Thomas Barker (1806 - 1889)

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Birthplace: St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho
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About Thomas Barker

Arrived in Saint Charles, Bear Lake County 1869. History of Bear Lake Pioneers p. 59

THOMAS BARKER AND ELIZABETH THOMPSON BARKER

by Theodocia Dalrymple Keetch Hymas

Thomas Barker was born September 1, 1806, at St. Albans, England. On February 15, 1825 he married Elizabeth Thompson who was born February 5, 1807 at Marston, England, the daughter of John Thompson and Ann Odell. Thomas and Elizabeth had a large family but the first five or six died when very young. The children by name were: Eliza, Abraham, Hannah, Elizabeth, Daniel, Ann, Mary Ann, Thomas, Mercey Truth, Thomas James, John Thompson Josiah, Martha Priscilla, Susannah,and Elizabeth Emma. Only six married and had descendants.

My father was a farmer or at least he used to work on a farm and he knew all farm work well. When I was a little girl there were no machines, men sowed the grain with dibbers and then cut it with sickles and the grass and clover was cut with a scythe. My father had a home and a nice garden of his own, also a nice play yard. We had 3 different kinds of plum trees and some elderberries that made nice wine." When Thomas had no farm work to do, he could make many kinds of baskets and different kinds of matting and bases that people use in church pews to kneel on when worshiping their Lord on Sundays. He could earn money at that trade. The family lived at Marston. It was a large scattered parish. Elizabeth as a child and when she was grown always went to the Baptist Church Sunday School and meeting. When she had children she sent them to the same place. She was religious all her days. Elizabeth was a hard worker. She had little time to teach book learning to her children but she taught them to read, to pray, to sing, and to live a good life. She taught the girls to do house work, mend and make clothes, to knit and make nice pillow lace with bobbins and fine needle work. It was a great help to them later in life. Mary Ann, her husband, George T. Virgin, and Mercy Truth Barker were the first of the family to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ by the Latter-day Saint missionaries. They joined the Church in 1854. The following year Elizabeth, and two sons, Thomas James and John Thompson joined. They were tested and tried, scoffed at and ridiculed. They knew what it was to be hungry and have no work. Mercy was the first to come to America. She left Liverpool May 8, 1860. Thomas died of consumption. Mary Ann and three children came to America in 1862. Her husband had died in England and the youngest child died before she got to the Valley. Then in 1869 Thomas and Elizabeth and children - Josiah and Eliza­beth Emma arrived in St. Charles to make their home. Susan­nah followed the next year and others came to America still later. Thomas passed away December 5, 1889 at St. Charles and was buried in the cemetery there. His wife Elizabeth died February 2, 1895 at St. Charles and was buried on her 88th birthday at the side of her husband. She had known many hard­ships and had many problems to solve in her day. --History of Bear Lake Pioneers, page 58-59

Thomas and Elizabeth along with children Josiah and Elizabeth were listed on page 150 of indebtors to the Perpetual Emigration Fund Company: http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org/publications/studies_fall2000/mhs1.2JensenWardFall2000.pdf

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5149928

Birth: Sep. 1, 1806, England Death: Dec. 5, 1889 Saint Charles Bear Lake County Idaho, USA

Son of William and Elizabeth Barker; husband of Elizabeth Thompson.


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Children:
 Mary Ann Barker Virgin (1831 - 1922)*
 Mercy Truth Barker Keetch (1835 - 1910)*
 John Thompson Barker (1840 - 1911)*
 Josiah Barker (1843 - 1901)*
 Martha Priscilla Barker Clark (1846 - 1929)*
 Elizabeth Emma Barker Michaelson (1853 - 1928)*

Spouse:
 Elizabeth Thompson Barker (1807 - 1895)*

Burial: Saint Charles Cemetery Saint Charles Bear Lake County Idaho, USA

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Thomas Barker's Timeline

1798
March 25, 1798
Chelmsford, Essex, England
March 25, 1798
Chelmmford, Essex, England
1806
September 1, 1806
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
September 21, 1806
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
September 21, 1806
St. Peter's, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
September 21, 1806
St. Peter, St., Albans, Herts.
1825
February 15, 1825
Age 18
Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England
1825
Age 18
Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England
1826
1826
Age 19
Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire, England
1827
1827
Age 20