Biography of James M. Barker
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Barker, James Madison, was born in Providence, Saratoga county, N. Y., March 18, 1809. His parents, and indeed all his relatives, were Friends, and he was reared among these estimable people. In his early business life he was actively engaged in manufacturing scythe snaths, and also had partnership interest in a tannery. For a number of years he superintended the work of a large farm. In June, 1837, he married Emily, youngest daughter of Hon. Isaac Gere, of Galway, Saratoga county, and in the Gere homestead were born his four children, Jennie B., widow of the late Francis Larned of Chicago; Harriet G., widow of the late Henry H. Hewitt of Bloomington, Ill.; William E. and Julia E., both of Albion, N. Y. In 1868 Mr. Barker and family removed from Galway to Albion and for a time was in the coal business with Smith D. Shourds, but devoted his attention mostly to investments in other localities. After years of failing health and a few weeks of acute suffering he died November 8, 1877, aged sixty eight. Mr. Barker was a man of unusually fine presence, and possessed great natural excellences of character. Although a resident of Albion only nine dears, he had in that short time endeared himself to all who came within the circle of his acquaintance, and in the words of his pastor "was as near the model man as we often meet in our journey through life." At the time of his death he was senior deacon of the Baptist Church, and very few could pass out of church and home and be more sadly missed than was this most honorable citizen, and true servant of God.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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