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James Wright Barrick
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1860
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Death: 1920
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

James Wright Barrick was born March 8, 1860, in Frederick County, Maryland, the son of George W. and Susan Crise Barrick. On February 11, 1893, in Carroll County, Maryland, he married Joanna Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Levi Francis and Columbia Victoria Miller Miller. They were the parents of one son, Miller Francis Barrick. James passed away in 1920, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

From the Frederick News of Monday, March 13, 1893:

"THE SOCIAL WORLD. A RECEPTION. One of the greatest social events of the season was the reception given at the residence of Mr. G. W. Barrick, Rocky Ridge, on February 25th, from 12:30 to 4 o'clock, in honor of the marriage of his son, Mr. J. W. Barrick to Miss Lizzie Miller, who returned home on the 11:40 o'clock train from their southern trip. There was quite a number of invited guests present to welcome their return. Among whom were relatives and friends from Union Bridge, Middleburg, Double Pipe Creek, Graceham, Mechanicstown, Rocky Ridge and vicinity. In the parlor was displayed potted plants and blooming flowers, where the groom and his best man, Mr. E. Buckey, and bride, dressed in black silk and lace, which became her pretty figure, received their many friends. At 12:30 o'clock, the company was invited to the dining room, where they were handsomely banqueted. The tables were decorated with blooming lilies, ferns and ivy. The menu consisted of chicken croquettes and peas, roasted turkey, cranberries, potatoes, tomatoes, pickles, jellies, rusks, cakes, oranges, bananas, ice cream, &c. The drinks were coffee, tea and lemonade. All present expressed themselves as having a pleasant time and by 5 o'clock, the company had bid goodbye. The misses Fannie and Ida, with their brother, R. E. L. Barrick, deserve special mention for the manner in which they prepared the reception."

From the Frederick Daily News of Saturday, September 6, 1913:

"DRIVEN BY HUNGER, STEALS UMBRELLA. James W. Barrick Was Once in Good Circumstances. DOWNFALL PITIFUL STORY. Frederick County Lumber Dealer Married in Wealthy Family--On Account of Conduct Wife Left Him-- Drink a Cause of Downfall. Standing in police court in Philadelphia, charged with the theft of an umbrella, and claiming that he stole it with the intention of selling it, in order to get a few cents to appease his hunger, James Wright Barrick, a native of Frederick County and at one time a lumber and grain dealer at Double Pipe Creek, told a pitiful story. He was held pending an investigation of his story. A dispatch from Philadelphia states Barrick said: 'I have not eaten a meal since Wednesday morning, and I had to do something to keep from starving. I never drank a drop of liquor in my life, and I will do any kind of work that is honest.' Became Poor Man Through Fire. Five years ago, Barrick said, in explaining his fall from affluence to poverty, he owned a big lumber and grain business at Double Pipe Creek. At the height of his properity, fire destroyed his plant. He said he had carried $25,000 insurance on the property but after the fire discovered that, in renewing the policy, the company had, without his knowledge, inserted a clause that barred him from collecting the insurance. 'Overnight,' he declared, 'I was made a poor man.' Investigation in this county brought forth the information that Barrick had at one time conducted a grain and lumber business in this county. He married in a wealthy Philadelphia family, several of whom are millionaires being large grain brokers and also interested in shipyards there. The family several times started Barrick in business with the result he failed, and finally became a lumber salesman, and a good one. Family Is Through With Him. After some years, his conduct became such that his wife left him, this occurring about a year ago, it is stated. One son, born of the marriage, resides with the mother in Philadelphia. From a person close to the family come the report that, Barrick, in recent years, had been drinking and that he returned to Philadelphia only a few months ago after having been absent from that city for a short time after his wife left him. This person claimed that his wife's family had paid many obligations for Barrick, but that they are now absolutely through with him, and the informant ventured the assertion that nothing would be done to help him in his present dilemma."
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  Joanna Elizabeth Miller Barrick (1867 - 1950)*
  Miller Francis Barrick (1899 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Bala Cynwyd
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Gregg Freese
Record added: Feb 22, 2013
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