George Zimmerman and Catherine Hartzell?

In my entry for Valentine Zimmerman, I said I am unsure who his parents are.

The family oral tradition says he was the son of German immigrants, and his name was meant to be spelled Valentin Zimmermann.

However, I found this online which has caused some consternation.

Tree_Zimmerman-4151

Are these the parents of Valentine or a mistake? Has oral tradition led us astray? Here’s the info, help me decide.

Edited to add: while gathering information for this post, I happened across this previously undiscovered baptismal record on findmypast.com which I think may be the smoking gun.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births & Baptisms Transcription

First name(s) Valentin
Last name Zimmerman
Year 1814
Birth year 1814
Birth date 19 Oct 1814
Baptism year 1815
Baptism date 01 Jan 1815
Father’s first name(s) Georg
Father’s last name Zimmerman
Mother’s first name(s) Catharina
Mother’s last name Zimmerman
Place Reading
Diocese Berks
State Pennsylvania
Country United States
Institution Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials
Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Register Baptism
Date range 1751-1904
Record set Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, Births & Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Americas, United States

https://search.findmypast.com/record?id=us%2fbmd%2fpenn-bap%2f00219292&fulfillmentTypeKey=8655

Valentine Zimmerman

Vital Statistics from Ancestry.com

Valentine Zimmerman

1814–1877

BIRTH 19 OCT 1814  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA

DEATH 6 OCT 1877  Elk, Vinton, Ohio, United States

George Zimmerman

Vital statistics from FamilySearch.org

 
Sex
 
 
Death

From Find a Grave Index

BIRTH
DEATH 24 Sep 1835 (aged 51)
BURIAL

SunburyNorthumberland CountyPennsylvaniaUSA

MEMORIAL ID 130640652 · View Source

Sources:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Zimmerman-4202

FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KCBK-VVQ

Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/290189142685/facts

Catherine Hartzell

Vital Statistics from FamilySearch.org

Sex
Birth
Death

Sources:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hartzell-376
FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KH2N-91F
Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/290189142821/facts

 

To be continued…

 

Hugh Jay Barber

Up until now, this blog has been about my brick wall ancesters. But this is a tribute page to my great uncle Hugh Barber, son of my paternal great grandparents Mortimer and Hannah Durrin Barber.

Hugh Jay Barber was born on  31/Mar/1883, in Ellsworth, Pierce Co., WI. He died on 28/Nov/1963 and is buried in Tillamook, OR.

He was first married to  Anne RIPLEY on  in Tillamook, Oregon. Anne was born on  in Nebraska, United States and died on  in Tillamook, Tillamook Co., OR. She is buried in Tillamook.

Hugh next married Dorothy Marquam Bentley on 6 Jul 1934. Dorothy was born on 

Children

  • Helen Elizabeth b. 13/Aug/1909, Nehalem, Tillamook County, Oregon, USA; d. 14 JULY 2000, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA; m. Russel NELSON, b. 25 FEBRUARY 1904, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA; d. 9 MARCH 1956, Tillamook County, Oregon, USA 
  • Bessie Priscilla b. 13/Jan/1911; d. 13 JAN 2004 • McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, USA; buried in Bay City, Alameda, California, USA; m. Murl George PETERSON on 16 Dec 1934 in  Tillamook County, Oregon, USA 
  • Emerald Hugh “Rip,” b. 01/Aug/1912; d. 27 APR 1987, Tillamook, Tillamook, Oregon, USA; m. Elsie D. WILHITE on 3 Nov 1934 in Alameda, California, USA
  • Edith, b. 1919; d. 1920; buried in Tillamook County, Oregon, USA  
  • Glenn Jay, b. 22/Oct/1920; d. JUNE 5, 2000, Washington County, Oregon, United States; m. Maxine Hope LYSTER on 18 Sep 1949
Hugh Barber
 by Glenn Barber

When visitors enter the gallery that overlook the Tillamook Cheese Plant, at the far end is a display of medals. These medals were all won by one cheesemaker, Hugh Barber. For a better understanding of why these medals are on display here is a brief report on his life.

Hugh was born in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, on March 31, 1883. He was the oldest of the surviving three boys and three girls. The closest child was a brother, Leslie. When Hugh was 20 years old the family moved to Tillamook, Oregon. His mother wanted to be near her mother who had married Asa Fox and lived in Tillamook.  Hugh managed to finish eighth grade in Tillamook, and played football for the first Tillamook high school football team. He said they never lost a game while he was playing. Despite being forced quit school to help take care of the family; he was a well-educated man. The “Saturday Evening Post”, “Colliers” and the National Geographic” were part of reading at home. He continued his education by studying books on cheesemaking, reading Hoards dairyman and the Holstein-Friesian World.

Soon after arrival in Tillamook, the family moved to the head of Netarts Bay, across the tideflats next to the sand dune by the ocean beach. It was here that Hugh first learned to make cheese. Charley Wiley, the farmer the Barber family was renting from hired Hugh to ride to the little cheese factory on his farm and make cheese. This was not cheddar, but called brick cheese because to press the cheese a brick was placed on the floating lid of the mold to press the cheese into the final form.
Sometime during these early years, Hugh learned how to make cheddar from Guy Ford, who later became the dairy inspector for Tillamook county creamery Association.  Soon, Hugh and Brother Leslie bought a farm on the North Fork of the Nehalem River.

The brothers soon realized that the farm would not support two families, so Hugh turned to working in a cheese factory. He soon became head cheesemaker at the little factory of Aldervale. This factory was close to the farm he and his brother had bought.

It was here that one morning when he came down to open the factory he noticed a critter in the vat of milk. During the winter the farmers dried up most of their herd since the grass was not growing and the milk production would drop. The factory only made cheese every other day, on the off days the milk was put into the vat to await the next days milking. Closer inspection proved the animal to be a skunk (or the local civet cat which stinks just as bad) When draining the vat he discovered the only reason the one animal was able to keep its head above the liquid was by standing on the body of its brother!

It was about this time that the Tillamook county creamery Association was becoming a reality. One reason Hugh was in favor of the farmer’s cooperative was the variation in the quality of the milk received at the processing plants. He could always tell when the state farm inspector came into the county. That individual with his old white horse always entered the county at the southern edge and worked his way north. As he slowly came into the Nehalem country the milk at Aldervale would get better and better until it was really up to snuff. Then after inspecting the farms the inspector would go on to Clatsop county and soon the milk quality would decline until it reached the dismal quality before the annual farm inspection.

After some years he moved to Mohler factory and made cheese there. His next move was to the Fairview factory; he was now in the center of the county. And for the first time was making cheese within the Tillamook County creamery Association. The farmers built Holstein factory nearby and since Hugh was partial to Holstein cattle, it was a natural for him to make cheese there. The Fairview factory closed.

He was an innovator and Holstein factory reflected that trend. One of the firsts was to separate the butterfat from the whey and churning that into butter. For a time the association butter factory was located in the Fairview cheese factory building. One of the first mechanical stirring machines in Tillamook cheesemaking was put into use. Other innovations followed, to the betterment of cheesemaking in general and the Tillamook cheese industry in particular.

While at Holstein, for cheese to be entered into competition, he put the best milk into one vat while not completely filling that vat with milk. He would attend that vat personally and when it was time to put the curd into molds for pressing, he would only take out five 24-pound wheels of cheese. Hugh had noticed that the 24-pound cheeses cured better than the 5 pound and 2 pound cheese, he reasoned that the best curing would be a huge block of cheese. So rest of the curd was put into a 400-pound wheel of cheese. To press such a huge block of cheese house jacks were used and the cheese was kept into the mold for several days. Then the cheese was aged from 8 months to 18 months. He was right, this cheese proved to be premium and every year Meier and frank, a large department store in Portland would buy one or two of those huge cheeses and cut it as a publicity stunt. This was Tillamook’s finest since it was made from the same vat as the award winning cheese.

During the ‘30s Hugh read in the newspaper that Los Angeles county fair was going to score cheese. He sent one down to that competition and received the gold medal as top prize. This happened for 5 years in a row. The sixth year the cheese dame back without any score or explanation. So Hugh wrote to find out what had happened. The competition had been canceled and Hugh had won all the gold medals that were offered.

Over the years his cheese had placed first in the competition at the northwest livestock exposition. One letter he received from the exposition started out “As usual, we are eating Hugh Barber cheese”.  The winning cheese was cut and served at the exposition. Hugh had one disappointment while he was making cheese in Wallowa County. During WWII he was hired for one year to run a little factory between Enterprise and Joseph. He sent cheese to the livestock exposition and waited to see how well it did as reported in the newspaper. Nothing ever was reported and after the exposition closed he found that the officials were waiting on him to come to the exposition where they planned to get him up on the stage to present the award to him in front of the crowd.

When the one-year was over, he returned to Tillamook where he was hired as a co-maker at the Tillamook factory. He made cheese at that factory until he retired due to health problems. Throughout his career as cheesemaker he was always ready to help other cheesemakers with advice and problem solving. Much of the time he was asked to help with making prize-winning entries into competition. When asked about helping other cheesemakers who might do better in competition than he, his reply “everyone is different. No one will be able to make cheese like Hugh Barber”. One cheesemaker after Hugh had retired asked about some cheese that he planned to put into competition. After sampling the cheese, Hugh indicated one as young cheese another as medium and the third as aged cheese. All three won prizes at the fair.

Hugh was perhaps the best cheesemaker in the United States. His fame spread far and wide. During the depression, visitors came out of their way to visit the Holstein cheese factory. Many bought cheese and many sent money after reaching home to have the cheese shipped to them in various parts of the United states.

If he were alive today I am sure he would be in favor of the methods used by the creamery association to produce award-winning cheese.

As a member of the Hugh Barber family I am pleased that the Tillamook County Creamery Association has chosen to display his medals and keep the memory of one of the men who made Tillamook brand what it is today

Glenn Barber’s Passing
Wayne Barber – Jun 26, 2000

My father, Glenn Barber passed away June 5, 2000. He went to the doctor Thursday, May 25 because he wasn’t feeling well. He had a stroke in the doctor’s office, while the doctor was examining him. They put him in Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro (his doctor was also in Hilsboro) and they did further testing the following Tuesday. He had a mostly blocked carotid artery and needed multiple bypasses. They scheduled surgery at St. Vincent Hospital for Friday, June 2. They cleaned out his carotid and performed 5 bypasses, but he endured complications. Late Friday night he returned to surgery to repair a bypass graft. Saturday afternoon, he was back in sugery to remove a blood clot from his leg.  He was fighting to recover, and there was hope Sunday. But he went downhill Monday and passed  away at 10:40pm. He had a smile on his face when he died. It was peaceful.

His ashes are interred at Willamette National cemetary. The service was June 21. A memorial service was held at the Tillamook Methodist Church Saturday, June 24.

 Here is a biography I read at the commital service on Wednesday:

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 We are here today to pay our respects to my father, Glenn Jay Barber who passed away June 5, and to honor his memory.

Glenn Jay Barber was born October 24, 1922 in Tillamook, Oregon to Hugh J. Barber and Annie Ripley Barber. He joined the Navy in 1940 and served 8 years in the South Pacific during World War II. He talked often of his war experiences: of the time a kamakazi pilot was sure to sink the ship, but was shot down at the last second. He earned a purple heart after some shrapnel struck him in his eyebrow, but he didn’t talk about the medal. He was discharged from the Navy June 5, 1948 and returned to Tillamook. He was offered a couple of jobs, but settled for the offer from the U.S. Post Office.

 He met Maxine Lyster in Church and they were wed September 18, 1949. Their first child, Ken was born in 1951 and two years later, twins, Wayne and Lois were born. He was a member of the Tillamook United Methodist Church for 66 years.

Dad contributed to the community in several ways: he was a Boy Scout leader before I was born, he was an Indian Guide leader, and a 4-H leader. He loved photography which he began as a hobby while in the Navy. He taught his children and many others the art of photography in his 4- H camera club which he led for 30 years.

Dad wanted his children to play music and the three of us took piano lessons and later we took up band instruments. Since Dad played the trombone, it was only natural that his sons play the trombone as well. Dad told me he tried out for the Navy band, but wasn’t accepted. He later learned that most of the Navy band was killed in action at the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He played the piano, accompanying many young musicians in the community as they competed in musical performances.

During his career with the Post Office, Dad delivered the mail first on foot in the city and later as a rural letter carrier. I have heard it said in the past 2 weeks when people heard of his passing, this phrase, “He was my mail man,” yet he hadn’t delivered mail for 27 years! Each of his children remember special times riding with him on the route. Once I remember helping him deliver packages on Christmas day to families whose parcels arrived too late for delivery the day before.

During his tenure as a Rural Letter Carrier, Dad served as president of the Oregon Rural Letter Carriers association. Dad retired from the Post Office at the young age of 50. He said he was offered early retirement and it took him all of 2 seconds to accept the offer.

Dad kept active during retirement, cutting wood, hiking, taking pictures, volunteering at the Junior High School, and taking his grandchildren on special train trips.

Glenn is survived by his wife Maxine, his children Ken, Lois and Wayne, eight grandchildren, two sisters, Helen Nelson of Portland, and Bessie Peterson of Seaside. His brother Emerald Hugh (Rip) Barber and another sister, Edith Barber preceded him in death.

  Wayne Barber

Hugh Jay Barber

Cheesemaker, Dairyman, Family man, Citizen.  Born March 31, 1883, Elsworth, Wisconsin, died November 27, 1963, Tillamook, Oregon.

From dairyman, 1903-1905 to Brick cheesemaker under Charley Wiley on the Netarts Sand Spit, to Cheddar making under Guy Ford and Bennet to head maker at Aldervale, Netarts, Mohler, Fairview, Holstein (Enterprise, OR. 1 yr.) to Tillamook Creamery.  After retirement sold cheesemaking supplies over Western U.S., did special testing at the Tillamook Creamery Assoc. plant.

Trained many cheesemakers, gave help and tips to any maker asking for help.  Introduced separating cream from whey.  Brought many prizes and recognition of Tillamook Cheese from Dairy Shows.  Many of his medals are on display at the Cheese plant.

Helped in the breeding program of prize Barber Holsteins on farm owned by Hugh and brother Leslie Barber, and operated by Leslie.

Married Annie Ripley, 1908, and after her death, Dorothy Marquam, 1931.  He was admired by his children for his quiet ways, good humor, good judgment and fair dealing.  His formal schooling ended a few months after eighth grade but he continued to learn throughout his lifetime until he became an expert in cheesemaking and diary cattle breeding.

As a booster of Tillamook county he had a keen interest in promoting programs of advancement, particularly in education, dairy business, and cheesemaking; of Tillamook County and of Oregon interests, over a period of sixty years living and working in Tillamook County.

Dedicated by:  Emerald H. “Rip” Barber (deceased), Glenn Jay Barber, Helen E. Nelson, Bessie P. Peterson.

“Netarts Oregon Sandspit”
Remembered by Hugh Barber

The Mortimer Barber Family, three sons, and three daughters arrived in Tillamook County from Wisconsin in late fall or early winter of 1903.  That winter it rained every day for three months.  Mother Hannah marked her calendar.  She missed Wisconsin’s bright sun on white snow.  They lived on the Wilson River tideland north of Tillamook City.  The next spring they rented a farm on Netart’s Bay Sandspit from Gus Kunze who during several year’s stay, taught Hugh to make brick cheese.

Hugh was 21, Leslie two years younger and sister Pearl were all young people in the lively Netarts community.  Deer and bear were plentiful.  Hugh remembered most the huge flocks of ducks and geese.  One winter they decided to swim to the nearest one of the Three Arch Rocks off Maxwell Point.  Not knowing that the seemingly short distance was about two miles.  Winters in usual Southwest storms seemed so warm in contrast to ice of Wisconsin winters.

“By the time we knew it was farther than we thought” Hugh said, “We were too far out to swim back.”  He added, “We didn’t know if we could make it.”  He shook his head at their ignorance.

When the young people got together on long summer evenings Croquet was the game of the time.  They scouted the hills and found no level place for their court.  Finally the young men got together, shoveled off the top of the rounded hill back of the Desmond house and barn.  Any ball hit outside of the court had to be chased downhill.  That added to the excitement of the game.  The new and shorter road to Tillamook town very much the same route as today.  It was a two wheel ruts and so rough that people walked the seven miles if they didn’t have to pick up supplies.  The road it replaced was longer, and mostly on the level between the junction of the present road to Cape Lookout and the one along Netarts Bay.  It connected with the road along Tillamook River and o into town.

Leslie found a bear cub out on the sand dunes.  He felt that he would never use his arms again after holding the squirming animal at arms length, or get clawed by the squirming youngster.  The family decided to keep and care for the young animal tied.  He lived several years tied on the premises.

At that time the Bay’s salt marshes were diked to keep the salt water out of the grass pastures.  About 1950, Hugh attended a picnic never much where Cape Lookout State Park is located.  A plot of good sized tress on a mound amazed him.  He had mowed hay there forty years before!

Indians camped on the spit.  Kitchen Middens, piles of clam and oyster shells and bones of animals thrown out by the the Indians camping there.  They are under the control of Oregon State University and closed to the public.

About the same time, small vessels brought oyster pickers to harvest the native Netarts oysters for the San Francisco market.  The Community living there at the time didn’t hear that Lincoln was shot until the sailors brought news six months after his death.

Hugh learned to make cheddar cheese at Mapleleaf factory under Guy Ford, later under Bennet at Tillamook Creamery.  In 1910 he and wife Annie, who he met playing croquet, and daughter Helen, returned for a year to make cheese on the Desmond place across the shallow valley from the old croquet court.

Reminiscenses
The Lookout Home on the sandspit adjoining the Hill Monument

Cattle:
Jeff Wallace, cattlebuyer, bought some from Portuguese Thompson.  He drove them opposite Netarts and hired Indians to swim the cattle across to Netarts by canoe.  They were then driven north over Neahkahnie Mountain to a big slaughter house or over the south road from Doph to Sheridan to a packing plant.  The drover would put several husky steers ahead as they would be fast walkers.  The other, more or less, followed their fast pace.  A man was put behind the lead steers to drive them.  If they put slow ones ahead, they would bunch up.  Mr. Wallace had five or six good cattle dogs, on the order of Shepherd dogs, which were well trained.  If a cow left the trail or went into the woods the dog would get her out.  Big bulls were the hardest to handle.  They wore themselves, dogs and men out.

In early days, all calves were raised.  They usually came in the spring and were sold next summer.  Beef was more important than milk then.

Mr. Wallace wintered cattle in the woods on Neahkahnie.  He brought about a dozen head and put them on the place where the little summer store is just outside Cape Lookout park.  Hugh’s folk fed them daily.  This was the Palmer Place.  Hugh’s folk lived on the Jackson Place.

Once in a storm on Neahkahnie Mtn. the lead steers tried to turn in the narrow trail and six of the big three year olds fell to death.

The Austins who lived near brought oysters to Tillamook each week.  (Irma Mathews was one of the Austin children.)

Tanner:
A relative of Mrs. Albert Mason and her sister, Mrs. Blyback, made boots from seal-skins which he tanned.   He sold them to crews of boats which came in from San Francisco and sent the rest to the San Francisco market.  The boat gathered oysters in Netarts Bay.  Sometimes there were 200 men working according to Mr. Vaughn, the father of Amos, Guy et al.  They lived near Idaville.  The oyster beds were depleted.

Indian Burial:
Hugh heard they were buried on platforms in canoes.  Holes on the sandspit were where the teepees stood.  Teepees were made of poles, bark.  A Mill was on the Desmond place near the Netarts boat landing. Hugh used this creek for a boat landing when they lived on the Desmond place.

Cheesemaking:
Hugh learned to make cheese from Charley Wiley on the sandspit.  Tommy and Charles Lee, Englishmen, bought the factory and hired Hugh to make cheese.  Catterlin build the plant.  He started a butter plant on the Miami River.  He had been in the cheese business in Langolois, CA.  The plant had wood floor, vats made from tin shipped from England, seamed by a plumber.  The frame the vat sat in was called the ’tile’; sides were of lumber 20 inches wide; bottom planks were 12 inches; the pump was outside the door.

At the head of the bay Hugh made brick cheese out of 700 lb. milk daily.  Kunze who owned the place which Hugh’s folks rented was cheesemaker.  The Wiley place for down the spit got all the water for house and cattle at well.  Hugh worked for Mapleleaf under Guy Ford and at Tillamook Under Bennett on cheddar cheese before he made cheese on the Desmond Place near Netarts.

Cattle would go by the beach in strong wind to avoid flies.  Some settlers let them winter in the woods and they came out in good shape in spring.  He used 3 or 4,000 lb. milk for cheddar, closed up in winter, sold better to Tillamook then.  It was molded in 2 lb. rolls.

A Slice of History: Holstein Creamery

March 23, 2011

The Holstein Creamery was one of the many small little creameries that dotted the Tillamook Valley. It was established in late 1917, at which time it became a member creamery of the Tillamook County Creamery Association.

In this photo from 1938, Hugh Barber, head cheesemaker at the Holstein Creamery, accepts a load of milk from one of the dairy farmers. All of the milk was weighed and tested before it was sent to one of the cheese vats. Tacked by the door was a tally sheet showing the pounds of milk received, which is how a farmer was, and still is, paid for their milk.

The second cheesemaker standing by the vat is monitoring the filling of the vat and the beginning of the cheesemaking process.

The Holstein Creamery was located on Third Street in Tillamook, just east of the fairgrounds. At one point it burned down, a common occurrence at creameries since hot fires were needed to create the steam used to heat the milk. The Holstein Creamery was rebuilt and operated until its owners, along with three other local creameries, merged and created the Tillamook Cheese & Dairy Association. Together with TCCA, the two groups built the new, centrally-located plant, which is still a part of our operating plant today.

The Holstein Creamery was torn down a few years ago.

https://www.tillamook.com/community/blog/a-slice-of-history-holstein-creamery/

Reminiscences of Hugh Barber’s family

Mary Jane Hopkins and Steven Van Rensselaer had four sons.  The oldest is buried in Minn.  Mortimer Barber is buried in the Nehalem cemetery.  Chauncy (Uncle Chant) of Ashland, Wis. and Will of Spooner, Wis. is buried at Minong, Wis.

The earliest Barbers Hugh heard of was that three brothers came to the U.S. from Canada either to Michigan or NY from Ontario.  He believed it to be Michigan.  He said Mortimer’s some historical name.  Steven Van Rensselaer Barber was always called Van.

Grandfather Van Barber lived in St. Clair, Michigan, where the Diamond Salt Mines are.  (Carl Haberlach, head of the Tillamook County Creamery Ass’n. always insisted on using this salt in cheese making.  As late at 1957 it was still the purest salt.)  He went to Pine Island, Minn. to take up a homestead–probably near Rochester–when about 40 years old.

He married Mary Jane Hopkins, nicknamed Jenny.  During the Civil War, she was so frightened by the Indians of the Sioux uprising that they moved to Sycamore, Ill.  (the oldest of the four sons is buried in Minn.)  Here they separated.  She married Grandpa Davis from Mass, and a spiritualist.  The old pine chest belonged to him.  He brought it to Wisconsin.  They had a cherry wood drop-leaf table and mahogany chest of drawers.  Hugh remembers also a box-like checkerboard that folded up.  On one side was a game which the throw of dice determined the plays.  Eri B. Davis was a meat cutter.  Both were past middle age when married either in Illinois or Wisconsin.

He was aging so he became a caretaker at a lodge near Clear Lake.  He lived with Hugh’s folks.  He took a homestead near Spooner, Wis. when Hugh’s folks did in 1896.  This was at Big Casey Lake.  They sold both homesteads in 1903.  Hugh’s folks came to Tillamook, Oregon and Grandfather Barber went to Ashland, Wis. on Lake Superior to live with Uncle Chauncey (nicknamed Chant).  Another brother was Uncle Will.  He lived at Spooner, died at Minong, just north of Spooner.  One son is still in that area.  Hugh’s father, Mortimer Leslie Barber died in Portland, Oregon in 1920.  He had gone from their Nehalem home more or less on a prospecting trip.  (Hugh and brother Leslie went to Portland to make arrangements as their father died on the street.  The money he had with him was given to the boys by the undertaker there.)

Hugh remembers hearing his Mother’s father had a newspaper possibly at St. Paul which federal sympathizers demolished in the Civil War because of his belief of the South.  He was elderly then.  He had married Caroline M. Johnson in St. Paul Territory of Minn.  Ava Durrin was in the Civil War on the southern side.  (Hugh’s cousin Carrie West, a namesake of Caroline, told me that the children tormented her mother and her family by calling them “Copperheads.)

Grandmother Caroline Johnson was born Aug. 17, 1835 in Hella, Norway.  The earliest Barbers probably came directly to Canada if not from the states to canada, following the Civil War.  At least he was strongly pro-British.  Hugh thinks they were Welsh.  If not, they were English.

Hugh’s mother was Hannah.  Her sister was Mary born 1858 and her brother Ava born 1860.  Born 1863 in Minnesota Hannah was very erect, had a good figure, Norwegian type.  She looked very much like Caroline in the picture belonging to Hugh which Carrie West has.  When we moved to Enterprise, Hugh left the picture with Carrie West.

The Johnson family came to Virginia from Norway.  Caroline married Grandpa Fox after Grandpa Durrin died.  She died before he did.  They lived on the Trask River Acreage, later building the Fox house on Nestucca Ave., which is the second house south of Carrie West’s.  Aunt Mary Kinney took care of him about a year and got all his property.  Both died at __.  He was a year younger than she.  She reared Carrie Salton Scharf whose mother died in childbirth at Ellsworth, Wis.  The Scharffe family lived in Mountain Vie, Calif.  Stanley Fox was adopted and electrocuted on an electric line in Tillamook.

Hugh’s grandfather Steven Van Rensselaer Barber had hard eyes.  If you looked in them they never blinked.  They were gray or brownish.  He played cards but did not drink.   His wife left him.  She said he played cards too much.  He learned to read newspapers after he was grown.  He lived in Ontario Province, Canada and married in New York State.

His grandmother had black hair and blue eyes.  She was supposed to be Pennsylvania Dutch.  She was small, lean, about one hundred pounds.

Grandfather was of heavy build, never fat.  He was like Hugh’s brother Leslie.

Hugh’s father, Mortimer Leslie Barber, was born in Michigan, lived in Minnesota, Illinois, then in Wisconsin.  His grandmother was afraid of Indians during the Sioux uprising so they moved to Illinois.  Hugh thought his grandfather could not stand civilization so they moved to Wisconsin for frontier life.

Grandmother met step-grandad in Illinois.  He converted her to Spiritualism.  She thought Hugh would make a wonderful medium.  She married this man before Hugh was born or shortly after. (1883)  He was a big tall man with a hooked nose.  They moved in with Hugh’s folks.  He got sick at Turtle Lake.  Grandma cooked for a man at Turtle Lake.  Step granddad died so then she lived with Hugh’s folks until she died.  She is buried at Rocky Ridge, Wisconsin.

Grandfather Barber lived on a homestead adjoining Hugh’s folks.  He got too old so he moved in with Hugh’s folks.  He’d cut wood for Hugh’s mother, carried it in etc.  He walked ten and a half miles to visit Uncle Chant, his brother, when he was eighty years old.  He did not come West but went to Ashland to Uncle Chant’s, where he died.

Hugh’s Grandfather, Steven Van Rensselaer Barber, married Mary Jane Hopkins, who later married Eri B. Davis.

Their son, Mortimer Leslie Barber married on Aug. 13, 1881 Hanna Priscilla Zenobia Durrin who was born Dec. 18, 1863.  Her parents were Ava Durrin of Hartford, Conn., and Caroline Johnson of Norway.  Her second husband was Asa Fox who is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Tillamook, Oregon.

Mortimer Leslie Barber and Hanna Priscilla Barber oldest child was Hugh J. Barber born Mar. 31, 1883 at Ellsworth, Wis.  In Tillamook he married Anna Ripley on Oct. 21, 1908.  She was born July 3, 1884 and died Aug. 1931.  His second wife was Dorothy Marquam Bentley.  She was born March 27, 1893 and they were married July 6, 1934.  Dorothy died at Portland, Sept. 13, 1975.

Hugh Aunt, Marry A. Durrin, sister of his mother Hannah Barber, married William Kinney who was committed to a State Hospital where he died.  These were Carrie West’s parents.  Hugh barely remembers him.  Next Marry Kinney married Robert Eichinger (pronounced Iin ger).  This was about thirty years later.  He is buried in the Tillamook IOOF cemetery.  Later she married her third husband, Jacob Pesterfield, a fine gentleman.

Hugh’s Great Grandfather came to Michigan from Ontario.  He may be one of three Barbers who came to Canada from England or is at least a descendant.  His father lived in Michigan.  He had little education.  He became an alcoholic and would trade horses from someone’s old team etc., thereby keeping the family in want.

Grandmother Barber read continually–especially novels.  Grandfather Barber became a caretaker after he and wife separated.  The lodge was for vacation fishing or hunting located at Balsam Lake near Clear Lake, Wis.

After 80 years of age he was on a farm next to Hugh’s folks at Spooner, Wis.  He chewed tobacco, played cards, but did not drink.  He was stubborn, hot-headed, weighed 160 lb.. all the time, was muscular and strong for his age.  He did not want to give up their homestead in Pine Island, Minn., during the Sioux Uprising.  His wife did so she and maybe Grandpa Barber went to Illinois.  Later she married Grandpa Eri B. Davis, from Mass., either in Ill. or Wis.  He was a butcher.  His wife was dead 1876 but he had a son.

Grandmother Johnson had six brothers in the Civil War.  Five never came back.  She, Jennie, and husband lived by the Erie Canal when married.  They always talked of Towe paths and canals so when Hugh, while coming west, saw irrigation ditches in the Yakima Valley he thought they were canals.  She told about mules pulling boats along tow paths so Hugh was surprised that people called paths trails in Oregon.  Also what we call a creek was a brook in Wisconsin.

Grandfather Barber always brought presents when he came to visit–some trinkets, toys or candy.  He often brought cloth for Hugh’s mother to make clothes from.  He brought Hugh a Lincoln Cabin bank with two Canadian pennies in it.  When he was a caretaker he took care of the driving horses and milked the cow.  Also met the train with the horses when guests arrived.  He was good at figures.

Grandmother Barber lived with Hugh’s folks after her husband died.  This was at Spooner, Wis.  Before that she was a housekeeper on a homestead at Dunn Lake.  A Doctor owned it but his wife would not come there to the summer cabin.  Hugh was Grandpa Davis’ favorite.  When Hugh would stay over night with them Grandpa would heat a board for Hugh to stand on while dressing by the stove.  He’d hang the board on the wall much as we hang up a bread board.  Both grandparents are buried near Spooner, near Three corners on the Rocky Ridge Road, the one going to Shell Lake via Yellow River on the west side as you go north.

Dec. 1962:

Hugh thinks Grandpa and Grandma Barber were divorced in Illinois.  It was before he was 5 years old.  He thinks Grandma married Eri B. Davis at Clear Lake, Wis.  Uncle Will married Aunt Ida.

Uncle Chant married Aunt Emma.  Hugh’s brother Leslie went to school to Aunt Emma as did Hugh.  In school one day Leslie said that Uncle Chant had come.  This was the first time she had heard of her future husband.  This was at Joel, Wis.  She was still teaching when Hugh’s folk moved to Oregon in 1903.  She was the daughter of Dr. Brown of Turtle Lake, Wis.

Grandpa Durrin was born in 1811 in Hartford, Conn., so he thinks maybe his great grandfather or wife were there during the Revolution.  He is the man who had his newspaper destroyed during the Civil War, in Minnesota at Taylor’s Falls.  He was accused of sympathy for the South.  He died and Grandma married Asa Fox.  They are both buried in the IOOF cemetery at Tillamook, OR.  Both were 84.  She was a year older than he and she died a year earlier.

Hugh thinks Grandpa Barber was born in Michigan or Ontario, Canada.  His father lived in Michigan and Hugh remembers Grandpa went to Michigan to visit him–maybe at St. Clair as Hugh’s father was born there.  He was a small child near Rochester after the Civil War when the Indians rampaged.  They moved as his wife was afraid of Indians.  They lived in a village and each family had a cow and their kids herded them on the prairie in high grass.  Mortimer was small but he herded.  Grandma Mary Jane Hopkins Barber may have been born in Pennsylvania.  She often talked of York State where she once lived.  Her second husband always called her Jenny.  He was Eri B. Davis of Mass.

Grandfather Barber plowed prairie in Minnesota.  Some of the first wheat land.  At Turtle Lake he had oxen for farming and for work in the woods.  He did not put them on the road.  He made ox-yokes.  Oxen were cheap and did not have to by harnesses for them.

Hugh told of going when he was small with Mortimer to visit grandpa Van Barber.  They met an Indian Chief carrying a heavy wagon wheel on his back to get it fixed.  Mort turned around and took the chief back to the town and waited until it was repaired.  Then took chief and wheel several miles back to the Indian’s wagon.  The chief was on his way to the annual meeting of the tribes and out of gratitude for thier help, asked Mortimer and Hugh to attend in the long house.  After quite a while the chief came back out and said they could come in though no whites had ever been allowed.  The chiefs would talk and argue in their own language until they apparently came to an agreement, then would light the peace pipe and pass it from hand to hand around the circle.  Then repeat the process on what Hugh presumed to be the next business.  Hugh said the first time the pipe was passed, the Indian passed it to him.  He was so scared his father would not approve, but was more afraid of the Indians so he took a puff.

For more information, check out Hugh Jay Barber’s profiles:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barber-6680

FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LV3V-L18

Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/32276264113/facts

 

 

 

Hannah Priscilla Zenobia Durrin

hannaHannah Priscilla Zenobia Durrin Barber Pesterfield is my paternal great grandmother. She is the wife of my great grandfather Mortimer Leslie Barber, and the mother of my grandfather Earl Raymond Barber. (All three are pictured above.) I am trying to learn more about her parents, their families, and their origins.

Hannah Priscilla Zenobia DURRIN was born December 18, 1863 in Wabasha, MN. 

Her father is Ava Durrin, who was born April 19, 1811, in Southerlan, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Her mother was Caroline M. “Carrie” Johnson, who was born August 17, 1835, in Hella, Norway.  Ava and Caroline were married October 19, 1855, in St. Paul, Minnesota Territory.  After Ava’s death, Caroline married Asa Nelson FOX. Caroline died in 1918.

On August 18, 1881, Hannah married Mortimer Leslie BARBER in Clear Lake, Polk Co., WI.

Hannah’s sister was Mary Alza DURRIN, who was born 26/Apr/1858 in Reads Landing, Wabasha Co., MN.  Mary married 1. William Edward . KINNEY, 15/Aug/1875, Lincoln Center, Polk Co., WI; married 2. Robert EICHINGER before 1920; married 3. Jacob PESTERFIELD before 1930. Mary died in  in Tillamook, Tillamook County, Oregon, United States of America

Hannah married 2. Jacob PESTERFIELD after 1934.

Hannah’s brother was Nelson Ava DURRIN.  Nelson was born December 23, 1860, in Wabasha, MN.

Censuses from 1850 – 1920

1850

Name Ava Durrin
Age 34
Birth Year abt 1816
Birthplace Connecticut
Home in 1850 Eastern District, Grant, Wisconsin, USA
Family Number 592
Household Members
Name Age
Timothy G Collins 37
Rachel W Collins 32
Elbridge G Collins 12
A D L Collins 8
Julia A Collins 6
L C Wilson 24
Ava Durrin 34

1860

Name A Durrin
Age 50
Birth Year abt 1810
Gender Male
Birth Place Connecticut
Home in 1860 Township 111 Range 10, Wabasha, Minnesota
Post Office Wabasha
Dwelling Number 715
Family Number 638
Occupation Atto At Law
Real Estate Value 1000
Personal Estate Value 200
Household Members
Name Age
A Durrin
Caroline Durrin
Mary Durrin

1880

Name M. Caroline Fox
Age 45
Birth Date Abt 1835
Birthplace Norway
Home in 1880 Bashaw, Burnett, Wisconsin, USA
Dwelling Number 31
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name W. Asa Fox
Father’s Birthplace Norway
Mother’s Birthplace Norway
Occupation Keeping House
Cannot Read Yes
Cannot Write Yes
Household Members
Name Age
W. Asa Fox
M. Caroline Fox
Mary Fox
H. William Fox

1900

Name Caroline M Fox
Age 64
Birth Date Aug 1835
Birthplace Norway
Home in 1900 Trimbelle, Pierce, Wisconsin
Sheet Number 3
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation 30
Family Number 52
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Asa N Fox
Marriage Year 1870
Years Married 30
Father’s Birthplace Norway
Mother’s Birthplace Norway
Mother: number of living children 3
Mother: How many children 3
Can Read Yes
Can Write Yes
Can Speak English Yes
Household Members
Name Age
Asa N Fox
Caroline M Fox
Carrie L Fox

1900

Name Hannah Barber
Age 37
Birth Date Dec 1862
Birthplace Minnesota
Home in 1900 Bashaw, Washburn, Wisconsin
Sheet Number 8
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation 153
Family Number 153
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name S**Ta Barber
Marriage Year 1880
Years Married 20
Father’s Birthplace Massachusetts
Mother’s Birthplace Norway
Mother: number of living children 5
Mother: How many children 8
Can Read Yes
Can Write Yes
Can Speak English Yes
Household Members
Name Age
S**Ta Barber
Hannah Barber
Hugh Barber
Leslie Barber
Pearl Barber
Bernice Barber
Mabel Barber

1910

Name Hannah P Barber
Age in 1910 46
Birth Year abt 1864
Birthplace Minnesota
Home in 1910 Hoquarton, Tillamook, Oregon
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Mortimer L Barber
Father’s Birthplace Massachusetts
Mother’s Birthplace Norway
Native Tongue English
Able to read Yes
Able to Write Yes
Years Married 28
Number of Children Born 11
Number of Children Living 6
Household Members
Name Age
Mortimer L Barber 54
Hannah P Barber 46
Bernice I Barber 12
Mabel J Barber 10
Earl R Barber 7

1920

Name Carrie M Fox
Age in 1910 74
Birth Year abt 1836
Birthplace Norway
Home in 1910 South Prairie, Tillamook, Oregon
Race White
Gender Female
Immigration Year 1883
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Asa W Fox
Father’s Birthplace Norway
Mother’s Birthplace Norway
Native Tongue English
Able to read Yes
Able to Write Yes
Years Married 40
Number of Children Born 3
Number of Children Living 3
Household Members
Name Age
Asa W Fox 72
Carrie M Fox 74
Carrie L Fox 23
Stanley R Fox 12

1920

Name Hannah Barben
Age 56
Birth Year abt 1864
Birthplace Minnesota
Home in 1920 Nehalem, Tillamook, Oregon
Street North Fork Neholem Road
Residence Date 1920
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Mortimer Barben
Father’s Birthplace Massachusetts
Mother’s Birthplace Norway
Able to Speak English Yes
Able to read Yes
Able to Write Yes
Household Members
Name Age
Mortimer Barben
Hannah Barben

DEATH CERTIFICATE FOR MORTIMER LESLIE BARBER AS TRANSCRIBED BY ROBERTA CHESLEY

Death occurred in Multnomah County.
State: Oregon City: Portland
Full name: M. L. Barber.
Death occurred at St. Vincent Hospital.
Residence: Nehalem OR.
Personal: White Male, married to Hanna Barber.
Date of birth: Oct 17.
Age 63 years 5 days.
Occupation: Farmer.
Birthplace: Springfield Illinois.
Name of Father: Stephen V. Barber from Michigan.
Mother: Jane Mead from Pennsylvania.
Died October 22, 1920.
Autopsy was held and the findings were double labor pneumonia.
Duration: Not known.
Informant: Hugh Barber, Tillamook Oregon.

Children

  • Rafaella, b. 1/Apr/1882, Clear Lake, Polk Co., WI; d. 22/Apr/1882
  • Hugh Jay, b. 31/Mar/1883, Ellsworth, Pierce Co., WI; d. 28/Nov/1963; buried Tillamook, OR; m.1  Anne RIPLEY in  in Tillamook, Oregon; m. 2 Dorothy Marquam Bentley on 6 Jul 1934
  • Leslie, b. 26/Aug/1885, Clear Lake, Polk Co., Wisconsin; d. June 1934; m. Melissa SCOVELL
  • Pearl Louella, b. 20/Oct/1890, Gregory, Polk Co., WI; d. 1922, Tillamook, OR; m. Novadus KIRBY
  • Bernice, b. 20/May/1897, Bashow, Washborn Co., WI; d. 28/Jan/1976; m. Herschel SCOVELL
  • Mabel Jerusha, b. 24/Oct/1899, Spooner, WI; m. Samuel CURRY
  • Ira Leon, b. 22/May/1888, Clayton, Polk Co., WI; d. 28/Apr/1893
  • Earl Raymond, b. 2/Mar/1903, Spooner, WI; d. 17/May/1987, Salem, Marion County, OR; buried Tillamook, OR; m. 1 Gladys Julia HODGDON on 29/Nov/1923, in Vancouver, Clark Co., WA; m. 2 Mildred Jennie “Mickey” Bate Baxter Wade Barber Mertz on 7 Sep 1980 in Willamina, Yamhill, Oregon, USA
  • Twins were born 10/Nov/1895 at Turtle Lake, Barron Co., WI

From Hannah Priscilla Zenobia Durrin Barber Pesterfield’s Bible

AVA DURRIN, son of Noah and Mary Durrin was born in the town of Southerlan, County of Hartford and State of Connecticut on the 19th day of April, 1811.

CAROLINE M. DURRIN, daughter of Lewis and Alza Johnson was born in the town of Hella in Norway on the 17th day of August, 1835.

CHILDREN:
MARY ALZA, daughter of Ave and Caroline Durrin was born in the town of Reads Landing County of Wabasha and state of Minnesota, on the 26th day of April 1858.
NELSON AVA, the sone of Ava and Caroline Durrin, was born on the 23rd day of December 1860 in the city of Wabasha and state, Minn.
HANNAH PRISCILLA ZENOBIA, daughter of Ava and Caroline Durrin was born in the city of Wabasha, state of Minnesota, on the 18th day of December 1863 (and died at Tillamook, Oregon 1937)

2nd page.
AVA DURRIN was married to Caroline M. Johnson on the 29th day of October 1855, in the city of Saint Paul and the territory of Minnesota.
WILLIAM E. KINNEY was married to Mary A. Durrin on the 15th day of August 1875 in the town of Lincoln Center, County Polk, Wisconsin.
MORTIMER BARBER was married to Hannah Durrin on the 13th day of August 1881 in the village of Clear Lake, County of Polk, Wisconsin.
MORTIMER BARBER, son of Mary Barber and S. V. Barber was born in the town of St. Clair State of Mich. on the 17th day of Oct. 1855 (died Oct. 1920)
RAFAELLA, Daughter of Mortimer and Hannah Barber born in the town of Clear Lake County of Polk State of Wis. on April 1st 1882 (died at 3 weeks)
HUGH J. BARBER, son of M. L. and H. P. Barber was born in the town of Ellsworth Co. of Pierce on the 31 day of March 1883 state of Wis. (Died at Tillamook, Ore. Nov. 28, 1963)
LESLIE BARBER son of M.L. and H.P.D.Barber was born in town of Clear Lake Co. of Polk State of Wis on the 20 day of August 1885 (died June 1934)
IRA LEON BARBER Born on 22 day of May 1888 Town of Clayton Co of Polk State of Wis. Ira was called home on 28 day of April, 1893.
PEARL LUELLA BARBER born on the 20 October 1890.  Town of Gregory County of Polk state of Wis.  (died at Tillamook, Oreg. 1922)
TWINS born Nov. 10, 1895 at Turtle Lake Barron Co., Wis.
BERNICE BARBER born May 20, 1897 town of Bashaw Co of Washborn, Wisconsin
MABEL JERUSHA BARBER born Oct. 24, 1899, Spooner, Wis.
EARL RAYMOND born Mar. 2, 1903 Spooner Wis.

For more information, check out Hannah Priscilla Zenobia Durrin’s profiles:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Durrin-24

FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LV3J-KVJ

Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/32275717077/facts

To be continued?

Mary Jane Mead Barber Davis

Mary Jane “Jenny” Mead was born on June 5, 1834 in New York. Some records claim her maiden name is Hopkins. Her father Ira MEAD was born on 30/Sep/1805 and died about 1843. Her mother Salome was born on 28/Sep/1811 and died in 1860.

According to the 1880 census, Mary Jane’s parents were both born in NY; however, according to the 1900 census, her father was born in New York and her mother in Pennsylvania. Mary Jane is supposed to have been Pennsylvania Dutch.

On 10 Oct 1846, Mary Jane’s mother Salome Mead married Ebenezer Wilson in  Kane Co., IL, and they had a daughter named Salome Wilson.

Timeline

This is a timeline I’ve pieced together from censuses and family Bibles and recollections.

  • June 5, 1834 – born in New York
  • About 1843 – father dies dies
  • 10 Oct 1846 – mother marries Ebenezer Wilson in Kane Co., IL
  • 1850 – Federal Census shows her living with her mother and step-father in Batavia, Kane, Illinois, USA
  • October 10, 1852 – marries Stephen Van Rensellar BARBER in Michigan
  • 1853 – son Andrew is born in St. Clair, MI.  He died in 1872 in Brown, Stark County, MN
  • 1855 – son Mortimer Leslie is born in St. Clair, MI
  • 1858 – son William is born in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
  • 1861 – son Chauncy “Chant” Wallace is born in DeKalb, DeKalb Co., IL
  • June 1870 – Federal census shows family living in Stark, Brown Co., Minnesota
  • 1880 – According to US census, the family is living in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin
  • Before 1882 – Divorces Stephen
  • May 4, 1882 – marries Eri Brooks DAVIS in either Illinois
  • 1896? – she and Eri live on homestead with son Mortimer and his family.
  • 1900 – According to US census, the family (including Stephen, Mary Jane, and Eri B. Davis) is living in Bashaw, Washburn County, WI
  • April 18, 1901 – Eri dies.  He is buried near Spooner, WI, near Three Corners on the Rocky Ridge Rd, the one going to Shell Lake via Yellow River on the west side as you go north.
  • June 3, 1902 – Mary Jane dies and is buried at Rocky Ridge.

Marriage to Stephen Van Rensellar Barber

Michigan, County Marriage Records, 1822-1940
Name Jane Mead
Gender Female
Age 18
Birth Date abt 1834
Marriage Date 10 Oct 1852
Marriage Place Muskegon, Ottawa, Michigan, USA
Spouse Van Rensalaer. Barker
Film Number 000984230
Household Members
Name Age
Van Rensalaer. Barker
Jane Mead
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name Mary Jane Hopkins
Gender Female
Birth Place NY
Birth Year 1834
Spouse Name Stephen V Barber
Spouse Birth Place NY
Spouse Birth Year 1816
Marriage State of MI
Number Pages 1
Household Members
Name Age
Mary Jane Hopkins
Stephen V Barber

Marriage to Eri Brooks Davis

DeKalb County, Illinois Marriages, 1864-1962
Name Mary J Barber
Spouse’s Name Eri B Davis
Marriage Date 4 May 1882
Household Members
Name Age
Mary J Barber
Eri B Davis

Marriage of Salome Mead to Ebenezer Wilson (Mary Jane’s mother and step-father)

Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940
Name Ebenezer Wilson
Gender Male
Marriage Date 1846
Marriage Place Kane, Illinois, USA
Spouse Salome Mead
Film Number 001481107
Household Members
Name Age
Ebenezer Wilson
Salome Mead
Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920
Name Ebenezer Wilson
Gender Male
Marriage Date 10 Oct 1846
Marriage Place Kane, Illinois, USA
Spouse Name Salome Mead
Spouse Gender Female

Censuses 1850, 1870, 1880 & 1900

1850

 1850 United States Federal Census

Name: Jane Wilson
Age: 15
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1850: Batavia, Kane, Illinois, USA
Gender: Female
Family Number: 2172
Household Members:
Name Age
Ebinezer Wilson 44
Saloma Wilson 39
Jane Wilson 15
Mariah Wilson 14
Ebinezer Wilson 18

1870

1870 United States Federal Census
Name Jane Barber
Age in 1870 35
Birth Year abt 1835
Birthplace New York
Dwelling Number 5
Home in 1870 Township 108 Range 33 W, Brown, Minnesota
Race White
Gender Female
Occupation Keeping House
Inferred Spouse S V Barber
Inferred Children Andrew Barber
Household Members
Name Age
S V Barber
Jane Barber
Andrew Barber
Mortimer Barber
William Barber
Channeg Barber

1880

1880 United States Federal Census
Name Mary J. Barbour
Age 43
Birth Date Abt 1837
Birthplace New York
Home in 1880 Clear Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, USA
Dwelling Number 240
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Stephen Barbour
Father’s Birthplace New York
Mother’s Birthplace New York
Occupation Keeping House
Household Members
Name Age
Stephen Barbour
Mary J. Barbour
Mortimore Barbour
William Barbour
Chancey Barbour

1900

1900 United States Federal Census
Name Mary Barber
Age 65
Birth Date Jun 1834
Birthplace New York
Home in 1900 Bashaw, Washburn, Wisconsin
Sheet Number 8
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation 154
Family Number 154
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Wife
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Stephen Barber
Marriage Year 1854
Years Married 46
Father’s Birthplace New York
Mother’s Birthplace Pennsylvania
Mother: number of living children 2
Mother: How many children 2
Can Read Yes
Can Write Yes
Can Speak English Yes
Household Members
Name Age
Stephen Barber
Mary Barber
Eril Davis

Death Record for Mary Jane’s mother

U.S., Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880
Surname Salome Wilson
Year 1860
County Bourbon CO.
State KS
Age 47
Month of Death Dec
State of Birth NY
ID# 198_ 375981
Occupation NONE LISTED
Cause of Death LUNG FEVER

Davis Family Bible

mead
William W. Mead

Ira MEAD, b. 30/Sep/1805
Salome MEAD,  b. 28/Sep/1811
Henry MEAD, b. 20/Nov/1830
Loanna MEAD, b. 19/Jan/1833
Jane MEAD, b. 05/Jun/1835
Gilbert W. MEAD, b. 09/Apr/1835
William W. MEAD, b. 13/Jun/1839
George A MEAD, b. 29/Jun/1841
Julia M. MEAD, b. 20/Aug/1843
Salome WILSON, b. 25/Apr/1850 

 

BIRTHS

Eri B. Davis, June 30, 1818 Anna C. Davis, July 16, 1854
Catherine L. Goddard, Oct. 19, 1827 Henry G. Davis, July 3, 1857

MARRIAGES
Eri B. Davis
Catherine L. Goddard Sept. 19, 1852

DEATHS

Anna C. Davis Mar. 11, 1874 19 yrs. 7 mo. 35 da.
Catherine L. Davis Jan. 19, 1876 48 yrs. 3 mo.
Henry G. Davis Nov. 4, 1877 20 yrs. 4 mo. 1 da.
Eri B. Davis Apr. 18, 1901 82 yrs. 9 mo. 18 da.
Mary J. Davis June 3, 1902 66 yrs. 11 mo. 23 da.

 

Children

  • Andrew, b. 1853 St. Clair, MI, d. 1872 Brown, Stark County, MN
  • Mortimer Leslie, b. 1855 St. Clair, MI; d. 22 October 1920, Portland, OR; buried Nehalem, OR; m. Hannah Priscilla Zenobia DURRIN on  in Clear Lake, Polk Co., WI
  • William, b. 1858 Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI; buried in Minong, WI; m. Ida
  • Chauncy “Chant” Wallace, b. 1861 DeKalb, DeKalb County, MI; d. 20/Feb/1938, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN; m. Emma Amelia BROWN, on 28/Aug/1887, in Star Prairie, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin

REMINISCENCES OF HUGH BARBER’S FAMILY

Mary Jane Hopkins and Steven Van Rensellar had four sons.  The oldest is buried in Minn.  Mortimer Barber is buried in the Nehalem cemetery.  Chauncy (Uncle Chant) of Ashland, Wis. and Will of Spooner, Wis. is buried at Minong, Wis.

The earliest Barbers Hugh heard of was that three brothers came to the U.S. from Canada either to Michigan or NY from Ontario.  He believed it to be Michigan.  He said Mortimer’s some historical name.  Steven Van Rensellar Barber was always called Van.

Grandfather Van Barber lived in St. Clair, Michigan, where the Diamond Salt Mines are.  (Carl Haberlach, head of the Tillamook County Creamery Ass’n. always insisted on using this salt in cheese making.  As late at 1957 it was still the purest salt.)  He went to Pine Island, Minn. to take up a homestead–probably near Rochester–when about 40 years old.

He married Mary Jane Hopkins, nicknamed Jenny.  During the Civil War, she was so frightened by the Indians of the Sioux uprising that they moved to Sycamore, Ill.  (the oldest of the four sons is buried in Minn.)  Here they separated.  She married Grandpa Davis from Mass, and a spiritualist.  The old pine chest belonged to him.  He brought it to Wisconsin.  They had a cherry wood drop-leaf table and mahogany chest of drawers.  Hugh remembers also a box-like checkerboard that folded up.  On one side was a game which the throw of dice determined the plays.  Eri B. Davis was a meat cutter.  Both were past middle age when married either in Illinois or Wisconsin.

He was aging so he became a caretaker at a lodge near Clear Lake.  He lived with Hugh’s folks.  He took a homestead near Spooner, Wis. when Hugh’s folks did in 1896.  This was at Big Casey Lake.  They sold both homesteads in 1903.  Hugh’s folks came to Tillamook, Oregon and Grandfather Barber went to Ashland, Wis. on Lake Superior to live with Uncle Chauncey (nicknamed Chant).  Another brother was Uncle Will.  He lived at Spooner, died at Minong, just north of Spooner.  One son is still in that area.  Hugh’s father, Mortimer Leslie Barber died in Portland, Oregon in 1920.  He had gone from their Nehalem home more or less on a prospecting trip.  (Hugh and brother Leslie went to Portland to make arrangements as their father died on the street.  The money he had with him was given to the boys by the undertaker there.)

Hugh remembers hearing his Mother’s father had a newspaper possibly at St. Paul which federal sympathizers demolished in the Civil War because of his belief of the South.  He was elderly then.  He had married Caroline M. Johnson in St. Paul Territory of Minn.  Ava Durrin was in the Civil War on the southern side.  (Hugh’s cousin Carrie West, a namesake of Caroline, told me that the children tormented her mother and her family by calling them “Copperheads.)

Grandmother Caroline Johnson was born Aug. 17, 1835 in Hella, Norway.  The earliest Barbers probably came directly to Canada if not from the states to canada, following the Civil War.  At least he was strongly pro-British.  Hugh thinks they were Welsh.  If not, they were English.

Hugh’s mother was Hannah.  Her sister was Mary born 1858 and her brother Ava born 1860.  Born 1863 in Minnesota Hannah was very erect, had a good figure, Norwegian type.  She looked very much like Caroline in the picture belonging to Hugh which Carrie West has.  When we moved to Enterprise, Hugh left the picture with Carrie West.

The Johnson family came to Virginia from Norway.  Caroline married Grandpa Fox after Grandpa Durrin died.  She died before he did.  They lived on the Trask River Acreage, later building the Fox house on Nestucca Ave., which is the second house south of Carrie West’s.  Aunt Mary Kinney took care of him about a year and got all his property.  Both died at __.  He was a year younger than she.  She reared Carrie Salton Scharf whose mother died in childbirth at Ellsworth, Wis.  The Scharffe family lived in Mountain Vie, Calif.  Stanley Fox was adopted and electrocuted on an electric line in Tillamook.

Hugh’s grandfather Steven Van Rensselaer Barber had hard eyes.  If you looked in them they never blinked.  They were gray or brownish.  He played cards but did not drink.   His wife left him.  She said he played cards too much.  He learned to read newspapers after he was grown.  He lived in Ontario Province, Canada and married in New York State.

His grandmother had black hair and blue eyes.  She was supposed to be Pennsylvania Dutch.  She was small, lean, about one hundred pounds.

Grandfather was of heavy build, never fat.  He was like Hugh’s brother Leslie.

Hugh’s father, Mortimer Leslie Barber, was born in Michigan, lived in Minnesota, Illinois, then in Wisconsin.  His grandmother was afraid of Indians during the Sioux uprising so they moved to Illinois.  Hugh thought his grandfather could not stand civilization so they moved to Wisconsin for frontier life.

Grandmother met step-grandad in Illinois.  He converted her to Spiritualism.  She thought Hugh would make a wonderful medium.  She married this man before Hugh was born or shortly after. (1883)  He was a big tall man with a hooked nose.  They moved in with Hugh’s folks.  He got sick at Turtle Lake.  Grandma cooked for a man at Turtle Lake.  Step granddad died so then she lived with Hugh’s folks until she died.  She is buried at Rocky Ridge, Wisconsin.

Grandfather Barber lived on a homestead adjoining Hugh’s folks.  He got too old so he moved in with Hugh’s folks.  He’d cut wood for Hugh’s mother, carried it in etc.  He walked ten and a half miles to visit Uncle Chant, his brother, when he was eighty years old.  He did not come West but went to Ashland to Uncle Chant’s, where he died.

Hugh’s Grandfather, Steven Van Rensselaer Barber, married Mary Jane Hopkins, who later married Eri B. Davis.

Their son, Mortimer Leslie Barber married on Aug. 13, 1881 Hanna Priscilla Zenobia Durrin who was born Dec. 18, 1863.  Her parents were Ava Durrin of Hartford, Conn., and Caroline Johnson of Norway.  Her second husband was Asa Fox who is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Tillamook, Oregon.

Mortimer Leslie Barber and Hanna Priscilla Barber oldest child was Hugh J. Barber born Mar. 31, 1883 at Ellsworth, Wis.  In Tillamook he married Anna Ripley on Oct. 21, 1908.  She was born July 3, 1884 and died Aug. 1931.  His second wife was Dorothy Marquam Bentley.  She was born March 27, 1893 and they were married July 6, 1934.  Dorothy died at Portland, Sept. 13, 1975.

Hugh Aunt, Marry A. Durrin, sister of his mother Hannah Barber, married William Kinney who was committed to a State Hospital where he died.  These were Carrie West’s parents.  Hugh barely remembers him.  Next Marry Kinney married Robert Eichinger (pronounced Iin ger).  This was about thirty years later.  He is buried in the Tillamook IOOF cemetery.  Later she married her third husband, Jacob Pesterfield, a fine gentleman.

Hugh’s Great Grandfather came to Michigan from Ontario.  He may be one of three Barbers who came to Canada from England or is at least a descendant.  His father lived in Michigan.  He had little education.  He became an alcoholic and would trade horses from someone’s old team etc., thereby keeping the family in want.

Grandmother Barber read continually–especially novels.  Grandfather Barber became a caretaker after he and wife separated.  The lodge was for vacation fishing or hunting located at Balsam Lake near Clear Lake, Wis.

After 80 years of age he was on a farm next to Hugh’s folks at Spooner, Wis.  He chewed tobacco, played cards, but did not drink.  He was stubborn, hot-headed, weighed 160 lb.. all the time, was muscular and strong for his age.  He did not want to give up their homestead in Pine Island, Minn., during the Sioux Uprising.  His wife did so she and maybe Grandpa Barber went to Illinois.  Later she married Grandpa Eri B. Davis, from Mass., either in Ill. or Wis.  He was a butcher.  His wife was dead 1876 but he had a son.

Grandmother Johnson had six brothers in the Civil War.  Five never came back.  She, Jennie, and husband lived by the Erie Canal when married.  They always talked of Towe paths and canals so when Hugh, while coming west, saw irrigation ditches in the Yakima Valley he thought they were canals.  She told about mules pulling boats along tow paths so Hugh was surprised that people called paths trails in Oregon.  Also what we call a creek was a brook in Wisconsin.

Grandfather Barber always brought presents when he came to visit–some trinkets, toys or candy.  He often brought cloth for Hugh’s mother to make clothes from.  He brought Hugh a Lincoln Cabin bank with two Canadian pennies in it.  When he was a caretaker he took care of the driving horses and milked the cow.  Also met the train with the horses when guests arrived.  He was good at figures.

Grandmother Barber lived with Hugh’s folks after her husband died.  This was at Spooner, Wis.  Before that she was a housekeeper on a homestead at Dunn Lake.  A Doctor owned it but his wife would not come there to the summer cabin.  Hugh was Grandpa Davis’ favorite.  When Hugh would stay over night with them Grandpa would heat a board for Hugh to stand on while dressing by the stove.  He’d hang the board on the wall much as we hang up a bread board.  Both grandparents are buried near Spooner, near Three corners on the Rocky Ridge Road, the one going to Shell Lake via Yellow River on the west side as you go north.

Dec. 1962:

Hugh thinks Grandpa and Grandma Barber were divorced in Illinois.  It was before he was 5 years old.  He thinks Grandma married Eri B. Davis at Clear Lake, Wis.  Uncle Will married Aunt Ida.

Uncle Chant married Aunt Emma.  Hugh’s brother Leslie went to school to Aunt Emma as did Hugh.  In school one day Leslie said that Uncle Chant had come.  This was the first time she had heard of her future husband.  This was at Joel, Wis.  She was still teaching when Hugh’s folk moved to Oregon in 1903.  She was the daughter of Dr. Brown of Turtle Lake, Wis.

Grandpa Durrin was born in 1811 in Hartford, Conn., so he thinks maybe his great grandfather or wife were there during the Revolution.  He is the man who had his newspaper destroyed during the Civil War, in Minnesota at Taylor’s Falls.  He was accused of sympathy for the South.  He died and Grandma married Asa Fox.  They are both buried in the IOOF cemetery at Tillamook, OR.  Both were 84.  She was a year older than he and she died a year earlier.

Hugh thinks Grandpa Barber was born in Michigan or Ontario, Canada.  His father lived in Michigan and Hugh remembers Grandpa went to Michigan to visit him–maybe at St. Clair as Hugh’s father was born there.  He was a small child near Rochester after the Civil War when the Indians rampaged.  They moved as his wife was afraid of Indians.  They lived in a village and each family had a cow and their kids herded them on the prairie in high grass.  Mortimer was small but he herded.  Grandma Mary Jane Hopkins Barber may have been born in Pennsylvania.  She often talked of York State where she once lived.  Her second husband always called her Jenny.  He was Eri B. Davis of Mass.

Grandfather Barber plowed prairie in Minnesota.  Some of the first wheat land.  At Turtle Lake he had oxen for farming and for work in the woods.  He did not put them on the road.  He made ox-yokes.  Oxen were cheap and did not have to by harnesses for them.

Hugh told of going when he was small with Mortimer to visit grandpa Van Barber.  They met an Indian Chief carrying a heavy wagon wheel on his back to get it fixed.  Mort turned around and took the chief back to the town and waited until it was repaired.  Then took chief and wheel several miles back to the Indian’s wagon.  The chief was on his way to the annual meeting of the tribes and out of gratitude for thier help, asked Mortimer and Hugh to attend in the long house.  After quite a while the chief came back out and said they could come in though no whites had ever been allowed.  The chiefs would talk and argue in their own language until they apparently came to an agreement, then would light the peace pipe and pass it from hand to hand around the circle.  Then repeat the process on what Hugh presumed to be the next business.  Hugh said the first time the pipe was passed, the Indian passed it to him.  He was so scared his father would not approve, but was more afraid of the Indians so he took a puff.

For more information, check out Mary Jane “Jenny” Mead (Hopkins) Barber Davis’s profiles:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barber-6673

FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LV3V-CTP

Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/32276261003/facts

See also my entry on Steven Van Rensellar Barber

To be continued…

Stephen Van Rensellar Barber

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Stephen Van Rensellar Barber

Stephen Van Rensellar Barber is my paternal greatx2 grandfather. He was born about  in New York

There is so much confusing and contradictory information about him and greatx2 grandmother Mary Jane Mead Barber Davis that I am desperate for help. For the record, I think his middle name is in honor of Revolutionary War General Robert Van Rensselaer. Perhaps he was born in Rensselaer County, NY. Perhaps he’s not English or Welsh but Dutch. Anything is possible.

Timeline

This is a timeline I’ve pieced together from censuses and family Bibles and recollections.

  • December 1816 – Stephen Van Rensellar BARBER is born in NY.  According to the 1900 census, his parents were both born in NY.
  • October 10, 1852 – married Mary Jane MEAD in Michigan
  • 1853 – son Andrew is born in St. Clair, MI.
  • 1855 – son Mortimer Leslie is born in St. Clair, MI
  • 1858 – son William is born in Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI
  • 1860 – According to the US Census, the family is living in Round Grove, Livingston, Illinois
  • 1861 – son Chauncy Wallace “Chant” is born in DeKalb, DeKalb Co., IL
  • 1870 – According to the US census, the family is living in Township 108 Range 33 W, Brown, Minnesota
  • 1872 – son Andrew dies in Brown, Stark County, MN
  • 1880 – According to US census, the family is living in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin
  • Bef 1882 – Splits up with Mary Jane
  • 1896 – takes up a homestead at Big Casey Lake near Spooner, WI, with son Mortimer.
  • 1900 – According to US census, the family (including Stephen, Mary Jane, and Eri B. Davis) is living in Bashaw, Washburn County, WI
  • 1903 – Mortimer and his family move to Oregon, so Stephen moves to Ashland, WI, to live with son Chauncy.
  • ~1916? – Stephen dies in Ashland, WI.  He is rumored to have lived to be nearly 100 years old. 

Marriage to Mary Jane “Jenny” Mead

Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905

Name Van Rensalaer. Barker
Gender Male
Age 23
Birth Date abt 1829
Marriage Date 10 Oct 1852
Marriage Place Muskegon, Ottawa, Michigan, USA
Spouse Jane Mead
Film Number 000984230
Household Members
Name Age
Van Rensalaer. Barker
Jane Mead

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

Name Stephen V Barber
Gender Male
Birth Place NY
Birth Year 1816
Spouse Name Mary Jane Hopkins
Spouse Birth Place NY
Spouse Birth Year 1834
Marriage State of MI
Number Pages 1
Household Members
Name Age
Mary Jane Hopkins
Stephen V Barber

Censuses 1870 – 1910

1870

1870 United States Federal Census
Name S V Barber
Age in 1870 45
Birth Year abt 1825
Birthplace New York
Dwelling Number 5
Home in 1870 Township 108 Range 33 W, Brown, Minnesota
Race White
Gender Male
Occupation Farmer
Male Citizen Over 21 Y
Personal Estate Value 295
Real Estate Value 700
Inferred Spouse Jane Barber
Inferred Children Andrew Barber
Household Members
Name Age
S V Barber
Jane Barber
Andrew Barber
Mortimer Barber
William Barber
Channeg Barber

1875

Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
Name S V Barber
Age 55
Census Date 1 May 1875
County Dodge
Locality Milton
Birth Location New York
Gender Male
Estimated Birth Year abt 1820
Race White
Father’s Birth Location New York
Mother’s Birth Location New York
Line 5
Roll MNSC_5

1880

1880 United States Federal Census
Name Stephen Barbour
Age 60
Birth Date Abt 1820
Birthplace New York
Home in 1880 Clear Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, USA
Dwelling Number 240
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Self
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Mary J. Barbour
Father’s Birthplace New York
Mother’s Birthplace New York
Occupation Day Laborer
Months Not Employed 6
Household Members
Name Age
Stephen Barbour
Mary J. Barbour
Mortimore Barbour
William Barbour
Chancey Barbour

1900

1900 United States Federal Census
Name Stephen Barber
Age 83
Birth Date Dec 1816
Birthplace New York
Home in 1900 Bashaw, Washburn, Wisconsin
Sheet Number 8
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation 154
Family Number 154
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Head
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Mary Barber
Marriage Year 1854
Years Married 46
Father’s Birthplace New York
Mother’s Birthplace New York
Occupation Farmer
Months Not Employed 0
Can Read No
Can Write No
Can Speak English Yes
House Owned or Rented O
Home Free or Mortgaged F
Farm or House F
Household Members
Name Age
Stephen Barber
Mary Barber
Eril Davis

1910

1910 United States Federal Census
Name S V Barber
Age in 1910 88
Birth Year abt 1822
Birthplace New York
Home in 1910 Ashland Ward 8, Ashland, Wisconsin
Street S Twenty Avenue
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Father
Marital Status Widowed
Father’s Birthplace New York
Mother’s Birthplace New York
Native Tongue English
Able to read Yes
Able to Write No
Household Members
Name Age
Chan W Barber 49
S V Barber 88
Nora Barber 18
Lyle Barber 13
Myrtle Barber 11
Edna Barber 9

Children

  • Andrew, b. 1853 St. Clair, MI, d. 1872 Brown, Stark County, MN 
  • Mortimer Leslie, b. 1855 St. Clair, MI; d. 22 October 1920, Portland, OR; buried Nehalem, OR; m. Hannah Priscilla Zenobia DURRIN on  in Clear Lake, Polk Co., WI
  • William, b. 1858 Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI; buried in Minong, WI; m. Ida  
  • Chauncy “Chant” Wallace, b. 1861 DeKalb, DeKalb County, MI; d. 20/Feb/1938, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN; m. Emma Amelia BROWN, on 28/Aug/1887, in Star Prairie, St. Croix Co., Wisconsim
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William Barber

Death Certificate for Mortimer Leslie Barber as transcribed by Roberta Chesley

Death occurred in Multnomah County.
State: Oregon City: Portland
Full name: M. L. Barber.
Death occurred at St. Vincent Hospital.
Residence: Nehalem OR.
Personal: White Male, married to Hanna Barber.
Date of birth: Oct 17.
Age 63 years 5 days.
Occupation: Farmer.
Birthplace: Springfield Illinois.
Name of Father: Stephen V. Barber from Michigan.
Mother: Jane Mead from Pennsylvania.
Died October 22, 1920.
Autopsy was held and the findings were double labor pneumonia.
Duration: Not known.
Informant: Hugh Barber, Tillamook Oregon.

Reminiscences of Hugh Barber’s family

Mary Jane Hopkins and Steven Van Rensellar had four sons.  The oldest is buried in Minn.  Mortimer Barber is buried in the Nehalem cemetery.  Chauncy (Uncle Chant) of Ashland, Wis. and Will of Spooner, Wis. is buried at Minong, Wis.

The earliest Barbers Hugh heard of was that three brothers came to the U.S. from Canada either to Michigan or NY from Ontario.  He believed it to be Michigan.  He said Mortimer’s some historical name.  Steven Van Rensellar Barber was always called Van.

Grandfather Van Barber lived in St. Clair, Michigan, where the Diamond Salt Mines are.  (Carl Haberlach, head of the Tillamook County Creamery Ass’n. always insisted on using this salt in cheese making.  As late at 1957 it was still the purest salt.)  He went to Pine Island, Minn. to take up a homestead–probably near Rochester–when about 40 years old.

He married Mary Jane Hopkins, nicknamed Jenny.  During the Civil War, she was so frightened by the Indians of the Sioux uprising that they moved to Sycamore, Ill.  (the oldest of the four sons is buried in Minn.)  Here they separated.  She married Grandpa Davis from Mass, and a spiritualist.  The old pine chest belonged to him.  He brought it to Wisconsin.  They had a cherry wood drop-leaf table and mahogany chest of drawers.  Hugh remembers also a box-like checkerboard that folded up.  On one side was a game which the throw of dice determined the plays.  Eri B. Davis was a meat cutter.  Both were past middle age when married either in Illinois or Wisconsin.

He was aging so he became a caretaker at a lodge near Clear Lake.  He lived with Hugh’s folks.  He took a homestead near Spooner, Wis. when Hugh’s folks did in 1896.  This was at Big Casey Lake.  They sold both homesteads in 1903.  Hugh’s folks came to Tillamook, Oregon and Grandfather Barber went to Ashland, Wis. on Lake Superior to live with Uncle Chauncey (nicknamed Chant).  Another brother was Uncle Will.  He lived at Spooner, died at Minong, just north of Spooner.  One son is still in that area.  Hugh’s father, Mortimer Leslie Barber died in Portland, Oregon in 1920.  He had gone from their Nehalem home more or less on a prospecting trip.  (Hugh and brother Leslie went to Portland to make arrangements as their father died on the street.  The money he had with him was given to the boys by the undertaker there.)

Hugh remembers hearing his Mother’s father had a newspaper possibly at St. Paul which federal sympathizers demolished in the Civil War because of his belief of the South.  He was elderly then.  He had married Caroline M. Johnson in St. Paul Territory of Minn.  Ava Durrin was in the Civil War on the southern side.  (Hugh’s cousin Carrie West, a namesake of Caroline, told me that the children tormented her mother and her family by calling them “Copperheads.)

Grandmother Caroline Johnson was born Aug. 17, 1835 in Hella, Norway.  The earliest Barbers probably came directly to Canada if not from the states to canada, following the Civil War.  At least he was strongly pro-British.  Hugh thinks they were Welsh.  If not, they were English.

Hugh’s mother was Hannah.  Her sister was Mary born 1858 and her brother Ava born 1860.  Born 1863 in Minnesota Hannah was very erect, had a good figure, Norwegian type.  She looked very much like Caroline in the picture belonging to Hugh which Carrie West has.  When we moved to Enterprise, Hugh left the picture with Carrie West.

The Johnson family came to Virginia from Norway.  Caroline married Grandpa Fox after Grandpa Durrin died.  She died before he did.  They lived on the Trask River Acreage, later building the Fox house on Nestucca Ave., which is the second house south of Carrie West’s.  Aunt Mary Kinney took care of him about a year and got all his property.  Both died at __.  He was a year younger than she.  She reared Carrie Salton Scharf whose mother died in childbirth at Ellsworth, Wis.  The Scharffe family lived in Mountain Vie, Calif.  Stanley Fox was adopted and electrocuted on an electric line in Tillamook.

Hugh’s grandfather Steven Van Rensselaer Barber had hard eyes.  If you looked in them they never blinked.  They were gray or brownish.  He played cards but did not drink.   His wife left him.  She said he played cards too much.  He learned to read newspapers after he was grown.  He lived in Ontario Province, Canada and married in New York State.

His grandmother had black hair and blue eyes.  She was supposed to be Pennsylvania Dutch.  She was small, lean, about one hundred pounds.

Grandfather was of heavy build, never fat.  He was like Hugh’s brother Leslie.

Hugh’s father, Mortimer Leslie Barber, was born in Michigan, lived in Minnesota, Illinois, then in Wisconsin.  His grandmother was afraid of Indians during the Sioux uprising so they moved to Illinois.  Hugh thought his grandfather could not stand civilization so they moved to Wisconsin for frontier life.

Grandmother met step-grandad in Illinois.  He converted her to Spiritualism.  She thought Hugh would make a wonderful medium.  She married this man before Hugh was born or shortly after. (1883)  He was a big tall man with a hooked nose.  They moved in with Hugh’s folks.  He got sick at Turtle Lake.  Grandma cooked for a man at Turtle Lake.  Step granddad died so then she lived with Hugh’s folks until she died.  She is buried at Rocky Ridge, Wisconsin.

Grandfather Barber lived on a homestead adjoining Hugh’s folks.  He got too old so he moved in with Hugh’s folks.  He’d cut wood for Hugh’s mother, carried it in etc.  He walked ten and a half miles to visit Uncle Chant, his brother, when he was eighty years old.  He did not come West but went to Ashland to Uncle Chant’s, where he died.

Hugh’s Grandfather, Steven Van Rensselaer Barber, married Mary Jane Hopkins, who later married Eri B. Davis.

Their son, Mortimer Leslie Barber married on Aug. 13, 1881 Hanna Priscilla Zenobia Durrin who was born Dec. 18, 1863.  Her parents were Ava Durrin of Hartford, Conn., and Caroline Johnson of Norway.  Her second husband was Asa Fox who is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Tillamook, Oregon.

Mortimer Leslie Barber and Hanna Priscilla Barber oldest child was Hugh J. Barber born Mar. 31, 1883 at Ellsworth, Wis.  In Tillamook he married Anna Ripley on Oct. 21, 1908.  She was born July 3, 1884 and died Aug. 1931.  His second wife was Dorothy Marquam Bentley.  She was born March 27, 1893 and they were married July 6, 1934.  Dorothy died at Portland, Sept. 13, 1975.

Hugh Aunt, Marry A. Durrin, sister of his mother Hannah Barber, married William Kinney who was committed to a State Hospital where he died.  These were Carrie West’s parents.  Hugh barely remembers him.  Next Marry Kinney married Robert Eichinger (pronounced Iin ger).  This was about thirty years later.  He is buried in the Tillamook IOOF cemetery.  Later she married her third husband, Jacob Pesterfield, a fine gentleman.

Hugh’s Great Grandfather came to Michigan from Ontario.  He may be one of three Barbers who came to Canada from England or is at least a descendant.  His father lived in Michigan.  He had little education.  He became an alcoholic and would trade horses from someone’s old team etc., thereby keeping the family in want.

Grandmother Barber read continually–especially novels.  Grandfather Barber became a caretaker after he and wife separated.  The lodge was for vacation fishing or hunting located at Balsam Lake near Clear Lake, Wis.

After 80 years of age he was on a farm next to Hugh’s folks at Spooner, Wis.  He chewed tobacco, played cards, but did not drink.  He was stubborn, hot-headed, weighed 160 lb.. all the time, was muscular and strong for his age.  He did not want to give up their homestead in Pine Island, Minn., during the Sioux Uprising.  His wife did so she and maybe Grandpa Barber went to Illinois.  Later she married Grandpa Eri B. Davis, from Mass., either in Ill. or Wis.  He was a butcher.  His wife was dead 1876 but he had a son.

Grandmother Johnson had six brothers in the Civil War.  Five never came back.  She, Jennie, and husband lived by the Erie Canal when married.  They always talked of Towe paths and canals so when Hugh, while coming west, saw irrigation ditches in the Yakima Valley he thought they were canals.  She told about mules pulling boats along tow paths so Hugh was surprised that people called paths trails in Oregon.  Also what we call a creek was a brook in Wisconsin.

Grandfather Barber always brought presents when he came to visit–some trinkets, toys or candy.  He often brought cloth for Hugh’s mother to make clothes from.  He brought Hugh a Lincoln Cabin bank with two Canadian pennies in it.  When he was a caretaker he took care of the driving horses and milked the cow.  Also met the train with the horses when guests arrived.  He was good at figures.

Grandmother Barber lived with Hugh’s folks after her husband died.  This was at Spooner, Wis.  Before that she was a housekeeper on a homestead at Dunn Lake.  A Doctor owned it but his wife would not come there to the summer cabin.  Hugh was Grandpa Davis’ favorite.  When Hugh would stay over night with them Grandpa would heat a board for Hugh to stand on while dressing by the stove.  He’d hang the board on the wall much as we hang up a bread board.  Both grandparents are buried near Spooner, near Three corners on the Rocky Ridge Road, the one going to Shell Lake via Yellow River on the west side as you go north.

Dec. 1962:

Hugh thinks Grandpa and Grandma Barber were divorced in Illinois.  It was before he was 5 years old.  He thinks Grandma married Eri B. Davis at Clear Lake, Wis.  Uncle Will married Aunt Ida.

Uncle Chant married Aunt Emma.  Hugh’s brother Leslie went to school to Aunt Emma as did Hugh.  In school one day Leslie said that Uncle Chant had come.  This was the first time she had heard of her future husband.  This was at Joel, Wis.  She was still teaching when Hugh’s folk moved to Oregon in 1903.  She was the daughter of Dr. Brown of Turtle Lake, Wis.

Grandpa Durrin was born in 1811 in Hartford, Conn., so he thinks maybe his great grandfather or wife were there during the Revolution.  He is the man who had his newspaper destroyed during the Civil War, in Minnesota at Taylor’s Falls.  He was accused of sympathy for the South.  He died and Grandma married Asa Fox.  They are both buried in the IOOF cemetery at Tillamook, OR.  Both were 84.  She was a year older than he and she died a year earlier.

Hugh thinks Grandpa Barber was born in Michigan or Ontario, Canada.  His father lived in Michigan and Hugh remembers Grandpa went to Michigan to visit him–maybe at St. Clair as Hugh’s father was born there.  He was a small child near Rochester after the Civil War when the Indians rampaged.  They moved as his wife was afraid of Indians.  They lived in a village and each family had a cow and their kids herded them on the prairie in high grass.  Mortimer was small but he herded.  Grandma Mary Jane Hopkins Barber may have been born in Pennsylvania.  She often talked of York State where she once lived.  Her second husband always called her Jenny.  He was Eri B. Davis of Mass.

Grandfather Barber plowed prairie in Minnesota.  Some of the first wheat land.  At Turtle Lake he had oxen for farming and for work in the woods.  He did not put them on the road.  He made ox-yokes.  Oxen were cheap and did not have to by harnesses for them.

Hugh told of going when he was small with Mortimer to visit grandpa Van Barber.  They met an Indian Chief carrying a heavy wagon wheel on his back to get it fixed.  Mort turned around and took the chief back to the town and waited until it was repaired.  Then took chief and wheel several miles back to the Indian’s wagon.  The chief was on his way to the annual meeting of the tribes and out of gratitude for thier help, asked Mortimer and Hugh to attend in the long house.  After quite a while the chief came back out and said they could come in though no whites had ever been allowed.  The chiefs would talk and argue in their own language until they apparently came to an agreement, then would light the peace pipe and pass it from hand to hand around the circle.  Then repeat the process on what Hugh presumed to be the next business.  Hugh said the first time the pipe was passed, the Indian passed it to him.  He was so scared his father would not approve, but was more afraid of the Indians so he took a puff.

For more information, check out Stephen Van Rensellar Barber’s profiles:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barber-6673

FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LV3V-42H

Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/32276260840/facts

To be continued…

Valentine Zimmerman (or Valentin Zimmermann)

Today I would like to share my Zimmerman family history starting with my maternal . I am unsure who his parents are.

 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA, and ordained a minister of the United Brethren in 1836.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births & Baptisms Transcription

First name(s) Valentin
Last name Zimmerman
Year 1814
Birth year 1814
Birth date 19 Oct 1814
Baptism year 1815
Baptism date 01 Jan 1815
Father’s first name(s) Georg
Father’s last name Zimmerman
Mother’s first name(s) Catharina
Mother’s last name Zimmerman
Place Reading
Diocese Berks
State Pennsylvania
Country United States
Institution Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials
Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Register Baptism
Date range 1751-1904
Record set Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, Births & Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Americas, United States

Marriage to Elizabeth “Eliza” Brandt

Name Valentine Zimmerman
Gender Male
Marriage Date 27 Dec 1835
Marriage Place Fairfield, Ohio, USA
Spouse Eliza Brandt
Film Number 000295269
Household Members
Name Age
Valentine Zimmerman
Eliza Brandt

Censuses from 1850 – 1880

1850

Name Volentine Zimmerman
Age 35
Birth Year abt 1815
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Home in 1850 Sunfish, Pike, Ohio, USA
Gender Male
Family Number 1398
Household Members
Name Age
Volentine Zimmerman 35
Elizabeth Zimmerman 31
Francis A Zimmerman 13
Oliver Zimmerman 10
John W Zimmerman 5
William F Zimmerman 2
Volentner A Zimmerman 0

1850

Name Volintine Zimmerman
Age 36
Birth Year abt 1814
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Home in 1850 Franklin, Adams, Ohio, USA
Gender Male
Family Number 47
Household Members
Name Age
Volintine Zimmerman 36
Eliza Zimmerman 32
F A Zimmerman 13
Oliver pery Zimmerman 11
J W Zimmerman 6
W F Zimmerman 3
Volantine A Zimmerman 0

1860

Name Valentine Zimmerman
Age 50
Birth Year abt 1810
Gender Male
Birth Place Ohio
Home in 1860 Camp Creek, Pike, Ohio
Post Office Jasper
Dwelling Number 1942
Family Number 1913
Occupation Umbid B Minister
Real Estate Value 160
Personal Estate Value 275
Household Members
Name Age
Valentine Zimmerman
Elizabeth Zimmerman
Virda Zimmerman
Oliver Zimmerman
Wesley Zimmerman
William Zimmerman
Valentine Zimmerman
George Zimmerman
Aaron Zimmerman
Allice Zimmerman
James Zimmerman

1870

Name Valentine Zimmerman
Age in 1870 55
Birth Year abt 1815
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Dwelling Number 93
Home in 1870 Monroe, Adams, Ohio
Race White
Gender Male
Occupation Farmer And Minister Of The Gospel
Male Citizen Over 21 Y
Personal Estate Value 700
Real Estate Value 1700
Inferred Spouse Eliza Zimmerman
Inferred Children Valentine A Zimmerman
Household Members
Name Age
Valentine Zimmerman
Eliza Zimmerman
Valentine A Zimmerman
George Zimmerman
Aaron Zimmerman
Alice luphema Zimmerman
Abraham Lincoln Zimmerman

Civil War Service

Valentine Zimmerman 

Enlist Date Enlist Rank Enlist Age Army
15/Oct/1861 1st Lieut 47 Union

Promoted to Full Capt on 27 November 1862 
Served Ohio  Enlisted C Co. 70th Inf Reg. OH 
Mustered Out at Little Rock, AR on 14 August, 1865 
Transferred on 27 November 1862 from Company C to Company F 
Source: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio 
Abbreviation: OHRoster 
Published by on 1886 

Enlist Date Enlist Rank Enlist Age Army
15/Oct/1861 Captain 47 Union

Promoted to Full 1st Lieut on 27 November 1862 (As of Co. C) 
Served Ohio  Enlisted F Co. 70th Inf Reg. OH 
Resigned on 02 June 1863 
Source: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio 
Abbreviation: OHRoster 
Published by on 1886

Find a Grave information

Name Valentine Zimmerman
Birth Date 19 Oct 1814
Birth Place Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Death Date 6 Oct 1877
Death Place Vinton County, Ohio, United States of America
Cemetery Weaver Chapel Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place Bolins Mills, Vinton County, Ohio, United States of America
Has Bio? Y
Spouse Elizabeth Brandt Zimmerman
Children George Washington Zimmerman
URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/123738864

Children:

  • George Washington, b. June 1852, Ohio; d. Died  in Oregon; buried Hillsboro, OR;  
  • Alice Luphema, b. Born  in Pike, Ohio, United States; d. 17 May 1947 in Rockville, Sherman, Nebraska, United States; m. James Henry Bone about 1880
  • Abraham Lincoln, b. 01/Mar/1862, West Union, Adams Co, Ohio; m. Mary Etta Bone on  in Ohio

From the Compendium of History, Reminiscence, and Biography of Nebraska

ABRAHAM LINCOLN ZIMMERMAN.

       Abraham Lincoln Zimmerman, one of the leading, business men of Sherman county, Nebraska, is an extensive dealer in real estate, has a factory for manufacturing cement blocks, and various other interests in his part of the state. He spent six years in the ministry in central Nebraska, and he and his wife have been important factors in the religious and educational life of Sherman county, both always ready to espouse the cause of right and progress.

    Mr. Zimmerman was born near West Union, Adams county, Ohio, March 1, 1862, youngest of a family of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, born to Valentine and Elizabeth (Brandt) Zimmerman, both natives of Pennsylvania. He was reared on a farm in his native state, and received the usual educational advantages accorded farmers’ sons in the district schools of the time. His father was a soldier in the civil war, and at the time of his discharge was captain of Company F, Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the promotion from the rank of lieutenant to that of captain given for gallant conduct on the field of battle. He died in Ohio in 1876, at which time Abraham L., was in his fourteenth year. Being the only son at home, be cared for his mother and the responsibilities of the farm. Later he engaged in the tombstone business with a brother, George, at Cynthiana, Ohio, which they closed out in 1880, and in November of that year came to Sherman county, Nebraska. George Zimmerman brought his wife and three children, and took up a homestead six miles west, of Loup City. In 1883, the mother came to the county, accompanied by her daughter, Alice, and the lather’s husband, James Bone. She lived with her son, Abraham L., until a few months before her death in the latter months of 1892, passing away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Bone. Another son, John Zimmerman, came to Nebraska, and for several years was a minister in that state, in the service of the United Brethren church.

    Another son, Valentine A. Zimmerman, also became a resident of the state, and a daughter, Alverda, (Mrs. Charles Whitmore) came to Nebraska with her husband in 1885. Those of the children who now live there are Abraham Lincoln, the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Bone, Mrs. Whitmore, and Reverend John Zimmerman, who occupies a pulpit at Orchard, Nebraska. The other members of the family are scattered into several states
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       Abraham L. Zimmerman eventually took up a homestead in the same locality as his brother George, and at that time had few neighbors, few homesteads having been filed in the neighborhood, so that the two were among the pioneers of the region. In 1882 be returned to Ohio to be married, and there, February 1, 1882, he was united with Miss Etta Bone, a native of McConnelsville, Ohio. Her parents, Jacob and Elizabeth (Harkless) Bone, were also natives of the Buckeye state. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman began housekeeping on the Nebraska homestead, where they .lived until 1892. Prior to the time the railroad passed through Loup City, in 1886, Mr. Zimmerman had a small general merchandise store on his farm, and was instrumental in securing a postoffice there, known as Cleoria, of which his wife was postmistress. They were also the prime movers in securing the erection of the first school building in the neighborhood, and the first protestant church edifice in the county, it being erected by a congregation of the United Brethren.
       During the years 1892 and 1893, Mr. Zimmerman lived in Loup City, but returned to the farm in 1894, and in the following year he entered the ministry of the United Brethren church, serving three years as pastor of three congregations near Gibbon, two years at Marquette, and one year at Aurora, during which time he resided two years at Gibbon, two at Marquette, and one at Aurora, In 1901 he abandoned the ministry, and returned to his farm, at that time embarking in the real estate business in company with Mr. O. Gunnarson. In 1903 he brought his family to Loup City, where they expect to make their permanent home. They have a modern, comfortable residence there, pleasantly located near the central part of town, During the many years he carried on agricultural pursuits, he had various business interests outside his farm, and he has had much to do with the advancement of various interests in central Nebraska. Every enterprise with which he has been connected has benefited through his energy and business foresight.

       Mr. Zimmerman and wife have three children, namely: Archie O., Elizabeth and Elva E. Archie O., was born in Sherman county, January 30, 1885, lives on his own farm near Loup City, and has one child; Elizabeth, married William Owen, and they have one child, and live at Sunnyside, Washington, where Mr. Owen is connected with the United States reclamation service; Elva E. Zimmerman, for a number of years a teacher of vocal and instrumental music in Loup City, was married, March 19, 1911, to R. H. Mathew, who served four years as county attorney, and was at the time of his first election the youngest official ever elected to that important position in the state.

       Mr. Zimmerman’s first dwelling on his homestead was a small “soddy,” with a dirt roof, in which he lived three years, and which was replaced later with a commodious house, lathed and plastered, and in this the family lived for four years. Since selling the homestead farm, Mr. Zimmerman has purchased a farm of two hundred and forty acres north of Loup City, and another of three hundred and twenty acres south of town, besides a number of small tracts. He also owns a fine tract of timber sixteen miles south of Richmond, Virginia, which was an old plantation before the war, and has since grown up in a forest of fine trees.

       Mr. Zimmerman is a republican in politics. and a member of the fraternal order the Loyal Mystic Legion, and also the Modern Woodmen of America.

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