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John Barker

Also Known As: "Francis Barker"
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth
Cause of death: Drowned falling from the ferry at Little Bridge
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert Barker, Knight and Catherine Barker, Lady of Southwell
Husband of Anna Blish
Father of Deborah Barden; Anna Barker; Mary Wood; John Barker; Williams Barker and 2 others
Brother of Robert Barker of Duxbury

Occupation: Brickmason, ferryman
Managed by: Ben M. Angel
Last Updated:

About John Barker

John BARKER was a proprietor in Marshfield, about 10 miles north of Plymouth, as early as 5 Nov 1638. He was a bricklayer and also served as ferryman over the Jones River. John had purchased this ferry from John, son of Elder BREWSTER. About 1652 he was drowned from the ferry (at Little Bridge) and his estate was administered 17 Dec 1652.

Note: emmigration of Robert Barker was actually 1632 and it is likely that John came later ... ca 1636.


Otis and Deane claim that John Barker married in 1632 Ann Williams, daughter of John Williams of Scituate, also claiming that the latter came in 1632 with Timothy Hatherly. There are a number of problems with this. First, the earliest record of John Williams is on 5 March 1638/9, when he was propounded for a freeman of Plymouth Colony [ PCR 1:116], and the first record of John Barker is as a proprietor of Marshfield on 5 November 1638 [ Pope 32]. Second, the other known children of John Williams marry or first appear in the records in the late 1640s and early 1650s. Third, John Barker's children were three daughters who married between 1660 and 1668, indicating births in the 1640s. The likely time of arrival for both John Barker and John Williams is late in the 1630s.

Older notes follow: The Nathan Barker Descendancy Compiled by WILLIAM G. LORD 1931 (extracts and BARKER data are all of this source)

The first of our line in America is John Barker of Duxbury, Mass., who with his brother Robert arrived at Plymouth about 1628. After some cruising for a suitable location John settled in the northerly part of Plymouth, which in 1637 became a part of the then new municipality of Duxbury. Here he followed his trade as a brick mason until 1638 when he invested in a ferry across the Jones River in the adjoining town of Marshfield and removed there, where he continued to carry passengers at two pence per person until an accidental drowning at his ferry ended his career on December 14, 1652. During his residence at Marshfield he served for a time in its military company and was made a freeman there a year and a half before his death.


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John Barker's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
Age 23
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 27
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 31
Marshfield, Plymouth Colony
February 16, 1650
Age 34
Marshfield, Plymouth
December 14, 1652
Age 36
Duxbury, Plymouth