Thomas Barber

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Thomas Barber, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born in 1644.1 He died at Suffield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, 25 July 1689.2,3

Thomas married Ann Chase, daughter of Aquila Chase and Ann Wheeler, at Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 24 April 1671.4,1,5,6

Thought to be a son of John Barber, who was probably first in Salem and later of West Springfield, Massachusetts. Another son of John, known as John Jr., appears in Suffield (just a few miles south of Springfield at the same time as Thomas, though there does not seem to be any interaction between the two in the records.

Thomas was in Gloucester by 1662, removed about 1669 to Newbury, and then to Suffield in 1674. At the time, Suffield (or Southfield) was in Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, in an area which was later transferred to Connecticut.5,1,3

Thomas Barber was granted 50 acres in Suffield by the Committee for Suffiled Plantation, 17 Jul 1674. They granted 40 acres to his twin sons, Joseph and Benjamin, 19 May 1679, "Provided: that the father Tho Barber, pay & discharge all Rates & charges that shall arise upoin this Alotmt fro tyme to tyme, till they come of age, & the Grant is to them both if they live to Injoy it & in case of death, then the surviver to have the whole."7

Anna Barber presented the inventory of his estate to the Hampshire Co. court, probably 30 March 1690, showing £95-02-00 in personal and real property, and debts of £55-08-04, and net "remaining free," £39-13-04.

She had already bound out her son, Aquila, as an apprentice because Thomas' estate was said to be "of little value."8


Ann Chase b. 6 Jul 1647
  • Thomas Barber1 b. 16 Feb 1671/72
  • Elizabeth Barber1 b. 3 Mar 1673/74
  • Benjamin Barber1 b. 1 Feb 1676/77, d. 19 Aug 1690
  • Joseph Barber1 b. 1 Feb 1676/77
  • Aquilla Barber1 b. 17 Jul 1679
  • Anna Barber1 b. 4 Aug 1681
  • John Barber+1 b. 4 Apr 1684, d. bef. 29 Nov 1721
  • Moses Barber1 b. 14 Nov 1687
  • Hannah Barber1 b. say 1689
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  1. [S1174] Donald S. Barber, Barber Families of America (Middlefield, Connecticut: s.p., 1999), 135, further cited as Barber, Barber Families.
  2. [S1187] Pynchon Memorial Building, Springfield, Massachusetts, Manuscript of vital records privately kept by William and John Pynchon, 132, FHL microfilm 14766, further cited as Pynchon manuscript.
  3. [S925] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Four Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown & Company, 1860-1862, 2:114. CD-ROM reprint, Compendium of New England Pioneers: A Collection of 14 Classic Genealogical Dictionaries of Early New England Settlers (Columbia, Maryland: Archive CD Books USA, 2006), further cited as Savage's Dictionary.
  4. [S1177] John Carroll Chase and George Walter Chamberlain, Seven Generations of the Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase (1928; reprint, Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1983), 29-35, further cited as Chase and Chamberlain, Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase.
  5. [S1186] "Notes [Barber]," The Essex Antiquarian 6 (Oct 1902): 188-190, further cited as "Notes [Barber]."
  6. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 85, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  7. [S1782] Hezekiah Spencer Sheldon, Documentary History of Suffield, in the Colony and Province of the Massachusetts Bay, in New England, 1660-1749 (Springfield, Massachusetts: s.p., 1889), 66, 78, further cited as Sheldon, Documentary History of Suffield.
  8. [S946] Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, Probate records, 1660-1916, 1:263, 265, FHL microfilm 879184, further cited as Hampshire Co., MA Probate.