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 Thomas Barker

Thomas Barker

Birth
Kegworth, North West Leicestershire District, Leicestershire, England
Death 25 Mar 1911 (aged 77)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Sec. B Lot 132 Pos. 2
Memorial ID 63541 · View Source
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John Thomas, sometimes referred to as John or Thomas, but is listed on his gravestone as J Thomas, was born in 1833. He was the son of Henry Barker and Anne White.
The LDS records at Kegworth indicate he was baptized into the LDS Church on 8 Mar 1851 by P. Bains and confirmed on 9 Mar 1851 by E George.
On 19 Feb 1860 in Kegworth, Leicester, he married Lydia Price, daughter of Thomas Price. He was eight years younger than her.
Thomas was a Turner by trade (someone who uses a lathe) and by 1861 he was living in Kegworth making chairs for living and his wife Lydia was a chairwoman, who covered the chairs with cloth. He made 60 cents a day.
In July 1868, having saved enough money he purchased passage to the Americas and in the middle of the night, he packed his belongs and left home. His wife, Lydia, and his three children did not accompany him as he crossed the Atlantic on the single-screw steamship "Colorado" departing 14 Jul 1868 from Liverpool and arriving 28 Jul 1868 in New York.[1][2][3]; his occupation listed on the ship manifest was "Turner." In the 1910 Utah census he confirmed the year of his immigration. He never reunited with Lydia and her children who continued to reside in Kegworth. The church records in Kegworth indicate he was "cut-off".
After arriving in the Americas, he worked on the railroad and was at Promontory Summit on 10 May 1869 where the First Transcontinental Railroad was officially completed.

Once Mary was at Caroline's home visiting when Jesse came with news that her husband, and that their father had passed away. This was a terrible shock to Mary because he seemed in good health when she left. He died quite suddenly of a heart attack; he was reading his newspaper and the paper fell to the floor. Her daughter Sarah was molding out bread and preparing breakfast for the family, she called to the boys who were up-stairs to come down immediately and they tried to revive him but he was gone. He was re-baptized on 4 Sep 1884 by J E Hall and confirmed by O M Mower. On 23 Mar 1886 he was ordained a deacon and on 26 Feb 1889, he was an Elder. Finally, years before his death, he was ordained a High Priest.
Thomas died on the 25 March 1911 at the age of 78 in Springville of apoplexy (a stroke). He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.


Gravesite Details Cause of Death: Apoplexy. Parents: Henry Barker and Anne White