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William Oliver Barker, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1816
South Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1874
Upshur County
Texas, USA

Son of William Oliver Barker,Sr. & Elizabeth Dollar

In Bethlehem, Upshur, Texas he was united in marriage with Julia A. "Juda" Crain in 1850. To this union there are 5 known children.

Family history on W.O. and information from his son:

The level on which this Barker brothers lived was entirely apart from and above those of the others. The chief accomplishments, made note of during the 1890's in two seprate sketches of this prominent son in Texas biographical collections reflected an unusually stong intellect and distinctive personal usefulness within early Texas society. A photograph of him, surviving to this day, depicts a seemingly small-built and rather homely man, but his expression suggests and inner mellowness and subli-rationality similar to that of his contemporary, Lincoln. He started preparing for his chosen profession of medicine early, probably staying behind in South Carolina to attend school when his parents went to Mississippi. His son gave record of his having studied in Charleston, Philadelphia, and New York, becoming a fine linguist and "highly cultivated in all his tastes". He also told of W.O. Barker, who seems to have preferred using initials only, going first to Tuscaloosa. Alabama in 1840 to practice, arriving in Texas in 1846. Serving probably in the series of communities he finally settled in South East Upshur County near "Pine Tree" which later became Bethlehem. There he married Julia A. Crain (1828-1884), who had come to Texas from Hinds County, Mississippi with her father, Lewis Crain (b. 1787). W.O. Barker became a physician-farmer of eastern Texas, owning about 1000 acres up to 1868. He moved to Dallas during part of 1869, posting an advertisement in the growing town which stated he would "visit patients at any hour, day or night", giving "special attention to women and children". Returing to the 30 acres he had kept in Upshur County, he was stricken a few years later with his final illness. Burial is in Old Bethlehem Cemetery.

We believe Julia is laid to rest in this cemetery, where no stone has been found.

Their Children are:

Mary Ann Barker Dunbar 1851-1926
William Louis Barker MD 1852-1921
Susan Elizabaeth Barker Baker 1855-1921
Julia Barker 1857-between 1870-1880
Haley Eugenia Barker Tucker 1860-1888

Family links: 
  William Oliver Barker (1787 - 1857)
  Elizabeth Dollar Barker (1787 - 1858)
  Mary A. Barker Dunbar (1852 - 1926)*
  Reuben Barker (1814 - 1873)*
  William Oliver Barker (1816 - 1874)
*Calculated relationship
Bethlehem Cemetery
Upshur County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: W. Loy Frisk Simmons
Originally Created by: MB
Record added: Feb 14, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6180787
William Oliver Barker, Jr
Added by: jo buis
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Dr. William O. Barker is my GGGGrandfather.He was married to Julia A. Crain.He had 5 children. His daughter MaryAnnBarker Dunbar is also buried here.
 Added: Sep. 30, 2012
For my 2nd Great Grand Uncle brother to my G-Great Grandfather Reuben Barker. May you be at peace.
- Loy
 Added: Apr. 28, 2012

- Bonnie
 Added: Dec. 22, 2011
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