William Barker (1860-1949) and Emma Sheppard (1861-1939)  

Last Updated 9/1/00

William BARKER
b. 7 Feb 1860 in Nottingham, England, the son of William and Anna (BENNETT) BARKER
m. 23 Mar 1884 in Nottingham
d. 4 May 1949 in Delavan, WI

b. 21 Oct 1861 in Nottingham, England, the daughter of Henry and Eliza (PEARCE) SHEPPARD
d. 4 Sep 1939 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL

William fought in South Africa in the Boer War.

William and Emma immigrated to America in 1888, along with William's mother. They lived in Iowa and Minnesota before settling in Rockford. William was naturalized on 12 Oct 1895, in Tama County, IA.

After the death of Emma, William lived in Delavan with his son.

Their son Cecil was killed in a tragic accident when his truck was struck by a train. According to my grandma Moore, the family suspected that the accident was actually a suicide. A coroner's inquest was held, but I haven't found any reported results.

Children of William and Emma Barker:

  1. William Barker, b. Jul 1890 in IA. He m. Nancy --?--.
  2. Arthur Barker, b. 5 Jan 1893 in Ellsworth, MN.
  3. Cecil Barker, b. 31 Mar 1897 in Trear, IA; d. 4 Oct 1920 in Rockford.
  4. Harold Claude Barker, b. 4 Jul 1900 in Rockford; d. 3 Sep 1960 in Delavan. He m. Pauline TAYLOR.
Pictures and Stuff

Portrait of William and Emma
Portrait of William

From Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford:
    The family plot
    Barker family monument
    William's gravestone
    Emma's gravestone

William's obituary
Emma's obituary, and  another
Son Harold's obituary
Articles on Cecil's death here and here

Five-Generation Pedigree Chart

Offspring This Family Parents Grandparents Great-grandparents
Arthur Barker William Barker William Barker
Anna Bennett John Bennett
Emma Sheppard Henry Sheppard
Eliza Pearce


Tama County naturalization records - Vol D, page 128.

Genealogy of Stephen R. Moore - Family Page of William Barker and Emma Sheppard
© 2000 Stephen R. Moore, 8504 Enochs Dr., Lorton, VA 22079