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M oses Barber was the original member of the Barber family to leave New England for Kansas. He was eventually joined by six of his nephews. All were part of a family that had remained in Rhode Island and Connecticut for two and a half centuries, through the fighting of the Revolutionary War and back to the arrival of the "Mayflower".

Moses H. Barber

Moses Hazard Barber was born 22 Apr 1833 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island. According to a biography in the 1916 book, History of Atchison County, Kansas, by Sheffield Ingalls, Moses first left the East to move to Illinois. After only a few years, he continued on to Kansas prior to the Civil War. When war broke out, he enlisted in the Kansas Militia in October 1861 as a private. Military records show that he was promoted twice, first to Quartermaster Sergeant and second to Regimental Command Sergeant in April 1864, however, he requested to be returned to the rank of private shortly before his discharge in January 1865 at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Immediately afterward, Moses began looking for a place to settle. He stopped for food at the home of the Clark Hubbard family near Parnell in southern Atchison County, and basically never left. Within only a few months he eloped with Mr. Hubbard’s daughter, Mary Jane Hubbard, on 15 May 1865. Because Moses was a Union soldier and Mr. Hubbard was a Southern sympathiser, he never would have allowed the marriage to occur, however, he quickly accepted it after the fact. When his father-in-law left for California seeking gold, Moses purchased and expanded his farm. He was particularly successful growing fruit trees and became known as the "Apple King of Kansas". This farm provided the means for at least six of his nephews to relocate to Kansas, most initially to assist their uncle in farming his land.

Barber Brothers

Four of these nephews were brothers who were sons of an older brother of Moses, Joseph Denison Barber. The first to come were Joseph's two eldest sons. One was Denison Peleg "Tom" Barber who was born 12 Nov 1851 in Rhode Island. His obituary says that he was born in Barbertown, a town named after this family, but its location has not been found. He originally came to Atchison county to teach school in Locust Grove, a town in Mt. Pleasant Township that no longer exists. Although his obituary states that he came to Kansas in 1869, he was still with his family in Connecticut during the 1870 census. Therefore, Denison probably didn't arrive earlier than the 1870 school year. He was living with Moses in 1875 before he purchased and moved to an adjacent farm in 1878. He then married Laura Speck 08 Sep 1881 in Atchison County. She died 11 Nov 1931. Denison died on the same farm on 31 May 1934 and was buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison, Kansas. Tom and Laura had one child:

  1. Nellie M. Barber (1884-1980) who married Fred C. Howard 12 Sep 1903 in Atchison County.

Herbert Lavall Barber, Joseph's oldest son, was born in Rhode Island c.1850. He too was still in Connecticut in 1870, so he probably came to Kansas together with his brother. Unfortunately, Herbert died 17 Jan 1871 soon after moving to Kansas.

A third brother, Charles White Barber, was born 10 Jul 1853 in Rhode Island. He was still listed with his family in Connecticut during the 1870 census. He does not appear on the 1875 Kansas State Census, so he probably began working on Moses' farm between 1875-80. By 1880, he was living with Denison next door to Moses. Charles married Ann Elizabeth Bradley on 09 Aug 1882 in Atchison County. He died of pneumonia at the relatively young age of 46 on 20 Dec 1899 and is buried in Cummings Cemetery in Cummings, Kansas. Annie lived almost another 50 years without remarrying. She relocated to Iola, Allen County, Kansas, to live with her daughter about 1935. She passed away here 07 Apr 1949, and was buried next to her husband. Charles and Annie had the following children:

  1. Mary Ellen "Ellen" Barber (1884-1970) who married Jay D. Judah 08 Nov 1930 in Atchison County. They moved to Iola, Kansas, soon after.
  2. Joseph Leonard Barber (1885-1958) previously discussed in the "Paternal Branch in Kansas".
  3. Frank Clinton "Clinton" Barber (1892-1916) who married Mary Elizabeth Kroll 22 Mar 1913 in Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska. Clinton died from an accident while working on the railroad.

Edwin Burnside Barber, the youngest son, was born 20 Feb 1863 in Rhode Island. In 1880, he was living with his Uncle Moses and his family, next door to his older brothers. He married Martha Bell Coffee in 1884 in Atchison County. The family moved to Leavenworth where Edwin was a manager in a transfer company named J.W. Parker Company. They returned to Atchison County by 1901, moving to a farm further north in Shannon Township. Edwin died 2 Aug 1929 and his wife 30 Jan 1949. They were both buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison. They had one known son:

  1. Jesse Edward Barber (1886-1973) who married Golda Leona Reasoner 19 Apr 1908 in Atchison County. He died in Olympia, Washington.

Barber Cousins

By 1880, other relatives had made their way to Kansas as well. The widow and two sons of another older brother of Moses, Sanford Barber, were living together in Center Township, Atchison County, Kansas.

The younger son, John Webster Barber, had come to Kansas about 1878, according to the Atchison County Farmer's Directory of 1925. He married Amy Adelaide Briggs 31 Jan 1882 in Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut, but he returned with his bride to Atchison county. Amy died 14 Dec 1938, and John died 16 Mar 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. Both were buried in Round Mound Cemetery in Atchison County, Kansas. They had the following children, all in Atchison County:

  1. Frederic Stanton "Stanton" Barber (1883-) who married Gertrude Macomber before Sep 1918. They are last found on the 1940 census living back in Connecticut in Waterford, New London County.
  2. Leslie Sanford Barber (1885-1966) who first married Mayme Havens Bussard. He second married a woman named Hazel Mae. All three were buried in the Round Mound Cemetery in Atchison County.
  3. Harley Marion Barber (1887-1959) who married Laura E. Patton 20 Apr 1910 in Atchison County. They both died in Washington.
  4. Mary Edith Barber (1889-1918) who was a school teacher in 1910.
  5. Amy Louise "Louise" Barber (1893-1968) who married Lloyd M. Martin c.1913. They were living in San Francisco, California, in 1951. Louise died in Clackamas County, Oregon.
  6. Herbert Hazard Barber (1896-1975) who married Addie E. Bagby 15 Feb 1919 in Leavenworth, Kansas. He died on the way to the hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri.
  7. Victor Warren Barber (1900-1988) who married Beatrice "Bea" Mayfield.
  8. Vera Janette Barber (1900-1987) who was a twin of Victor. She too was a school teacher in 1920. She married Ed Van Buren and was living in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1975.

The older son, Orrin Snow Barber, did not remain in this, or apparently any, area for long. After marrying Samantha Jane Wright c.1889, their first child was born in 1892 in Missouri. They were in Belle Plaine Township, Rush County, Kansas, in 1895. In 1900, they were living in Superior Township, Osage County, Kansas, and remained in the county through 1905. By 1910, the family had relocated again to Little Robe Township, Dewey County, Oklahoma. In 1920, Orrin and Samantha were both living in Wichita County, Texas, with the family of their oldest child. Orrin died 01 Apr 1929 in either Reno County, Kansas, or Major County, Oklahoma, and Samantha died 05 Aug 1951 in Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas. They had the following children:

  1. Ethel Mae Barber (1892-1966) who married Thomas E. Snow. They were buried in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.
  2. Sanford David Barber (1895-1920) who died in Routt County, Colorado.
  3. Martin Wright Barber (1896-1954) who was working as a coal miner in Routt County, Colorado, in 1930, and died in Los Angeles, California.
  4. Elizabeth Florence Barber (1900-1986) who married Clarence R. Shearer 05 Aug 1918 in Alfalfa Co, Oklahoma. They were buried in Del City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
  5. Sarah Alice Barber (1901-1987) who married William H. Moon 07 Jun 1922 in Enid, Oklahoma. They were living in Pinal County, Arizona, in 1940. Both died in Fresno County, California.
  6. Anna Phebe Barber (1904-1942) who married Robert Harrison Watson 10 Sep 1926 in Greer County, Oklahoma, and remained there.

Back in New England

The parents of the four brothers who came to Kansas were Joseph Denison Barber and Sarah White. Joseph was born 1 Aug 1820 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, and Sarah was born in May 1821 in Rhode Island. The two married on 14 Oct 1844 in North Stonington, New London County, Connecticut. Both descended from what were already long lineages from different "Mayflower" passengers. Sarah was a direct descendant of William White and his wife, Susanna. Their son, Peregrine White, also Sarah's ancestor, was born aboard the ship while anchored in the harbor only days after its arrival in the New World in December 1620. He is considered to be the first European born in America. Sarah was also a descendant of Richard Warren, another passenger on the ship. Joseph's own connection to the ship will become evident as the story continues. In 1850 and 1860, the family was living in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Sarah then died 01 Apr 1867, only twelve days after the death of their youngest child. Joseph and Sarah's children were:

  1. Ruth Barber (1846-1933) who married Albert Clinton Hillard c.1868.
  2. Susan Elizabeth Barber (1847-1937) who married Charles D. Miner c.1868.
  3. Josephine Barber (1848-1929) who married Joseph Royle c.1875.
  4. Herbert Lavall Barber (1850-1871) previously discussed.
  5. Denison Peleg "Tom" Barber (1851-1934) previously discussed.
  6. Charles White Barber (1854-1899) previously discussed.
  7. Sarah Adella Barber (1856-1941) who married Cyrus H. Stewart c.1876.
  8. Horace Frank Barber (1858-1900).
  9. Ellen W. Barber (1860-1883) who never married.
  10. Edwin Burnside Barber (1863-1929) previously discussed.
  11. Mary Russell Barber (1865-1867) who died in infancy.

By 1870, Joseph had remarried to Hannah M. Partello, and the family was living in North Stonington, Connecticut. Although these two towns are in different states, they are in adjacent counties and only thirty miles apart. By 1880, Joseph had returned to Rhode Island and was living in Hopkinton alone with Hannah. He died near here in Canochet on 29 May 1897 and was buried in the Union Cemetery in North Stonington.

James Barber, Jr. & Elizabeth Barber

The parents of Joseph, Sanford and Moses Barber and the grandparents of all the nephews who came to Kansas were James Barber Jr. and Elizabeth Barber. James and Elizabeth had a common great-grandfather, making them half second cousins.note1 Their great-grandfather, Moses Barber, had married twice. His first wife is the ancestor of James. His second wife was the ancestor of Elizabeth and a granddaughter of a "Mayflower" passenger. So James' and Elizabeth's children were "Mayflower" descendants, but only through their mother, not their father.

James was born 20 Jul 1788 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, and Elizabeth was born 22 Feb 1792 in Exeter in the same county. They married 06 Apr 1809 in Richmond in the same county. James died here 08 Aug 1861, and Elizabeth died in Exeter 08 Dec 1873. Their children were:

  1. Henry Barber (1810-1897) who married Eliza Ennis 20 Jan 1840 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
  2. George William Barber (1812-1891) who married Mary A. Green.
  3. Eliza Ann Barber (1814-1897) who married Benjamin Weeden Brayman.
  4. Mary E. Barber (1816-1874) who married Benjamin T. Adams.
  5. Willet Anthony Barber (1818-1892) who married Lucy Ann Austin.
  6. Joseph Denison Barber (1820-1897) previously discussed.
  7. Albert Stanton Barber (1822-1888) who first married Waity Peckham 21 Jul 1845 and second Eliza Peckham 21 Apr 1850, both in South Kingstown. Waity and Eliza were both daughters of Reuben S. Peckham.
  8. Sanford Barber (1825-1862) who married Elizabeth Webster 28 Jan 1856 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island. Two of his sons relocated to Kansas.
  9. Susannah Barber (1831-1926) who married John Gifford Vaughn 24 Dec 1849 in South Kingstown and lived in Stonington, Connecticut.
  10. Moses Hazard Barber (1833-1896) previously discussed.

Due to the pre-existing relationship, each family line will now be followed for two generations until merging again at the common ancestor.

The majority of the remainder of this history comes from the book, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Vol. 3 - George Soule, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980. Parts have been updated referencing the book in progress, George Soule of the Mayflower and his Descendants in the Fifth and Sixth Generations, First Edition: Part Five, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2008. Its information has been cross-checked where possible with an database of scanned pages of books by James N. Arnold, Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636–1850. 21 volumes. Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891–1912. Additional Revolutionary War information is based on the original pension applications.

James Barber, Sr. & the Paternal Branch

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Although James' lineage does not make its way back to the "Mayflower", it is nevertheless no less interesting. James' father was James Barber, Sr. who was born 11 Aug 1726 and was married a total of three times. His first marriage was to Ann Mumford with whom he had at least three children. James’ second marriage was 19 May 1748 in South Kingstown to Ann Barber with whom he had at least five children. It is not known if they were related before marriage. His third marriage was c.1769 to Margaret Wilcox with whom he had twelve known children. Family tradition, however, tells that he had a total of thirty three children in all. The following are his children with Margaret, his third wife, including James Jr.:

  1. Amie Barber who married a Mr. Eldridge.
  2. Anna Barber (c.1771-) who relocated to the state of New York.
  3. George Reynolds Barber (c.1773-1830) who married Amie Popple 04 Aug 1793 in South Kingstown and died in the state of New York.
  4. Hazard Barber (c.1773-1864) who married in Lockport, New York, and died in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
  5. Job Barber (c.1780-) who died in infancy.
  6. Marvel Barber (1777-1864) who married James Munroe Baker 08 Sep 1793 in South Kingstown, and second married Anthony Northrup.
  7. Moses Barber (1782-1880) who first married Anne Chapman 30 Mar 1806 in South Kingstown and second married Elizabeth Belcher 26 Feb 1809 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He was a Colonel in the War of 1812.
  8. Theda Barber (c.1785-) who married a Mr. Kenyon.
  9. Ruth Barber (1785-1877) who married Jonathon James.
  10. Rhoda Barber (1787-1883) who married James Woodmansee.
  11. James Barber, Jr. (1788-1861) previously discussed.
  12. Jesse Barber (1791-1875) who married Anna Sherman 04 Nov 1813 in Exeter and died in Cattaraugus County, New York.

Revolutionary War

Many details concerning James senior's participation in the Revolutionary War are held in his widow's pension application of October 1836. With some notable exceptions, he served in the militia of his native Rhode Island during alternate months throughout the entire conflict from 1775-1783. In 1775, he spent time guarding the shores of the town of South Kingstown. In 1778, he was involved in a major operation now called the Battle of Rhode Island, or the Seige of Newport. An army of more than 10,000 men was assembled under Major General John Sullivan's command to lay seige to an occupied garrison in the coastal city of Newport on the island of Rhode Island, also known as Aquidneck Island. The goal was to drive out the British who had been in control there for nearly two years. The seige began in mid-August with the expectation of naval support from America's newly declared ally, France. However, the French were forced to withdraw to Boston for ship repairs after a battle with British ships during a severe storm. On August 28, the Americans began to withdraw from the seige. The British pursued them and several battles followed until the Americans finally abandoned the island for the mainland on the 30th of August. It was most likely during this retreat that James was severely wounded in the thigh, and returned home to recuperate for three to four months before returning to his usual service.

In the Spring of 1781, James was again guarding the shores around South Kingstown, but at some point he was located at Howland's Ferry which ran between Portsmouth and Tiverton, Rhode Island. During one three to four month period he was away continuously while he took the place of a sick captain. The family did not seem to know what rank James held himself. He was thought to have held the rank of captain, since his son found a note from the war in James' belongings addressed to Captain James Barber Sr. During his months at home, soldiers would visit the house to receive their wages, so they assumed he held some higher rank. In addition to information about James, the application also mentions that two of his sons from one of his previous marriages died while in service during the war. James died 10 October 1821 of "numb palsy" after a two week illness at the age of 95. Margaret died in 1850 at nearly 104 years of age.

William Barber

The father of James Sr. was William Barber who was born 5 Jan 1679/80 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. William was first married to Mercy Smith in 1704/05 in North Kingstown, but she died in 1720. He second married Sarah Mumford, a daughter of Peleg Mumford and Mary Coggeshall, in North Kingstown on 1 May 1720. William died 17 May 1748 in South Kingstown, and Sarah died the same year. William and Sarah had the following children:

  1. Moses Barber (c.1720-1812).
  2. Samuel Barber (c.1722-) who married Abigail Mumford 26 Jul 1744 in South Kingstown.
  3. Joseph Barber (c.1724-) who married Ann Reynolds.
  4. Mercy Barber (c.1725-).
  5. Sarah Barber (c.1726-).
  6. James Barber, Sr. (1726-1821) previously discussed.
  7. Elizabeth Barber (c.1727-).
  8. Mary Barber (c.1728-).

Jonathan Barber & the Maternal Branch

We now return to trace the lineage of Elizabeth Barber, the wife of James Barber Jr., which does include the "Mayflower". Elizabeth's parents were Jonathan Barber and Sabra Stanton. Jonathan was born 15 May 1746 in Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island, and Sabra was born 04 Dec 1752 in Charlestown, Washington County, Rhode Island. The two married 17 Jan 1771 in Richmond, Providence County, Rhode Island. Jonathan's pension records show that he served during the Revolutionary War as a Private for seventeen months over a three year period from July 1776 - September 1779. Although his pension and military records say that he was a Private, other county records refer to him as Capt. Jonathan Barber. In the summer of 1778, he was present at the same siege of the garrison in Newport as his cousin, James Barber Jr. Sabra died 08 Dec 1818 in Exeter as did Jonathan 28 Jun 1839. They had the following children, all of whom were born in Exeter:

  1. Henry Barber (1772-1810) who married Anna Rathbun 01 Nov 1792 in Exeter.
  2. Jonathan Barber (c.1774-).
  3. Susannah Barber (c.1776-) who married John Perry aft. 1790.
  4. Elisha Barber (c.1778-) who died bef. 1782.
  5. Delia Barber (c.1780-) who married Garret Van Hoosen aft. 1790.
  6. James Barber (c.1782-) who died aft. 1790.
  7. Sally Barber (1785-1864) who married Daniel Phillips c.1807.
  8. Russell Barber who was born bet. 1771–1788 and married a woman named Mary c.1795. He died c.1807.
  9. Sabra Barber (c.1790-) who married Caleb Greene Jr. She died bef. 1850.
  10. Elizabeth Barber (1792-1873) previously discussed.

Daniel Barber

Jonathan’s father was Daniel Barber who was born 22 Apr 1714/15 in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island. He married Deliverance Tefft 1737 in Exeter in the same county. She was born 19 Aug 1722 in Richmond, also in the same county, and died 1799 in South Kingstown. Daniel died 1805 in Exeter. They had the following children:

  1. Josiah Barber (1739-).
  2. Mary Barber (1743-) who married John Wilcox 13 Jan 1762.
  3. Jonathan Barber (1745-1839) previously discussed.
  4. Daniel Barber (1748-1842) who married Charity Rathbone.
  5. Deliverance Barber (1751-1836) who married Joseph Barber 06 Jan 1770 in Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island.
  6. Reynolds Ellery Barber (1754-1836) who first married Ruth Crandall and second Alice Dawley 1792 in Exeter.
  7. Meriam Barber (1757-c.1818) who married Asa Barber 13 May 1780 in Exeter.note2
  8. Smith Barber (1760-1847) who married Hannah Rogers and died in Greenwich, New York.
  9. Susannah Barber (1764-1845) who died in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, New York.

Moses Barber

This is the point at which the two Barber lines reconnect. Moses Barber was the father of both William Barber and Daniel Barber, although they had different mothers. He was also the great-grandfather of James Barber Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Barber, who were all previously discussed.

Moses was born 1652 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and he was first married to Ann Babcock in 1678 in Kingstown. She was born 1665 in Rhode Island and died 1688 in Kingstown. They had the following children, including William:

  1. William Barber (1680-1748) who was the ancestor of James Barber Jr. and previously discussed.
  2. Sarah Barber (1682-c.1785) who married David Greene 24 Jun 1706 in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
  3. Moses Barber (1683/4-1758) who married Elizabeth Eldred 23 May 1705 in North Kingstown.

Moses' second wife was Susanna West. She was born c.1666 in probably North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, which is also where they wed on 24 Mar 1691/92. Susanna was a daughter of Francis West and Susanna Soule. Her mother was a daughter of the "Mayflower" passenger, George Soule. Moses died 1733. Susanna died between 21 Sep 1755, the date her will was written, and 4 Apr 1758, the date her will was proven, therefore it is most likely she died about Mar 1758. They had the following children, including Daniel. All were born in North Kingstown except the two youngest who were born in South Kingstown:

  1. Dinah Barber (1692/3-1774) who married Edward Wilcox 14 Jun 1716 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island.
  2. Lydia Barber (1694/5-) who married Benjamin Mowry c.1714 in South Kingstown. She was noted as deceased in her father's will.
  3. Samuel Barber (1695-1760) who married Anne Cory 1719 in Washington County, Rhode Island.
  4. Susannah Barber (1697-1748) who married Benjamin Perry 11 Jun 1727 in South Kingstown. They became the great-grandparents of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry.
  5. Thomas Barber (1699-1762) who married Avis Tanner 18 Apr 1725 in South Kingstown.
  6. Joseph Barber (1701-) who married Rebecca Potter 04 Feb 1724 in South Kingstown.
  7. Martha Barber (1703-1773) who married Thomas Parker 5 Oct 1727 in South Kingstown.
  8. Ruth Barber (1705-) who married George Bentley 04 Mar 1723 in South Kingstown and died after 21 Sep 1755 in Stonington, New London County, Connecticut.
  9. Benjamin Barber (1706/7-1797) who married Mary Tefft 1728/9 in South Kingstown.
  10. Mercy Barber (1708/9-1790) who married Samuel Tefft 1 Oct 1727 in South Kingstown.
  11. Ezekiel Barber (1710-1786) who married Hannah Webster 28 Nov 1736 in Westerly. He was an Ensign in the Revolutionary War.
  12. Abigail Barber (1712/13-) who died young.
  13. Daniel Barber (1714-1805) who was the ancestor of Elizabeth Barber and previously discussed.
  14. Anna Barber (1717-1755) who married Sylvester Kenyon 07 Apr 1740 in North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island. They died in Sterling, Windham County, Connecticut.

Barber Selected Documents

Revolutionary War Service

'Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files', Department of Veterans Affairs.

Revolutionary War Pension File No. W20678, James Barber.


Declaration in order to claim the benefit of the 3d section of the Act of Congress of the 4th July AD 1836
State of Rhode Island County of Washington
On this tenth day of October AD 1836 personally appeared before the Court of Probate of the Town of South Kingstown
Margaret Barber a resident of South Kingston in the County and State aforesaid aged ninety years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th, 1836. That she is the widow of James Barber of South Kingstown aforesaid, now deceased, which said James Barber was a soldier of the Revolutionary war. That from the commencement of said Revolutionary war until the British left newport her said husband was in the service in said war every other month, alternating, and that at one time during said period he did not return home for three or four months, being employed as she understood to take the place of Capt Babcock the commander of the company who was sick. That said Barber was employed in guarding the shores in Washington County at least a part of the time above mentioned, but it cannot reasonably be expected of her to state in what service he was employed the whole of said period. That during said period the deponent and the females of the family had frequently to do the out doors work of the farm while her husband and his sons were in the service and they use to send him his provisions from home frequently while so engaged. That her said husband had two sons by a former wife who enlisted in the regular service and died in it. That her said husband died fifteen years ago this fall of a numb palsy of which he was sick a fortnight before he died and that he was considerably over ninety years of age when he died. That she does not know what rank, if any, her husband held in the service but supposes he must have held some office as in the months he was at home the soldiers used frequently to come to him to receive their wages and as in an old paper preserved among her husbands papers he is addressed as Captain James Barber. That one summer during the war said James Barber was brought home badly wounded in the thigh and was accompanied home by Josiah Lillibridge and that said James Barber was confined to the house by said wound for three or four months and as soon as he was able to go out, he went into the service again. The applicant was married to said James when in the twenty third year of her age. She further declares that she has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband, reference being had for the confirmation of this statement to the accompanying evidence.

Margaratt Barber X her mark

Signed and sworn to in open Court
Thos. R. Wells
Probate Clerk


The deposition of Moses Barber of South Kingstown Rhode Island who being of lawful age and duly sworn according to law on oath deposes and says that his father James Barber late of said town died on the 10th day of October AD 1821 as appears by an entry in the deponents family Bible, that said James was ninety five years of age in the month of August previous to his decease, as the deponent has often heard him state. That the deponent hath frequently heard his said father while living in conversation with his friends give an account of his being in the war of the Revolution and of his services therein where he was drafted to guard the shores and of his having been on the island of Rhode Island several times during the war in the service and that he has frequently heard him state that he was gone from home engaged in the service as aforesaid every alternate month during almost the whole of the war - has heard him speak of being in Captain Babcocks Company and of his being appointed to some office in superintending the delivery of their provisions to the soldiers. That the two old papers accompanying this deposition were found by the deponent among the papers of said James Barber - one of them addressed to Capt. James Barber the other paper signed by Thos. Wooster Aid de Camp, that his said father by being called away from home so often and so much was much embarrassed in his affairs and brought in debt, of all which said deponent has frequently heard his said father speak when engaged in conversation with his friends.
The deponent further states that his mother Margaret Barber now applying for a pension still remains the widow of the aforesaid James Barber never having since his decease intermarried with any other person.

Moses Barber [his signature]


The deposition of Ebenezer Smith of South Kingstown Rhode Island who being of lawful age and duly sworn according to law on oath deposes and says that he is now eighty years old and a pensioner under the act of 1818, that he was well acquainted with James Barber whose widow is now applying for a pension, that in the year 1775 in the months of April May June July August and September the deponent was engaged in actual military service guarding the shores of South Kingstown, that during this time the said James Barber was engaged in the same service with the deponent and was there every other month, serving one half of the time and remaining at home the other half.
That in the year 1778 the deponent was engaged in actual service as a regularly enlisted soldier in General Sullivans expedition on the island of Rhode Island, and the deponent knows that the aforesaid James Barber was there also in actual service at the same time where he staid [sic] a month.
That in the year 1781 the deponent knows that the aforesaid James Barber was in the Spring of the year called out to guard the shores of South Kingstown and while in service there said Barber was ordered round to Howland's Ferry and the deponent was in the same service and saw said Barber at said Howland's Ferry. The deponent does not know positively how long said Barber served this time, but believes they were all ordered out for one month.
Sept. 12. 1836

Ebenezer Smith X his mark


The deposition of Gideon Lillibridge of South Kingstown Rhode Island aged eighty two years who being duly sworn according to law on oath deposes and says that he was well acquainted with James Barber formerly of South Kingstown now decd [deceased] during the Revolutionary war and afterwards during said Barbers life, that in the month of August in Sullivan's expedition which he thinks was in the year 1778 the deponent was on Rhode Island as a soldier in said expedition, that James Barber whose widow is now applying for a pension was there at the same time, and that said Barber while there was badly wounded in the thigh, while in actual service, and that the brother of the deponent [Josiah Lillibridge] accompanied said Barber home, as he was obliged to leave on account of said wound.
The deponent believes that said Barber was under the command of Col. Dyer but does not recollect the name of the captain under whom he served.

Gideon Lillibridge [his signature]
Sept 6 1836

Civil War Records

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas 1861-1865, 1896.


Com. Sergt. 2nd Reg Cavalry non com staff
Moses H. Barber of ?, enlisted Oct 14 '61, mustered Oct 14 '61, returned to the ranks at his own request, Dec 8 '64, and assigned to Co G.


2nd Reg Co G Cavalry
Pvt Moses H. Barber, enlisted Oct 14 '61, mustered Oct 14 '61, mustered out Jan 13 '65 at Leavenworth, KS.


2nd Reg Co I
Q.M. Sergt Moses H. Barber, promoted Regimental Com. Serg. Apr 1 '64.


2nd Reg Co I
Pvt. Moses H. Barber promoted to Sergt.

Published Book

History of Atchison County, Kansas, by Sheffield Ingalls, 1916.

Herbert J. Barber, [excerpt includes Moses Barber].

...Moses Barber was born in South Kingston, R.I., April 22, 1833 a son of James [Jr.] and Elisabeth Barber, natives of R.I., of colonial ancestry and English descent. A brother of James was Colonel [Moses] Barber, who served in the War of 1812, and the grandfather of Moses Barber [James Sr.] was a Revolutionary soldier. Moses was reared to young manhood on his father's farm in R.I. and then migrated westward to Illinois. After a residence of a few years in Ill. he came to Kansas and was a resident of the State upon the outbreak of the rebellion of the Southern States. He enlisted in Company I, Second regiment, Kansas Cavalry, in 1861, and was soon promoted to ranking sergeant of his company. He served his country well and faithfully and took part in several hard fought engagements with his regiment, and received his honorable discharge at the close of the war at Leavenworth, Kansas. After receiving his discharge from the service he set out on horseback in search of a homestead, riding the faithful cavalry horse which had carried him through the strenuous days of the Civil War. His route led him in a northwesterly direction from Ft. Leavenworth through Atchison county. He stopped for sustenance and rest at the home of a family named Hubbard at Parnell, Kansas. Mr. Hubbard was a pro-slavery and States rights man who had removed from the Southland in 1855 after 2 years in Missouri, a States rights advocate, and although Mr. Barber was his guest, they had frequent clashes over the troubles of the South and war incidents. The bitterness of the great conflict had not yet been obliterated, and it was only natural that the Union veteran and States rights man should have disagreements. This was not all their troubles, as time soon developed Mr. Hubbard had an attractive daughter, and thereby hangs a tale of romance.

Mary Hubbard was the acme of beauty in the eyes of young Barber and he purposely stayed around in the neighborhood that he could be near Mary and do his courting despite the evident antipathy of Father Hubbard. In fact, Moses often said later, "That was the reason I stayed there." The attraction between Mary and Moses grew into friendship, friendship ripened into love, and the son of the North and the daughter of the South were married. The parental opposition to this natural outcome of the meeting of two young souls, who were evidently destined for each other, was so great that a quiet marriage was necessary. Moses and Mary quietly departed one day and returned to the parental roof as man and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard soon afterwards decided to accept the inevitable and became very fond of their son-in-law. Time and subsequent events proved that Moses and Mary were well mated and the marriage, if a hasty one, proved to be very happy in the years to come. Mr. Hubbard soon afterwards went West to satisfy the gold fever which obsessed him and Moses Barber settled down on his father-in-law's farm which he purchased, thus beginning a highly successful career as an agriculturist. The first home of him and his young wife was a little log cabin which formerly belonged to the Hubbards, but as prosperity came as the result of careful husbandry, he erected a handsome farm residence of 13 rooms which still stands on the place, built in 1882. Mr. Barber was one of the first men in Kansas to see the possibilities in fruit growing and early began to develop that part of the farming avocation. He planted 4 or 5 acres of apple trees as a start in his horticulture experiments, and his success with his first orchard was so gratifying that he increased his apple orchard to 60 acres of bearing trees. He became widely known as the "Apple King of Kansas" While managing his immence orchard he did not neglect the other side of the farm work and cultivated assiduously his large farm of 320 acres of land in Mt. Pleasant township. In early days he was a large cattle feeder and made large shipments to the stock markets.

Moses Barber was married May 15, 1865, to Miss Mary Hubbard and this union was blessed with 2 children: Mrs. Abigail Brayman, of Wickford, R.I. and Herbert J., with whom this article is directly concerned. Mr. Barber departed this life July 3, 1896, after having lived a long and useful life which was profitable as well as happy. Mrs. Mary (Hubbard) Barber, his surviving widow, was born in Roanoke county Virginia, and was a daughter of Clark and Rebecca Hubbard, both of whom were born and reared in Virginia and came to Kansas in 1855. Mrs. Barber resides with her son Herbert J. in Atchison, Kansas....


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

21 Dec 1899, p.1.

Charles W. Barber, age 45 years, died of pneumonia at his home at Cummings, at 12 o'clock last night. The funeral will occur at 11 o'clock to-morrow morning. The deceased leaves a wife and three children. He had lived on a farm near Cummings for twenty years.

The Atchison Champion, Atchison, Kansas.

22 Dec 1899, p.4, daily edition.

Ex-County Superintendent C. E. Reynolds, in company with D. P. Barber, came in from Cummings yesterday and procured a casket at Harouff's for Charles W. Barber, who died Tuesday, aged 45 years. Deceased had lived at Cummings the past nineteen years. He leaves a wife and five [three] children. D. P. Barber is a brother. Funeral at 11 o'clock this morning. Burial at Cummings.

Funeral Record

'Harouff-Arensburg Mortuary Records', Atchison, Kansas.

Charles W. Barber.

No.: 311; death: 20 Dec 1899; deceased: Charles W. Barber; age: 46 yrs., 5 mos., 10 days; disease: pneumonia; buried: Cummings (Cemetery); residence: Cummings; casket size: 6'0"; casket style: #10; physician: Dr. Cassidy.

News Article

The Atchison Weekly Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

20 Jan 1910.

Abe Wertz who is farming the M.H. Barber farm, is cutting down the apple orchard on the place. This orchard was the largest in this vicinity.

News Article

The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

14 Jan 1910, p.7.

D.P. Barber, of Parnell, says he believes this has been the worst winter to get around, and the hardest on stock, in his experience of forty years in Kansas. Generally in the winter he keeps three horses in the barn. This winter he is keeping eleven up and four of them are crippled from falling on the ice. It is a lot more work to keep stock in the barn than to let it run in the fields. Many farmers have not got all their corn out, and are deprived of the use of the stalk fields. Then the snow and ice cause the value of the stalks to decrease......
Mr. Barber has a piece of corn on bottom land next to a strip of timber. He went through it a few days ago, and says he believes the rabbits, squirrels and crows have eaten nine out of every ten ears. He has not seen a quail on his farm this winter. Last fall town hunters went out and shot the few quails there were on the farm, without permission. "I have tried to protect myself from town hunters, but it is no use." he said to-day. "Only once has a hunter asked permission to hunt on my farm and then I ran onto him or he wouldn't have asked me. I guess I will have to give the town hunters both barrels below the belt to protect my stock. I don't shoot quail, and do not want them shot on my farm, but what I want doesn't count when the town hunter is around." The Protective associations can do a great deal; why don't they quit talking and crack it to the town hunters?


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

1 Jun 1934, p.2.


Ill for the last several months, D.P. (Tom) Barber, 82, well-known and highly respected farmer, died at his home in the Cummings community at 11:45 o'clock last night. Mr. Barber was a patient sufferer throughout his long and painful illness.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. W.E. Wheeler, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran church, at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Barber residence, where the body will be taken at 9 o'clock Sunday morning from the Sawin & Douglass funeral parlors. Burial will take place in Mt. Vernon cemetery.
Mr. Barber was born November 12, 1851, at Barbertown, R.I. a community named for his family. He came to Atchison county in 1869 to teach school and that fall had the Locust Grove school. A number of people in Atchison county are still living who went to school to him. He purchased the farm where he died in 1878 and had lived there continuously.
He married Miss Laura Speck, daughter of Capt. A. Speck, a Civil war soldier, in September, 1881, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1931. Mrs. Barber died in November of that year.
Mr. Barber is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred C. Howard of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Miner, North Stonington, Conn., and Mrs. Cyrus Stewart, Westerly, R.I., and three grandchildren.
He was a member of the Atchison Christian church.


The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas.

27 Jan 1958, p.2.

Barber Rites To Be Tomorrow

Funeral services for Joseph Leonard Barber, 72, who died Saturday night at the Atchison hospital, will be held at the Stanton chapel at 11 a.m. tomorrow, the Rev. L. A. Indlecoffer officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery with Masonic services by Kickapoo Lodge No. 4, AF and AM, of Potter, Noah Harrington, lecturer. Pallbearers will be Harry Allen, Henry Cook, Jess Ashcraft, George Pennington, Clarence Shaver, jr., and William Shaver.
He was born near Cummings July 11, 1885, and farmed there until moving to Atchison in 1922. For several years he was a Missouri Pacific car inspector and after retirement conducted a restaurant at 1203 Main and later a restaurant at Robinson.
On June 20, 1906, he married Miss Florence Freeman, who passed away in September, 1954. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Madeline Wilson, Atchison, with whom he lived; Mrs. Elsie Reichlie, Houston, Tex., and Mrs. Karl (Helen) Peterson, Wilmington, Calif.; a son, Leonard Barber, Torrance, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Judah, Iola; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


  1. [Although it was not a regular occurrence, it was not unheard of at this time for people as closely related as first cousins to marry.]
  2. [Unless there were two men of the same name, age, and father's name in the area, Asa Barber was a son of Meriam Barber's eldest brother, Josiah. Marrying a nephew would have been unusual at any time.]