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 Luther Barney

Luther Barney

Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 20 Sep 1844 (aged 87)
Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Burial Ellery Center, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 9071773 · View Source
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Luther BARNEY (1757-1844), son of John and Sarah (LUTHER) BARNEY, was born 4 March 1757, at Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He married first 5 Sep 1779 to Abigail Niber WINSHIP, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (LATHROP) WINSHIP of Norwich, Conn.. He married second 8 Oct 1799 to Ruth GARRISON, born 24 Jan 177, who died 15 Oct 1848 at Ellery, NY.. BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, p.4-7, No.23, p.5-11, No.24, p.11-18, No.24, p.12-18, No.47, p.13; Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
Abigail "Nabby" WINSHIP, daughter of Joseph and Elisabeth (LATHROP) WINSHIP was bapt. 4 March 1757. She married 5 Sept 1779, to Luther BARNEY. She died 20 Jan 1799
In April 1775 Luther BARNEY (1757-1844) enlisted at East Haddam, New London County in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment 1st Company under the command of Capt. Joseph SPENCER, Lieut. John WILLY, Major Jonathan MEIGS and Major Roger ENOS. He marched to Roxbury near Boston, assisted in building a fort on Dorchester Heights, and was in Roxbury during the battle of Bunker Hill. Pension File #W4124; RECORD OF CONNECTICUT MEN IN THE WAR OF THE REVOLUTION; BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, p.4-7, No.23, p.5-11, No.24, p.11-18; Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
On 23 August 1776, Luther BARNEY joined a company at Norwich, Conn. commanded by Col. Joshua HUNTINGTON. They sailed for Newark, New Jersey, and then marched to New York City to join a regiment commanded by Col. SHELDON. The regiment was camped outside the city near the East River. After a defeat in the Battle of Long Island, WASHINGTON managed to withdraw his troops to Manhattan Island. As the British forces crossed the East River from Long Island, a skirmish took place. Luther BARNEY's commanding officer, Col. SHELDON, was wounded and taken prisoner. Second Lieutenant John WHEATLY also was shot and killed within 10 feet of Luther BARNEY. Unable to resist the advancing British forces, the Americans began to retreat. They first withdrew to Harlem Heights in upper Manhattan and there engaged in another skirmish. About one mile from Luther BARNEY's position, Col. KNOWLTON was killed. Following this battle, WASHINGTON withdrew his forces to White Plains on Sep 15th. Luther BARNEY was detached and ordered to help guard the public stores at North Castle and Cranford until January 1777 when he was discharged and returned to his home at Norwich, Conn. BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.24, p.12-18; Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
In 1778 Luther BARNEY served 101 days as a privateer on board the ship "General Putnam" under Captain Thomas ALLEN. During that time, six British ships were captured. In April 1779, Luther BARNEY again sailed on board the "General Putnam" for a period of about three months, during which time the ship was in a number of engagements including the capture of a British ship mounting 14 guns. About August 1779 Luther BARNEY returned to his home in Norwich, where he married his first wife, Niber "Nabby" Abigail WINSHIP; Revolutionary War Pension File #W.4124.
Luther BARNEY married first, 5 September 1779, to Abigail "Niber" WINSHIP, born 21 January 1758, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (LATHROP) WINSHIP. Luther and Niber (WINSHIP) BARNEY had children: Sophia m. 1797 Henry Franklin RUSSELL; William Pitt BARNEY; Charles BARNEY m. 1805 Mercy YOEMAN; Philemon BARNEY m. Lucy HEDDON; Joseph Winship BARNEY m. 1808 Betsey DELAMATER; Luther BARNEY, Jr. married 1813 Lavina LOOMIS; Nathan BARNEY; Betsey BARNEY; William BARNEY; and Samuel Case BARNEY m. 1827 Eliza BEMUS. Wesbrook, Mary, JACOB BARNEY, 1634 (Barney Family Historical Association 1982); BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, pp.4-7, No.47, p.13.
Luther BARNEY moved in 1780 to New Marlboro, Berkshire County, Massachusetts; and Sophia, first child of Luther and "Nabby" (WINSHIP) BARNEY, was born 13 July 1780.
In September 1781, Luther BARNEY, sailed from New London on board the brigantine "Favorite" under the command of Capt. Jonathan BUDDINGTON. After being at sea for about 10 days, the "Favorite" and her crew were captured by the British ship, "Medes". Soon after his capture, Luther BARNEY was put aboard the British frigate "Iris". Luther's brother Edwin BARNEY, was also captured by the British and died of small pox on a prison ship. Just prior to the famous naval battle of Virginia Capes, the British frigate "Iris" was captured by the French fleet led by Admiral Francois le COMPTE de GRASSE. Nine American sailors who, including Luther BARNEY were impressed into service by the French forces under the command of the Marquis de LAFAYETTE. These sailors helped transport troops from Annapolis to Yorktown, and performed other services with the French fleet. "There is considerable evidence that these nine sailors were the only Americans to actually witness the French victory over the British at the Battle of the Virginia Capes." After the surrender of Cornwallis on 19 Oct. 1781, Luther BARNEY was released and put ashore at Yorktown. He went to General WASHINGTON for assistance, and he was given a document which would provide him food from the public stores until he got home to his wife and child.
William Pitt BARNEY, first son of Luther and Niber (WINSHIP) BARNEY was born 20 March 1782, and died on 20 April 1782. About this time Luther BARNEY moved with his family to New Marlborough, Berkshire Co., Mass. and lived there for about 18 months before moving to Sandgate Twp., Bennington Co., Vermont, where their third child, Charles BARNEY, was born on 23 March 1783.
About 1787 Luther BARNEY moved with his family to Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, where they lived for about eight years.
Niber Abigail (WINSHIP) BARNEY, first wife of Luther BARNEY, died 20 January 1799, at Burlington, Vermont, leaving him with a newborn infant and several small children.
Luther BARNEY married second, 8 October 1799, at Venice, Cayuga Co., New York to Ruth GARRISON, born 24 Jan. 1777.. His occupation was "leather dresser." They were married by David IRISH, an Elder in the Baptist Church. They had children: Sally Maria m. 1818 William KNOWLTON; Lysander BARNEY; Ai BARNEY m. 1831 Sophia Ann Marcilla RIGBY; Benjamin BARNEY; Alva; Zerah "Zee" BARNEY m. 1836 Mary PARKER; Milo BARNEY m. 1844 m. Laura WILBER; Anna BARNEY; and Ruth BARNEY m. Charles G. MAPLES. Wesbrook, Mary, JACOB BARNEY, 1634 (Barney Family Historical Association 1982).
About 1799 Luther BARNEY and family moved about 50 miles northwest to Genoa, Milton County, New York (this county became Cayuga County in 1803).
Luther BARNEY (1757-1844) moved to Ellery, Chautauqua Co., New York in 1831. Young's HISTORY OF CHAUTAUQUA CO., NEW YORK (1875), p.325.
Luther BARNEY of Chautauqua Co., New York, on 12 Oct. 1832, filed for a pension on his service in the Revolutionary War. BARNEY FAMILY NEWSLETTER, No.22, p.5; Pension File #W.4124.
Occupation: "Leather Dresser".

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