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Dep. Gov. James Barker, II

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Harwich, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 1700 (83)
Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of James Barker, I and Grace Barker
Husband of Barbara Barker
Father of Mary Arnold (Barker); Captain James Barker, III; Elizabeth Easton; William Barker; Peter Barker and 4 others
Brother of Christiana Easton / Beecher / Cooper

Occupation: Dep. Governor of Rhode Island, Deputy Governor, Governor of Rhode Island
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About Dep. Gov. James Barker, II

1634, 24 March- Sailed with father James, Sr. and Nicholas Easton and sons on ship "Mary and John" out of Southampton, England. Father died on voyage.

1644- Corporal.

1648- Ensign.

1648- Member of the Genaral Court of Elections.

1655- Freeman.

1655, 61, and 63- Commissioner.

1663-66, 1671-72, 1676-78: Assistant.

1667, 1669-71, 74, 76-77, 81, 83-86: Deputy.

1678- Deputy-Governor.

from New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial By William Richard Cutter :

James was born in Harwich, Essex, England, in 1623, and died in 1702. His father died on the voyage in 1634, and he lived with his aunt at Charlestown and Newport. In 1644 he was corporal, in 1648 ensign and member of the general court of elections. He was appointed May 18. 1653. with another messenger to demand the statute books of Mr. Coddington. In 1655-61-63, he was commissioner. He was elected a member of the committee to receive contributions to the amount of .£200 for the agents in England, Roger Williams and John Clarke, who were sent to obtain a royal charter in 1661. In the same year he was appointed one of the trustees to manage Westerly affairs. He was one of those named in the charter granted July 8, 1663, by Charles II. He was assistant of the colony in 1663-64-65- 66-71-72-76-77-78, and deputy to the general assembly in 1667-69-70-71-76-77-81-83-84-85- 86. In 1670 he was one of the commissioners in the matter of disputed territory with Connecticut. During King Philip's war he was one of those called upon to advise with the general assembly "in these troublous times and straits in this colony." In 1678 he was elected deputy governor. In 1690 he assisted in the ordination of Rev. Richard Dingley. indicating that he was a lay preacher or "preaching brother," of the Baptist faith. He married, in 1644, Barbara Dungan, daughter of William and Frances (Latham) Dungan. Children: Elizabeth, married Nicholas Easton; James, mentioned below : Mary, married Elisha Smith; Sarah, never married: Joseph, married Sarah Read: Peter, married Freelove Bliss and Susanna Saunders; Christiana, married William Phillips ; William, born in 1662.

Background also from Cutter:

(Father of this James) James .... embarked March 24, 1634, in the ship "Mary and John," but died on the voyage. He directed that his son (this) James, who was with him, should be left in the care of the boy's aunt, Christiana. Christiana, the sister of James Barker, had come over in 1630 with her husband Thomas Beecher, who was the captain of the ship "Talbot" in 1629 and from 1630 till his death in 1637 was a resident of Charlestown, Massachusetts. After the death of Thomas Beecher, she married Nicholas Easton (Geni note: Also in this tree), who lived at Charlestown, Massachusetts, and Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1644, he married Barbara Dungan, born 1628, a daughter of William Dungan and Frances Latham. Barbara was granddaughter of Lewis Latham, Falconer to King Charles I.

James was corporal in 1644 for Newport, Rhode Island, ensign in 1648, a member of the General Court of Elections in 1648. His name is on a list called "Ye Rule of Freeman of Ye Colonies of every Towne" in 1655 for Newport. In 1655, 1661, and 1663, he was a member of the Court of Commissioners. In 1661, he and 40 others petitioned for a tract of land, now Westerly, Rhode Island, dividing it into 18 shares, James receiving one half share. He was also a trustee at Westerly, and a teacher among the Baptists.

On 4 April 1676, it was voted "that in troublesome times and straits in this colony, [King Philip's War] the assembly desiring the advise and concurrence of the most judicious inhabitants of it may be had for the whole, we desire at their next sittynge, the company and counsel of Mr. Benedict Arnold, John Clarke, James Barker and 13 others and the General Sergeants, to inform the several persons, the assembly's desire thereon."

James became Deputy Governor of Rhode Island after Gov. Coddington's death in 1678.

Children (all born in Newport, Rhode Island):

Elizabeth, born 1646, died 5 July 1676; married 30 November 1666, Nicholas Easton.

James, born 1648, died 1 December 1722.

Joseph, born 1650.

Mary, born about 1650, died 19 September 1723; married first Elisha Smith; married second on 16 April 1677 Israel Arnold, born 30 October 1649 in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, died 15 September 1716 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Sarah; never married.

Peter, died 1725.

Christiana; married William Phillips.

William, born 1662, died 3 November 1741.


  1. Turner, H E, and R H. Tilley. The Rhode Island historical magazine, Volumes 1-2. Newport, R.I: Newport Historical Pub. Co, 1880 page 256. James Barker (3), b. 1617; accompanied his father; was left in care of his aunt when his father died. He mar., 1644, Barbara, dau. of Thomas and Frances (Latham) Dungin.
   CAH-2665Embaarked with his father on same ship with Nicholas Easton. The Father dying on passage, this James was given into care of his Aunt Christiana, then wife of Thomas Belcher and later wife of Nicholas Easton. Was with this aunt at Charlestown til she Mar. Easton who Bro't her to Newport in 1639.
   James Barker was Ensign, 48. Freeman, 55. Commissioner 55-61-63. In 63 his nameis on Royal charter from Chas. II Deputy in 67 and often later. Was Deputy govenor in 78.
   "A teaching brother among the Baptists for many years"
   History of Newport, Rhode Island, 1638-1887, Richard M. Bayles, editor, L. E. Preston & Co.,New York,1888
   Text: History of Newport, Rhode Island, 1638-1887
   page 438-439 History of Newport County
   THE SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH was organized by twenty-one members of the First, who seceded from it in 1656 for the following reasons: 1st. Her use of psalmody. 2nd. Undue restraints upon the liberty of prophesying. 3rd. Particular redemption. 4th. Her holding the laying-on of hands as a matter of indifference. The last article was no doubt the chief cause of separation, which might perhaps have been avoided but for the absence of Mr. Clarke in England. Their leader was William Vaughan, who became the first pastor of the new church. He continued his ministry till his death in 1677. His successor, Thomas Baker...The third was John Harder, a native of England.....The fourth was James Clarke, a nephew of John Clarke, the common founder of the Baptist churches.
   «i»Founders«/i»: William Vaughan, Thomas Baker, James Clarke, Jeremiah Clarke, Daniel Wightman, John Odlin, Jeremiah Weeden, Joseph Card, «b»John Greenman«/b», Henry Clarke, Peleg Peckham, James Barker, Stephen Hookey, Timothy Peckham, Joseph Weeden, John Rhodes, James Brown, John Hammet, William Rhodes, Daniel Sabear, «b»William Greenman«/b» [Benedict's History]
   #1 in Barker Gen.Page: 11
   Came to New England in the ship "Mary and John" in 1634
   Son of James and Hannah( )Barker,of Harwich,Co.Essex. in 1644 he was a corporal of militia under The Command of Capt.Jeremy Clarke.He Served as
   a member of the House Of Deputies and was re-elected 14 times from 1661until 1686. He was one of the patentees named in the Royal Charter of the
   Company in 1663.M ember of the Governor's Council,1664,1665,1666,1670,71,72,77&78. Deputy Gover nor of Rhode Island in 1678,and was a member of the first Baptist Church of N ewport.
   [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 22, Ed. 1, Tree #3104, Date of Import: Dec 9, 1998]
   Came aboard ship Mary and John with father, who died 1634 on board. The ship Mary and John, of London, Robert Sayres, master, left Southampton 24 Mar.1634 for New England. Nicholas Easton came in her with his two sons Peter and John, and so, it would seem by family manuscript, did James Barker and his son James. (p.110)
   He was first in care of his sister Christianna and her husband Thomas Beecher.. stayed with them until death of Thomas Beecher 1637; then prob. with the Eastons until his majority. ca.1638.James Barker was a Baptist, "a teaching brother amongst the Baptists many years." Active in the community of Newport, becoming in 1678, 1679 Deputy Governor after death of Gov. Coddington. James Barker and his wife, Frances (Dugan) had 8 children, "all born about 1 miles from Sachuest beach where their father lived."
   James Barker is said to have been born in Essex Co, Eng. his sister Christiana m. as 2nd husband Thomas Beecher and sailed with him to America in 1634, settling in Charlestown, MA James' mother having d. ca. 1620, it was but natural for the father, James, to plan to join his eldest dau. in America.
   Came to Portsmith, RI 1638/9; Corporal in 1644 for Newport; Ensign in 1648; freeman 1655; Member of Court of Commissioners 1655,61,63; Member of General Court of Elextions. Deputy Gov. 1676-78; Assistant 1678; One of Petitioners for charter land from Charles II 8 Jul 1663.
   "James Barker, second son and heir of Sir Rowland Barker, of Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire, had one son, James Barker II, born in 1623, with whom, after the death of his wife, he left England to join his sister Christiana in New England. They sailed from Southampton on the ship "Mary and John" of London, England. Robert Sayers, Master, March 24th 1634, but before they reached New England the father, James Barker, died and was buried at sea.
   The son, James Barker II, lived with his Aunt Christiana until he became of age. When she married Nicholas Easton, he went with her to Rhode Island where he became a notable citizen and gained many honors. (See Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island by John Osborne Austin, 1887, also Vol. I, of Newport, Historical Magazine, 1880)
   James Barker, the above, was Deputy Governor of Rhode Island, 1678.
   English Origins of American Colonists, with Particular Reference To Names of Importance In The American Colonies
   By William Gilbert, A Digest Of Essex Wills.
   [p.221] 106. SPARLING, CHRISTIAN, James1 Barker m. a dau. of Raymond Kinge of Harwich, Essex (see will No. 95), and his dau. Christian Barker m. (1) Thomas Cooper of Wapping, who left her a freehold estate in Harwich, Essex.
   She m. (2) Thomas Beecher and went to New England about 1630 with her said husband who was captain of the ship Talbot , 1629-1637, and resided at Charlestown, Mass, until he d. in 1637.
   She then m. (3) Nicholas Easton, b. 1593; d. 15 Aug. 1675 . She d. 20 Feb, 1666, at Newport, R. I.
   James2 Barker, the son of the above testator, left Southampton on 24 March, 1634, in the ship Mary & John with his young son James, and Nicholas Easton and his sons Peter and John among the passengers. He is said to have died on the voyage, leaving an only son James to the care of his aunt, Christian Beecker.
   James3 Barker, b. 1623; d. 1702; m. 1644, Barbara Dungan, dau. of William and Frances (Latham) Dungan, and was the first American ancestor of the large Barker family of Rhode Is land. (G.A.M, Jr.) of Gt. Horkesley, Essex, 25 July, 1592 (nuncupative). "did ordaine and make by word of mouth upon her death bedd her daughter Elizabeth Sparling to take all her goodes and to pay all her debtes & to be her sole executrix in that behalfe."
   Wit: Thomas Parker, John Warner, Robert Tarver. Proved at Colchester, 9 Sept, 1592, by Ex. named. (Consistory Court of London. Sperin, 45.)
   Source Information:
   Lea, J. Henry and J.R. Hutchinson. "Clues from English Archives Contributory to American Genealogy," Withington, Lothrop. "New York Gleanings in England," Hutchinson, J. R. "Genealogical Notes from the High Court of Admiralty Examinations," Gilbert, William. "A Digest of Essex Wills. With Particular Reference to Names of Importance in the American Colonies" New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. vols . 34-44, 47, 1903-1916.
   New England Marriages, Prior to 1700, Clarence Almon Torrey , Gen. Pub. Co,
   BARKER, James (1623-1702) & Barbara DUNGAN; b 1644; Newport
   Barker Genealogy, Elizabeth Frye Barker, New York, 1927
   p. 11. James Barker is said to have been born in Essex. Co . England in 1617, his sister Christiana married as second husband, a Capt Thos Beecher and sailed with him to America in 1630, settling in Charlestown, Mass.
   James mother having died about 1620, it was but natural for the father (also James by name) to plan to join his eldest daughter in America. On 3-24-1634. Father and son sailed from Southampton, Eng. on the ship Mary & John, Robt. Sayres, Master. The father died on the voyage and James jr. was taken in charge by a passenger, Nicholas Easton , who latter married James's sister, Christiana.
   On 4-4-1676, it was voted 'that in the troublesome times and straits in this colony, (King Philip's war) the assembly desiring the advise and concurrence of the most judicious inhabitants of it may be had for the whole, we desire at their next sittynge, the company and counsel of Mr. Benedict Arnold, John Clarke, James Barker and 13 others and the General Sergeants, to inform the several persons, the assembly's desire thereon.'
   Source: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, James Savage
   JAMES, Newport, 1651, b. a. 1617, brot. by his f. James in 1634 on board the Mary and John, with prob. no other ch. and his f. d. on the passage. To the protect. of his sis . Christian, w. of Thomas Beecher of Charlestown, was this youth of seventeen yrs. commit. and she, soon aft. the d. of her h. m. Nicholas Easton as his sec. w. and it is thot. E. had come over in the same sh. with Barker. At least he rec. friend. care of E. until reach. full age. He came from Harwich, Co, Essex, m. 1644, Barbara Dungan, or Dungin, d. of Thomas of Newport, bec. a friend of John Clark, nam in the royal chart. 1663, when he was an Assist. was chos . Dept. Gov. in 1678. aft. d. of Gov. Coddington. His ch. were Elizabeth wh. m. 30 Nov. 1666, the sec. Nicholas Easton; James; Mary, wh. m. Elisha Smith, and, next, 16 Apr. 1 677, Israel Arnold of Warwick; William; Joseph; Peter; Christian, wh. m. William Phillips; and Sarah, unm. at d. of her f. .

James Barker (1623 - 1702)[1] was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He sailed from England with his father, also named James Barker, who died during the voyage. Also on the same ship was future Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Easton. Barker was put under the care of his aunt, Christianna Beecher, who later married Easton, bringing her and Barker with him to Newport.[1] Barker was active in the civil affairs of the colony during much of his adult life, undertaking positions as commissioner, assistant, and deputy over a period of many years.[1] In the Royal Charter of 1663, which became the basis for Rhode Island's government for nearly two centuries, Barker was named as one of the ten Assistants to the Governor. In 1676, during King Philip's War, it was voted that the advice of the most judicious inhabitants of the colony be obtained, and that these people sit at the next session of the assembly. Barker was one of the 16 men whose counsel was sought in this request.[1] In 1678 he was elected as Deputy Governor, serving under governors Benedict Arnold, William Coddington, and John Cranston, the first two both dying in office in 1678. He was a Baptist minister, assisting in the ordination of Rev. Richard Dingley in 1690.[1] His wife was Barbara Dungan, the oldest daughter of Frances Dungan and her husband William.


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Dep. Gov. James Barker, II's Timeline

Harwich, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Age 29
Age 30
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 32
Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
Age 45
Newport, RI, USA
Age 48
Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
August 1700
Age 83
Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
April 28, 1934
Age 83
February 22, 1939
Age 83