Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
AARON BARNEY was born in the State of Massachusetts Oct. 11, 1785. In 1806 he removed to Jefferson Co., N. Y.,
and in 1821 to Michigan, landing at Detroit, where he remained one year. He then located at a point twenty miles
west of that city, and three years later (1825) settled in Washtenaw County. In 1835 he came to Van Buren County,
entering four hundred acres of land in Hamilton township, and eighty in Keeler. The land located in Hamilton was
on sections 14 and 30, and in Keeler on section 25. Previous to emigrating to Michigan Mr. Barney was engaged in
farming and milling, and after coming to Van Buren County was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death,
which occurred August 27, 1858. June 10, 1804, he was married to Miss Cynthia Barney, and they became the parents
of twelve children, of whom but three are living. Mrs. Barney died April 15, 1839; and on the 24th of May, 1840,
Mr. Barney was married to Mrs. Lucy Millard, who died about 1872. During his life Mr. Barney held several offices
of trust in his township.
In polities he was a Democrat, and in religious matters entertained liberal views. During his pioneer days in Michigan
he experienced the various hardships and privations incident to backwoods life, and at the end could contemplate
a noble handiwork all his own.
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.