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Barney, Hiram M.

Born: 1803-01-16 Massachusetts

Died: 1863-09-17 Brimfield, Illinois

Flourished: Brimfield, Illinois

Hiram M. Barney was a merchant and longtime postmaster of Brimfield, Illinois. Barney left his native state for Rhode Island, settling in Pawtucket. In December 1830, he married Elizabeth Smith. Barney and his family moved to Illinois, settling in Peoria County. Barney served as postmaster of Brimfield from April, 1847 to January 1850, and from February 1850 to June 1855. In 1850, Barney was employed as a merchant and owned real estate valued at $1,100. In 1860, he owned real estate valued at $14,000 and had a personal estate of $1,000.

Gravestone, Brimfield Township Cemetery, Brimfield, IL; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1847 (Washington, DC: J. & G. S. Gideon, 1847), *407; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1849 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1849), 468*; Table of Post Offices in the United States on the First Day of January, 1851 (Washington, DC: W. & J. C. Greer, 1851), 30; Edward Tremayne, comp., Tremayne's Table of the Post-Offices in the United States (New York: W. F. Burgess, 1850), 40; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1853 (Washington, DC: Robert Armstrong, 1853), *497; Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1855 (Washington, DC: A. O. P. Nicholson, 1855), *329; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Peoria County, IL, 259; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Brimfield, Peoria County, IL, 9; Records of the Post Office Department, Records of the Bureau of the First Assistant Postmaster General, Records of the Division of Postmasters, Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1845-1855, 18:75, 20A:107, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island. 1636-1850. First Series. Births, Marriages, and Deaths (Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical, 1909), 18:65.