John Tompson Barker (1840 - 1911)

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Birthplace: Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England.
Death: Died in St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho
Occupation: freighter
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About John Tompson Barker

Left Liverpool aboard the ship "Underwriter" on 23 Apr 1861. Ship roster on microfilm(s) 175567 25691

   1. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH of JOHN THOMPSON BARKER, born 8 JUN 1840
   by a daughter, Pearl Merkley (1st and 2nd parts)
   "My Father, John T. Barker, was born at Marston, Bedfordshire, England on 8 Jun 1840. Immigrated from England 22 Apr 1861. Arrived in Salt Lake City 25 Sept 1862. My grandmother Maria Pickett died 1850 when mother was very young, 6 or 7 years old, and grandfather died 1857, 7 years after Grandma died. He married again, a woman by the name of Priscilla Clark. One daughter was born. Her name was Louise, Mother's half- sister. The children were all seperated, but all came to America. Mother came with the family of Bishop Rawburg. They settled in Grantsville, Tooele, Utah. Years later Father met Mother while she was working for William Allred. They were married in SLC, Utah in the old Endowment House. I think later they went through the SL Temple but I am not sure. I do remember father saying when I was just a girl how he would like to see all of his children married in the SL Temple and for us to remember that our father helped build it. He hauled rock in the very beginning. Father moved to St. Charles, Idaho. He was one of the first settlers to clear sagebrush - build his home which was of logs. The old house is still standing after being built over 75 years ago. (written in 1947) Father also built a log cabin which was used for a church for a number of years before they could build a church. Father was the first to come to America or Zion. He worked and earned money to send back to England for the rest of the Family. He paid the way for his father, mother, 5 sisters and one brother by the name of Josiah. After they arrived here they worked - earned money and paid him back for their transportation to America. Father was a hard working man and a good manager - a faithful Latter Day Saint.
   PATRIARCAL BLESSING OF JOHN THOMPSON BARKER by Patriarch John Smith August 1870
   Thou art entitled through thy lineage to the blessings, gifts, and privileges promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Thou hast embraced the gospel with an honest heart and therefore are entitled to many blessings gifts and privileges if thou wilt continue faithful. Thou shalt be an instrument in the hands of the Lord in doing much good. And officiate in gathering scattered Israel." (partial quote from blessing)
   I think that Father tried to do his part especially in this one thing. He died a faithful Latter Day Saint.
   (Second Entry with new information by daughter Pearl Barker Merkely)
   My father John Thompson Barker was born June 8 1840 in Marston , Bedfordshire, England. He was the son of Thomas Barker and Elizabeth Thompson Barker. He was the eighth in a family of thirteen children; seven girls and six boys, five of whom died in infancy and one unmarried brother who passed away at the age of twenty-seven.
   When father was eighteen years of age, he left England to sail for America. He was the first of his family to leave England, and having been baptized 8 Oct 1856, he left among a group of 620 saints who were also going to America. They left Liverpool aboard the ship "Underwriter" on 23 Apr 1861. Ship roster on microfilm(s) 175567 25691
   After landing in New York, he received word that his sister, Mary Ann Virgin, was on her way from England to join him, having lost her husband in a mine accident after Father had left. Father then waited in New York until Mary Ann arrived and they then made plans for their journey to Utah. Those who were to travel together were Father, his sister Mary Ann and her two sons. An infant daughter had died aboard ship on the way over. The details of their trek across the plains in not known, whether they came in a company or by themselves or what means of transportation was used. However, they arrived safely in Salt Lake City on 26 Sep 1862.
   Father worked in Salt Lake for some time and also helped haul rock to build the Salt Lake Temple. He then left Salt Lake and settled in Tooele. There he met the girl who was to become his future wife. At that time there was not much public entertainment in Tooele, and like all the other young people of the community, he attended the regular dances. It was at one of these dances that he met Jane Pickett and they immediately became interested in each other. After a courtship of six years, they were married in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City on 26 Sep 1870.
   Father and his bride, Jane were chosen by the authorities of the Church to help colonize Bear Lake County, under the direction of Apostle Charles C. Rich. Preparations were made and after arriving at their destination, they settled in a small community by the name of St. Charles, Idaho, about eight miles from the Utah border.
   The first project to be started was to clear the sagebrush and prepare to build a home. They hauled timber from St. Charles Canyon and built a large barn. This barn was used to live in for some time until they were able to erect a house. Later the people in the community used the barn for a church until one could be built. Part of this old log structure still stands today and is used as a stable for cattle.
   My parents were very active in church work and Father was the first chorister in St. Charles. He was very honest and an industrious person. He worked for the betterment of himself and everyone concerned. He also helped all of the other members of his family who were still in England, to immigrate to America. His brothers and sisters all joined the church before his father joined.
   Father and Mother lived in St. Charles all of their lives and we children were born and reared there in St. Charles. There were eleven of us in the family; five boys and six girls. Mother died in 1907 and was buried in St. Charles. Meanwhile, Father was content to stay there also. He died on his birthday, 8 Jun 1911, and was buried in the same town that so many years before he had helped to colonize.
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John Thompson Barker's Timeline

1840
June 8, 1840
Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England.
September 6, 1840
Marston-Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England
September 6, 1840
Marston, Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England
September 6, 1840
Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England.
1856
October 8, 1856
Age 16
1867
October 12, 1867
Age 27
1870
June 20, 1870
Age 30
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
1871
June 10, 1871
Age 31
Saint Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
1872
November 22, 1872
Age 32
St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho
1874
October 2, 1874
Age 34
St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho