The daughter of Scottish immigrants James Wotherspoon and Jean H. Marshall. She married Nathan Barney on the 24th of December 1856 in NYC. The couple moved to Mauch Chunk, Pa, where she died. They had one child together, James Wotherspoon Barney. After her death her husband Nathan removed to Brooklyn, NY, remarried and had several other children. James moved to Kansas City, Mo and then to Florida.
Her obituary states: BARNEY: At Manch Chuck, Pa, on Thursday, March 11, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Barney, wife of Nathan Barney, and eldest daughter of James Wotherspoon, of this city. Funeral on Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock, from the residence of her father, no 20 Abingdon Place. The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend without further invitation.