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Barney Luckey

Posted: 5 Dec 2002 5:13AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Luckey, Kenney, Milling, McElhaney, Hilton, Ladd, Gephart, Stanton, Dalrymple, Carr, Jillett
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 729-730

Barney Luckey (deceased), was born in Clinton county, Ohio, August 22, 1839, and died April 16, 1891, in Huntington county, Indiana, where he had lived for many years and is tenderly remembered by many of the residents of Salamonie township, among whom he lived and labored. He was a son of William and Martha (Kenney) Luckey, of Athens county, Ohio, who afterward lived in Clinton county, that state, until 1853, when they moved to Indiana and resided near the "Buckeye church" in Huntington county, where they both died. He was a farmer by occupation, industrious and persevering, and set before his children a worthy example of thrift and integrity. Of the twelve children born to him, but three are living at this time, namely: Thomas, who resided in Michigan; Nathan, of Huntington county, Indiana; and Rachel, who lives in Randolph county.

Barney Luckey came to Indiana with his parents and remained with them until the Civil war, when he returned to Clinton county, and enlisted as a private in Company B, Fortieth Ohio Regiment. While in camp he was taken down with measles which with kindred complications kept him on the sick list for a long time. After receiving his discharge, in 1865, he returned to Clinton county, Ohio, where he remained a short time and then came back to Huntington county and engaged in farming, an occupation he followed until his death. In 1873 he purchased the Standback property, consisting of one hundred and twenty acres, and at a later date added ten acres more, putting most of the improvements on it. He was a man of prominence in the township, and was honored and respected by all.

In 1867, on July 25, Barney Luckey was joined in wedlock to Miss Margaret Jane, daughter of Abraham and Sarah Jane (Milling) McElhaney, residents of Salamonie township. They were natives of Virginia, and when Mr. McElhaney was twenty-two and his wife fifteen they moved to Preble county, Ohio, and in the fall of 1849 to Wells county, Indiana, locating in Liberty township. Later they moved to a farm south of Warren, where they lived several years, then to Salamonie township and still later to Liberty township, Wells county, He lived in various places before he finally settled in Liberty Center, where he died March 7, 1891. His wife died in 1864, leaving eight children, viz: Harvey, who died at the age of three years; Margaret Jane, who was born January 4, 1848, and is the wife of Barney Luckey; Fulton B., a prominent agriculturist of Salamonie township; Lavina, who died in 1899; Charles a resident of Jackson township, Wells county; Emma, wife of Hiram Hilton, of Liberty, Wells county; Sarah, wife of Henry Ladd; and Mary, wife of Levi Gephart, of Liberty township, Wells county. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Luckey are as follows: Mary Ellen, who became the wife of U. Stanton, a farmer of Liberty township, Wells county, and the mother of his two children, Mabel and Carrie; Sarah Martha, who died in infancy; Anna Bell, wife of Henry Dalrymple, a husbandman of Liberty township, Wells county, Indiana, who have two children, Edward and Harley; Rachel E., wife of Charles Carr, who was born in Jay county, this state, and lost his parents, Dennis and Adeline (Jillett) Carr, when he was quite young. Since then he has worked at whatever he could find to do and has been a resident of Huntington county since about 1879. He and his wife now live with Mrs. Luckey. Addie and Ida, twins, the former dying at the age of twenty-four years and the latter when a sweet child of one and one-half months; and Charles Ernest, who lives with his mother. Mr. and Mrs. Luckey were members of the German Baptist church; he upheld the Republican party, although not an aspirant for political honors, being much too busy with his private affairs. Mrs. Luckey resides on the homestead and manages its cultivation, employing men to carry out her instructions and plant and care for the crops. Like many of her neighbors, she finds no small source of income to be the oil wells on her farm, the seventeen wells, all of them abundant producers, yielding a competency which of itself would make her independently wealthy.

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