|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1836|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1911|
GAR 21ST OVI COMPANY F
ENLISTED SEPTEMBER 1861 FROM MILTON TOWNSHIP
TRANSFERRED TO THE ENGINEER CORPS 28 AUGUST 1864
PARTICIPATED IN THE BATTLES OF IVY MOUNTAIN, STONE RIVER, AND RESACA UNDER CAPTAIN MATHIAS ALBER
INJURED BY A LOG FALLING ON HIS CHEST WHILE BUILDING A CORDUROY ROAD
Winfield Barber was born in Seneca County, March 19, 1836. His father, Jonathan Barber, was born in Orange County, New York, and was the only child of Joseph Barber, a farmer of the Empire state, who served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Johnson learned the shoemaker's trade, which he afterward followed in connection with farming. In Cattaraugus County, New York, he married Esther Millerman, and located in Steuben County, that state. In 1848 he brought his family to Medina County, Ohio, making the journey by wagon, and in the fall of 1852 came to Wood County, locating on 40 acres of land in Milton Township. His death occurred in 1855, and his wife survived him 15 years. Their children were: Rachel, who became the wife of John Annobel, and died in Medina County, Ohio; Hannah, who became the wife of Amos Knapp, and died in Michigan; Nancy, who died in Steuben County, New York, and was the wife of George Byrd; Mary, who was the wife of William Brower, and died in Steuben County; Joseph, William, and Jonathan who are residents of Michigan; Israel is a resident of Oklahoma; Chauncey, who mysteriously disappeared in 1894 and has never been heard from since; Betsy, who was the wife of Joseph Clark, and died in Medina County; and Winfield.
Winfield is indebted to the district schools for his education. At the age of 18 he came with his parents to Wood County, and in 1857 he left home, going to Hancock County, where he worked through the winter, then rented a farm of his brother in Lenawee County, Michigan. After operating that farm for two years, he returned to Hancock County, where he carried on agricultural pursuits and carpentering. In 1861 he was found among the loyal defenders of the union, enlisting in Company F, 21st OVI, under Captain Alban. He participated in the battles of Ivy Mountain, Stone River, and Resaca, and on August 9, 1864, was transferred to the 1st United States Engineer Corps. On September 28, 1863, while building a corduroy road, he was quite severely injured by a log falling on his chest. He served 16 months in the pioneer brigade, under General Rosecrans, and when the war was over received an honorable discharge.
Mr. Barber was married in Hancock County, February 21, 1864, to Elizabeth Fox, a native of that county, in 1868 they came to Wood County, where Winfield purchased 80 acres of land, living first in a log house. For many years has been engaged in ditching and is numbered among the industrious, progressive citizens of that community. His wife died July 8, 1892, leaving two children – George, at home; and Nora, wife of Elder Salibury, of Middleton Township. On January 28, 1894, Mr. Barber married Sarah Jane Kramer, widow of Emmitt Thomas. In politics he is an ardent Republican, and his religious belief is in harmony with the doctrine of United Brethren Church.
Biographical Record of Wood County. Beers, 1897,P. 1169
Elizabeth Fox Barber (1843 - 1892)
Milton Township Cemetery
Plot: Section 2A Row 7 Stone 7
Created by: Lavidaloca
Record added: Aug 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95834465