Austin BARBER, Sr 1
- Born: 3 Oct 1809, Harmar, Washington, Ohio, USA
- Married (1): 1838, Harmar, Washington, Ohio, USA
- Died: 5 Mar 1895, Pittsfield, Pike, Illinois, USA
Whig > Republican Party, County Clerk, Board of Supervisors, Moved to Illinois with brother David.
Genealogy of Our Barber Family 1614-1965 by Lucy James COLE Flemming
(Written by Lucy Cole Flemming (great granddaughter of Col Levi Barber from record book kept in the family and from Barber Genealogy compiled by Lillian May Wilson in 1909. Copied from LCF's handwritten account by granddaughter Linda Engle Lackore Summer 2000)...
"Levi Barber -6 (son of David -5, Dr Samuel -4, Samuel -3, Thomas -2, Thomas -1) born 16 Oct 1777 Simsbury Connecticut, mar 15 Feb 1803 Elizabeth Rouse.
"Elizabeth was born 1722 and was 3rd child of John Rouse of Belpre and a descendant of Myles Standish and John and Pricilla Alden- Elizabeth died 28 Jun 1831.
"Col Levi Barber died in 1833 and is buried in the Harmar Cemetery.
"Their children were as follows:
David born 14 Aug 1804
Elizabeth born 24 Feb 1807 m Felix Regnier
Austin born 31 Oct 1809 mar in Illinois (Brad's ancestor)
Levi 1st born 30 May 1812 died 30 May 1812
Levi 2nd born 1 Nov 1814 mar Abigail Kelly (OUR ANCESTOR) whose father was stolen by the Indians..."
Descendants of Levi Barber- LJE Jun 2001:
Children of Levi Barber and Elizabeth Rouse are:
"...Austin Barber was born 31 Oct 1809. He married (1) Caroline Johnson. He married (2) Emily Quinby..."
Paper written by Lucy James COLE Flemming: "Ausin Barber mar Emma * out West." (only reference to Emma).
1 Dec 1866
Enclosed find drafts on Ninth National Bank New York for $523.74, Rec'd of Samuel Moore, being paymt due 1 Jan 1868 of $500 and Int from 18 Jun 1866 $25 less $1.30 premium on draft. His next note of $500 will be due 1 Jan 1869 though if he has luck he will pay long before due. He has got a house raised on the place and a good many rails made. Will have it all financed by Spring.
Williams was to have made a payment on your Martinsburg land last week but has failed as yet. He is getting it tolerably well improved.
David is still at Warsaw. Don't know whether he will visit Pittsfield this month or not or whether he intends to winter in Illinois or return to Ohio. He has had a lame knee from a fall.
Dr Regnier spent two days with us some months since. He is now at Carthage helping Austin (Jr) get his house ready. We have had quite a cold spell for a week. Snow five inches deep. I took a short rabbit hunt today of two hours. Killed eight. Austin has salted the ham. This eveningI intend to dry them.
Tip and Minnie are quite well. Their little daughter is now near five months old and is very pretty. Will soon be as large as her Mothers. Weighs 16 pounds. George has a son, three days old. All doing well.
Mrs B joins me in love to you and yours. Remember us to Anna and tell her to write us a good long letter.
Mrs Heath is with us tonight and sends her love to Anna.
To Levi Barber Esquire
PS Please acknowledge receipt of draft. AB
Pike County Banner
Pittsfield Illinois 9 Jan 1891
Elder Austin Barber was born in Ohio in 1809. He has know Pittsfield from its infancy. He came here in 1833, and his wife was one of the charter members of the church. All his interests have been identified with Pittsfield for more than half a century. He has been rewarded with financial success and is never classed among the grinding...His open handed charity for the poor, his devotion to the church and his munificent liberality for its support, make him worthy of the exalted position he occupied in the hearts of the entire community.
Washington County Ohio to 1980 (A Collection of Topical & Family Sketches), Washington County Historical Society, Inc, p83: "...To this marriage [Levi Barber & Elizabeth Rouse] were born...Austin 1809...David and Austin moved to Illinois..."
The Connecticut Barbers, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut, Donald S Barber, McDowell Publications, Utica NY, 1992, p148:"170. Levi6 Barber, b Simsbury CT 16 Oct 1777; m Elizabeth Rouse of Harmar OH; resided at Harmar
"Levi was a merchant in Harmar (now part of Marietta); was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1817 and in 1821, to the 15th and 17th Congresses. [Ref: Barber Gen; GML: Herringshaw's Library].
"Children of Levi and Elizabeth:
"...Austin7, b 3 Oct 1809; m _________; resided at Pittsfield IL; had 3 children..."
Barber Agency, Insurance Since 1926, 111 East Washington St, Pittsfield IL
Portrain Biographical Album Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois
Biographical Publishing Company 1891
"Austin Barber. Among the honored citizens of Pike County who have been rewarded by Dame Fortune for their years of toil and assiduity is the gentleman above named. This venerable man now occupies a cozy home in Pittsfield, where he is surrounded by all the comforts that money can purchase and enjoys the pleasures and friendships that make life worth living. His landed estate consists of seven hundred acres, most of which is near the county seat, and so has an additional value beyond that depending upon its fertility and improvement.
The natal day of our subject was 31 October 1809, and his birthplace Marietta Washington County Ohio. He is of English descent in both lines, and his parents, Levi and Elizabeth (Rouse) Barber, were natives of New England. The former was born in Vermont 16 October 1777, and was one of the first settlers in Marietta Ohio where he died at the age of sixty years. His business was that of a merchant, and he held position of Postmaster for many years, also serving for a considerable period as Member of Congress, and did a great deal of surveying in Ohio and Kentucky. Politically he was a Whig, and was personal friend of Henry Clay. Mrs Barber went to Ohio with her parents during her girlhood and spent long years in Marietta dying there in her fifty-ninth year. The family included four sons and one daughter, all being now deceased except our subject. David died in 1877; Elizabeth was the wife of Dr Felix Regnier, both being now dead; Levi died in infancy, and another son, who was given the same name, breathed his last in 1888.
Austin Barber passed his early days (school) in his native place, and then pursued his studies two years in the Athens (Ohio) College. His first connection with business life was as a clerk in his father's store and Assistant Postmaster. He remained with his parents until he had grown to manhood, and in September 1833, first set his foot on the site of the town which is now his home. That was the year in which Pittsfield was platted, the first lots having been sold in May preceeding his arrival. This gentleman and Robert R Greene established a store under the style of Greene and Barber, carrying a stock of general merchandise, in which they continued to deal until 1841. The business was then closed out and the partners removed to Florence, on the river, where they carried on a general store, ran a steam flouring mill and handled large quantities of produce and pork.
In 1847 the gentlemen returned to Pittsfield and Mr Barber engaged in farming, an occupation in which he continued until 1870. The land which he operated was a fine tract one mile from Pittsfield, in what is now Newburg Township, and is still in his possession. He remained on it until 1853, when he was elected County Clerk, on the old Whig ticket, and in order to fully discharge the duties of his office he gave over his agricultural pursuits for a time.
When his term of two years had expired he retired to private life and devoted himself with renewed ardor to his former occupation. In 1839 he had erected a dwelling which still stands in a good state of preservation. The weather boarding was of black walnut, and having been kept well painted, is as good as the day it was put on.
The first marriage of Mr Barber was solemnized in 1838, in this county hes bride being Miss Caroline Johnson, a native of Missouri. She shared his joys and sorrows until 1850, when she passed away, leaving three sons Levi, a merchant in Kansas, George, a resident of Pittsfield, and Austin D, a farmer in Hancock County, three daughters who were born of this union died in infancy. The second wife of Mr Barber was Emily W Raynard, with whom he lived happily twenty-seven years. Mrs Emily Barber was a devoted member of the Christian Church, and our subject has been identified with the same body thirty years.
Mr Barber represented Pittsfield two terms on the Board of Supervisors. His political adherence was first given to the Whig Party, his initial vote having been cast in 1832, and for many years past he has been a staunch Republican, his last ballot having been given to Benjamin Harrison. Mr Barber is an enthusiastic sportsman, and although now in his eighty-first year he has by no means given up hunting. He is hale and hearty and can see to shoot as well as ever, and it is no unusual thing for him to kill nineteen prairie chickens out of twenty shots. He makes an annual hunting trip to the west, and no member of the party enters more heartily into the spirit of outdoor life than Mr Barber. Few men possess a more genial, kindly nature than he, or can call a greater number of their acquaintances by the royal name of 'friend'.
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 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.
p140: "674. Levi Barber6 (David5, Dr Samuel4, Samuel3, Thomas2, Thomas1),
b. Oct 16, 1777; m. 1802 Elizabeth Rouse of Harmer, OH. Children:
1419: I. David, b. Aug. 14, 1804; unmarried.
1420: II. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 24, 1807; m. Dr. Felix Regmer; she d. 1859, in Harmer, OH.
1421. III. Austin, B. Oct. 3, 1809.
1422. IV. Levi, b. May 30, 1812; d. in infancy.
+1423. V. Levi (2nd), b. Nov. 1, 1814; m. Abby Kelly."
Lucy James Cole:
"Austin Barber Born 31 (sic) Oct 1809"
LATTER DAY SAINTS
LDS Submission: Carlos Hickman 306 East 9 N Lehi Utah. LDS Heir:Don Carlos Hickman 11th Cousin il ColLB. Austin BARBER Born 3 Oct 1809 Harmer Ohio Mar 1838 Caroline JOHNSON Died 5 Mar 1895.
1. Removed; 1833, Pittsfield, Pike, Illinois, USA.
Austin married Caroline JOHNSON in 1838 in Harmar, Washington, Ohio, USA. (Caroline JOHNSON was born in , , Missouri, USA and died in 1850 in Pittsfield, Pike, Illinois, USA.)
Austin also married Emily QUINBY.