Biography of Jonathan S. Barber
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Barber, Jonathan S., is a descendant of Valentine Barber, who came from England before the Revolution, and settled in Greene County, N. Y. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and his son, Jeremiah, came to Ovid, Seneca County, N. Y., where he became a captain in the New York State Militia, before the War of 1812. Jeremiah, jr., his son, was born April 21, 1795, and was drafted in the latter war. He was at the battle of Fort Niagara under General Scott. After the close of the war. he came back to Ovid and married Anna, daughter of Nicholas Van Zandt, a native of New Jersey, in 1813, and came to Middlesex, now Potter, in 1815, occupying himself with farming for the balance of his life. He was justice of the peace for twelve years, assessor for three terms, and was very much respected as a citizen. He died September 16, 1860. Jonathan S. was born June 29, 1826, in Potter, N. Y., and educated at the common schools of that time. He has been a farmer and mechanic all his life. In politics he has been a Republican ever since the organization of that party. He was collector for the town in 1850, and assessor for about fifteen years. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Potter Center, N. Y. Mr. Barber married Sarah A., daughter of John Price, of Livonia, Livingston County, N. Y., October 4, 1848, and they had four children: Adaline, who married James C. Smith; Carrie, who married Michael Bragan; Florella, who married William Yaxley; and Cora Barber. Mr. Barber still lives on the old homestead, which is in a fine state of cultivation.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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