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Barker Genealogy




Several Ancestors, Who Settled in the United States
Previous to the Declaration of Inde-
pendence, A. D. 1776.


Compiled and Edited



It seems to be the conventional and approved method oi
procedure, when one has written a book, to write a preface, either
by way of apology for having written it, or as a raison d'etre for
the book itself. I confess that I know of no particular excuse
which might serve as a palliation for what I have done, or left
undone, and the book must show its own reason for existence.

I expect it will meet with adverse criticism, both deserved
and undeserved, for no once can appreciate more fully than
myself how much there is in it — and out of it — to furnish a
fair mark for the critic. It is a truism that, "when a man
makes a feast he more certainly invites his critics than his

So far as I am cognizant, I am the pioneer in this field of
research — the first to blaze a pathway along the hitherto unex-
plored lines of the subject-matter of this work; and no one, who
has never undertaken a similar task, can appreciate the magni-
tude of the labor involved in collecting and compiling the matter
contained in even so brief a volume as the one which follows.

I shall esteem it a personal favor if my readers will supply
me with any information in their possession, relating to the sub-
ject of the work, which may have escaped my research; or cor-
rect any inaccuracies which may appear in the work itself; and,
some time, perhaps, Deo volente, I may issue a "second revised
edition, greatly enlarged and improved,"' as the prospectuses say.

In conclusion, I venture to express the hope that my little
book may fall into the hands of indulgent friends rather than of
captious critics; and so, without further explanation or apology,
I place it before you. The Editor.

Middletowx, K Y., July 25, 1897.


Years ago I was treated to an explanation of the genesis of
the race and patronymic of the Barkers by a gentleman — him-
self a member of the family — who, calling upon me in the pur-
suit of knowledge anent the subject of our ancestry, in the
course of our conversation, regaled me with the following
anecdote :

Many years ago, long before the era of railroads, steam-
boats, telegraphs or trolleys; before Washington had immor-
talized himself by telling the truth, or Columbus had ventured
his frail caravels upon an unknown sea; before the Wars of the
Koses had plunged a nation into fratracidal strife, or Magna
Charter had been wrung from the reluctant hand of a tyrant
king, a gentleman of ancient and aristocratic lineage, whose
patrimony extended over one of the fairest portions of England,
was aroused one night from his slumbers by the violent barking
of his dogs. Objurgations addressed to the canine race in gen-
eral and his own yelping pack in particular, proving ineffectual
to quell the pow-wow, and the sedative and nocturnal boot- jack
proving powerless to induce them to retire to their kennel and
meditate in solitude and silence upon the theory of a man in
the moon, he sent his servant to ascertain the cause of the dis-
turbance. The menial soon returned, bearing in his hands a
basket, in which peacefully reposed — a babe, the unconscious
object of the dogs' aversion. Struck with the beauty of the child,
and moved to pity at the sight of its helpless innocence, the
nobleman — having no children of his own — decided to adopt
the little waif, which he immediately did; and, in memory of
the canine racket which had first brought it to his attention,
he named it "Barker."

I give the foregoing story without in any manner avouch-

ing its historical accuracy. If the reader chooses to accept it
as truth, he must do so upon his own responsibility. As a judi-
cial historian and veracious chronicler I must confess that I am
tempted to relegate it to the company of George Washington's
little hatchet, and Jack and the Bean Stalk, and all the other
myths and legends which used to delight our childhood hours,
before the skepticism of maturer years had stolen upon us, like
a thief in the night, to ravish away our holiest and most cher-
ished beliefs.

A more probable — if less romantic — explanation of the ori-
gin of the name is to be found in the custom which obtained
centuries ago in most of the nations which to-day are called
"civilized," of men taking their names from the nature of their
vocations, the locality of their habitations, historical events,
or incidents of a personal nature. "Barker," in the early Eng-
lish vernacular, signified a tanner, and it was, doubtless, this
honest, if odoriferous, occupation, which furnished a name to
our ancestors of blessed memory. A character in one of Beau-
mont and Fletcher's comedies, in reply to a query from his Lord,
as to his calling, replies:

"I am a barker, sir, by trade."

Both the name and the race are English, and have been
since a time when the memory of man runneth not to the con-
trary ; and a baronetcy, which had lapsed, through want of heirs,
awaits the enterprising young American Barker who can prove,
as well as read, "his title clear."

I have often heard expression given to the sentiment —
thoughtlessly, of course — that "all the Barkers must be related to
each other;" and that a common ancestor would be found by
"going back far enough." A moment's reflection will serve to
show the fallacy of this idea — unless, indeed, we choose to go
back to the common ancestor of mankind — for tanners or
barkers, in different parts of the country, would adopt the name
of their vocation without reference to others in the same trade;
and consanguinity could no more be predicated upon the similar-
ity of name than upon the similarity of occupation.

While in no sense of a martial nature, the Barkers have
ever been found in the front rank of the country's defenders,
when foreign levy or domestic treason has threatened the sta-
bility of our institutions. Every war of the Republic has found
numbers of them among its defenders, and none has ever yet
brought discredit upon the name he bore.

In the more peaceful paths of civil life the race has been
characterized by simplicity of habits, sturdy manhood, and
rugged honesty. In every calling the name has been a synonym
for sobriety, industry and integrity.

In peace or war, like the Chevalier Bayard, they have evei
been sans penr et sans reprocke.


BARKER, EPHRAIM, came to this country with his
brother Richard, at some date prior to 1752. Richard, it appears,
"went West," and all trace of him has been lost. Ephraim mar-
ried Hannah Grove, February 27, 1752. Their children were:
William, born November 18,1753; Hannah, born September 15,
1754; John, born December 18, 1756; Ephraim, born Febru-
ary 28, 1759; Nathan, born June 8, 1761. There were also two
other children — Calvin and Dolly, who, there is some reason to
believe, were children by a second wife; but the evidence of this
is not conclusive.

BARKER, WILLIAM, eldest son of Ephraim and Hannah
(Grove) Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., November 18, 1753; died
in Madison county, N. Y., where there is evidence a son of his,
Ephraim by name, died in the fall of 1887, leaving a daughter,
whose married name was Hazzard, residing at Earlville (?) in
that county. Patient and persistent research, however, has
failed to disclose any further clue to his descendants. He was
a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and was in the battles
of Lexington and Bunker Hill.

BARKER, HANNAH, daughter of Ephraim and Hannah

(Grove) Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., September 15, 1754. I
have no record of her death, marriage or descendants.

BARKEE, JOHX, son of Ephraim and Hannah (Grove)
Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., December 18, 1756; died Stod-
dard, K. H., March 15, 1834; married Esther Richardson (born
Leominster, Mass., died Stoddard, X. EL, July 17, 1806), at Leo-
minster, Mass., July 9, 1786. Their children were: John, born
January 24, 1787; William, born October 20, 1788; Eranklin,
born Leominster, Mass., July 12, 1790, died Stoddard, X. EL,
April 12, 1799; Sally, born May 23, 1792; Cephas and Cicero,
born December 7, 1793; Betsy, born July 4, 1795; Albemarle,
born June 13, 1797; Lerenzy and Louise, born Stoddard, X.
H., January 16, 1799; Louise died at birth; Lerenzy died at
Xewton, Mass., July 20, 1845, unmarried; Ephraim, born Feb-
ruary 10, 1801; Eranklin, born April 11, 1803; Almira, born
December 8, 1804; Nathan, born Stoddard, X. II., June 25,
1806; died at the same place July 21, 1806. The second wife
of this subject was Mrs. Sally AVarren (nee Guild). They were
married at Stoddard, X. EL, December 2, 1S06. Their children
were: Samuel Guild, born October 16, 1807; Luman, born
July 8, 1809; Mary, born December 2, 1811; Harriet Xewell,
born January 7, 1819. John Barker served through the War
of the Revolution in the Continental army, as private and Orderly
Sergeant; he was at the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill;
at Saratoga, when Burgoyne surrendered; he accompanied
Benedict Arnold on his expedition to Quebec ; he was with Gen-
eral Sullivan in his Indian campaign, and with Colonel Alden. at
Cherry Valley, when the latter fell. He lived to see the nation
he had helped to create and sustain, rich and prosperous at home,
honored and respected abroad, and great in all the elements
which constitute the grandeur of nations.

BARKER, EPHRAIM, third son of Ephraim and Han-
nah (Grove) Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., February 28, 1759.
He had a son, Silas G., who was the father of the late Dr. Eph-
raim Barker, of Londonderry, Yt. This branch of the family
is nearly extinct — Mrs. Abbie S. Farnsworth, of Chester Depot,

Vt., a daughter of Dr. Barker, and an only brother, being, I
believe, the only surviving representatives. Mrs. Farnsworth
writes: "There are but few of our branch now; only one male,
who bears the family name, and this is my brother."

BARKER, NATHAN, fourth son of Ephraim and Han-
nah (Grove) Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., June 8, 1761; mar-
ried Lydia Barker, November 27, 1783. Their children were:
James, born March 5, 1785, died May 6, 1788; Elisha, born
December 13, 1786, died unmarried; Calvin, born January 24,
1789; Dolly, born December 3, 1790, died March 29, 1812,
unmarried; Roxanna, born December 26, 1792; Nathan, born
April 14, 1795; Sitnah, born February 25, 1797; Gilbert, born
March 13, 1799; Cyrus Grove, born May 13, 1801; Lydia, born
May 2, 1803; William Sedgwick, born June 6, 1807. Nathan
was, like his brothers, a soldier in the War for Independence,
and the stone which marks his final earthly bivouac bears this
inscription :

"A Soldier of the Revolution."

A sublime epitaph. I have not the record of his death nor
that of his wife.

BARKER, CALVIN and DOLLY, son and daughter, re-
spectively, of Ephraim and Hannah (Grove) Barker. I have no
records bearing upon them. They seem to have been children
of a second marriage, but this is not certain. They both mar-
ried and settled — there is some evidence — in Troy, N. Y., her
married name being Mack.

BARKER, JOHN, eldest son of John and Esther (Rich-
ardson) Barker, born Leominster, Mass., January 24, 1787; died
Stoddard, N. H., March 15, 1834; married Susan Bigelow (born
December 17,1792, died May 14,1860), of Leominster, Mass., in
West Boylston, Mass., January 1, 1815. They had six children,
all born in Leominster, Mass., as follows: Mary Jane, born
October 6, 1815; George Washington, born March 30, 1817;
Dolly Miranda, born February 9, 1819, died Leominster, Mass.,
December 10, 1841; Julia Ann, born June 12, 1821, died Chel-

sea, Mass., September, 1872; Frances Louise, born February 11,
1824, married Worcester, Mass., June 1861, died West Boyls-
ton, Mass., March, 1867; John Quincy Adams, born September
4, 1826.

BARKER, WILLIAM, son of John and Esther (Richard-
son) Barker, born Leominster, Mass., October 20,1788; died Syr-
acuse, 1ST. Y., April 30, 1854; married Phebe Rose, of Onondaga,
X. Y. Their children were: William, born Onondaga, N. Y.,
August, 17, 1814, died Onondaga, January 22, 1815; John Wil-
liam, born March 11, 1816; Cephus Cicero, born January 28,
1818. Phebe Rose died at Onondaga, X. Y. The second wife
of this subject was Esther Riggs Orton, of Lichfield, Conn,
(born 1797, second daughter of Arunah and Lois (Gibbs) Orton,
granddaughter of Samuel Orton and Remembrance Gibbs, and
great-granddaughter of Zebulon Gibbs), married Dewitt, !N\ Y.
Their children were: James Morris, born Manlius, 1ST. Y., Au-
gust 19, 1820; killed in the great gunpowder explosion at Syr-
acuse, N. Y., on the twenty-first anniversary of his birth, August
19, 1841; Phebe Ann, born Manlius, K Y., August 12, 1823;
Lucy Maria, born November 9, 1824; Rachel Hall, born De-
cember 16, 1825; Esther Almira, born January 25, 1828; Henry
Martyn, born September 23, 1829; Mary, born November 26,
1830; Elizabeth, born September 11, 1835; Adnah, born Febru-
ary 21,1837; Daniel Webster, born January 14,1839. Mr. Barker
was a man of character and dignity, and prominent in public
affairs; the purity of his private life was spotless, and his public
life was without blemish. He was a large contractor, and con-
structed, in whole or in part, many great public works — among
them the Erie Canal, of which he built portions. Shortly before
his death he took a passive part in the rescue of "Jerry," a fugu-
tive slave, from the United States authorities, who held him
under the provisions of the infamous Fugitive Slave Law. The
record of this rescue forms the most thrilling chapter in the local
history of Syracuse. It was conceived and carried out by the
"first citizens" of the city, and their descendants to this day refer
with pride to the participation of their fathers in this lawless (?)


proceeding. Mrs. Barker survived her husband many years, dy-
ing at Syracuse, N. Y., February 1, 1881, in the eighty-fifth
year of her age.

BARKER, CEPHAS, son of John and Esther (Richard-
son) Barker, born Leominster, Mass., December 7, 1793; died
August 10, 1857; married Mary Jewett, of Berkshire, Tioga
county, K Y. (died Berkshire, February 16, 1861), at that place,
February 20, 1821. Their children were: George William, born
September 11, 1S24, died September 13, 1826; Sarah Ann, born
July 14, 1826; Almira Jane, born January 30, 1829; George
William, born July 5, 1831; Charles Henry, born July 25, 1833.

BARKER, CICERO, son of John and Esther (Richardson)
Barker, and twin brother of the preceding subject, born Leo-
minster, Mass., December 7, 1793; died Onondaga East Hill, K
Y., June 22, 1870; married Mary Satterly, of New Windsor,
Orange county, N. Y. (born February 20, 1790), near James-
ville, Onondaga county, X. Y., August 19, 1817. Their chil-
dren were: John Satterly, born November 5, 1818; Esther
Louisa, born February 20, 1821; Hannah Nancy, born Berk-
shire, N. Y., January 16, 1823, died same place September 4,
1826; Mary Ann, born Berkshire, X. Y., October 26, 1825, died
same place September 7, 1826; De Witt Clinton, born Berkshire,
N. Y, October 27, 1827, died same place March 5, 1828; Ben-
jamin Franklin, born May 10, 1829; William Henry, born July
17, 1831; Mary Ann, born Onondaga, East Hill, N. Y., August
7, 1833, died same place September 9, 1834. Cicero was one
of the pioneers of Onondaga county, N. Y. Locating there on
his arrival in Central New York, within a year after his mar-
riage he removed to Berkshire, Tioga county, N. Y., where he
remained until 1833, when he returned to Onondaga and pur-
chased the farm on East Hill, which is still held by some of
his descendants. "He was Captain of Militia while in Berkshire;
also, held the offices of Supervisor and Assessor in Onondaga;
was a member of the M. E. Church for about fifty years before
his death." His widow survived his death many years, dying at
the advanced age of ninety-six years.

TYLER, BETSY, daughter of John and Esther (Richard-
son) Barker, born Leominster, Mass., July 4, 1795; died May
30, 1877; married Moody Tyler. Her descendants are scattered
throughout the Western States. Some years ago she had a
daughter, Jane Tyler, living in Boise City, Idaho.

BARKER, ALBEMARLE, son of John and Esther (Rich-
ardson) Barker, born Stoddard, 1ST. IL, June 13, 1797; died
Newton Upper Falls, Mass., April 18, 1848; married Abigal A.
Erancis, of Marblehead, Mass. (born July 17, 1800). Their
children were: Albemarle, William Francis, Horace Rice, Abi-
gal Ann, Adelia Sarah, Ellen Amanda, John Francis, Mary

BARKER, EPHRAIM, son of John and Esther (Richard-
son) Barker, born Stoddard, N. H., February, 10, 1801; died
Walpole, N. H., September 13, 1875; married Lydia Vinton
(born Granby, Mass., August 27, 1805; died Walpole, N. H.,
March 17, 1871), September 15, 1825. Their children, all born
in Granby, were: Catherine, born January 12, 1827; John
Vinton, born July 23, 1828; Ann, born July 19, 1830, died
Granby, September, 1834; Sophia Dwight, born February 11,
1833; William Abbot, born January 31, 1835; Horace Rice,
born May 6, 1837; Ann Ursula, born March 17, 1840; Ephraim
Wilder, born August 6, 1844; Susan Roxanna, born March 28,

BARKER, FRANKLIN, son of John and Esther (Rich-
ardson) Barker, born Stoddard, 1ST. H., April 11, 1803; died On-
ondaga, N. Y., July 13, 1858; married April 15, 1826, Betsey,
daughter of Levi and Polly (Whipple) Blood (born Stoddard, IS.
H., November 16, 1808; died Lyons, la., February 28, 1894).
Their children were: Omera M., born January 27, 1827, died
June, 1887; William R., bora May 20, 1828; Sarah A., born
June 16, 1830; Eckford E., born May 30, 1832; died Lyons, la.,
May 1, 1887; Cornelius T., bora June 15, 1834; Emeline J.,
born April 30, 1840, died September 5, 1889; George W., bora
April 29, 1843; Charles H., bom December 31, 1847; Mary E.,
born February 11, 1851.


RUSSELL, ALMIRA, daughter of John and Esther (Rich-
ardson) Barker, born Stoddard, K H., December 8, 1804; died
February 3, 1885; married Daniel Russell (died October 10,
1856) at Leominster, Mass., May 21, 1834. Their children, all
born at Newton Lower Falls, Mass., were: Almira B., born
April 6, 1835; Harriet A., born September 19, 1839; Emily C
born August 23, 1841.

BARKER, SAMUEL GUILD, son of John and Sally
(Guild- Warren) Barker, born Stoddard, K H., October 6, 1807-
married Sarah Towne, of Marlowe, N. H. (died Onondaga, N
Y., June 9, 1864), at that place, May 18, 1837. Their children
were: Samuel (deceased); Ann; Cynthia S. (deceased); Gran-
ville; Helen M. The second wife of this subject was Phebe Sears
{nee Myers), of South Granby, Oswego county, N. Y., at which
place they were married November 29, 1865. Mr. Barker, when
I first made his acquaintance, was an octogenarian, but strong
and active, in the enjoyment of rugged health and in possession
of all his faculties. It is to the excellence of his memory, extend-
ing over a period of more than three-quarters of a century that
I am indebted for a vast amount of data, and miscellaneous in-
formation on the subject of this work, and it is with pleasure that
1 take the opportunity of making acknowledgment of the debt
I owe to him. He died at Onondaga, N. Y., a few years ago
BARKER, LUMAN, son of John and Sally (Guild-
Warren) Barker, born Stoddard N. H., July 8, 1809 He left
home in early life and went to St. Lawrence county tf Y
where he married and had four children. He afterward moved
to Wisconsin, where he again married, and had two children
He was instantly killed at a house-raising at Port Eulo, Wis
April 18, 1859. Since his death all trace of his family has been

FOX, MARY, daughter of John and Sally (Guild-Warren)
Barker bom Stoddard, K H, December 2, 1811; married
Uipheht Fox, of Stoddard, at that place, April 18, 1837 Their
phildren were: Sarah J., born March 9, 1840; George D., born
March 26, 1843, died at the battle of Antietam, 1862; Samuel


B., born July 29, 1846; Marianna, born July 19, 1852. Mrs.
Fox resides at Southampton, Mass.

and Sally (Guild- Warren) Barker, born Stoddard, N. H., Janu-
ary 7, 1819; married "Worcester. Resides Marlborough

Depot, Mass.

BARKER, CALVIN, son of Nathan and Lydia (Baker)
Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., January 24, 1789; died January

5, 1853; married Lucy Washburn Woodward (died November

6, 1833), November 29, 1825. Their children were: Lucy
Ann, born January 10, 1832; Calvin Woodward, born October
21, 1833. The second wife of this subject was Lucy Bliss (died
March 3, 1888), of Springfield, Mass.; married April 3, 1836.

RINDGE, ROXANNA, daughter of Nathan and Lydia
(Baker) Barker, born December 26, 1792; died June 17, 1884;
married Royal Rindge (died February 12, 1878), May 12,
1818. Their children were: Lucius, born November 14, 1826;
Henry Alfred, born April 9, 1832.

BARKER, NATHAN, son of Nathan and Lydia (Baker)
Barker, born Stafford, Conn., April 14, 1795; died November
18, 1865; married Eunace Austin, of Longmeadow, Mass. (died
May 18, 1865), August 1, 1818. Their children were: Maria,
born May 3, 1819; Austin, born February 6, 1821; Emily, born
June 11, 1823; Adolphus, born June 28, 1827; George Lafay-
ette, born November 30, 1834.

BURR, SITNAH BARKER, daughter of Nathan and
Lydia (Baker) Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., February 25, 1797;
died July 8, 1870; married Alanson Burr (died November 25,
1823), November 23, 1820. Her second husband was Elisha
Burr (died January 16, 1863); married October 9, 1825. Their
children were: Harriet Cornelia, born July 3, 1826; Ellen Ma-
tilda, born September 8, 1828; George Mallory, born January
20, 1834.

BARKER, GILBERT, son of Nathan and Lydia (Baker)
Barker, born Pomfret, Conn., March 13, 1799; died October 2,
1883; married Persis King, of Palmer, Mass. (died June 30,

1887), November 16, 1824. Their children were: John King,
born September 26, 1825; George Franklin, born April 12,
1830; Sarah Jane, born May 9, 1832; Maria M., born November
22, 1837.

BARKER, CYRUS GROVE, son of Nathan and Lydia
(Baker) Barker, born May 13, 1801; married Eliza King, of
Ludlow, Mass., February 2, 1826. Their children were: Mary
Jenette, born July 13, 1828; Calvin Fayette, born August 22,
1831, died April 16, 1832; Lydia Jane, born June 13, 1833;
John Nathan, born November 11, 1836; died August 27, 1838;
Judson Cyrus, born February 17, 1839; George Jerome, born
November 6, 1842. The wives of Cyrus G. and the preceding
Gilbert were sisters.

HILLS, LYDIA, daughter of Nathan and Lydia (Baker)
Barker, born Ashford, Conn., May 2, 1803; died May 23, 1884;
married Sylvester Hills, of Palmer, Mass. (died May 26, 1830),
August 28, 1828. They had one son — Lyman Sylvester, born
May 29, 1829.

Lydia (Baker) Barker, born June 6, 1807; died Towanda, Kan.,
April 5, 1885; married Hersey Knowlton, of Wilbraham, Mass.
(died Towanda, Kan., October 12, 1868), March 4, 1830. Their
children were: Lybenah, who in early girlhood adopted the
name of Lillie, by which she was thenceforth known, born April
18, 1834; Loisette, born June 13, 1838; died June 26, 1864;
William and Wesley E., born August 5, 1842; Sherrod, born
September 10, 1844; Delbert Leroy, born February 1, 1846.

BUTLER, MARY JANE, daughter of John and Susan
(Bigelow) Barker, born Leominster, Mass., October 6, 1815;
died September, 1896.

Susan (Bigelow) Barker, born Leominster, Mass., March 30,
1817; resides West Boylston, Mass.

BARKER, JOHN QUINCl r ADAMS, son of John and
Susan (Bigelow) Barker, born September 4, 1826; married
Sophia Dwight Barker (q. v.), in Granby, Mass., November 25,

1852. Their children are: Lizzie Sophia, born October 28,

1853, died Fitchburg, Mass., March 5, 1876; Edward Adams,
born August 4, 1856; John Ephraim, born June 7, 1861; George
Henry, born July 24, 1863; died December 10, 1863. Mr. and
Mrs. Barker reside at South Framingham, Mass., and the editor
herewith extends to them his thanks for much valuable' infor-
mation rendered to him in the preparation of this work.

BARKER, JOHN WILLIAM, son of William and Phebe
(Rose) Barker, born Onondaga, X. Y., March 11, 1S16; died

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