|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1851|
|Death: ||May 30, 1898|
"Architect and engineer, of Derry. William Barker, who is said to have come from an old Derry family, was born on 12 August 1851. He served an apprenticeship with the Derry builders GEORGE & ROBERT A. FERGUSON and subsequently practised as an architect and engineer in Derry. According to the biography in Ferguson, Rowan & Tracey, while he was 'still young' he was responsible for 'large undertakings in Omagh, Coleraine and other towns…had charge of the Corporation waterworks at Creggan and was associated with the layout of Foyle College grounds for building purposes.' The works which are noted in the Irish Builder all date from the 1890s.
Barker died on 30 May 1898; according to family tradition, he had been unconscious for six months following a fall from a horse. He left a widow, Mary, née McCracken (1860-1943) and three children, Mary Violet (1884-1941), Thomas McCurdy (1885-1967), future Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and William Alexander (1897-1965). He was buried in Derry City Cemetery, later joined by his wife and his son William Alexander.
Address: Orchard Street, Derry, 1885-1897"
Source of above: http://www.dia.ie/architects/view/238
William's Will: "Probate of the Will of William Barker late of Rossdownie County Londonderry Architect who died 30 May 1898 at Londonderry Lunatic Asylum granted at Londonderry to Mary Barker of Rossdownie Widow. Effects £2,521."
William's business was situated at Richmond Street, Londonderry.
William's mother Mary BARKER died on March 5th 1886.
William shares the grave with:
his wife Mary BARKER (nee McCRACKEN) who was b. February 14th 1860 and died February 25th 1943.
Mary's Will: "Barker Mary of Primrose Villa Castlerock county Londonderry widow died 25 February 1943 Probate Londonderry 10 September 1943 to William Alexander Barker presbyterian minister and James Mitchell estate agent the executors. Effects £4757 16s. 4d."
Also in the grave is their son:
Rev. William Alexander BARKER (b. March 21st 1897 and d. November 14th 1965)
Derry City Cemetery
County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Plot: EA 304
Created by: bob dennis
Record added: Nov 12, 2012
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