(Abt 1588-1644)


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  • Born: Abt 1588, , , England
  • Married: 17 Jan 1609/10, Oakley, Bedford, England
  • Died: 1644, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

   Another name for Edward was Thomas.

   Ancestral File Number: G2QV-ZG. User ID: 4608.

   General Notes:

Barber Genealogy, Sect I Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909, Sect II Descendants of John Barber of Worcester Massachusetts 1714- 1909, Publ John Barber White, Ed Willian (?Lillian) May Wilson, Haverhill Mass, Press of the Nichols Print, 1909, clxiv 659p 24cm, 10-11369, CS71.B24 1909, Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909.
p11: "...No attempt has been made at tracing the English ancestry of Thomas Barber. The frequent occurrence of the name in so many parts of England, together with the absolute uncertainty as to the birthplace of the Emigrant Thomas, makes the quest for his English ancestry one which would require months and perhaps years for its completion and the task is left to future historians.
"The origin of the name is a question upon which there is some difference of opinion. All agree, however, that Normandy was its original European home, and that it came into England at the time of the Norman Conquest in the 11th century, and the claim has been made that it came into Normandy indirectly from Persia. "The greater number of those who have made a study of family names, ascribe its derivation to the trade of hair cutting and hair dressing. The fashion of elaborate hair dressing and of fastidious care of the beard was brought into England bythe Normans, and so popular did it become at Court, that skillful hair dressers were much sought after.
"Among the royalty, nobility and wealthy gentry, the barber's position was an important one in the household. He was a close confidantof his employer and only men of fidelity and high standing were chosen for the position. The barbers were also skilled in surgery and in the use of drugs and not the least of their duties, was that of physician to the household. Among the titled barons, it became the custom to bestow upon their barbers their own titles, calling them `Baron Barbers,' a practice which the London records show to have prevailed until comparatively recent times.
"A no less authority, however, than the late Dr. Henry Barber of London, whose study of this particular name would naturally be most thorough and complete, claims that the theory of its derivation from the hair dressing trade, is extremely doubtful. He states that the more probable origin `is from St. Barbe sur Gaillon, a local name in Normandy, where was the celebrated Abbey of St. Barbara,' whence comes the name of `Barber or Barbour, a hamlet in Dumbartonshire,' and he cites in support of this theory, the personal names, `Bernard Barb de Barbes, tenant in the Domesday book; St. Barbe on the Roll of Battel Abbey; William de St. Barbara, Bishop of Durham, A.D., 1143; Le Barbier, Court of Husting, London, 1258.' Dr. Barber also gives the various French forms of the name as Barbe, Barbier, Barbare, Barberie and Barbry; the German form as Barber.
"Either theory of origin accounts for the prevalence of the name in nearly all parts of England and Scotland, and also for the great number of unrelated families bearing the name. Like many other colonial names, that of Barber appears in thsi country under various forms, as Barbar, Barbur, Barbor, Barbary, Barberie and particularly among families of Scottish origin as Barbour.
"There arenumerous distinguished old families in England and Scotland bearing this name, and the Armories contain record of some nine or ten coats of arms of the Barber families...A reference to the name in Nichols' `Bedfordshire' seems, therefore, of sufficient interest to be quoted here. In the chapter entitled, `Description of the Church and Memorial Stones of Linton Parish,' occurrs the following paragraph:
"`A stone inlaid with (a man, a child, both now missing) a woman. Under is writ:
"`Of your charity pray for the soules of John Barbar and Agnes his wyff; the which John deceased in the yere of or (sic) Lord God M'CCCCXV, on whose soules I'hu have mercy. Amen.'"

ANCESTRY.COM 13 Aug 2000
BARBER, Edward, Dedham. He d. (5) 1644. [Chh. Rec.]

Database: American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
BARBER Edward 160? Massachusetts Directory of the anc. heads of New England fams. Comp. By Frank R. Holmes. NewYork, 1923. (274p.): 12.

Ancestral File Ver 4.11 993X-21 Father = Thomas BARBER, England. C466-5X Father = Edward BARBER, England, G2QV-ZG Edward BARBER = Father of Thomas BARBER (AFN:C466-5X), Born Abt 1588, Died 1644 England.

IGI Christening, P003931-599351-Printout-0471981, Pulloxhill Bedford England, 25 Apr 1615, Thomas BARBER or BARKER, FatherThomas BARBER or BARKER.

IGI Marriage 7204211-15-820204, Thomas BARBER, Spouse Alice GALLE, 17 Jan 1610, Oakley Bedford England.

   Marriage Information:

Edward married Alice GALLE on 17 Jan 1609/10 in Oakley, Bedford, England. (Alice GALLE was born about 1592.)

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