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James Monroe Barber
Birth: Jan. 17, 1852
Nacogdoches County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 17, 1940
Wagoner County
Oklahoma, USA

James Monroe Barber was born 17 January 1852, Nacogdoches County, Texas,the fourth child of Silas H. and Sarah Ann (Posey) Barber. He married Sarah Emoline Wood, 2 November 1876 in Limestone County,Texas.

Sarah E. Wood was the daughter of Eli Newton and Elizabeth J. Wood, born 6 February 1856 in Tennessee, died 31 July 1916, Wagoner,Oklahoma.

James and Sarah moved to Comanche County, Texas in 1880, then to Indian Territory in 1889, as James was 1/4 Creek Indian.

James M. Barber and his wife had land in the Creek Nation not far from Wagoner. He served as assistant prosecuting attorney for the Creek Nation, Broken Arrow Township, for two years. He lost his farm when the Dawes Commission ruled that he had not stated his mother's name (Sarah Ann Posey Barber), and had not proved that he was at least 1/4 Creek Indian, and did not meet the residency requirements of the Creek Nation. Ironically, two of his brothers, Robert and John, were both on the Creek Indian Rolls at this time. One of his daughters, Pearl Howard, and one of his granddaughters, Doris Powell, proved their Indian blood in 1968, and received a small allotment.

Obituary of James Monroe Barber

Beckham County Democrat
Erick, Oklahoma

James Monroe Barber
November 21, 1940
Page 5, col. 4.

James Monroe Barber was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas, January 17, 1852, and died November 17, 1940. He came to Wagoner in December 1889 and settled at Blue Mound where he lived until 1904.

He was converted and joined the Baptist Church a Mt. Calm, in Texas in 1878. He was married to Sarah E. Wood in Limestone County, Texas in 1877. To this union eleven children were born, four of whom died in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his departure, seven children, four daughters, Mrs. J.C. Casaver, Wagoner, Mrs. Bertie Gibson, Ada, Mrs. W.C. Hollis of Pryor, and Mrs. Pearl Howard of Oklahoma City; three sons, John S. Barber, Vinita, N.L. Barber, Tulsa, and Davis D. Barber of Erick. One sister Mrs. Sudie Coker of Parson, Kansas. One brother, R.W. Barber of Okmulgee and one sister-in-law, Mrs. May Barber of Oklahoma City. Twenty-five grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Tuesday from the First Baptist Church at Wagoner, Oklahoma with Rev. D.H. Corwin in charge assisted by Rev. D.A. Spiller and Rev. McCoy.

Burial was made in the family lot at Wagoner by the side of his wife who died twenty-three years ago, and in view of Blue Mound, the old home place settled in 1889.


James M. Barber died two months before his 89th birthday.

Information provided by Charlotte Stevens Schneider
Family links: 
  Silas Harrison Barber (1823 - 1910)
  Sarah Emoline Wood Barber (1856 - 1916)*
  Child Barber*
  Infant Child Barber*
  Sarah Elizabeth Barber Casaver (1877 - 1957)*
  Myrtle Barber Gibson (1879 - 1960)*
  James Barber (1881 - 1884)*
  Eli Barber (1886 - 1886)*
  Pearl Irene Barber Howard (1887 - 1974)*
  Davis DeGraffenried Barber (1898 - 1964)*
  Robert Thomas Barber (1848 - 1914)*
  James Monroe Barber (1852 - 1940)
  John Calvin Barber (1853 - 1942)*
  Martha Susan Barber Coker (1858 - 1948)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Cause of death listed as: Natural causes
Elmwood Cemetery
Wagoner County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: South Main, Northeast 1/4 of Block 36, Lot 4, Row 20
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