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about Concord, Massachusetts, who are de-
rived from Francis, who settled there in 1646;
while those who live about Rowley and Ipswich
begin with John.

Two of the oldest houses in New England
are associated with the Barker family or fam-
ilies. At Pembroke. Massachusetts, formerly a
portion of Du.xbury. recently stood a dwelling
built by Robert Barker somewhere about 1650.
The earliest portion of the structure was a
single room built of flat stones laid in clay
and covered with a shed roof. In 1722 the
walls were covered with sheathing and other
rooms added, so as to form a large wooden
building. It stood near a large brook which
once furnished power for a saw mill. The
house was for several generations a sort of
tavern, much frequented by travellers from
Boston. Judge Samuel Sewall mentions in his
diary of stopping at this place on his way to
hold court at Plymouth ; and in 1681 Robert
Barker's wife was fined for selling cider to the
Indians. The strength of the building and the
fact that it had a well within its walls, caused
it to be made a garrison-house during King
Philip's war in 1679, and a part of the barri-
cade of hewn timber remained for a century
later. At Scituate Harbor still stands a com-
fortable house which has been occupied by
Barkers for more than two centuries. It was
built in 1634 by John Williams, the father-in-
law of John Barker, and was for a time used
for a garrison-house, as appears from its
massive inner walls of brick pierced with loop-
holes. The building is in a good state of pres-
ervation, but has been considerably modern-
ized.

A few years ago an old deed with a seal
bearing the coat-of-arms. was accidentally dis-
covered in a junk shop at Providence, Rhode
Island. The deed was signed in 1694 by Sam-
uel and Francis Barker, of Scituate. The
escutcheon consists of a field with bars or
and sable, crossed by a bend, gules. The crest
is an eagle displayed, surmounting a crown.
This emblem, according to Burke, belongs to
the Barkers of Kent. Middlesex and Surrey;



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and \vc know that the early settlers of Scitu-
ate were called "the men of Kent," which
would feem to indicate the English home of
Robert and John, the Scituate pioneers.

(I) Asa Barker was born at Medford. Mas-
sachusetts, in February, 1749. Owing to the
number of early immigrants bearing the name,
and to the absence of records, it is impossible
to tell from which line he is descended. There
is a tradition that he was one of "the embattled
farmers" of the revolution. There are no less
than five Asa Barkers recorded on the Massa-
chusetts rolls as serving during that war, but
only two of them took part in the Concord
figlit. One was Asa Barker, of Andover, a
private in Lieutenant Peter Poor's company,
whose service amounted to three days and a
half. The other was Asa Barker, of Ipswich,
a corporal in Captain Nathaniel Wade's com-
pany, whose service amounted to twenty-one
days. There is some reason to suppose that
the latter one may have been the one born at
Medford, because many of the early settlers
of Rridgton, Maine, came from Ipswich. Asa
Barker moved to Bridgton in 1793. and the
next year his name appears on the list of the
town's inhabitants as being at the head of the
largest family in town, consisting of seven
males and four females. The name of his
wife was Lucy, but the date of hi? marriage
is unknown, and only four of his children are
recorded : Lucy, William, Jonathan, whose
sketch follows, and Asa.

(II) Jonathan, son of Asa and Lucy Bar-
ker, was born at Medford, Massachusetts,
September 18, 1785. At the age of eight years
he moved with his people to Bridgton, Alaine,
where his father, one of the pioneers, subse-
quently <leveloped a fine farm. Jonathan at-
tended the public schools in his new home, and
when he had attained his majority, turned his
attention to the lumber business. In later life
he owned the canal boats on the Cumberland
canal. He was a prominent citizen, and was
justice of the peace for many years. In 1806
Jonathan Barker married (first) Mehitable
Farnum, of Sebago, Maine, who bore him two
children : Elmira, May 7, 1807; and Timothy
June 8, 1809. He married (second). Cath-
erine Mitchell, daughter of Josiah Mitchell.
There were nine children by the second mar-
riage : William, born April 15, 1812; Asa,
December 19, 1814; Mehitable, January 11,
1816: Jonathan, October 13. 1817: Benjamin,
April 12, 1819: Charles K., February 18, 1821 ;
James L., September 10. 1822: Cyrus I., whose
sketch follows; Otis B., November 13, 1830.

(III) Cyrus I., seventh son of'jonathan



Barker and his second wife, Catherine (Mitch-
ell) Barker, w'as born at Bridgton, Maine, No-
vember II, 1827. Being next to the youngest
in a family of eleven children, he was early
thrown ujxin his own resources. His elder
brothers had left home as soon as they were
able to work, and Cyrus I. thought it was his
duty to follow their example. He had already
been employed upon neighboring farms and in
a quarry, but his tastes were mechanical, and
he wished to go out into the world. His father
gave him ten dollars, and Cyrus I. set forth to
seek his fortune. He first went to Portland,
but finding nothing there kept on to Boston.
Being again unsuccessTul in obtaining employ-
ment suited to a boy of his years, he returned
to Portland with only a few pennies in his
pocket. While there he heard of a position at
Brunswick, which he might get if he could
reach the place. Having no money, he was
obliged to ask the loan of a dollar from the
man with whom he was staying. By this
means he was enabled to pay his fare to Bruns-
wick, where he obtained the situation and
stayed some time. In 1845, ^t the age of
eighteen, he went to Saco, Maine, to enter the
York ]\Iills, and it was there that he began his
long and notable career and laid the founda-
tion of his thorough knowledge of cotton man-
ufacturing. He started at the lowest round of
the ladder by tending a "lap alley" in the York
Mills. By degrees his diligence and painstaking
were rewarded by promotion, which advanced
him through the various grades to the position
of overseer. During the fifteen years he was
employed in these mills he became thoroughly
conversant with the business of cotton manu-
facturing. In i860 ]Mr. Samuel M. Batchelder,
treasurer of the York Mills, who had watched
]\Ir. Barker's progress with friendly and busi-
ness interest, bought the Everett Mill in Law-
rence, Massachusetts, and employed him to
take charge of the carding department. Eight
sets of woolen machinery had been placed in
the mill and the starting and oversight of these
were intrusted to J\lr. Barker. Fie soon fa-
miliarized himself with the details of woolen
manufacturing, and in 1865 was appointed
general manager for A. Campbell and Com-
pany, a firm just beginning the manufacture of
cotton and woolen goods in Philadelphia. In
the three years that he was their agent, Mr,
Barker planned and erected a stone and brick
mill, six hundred feet long, seven stories high,
with forty thousand spindles. Early in 1868
Benjamin E. Bates induced Mr. Barker to give
the advantage of his skill, experience and busi-
ness energy to the development of manufactur-





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ing in tlie Bates ]\Iills at Lewiston, and he was
agent there until his resignation in 1887. Un-
der his active management, life and prosperity
permeated every department. From a plain
cotton mill of thirty-four thousand spindles
was constructed a wonderful factory turning
out various productions : cottonades, ging-
hams, dress-goods, fancy shirtings, cheviots,
satin jeans, towellings, and plain crochet and
Marseilles quilts in addition to the woolen
mill. It was not until a bleachery was estab-
lished in the mills and special machinery for
bleaching had been invented and patented by
Mr. Barker that the beautiful figures and pat-
terns of the delicate Marseilles quilts could be
preserved. This is but one instance of the
many successful applications of Mr. Barker's
mechanical and inventive skill, which were in-
strumental in bringing the products of the
Bates INIills to an unusually high standard.
From 1883 till his resignation. Mr. Barker
gave his attention to a thorough reconstruction
of the Bates, w'hich engrossed his time and
caused even his Tron constitution to feel the
need of rest. For the next two years, from
1888 to 1890, he engaged in extensive travel,
not only in this country, but in IMexico and
the West Indies, for the purpose of recuperat-
ing his health and also to examine opportuni-
ties for investment. He did this, as he does
everything, in the most thorough manner, and
returned to ]\Iaine with a still greater faith
in its superior advantages and brilliant future.
The Bates Mills, however, have not monopo-
lized all Mr. Barker's energies. In 1870. in
company with J. H. Roak. John Cook. J. P.
Gill and John R. Pulsipher. I\Ir. Barker formed
the Little Androscoggin Water Power Com-
pany, and paid forty thousand dollars for three
hundred acres of land, mostly wooded, in the
township of Auburn. ]\Ir. Barker was chosen
president, and at once began operations and
built a mill. The forest was cleared oS, a
dam twenty-seven feet high built across the
river, a canal blasted out of the solid rock, and
a mill fifty by three hundred feet with four
stories, completed in 1873. As a compliment
to the vigor, industry and rapidity infused into
the work by I\Ir. Barker's personality, the di-
rectors voted that the mill should be named
the Barker ]\Iill. and he was continued as pres-
ident until 1879. Later, in connection with E.
F. Packard, i\Ir. Parker built the Avon Mill
at Lewiston, of which he has since been presi-
dent, and which is now the third largest quilt
mill in the country. He was an organizer and
original member of the Xew England Manu-
facturers" Association, and was on the board



of managers for several terms. When the
Lewiston Machine Company was organized in
1871, Mr. Barker was made president, a posi-
tion which he still holds; and much of the suc-
cess of that profitable corporation is due to his
executive ability. In 1887, with T. E. Eustis,
F. H. Packard, A. D. Barker and Ansel
Briggs. Mr. Barker formed the Washburn
Chair Company. In iScjo he was instrumental
in forming the Lewiston Jilill Company, was
made its president and agent, and his attention
is now given to its business. During the first
year about one hundred thousand dollars was
paid out for new machinery, and the capacity
of the mill has been nearly doubled. Mr. Bar-
ker was the highest salaried man in the state
for several years.

From his first residence in Lewiston Cyrus
I. Barker has been an acknowledged power in
financial affairs. He was an incorporator of
the People's Savings Bank, has been a trustee
from the beginning, and its president since
1880. He was an incorporator and an original
director of the Manufacturers' National Bank,
and its vice-president for several years. In
connection with the other officers of the bank
he was instrumental in securing the permanent
location of t'ne State Fair grounds at Lewis-
ton. His aid and enthusiasm in all movements
pertaining to the advancement of the material
prosperity of Lewiston caused him to be
elected president of its board of trade in 1886,
and he was annually re-elected until 1903. Mr.
Barker has been vice-president of the state
board of trade from its organization up to
about 1903. As a Republican he has served in
both branches of the city government, was on
the first board of water commissioners, and a
member of the board during the construction
of the water-works. He was one of the com-
missioners appointed to superintend the erec-
tion of the first city building. In religious be-
lief Mr. Barker has been a Universalist since
early life, and was for a number of years one
of the trustees of the ]\Iaine Universalist Con-
vention. In 1850 he joined Saco Lodge, I. O.
O. F., where he has passed through the chairs;
and in 1852 he joined Saco Lodge, F. and A.
M. He retains his membership in both these
organizations. Although in his eighty-first
vear. Mr. Barker is still actively interested in
affairs, and he does not hesitate to engage in
new business deals. In November, 1906, he
purchased the buildings formerly occupied by
the Lewiston Machine Company, which he re-
modelled at an expense of $115,000. The plant
is now equipped with six thousand spindles for
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towels, and employs two hunclred and fifty
people. Mr. Barker has acquired more than a
competency by his own unaided efforts, and
recalls with satisfaction the patient industry
and persevering energy by which he has risen
from a humble position to one of eminent suc-
cess. Of strong will and positive nature he
places his individuality upon everything that
he undertakes, and he is and will be for years
a prominent landmark in the business and
financial life of Androscoggin county.

On August II, 1848, Cyrus I. Barker mar-
ried .\lmira B. Jewett, daughter of Daniel and
Sarah Jewett, of Denmark, Maine. Two chil-
dren were born of this union : i. Alvarado D.,
married Georgia Sanderson ; they have one
daughter, Grace ; he died September, 1907. 2.
Sarah Ida, married F. H. Packard ; one son,
Cyrus F. Mrs. Almira B. (Jewett) Barker
died August 24, 1886. On August 15, 1888,
Cyrus I. Barker married (second) Mrs. Mary
B. (Kilgore) Spraguc, daughter of Ezra Kil-
gore. Mrs. Barker died in 1896. He mar-
ried (third) Ruth (Barker) Hutchins, Sep-
tember 28, 1898.

Representatives of families of
BARKER this name came over early — one

in 1632, two in 1640, and a con-
siderable number in the remaining years of
the seventeenth century — and being in the
main a prolific race, their progeny now num-
ber thousands, and include many of the lead-
ing citizens in many localities in New Eng-
land.

(I) James Barker was born in Stragwell,
England, in 1605. He came to America in
1628, settled at Rowley, Massachusetts, in
1639, and was one of the earliest settlers in
that state. He was a freeman and land owner
of Rowley in 1640, and died there in Septem-
ber, 1678. His first wife, Grace Barker, came
with him from England and died at Rowley,
February, 1665. He married (second), in
1666, Mary Waite. widow, of Ipswich. Mas-
sachusetts. Child of first wife : Barzella, see
forward. Children of second wife, born at
Rowley : James, Mary, Nathaniel, Stephen,
Eunice, Grace and lainar.

(II) Barzella, son of James and Grace Bar-
ker, was born in 1641, died in February, 1712.
He married Anna Jewett, in 1666. Children:
Jonathan. 1667; Ebenezer, 1669, died 171 1;
Hannah, 1671 ; Lydia, 1674; Ezra, 1675; Es-
ther, 1679; Ruth, 1681 ; Enoch. 1684; Xoah,
1685, see forward; Betliiah, 1687.

(III) Noah, fifth son of Barzella and Anna
(Jewett) Barker, was born at Rowley, Massa-



chusetts, 1685, died at Stratham, New Hamp-
shire, 1749. He resided at Ipswich in 1709,
and was owner of the covenant. He resided
at Stratham from 171 8 until his death, and
was highly respected by his townsmen. He
married Martha Figgett. of Ipswich. Chil-
dren: Ebenezer, born May 4,1716, see for-
ward: Susannah, 1718: John, 1720; Ezra,
1722; Elizabeth, 1724: Josiah, 1727; Benjamin,
1729; Nathil. 1732: Ephoram. 1734; Nathan,
1741 ; Ruth, married Noah Wiggin.

(IV) Ebenezer, eldest son of Noah and
Martha (Figgett) Barker, was born at Ips-
wich, May 4, 1716, died at Stratham, New
Hampshire. He married Mary Rundlett.
Children: I. Nathan. 2. Noah, see forward.
3. Simeon, went to Limerick, Maine. 4. Eben-
ezer, born 1758, settled at Cornish, Maine;
married Widow Bradbury. 5. Sarah. 6. Han-
nah, married Thomas A. Johnson, of Cornish,
Maine.

(\'li Noah, son of Ebenezer and Mary
(Rundlett) Barker, was born in Stratham,
New Hampshire, 1743. He went to Cornish,
Maine, where he resided during the remainder
of his life, fulfilling all the duties of a good
citizen. He married a Miss Merrill. Children :
I. Noah, married Sarah Clark, of Epping, New
Hampshire. 2. Thomas, see forward. 3.
Enoch, married Sarah Jewett. 4. Humplirey,
married Sarah Hodgdon.

(\T) Thomas, son of Noah and

(Merrill) Barker, was born at Stratham, New
Hampshire, 1766, died at Portland, Maine,
July 25, 1819, and was buried at Munjoy Hill,
as was also his wife. He was the proprietor
of a "public" on Main, now Congress street,
Portland, and was recognized as a useful and
public-spirited citizen. He married Sarah
Ayers. Children: i. Thomas. 2. Noah, mar-
ried (first) Tabitha Page: (second)

Gerrish. 3. Thomas A., see forward. 4. Pe-
leg. 5. Susan, called Sukey ; mentioned in
Elijah Kellog's story, "Strong Arm and
Mother's Blessing" ; she married Mr. Cross,
of Lancaster, New Hampshire. 6. Mary Jane,
married Timothy Eastman. 7. Sophia, mar-
ried Mr. Nev : (second) Harvey Reed;
(third) Dr. Timothy Eastman, founder of
Eastmanville, Michigan. 8. Asenath, married
Mr. Morrill. 9. Flavilla Ann, married Mr.
Williams. 10. Elizabeth, married Mr. Rodg-
ers. of Portland, Alaine. 11. Caroline, mar-
ried Mr. Pike. 12. Pamelia. married Mr.
Merrill.

(VTI) Thomas A., son of Thomas and Sa-
rah (Ayers) Barker, was born in Hiram,
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October 25, 1842. He was a Democrat in poli-
tics. He married (first) Sarah Fitch, who
died shortly afterwards, leaving- one child,
Sally. He married (second) Elizabeth, born
in Gorham, Maine, December 20, 1800, died in
Portland. November 14, 1871, daughter of
Jacob Clement, a farmer of Gorham. Child
of first wife, Sarah or Sally, married a Air.
Hobson. Children of second wife: i. Eva-
lina, became second wife of George W. Eddy.
2. Ellen, married John Lynch, who was "a
member of congress for eight years. 3. Fla-
villa, married George W. Eddy. 4. Peleg, see
forward. 5. Augustus, married Adeline Fos-
ter. 6. Jacob, married .(first) Elizabeth
Thorp; (second) Mary Thorp; (third) Au-
gusta Mercy Healey. 7. Caroline, married
Fuller D. Jackson. 8. Mary Jane, married
(first) Amos Starbird; (second) Calvin I.
Kimball.

(VIII) Peleg, son of Thomas A. and Eliza-
beth ( Clement ) Barker, was born in Hiram,
Maine, April 13, 1824. When six months old
he was taken by his parents to Gorham, Alaine,
where the ensuing three years of his life were
spent. In 1828 the family removed to Port-
land, and when Peleg was old enough to at-
tend was sent to a "dame's" school taught by
Miss Douglass, on Casco street. He afterward
attended Master Jackson's Academy on Spring
street, where he completed the course in 1840.
For a few years he taught school in Burling-
ton and Ellsworth, Maine, and then entered
upon his business career, beginning first in the
West "India trade with the firm of Ross &
Lynch, and later was a partner of the firm of
Lynch, Barker & Company, dealers at whole-
sale of sugar, molasses, and other West India
products. In 1872 he retired from active busi-
ness, but continued to conduct his real estate
interests until his death. Mr. Barker was a
Republican in politics. Air. Barker married,
in Portland. Jennie Stevens, daughter of Eben-
ezer and Esther Jane ( Stinchfield) Stevens, of
Portland. This marriage was the first solem-
nized in the State Street Congregational
Church. One chilil, Jennie S., married Wil-
liam H. Milliken ; children : Elizabeth B.,
Jennis S. and Anna. Mr. Barker died at his
residence on State street, Portland, July 13,
1908, at the advanced age of eighty-four years.
Ebenezer. Simeon, Thomas and Ezra Bar-
ker were all residents of Cornish, Alaine, pre-
vious to the incorporation in 1794. The fol-
lowing was taken from ".Saco Valley Settle-
ments and Families" : '" "Uncle Eben Barker'
was a soldier of the Revolution, and after his
return married a widow whose husband had



died in the army, leaving one child. He came
early to Cornish, and settled south of the Dea-
con Jewett farm, where he lived -to old age,
esteemed, honored and beloved by all who
knew him. He was of pleasing personal ap-
pearance, having blue eyes, a fresh complexion,
and prominent nose that indicated stability.
His form was portly and well proportioned ;
said to be a man of rare good sense and pru-
dent of speech."



In English and American his-
CARLTON tory the most prominent pub-
lic man bearing this name is
Sir Guy Carleton, Lord Dorchester, born at
Strabane, Ireland, September 3, 1724; gov-
ernor of Quebec, 1772, which place he de-
fended against the American revolutionary
army under General Richard Alontgomery and
General Benedict Arnold. December 31, 1775,
at which assault Alontgomery fell and General
Carleton accorded his body the honor of a
military burial. He invaded New York state
in 1776. and fought a battle against General
Arnold on Lake Champlain, and in 1777 was
relieved of his command, but in 1781 succeeded
Sir Henry Clinton as commander-in-chief in
North America. Sir Guy Carleton died in
Alaidenhead, England, November 10, 1808.
Another noted member of the family was Wil-
liam Carleton, the Irish novelist, born in
county Tyrone, in 1794, died January 30, 1869.
The Carletons and Carltons of Alaine are rep-
resented in the United States army by James
Henry Carleton (1814-1873), a soldier in the
Aroostook war, lieutenant in the United States
dragoons, 1839; first lieutenant, Alarch 17,
1S45, ^^'ith Kearney expedition to the Rocky
Mountains. 1846. Captain in the army of oc-
cupation in Texas in 1847, ^"d brevetted major
for his services in Buena Msta ; in New Mex-
ico, and stationed at Fort L^nion in 1855,
where his son Henry Guy Carleton, the play-
wright, was born June 21, 1855. He com-
manded the Sixth United States Cavalry in
1861, in California, raised and organized the
"California Column" in 1862; commanded the
department of New Alexico with the rank of
brigadier-general L^nited States Volunteers,
and in 1865 was made brigadier-general
United States America, and for his service in
the civil war was brevetted major-general
United States army. He is the author of
"The Battle of Buena Vista" (1848).

( I ) John Guy Carlton, probably of the same
family as John and Alary (Lemon) Carlton, of
Georgetown, who had a son John baptized July
13, 1740 (Charlestown record), married Mary



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Gilmore. anrl they had four children: i. Mary,

married John Dehiow. 2. , married a

Farnum. 3. Lemuel. 4. John Guy.

(II) John Guy (2). son of John Guy (i)
and Mary (Gilmore) Carlton, married Han-
nah \\'hitiiig. and they had children as fellows :
Asa. Robert. John. Lemuel.

(III) Asa, eldest son of John Guy (2) and
Hannah (Whiting) Carlton, was born in
Woolwich. Maine. He was a farmer. He
married Jane, daughter of John Rogers, of
Phippsburg. Maine, and they had children as
follows: I. Thomas, died young. 2. Hannah.
3. Jane, married Gilbert Hawthorne. 4. Thom-
as. 5. Ira (q. v.). 6. Martha, married War-
rell Reed. 7. Rebecca, married Frederick
Ward. 8. Asa. 9. Agnes, married Washing-
ton Lillie. TO. Rebecca, died young. 11. Lem-
uel. 12. Ephraim.

(IV) Ira. third son and fourth child of Asa
and Jane (Rogers) Carlton, was born in
Dresden, Maine, May 7, 1833. He attended
the public school of Dresden and learned the
trade of ship carpenter, which vocation he
continued up to the time that he was compelled
by age to give up physical labor. He was
married July 12, 1857, by the Rev. S. B.
Byrne, to Hattie C. Savage, of Dresden,
Maine, and they had children as follows: i.
Frank William (q. v.). 2. Myra E., born in
Dresden, July 16, 1861. married Charles H.
Hunnewell. 3. Fred L., November 30, 1864,
married Lizzie D. Cothran. 4. Addie A., born
in Woolwich, Maine, April 13. 1867, married
George I. Rice. 5. Leafie E.. January 17. 1870,
married Andrew S. Merrill. 6. Annie H.,
March 5, 1873, married .Andrew C. Morrell.
7. Henry E., .^pril 2, 1875. 8. Clarence, Sep-
tember 24, 1S77. •

(V") Frank William, eldest child of Ira and
Hattie C. (Savage) Carlton, was born in Dres-
den, Maine, April 5, 1859. He attended the
public school of Dresden and the higher
schools of Bath, Maine, and his first manual
labor was as an ice cutter. He soon after en-
gaged in the grocery business in Woolwich,
which business he carried on for three years.
He then became a bridge contractor and build-
er, and this he made his life business and in
which he has been unusually successful. He
received large government contracts in granite
work. He is now president of the Bath Gran-



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