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CARNEY, Daniel

1st Biography of Daniel CARNEY
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 302-303

Among the prominent and enterprising farmers of Rockford Township, Winnebago County [IL], none have a more beautiful home than Daniel CARNEY.  In 1890, when the boom struck the city, he sold a portion of his estate, which adjoined the city, reserving only five acres for himself.

Marbletown, Ulster County, NY, was the native place of our subject, where also his father, Andrew CARNEY, was born, and where Daniel CARNEY, the grandfather of our subject, spent his last days.  The father of whom we write was reared on the home farm and passed the remainder of his life in his native county.  The maiden name of his wife was Laney GREENE; she also died in Marbletown.

Daniel CARNEY resided with his parents until reaching his 12th year, spending the following two and a half years on the farm of an old couple, where he received his board and clothing in exchange for his services.  He then commenced boating on the Delaware & Hudson Canal, being thus engaged a part of three seasons, after which he was employed in teaming across the mountains from Ellenville to Middletown.  Later he drove a stage from Ellenville to Kingston, and remained a resident of NY until 1845, which was the date of his advent into IL, coming hither via the canal to Buffalo, and thence by way of the [Great] Lakes to Chicago.

In that early day there were no railroads in IL, the people being conveyed to and from different points by means of a stage coach.  Mr. CARNEY was at once employed by FRINK & WALKER, the owners of many different stage lines in the Northwest, his route at first lying between Rockford and Chicago.  He then went to Galena and drove a stage to Elizabeth, and afterward from Galena to Shabbona Grove, and then to Dixon.  He was thus employed in different parts of the Prairie State until 1848, when he made a permanent settlement in Rockford, then little more than a hamlet.

Forming a partnership with Dudley REDFIELD, Mr. CARNEY was engaged in the livery business for 14 months, then disposing of his interest, engaged in teaming from Rockford to Elgin, Chicago, Milwaukee, and points in WI 200 miles distant.  He was engaged in this kind of work for two years and then established a dray [stout cart] line, which was the first of the kind in Rockford, and after two years in that business became the first expressman in the city.  He was very successful in that undertaking, and continued thus for 15 years.

Mr. CARNEY has always been a great lover of fine horses and his experience in training them has led him to be a good judge of horseflesh.  He owned and drove the first horse in Rockford, whose record was 2:30, and also had in his possession the first stallion to make that record.  He owns and now has under training several fine animals, and is thoroughly in love with his work.

In 1849 our subject was married to Jane Ann HUNTLEY, [p 303] who was born in NY State, but was reared to womanhood in MI.  She has two children living:  Harry H., who makes his home in IA, and D. Fay, who is the assistant of his father.  Julia died when 30 years of age, and Ann passed away in infancy. 

2nd Biography of Daniel CARNEY
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago Co., IL, C. A. Church.   Chicago: Clarke, 1905, pp 445-446

Daniel CARNEY, well known in this part of IL in pioneer times in connection with a stage line before the advent of railroads and afterward as the owner of a valuable farm and fine trotting stock, visited Rockford at a very early epoch in the development of this section of the state, but did not take up his abode permanently here until 1848.  He was born in Marbletown, NY, 14 May 1826, and was a son of Andrew and Lana (GREENE) CARNEY, both of whom were natives of Ulster County, NY, where they spent their entire lives, the father engaging in farming in order to provide for his family.

Daniel CARNEY, being reared in that locality, attended the common schools and in his youth assisted his father in the operation of the home farm, early becoming familiar with the best methods of caring for the fields and cultivating the crops.  He continued to aid in the work of the homestead until about 21 years of age, when he started ot on an independent business career.  He followed boating on the Delaware & Hudson canal for about three years and afterward engaged in teaming across the mountains from Ellenville to Middletown.  He next drove a stage from Ellenville to Kingston and remained a resident of NY until 1845, when he came to the west by way of Buffalo, the Great Lakes and Chicago.  There were no railroads her at that time, and Mr. CARNEY began driving the old stage coach from Dixon to Oregon, Byron and other IL towns, carrying the mail between many of these points.  He also drove a stage coach between Rockford and Chicago, and became one of the well known citizens of the early days, having a wide acquaintance among the pioneer settlers who sought homes in northern IL.  In 1848 he took up his abode in Rockford, where he engaged in the livery business for about a year.   He then sold out and began teaming again, hauling goods and lumber between Rockford and Elgin.  He likewise made trips to Chicago and Milwaukee, then back to Rockford again.  He followed that business for two years, and later conducted a dray line in this city, becoming the first expresssman of Rockford.  He followed that business from 1855 until 1874, during which time he also formed a partnership with L. B. STARKWEATHER, and he purchased horses for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, of Boston, while during the period of the Civil war he purchased horses for use in cavalry service.  In the spring of 1876 Mr. CARNEY bought the farm at the edge of Rockford, whereon his widow and son now reside.  There he made a race track, and he was the owner of and drove the first horse in Rockford that ever beat the 2:30 heat.  This was Chief, the trotter that in 1889 made the mile in 2:27 3/4.  Mr. CARNEY at different times owned several fine racing horses and had other valuable stock.

In 1849 was celebrated the marriage of Daniel CARNEY and Miss Jane Ann HUNTLEY in Beloit [Rock County], WI.  She was born in Phelps, NY, and was a daughter of John and Mehitable HUNTLEY, both of whom were natives of Phelps, where the father died.  The mother afterward came west, settling first in MI and subsequently in Rockford.  Here in 1860 she became the wife of A. D. STONE, and both Mr. and Mrs. STONE departed this life in Rockford.  Mr. and Mrs. CARNEY became the parents of two sons and two daughters:   (1)  Ann Almira, born in 1851, died in 1852; (2)  Harry H., married Jennie CHAMBERLAIN, who died leaving a daugher, Mabel; he now resides in Mound City, MO, where he is engaged in the insurance business; (3)  Julia, died at the age of 30 years; and (4)  D. Fay, born 09 Jan 1868, married Jeanette GILMORE, of Owen Township, a daughter of William GILMORE, who was a prominent farmer of that locality; they now have one child, Jane Elizabeth, born 05 Jan 1904.

Mr. CARNEY continued to engage in farming, but his principal business was the purchasing, selling, and trading of fine horses, and in this work he gained a wide reputation.   It was his intention to join the army at the time of the Civil war, but he was diabled by being kicked by a horse and had to send a substitute.  He was never an office seeker nor was he a strict partisan, but cast his ballot for the candidate whom he [p 446] thought best qualified for office.  Genial and courteous in manner, straightforward in business relations and public-spirited in his devotion to the general good, he was known as a representative citizen of Winnebago County.  He died after an illness of only five days, on 19 Mar 1893.

Mrs. CARNEY, her son, and his wife, all attend the Christian Union church.  D. Fay CARNEY is a very prominent young man of this city and has been connected with various newspapers of Rockford and also some out of town publications, including Clark's Horse Review, and other papers for many years.  He now remains at home looking after his mother's and his own property, and he has some very fine stock in Winnebago County.   They own a beautiful residence and five acres of land at the corner of Rockford and Auburn Streets, where Mr. CARNEY, his wife and mother are all now living.

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