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 Mary <I>Chase</I> Barney

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Mary Chase Barney

  • Birth 1 May 1785 Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 30 Jun 1872 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Davidson, Lot 8 East.
  • Memorial ID 37196676

The New York Times July 3, 1872
The Recent Death of Mrs. Mary Chase Barney
From the Washington Chronicle, July 1.
That venerable and estimable lady, Mrs. Mary Chase Barney died yesterday in the eighty-eighth year of her age at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Rogers in this city.

Mrs. Barney was one of the last links between the present and the past generation and was held in great esteem by a numerous circle of friends and relatives in this city and Baltimore. She was the relict of the late William B. Barney, son of the celebrated Commodore Barney, one of our early naval heroes, whose biography she wrote. She was the daughter of the late Judge Samuel Chase of Baltimore, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a Judge of the United States Supreme Court.

Mrs. Barney was on intimate terms with all the Presidents and their families from Washington to Lincoln with the exception of General Jackson and attracted much attention to herself during his Presidency on account of a letter she publicly addressed to him. This letter was such a stinging one that it was printed on satin and circulated as a campaign document against Old Hickory when running for his second term as President. She was the intimate friend of Miss Betsy Patterson, who married Jerome Bonaparte and was with that lady regarded among the leading belles of Baltimore in that day. In addition to the life of the Commodore Barney she contributed generally to current literary publications and at one time published and edited a paper on her on account.

Baltimore Evening Star July 1, 1872
Death of a Notable Lady
District of Columbia. At her residence in this city of paralysis yesterday, Mrs. Mary Chase Barney, daughter of Judge Samuel Chase of Maryland and one of the only two surviving daughters of any of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Mrs. Barney was on friendly terms with every President (with the exception of Jackson) down to Lincoln. The choleric Jackson removed her husband from office for some trivial cause upon which Mrs. Barney wrote him a caustic letter, which was subsequently used against him as a campaign document. Mrs. Barney won considerable literary distinction at one time as the conductor of a weekly paper in Baltimore. She leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her death.

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  • Added: 17 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37196676
  • Deirdre LaMotte
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Chase Barney (1 May 1785–30 Jun 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37196676, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .