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Gardner Clark Barber
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Birth: May 2, 1862
Milmine
Piatt County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1891
Gonzales
Gonzales County
Texas, USA

vii GARDNER 6 CLARK BARBER, b 2 May 1862 near Milmine, IL, d 31 Aug 1891 at
29 years of age. He married Betty Burchard.
 
Richard Calhoun, nephew, gave some details of his life as follows:

When Clark was about sixteen, an itinerant Englishman spent the night at the ranch and cuffed Clark next morning as he was readying the arrogant Britisher's buckboard for travel.

Clark cut across country on horseback, lassoed the man as he was crossing the river at the nearest ford, dragged him from the buckboard and was a considerable distance downstream before releasing the man, more drowned than otherwise, to walk back and find his own team.
 
Clark visited the Illinois farm now owned by Calhoun when his niece, Nellie East, was living there as a young girl with her mother, Katie S. East.

Clark and his wranglers would ship a carload of unbroken horses from their
Texas ranch to Springfield, then unload them for the drive to a Milmine corral.
The 20 to 25 feet of blue grass on each side of the main road helped the horses recover from the rail trip. The wranglers broke them to riding and sold them locally.

One day he was standing in the yard with Katie S. when some hawks approached the chicken pen. Clark blasted two hawks on the fly with his single action gun. Nellie, who was an excellent pistol shot herself, often related this tale.
 
Calhoun also says he understands that the woman Clark married coerced him
into giving up his guns. Otherwise his death may not have occurred as it did.

He was shot in the back when he was unarmed and by a man with whom he had no trouble.

Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Gonzales, TX. 

[Source:  From the book: Moses Barber of South Kingston, Rhode Island and many descendants , 1652-1984 By Lois Schroeder]
 
 
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 Parents:
  Stillman Barber (1821 - 1907)
  Mary Ann Clark Barber (1821 - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  Bertha Burchard Volz (1866 - 1956)*
 
 Siblings:
  Eliza Jane Murphy (1841 - 1844)**
  John Harvey Murphy (1842 - 1888)**
  Robert Murphy (1844 - 1900)**
  Julia Ann Murphy (1846 - 1909)**
  James Hugh Murphy (1847 - 1868)**
  Catherine Sarah Barber East (1852 - 1934)*
  Margaret Barber Badger (1856 - 1948)*
  Moses Lyman Barber (1858 - 1898)*
  Ida Barber Collins (1860 - 1933)*
  Gardner Clark Barber (1862 - 1891)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Gonzales
Gonzales County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Sandra
Record added: Jan 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63802131
Gardner Clark Barber
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- Sandra
 Added: Jan. 5, 2011
 
 
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