Following an account of the lives of The Heltzels in chapters 10-12, Four Families takes up the story of the Barney Family (chapters 13-14), whose descendant, Annie Elizabeth Barney, married Anninais Russell Heltzel. It begins with William Barney (1681-1746), who came to Maryland from England in 1695. It then follows the lives of William's son Moses Barney (1730- ) and Moses' son Thomas Barney (1759-1837), both of whom served in the Revolutionary War. Next is the story of Joshua Commodore Barney (1806-1878) and his wife Isabella Heishman, the parents of Annie E. Barney. Annie's story is reserved to Chapter Fifteen, to be considered with that of her husband, Russell Heltzel.A Table of Annie's Ancestors and a Family Tree may be accessed from the menu above. In addition, charts showing the immediate family of each ancestor named above may be accessed by clicking on the name of that individual in the narrative that follows.
Chapter Thirteen tells the story of the early Barneys beginning with
the family patriarch,
William Barney, who arrived in
Maryland from England as a boy of fourteen. His marriage to Elizabeth Stevenson
led to Commodore Joshua Barney, a naval hero in the Revolutionary War and War of
1812. However, the Barney family with which we are concerned stems from
William's second marriage to Mary Pearson, whose youngest son was
Moses Barney. After encountering
financial difficulties, Moses married Sarah Bond, served for six years in the
Continental Army in the Revolutionary War and fathered six children. Moses and
Sarah's oldest child, Thomas Barney,
was next in line of descent. Like his father, Thomas served for six years in the
Continental Army and was awarded a land grant for his services. His marriage to
Mary Kerlinger and their move from Baltimore to Berkeley County (later Morgan
County), Virginia are described, and the names and a brief summary of the lives
of their children are included. The story of Thomas and Mary's fourth son,
Joshua Commodore Barney is reserved for the following chapter.
Chapter Fourteen reviews the lives of Joshua Commodore Barney and his wife, Isabella Heishman. It tells of Joshua's early life, his vocation as a merchant, his marriage to Isabella Heishman and a short history of the Heishman family. It then relates Joshua and Isabella's estrangement, his death and her remarriage to Jonathan Sharp. The chapter also includes a history of the town of Wardensville, West Virginia and concludes with a resume of Joshua and Isabella's children, reserving their daughter, Annie Barney, for Chapter Fifteen.
Chapter Fifteen is entitled "Russell and Annie—the Heltzel and Barney Families Are United". It tells of the early lives of Russell Heltzel and Annie Barney, their schooling and teaching careers and their courtship and marriage. It then details Russell's career as owner of a general store and recollections of that store as well as a recital of Annie's interests and accomplishments. After a life of service to his fellow townsmen, Russell's died in 1915. Afterwards the store was operated by two of his sons until the Great Depression forced its closing. The chapter concludes with an account of Russell and Annie's children and grandchildren, reserving the story of their oldest son, Virgil Barney Heltzel, who married Frances E. Riddleberger, thus uniting the four families. That story is told in Chapter Sixteen, which is related in the Four Families page