Arthur Barker (1893-1974) and Marian Ray (1896-1979)  

Last Updated 9/1/00

b. 5 Jan 1893 in Ellsworth, MN, the son of William and Emma (SHEPPARD) BARKER
m. 15 Sep 1915 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL (divorced 1926)
d. 6 Jun 1974 in Cordova, IL; bur. in Cordova Cemetery

Marian Maude RAY
b. 29 Dec 1896 in Rockford, the daughter of Sylvester and Jennie (PETERSON) RAY
d. 4 Apr 1979 in Madison, WI; bur. in Durand Cemetery, Durand, IL

Arthur Barker was born to an English immigrant family, the second of four children. The family lived in Iowa until about 1899, when they moved to Rockford, IL, and he was raised there. He served as a private in the Army during World War I.

Marian Ray, the oldest of three children, was raised in the northern part of Rockford, in an area known as Harlem.

Arthur and Marian married 15 Sep 1915 in Rockford. They had one daughter, Rowena Georgeann, born in Rockford. Arthur and Marian divorced in 1926.

On 12 Nov 1936 in Davenport, IA, Arthur married Olive Mae 'Marie' BRUNER of Cordova, IL. She was born 20 Feb 1905 in Loretta, NE, the daughter of Earl and Edith (MACE) BRUNER. Arthur and Marie settled in Cordova, where he worked for the John Deere Corporation and she taught music. They had no issue. Arthur passed away 6 Jun 1974 at the age of 81. Marie passed away 20 Feb 1983, on her 78th birthday. They are buried together in Cordova Cemetery.

Marian stayed in the Rockford area. On 22 Dec 1930, she married Roy Charles RICHE. He was born 22 Jul 1882, the son of Josiah and Orilla (FELTS) RICHE. They settled on a farm outside Durand. They had no issue. During World War II, Marian joined the WACS, despite being a grandmother by then. Roy passed away 22 Aug 1965. Marian passed away 4 Apr 1979 at the VA hospital in Madison, WI. Roy and Marian are buried together in Durand Cemetery.

Child of Arthur and Marian Barker:

  1. Rowena Georgann Barker, b. 4 Aug 1916.

Pictures and Stuff

Marian as a teen
Pvt. Arthur Barker, WWI
Arthur, Marian, and Rowena, circa 1925
Marian and family, 1933
Marian with her parents and daughter, 1934
Marian at a spiritualist camp, Aug 1937
Another picture at the spiritualist camp
Pvt. Marian Riche, WWII
Marian and Roy Riche, circa 1963
Marian starring with the Rockettes at Rado City Music Hall, 1978

From Cordova Cemetery, Cordova, IL:
    Arthur Barker's graveplate
    Marie Barker's graveplate

From Durand Cemetery, Durand, IL:
    Marian Riche's gravestone
    The Riche gravestone

Marian's obituary
Arthur's obituary
Marie (Bruner) Barker's obituary

Five-Generation Pedigree Chart

Offspring This Family Parents Grandparents Great-grandparents
Rowena Barker Arthur Barker William Barker William Barker
Anna Bennett John Bennett
Emma Sheppard Henry Sheppard
Eliza Pearce
Marian Ray Sylvester Ray Daniel Ray Andrew Ray
Priscilla Hampton
Isabell Shatto
Jennie Peterson George Peterson John Peterson
Mary Kurfis
Eliza Ann Vibbard Thomas Vibbard
Phebe Scott

Genealogy of Stephen R. Moore - Family Page of Arthur Barker and Marian Ray
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