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Barton Hopkins Harney
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Birth: Feb. 9, 1813
Nicholas County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1882
Decatur County
Indiana, USA

Greensburg Standard
December 15, 1882

Another and another, now one here and theh one there, of the sturdy old pioneers of this county is "Old Father Time," as he moves his swift chariot wheels over our sphere, taking from among us. The last to answer to the roll-call from on high was Barton H. Harney, who, on Sunday afternoon last, was called from Time to Eternity, from
Labor to Reward. Barton Hopkins Harney was the youngest of four children—three sons and one daughter—of Selby and Hannah Harney, and was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, February 9, 1813.
His mother was a sister of Judge John and Geo. W. Hopkins, two of the early (1822 '23) pioneer settlers of this county. The parents of both died of "Cold Plague," when Barton was about eleven months old, and he was taken to raise by "Uncle Jack," who, on moving to this county in 1822, brought the young lad with him. Thus, though not in its completest sense a "pioneer," he was at the time of his death one of our oldest and longest time residents. When about seventeen years of age, he became an "entered apprentice" to William Menefee, who was then the leading tailor in this, place, under whom he served until he had "learned his trade." After his time was out he worked about a year at Lafayette, and in other Wabash towns, and then returning here in 1834 opened a shop, and from then until within a few months past,
when disease claimed him as a victim, he has held a leading position among our business men; and also as an actor in all the various benevolent enterprises of his time.
On the ninth day of June, 1834, he was united in marriage with Rachel Stine, one of the daughters of a family of Pennsylvanians who had come here some months previous to that event The fruits of this union were twelve children, nine of whom had "crossed that Bourne whence no traveler returns" in advance of him. The other three-
Mrs. George H. Carson, Mrs. L. S. Wood, and a son, Selby—all reside in
this city and vicinity, and with that patient and loving wife are left to mourn as only they who have lost a faithful and doting husband and father can mourn.
The funeral services were held at the residence on East street, at 10 a. m., Tuesday, conducted (in the absence of (Rev. Sloss,) by Rev. A. T. Rankin, of Kingston, assisted by "Bro." Walker, of this city, and old "Father" Tarkington. At the conclusion of the services the
remains were home to the county cemetery
by the following pall-bearers, selected by himself: W. W. Hamilton, Sutherland McCoy, T. M. Hamilton, Sam. H. Stewart, Marine D. Ross and Edward Speer,—all of whom, except Mr. McCoy, belonged to the Sunday school class of which deceased had for many years been a member, and while in health a constant attendant. "Bart." (for by this name he was generally known, and by it his nearest personal friends will ever speak of him,) was to a casual acquaintance, a most incomprehensible character—a human enigma. One phase of his character was that of a great boy; another the stern, solid man. Up to the time when his disease got hold upon him, he delighted
in the companionship of young men, and had a relish for and entered
with zest into all the sports of boyhood; yet, in matters of moment, he "put away boyish things," and was a man firm in his convictions, unswerving in all matters involving principle, and uncompromising
in his opposition to that which he deemed wrong or hurtful to society.
For thirty years he had been an active leader in all temperance movements, and so radical were his views on that subject that he withdrew from the Masonic order because the lodge would not make temperance a condition of membership.
In his religious views, he was an Orthodox universalist, and a Calvinist on all questions touching God's foreordination of events. He was a student of the New Testament,
and believed fully in "the Christ," and that he had made a full and complete atonement for all men. Raised in the Presbyterian church, he had a high respect for that people, and generally attended
that church, though he was a ever a member of any.
An active, working politician when in health—a Democrat previous to 1854, and a Republican since then—he never
asked an office. He served a short time as Post master, under President Polk, and was a Justice of the Peace one term, which seemed to satisfy his ambition in that direction. In the Sons of Temperance,
Good Templars, and other orders to which he belonged, he was often
called upon to accept official positions, and always discharged their duties with credit to himself and to the association.
By his death this community loses a good citizen; a friend to peace and order-an unflinching supporter of what
he deemed the right, and an uncompromising opponent of wrong. We
may not soon look upon his like again.
Family links: 
  Rachael Stine Harney (1814 - 1895)*
  (Infant) Harney (1835 - 1835)*
  Columbus Harney (1836 - 1837)*
  Sarah Eliza Harney (1837 - 1840)*
  Cynthia Ann Harney Carson (1840 - 1885)*
  Jane Eliza Harney Wood (1844 - 1899)*
  Nancy Elizabeth Harney (1850 - 1850)*
  Selby S. Harney (1859 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
South Park Cemetery
Decatur County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Mike Porter
Record added: Feb 13, 2010
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Barton Hopkins Harney
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2nd cousin 4x removed
- Terry Harney Harp
 Added: Feb. 24, 2014

- Tom Black
 Added: Apr. 15, 2012

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