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Congressman Noyes Barber

Birthplace: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Barber and Elizabeth Barber
Husband of Catherine Barber and Mary Smith
Father of Betsey Ann Copp; Henrietta Catherine Chester; Edwin Noyes Barber; Adelaide Barber; Orlando N. Barber and 4 others
Brother of David White Barber; Elizabeth Gallup; Sarah "Sally" Avery (Barber); Thomas Barber, Capt.; Desire White Barber and 4 others

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About Congressman Noyes Barber

Congressman Noyes Barber (1781-1844) Started working as a store clerk at age 11 later becoming one of the largest buyers of farmer’s products on the Thames River and carried on a considerable trade with the West Indies. In the War of 1812, which he supported, he became a Major of Connecticut’s Eighth Regiment of Volunteers and while Commodore Decatur was blockaded in New London Harbor he sometimes entertained him and his officers at his house on Thames St. After two terms in the Connecticut Legislature he was nominated for Congress and elected to seven consecutive terms (1821-1835). In Congress he was a Jeffersonian Republican supporting the Madison administration and the War of 1812. In 1824 the Electoral College failed elect a President and the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson disrupting the Jeffersonian Republicans. Noyes Barber had voted for his friend John Quincy Adams, much to the dismay of his party but he continued to be returned to office by his constituents.


Noyes Barber served as a member of Congress from 1821 to 1835 He was son of Rev Jonathan Barber pastor of the Congregational church born April 28 1781 At the early age of eleven he commenced business as a clerk for William Eldredge and at twenty one he bought out the business which he subsequently conducted alone He became one of the largest buyers of farmers products and dealers in farmers supplies on the Thames River and carried on besides a considerable trade with the West Indies and was interested more or less in the various ventures by sea common in a maritime town He was a captain in the Eighth Regiment during the War of 1812 and was called out at the time of the bombardment of Stonington Being a Jeffersonian Republican he favored the war and while Commodore Decatur was blockaded in the harbor he sometimes entertained him and his officers at his home which was at all times a place of open hospitality After serving twice in the Legislature of Connecticut he was elected to Congress in 1821 and continued in that office until 1835 He was not noted for speech making but as a member of the committee on claims he performed his duties faithfully and well It was said that at no period of our history has there been greater economy of administration or a greater righteousness in the adjustment of claims Elected under the administration of James Monroe he served in Congress with Webster Clay Calhoun Benton John Q Adams and Andrew Jackson in a record making period of our history In 1824 there being no election of President by the people the choice devolved upon the House of Representatives and Mr Barber parted company with his former party associates voting for John Quincy Adams For this action he was proscribed by his former party friends but he was continued in office by his constituents In Jackson's fight against the United States Bank he stood for the bank He died at his home in Groton January 3 1844.

Source: Groton, Conn. 1705-1905

By Charles Rathbone Stark  pp 386-7

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"Noyes Barber, (uncle of Edwin Barbour Morgan and Christopher Morgan), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Groton, New London County, Conn., April 28, 1781; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; major of the Eighth Connecticut Regiment in the War of 1812; detailed to defend the coast towns during the blockade by the British Fleet; member of the State house of representatives in 1818; elected to the Seventeenth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1835); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; resumed mercantile pursuits; member of all Whig State conventions from 1836; died in Groton, Conn., January 3, 1844; interment in Starr Cemetery. " {Congressional Biography, <}

According to various sources, he was the son of John Barber and Elizabeth Denison. Noyes married Catherine Burdick and had children: Betsey 1809-1894 m. Belton Alleyn Copp; Henrietta, and Edwin Noyes. He married Mary Elizabeth Chester in 1814 and had children Noyes C. 1811- m. Jane E. Law; Mary Elizabeth 1817- m. Alphonse L. Whitman, Julia Maria 1818, John Starr 1820-1865; and Ellen 1821-1903 m. Robert A. Mainwaring.

"The Hon. Noyes Barber was twice married. His first wife died young, leaving a son and two daughters, all now deceased. Four children were born of his second union [with Mary Chester], namely: Noyes, who died in early life; John Starr; Mary E., who became the wife of a Rev. Mr. Whitman, and died, leaving two children; and Ellen, Mrs. Manwaring. The Hon. Noyes Barber died in 1843, aged sixty-two, and Mrs. Barber three years later." {Biographical review. : containing life sketches of leading citizens of New London County, Connecticut, 1898, <>, 23 May 2007}

He is buried in the Starr Cemetery in Groton, with both his wives and his children John, Julia, Betsey. {<>}

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Congressman Noyes Barber's Timeline

April 28, 1781
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
September 27, 1802
Age 21
Groton, New London Co., CT, USA
December 14, 1803
Age 22
Groton, New London Co., CT, USA
August 28, 1805
Age 24
Groton, New London Co., CT, USA
November 28, 1806
Age 25
Groton, New London Co., CT, USA
November 27, 1809
Age 28
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
May 23, 1815
Age 34
Connecticut, United States
Age 35