Walter Turner Barney and Sarah Matilda Farr Barney family

Not enough has been written about the pioneer women of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Without their strength, courage and endurance, many places in the West would likely not have been settled as they were.

One such woman was Sarah Matilda Farr Barney. Her story begins on May 1, 1841, in Chatham, Medina, Ohio, when she was born to Sarah Russ Farr and Elbridge Farr. The parents were born, lived, married and had four children in Massachusetts prior to relocating to Ohio.

Edres Bryant Barney served 24 years as curator of the Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society before retiring in 2021. This and other individual and family histories may be found at the Eastern Arizona Museum in Pima, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

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