George A. Barber

George A. Barber

Troy, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Death 10 Nov 1900 (aged 40)
Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Colorado, USA
Burial Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 138779924 · View Source
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vii GEORGE 6 A. BARBER, the seventh child and fourth son of Lyman Barber
and Elizabeth Ann Judy, was born 7 Sept 1860 near Troy and Edwardsville, Illinois, in Madison County. He died 10 Nov 1900 at Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

An old death record book of Archuleta Co., CO, showed him as single, a farmer, age: 40 yrs., 1 mo., 27 days, cause of death: unknown, probably renal obstruction, and signed K. L. Clock,

George Barber of Arthur, Illinois, was married 25 Sept 1884 at Edwardsville,
IL, by Justin Bulkley, Baptist Minister, to Mary Adeline Varner of Fort Russell, Madison County, IL. Witnesses were Lyman Barber and Lyman Barber, Jr.

George and Mary divorced in 1897.

George Barber farmed in a part of Section #1, Lowe Twp., Moultrie Co., IL, near
the town of Atwood. S.A. Barber recalled that he raised broom corn as one of his
crops, and it made an interesting looking harvest. SAB also remembered sitting in a cherry tree with his first cousin, Bernice. Both boys ate so many cherries they were both sick.

The Piatt County, IL, Land Record Book #49, p 346, dated 15 Mar 1895, showed a mortgage incurred by Mary A. Barber and her husband, George Barber, with a promise to pay one year from date. Property involved
was: "Lots #5, 6, 7, 8, Merritt's First Add. in the Town, now Village of Atwood." In Book 60, p 271, the mortgage was canceled as of 29 Jan 1896.

About 1894 the Henry Herrin family of Pierson, IL, visited George Barber in Colorado, according to recollections of Lyman Barber Herrin, elder son of Martha Judy Herrin. Perhaps George was investigating Colorado as a "greener pasture" to move to. 

S.A. Barber has told of George Barber moving to Webster City, Iowa about
1895, and went on to say:
" George and his wife were getting a divorce. George put all of his money into
his lawyer's name so he wouldn't have to pay alimony. After the divorce, the
lawyer didn't "know' anything about any money."
Another time SAB said: "A widow insured George for $7,000; he died and there was a trial over his death." 

Court records of Hamilton County, Iowa, bear out S.A. Barber's remarks
about the lawyer. Mr. Barber succeeded in having the lawyer disbarred but was unable to recover his money. The Webster City Freeman referred to the court cases above, and also to suspicious circumstances regarding George Barber's death.

Ralph Herrin has a clipping, probably from an Arthur, IL, newspaper which
repeated some of the highlights of the above court cases. It also told of the
events leading to the disinterment of the body of George Barber because it was suspected he had been poisoned by a man and woman who had "befriended" him. Right after his death, they tried to collect insurance from the Webster City I.O.O.F.

An indictment followed for the pair who had long records of other frauds.

Source: From the book: Moses Barber of South Kingston, Rhode Island and many descendants, 1652-1984 By Lois Schroeder

Note: According to Mary Adeline Varner Barber Harshbarger's obituary, she and George had 2 children. Marshall Bernice Barber (married Lola May George) & another child that died in infancy.

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