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  • ID: I7689
  • Name: Joseph Nicholson BARNEY USNCSN
  • Surname: Barney
  • Given Name: Joseph Nicholson
  • Suffix: USNCSN
  • Prefix: Capt.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 25 Aug 1818 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Death: 16 Jun 1899 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • _UID: DE9D5296680DB7468AD3A5B1B0DDBF3E12B3
  • Note:
    1. Researcher name: James H. Holcombe Researcher address: 3600 Eaglerock Dr. Atlanta, GA 30340 Researcher mail:

    2. Age fits as well as name of younger Nannie as daughter of Joseph Nicholson Barney but not sure how this fits. One reference states that Elizabeth Hindman Barney, daughter of Joseph Nicholson Barney and Eliza Rogers had a half-sister. Also consistent with several web site sources.

    1870 Virginia Census

    Huguenott Township, Jefferson Post Office, Powhatan County,

    Barney, Jos. N. 51 Farmer b. MD
    " Nannie D. 32 b. VA
    " Nannie D. 10 b. VA
    " Esther N. 8 b. NC
    " Jos N. 3 b. VA
    " Belle 2 b. VA

    3. 1880 Virginia Census

    Fredericksburg, Spottsylvania County

    Barney, Joseph 61 Insurance Agent b. MD Parents born MD
    " Ann S. 42 Wife b. VA Parents born VA
    " Nannie D. 20 Daughter b. VA Father born MD Mother born VA
    " Esther N. Daughter 18 b. N.C. Father born MD Mother born VA
    " Joseph N. Son 13 b. VA Father born MD Mother born VA
    " Belle M. Daughter 11 b. VA Father born MD Mother born VA
    " Caroline Daughter 9 b. VA Father born MD Mother born VA
    " Helen W. Daughter 7 b. VA Father born MD Mother born VA
    " Mary B. 6 b. VA Father born MD Mother born VA

    4. CSS Thomas Jefferson Crew
    Joseph Nicholson Barney, Lieutenant Commanding

    Captain of the Jamestown (Renamed Thomas Jefferson but commonly referred to as the Virginia), Lieut.-Comm. Joseph Nicholson Barney (CSS)

    Confederate Navy Captain Joseph Nicholson Barney - He was appointed into the Confederate Navy and served on board the C.S.S. Virginia during the famous Naval battle with the Monitor. Later he assumed command of the Confederate raider, C.S.S. Florida in September 1863 and in 1864 was Confederate Naval Agent in Europe

    Joseph Nicholson Barney, Lieutenant, commanded CSS Harriet Lane, April, 1863; assumed command of CSS Florida, September, 1863; detached because of ill health and ordered to report to Flag Officer S. Barron, in Paris in January, 1864. [ORN 1, 2, 661 and 1, 19, 816.]

    CSS Jamestown
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Launched: 1853
    Commissioned: July 1861
    Decommissioned: May 15, 1862
    Fate: Sunk to obstruct James River
    General Characteristics
    Displacement: 1300 tons
    Length: 250 feet
    Beam: 34 feet
    Draught: 17 feet
    Propulsion: Steam engine
    Armament: 2 guns

    CSS Jamestown, originally a passenger steamer, was built at New York City in 1853, and seized at Richmond, Virginia in 1861 for the Commonwealth of Virginia Navy. She was commissioned by the Confederate States Navy the following July, and renamed CSS Thomas Jefferson but was generally referred to as Jamestown, after Jamestown, Virginia.

    Brigantine-rigged Jamestown was designed and constructed by the well-known shipbuilder William H. Webb for the New York and Old Dominion Line as a sister to Yorktown, which became CSS Patrick Henry.

    With Lieutenant Joseph Nicholson Barney, CSN, in command she was actively employed until the end of her career in May 1862. Her service was highlighted by the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 8-9, 1862 during which she assisted CSS Virginia in attacking USS Congress and USS Cumberland and stood by during the battle between USS Monitor and Virginia. The Confederate Congress tendered special thanks to the officers and crew of Jamestown for their "gallant conduct and bearing" in combat.

    Some 4 weeks later, on April 11, 1862, Jamestown, Virginia and five other Confederate ships sailed from Norfolk, Virginia into Hampton Roads in full view of the Union squadron there. When it became clear that the Federal ships were not going to attack, Jamestown, covered by Virginia and the others, moved in, captured three merchant ships, and helped by CSS Raleigh, towed them to Norfolk. The merchant ships were the brigs Marcus of Stockton, NJ and Sabout of Providence, RI and the schooner Catherine T. Dix of Accomac County, VA. Their flags were hoisted "Union-side down" to taunt the Federals into fighting. Later that month Jamestown was despatched from Norfolk to cooperate with Major General John Bankhead Magruder, CSA, in the James River, and early in May she was used to transport army sick and wounded to Richmond, Virginia.

    Wreckage of CSS Jamestown in the James River. (Photograph by Mathew Brady)On the night of May 5, Jamestown and Patrick Henry proceeded to Norfolk and returned the following night with CSS Richmond, CSS Hampton and ordnance store boats, passing the Federal battery at Newport News, Virginia unobserved on both occasions. A second attempt to return to Norfolk met with failure.

    On May 8, Jamestown was ordered to notify Stephen Mallory, Secretary of the Confederate States Navy, of the continuing engagement of two Federal gunboats and ironclad USS Galena with the Confederate batteries at Day's Point. Unable to carry out her assignment, Jamestown retired up the James River as far as Drewry's Bluff, where on May 15, 1862 she was sunk to obstruct the channel.

    This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

    Retrieved from ""

    5. "Commodore Joshua Barney: many interesting facts connected with the life of Commodore Joshua Barney, hero of the United States navy, 1776-1812, also a compilation of genealogical material relating to Commodore Barney's ancestors and descendants, with valuable records for those in search of Barney family connections"

    Capt. Joseph Nicholson Barney, son of John and
    Elizabeth (Hindman) Barney, was born in Baltimore,
    Md., August 25, 1818. Having an unusually fine mind,
    a remarkably good memory and a special gift for math-
    ematics and languages, he received a good education;
    and at the early age of fourteen years, he was further
    advanced than many who were years older than himself.
    He entered the United States Navy in 1832, and re-
    mained until the breaking out of the Civil War, when in
    June, 1 861, being on foreign service he resigned his
    commission as lieutenant and entered the Confederate
    Nav>^ with the same rank. During the twenty-nine
    years in which he served in the United States Navy, he
    gave splendid service ? visiting every port then known,
    sailing twice around the globe, and proving a splendid
    and able officer. In the Confederate Navy, the same
    fine qualities were brought into play, and he was pro-
    moted for gallant and meritorious conduct. After
    engaging in many hazardous undertakings, he was
    ordered to Europe to see to the fitting out of vessels
    being built in France for the Confederacy. But in 1863,
    his health failing, he was compelled to resign his com-
    mission and returned to this country. After the close
    of the war, he returned to private life on a farm in
    Powhatan County, Virginia, and in December, 1873,
    removed to Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he engaged
    in the insurance business till the time of his death, 1899.

    6. Full text of "Commodore Joshua Barney: many interesting facts connected with the life of Commodore Joshua Barney, hero of the United States navy, 1776-1812, also a compilation of genealogical material relating to Commodore Barney's ancestors and descendants, with valuable records for those in search of Barney family connections"

    7. The Free Lance-Star - Oct 4, 2003 Article on Anne "Nannie" (Dornin) Nicholson with biographical information

    8. Fredericksburg Cemetery Fredericksburg Fredericksburg City Virginia, USA Plot: Section 3, Grave 27

    8. June 17, 1899
    Paper: Sun (Baltimore, MD)

  • Change Date: 7 Jan 2013 at 17:19:06

    Father: John BARNEY b: 18 Jan 1785 in Baltimore, Maryland
    Mother: Elizabeth Nicholson HINDMAN b: 31 Mar 1791 in Maryland

    Marriage 1 Eliza Jacobs ROGERS b: 9 Feb 1823 in New Castle, Delaware
    • Married: 9 Jun 1846 in New Castle County, Delaware
    • Note:
      Joseph Nicholson Barney found in:
      Marriage Index: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia, 1740-1920
      Married: Jun 09, 1846 County: New Castle State: DE Gender: Male More About: Record of this marriage may be found at the Family History Library under microfilm reference number(s) 0006416. Spouse name: Eliza J. Rogers Spouse gender: Female
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Hindman BARNEY b: 25 Feb 1847 in New Castle, Delaware

    Marriage 2 Anne (Nannie) Seddon DORNIN b: 10 Jun 1838 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
    • Married: 28 Dec 1858 in Norfolk, Virginia
    • Note:

      The Free Lance-Star

      Grave-marking ceremony honors local UDC founder

      Nannie Seddon Barney, who spearheaded a drive for Confederate tombstones, will receive a United Daughters of the Confederacy marker at her own grave.

      Date published: 4/9/2005

      A SPECIAL grave-marking ceremony tomorrow, hosted by the Fredericksburg chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will honor Nannie Sed don Barney, who founded the local group in 1896. The 2 p.m. observance will be held in the Fred- ericksburg Confederate Cemetery on Washington Avenue.

      Nannie, who was born in Fredericksburg on June 10, 1838, wed a U.S. naval officer, Joseph Nicholson Barney. With the advent of the Civil War, Barney resigned his commission to join the Confederacy.

      After the war, Nannie Barney became a member of the Ladies' Memorial Association, which was formed in 1866 to establish and maintain the Confederate Cemetery here. She led the fund-raising drive that replaced the wooden posts on the graves with marble tombstones and erected a statue of a Confederate soldier.

      Nannie Barney died on Oct. 11, 1913, and is buried near her husband and seven children.

      A UDC marker will be placed at her grave at tomorrow's ceremony. The speaker will be Mrs. Forrest R. Akers of the Fredericksburg UDC chapter.

      Also participating will be the Virginia Division 5th Brigade; Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp No. 1722, Sons of Confederate Veterans; Maj. Gen. John Bankhead Magruder Camp 258, Military Order of Stars and Bars; and Barbara Crookshanks of the Ladies' Memorial Association.

      Greetings will be given by Mrs. Francis Latham, vice president of the Virginia Division, UDC, with Mrs. David Bailey, Fredericksburg president, presiding.

      A national UDC officer, Mrs. Donald Joyner, recorder general of military service awards, also will be on hand, as well as some former members of the Fredericksburg chapter of the Children of the Confederacy, which was named after Nannie Seddon Barney.

      Refreshments will be provided at the event, which is open to the public.

      Date published: 4/9/2005

      2. Marriages in "The Baltimore Sun," 1851-60, Surnames, A-B, Page 10
    1. Has No Children Nannie Dornin BARNEY b: May 1860 in Norfolk, Virginia
    2. Has No Children Esther Nicholson BARNEY b: May 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Joseph Nicholson BARNEY b: 27 Apr 1866 in Powhaten County, Virginia
    4. Has Children Belle McIntosh BARNEY b: 17 Aug 1868 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
    5. Has No Children Caroline Hindman BARNEY b: Nov 1870 in Powhaten County, Virginia
    6. Has No Children Helen Winder BARNEY b: 8 Apr 1872 in Powhaten County, Virginia
    7. Has Children Mary Beale BARNEY b: 4 Apr 1874 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
    8. Has No Children Thomas Dornin BARNEY b: Jan 1876 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
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