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 Francis Marion “Frank” Barney

Francis Marion “Frank” Barney

Lake Shore, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 13 Dec 1944 (aged 81)
Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot 12.12 ,08
Memorial ID 10930586 · View Source
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Francis "Frank" Marion Barney was born 12 Sept 1863, in Spanish Fork, Utah, the son of Benjamin Franklin Barney and Caroline Beard Barney. The family moved to Lake Shore (then known as "The Indian Farm") in the early 1860's. They settled near the shores of Utah Lake.

As his father had married into polygamy (as that was practiced at the time), it was his mother, Caroline's lot to rear this large family of 8 sons, because her husband, Benjamin, was away a major part of the time. The Barney family had no near-by neighbors at Lake Shore, and the Indians were oftentimes quite troublesome. There were many nights when Caroline and her sons spent the night in boats out on Utah Lake, where they hid themselves in the rushes until daylight.

Frank and his brothers hauled water from the Spanish Fork River 1/2 mile to their home for household use. They helped with chores and cleared the land of willows and brush in order to make it fit for cultivation. They often went to the canyons in Spanish Fork and Payson Canyons and hauled logs for poles or posts.

Frank loved horses. He and his brothers had the first team of horses in Lake Shore. The boys learned to be busy, industrious and thrifty.

Frank was married on 30 May 1880, at the age of 17 to Rhoda Shepherd, who was just 15 years old. They were married by the Justice of Peace, Luther Stewart, in Benjamin, Utah. Rhoda had been working for Frank's mother, Caroline, since she was 11 years old. They continued living with Frank's mother for 4 years after their marriage.

Frank was an expert logger and timberman and easily found work in the canyons. He worked many years in the summertime getting logs out for the Gardner-Chisholm Sawmill. He also did much freighting in Southern Utah, and he always drove a fine team of horses. His work took him away from home much of the time, leaving his wife, Rhoda, home with the children and all of the chores.

They had 17 children - 10 sons and 7 daughters, 15 of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, married and reared families:
1-Elsie Delila (1881-1956) md 1)Joseph Alexander Nielsen 1898; 2)Peter Betts 1949; 3)Warren Shepherd 1954.
2-Francis (Frant) Marion (1882-1945) md Elsie Labell Hill 1903.
3-Mary Elizabeth (1884-1972) md Joseph Hyrum Christopherson 1902.
4-Moses Trader (1885-1950) md 1)Rachel Hutchison 1906; 2)Sarah Agnes Simmons; 3)Sarah Lettica McKee 1948.
5-Eliza Jane (1887-1936) md Thomas Gibbs Jarvis 1907.
6-Lilly Leversia (1889-1980) md 1)Alvin LeRoy Soren 1908; 2)Joseph S. Little.
7-Benjamin Arthur (1889-1889)
8-George "Wilbur" (1893-1966) md Emma Amanda Otteson 1915.
9-Jeddy Dean (1895-1965) md Anna A. Hardwick 1917.
10-Joseph "Ralph" (1897-1976) md 1)Elsie Christensen 1915; 2)Sarah Alice Cleveland.
11-Llewellyn (Lew) (1899-1967) md 1)Jennie Marie Huff 1916; 2)Sabra Scougard Young 1941.
12-Gilbert (1900-1979) md 1)Vivian Bjarnson 1915; 2)Bertha.
13-Wells (1901-2001) md Blanche Lorene Fife 1920.
14-Rhoda Caroline (1903-1903)died of smallpox.
15-Sylvia "Vernice" (1905-1996) md 1)Lewis Golden Stallings 1924; 2)Charles Ward 1964(div).
16-Ray Curtis (1906-1975) md Lucinda Young 1928.
17-Hazel Harriet (1912-2003) md 1)Deloy Merritt 1928; 2)Leon Christian Mortensen 1933; 3)Hal Rasmussen.

In 1898, the government opened a large track of land for homesteading out in Cedar Valley, about 35 miles southwest of Lake Shore. Frank and some of his brothers decided to use their homestead rights and file on some of this land. They were required to live there for 5 years in order to get title for the land. The family spent the summer months in Cedar Valley, and in the winter they returned to Lake Shore so the children could attend school. At Cedar Valley, they raised some grain, but it was better suited for grazing. After 5 years, they sold their claim to a rancher and sheepman.

Soon afterwards, they moved to Sugar City, Idaho, for a year, then moved back to Lake Shore. Then Frank and his boys got work in Malad, Idaho, where they worked on farms, and Rhoda cooked for a group of men.

The next year, they moved to Lewisville, Idaho, where they leased a farm west of town. It seemed there was greater opportunity to make a better living there and get the boys on their own. In 1920, they bought a home in Lewisville, and while there, Frank enjoyed the winter carnivals, which consisted of horseraces, sled and cutter races, where the horses were shod with sharp shoes. He was surely in his glory, as he loved horses! Being an excellent horseman, he broke horses for all of his neighbors and friends.

In 1922, when the children were married, many of them living in and near Spanish Fork, it was Rhoda's desire to be near them, so they moved back to Spanish Fork and purchased the home where they lived the remaining days of their lives.

After returning to Spanish Fork, Frank still enjoyed the canyons. He hunted, fished and still kept that love for his horses. He attended the county and state fairs, entering his horses in both racing and pulling events. He walked away with many prizes, a victor many times, but however things went, he got real satisfaction from everything he did. He was known as being honest in his dealings with his fellowmen.

Frank was a healthy man, possibly because of his love of nature and the out-of-doors. He did have several accidents, most of which happened in the canyons and a few of them proved to be quite serious. But he recovered and was able to drive his team again. He was delighted at that and found much joy and pleasure in being able to care for and drive these fine horses.

In 1940, he and Rhoda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and many friends and family members met at an Open House to wish them well.

In 1944, his health failed. He suffered from a heart ailment from which he died on 13 Dec 1944, at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 1 day. He died suddenly, and his passing was a shock to the entire family.

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  • Maintained by: Diana Hughes Barney
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 8 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10930586
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Marion “Frank” Barney (12 Sep 1863–13 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10930586, citing Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Diana Hughes Barney (contributor 47183901) .