George Barney was a son of Throop Barney, and a brother to Freeland and Charles Barney. George's nephew, Charles Dennis Barney, was one of the original co-founders of Smith, Barney & Co. Helen Hansen wrote in her book AT HOME IN EARLY SANDUSKY that George Barney was involved in several business ventures in Sandusky, including the Sandusky Savings Bank, a mercantile business, a hardware store, and a machine works. George Barney married Caroline Stebbins Lawrence in Michigan, and the couple later moved to Erie County, first to Milan, and then to Sandusky. George Barney died on November 18, 1898, and he is buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.
Mrs. Caroline Stebbins Lawrence Barney had died on April 11, 1891. A lovely tribute to Mrs. Barney appeared in the April 11, 1891 issue of the Sandusky Register. The article spoke of Mr. and Mrs. Barney having had family of five children, but only one survived until 1891. A son and daughter died in infancy, and George L. Barney and Carrie Ella Barney died as young adults. The surviving Barney daughter was Cora, who was married to Moses True Brown.
The Barney family lot at Oakland Cemetery is pictured below: