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Mary E. Barber
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Birth: 1858
Death: 1934

Mrs. George N. Barber - May 29, 1934

Very early on the morning of May 29, from the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.L. Sweet,Smyrna, New York, entered into life in that "land that is an heavenly," after many months of gradually growing weaker and weaker until at last the silver cord gave way and she was set free. Mary E. Carpenter was born at Westmoreland, April 5, 1853, the oldest of five children of John P. and Sarah Knowles Carpenter and a granddaughter of Henry Knowles, one of the pioneers of Smyrna and a minister of the Society of Friends, of which she was a birthright member. She grew up on the farm, attended the district school and later took a course at the Friends' boarding school at Oakwood Seminary at Union Springs, N.Y., and being an exceptionally fine student, taught school with great success for some time both near home and also in the state of Iowa, where several of her cousins had taken up their residence. On May 25, 1882, she was married to George N. Barber of this place and most of her life since had been spent in this town and is familiar to all. She has walked her gentle, peaceful way, holding out a helping hand to those in need and exemplifying the life of the Christ whom she loved. Three daughters came to bless the home, Louise, Beatrice and Florence, who later became Mrs. A.F. Peckham, Mrs. F.L. Sweet and Mrs. R.M. Simons, all of whom made their homes in this town and with their young children were a constant source of delight to their grandparents, and when the feebleness of age and disease crept upon them, received them into their homes and most tenderly cared for them. There was also a foster son, Raymond Barber, now of Marietta, N.Y. The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.L. Sweet, at 2 p.m. May 31. Rev. Paul Hulslander of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating, with burial in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery. She was tenderly laid to rest by her five grandsons, Kenneth and Donald Simons, Harold and Frederick Sweet and Stanley Peckham and Raymond Barber. Relatives and friends were present from Oriskany, Unadilla, Waterloo, Cazenovia and Marietta, as well as from Smyrna, and the profusion of beautiful flowers spoke their loving sympathy. She is survived by her husband, George N. Barber; three daughters, already mentioned; a foster son, Raymond Barber, and 12 grandchildren; also one brother, Fred Carpenter of Oriskany, and one sister, Mrs. Berkley Simpson of Washington, D.C., besides many nephew and nieces.

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  George N. Barber (1855 - 1936)*
  E. Louise Barber Peckham (1885 - 1970)*
*Calculated relationship
Sherburne West Hill Cemetery
Chenango County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jul 26, 2010
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Mary E. Barber
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Mary E. Barber
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