney, of New Bedford, Mass., on railroad work for four or five years, starting his business life in the jewelry trade, which he pursued for nineteen years, wherein he was four or five years associated with W. H. Wilmarth & Co., of Attleborough, Mass., and where he received a practical knowledge of the business and afterwards supplied several patents for the manufacturing of jewelry, as well as on machines for the manufacture of chains, etc. In 1878 he married Ellen F., daughter of Charles D. and Fanny H. Lane, and they have four children: Mildred E., Earl M., Charles F., and Ruth L. Mr. Barney is one of Norton's progressive citizens; his magnificent house and barn, equipped with the very latest of modern appliances, makes his home one of the most desirable and attractive places in the town; it is on the land which is historically known as the Devil's Foot Prints, which is plainly to be seen now on a few large rocks just back of his residence. His farm is a beautiful one, some one hundred acres or more, and his barn also has accommodations for a dozen horses, box stalls, etc. He takes an intelligent interest in school and church institutions and his town and townspeople.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
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