Thomas Barber, II (1647 - 1713) MP

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Birthplace: Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Death: Died in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut
Occupation: carpenter
Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Thomas Barber, II

From First Settlers of Simsbury

Thomas Barber, an original patentee of Simsbury, was the son of Thomas Barber of Windsor who came from England with the Saltonstall party under Francis Stiles in 1635. Thomas Barber, Jr. probably learned the carpentry trade from his father. We know that he built the first meeting house, church and gristmill in Simsbury.

Barber received the commission of Lieutenant in the local militia. A famous story told about him is the incident of the drum warning. Apparently he noticed Indians surrounding the town and went onto his roof with a drum and beat out a warning that was heard by the militia company in Windsor who then marched to Simsbury's defense.

Barber married Mary Phelps, the daughter of William Phelps, Sr. and Mary Dover Phelps, on December 17, 1663. Mary Phelps was born on March 2, 1644, in Windsor; when her husband died on May 10, 1713, she and five of their eight children shared his estate.

Thomas Barber is buried in the Hopmeadow Cemetery near the site of the now lost meetinghouse.

Children of Thomas and Mary Phelps Barber

  • 1. John (born 1 November 1, 1664; married Mary Holcomb; died 1 March 1, 1711/12)
  • 2. Marcy also called Mary (born January 11, 1666)
  • 3. Sarah (born July 12, 1669; married Lieutenant Andrew Robe)
  • 4. Joanna (born 1670; married first Josiah Adkins; married second Benjamin Colt)
  • 5. Annie (born 1671; married Jonathan Higley died November 15, 1722)
  • 6. Thomas, Jr. (born October 7, 1672; married Abigail Buel; died 17 Jul 17, 1714)
  • 7. Samuel (born May 17, 1673; married Sarah Holcomb; died December 18, 1725)
  • 8. Infant (born 1677)

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This Thomas did not have these children AND The CT and MA Barbers are not the same man or family.

Savage reported Thomas of Gloucster MA moved to Newbury in 1669 to marry Anne Chase d.. o f Aquila. Newbury vital records prove this. They had Thomas1672 and Elizabeth then moved to Suffield CT to have Joseph and Benjamin.

Bad merge?

Corrected May 2914.

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Occupation: Carpenter

   After Thomas and Mary were married, they lived in a house built by Thomas in Windsor, on a lot he purchased in 1664. In about 1670, he moved his family to Simsbury along with his brother, Samuel and family.
   On March 3, 1676, during the King Phillip's War, Lieutenant Thomas Barber of the original military company of Simsbury was instrumental in saving the Simsbury residents, according to an old tradition. Some of Philip's Wampanoag Indians threatened to attack the town. Thomas ascended the roof of his house, in the place called Hopmeadow, and beat an alarm on his drum. With the wind being favorable, the alarm was heard in Windsor, some seven or eight miles away. Hearing the alarm, the Windsor militia quickly assembled and rushed to Simsbury, where they were able to safely evacuate the people of Simsbury to Windsor. The Indian, King Phillip, burned and destroyed everything on March 26t, 1676. After several months the people of Simsbury returned to their community and began the task of rebuilding.
   Once the town was rebuilt, life in Simsbury was due to change. Up to this point, the grain grown by the farmers had to be hauled to the Warham Gristmill in Windsor, which was not an easy task due to road conditions and attaches from Indians and wild animals. Thomas Barber had proven his leadership ability during the King Phillip's War and now his skills, along with those of 3 other men, were contracted by the town to build and run a sawmill and gristmill. The Simsbury gristmill was built in about 1680 and was still in operation until the early 1950's. Thomas Barber's carpentry skills, passed on from his father, were much in demand and he later built the first church in Simsbury in 1683. He was hired by the town in 1671 to build a meeting house for public worship, but for 12 years there was a better argument over which side of the river it should be built. Finally 2 slips of paper were place in a hat and one was drawn in favor of the west side of the river. Once it was completed, the new building was used for 60 years.
   Thomas Barber married Mary Phelps and they eight children, John Barber, Mary Barber, Sarh Barber (Robe), Joanna Barber (Adkins) (Colt), Anne Barber (Higley), Thomas Barber, Samuel Barber, and and infant child who died young.

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Thomas Barber, an original patentee of Simsbury, was the son of Thomas Barber of Windsor who came from England with the Saltonstall party under Francis Stiles in 1635. He probably learned his carpentry trade from his father. We know that he built the first meeting house, church and gristmill

in Simsbury.

He received a commission of Lieutenant in the local militia. A famous story told about him is the incident of the drum warning. Apparently he noticed Indians surrounding the town and went onto his roof with a drum and beat out a warning that was heard by the militia company in Windsor who then marched to Simsbury's defense.

He married Mary Phelps b. 2 Mar 1644 in Windsor, daughter of William Phelps Sr., Mary Dover, in 17 Dec 1663 and had 8 children. At the time of his death 10 May 1713 his wife and five children were living and shared in his estate. He is buried in the Hopmeadow Cemetery near the sight of the now nonexistent meetinghouse. -------------------- upon moving from Windsor,CT to West Simsbury,CT. carpeneter by trade, built the first meeting house there.

-------------------- (f/g) Thomas Barber Birth: Jul. 14, 1644 Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA Death: May 10, 1713 Simsbury Hartford County Connecticut, USA

wife: Mary Phelps parents: Thomas Barber & Jane Coggin


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Parents:
 Thomas Barber (1612 - 1662) 
Children:
 Samuel Barber (1673 - 1725)

Inscription: Here Lyeth Ye Body of Lieut Thomas Barber Who Dyed May Ye 10 Ano 1713 In Ye 67th Year of His Age.


Burial: Hop Meadow Cemetery Simsbury Hartford County Connecticut, USA Created by: the moo Record added: May 30, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 19621550 -tcd

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Lt. Thomas Barber, of Simsbury's Timeline

1644
July 14, 1644
July 14, 1644
Windsor, Hartford, Conn
July 14, 1644
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
July 14, 1644
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
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1647
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
1664
November 1, 1664
Age 17
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
1666
January 11, 1666
Age 19
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
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July 12, 1669
Age 22
Windsor, Hartford , Connecticut
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Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut