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Jonathan Barber, Rev.

Birthplace: West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA
Death: Died in Groton, New London Co., CT
Place of Burial: Starr Cemetery, Groton, New London Co., CT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Barber and Sarah White
Husband of Sarah Barber
Father of John Barber; Sarah Barber; Thomas Barber; Johathan Barber; James Noyes Barber and 4 others
Brother of Thomas Barber
Half brother of Sarah Bancroft and David White

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About Jonathan Barber, Rev.

Reverend Jonathan Barber (Yale College, 1730) was the son of Thomas and

Sarah (Ball) Barber, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and grandson of

Thomas and Ann (Chase) Barber, of Suffield, Connecticut. He was born in

West Springfield, January 31, 1712/1713.

He studied theology, and in 1732 was licensed to preach by the Association

of ministers in Hampshire County, and began his professional labors by

preaching for a year or two (principally to the Indians) in what afterwards

became the parish of Agawam, in the southern part of his native town. After

this, he is said to have preached to the Indians in the Mohegan country, north

of New London, Connecticut; and about 1735 he gathered a congregation in that

part of Southold, at the eastern end of Long Island, then known as Oyster-

Ponds, now called Orient. The Reverend James Davenport (Yale College, 1732),

Barber's contemporary in College, though five years his junior, was settled

over the mother church of Southold in 1738. The two friends early became

impressed by reports of the work which the Reverend George Whitefield was

doing; and in March, 1740, barber began to hold revival meetings in Southold,

and proceeding thence westwards over the island, exciting a new interest in

religious things. In September he crossed to Newport, Rhode Island, and

greeted Whitefield on his first arrival in New England. Whitefield had heard

of the summer's experiences, and was so much pleased with Barber that he

offered him the place of Superintendent and lay-chaplain of his Orphan-House

in Savannah, Georgia. Accepting this offer, he proceeded with Whitefield

to Georgia in a few weeks, stopping in New York City to marry, on the 2nd

of November, 1740, Sarah Noyes, a daughter of Doctor James Noyes, of Westerly,

Rhode Island, and granddaughter of the Reverend James Noyes, of Stonington,


He remained in Georgia for about seven years, and then returned to Long

Island. The history of his labors for the next ten years is not known; but on

the 9th of November, 1757, the Suffolk Presbytery met at Oyster-Ponds for his

ordination. They found the church "in a very broken and disjointed state," and

on the next day proceeded to his ordination, "without any special relation to

the church and congregation-advising him to exercise his ministry there, in

order to gather and form a church according to gospel order." The sermon

on the occasion, by the Reverend Ebenezer Prime (Yale College, 1718), was

published. His work in this field was soon finished, however, for on the 3rd

of November, 1758, he was installed over the Congregational Church in Groton,

Connecticut. Seven years later, about November, 1765, "by a complication

of bodily and mental disorders he was taken off from his usefulness, and he

continued," says President Stiles, "in a dejected, disconsolate state till his

death." His connection with his church was formally dissolved in December,

1768, and he died suddenly, in Groton, October 8, 1783, in his 71st year.

His wife was born November 17, 1714, in Westerly, Rhode Island. She died in

Groton, Connecticut, May 30, 1761, in her 47th year. They had nine children,

three born in Georgia, and six in Oyster-Ponds. Their son Thomas was graduated

at Yale College in 1762.

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Jonathan Barber, Rev.'s Timeline

January 31, 1712
West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA
November 2, 1740
Age 28
New York, New York, NY, United States
September 9, 1741
Age 29
Savannah, Chatham Co., GA
September 9, 1742
Age 30
Savannah, Chatham Co., GA
October 11, 1744
Age 32
Savannah, Chatham Co., GA, USA
June 11, 1747
Age 35
Southhold, Long Island, Suffolk Co., NY
March 8, 1748
Age 36
Oyster Ponds, Southold, Suffolk Co., NY
September 2, 1750
Age 38
Oyster Ponds, Southold, Suffolk Co., NY
May 17, 1752
Age 40
Oyster Ponds, Southold, Long Island, Suffolk Co., NY
November 8, 1753
Age 41
Oyster Ponds, Southold, Suffolk Co., NY