John Barbero, Jr

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John Barbero, Jr

  • Birth 18 Feb 1829 Onondaga County, New York, USA
  • Death 29 Apr 1904 Tulare County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot 4, 1 RC
  • Memorial ID 3687353

Teamster/Wagoner JOHN BARBERO JR., Co. F, 86th Illinois

John Barbero Jr. was born about 1829 in either Onondago County or Oneida County, New York the son of Matthias Barbero, who was born on December 15, 1796, and Catherine (Fink) Barbero, who was born on February 15, 1808. Matthias Barbero was the son of John J. Barbero, who was born on January 19, 1760, and Sarah Van Patten, who was born on November 1, 1772. John J. Barbero died on November 25, 1835, while Sarah (Van Patton) Barbero died on January 7, 1851.
Mathias Barbero and two of his brothers, Frederick and Nathan, came west with their families about 1839 and settled near Maquon, Illinois in Knox County. Matthias and Catherine Barbero are found in the 1850 Knox County, Illinois Census but John is not listed in the household. Matthias and Catherine later continued on west where they resided in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Matthias and Catherine were living in Nebraska in the 1870 and 1880 and are found in those censuses living with their daughter and son-in-law, Horace & Sarah (Barbero) Jones. Matthias and Catherine must have died and are most likely buried in Nebraska.
John Barbero grew to manhood farming the land beside his father in Knox County. John was married to Prudence Sophia Jones on December 30, 1852 in Knox County, Illinois. Prudence Sophia Jones was born on Dec. 4, 1832 in __________, Pennsylvani. John and Sophia Barbero are listed in the Knox County, Illinois Census, enumerated 30 Jun 1860. Prudence Sophia (Jone) Barbero was almost certainly the daughter of Rudolph Jones and Susan (Schaeffer/Schafer/Schaffer) Jones. Rudolph was the son of David Jones and Sophia Prudence (Mueller/Miller) Jones, thus Prudence would have been named for her grandmother Jones.
Three children are now known to have been born to John and Prudence. They are;
1. Charles Gardner Barbero, who was born on __________ __, 1853 in __________, Illinois; died on November 28, 1920; married to Ella Frances Mitchell, who was born on October 25, 1861 and died on November 20, 1953; known to have had at least one son, Harry Lee Barbero, who was born on September 26, 1881 and who died on June 24, 1953.
2. Hulbert (or Hurbert) Lester Barbero, believed to have been born on __________ __, 1855 in Illinois; believed to have died on October __, 1909; married __________ __________; known to have had at least one daughter, Carrie Barbero, who was born on __________ __, 1871 and who was married to Samuel Storms; Hulbert (or Hurbert) may be the Hurbert Barbero who was born in 1856 and who died on Feb. 12, 1893 and whose mortal remains are buried in the Vandalia Cemetery in Porterville, Tulare County, California.
3. Alve Barbero, born on __________ __, 1860 in __________, Illinois.

On July 29, 1862, John Barbero volunteered to serve as the Teamster, or Wagoner, for a company which was being raised in Maquon, Illinois for service in the Union Army during the Civil War by a local well known Carpenter, Contractor and Businessman by the name of James L. Burkhalter. James L. Burkhalter was married to Martha Ellen Adle, who was a great granddaughter of the elder John Barbero, so she was a 1st cousin once removed of John Barbero's.
If Prudence was the daughter of Rudolph and Susan Jones, then John Barbero served with several brother-in-laws or future brother-in-laws, including, William Hecker Jones, John George Jones, Augustus Dickson, and possibly Matthew Freemole, who were all members of Co. F.


Rank WAG Company F Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence MAQUON, KNOX CO, IL Age 33 Height 6' 2 Hair LIGHT
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status MARRIED Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When JUL 31, 1862 Joined Where MAQUON, IL
Joined By Whom J L BURKHALTER Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS
Remarks N/A

When Burkhalter had about 100 volunteers, he led the Maquon company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. There on August 27, 1862, he was elected by the men of the Maquon company to be their Captain and Captain Burkhalter and 93 of his volunteers, including now Wagoner John Barbero, were mustered in as Co. F of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon, Capt. James L. Burkhalter leading Co. F, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Three weeks later, the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the coming years. After the Union victory at Perryville, the Confederate Army withdrew from Kentucky and McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp.
During these next two and a half years, the men of the 86th served in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Wagoner John Barbero was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chickamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia; Averasboro, North Carolina and Bentonville, North Carolina to name a few and marched with Sherman to the Sea. John Barbero was mentioned in a letter that was written by Samuel B. Ouderkirk, that can be seen on his Find A Grave site.
Wagoner John Barbero was still there when Confederate General Johnston was forced to surrender his army to that of General William Tecumseh Sherman, after the Battle of Bentonville.
After the war came to an end, the surviving members of the 86th Illinois & McCook's Brigade, including John Barbero with his wagon and team of horses, marched on to Washington City (now D.C.) where they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the 2nd day of the Grand Review. They were mustered out of the service on June 6, 1865 in Washington and were soon on a train bound for Chicago. There they received their final pay and discharge and by the end of June, the surviving members of Co F were back home with their families in Knox County.
Sometime before 1871, the Barbero family is known to have moved to Nebraska. Later in the 1870's the Barberos continued on west, where they settled in either Kings County or Tulare County, California. It was there that Prudence died on May 21, 1879. Her earthly remains were laid in the Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, Kings County, California.
At the time of the 1880 census, the Barbero family is found scattered but all in Lemoore, Tulare County, California.
John Barbero lives alone; (listed as Barbers), born c. 1829 in New York; father's birthplace: New York; mother's birthplace: New York; marital status: Widowed; age 51 years; occupation: Farmer
Charles G. Barbero (listed as Barbers), born c. 1853 in Illinois lives with his brother Hulbert (or Hurbert)
Hulbert B. Barbero (listed as Barbers), born c. 1855 in Illinois.
Carrie Barbero lives in the Reynolds family; (listed as Barbers), born c. 1871 in Nebraska.

John Barbero was married 2nd to Mary (Sharp) Heriford on or about July 5, 1880 in Tulare County, California, though the 1880 census of July 8 shows her as a widow. Mary was born c. 1847 in __________, __________. Mary had been previously married to William Henry Heriford, who was born on Nov. 30, 1831 in Wayne County, Kentucky. Several children were born to William and Mary before his death on Mar. 4, 1877 in Hanford, Kings County, California. Their children include Lemuel Heriford (1865 - 1922), Tina Henryetta (Heriford) Morse (1866 - 1907) and John Hawley Heriford (1868 - 1945). William's mortal remains were laid to rest in the Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, Kings County, California.

In 1887, the surviving members of the 86th began holding reunions on the anniversary of their being mustered into service, August 27, 1862. At the time of the 2nd reunion, all known addresses were published for the surviving members of the 86th in the reunion booklet. John Barbero Jr. is listed in Grangerville, Kings County, California.

The last address that the surviving members of the 86th published for John Barbero was in 1899 and they still had him in Grangerville, California in Kings County. Whether he was actually still there at that time is not known. Teamster John Barbero, of Co. F of the 86th Illinois, is known to have died on April 29, 1904 in Tulare County, California. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. Some family records record Mary (Sharp) Heriford Barbero as having died on May 31, 1905. However the 1900 census of Tulare County lists John Barbero as being widowed.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would love to hear from anyone, especially descendants of the Barbero family, who might be able to add to the biographical information that we have on John Barbero and the Barbero family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any photographs of John Barbero which may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

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  • Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3687353
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Barbero, Jr (18 Feb 1829–29 Apr 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3687353, citing Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Baxter B. Fite III (contributor 47203738) .