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Edson Barney. Edson Barney

1806 - 1905
  • Born 1806 Ellisburg, New York
  • Married Lillis Ballou 1831; seven children
  • Baptized 1831
  • Zions Camp 1834
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Missions to Las Vegas, White Mountain, and St. George
  • Died 1905 Provo, Utah

    Edson Barney, a member of Zion's Camp, was born June 30, 1806, in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, the second of six children born to Royal Barney and his wife and third cousin Rachel Marsh Barney Barney. Edson is also the brother of Royal Barney, Jr. who shared with him several life achievements and who also became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Edson migrated to Amherst, Ohio, with his parents when a young man and was baptized by Simeon Carter in May, 1831, at that place.

    On January 1, 1831 he married Lillis Ballou who would bear him seven children.

    He first saw the Prophet Joseph. Smith at a conference held in January, 1832 and went to Missouri as a member of Zion's Camp in 1834, In 1835 he was ordained a Seventy and called to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    After the expulsion of the saints from Nauvoo, he joined the trek west and came to the "Valley" in 1852, settling in Provo. He filled a mission to Las Vegas in 1855, and another mission to the White Mountains in 1858.

    He was one of the missionaries in 1861 to St. George, Utah, where he resided until his last sickness. He died Feb. 2, 1905, in Provo, Utah.

   LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, compiled and edited by Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.687
   History of the Church, Multiple citations; see index.
    Ancestral File

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