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The Barber Family Tree Genealogy

Barber Family Ancestor
Jemima Barber (1741-1781)
5th Great Grandmother
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Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984)
Great Grandfather
Joseph Francis Lee (1867-1933)
2 Great Grandfather
Charles Henry Lee (1837-1905)
3 Great Grandmother
4 Great Grandmother
5 Great Grandmother
Jemima Barber (1741-1781)
Barber Family Ancestors and Genealogy
5th Great Grandmother
Jemima Barber (1741-1781)
When Jemima Barber was born on March 31, 1741, in Simsbury, Connecticut, her father, Jonathan, was 24, and her mother, Jemima, was 22. She married Joseph Messenger in 1762 in her hometown. They had four children in 15 years. She died on May 20, 1791, at the age of 50.
6 Great Grandfather
Jonathan Barber (1717-1745)
Jonathan Barber married Jemima Cornish (1718-1791) in Louisburg, Connecticut in 1740.  Johnathan lost his life in the American Colonial Expedition’s siege and capture of Louisbourg.  Jonathan’s father was Samuel Barber.
7 Great Grandfather
Samuel Barber (1673-1725)
Samuel Barber was born on May 17, 1673.  He married Sarah Holcombe (1691-1787), daughter of Nathaniel Holcombe, and granddaughter of Thomas Holcomb, the Immigrant, and his wife, Mary Bliss, in Simsbury, Connecticut in 1712. Samuel and Sarah (Mercy) had six children, Samuel (b. 1713-14),Thomas (b. 1716), Jonathan (1717-1745), John (b. 4 Dec 1719), Mercy (b. apt 1721) who married Ephraim Buell, and Sarah (1722-1745) who married John Case. Samuel’s father was Thomas Barber. Samuel Barber of West Simsbury died about 1725.  
8 Great Grandfather
Thomas Barber, Jr. (1644-1713)
Thomas was the second oldest child in his family.  He had two brothers and two sisters. He married Mary Dover Phelps (1644-1725), daughter of William Sr. and Mary (Dover) Phelps.  Thomas and Mary’s Marriage Record Mary’s father was born in Tewksbury, County Gloucester, England and he emigrated to Massachusetts in 1630. Thomas Barber married Mary Phelps in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut on December 17, 1663. They lived in a house in Windsor built by Thomas, on a lot that he purchased in 1664.  Thomas was a Lieutenant of the orignial military company of Simsbury.  He was instrumental in saving the Simsbury residents in the King Philip’s War. The Indians threatened to attack the town. Thomas got on the roof of his house in Hopmeadow and started beating an alarm on his drum. The winds were favorable and his signal was heard in Windsor, some 7 to 8 miles away. New England The Great Migration 1620-1635 Thomas Barber
Barbers of Simsbury and Windsor, Connecticut
Samuel was a descendant of the first Thomas Barber of Windsor. He married Mercy Holcomb (Sarah), granddaughter of the first Thomas Holcomb. Mercy died 1787 at the age of 96.  Whe removed from the old parish to West Simsbury in the year 1738, with her four sons, Samuel, Thomas, Jonathan and John, and her daughters, Mercy, wife of Ephraim Buel, and Sarah, wife of John Case IV.  Her sons settled on Cherries Brook, on lands contiguous to each other, comprising the meadows and best lands in the center school district in Canton.  The family were noted for their habits of immigration and are to be found in various states of the Union; few of the descendants (although numerous) are to be met with the town of Canton.
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King Phillip’s War of 1675-1676 was also known a Metacom’s Rebellion. It was the last major effort by the Indians of southern New England to drive out the English settlers. The Pokunoket chief call Metcom, destroyed twelve frontier towns in 14 months. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Louisburg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
This historic fortress was captured by British colonists in 1745. Johnathan Barber died here along with many others. The fort and town have been reconstructed following the original plans from France.
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Photo taken by D. Scott Lee, July 2015.
Pretty much destroyed over time, the Louisbourg Fort was rebuilt to original plans. A top destination for history enthusiasts, Louisbourg is a working Fort complete with dining, a working bakery, blacksmith and tour guides.
1745 Siege of Louisbourg
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Image courtesy of TM at Wikimedia Commons.
Losses to the New England forces in battle had been modest, although the garrison that occupied the fortress during the following winter suffered many deaths from cold and disease. After the fall of Louisbourg, the New Englanders also assumed control of Port-La-Joye on present-day Prince Edward Island (which the French regained in battle the following year). Read more at Wikipedia
Pequot Indian Fighter
Thomas Barber Jr. and the Windsor militia responded and safely evacuated the people of Simsbury, Connecticut, to Windsor where they stayed for several months. King Philip, chief of the Wampanoag Indians, burned and destroyed all of Simsbury.  Lt. Barber was chosen, along with a few other proven community leaders, to build and manage, the towns planned gristmill and sawmill.In 1683 the town of Simsbury voted to give Thomas the sum of ten shillings annually for the beating of a drum on Sabbath.

The practice of beating a drum to call the people to worship was continued for about 70 years. Thomas’ skills as a carpenter were much in demand and he later built the first church in Simsbury, in 1683. He also built the first meeting house in Simsbury.  Thomas and Mary had eight children: John, Mary, Sarah, Joanna, Anne, Thomas, and Samuel. The eighth child died young.  Thomas’ father was Thomas Barber, the Immigrant.
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Thomas Barber The Immigrant
The first appearance of the Barber name was the Barbers who came to England from Normandy during the time of the Norman Conquest in the year of 1066. The name usually signified the bearer as not only one who cut hair but one who performed surgery including dentistry. Both the spelling Barber and Barbour are modern forms with the Barbours usually found mainly in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
A few of the colonial immigrants by the name of Barber were 1) John Barber who arrived in New England around 1656 also from England, 2) Francis Barber who emigrated to the Virginia Colony in 1635 aboard the ship ‘Plaine Jone’. 3) There was also James Barber who arrived approximately 1633 and lived in the colony of Rhode Island, 4) there was Robert Barber of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, emigrating from Yorkshire, England, 6) and then there was Thomas Barber of Windsor, Connecticut.
There were likely more Barbers all emigrating from the Old World and possible back in time their families were related as there were numerous Barber or Barbour families spread across Great Britain, having some nine or ten different Coat of Arms. My Barber family was that of Thomas Barber of Windsor.
Thomas Barber was an early emigrant to America arriving in March 1634 aboard the ship ‘Christian’ from Bedfordshire, England. Thomas was a carpenter by trade. Thomas Barber was a Calvinist who fled England during the time of religious persecution. Thomas’ name appears in the early Colonial Records of Windsor, Connecticut and was probably born around 1614 in the County of Bedfordshire in England. Thomas’ voyage was also documented by the London Passenger Register for the ship on which he came. He sailed on March 16, 1635 and was granted land on Humphrey Hyde’s Mill Road.
Thomas was a soldier with the rank of Sergeant during the Pequot Indian War. It is said that he distinguished himself by his bravery during encounters with the Pequots including the capture of a Pequot fort around June 1637 that was considered impregnable. Thomas Barber was a man of “strong convictions but very liberal in his views especially for the time that he lived”. He believed that the church had no right to interfere in his personal matters and hotly debated this with his fellow colonist.
However, he was shrewd in business, sometimes impulsive but very energetic and welcomed as a good citizen. In 1661 on the 24th day of April, the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, invited Thomas to become an inhabitant, granting him a lot in town and 20 acres to improve. Thomas was not only a popular colonist he was also one of the best Indian fighters around. It is said that the local savages “stood in awe” of this brave and fearless defender.
The grant of land in Northampton seems to have not been accepted as Thomas died the following year. Thomas died in Windsor, Connecticut on September 11, 1662. Thomas married Jane (or Joan), some say an early Dutch immigrant, perhaps a Joan Coggins, the first white woman to land in Connecticut. Thomas and Joan brought six children into the world. Their second son, Thomas, born on July 14, 1644, was my 8th Great Grandfather.
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Barber Family History
Genealogy of the Barber Family: the descendants of Robert Barber of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Atlee Barber, 1890
Barber Genealogy: ‘Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor, Connecticut’, byLillian Mae Wilson, 1909
Colonial Militia
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Both Thomas Barber and his son Thomas Barber Jr. fought the Pequot Nation and seriously defended the Colonists. This image was provided courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Research Links For Barber Genealogy
Simsbury History Organization First Settlers of Simsbury - Considered to be the first western frontier over the mountain from the Connecticut River Valley. Thomas Barber was an original patentee of Simsbury. The son of an immigrant, as a carpenter built the first meeting house, church and gristmill in Simsbury.
WikiTree Thomas Barber was a Lieutenant of the first military company of Simsbury. He built the first saw-mill in Simsbury.
He was the father of John, Mary (Brown), Sarah (Robe), Anna, Jonna, Thomas III, Samuel and an unnamed child.
Find-A-Grave Thomas was baptized in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England on December 25, 1612. He was a carpenter and he arrived at Massachusetts bay in 1635, on the ship Christian. His father’s name was John and his mother was Elizabeth Lumley. He is buried at the Palisado Cemetery in Hartford.
Memorial # 38520644 created by Linda Mac.
Family Search Organization Before coming to New England Thomas was apprenticed under Francis Stiles, a master carpenter from Millbrook, Bedfordshire, England. Stile was contracted by Sir Richard Saltonstall to build houses in America for Englishmen who were to follow. Thomas at the age of 21 was among the twenty apprentices plus others who sailed on the ship Christian leaving London for Boston on March 16, 1634.
Rootsweb at A deep mystery surrounds Jane, wife of Thomas. He married her in 1640, but the written record by Matthew Grant gives only the name Jane or Joan. Two of Thomas' sons married Coggin ladies, but there is little sign that Jane was a Coggin, as some have suggested. One report (LDS record) has it that Jane Coggin, b. Bedforshire, Eng., was the dau. of John Coggin, b. in Bedford, Bedfordshire about 1593. It has also been suggested that Thomas Barber married Jane Bancroft, widow of John Bancroft who died in 1637. Jane Bancroft had ties to Windsor thru her daughter Anna, b. 1627, who married 1647 to John Griffin of Windsor and Simsbury, and her son John, born about 1620, who married in 1650 Hannah Dupper and had a family in Windsor. But Jane Bonython who married John Bancroft was born in 1573, and would have been way too old to have borne Thomas Barber's children.
This theory against the wife being Jane Bancroft was written up in 'The American Genealogist,' v. 37, p. 164, in 1961 by George E. McCracken and more or less disproved at that time. He points out that she would have had to have borne children for too long a time span - highly unlikely, and also she would have had 2 sons named John and 2 named Thomas - also unlikely. Another account has John Bancroft born about 1596, died 1637, m. Jane about 1622. that would have meant that she was born about 1606 or before, making her about 47 in 1653 when Thomas' youngest child Josiah Barber was born - not impossible, but very unlikely. It has been said by some that Thomas may have married the daughter of one of the Dutch traders at Old Saybrook, or Hartford, and also that the one he married was 'the first white woman to land in Connecticut.'
One of Francis Stiles' sisters was name Jane, born 1605. She married in England and presumably remained there. There was a Jane Morden or Worden, age 35 (in 1635), on the passenger list of the 'Christian'; however I know nothing further about her. It seems she was too old to have borne all of Thomas's children. There seems as yet no way of knowing who Jane was (an all too frequent problem in genealogy). (Sources: Windsor Hist. Society, Jay Mack Holbrook, 1992; 1909 Barber Gen.; Barbour Index; Lyman Barber Gen., Stiles: Windsor; Lure of the Litchfield Hills.)"
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References:  1) Family Search; Isaac and Hannah Alford Messenger, Biographical Items; 27 May 2014, from Genealogy History with Short Sketches and Family Records of the Early Settlers of West Simsbury, now Canton, Connecticut, by Abiel Brown, Pages 112-113.  2); Genealogy Report: Descendants of Andrew Messenger; Michelle L. Newhouse.   3); Jemima Barber.
Photo Credits: 1. Simsbury Cemetery; courtesy of Wikimedia Link.  2. Louisburg by D. Scott Lee       3.  King Philip's War; courtesy of Wikimedia Link
Reference Book: Barber genealogy. Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor, Connecticut. 1614-1909. by Wilson, Lillian Mae; Barbour, Edmund Dana. Published 1909. Link  The Messenger Family in the Colony of Connecticut available at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Page Background Image Credits: First Muster, Spring 1637, Massachusetts Bay Colony. The birth of the U.S. National Guard. Image courtesy of Mingusboodle at Wikimedia Commons.
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