Tuesday, June 30, 2015

David & Eunice Sherman Barker


Gravestones of  David & Eunice Sherman Barker  

David Barker  ~ 20 Jul 1749-08 Sep 1819

Enlisted on September 23, 1776 into the Revolutionary War
Roll dated Newport, Rhode Island From "Mass. Soldiers & Sailors" Volumne 1, Page 606
Name also appears on list of Prisoners sent in the "Lord Sandwich" prison ship from Newport to Bristol  March 7, 1778

Miscellaneous Volumn 1740-1782

State Archives ( Rhode Island) page 25

Married  01 Oct 1772 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

Eunice Sherman ~ 03 Oct 1756-10 Sep 1837  

They lived near Middletown, Newport, Rhode Island

They had 15 children

Friday, June 26, 2015

Middle Ages

Image from  - http://www.studenthandouts.com/Gallery/WH09/map-europe-814-death-of-charlemagne.htm

In history, as well as in genealogy, the Middle Ages, 5th to the 15th centuries, are a murky, wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey (thanks Dr. Who) period of time. It was about a 1,000 years of fluctuating kingdoms, ideologies, and just general craziness.

I know one thing for sure, the Middle Ages can turn genealogy research into a mind boggling search for verifiable truth. The Barker family has been for years linked to Alfred the Great through Lady Joan Beaufort and her marriage to Sir Robert St. Lawrence. The Beaufort line was tied to the St. Lawrence's but unfortunately it has come to light that Joan Beaufort was probably not Sir Nicholas St. Lawrence's mother. So now the search starts for another connection to Alfred the Great. It is possible there is a connection through the Vermadois  family.

Here is the murky part of recording of the Middle Ages, almost no two references seem to agree. Right now I know absolutely that it all is making my brain hurt.

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)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Male Direct line of Thomas Frederick Barker
  1. Thomas Frederick Barker  1880 – 1956
  2. Thomas Eliphaz Barker  1845-1923
  3. Barzillai Barker 1811-1864
  4. Eliphaz Barker 1786-1863
  5. David Barker  1749-1819
  6. John Barker  1710-1777
  7. James Barker  1675-1758
  8. James Barker  1648-1722
  9. James Barker  1617-1702
  10. James Barker of Hawick  died 1634 at sea
  11. Rowland Barker 
  12. Edward Barker 1533-1558
  13. John Barker
  14. William Barker (Calvehall)
  15. Humphrey Barker
  16. John Barker of Aston
  17. John Barker
  18. William Barker Died 1480
  19. Henry Barker
  20. William Barker
  21. Roger de (le) Barker
  22. William de Barker (Bercer)
  23. Randulph (Richard) de Calverhall
  24. William Calverhall
  25. William Calverhall
  26. Wiilliam Fitzralph Calverhall
  27. Randulph de Calverhall  born about 1200AD

Monday, June 08, 2015

So it starts~ I am compiling a list of all the great grandchildren (the children of my cousins) of Thomas Frederick Barker.

My mother was Isabel Grace Barker McMillin. Youngest child of Thomas Frederick and Agnes Gilmore Barker. 

If I am counting correctly I am one of 32 first cousin born between 1933 and 1958. I am looking for the names of my cousin children. (better known as my second cousins or 1st cousins once removed) . Please include birth, marriage and death dates and names of spouses.

I would appreciate help. If you message me on Facebook I will send you my email address. Hopefully by the end of 2016 I will be able to complete this project and get it online so everyone will have access to the genealogy. Thanks for your help.

Changing the focus of this blog so please be have patience while the new evolution unfolds.