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Barney, Corkins

Barney, Corkins[1, 2]

Male 1821 - 1902  (80 years)

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  • Name Barney, Corkins 
    • There is conflicting information as to whether his name was Corkins or Calkins. Corkins is written on his headstone, and that is used here.
    Born 12 Oct 1821  Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Ypsilanti was known as Woodruff's Grove at that time.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Byron, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1880  Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 14 Mar 1902  Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Buried 16 Mar 1902  Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I14  Gardner Family Tree
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2018 

    Father Barney, John 
    Mother Corkins, Liddie 
    Notes 
    • Names are also listed on the marriage record for Rhoda Beeb Nelson and Corkins Barney
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Seely, Maria,   b. 1 Apr 1821, St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1888, Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [1, 7
    Married 1 Jan 1846  Otisco Twp, Ionia County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Barney, Ada E,   b. 25 Sep 1860, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1927, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Barney, Louisa M,   b. Abt 1846
     3. Barney, Milo,   b. Abt 1854, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Barney, Aaron S,   b. 12 Oct 1863,   d. 17 Apr 1865  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Oct 1821 - Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1846 - Otisco Twp, Ionia County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Byron, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Mar 1902 - Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Mar 1902 - Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell, Kent County, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Photo of Barney, Corkins
    Photo of Barney, Corkins
    Taken from his obituary in The Lowell Ledger

    Headstones
    Headstone of Barney, Corkins
    Headstone of Barney, Corkins

    Obituaries
    Obituary of Barney, Corkins
    Obituary of Barney, Corkins
    Transcription

    Poled Up Grand River
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    PASSED THROUGH LOWELL IN 1833.
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    Before a House was Built in this Village.
    Calkins Barney wrs [sic] born at Ypsilanti, Mich., Oct 12, 1821. At the age of 12 years he started out for himself, going to the Grand River Valley, passing through Lowell before there was a building on the present village site and assisting to raise the first frame building in Grand Rapids. He was one of the crew of the first boat on Grand river running from Grand Rapids to Iona the motive power being the strong arms of the crew using poles to to [sic] push it along. Not finding this satisfactory he took the contract of carrying the mail from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven, in the summer by river in a canoe and in winter, owing to the depth of snow and absence of roads, making the trip on snow shoes, meeting a few Indians by day and howling wolves by night.
    January 1st, 1846 he was married to Marie Seeley at Otisco, settling upon a piece of land in the woods of Byron, Kent county, purchased from the government. They began clearing a farm with neighbors few and far away. Five children were born to them, the youngest Aaron S., died at the age of 18 months.
    At the call of his country, Mr. Barney enlisted in company C. 10th Michigan Cavalry and served until the end of the war. In 1877 they sold their Byron home and moved to Grand Rapids; but not finding city life agreeable they, in 1879, moved to Vergennes where Mrs. Barney died February 28, 1888.
    March 14, 1902, at his Vergennes home, surrounded by his children, Mrs. Louisa M. Brown of Grand Rapids, Lansford Barney of Byron township, Milo C. Barney of Lowell and Mrs. Ada E. Gardner of Cheboygan, he passed peacefully away, and was buried by Joseph Wilson Post No 87 G. A. R., of which he was an honest member, Sunday afternoon, Rev. Charles Nease officiating.

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Obituary for Barney, Corkins (Calkins), (The Lowell Ledger), Volume IX, No. 40.

    2. [S22] Death Certificate for Barney, Corkins, State of Michigan, (Department of State, Vital Records Division).

    3. [S15] Obituary for Barney, Corkins (Calkins), (The Lowell Ledger), Volume IX, No. 40. (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S18] Headstone of Barney, Corkins.

    5. [S50] 1880 United States Census.
      Vergennes, Kent County, Michigan, Schedule 1, enumeration district (ED) 125, Sheet 57C, Family #79, Calkins Barney household; digital image, FamilySearch.com (https://familysearch.com : accessed 27 November 2018); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 0587.

    6. [S49] 1850 United States Census.
      Byron, Kent County, Michigan, Schedule I, Family #1262, Calkins Barney household; digital image, FamilySearch.com (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 27 November 2018); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 353.

    7. [S14] Death Certificate for Barney, Ada, State of Michigan (Reliability: 2).