George W. Barneycastle

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 580, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  George W. Barneycastle, Alderman of the First Ward, Beardstown, and blacksmith for the Quincy railroad, was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, October 1, 1844. His father, George W. Barneycastle was born and spent all his life in Bertie county. He spent his life in farming, and died at the age of seventy years. His wife died when little George was twelve years old. At the death of his mother, little George was taken by an uncle and aunt, James and Sarah Wilson, and taken by them to Cass county, Illinois. They settled on a farm in Arenzville precinct. Here George was raised and his uncle and aunt lived and died. He learned his trade in Beardstown under the oldest firm in the city, John Webb & Co., and completed his trade a little before he was twenty-one. He then tried his hand at farming for three years, but finally entered the Quincy shops, and has since been engaged there. He has been on their pay rolls ever since 1878.
  When George was eighteen, he enlisted in Company I. Third Illinois Cavalry, Captain Samuel Shelenberger in command. They went as a regiment to the front in 1864, and engaged in many small battles in the Cumberland mountains and Mississippi, under General Hatch. After serving for about one year he was mustered out at Snelling, Minnesota, October 28, 1865. He escaped unhurt and was never captured. He was always on duty and never was sick. Since the war he has lived in Beardstown most of the time, and has been an enterprising citizen. He is a member of the G.A.R., McLane Post, 97, also a member of the subordinate lodge I.O.O.F., and is Past Grand Commander, having filled all the chairs. He takes an active part in local politics and serves his party, Democratic, in a very proficient manner. He has been closely associated with the best interests of the city.
  He was married in this city, to Miss Elizabeth Dengler of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, born in 1845. She came West with her parents when very young, the family settling in Bath, Mason county. Her father and mother died when quite old, Mr. Dengler being an engineer.
  Mr. and Mrs. Barneycastle attend the Methodist episcopal Church, of which Mrs. Barneycastle is a member. They have three children besides the one child, William, who died when young. The living children are: Lillie M., a type-writer in the office of the "Star of the West"; and Clyde, at home.

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