Lyman Barber

Lyman Barber

Rhode Island, USA
Death 24 Aug 1891 (aged 74)
Pierson, Piatt County, Illinois, USA
Burial Atwood, Piatt County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 43911103 · View Source
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LYMAN BARBER, fifth child of Moses Barber and Elizabeth Belcher, was born at 1 p.m., 31 Mar 1817, at Usquepaugh, Rhode Island.

He died 24 Aug 1891, at Pierson Station, Piatt County, Illinois.

Lyman Barber married 24 Oct 1841 Olive Slocum of Genesee County, New York. She was born in 1820 or 1822 in North Kingstown, R.I., and died near Pana, Illinois, 28 July 1842, leaving no children.

She was the daughter of Catherine Hoxie and Peleg Slocum. The Slocum's seven children were all born in North Kingstown where they lived near Moses Barber. The family moved to western New York state after 1827, living in Ontario County before moving to Warsaw in Wyoming County.

Lyman's letter to his father on pages 58-59 shows that he had already moved to Illinois before the summer of 1838, apparently leaving a fiancee behind who married someone else as he refers to "the marriage of my quail" and his feelings about it.

Lyman's letter dated 16 Feb 1840, pp 59-60, tells of the hard times in Illinois, bat his feeling that there was more opportunity there than back in the "stones and doggrass" of R.I. He also asked his father to locate a girl so Lyman could come visit her and perhaps marry her as "there is nothing here that will do."

His letters also thanked his father for financial help to tide him over. Since Lyman and Olive were married in October, 1841, and her death occurred in Pana, Illinois, one wonders if she died while on the journey to her new home in Madison County.

As a young widower, Lyman Barber bought land not far from that of the late Samuel Judy in Madison County, Illinois. There he married for his second wife, Elizabeth Ann Judy, on 4 Jan 1844, the ceremony being conducted by Erastus Wheeler, Justice of the Peace.

Ann Judy was born 26 Aug 1826 near Edwardsville, Illinois, and died 3 Sept 1892 near Atwood, Illinois. She was the daughter of Col. Samuel Judy and his second wife, Sarah Ann (Sally Nix Reaves) Judy.

Lyman's wife was listed as Ann Judy in the marriage certificate, as Ann E. in the 1850 U.S. census, as Elizabeth in the 1860 and 1870 censuses,and as E.A. in the 1880 census.

In the spring of 1876, Lyman moved his family from their farm near Troy to Upper Alton, Illinois, so his children could attend Shurtleff College. That same year, Lyman and his daughter, Martha Judy Barber, visited his aged father in Rhode Island. They also stopped at Philadelphia to view the Centennial Exposition.

In 1878 Lyman Barber built a beautiful house next door to the Upper Alton Baptist Church. This was just across the street from Shurtleff College where Martha and Jesse were students. Edna Dooling Herrin says that the Barber house in Upper Alton has been removed in order to provide a parking lot next to the church.

In 1880, the U.S. Census showed Lyman 64, and E.A. Barber 54, living on College Avenue in Upper Alton, 111., with their children, Thomas 24, M.J. 22, George 19, and L.J. 17. Also of the household were Cynthia Barber 31 (widow of Lyman's son, Moses), and her three children, William , Laura 6, and George 4.

About 1885 the Lyman Barbers moved to the village of Pierson Station in
Piatt Co., Illinois. He had been making gifts of farm land in that area to his children as they married, and his move tended to reunite the family. Walter Murphy had written that Lyman farmed land in section #32, Unity Township. That land had been deeded to Mary Ann when she married Robert Murphy.

Lyman Barber died in Pierson, Ill., 24 Aug 1891 and was buried in Mackville Cemetery, near Atwood, located in the northwest corner of section #16, Unity Township. The seven-foot red granite stone is situated at the west side of the cemetery with Lyman's data on the south face showing his age as 74 years, 4 months, 20 days.

Exerpt from Lyman Barber's Will:
Will record book "B", pp 171, 172:

"I Lyman Barber of the Town of Unity, County of Piatt, and state of llinois, of sound mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and Testament, in manner and form as follows: that is to say

First: It is my will that my body be decently buried in the cemetery at Atwood in Piatt County, Illinois, and that a good, substantial tombstone, suitably inscribed be erected at my grave; and that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

In a letter Walter Murphy recalled:

"Grandfather Lyman Barber, I guess primarily because when I was a kid he pulled a tooth for me, an event I now recall with horror. I also remember Grandmother who was paralyzed for many years before her death. She lived several years after the death of Grandfather at our house where she passed on. I also distinctly recall Stillman Barber who lived at Milmine, 111. He always carried peanuts in his pocket and was continually eating them but would never give us kids a single one -which of course left an indelible impression

Samuel A. Barber, my father, often reminisced about his grandfather,

"Lyman was considered a rich man for the times and had a reputation for hanging on to every nickel he ever made. He bought a farm near Pierson for each of the children when they married and thus gave them a start. However, he had never given the children any pocket money at all so they never really learned proper money management. The boys either lost their farms or just barely limped along. The girls were fortunate in marrying pretty good managers.

"Lyman was The Boss, an autocratic father. He would have six children picking corn at once, using one wagon with no bang-board.

Two would pick the two rows on one side of the wagon, two on the other, and Thomas and Mollie would pick the down row in the middle which the wagon was driving over, according the tales T.S. Barber used to relate to his children.

"Grandfather Lyman was not a very large man, about 5' 8" in height. His very long beard, mostly white, had a brown tobacco streak as a distinguishing characteristic. His great love for playing games apparently was handed down to several descendants. Behind the house in Pierson Station was a croquet court, the bare dirt swept clean frequently, with boundary boards in place to keep the balls In bounds. This court was used a great deal."

Exerpts from: [Moses Barber of South Kingston, Rhode Island and many
descendants, 1652-1984 By Lois Schroeder]


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