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 Priscilla Jane <I>McGuire</I> Barker

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Priscilla Jane McGuire Barker

  • Birth 5 Sep 1848
  • Death 6 Jul 1907 Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico, USA
  • Burial San Miguel County, New Mexico, USA
  • Memorial ID 15801250

The Barkers named the ranch they bought in New Mexico, Beulah and Priscilla established a post office there and became the postmistress. The children of Squire and Priscilla include many writers, one being the famous cowboy poet, Squire Omar Barker. There is a good family history book by Mattie Barker Phillips Crews, "Back to My Mountain", that is fairly accurate when sharing the details of her immediate family; however some of the facts are wrong about her McGuire grandparents and great-grandparents. This is not surprising considering she moved to New Mexico as a young child and was not raised around her grandparents.

There is another book on the family as well, "The Pioneer Squire Barker Family" by Marjorie and Robert Phillips One of their children, Elliott Speer Barker was a forest ranger in New Mexico. While there, a badly singed (from forest fire) bear cub was turned over to his care which was then turned over to Ray Bell. Mr. Bell and his family took care of the bear then gave the bear "Smokey" back to Elliott. He then turned the bear over to the U.S. Forest Service with the condition that "his life be dedicated to forest fire prevention and wildlife conservation." We know him as "Smokey the Bear".

Priscilla died of pneumonia in 1907.


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  • Created by: Bob Barker
  • Added: 18 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15801250
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Priscilla Jane McGuire Barker (5 Sep 1848–6 Jul 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15801250, citing Barker Cemetery, San Miguel County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Bob Barker (contributor 46863784) .