Biography of Bernard Growney

Bernard Growney, son of Barney and Rose (Fagan) Growney, natives. of Ireland, and farmers, was born in September, 1834. Barney died in Ireland, and left five children, viz.: Mary, James, Ann, Bernard,. and July. Bernard came to Bergen in 1852 with his mother and thechildren, and settled on a farm where the mother died. He received a limited education, and October 14, 1861, enlisted at Fort Hill School in Co. B, 100th N. Y. Inf., and was in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Charleston, and at the siege of Fort Wagner, where he was wounded; was taken prisoner at Deep Bottom, Va., in 1864, was taken to Belle Isle, Libby, and Salisbury prisons, and was released in March, 1865. He was sent to Wilmington, N. C., thence to Annapolis, and was discharged at Rochester, May 25, 1865. He was also wounded in 1864, when tearing up the Petersburg & Richmond Railroad, and at Salisbury in attempting to escape from the prison. Since the close of the war he has been engaged in farming, and in 1869 purchased his present place. He married Bridget, daughter of Miles O. and Maria Finn, of Le Roy, who bore him children as follows: James M, Mary L., and Willie (deceased). His present wife is Bridget Carroll, of Wyoming. The family are Roman Catholics.

FROM: Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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