Thursday, June 11, 2015

I love Wikipedia!!!

James Barker who emigrated to the Colonies in 1634 is in Wikipedia.

There are two discrepancies in the article that I am trying to get worked out, 1) His birth date is stated as 1623 and it is probably 1617, 2) Francis Dugan is actually Francis Latham Dugan (sometimes called the mother of governors) click on her name and read her about her very interesting lady.

James Barker (Rhode Island)

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James Barker
10th Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
In office
GovernorBenedict Arnold
William Coddington
John Cranston
Preceded byJohn Cranston
Succeeded byWalter Clarke
Personal details
HarwichEssex, England
NewportRhode Island
Spouse(s)Barbara Dungan
OccupationEnsign, Commissioner, Assistant, Deputy, Deputy Governor
James Barker (1623–1702)[1] was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He sailed from England with his father, also named James Barker, who died during the voyage. Also on the same ship was future Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Easton. Barker was put under the care of his aunt, Christianna Beecher, who later married Easton, bringing her and Barker with him to Newport.[1] Barker was active in the civil affairs of the colony during much of his adult life, undertaking positions as commissioner, assistant, and deputy over a period of many years.[1] In the Royal Charter of 1663, which became the basis for Rhode Island's government for nearly two centuries, Barker was named as one of the ten Assistants (magistrates) of the colony. In 1676, during King Philip's War, it was voted that the advice of the most judicious inhabitants of the colony be obtained, and that these people sit at the next session of the assembly. Barker was one of the 16 men whose counsel was sought in this request.[1]In 1678 he was elected as Deputy Governor, serving under governors Benedict ArnoldWilliam Coddington, and John Cranston, the first two both dying in office in 1678. He was a Baptist minister, assisting in the ordination of Rev. Richard Dingley in 1690.[1] His wife was Barbara Dungan, the oldest daughter of Frances Dungan and her husband William.[1]

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  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f Austin, p. 14.