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Thomas Barker

Death 1795 (aged 80–81)
Lloyd Harbor, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Burial Lloyd Harbor, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot Lloyd Family Tenant Plot
Memorial ID 63937369 · View Source
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From the Lloyd Family Estate Papers, Lloyd's Neck, Oyster Bay, Long Island NY:
Thomas Barker was a tenant farmer for the Lloyd Family Estate of Oyster Bay Long Island, the Long Island property of Lloyd's Neck, also known as Queens Village from the time of its original acquisition by European colonists in 1654.

On 9 AUG 1783 Thomas testified to Zopher Platt, Justice of the Peace, Suffolk County NY, that he had been a reisdent of Oyster Bay at the time that the British Crown Troops took over, and had been for 33 years previous to that time. [The British captured New York in September 1776.] He was seeking restitution, in the name of the Lloyd Family, for the many acres of woods that had been cut by the British for firewood and for the many horses confiscated by the British troops. The Lloyd family also had residences in Danbury & Norwalk, Fairfield Co CT. Thomas' responsibilities included various duties in both Long Island and CT, including transportation by boat from one to the other as well as representing the family in at least some court matters.

Two handwritten pages from the Thomas Barker Family Bible have been preserved as testimony for the Widow's Pension Hearing of their son, Joseph Barker.
The first page notes the births of the children of Thomas and Martha Barker:

Married Martha, no date given.

Children of Thomas and Martha Barker:
Sarah Barker b. 17 MAY 1737
Mary Barker b. 12 FEB 1739
Jonadeb Barker b. 23 JUL 17__
Elisabeth Barker b. 22 MAY 1745
Martha Barker b. 1 MAY 1750
Thomas Barker b. 25 MAY 1754
Joseph Barker b.10 FEB 1758
Fairfield Co CT
Samuel Barker b. JUN 1762

In his 1983 published findings, Stanley Austin Ransom reports the he and Orville B. Ackerly went to Lloyd's Neck in search of the grave of the first African American published poet, Jupiter Hammon, a favored slave of the Lloyd family for many years. They reported that the grave marker of Thomas Barker was the earliest memorial stone that they had found in the " God's Acre" cemetery. This plot served for some of the tenants of Lloyd's Manor at Oyster Bay, Long Island . Thomas Barker died in 1795 at age 81.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 63937369
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Barker (1714–1795), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63937369, citing God's Acre, Lloyd Harbor, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by anne (contributor 47359288) .