Biography of George Barber, Jr.
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Barber, jr., George, was born in East Poestenkill in 1848. Israel Barber, his great grandfather, was a native of Rhode Island, born in 1761; his wife Permelia was born in 1767; they removed to Poestenkill in the early part of this century and settled where Barberville now is; here he cleared him a farm and made a home in the wilderness; their family consisted of eight sons and four daughters: Israel, Nathan, Thomas, Benjamin, David, William, Martin, John, Rhoda; Permelia, Elizabeth, and Lucy; he died April 1, 1813, and his wife died August 7, 1818. Benjamin, his grandfather, was born in Rhode Island in 1803 and came to Poestenkill with his father; he became a tavern keeper and merchant in Barberville, where he spent all his business life; his wife was Selisa Sayles, who was born in 1809; they reared two sons and two daughters; he died in July, 1864, and his wife died in April, 1857. George, the father of our subject, was born in Poestenkill in 1827, and while a young man followed teaching; later he settled in East Poestenkill and engaged in the general mercantile business, which he followed a number of years and then resumed teaching, which he followed principally the balance of his life; he filled the office of justice of the peace for many years, being first elected to that office soon after he became twenty one years of age. and was still justice at the time of his death in 1893; he was also assessor for a number of years; he was a member of the Masonic fraternity; his wife was Alzina, a daughter of Roswell and Harriet Brunson, who was born in Poestenkill; their children are George, jr., and Alzonzo; his wife survives him and resides in Poestenkill. George, jr., was educated in the common schools and the Poughkeepsie Business College, from which he was graduated when twenty years of age. The following year he engaged in the general mercantile business in East Poestenkill in a store belonging to his father. With the exception of one year, which he spent in Troy as a clerk in a store, he has conducted this business ever since. For a number of years he was extensively engaged in the manufacture of shirts by contract, doing work for Troy and New York parties. After the death of his father he was appointed to fill his unexpired term of justice, and after that he was elected to that office and is now filling the same. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, King Solomon Lodge of Troy. He has held the office of clerk of his district for a number of years. In 1867 Mr. Barber married Augusta R., daughter of Martin Niles, who was born in the town of Berlin. Their children are Mrs. Hattie Herrington of Poestenkill, and Harry. Mr. Barber has held the office of postmaster several terms and is now assistant postmaster, with office in his store.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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