Thomas Solomon Barber

Thomas Solomon Barber

Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Jul 1912 (aged 56)
Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa, USA
Burial Corwith, Hancock County, Iowa, USA
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v THOMAS SOLOMON BARBER, son of Lyman Barber and Elizabeth Ann Judy, was
born near Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, 30 April 1856. He died 3
July 1912 in Algona, Iowa, age 56 years, 2 months, 4 days.

Burial was in the Corwith Cemetery, Corwith, Iowa, beside his son who had died in 1901.

Tom grew upon the family farm near Troy and Edwardsville, Illinois. The family attended the Troy Baptist Church where he was baptized in December 1871 along with two of his brothers and a sister. They were among 33 conversions during a series of "meetings" at that time according to the reminiscences of that sister, Martha Judy Barber.

The Lyman Barber family moved to Upper Alton in 1876 so that the younger children could attend Shurtleff College there. Tom attended telegraphy school in Alton but never used the knowledge to make a living, becoming a farmer instead.

He was shown as a resident of the parental home in Madison County, Illinois at
the time of the 1880 U. S. Census.

Thomas S. "Barbour", age 25, was married 30 Mar 1882 to Sarah Olivia Hughes, age 21, a school teacher from Pierson, Illinois. The ceremony was probably held at the home of her parents in Lowe Township, Moultrie County, and was conducted by A. L. Griffing, Baptist Minister. Witnesses were R. L. Johnson and H. C. Herrin.

Sarah Hughes was born 31 Jan 1861 at Whitaker Creek, Greene County, Illinois.

She died 22 May 1926 at Hayward, Minnesota, age 65 years, 3 months, 23 days. Burial was at Corwith, Iowa, beside her husband and son.

Sarah's parents were Isaac Hughes (1825-1913) and Armilda Jane Collins (1827-1904). Both were born in Kentucky and both died at Pierson, Illinois, with burial at Mackville Cemetery, Atwood, Illinois.

John Hughes, brother of Sarah, used to recollect what a bashful suitor Tom Barber was. He would walk up and down the road past the Hughes farmhouse but he didn't dare stop. The Hughes' land joined Tom's farm on the west, both farms being located in section #4 of Lowe Township, with the houses 1/2 to 3/4 mile apart. Obviously his bashfulness was conquered at some time.

Family tradition indicates that Lyman Barber gave farm land to each of his children at the time of their marriages. Tom's eldest son, Sam, said that he believed Tom's gift was a 55 acre portion and that Tom purchased an additional 61 acres later. Never having learned to manage money when he was young, Thomas never did learn to become a good manager and always had financial problems.

It is probable that the 55 acres reverted to his father as in Lyman's will (he died in 1891) he directed that this 55 acre farm "be at the refusal of my son, Thomas S. Barber, at 42% Dollars per Acre provided he can satisfy the balance of the heirs as to payment of same." This farm was located on the south side of, a road which is presently designated as U. S. #36, about h mile south and h, mile
west of Pierson Station, a small town of about 75 inhabitants.

As the five children were born, all in the Moultrie County farm home, Dr.
Abrams came to the home each time to deliver the babies, while Sarah Richie also arrived at such times to help Sarah Barber for a time at the wage of one dollar per week. Sam remembers Dr. Abrams as being a very large man who practiced in Pierson Station and who had a brother who was a druggist there.
Samuel was born in 1883 and has always believed he was a twin. As a small
boy, a friend had asked him if he was a twin, so Sammy asked his mother who violently replied, "Shut up and never mention that again!" He felt the vehemence indicated it was a true but sensitive issue. Isaac Leroy was born in 1885, the only child of this family whose birth was recorded in the Moultrie County records.

Thomas Frank was born in 1886, Leslie Lyman in 1889 and Delia Arbella in 1895. Sam thought there were some still births or miscarriages besides.

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


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