WARREN BARBER, a prosperous and successful farmer of Union township, was born October 24, 1835, and is a son
of Samuel C. and Hannah (Murlin) Barber.
Upon leaving his native State, New York, Samuel Barber moved first to Kentucky and then to Mercer County, Ohio,
locating in Union township in 1828 and purchasing 120 acres of timberland one and a fourth miles southeast of Mendon.
He cleared this land and placed it under cultivation. He was one of the very earliest settlers of the township
and county. He was the father of five children: Relief, who married Isaiah Johns, a resident of Mendon, and died
some years ago; Lucretia, deceased, who was the wife of John Bolton; Austin, deceased; Warren; and Abram, who was
captain of Company C, 31st Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. Samuel Barber died in 1851 at the age of 145 years and his wife
died in 1844.
Warren Barber was reared on his father's farm and received his education in the district schools. At that time
all this section was a wilderness and there was only one house between the' Barber home and Neptune on the road
to St. Marys, which was the market for a large part of Mercer County. His father drove twice a year to Piqua to
get his wheat ground. The canal was then being constructed. There was only one small store at Mendon, and the other
leading industries of the place consisted of a grist mill for grinding corn, a tannery and a blacksmith shop. In
1847, when a boy of 12 years, our subject accompanied his father on a trip to Wisconsin, while moving a family
through in a wagon, the cattle being driven. They passed through Fort Wayne, Chicago and Milwaukee. Chicago, a
very small place at that time, was scarcely considered a rival of Fort Wayne. It required seven weeks to make the
trip there and bath. Mr. Barber remembers two Indians who often came to his father's house when he was a boy, to
After reaching manhood, Mr. Barber began farming as a renter, although he owned a small farm of 4o acres. He continued
to rent until 1860, when he sold the 40 acre tract and purchased another farm, to which he has added until he now
has an estate of 145 acres. He has cleared the greater part of his farm and has assisted in clearing several other
In 1863 he enlisted in Comjany K, 88th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and served under Colonel Neff, Capt. Waldo F. Davis,
1st lieutenant Quick and 2nd lieutenant J. H. Patterson, the last named now a resident of Ada, Ohio. He was mustered
out at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio, and was honorably discharged July 3, 1865.
Mr. Barber was married March 11, 1857, to Sallie Hamilton, a daughter of William Hamilton, of Union township. Mrs.
Barber was one of a family of children, as follows: Polly Ann, who married James Shepherd, and resides in Union
township; Lois Hamilton, who married Cynis Hussey, and resides in Salem township, Auglaize County; Hugh, deceased,
whose widow lives in Union township; Sallie, wife of our subject; Isabelle, who married John A. Marlin, and resides
in Mendon; and William, deceased, whose family resides in Union township. Mr. and Mrs. Barber have had six children,
namely: Martha L., who married J. H. Wright, and at her death left three children - Arthur, Zile and Maude; A.
Harry, a merchant at Mendon, who married Clara Marlin and has four children - Mae, Meryl, Robert and Warren; Susan,
who married Giles P. Murlin, resides in Union township and has one child, Josephine, who married Alpa Miller, and
has one child - Dwight, the great grandson of our subject; Lulu May, who married Horatio Hooper, and at her death
left two children - Ralph and Ruth; Sophronia, deceased; and Walter, who married Celia Brewer, a daughter of Alpheus
Brewer, and has fort children - Vaughn, Kenneth, Janice and Keeth. Walter Barber owns a farm in Union township,
and also runs his father's farm. In March, 1907, Mr. and Mrs. Barber will celebrate their golden wedding, 'having
lived happily together since March 11, 1857. Mr. Barber is a Republican in politics, but reserves the right to
vote for the best man for office. He is now serving his third term as township trustee. A picture of a portion
of the Barber family, showing four generations, accompanies this sketch.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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