John Barber

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John Barber, son of Thomas Barber and Ann Chase, was born at Suffield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, 4 April 1684.1,2,3 He died at Pilesgrove, Salem Co., New Jersey, before 29 November 1721.4

John married (1) Elizabeth Norbury, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), say 1709.3

John left a will dated at Pilesgrove, January 1720, and proved 29 Nov 1721 naming:
wife Elizabeth,
son Benjamin to have 133 acres,
daughters Elizabeth, Anna, Phebe, Ann to have £5 paid by Benjamin when he turns 21,
an expected child; if a girl, given the same as the other daughters; if a son, 100 acres and to pay half the portions allocated to the girls once he turned 21 and his mother was dead.
wife Elizabeth executor, and to have the house, 100 acres, and all the moveables for the bringing up of his children; after death the remainder would go to the children.

That two daughters were named Anna and Ann is probably a copyists error. The author's suspicion is Anna should be Hannah, but they are left as named in the will until other evidence is found. The Salem monthly meeting shows three Hannah Barbers of about the right age marrying between 1731 and 1735. The first is suspected to be a daughter of Aquilla; the second two are a tossup.

Comparing the Salem monthly meeting records of marriage and of the births of the children of Aquila and wife Mary, and the will of John Barber indicate the probable marriages of at least two of the daughters (Phebe & Ann), and likely a third, Elizabeth, though this could be a second marriage for the widow.

The unborn child in the will is possibly the John Barber shown marrying Rebecca Norberry in 1745. His age would be about 25, and would have been named for his deceased father.

It should be noted also that thus far, the only "evidence" yet seen that John Barber of Piles Grove is the same John Barber born in Suffield in 1684 is that Aquilla Barber, his probable brother, is also in the Piles Grove district.4,5


Elizabeth Norbury
  • Benjamin Barber3 b. say 1710
  • Elizabeth Barber3 b. say 1712
  • Anna Barber4 b. say 1714
  • Phebe Barber3 b. say 1716
  • Ann Barber+3 b. say 1718
  • (…) Barber4 b. aft. 1720
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  1. [S1187] Pynchon Memorial Building, Springfield, Massachusetts, Manuscript of vital records privately kept by William and John Pynchon, 103, FHL microfilm 14766, further cited as Pynchon manuscript.
  2. [S1184] Lucius B. Barbour and Lorraine Cook White (editor), The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (55 vols., Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1994-2002), 45:32, further cited as Barbour and White, Barbour Collection.
  3. [S1174] Donald S. Barber, Barber Families of America (Middlefield, Connecticut: s.p., 1999), 135, further cited as Barber, Barber Families.
  4. [S1033] New Jersey, Record of wills in New Jersey, 1705-1804, 2:225-226, FHL microfilm 522714, further cited as New Jersey Wills.
  5. [S1156] William Wade Hinshaw and Thomas Worth Marshall, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (six vols., 1938; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 2:21,53, further cited as Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy.