Guide to the Barney Family Papers, 1728–1880

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Summary

The Barneys of Nantucket, Mass., descended from Jonathan (1677– ) and Sarah (Griffin) Barney of Newport, R.I., and their sons, Jacob (1705–1786) and Benjamin (1699 –1783) of Nantucket, and Jonathan of Newport. The Barney Family Papers include letters, deeds, and notes concerning land purchases on Nantucket, Mass., the economics of shipping, anti-slavery efforts, and some personal family news of the Barney family. There is also information about many early settlers of Nantucket and information gathered from the notes of Benjamin Franklin Folger.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
MS54
Title:
Barney Family Papers
Date(s):
1728–1880
Creator:
Barney family.
Repository:
Nantucket Historical Association
Language:
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Barney Family Papers collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 1 gift of Walter Beinecke.

Folder 4 gift of Mrs. Frances Elder (Acc. 1980.13).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Barney family.
    • Barney, Eliza Starbuck, 1802–1889.
    • Barney, Griffin.
    • Barney, Jacob.
    • Barney, Johnathan J.
    • Barney, Nathaniel.

Biographical Information

The Barneys of Nantucket, Mass., descended from Jonathan (1677– ) and Sarah (Griffin) Barney of Newport, R.I., and their sons, Jacob (1705 –1786) and Benjamin (1699 –1783) of Nantucket, and Jonathan of Newport.

Jacob Barney married Dorcas Barnard (1707–1768), daughter of Nathaniel Barnard and Dorcas Manning, in 1726. The couple had eleven children.

George H. Barney (1804–1878) was born to Jacob Barney (1781–1852) and Anna Gardner. He married Susan Childs of Cape Cod, Mass.

Nathaniel Barney (1792–1869) was born to Jonathan Barney (1756–1811) and Abial Coffin. He married Eliza Starbuck (1802–1889), daughter of Joseph Starbuck and Sally Gardner, in 1820. The couple had three children. Nathanial died in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Lydia Coffin Barney (1767–1857) was born to Richard Coffin and Mary Starbuck. She married Daniel Barney (1761–1835), son of Benjamin Barney Jr. and Jemima Jenkins. The couple had eight children.

Griffin Barney (1769–1845) was born to Jonathan Barney Jr. (1731–1801) and Abigail Jenkins. He married Hepsabeth Coffin, daughter of Tristram Coffin Jr. and Mary Pinkham, in 1794.

Jonathan J. Barney (1767–1829) was born to Jonathan Barney Jr. (1731–1801) and Abigail Jenkins. He married Mary (Polly) Folger (1767–1835), daughter of Barzillai Folger and Miriam Gardner. The couple had nine children, including William J. Barney (1794–1818) and Edward Griffin Barney (1800–1836). William J. Barney died single.

Edward Griffin Barney married Elisa Ann Chase (1805– ), daughter of Peter Chase and Elisabeth Hussey. The couple had two sons, including William J. Barney (1829–1867). William J. Barney married Helen E. Hill (1834–1907), daughter of David Hill. The couple had four children.

Joseph S. Barney (1827–1905) was born to Nathaniel and Eliza Starbuck Barney. He married Malinda Swain (1827– ), daughter of Obed B. Swain and Eunice Carpenter, in 1848. The couple had five children.

Scope and Content

The Barney Family Papers include letters, deeds, and notes concerning land purchases on Nantucket, Mass., the economics of shipping, anti-slavery efforts, and some personal family news of the Barney family. There is also information about many early settlers of Nantucket and information gathered from the notes of Benjamin Franklin Folger.

Contents

Box 1 Folder 1: Jacob Barney papers, 1728
Box 1 Folder 2: George H. Barney papers, 9 October 1843
Box 1 Folder 3: Nathaniel Barney papers, 1813–1869
Box 1 Folder 4: Lydia Coffin Barney papers, August 1844
Box 1 Folder 5: Griffin Barney papers, 1807–1845, undated
Box 1 Folder 6: Jonathan J. Barney papers, 1 September 1815
Box 1 Folder 7: William J. Barney papers, 1813–1817
Box 1 Folder 8: Edward Griffin Barney papers, 1835, 1836
Box 1 Folder 9: William J. Barney papers, 1853
Box 1 Folder 10: Jane Barney papers, 13 December 1842
Box 1 Folder 11: Eliza Starbuck Barney papers, 14 January 1880
Box 1 Folder 12: Papers of Daniel Barney, Joseph S. Barney, and
Sarah Barney, 1800–1808, undated

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff.

Finding aid by Sarah Lerner and Amelia Holmes, October 2018. Updated by Teddy Leane, June 2021.

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