WELLINGTON E. BARNARD, a public-spirited and useful citizen of Madison County, an enterprising tiller of the soil of the town of Sullivan, was born November 12, 1813, in the town of Lenox, N.Y., son of Friend and Ormentia (Moses) Barnard. His parents were natives of the State of Connecticut, and were both born in the year 1791. Friend Barnard came to New York State in 1798 with his father, David, who settled first in Oneida County, and from there came to Madison County when it was a comparative wilderness, and bought land, which he cleared, and, erecting his log cabin, resided here until his death, at the age of sixty.
Friend Barnard, the father of Wellington, was brought up in the town of Lenox, and married there. He was a farmer, and. a great politician in the Democratic party, being a member of the Assembly in 1849, and also serving as Side judge for two or three years. He came to the town of Sullivan, and lived on a farm which he bought in this town for thirty-five years, but spent his last days in the town of Vernon. He had a family of two daughters and one son, of whom our subject, Wellington E., and his sister Charlotte, widow of Edwin Wilder, residing in Chicago, Ill., survive. Phebe Ann, Mrs . Philip Wager, the second daughter, died at the age of fifty years. The father died at the age of seventy-two years, having been twice married. His first wife, the mother of our subject, died March 1, 1825, at the age of thirty-three years. She was an exemplary member of the Presbyterian church.
At eight years of age Wellington Barnard came to the town of Sullivan, where he grew to manhood, attending the public schools in his younger days, and finishing his education in the seminary at Cazenovia, N.Y. He remained at home until nearly twenty-three years of age, when January 25, 1841, he married Miss Louisa Keene, who was born July
25, 1819, in the town of Pompey, Onondaga County, and was the daughter of Samuel and Pamelia Keene. Mr. Keene was one of the practical and progressive farmers of the town of Lafayette, N.Y. He died at the age of seventy-one, in 1869; his wife, in 1858, at the age of sixty-five years. They had six children, of whom three are now living: Mrs. Barnard; Nancy, Mrs. R. M. Kimball, residing in Wisconsin; Mary Ann, living with her sister.
After his marriage Mr. Barnard bought a farm of sixty-six acres in the town of Lenox, where he lived ten years, and then sold it, buying a place near Clockville, N.Y., where he stayed for four years. He afterward sold this place, and purchased a farm of three hundred acres in the town of Sullivan, where he remained for ten years. From here he removed to Chittenango Village, where for
eight years he engaged in business as a speculator; and in September of 1873 he settled on the farm of ninety acres which he now owns and occupies. This is all good, tillable soil, on which productive crops of wheat, corn, oats, hops, and hay are raised. He has also a dairy of ten head of fine cattle, some of which are of choice Durham breed. Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Barnard have had four children, of whom two are living: Charles J., who is in the wholesale business in Syracuse; and Ellen A., residing with her brother in that city. They have been deeply afflicted in loosing two daughters: Mary, at the age of twenty-four; and Emily, at thirteen years, both lovely and promising young women.
Politically, Mr. Barnard is a Democrat. He has been Assessor six years. He was Supervisor for the town of Lenox in 1854, and filled the same office for the town of Sullivan in 1863. He takes a great interest in the political fortunes of his party. The Barnard family are among the oldest and most respected in Madison County. Horace Barnard, an uncle of our subject, was a distinguished soldier in the War of 1812; and Pardon Barnard, another uncle, was Member of the Assembly, and Sheriff of Madison County from 1828 to 1831, a Justice of the Peace for many years, and also Supervisor. He died in 1841. Eli Barnard, another uncle, who was Collector for the town of Sullivan, was lost in the woods near Oneida Lake, having, it was supposed, wandered south into the swamps. This happened about the year 1807. His body was found after a long search. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard are liberal and independent in their religious views, taking the Golden Rule rather than any particular church doctrines for their law of life. They reside in an attractive home, their farm ranking as fine as any in the county. Friends of good order and morality, they deservedly enjoy the esteem in which they are held by the community.
MadisonCountyNewYork.com All rights