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Willard J. Barney
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1843
North Swansea
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1902
East Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA


Civil War Veteran
Sergeant, Co. B, 18th Massachusetts Infantry
Sergeant, Co. B, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry


Willard Jencks Barney was the son of Jencks F. and Sarah (Allen) Barney.

Willard was a 20 year-old Machinist from Swansea, when he enlisted at Taunton, MA on July 15, 1861 and was mustered into the 18th Mass. Infantry on August 24, 1861 as a Private in Co. B. Per records he was 5 ft. 9-1/2 in. tall, with a fair complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair.

In 1862 he was active with his Regiment in the Peninsula Campaign, including the siege of Yorktown, and was engaged in battle for the first time at the Second Battle of Bull Run fought on August 30, 1862, where he was wounded. He was absent due to his wounds from Sept. 1 until Nov. 3, 1862 when he returned to his Company. He was engaged with his Regiment again at the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. Promoted to Corporal on Sept. 29, 1863 he was a combatant later that year at Rappahannock Station and Mine Run. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Willard re-enlisted for three years’ service at Beverly Ford, VA on January 1, 1864, receiving a bonus of $325.00 as a Veteran Volunteer.

In 1864 Willard fought with his Regiment at the Battle of Wilderness, where on May 5th he was slightly wounded in the right side. Two days later, on May 7th, he was carried off the field unconscious after being sun struck and treated in hospitals as follows, in Washington, D.C. about two days, at Baltimore, MD, for about six weeks, at Knight Gen. Hospital, New Haven, Conn. for about one week, before receiving a thirty day furlough. After the furlough he was admitted to the hospital again for about a month. He was transferred, along with the remnants of his Regiment and veterans from the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry, to the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry on October 24, 1864. He was mustered out with Company B, 32nd Mass. Infantry on June 29, 1865.

Willard resided at Swansea, MA and East Providence, RI following the war and was variously employed as a laborer, coal dealer, and janitor. He married Elizabeth M. Allen on March 20, 1864 at Swansea, MA. They were subsequently divorced on Nov. 10, 1870.

He married for a second time to Mary Jane (Holbrook) Wesley, who was born in Quebec, Canada and the widow of Moses, at East Providence, RI on Feb. 26, 1881. They were the parents of Herbert N, born Dec. 23, 1881; Mary Alice, born Sept. 7, 1883; Etta May, born Aug. 19, 1888; and Ella Fletcher, born July 10, 1891.

Willard applied for and was approved for an Invalid pension of $12 a month in 1890 due to disabilities caused by sunstroke, partial deafness in both ears, and impaired vision. He was 58 years of age and working as a Janitor when he died at his home, 64 Lyon Ave., East Providence, RI on April 18, 1902, due to heart disease.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Jenks F. Barney (1815 - 1895)
  Sarah Barney (1818 - 1899)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Jane Holbrook Barney (1852 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  Herbert N. Barney (1881 - 1902)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Veteran of Civil War (Co. B. 18th Mass. Inf.)
 
Burial:
Lakeside - Carpenter Cemetery
East Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
 
Maintained by: Donald Thompson
Originally Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Nov 27, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16809344
Willard J. Barney
Added by: Jen Snoots
 
Willard J. Barney
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- Donald Thompson
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014

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