Biography of Richard W. Barney
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Barney, Richard W., was born in Mount Morris, Livingston county, August 24, 1834. George W. Barney, his father, a direct descendant of Commodore Barney, of Revolutionary fame, was a native of Herkimer county, and came to Livingston county about 1830 and established a mercantile business in Mount Morris which he conducted a great many years. The later years of his life he held the office of postmaster, made such by Lincoln and served under Johnson. He was for twelve years superintendent of the poor and insane of Livingston county. He died in Junes, 1884, at seventy six years of age. Mary Peterson, the mother of our subject, was of Holland descent and a native of Cayuga county, was born in Scipio, February 28, 1814, and is still living in Mount Morris. Of the six children that reached adult age from this union Richard was the oldest son. He was educated in the common schools and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, now known as the Lima University. After finishing his education he spent two years in his father's store, and then was engaged in the same business in the wholesale department in New York city for five years, after which he returned to Mount Morris, where he spent two years as a law student in the office of Hastings & Bingham as a means of recreation. The early days of the war he was with Scott's Band in the Army of the Potomac, and in 1862 became a regularly enlisted member of Co. I of the 136th N. Y. Vols., going as quartermaster sergeant. He was transferred to the 17th Vet. Reserves in 1864, and served at headquarters with Col. A. J.Warner till the close of the war, when he was discharged under general orders. Returning to hips native town he remained only a short time and then went to Ottawa, Kansas, where he engaged in real estate dealing until 1873, when he returned to New York State and took up the study of dentistry with Dr. Daboll of Buffalo, N. Y. In 1876 he began the practice of the the profession at Owasco, N. Y., and in the spring of 1878 he located in Hornellsville, where he has ever since been engaged in the practice of the profession with continued success and a constantly increasing practice. He is the inventor of an automatic dental vulcanizer which is a great improvement in the vulcanizing of dental plates. He is also interested in farming in Mount Morris, N.Y. In 1867 he married Fannie Thomas of Rockland, Me., who lived but two years after marriage. His present wife was Clara M. Bacon of Princeton, Ill.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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