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Mary Frances Gray Barber
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1837
Burlington
Des Moines County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 1920
Marshalltown
Marshall County
Iowa, USA

(The following biographical sketch of Orville Alonzo and Mary Frances (Gray) Barber appeared in "Some Descendants of Thomas and Jane (Jefferson) Stephens of Baltimore County, Maryland, 1745-2005" by Edmund G. Fisher, 2005. It is reprinted with the author's permission.)

Mary Frances Gray was reared and educated in Pleasant Township, Monroe County, Iowa. On April 8, 1858, at Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, she became the wife of Alonzo Barber, an Ohio-born carpenter and farmer. He had spent his youth near the shores of Lake Erie, just west of Cleveland, and in 1843 had settled with his parents in Iowa, living briefly in Mahaska County before moving the following year to Monroe County.

With the exception of a two-year stay in Kansas from 1878 until 1880, Alonzo and Mary Frances made their home in Monroe County, Iowa, residing first in the vicinity of Eddyville, and, after 1871, at Albia. The Barbers had eight children.

During the Civil War, Alonzo served an 18-month enlistment with the Iowa Volunteer Cavalry's Third Regiment. He recorded his many wartime experiences in a diary that is still held by his descendants.

In October 1909, Mary Frances Barber entered a home for the widows of Civil War veterans in Marshalltown, Iowa. She died there ten years later, at 82, and was buried with Alonzo in a rural cemetery nine miles north of Albia, Iowa. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Blake Gray (1809 - 1876)
  Eliza Jane Stephens Gray (1815 - 1887)
 
 Spouse:
  Alonzo Orville Barber (1829 - 1905)
 
 Siblings:
  Abigail Ann Gray Gray (1835 - 1912)*
  Mary Frances Gray Barber (1837 - 1920)
  Lileas Jane Gray (1840 - 1848)*
  John Stephens Gray (1843 - 1930)*
  Eunice Eliza Gray French (1847 - 1918)*
  William Henry Fulton Gray (1849 - 1919)*
  James Anson Gray (1852 - 1919)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hayden Chapel Cemetery
Albia
Monroe County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: EGF
Record added: Apr 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 109096548
 

 
 
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