Notes on James & Elizabeth Barker

   My name is Tony D'Agostino.  I am a descendant of James and Elizabeth
Barker.  I have put the following notes on this page to help fellow
descendants of the Barkers learn about their ancestry.
   You will note that Elizabeth is believed by some to be a descendant of
the Tudor family of England.  I am currently researching the Tudor family
tree to see if that is true.  You will find a link below to my research
on them.
   

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page 12, "The Greene County Catskills a History" by Field Horne (974.738 H815g)

     Just after the French and Indian War, James Barker, an English lawyer, 
is said to have brought 23 "former tenants" with their families to 
Woodstock in the Town of Cairo.  Often called "The Patroon," he was nothing 
of the kind; in fact, the story about his former tenants has never been 
documented.  But it is certain that James Barker and his wife Elizabeth 
came from Blythe, Nottingham, where they had been married in 1757, and 
they settled at Woodstock about 1765, when he acquired 3,423 acres in 
two transfers.  They were certainly there in the summer of 1767, when 
they buried a child there.17   Beers suggests there were other settlements 
in Cairo before the Revolution, "squatters"who built log houses; Indians 
are known to have attacked such a farm in 1780.

page 12-13
Richard Smith of New Jersey wrote in 1769:
   Two sloops belong to Kaatskill, a little beyond the Mouth whereof 
lies the large Island of Vastric [Rogers].  There is a House on the 
North Side of the Creek and another with several Saw Mills on the South 
Side but no Town as we expected.  Sloops go no further than Dyer House 
about Half a Mile up the Creek.  The Lands on both Sides of Kaatskill 
[Creek] belong to Vanberger, Van Vecthe, Salisbury, Dubois & a Man in 
York.  Their Lands, as our Skipper says, extend up the Creek 12 Miles to 
Barker the English Gentleman his Settlement.  The Creek runs through the 
Kaatskill Mountains said hereabouts to be at the Distance of 12 or 14 
Miles from the North River but there are Falls above which obstruct the 
Navigation.34

17 Beers, 87, 106; Gehring, 387-88
34 Richard Smith, 13.

Beers, J.B., ed. History of Greene County. New York: J.B. Beers and Co., 1884.
Gehring, Charles T. Fort Orange Court Minutes 1652-60.  Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse 
University Press, 1990.
Smith, Richard.  A Tour of Four Great Rivers.  Edited by Francis W. Halsey.  
New York: Scribner, 1906.

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pp. 30, "History of Greene County" by Jessie Van Vechten Vedder (974.737 V415)
   
   Woodstock stared out with great promise for the future, being the oldest 
settlement of any size in the town of Cairo, when James Baker, known as 
"The Patroon," settled here with his tenantry of 23 families shortly before 
the Revolution.  The Barker Patent covered 6,000 acres of land and extended 
from Woodstock nine miles north to the town of Durham on both sides of the 
Katskill....

pp. 36-37, "History of Greene County" by Jessie Van Vechten Vedder (974.737 V415)

   James Barker, who was known as "the Patroon" came from London, England, 
where he was born in 1727, and settled first at Catskill.  His stay there 
was probably short.  "He was a prominent member of the English Bar, and his 
wife a lineal descendant of the Tudors."  She had married James Barker 
against her parents' wishes, left rank and friends and came to America with 
the husband of her choice to settle in a new country which was practically 
a wilderness.
   Mr. Barker had forfeited his claim to a large estate in England to 
which he was heir.  They brought with them 23 families, former tenants.  
He first purchased a tract of land in the town of Durham, and when his
wife received a part of her mother's estate, they added land in the town 
of Cairo* (Woodstock).  Soon dwellngs were put up, the land was cleared 
for planting and sowing, and community life began under as excellent 
conditions as could exist in a new and unsettled country.
    On Sundays his tenants were called together for divine service, which 
he conducted himself according to the form of the Church of England.  A 
lawyer by profession, he found little time or perhaps inclination to follow 
it.  Now and then he figured in a great criminal case, and defended his 
friend Salisbury in his famous murder case at Catskill, which never came 
to trial.  He took no part in the Revolutionary War, either for or against 
it.  His life and property were often in danger from the Indians and Tories, 
and he was obliged to bury his money and silver, much of which was never 
recovered.  Mr. Barker lived to be ninety-three years of age; his wife 
Elizabeth Moore Barker died in 1796, aged fifty-eight years.

     *Tagphkight and Magquamsasick, two plains along the Catskill, "between 
the two creeks" (400 acres above Potick) was granted to Elizabeth Barker 
in 1791.
     A document at Catskill Public Library proves that the indictment 
was "quashed."

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The marriage of Elizabeth (Wooer) Barker's parents:
IGI entry:
David Wooer
sex: M
Marriage(s):
Spouse: Mary Herrot
Marriage: 29 Nov 1737
Barnby Dun, Yorkshire, England
(Note: Mary mentions a niece named "Catherine Harrot" in her will)
......................................................................
A true copy of the Register of Bawtry for the year 1738
Christenings
Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. David Wooer September 3
......................................................................
Burials 1748
Mr. David Wooer January 29
Note the year would be 1748/49 because his burial was after January 1st.
......................................................................
The Second marriage of Mary (Herrot) Wooer: 
Entry in volume II of "Abstracts of Nottinghamshire Marriage Licenses" on page 499:
Nov. 27 (1749) Thomas Spavold,, of Bawtry, co. York, grocer, 23 & a
month, & Mary Wooer, of same, 39 , wid.; at Blyth.
    From this, we now know that Elizabeth's mother was born in 1710,
probably in Bawtry, Yorkshire and married someone named "Wooer".  I can
see the names Wooer and Moore being confused, easily.
......................................................................
The Will of Mary (Herrot) Spavold, the mother of Elizabeth (Wooer) Barker
page 375, "NY Calendar of Wills 1626-1836" by Fernow (929.347 F366)

# 1654
1779 Decbr. 14
1791 Septbr. 5
Spavold, Mary, of Bawtry, County of York, England, widow.  Daughter 
Elizabeth, wife of James Barker, of Katskil, Albany Co., N. Y., niece 
Catherine Harrot; Mary, da. of Robert Spencer of Hodsark, George Gooddy 
of Bawtry, mercer and draper.  Personal Property.  Executor George Gooddy.  
Witnesses Mary Howson and Thos. Thirkell, George Remsen of N. Y. City, 
merchant, attorney for Elizabeth Barker, made administrator.  Recorded 
ut supra, p. 436.




The children of James and Elizabeth Barker

Thomas Barker 
born 1757.04.25

Sarah Barker 
born 1759.08.14
married Frederic Ecklor

Mary Barker 
born 1761.04.29

Elizabeth Barker 
born 1763.04.20
married Thomas Taylor

John Barker 
born 1764.12.14

James Barker 
born 1766.08.27 in Woodstock, NY
died 1767.09.03 in Woodstock, NY

Ann Barker 
born 1768.08.23

Jane Barker
married Benjamin Olmstead

Nancy Barker
married Lawrence Salisbury
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Descendants of James Barker
			
	1  	James Barker	1727 - 1820
.		+Elizabeth Wooer	1738 - 1796
........	2  	Jane Barker	
............		+Benjamin Olmstead	1770 -
........	2  	Nancy Barker	
............		+Lawrence Salisbury	1760 - 1825
...................	3  	Fanny Salisbury	1791 - 1822
.......................		+Albert Salisbury	1781 -
...................	3  	Eunice Salisbury	1792 -
.......................		+Jonas Persen	
...................	3  	Ketura Salisbury	1794 -
........	2  	Thomas Barker	1757 - 1815
............		+Polly Dederick	
...................	3  	Catherina Barker	
...................	3  	James Barker	
...................	3  	Elizabeth Barker	
...................	3  	Thomas Barker	1798 - 1840
.......................		+Elizabeth Woodard	
..............................	4  	Horace Barker	1822-1910
..............................	4  	Lewis Barker	1823 - 1882
..................................		+Caroline Squires	1829 -
...................	3  	George Barker	
...................	3  	William Barker	
........	2  	Sarah Barker	1759 - 1800
............		+Frederic Ecklor
...................     3       Andrus Eiklor
.......................		+Catherine Vought
..............................	4  	Sally Eiklor 
..................................	+Reuben Russell
..............................	4  	Godfrey Eiklor 
..................................	+Millie Strope
..............................	4  	Polly Eiklor 
..................................	+Jerry Morris
..............................	4  	David Eiklor 
..................................	+Sally Russell (widow of Isaac Vought)	
..............................	4  	Daniel Eiklor 
..................................	+Weltha Rowe
..............................	4  	Betsy Eiklor 
..................................	+Henry Wilmot
...................     3       David Eiklor
.......................		+Dena Huyck
...................     3       John Eiklor
...................     3       George Eiklor
...................     3       Susanna Eiklor
...................     3       Jennie Eiklor	
........	2  	Mary Barker	1761 - 1831
............		+Frederick Dedrick	1762 - 1822
...................	3  	James Dedrick	
...................	3  	Sarah Dedrick	1791 - 1792
...................	3  	Cornelia Dedrick	1802 - 1855
.......................		+James Wooster	- 1833
..............................	4  	Mary Wooster	1826 -
..................................	+Mr Hover	
..............................	4  	James C. Wooster	1828 - 1901
..................................	+Maria M. Lewis	1838 - 1909
...................		*2nd Husband of Cornelia Dedrick:	
.......................		+James White	1802 - 1853
..............................	4  	Matilda White	1833 -
..............................	4  	Charles Edward White	1838 - 1914
..................................		+Mary Lysandria Northrup 1839 - 1903
..............................	4  	Caroline A. White	1837 -
...................	3  	[2] Sarah Dedrick	1798 - 1883
.......................		+[1] David W. Taylor	1793 - 1864
..............................	4  	[3] William H. Taylor	1826 -
..............................	4  	[4] Thomas Taylor	1827 -
..................................		+[5] Jane M.	1831 -
..............................	4  	[6] Sarah M. Taylor	1830 - 1904
..................................		+[7] Jacob Stryker	1822 - 1903
..............................	4  	[8] Jennett H. Taylor	1832 - 1858
..............................	4  	[9] Cornelia E. Taylor	1836 -
..............................	4  	[10] Hellen M. Taylor	1839 -
..............................	4  	[11] Catherine A. Taylor	1840 -
..............................	4  	[12] Emily L. Taylor	1843 -
........	2  	Elizabeth Barker	1763 - 1802
............		+Thomas Taylor	1766 - 1813
...................	3  	Catherine Taylor	1798 - 1825
.......................		+Mr Hallenbeck	- 1825
..............................	4  	Lorinda Hallenbeck	
..................................		+Dayton	
..............................	4  	Nancy Hallenbeck	
..................................		+Traver	
...................		*2nd Husband of Catherine Taylor:	
.......................		+William Telfair	1790 -
..............................	4  	Elizabeth Telfair	1825 -
..................................		+Zebulon Greene	1819 - 1875
..............................	4  	Catherine Ann Telfair	1825 -
..................................		+Cornelius A. Lee	1822 -
..............................		*2nd Husband of Catherine Ann Telfair:	
..................................		+Jeramiah Crapser	
...................	3  	Hannah Taylor	
...................	3  	Nancy Taylor	1788 - 1866
.......................		+Harvey Cole	1791 - 1863
..............................	4  	Loretz B. Cole	1810 - 1842
..................................		+John Terbush	1807 - 1852
..............................	4  	Elizabeth Ann Cole	1812 - 1885
..................................		+John Henry Person	1812 - 1901
..............................	4  	Phebe Jane Cole	1813 - 1838
..................................		+Nathan Finch	1810 - 1896
..............................	4  	Harvey Elisha Saxton Cole	1814 - 1893
..................................		+Christina Hoose	1809 - 1889
..............................	4  	Nathan T. Cole	1818 - 1823
..............................	4  	Sarah Ann Cole	1819 - 1910
..................................		+Philip H. Vanderhoef	1816 - 1901
..............................	4  	Catharine Cole	1822 - 1876
..................................		+Walter P. Hoose	1822 -
..............................	4  	James Taylor Cole	1824 - 1863
..................................		+Catharine Eglin	1831 -
..............................	4  	John B. Cole	1827 - 1858
..............................	4  	Russell Cole	1829 - 1899
..................................		+Augusta Morehouse	1844 - 1883
...................	3  	Richard B. Taylor	1791 - 1851
.......................		+Adelaide P. Kortz	1805 - 1880
..............................	4  	Ann Catharine Taylor	
..............................	4  	Jennie Taylor	
..............................	4  	Maria M. Taylor	1828 -
..............................	4  	Elizabeth Taylor	1830 -
..............................	4  	Thomas H. Taylor	1832 -
..............................	4  	James B Taylor	1838 -
..............................	4  	Charles H Taylor	1841 -
..............................	4  	Marilla C Taylor	1843 -
..............................	4  	Jane Taylor	1847 -
...................	3  	[1] David W. Taylor	1793 - 1864
.......................		+[2] Sarah Dedrick	1798 - 1883
..............................	4  	[3] William H. Taylor	1826 -
..............................	4  	[4] Thomas Taylor	1827 -
..................................		+[5] Jane M.	1831 -
..............................	4  	[6] Sarah M. Taylor	1830 - 1904
..................................		+[7] Jacob Stryker	1822 - 1903
..............................	4  	[8] Jennett H. Taylor	1832 - 1858
..............................	4  	[9] Cornelia E. Taylor	1836 -
..............................	4  	[10] Hellen M. Taylor	1839 -
..............................	4  	[11] Catherine A. Taylor	1840 -
..............................	4  	[12] Emily L. Taylor	1843 -
...................	3  	John W. Taylor	1801 -
.......................		+Maria E. Kortz	1803 -
..............................	4  	Adalaide Taylor	1824 - 1858
..............................	4  	Frederick Taylor	1832 -
..............................	4  	John W. Taylor	1834 - 1842
..............................	4  	Charlotte Taylor	1836 -
..............................	4  	Caroline A Taylor	1839 -
..............................	4  	Henry M Taylor	1841 -
..............................	4  	Edward A. Taylor	1843 -
..............................	4  	Charles H. Taylor	1844 -
........	2  	John E. Barker	1764 - 1835
............		+Margaret Smith	1772 -
...................	3  	Elizabeth Barker	1789 - 1856
.......................		+William Hubbell	1780 - 1860
..............................	4  	Elizabeth Hubbell	1827 - 1918
..................................		+Samuel Freliegh	
...................	3  	Eleanor Barker	1792 -
.......................		+Mr Finkle	
...................	3  	John Barker	1794 -
...................	3  	Caturah Barker	1796 - 1861
.......................		+Montgomery Stevens	1776 - 1863
..............................	4  	Maneuva Attline Stevens	1810 - 1877
..................................		+Gilbert Curtis	1808 -
..............................	4  	James Stevens	1825 -
..............................	4  	Montgomery Stevens	1831 - 1869
..................................		+Helen	1837 -
...................	3  	William Barker	1799 - 1879
...................	3  	James F. Barker	1804 - 1885
...................	3  	Nancy Barker	1806 -
.......................		+Mr Spencer	
...................	3  	George Barker	1808 - 1895
...................	3  	Sally Barker	1810 -
.......................		+John Bates	
...................	3  	Margaret Barker	1813 -
.......................		+Mr S. Pierson (Pearsons)	
...................	3  	Charles G. Barker	1815 - 1878
........	2  	James Barker	1766 -
........	2  	Ann Barker	1768 -





Last Will and Testament of James Barker

     In the name of God Amen, I, James Barker, of the Town of Durham and 
the County of Greene, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty 
of this life, do make and publish this, my last will and testament.  First 
I give and bequeath to my only surviving son, John Barker and to his heirs 
and assigns forever, all that certain piece or parcel of land which is now 
in the possession of said John, bounded west by the Susquehanna Turnpike, 
north by lands in possession of Joseph Wright, east by the Catskill creek 
and south by the Shinglekill Patent, supposed to contain about four 
hundred acres excepting so much thereout, or shall hereafter devised to 
William Hubbell.  Item: I give and devise to William Hubbell, his heirs and 
assigns forever, all that certain piece and parcel of land situate in the 
Town of Cairo, in the County of Greene, bounded as follows: Viz: beginning 
at the south-west corner of the bridge near the house now occupied by David 
Baldwin, running thence easterly down the stream which the said bridge 
crosses fifty rods thence nearly west with the said Susquehanna Turnpike 
one hundred and fifty rods thence southerly in such a line as will at the 
nearest distance, strike the said Turnpike, thence easterly along the said 
Turnpike to the place of beginning covering the house and outhouses now in 
the possession of the said David Baldwin, Item: I give and bequeath to my 
grandson George Barker, the son of Thomas Barker, deceased, one thousand 
dollars, to be paid to him on his arriving at the age of twenty-one years; 
Tem: I give and devise to William Hubbell, his heirs and assigns forever 
all that certain piece and parcel of land situated in Cairo beginning at 
a stake and stones on the south edge of the Susquehanna Turnpike, thence 
south forty-five degrees, east thirty-five chains to stake and stones, 
thence south sixty-five degrees west twenty-nine chains to a stake and 
stones, thence south sixty-five degrees west twenty-nine chains to a stake 
and stones on the north edge of the Batavia Road, thence north forty-five 
degrees west thirty-five chains to a small hemlock near two large rocks, 
thence north sixty-five east twenty-nine to the place of beginning, 
containing ninty-five acres and nine tenths as surveyed by John E. Darby 
for John Love, Junior: As to the rest and residue of all my estate, real 
and personal, I give and devise the same as follows: viz: one-sixth part 
there-of to my son John Barker, his heirs and assigns forever, one-sixth 
part thereof to the children of my son, Thomas Barker, deceased, their 
heirs and assigns forever share and share alike, one sixth part thereof 
to the children of my daughter Sarah Ecklor who married Frederic Ecklor, 
their heirs and assigns forever, share and share alike; one-sixth part 
thereof to the children of my daughter Elizabeth Taylor who was the wife 
of Thomas Taylor, their heirs and assigns forever, share and share alike; 
one-sixth part to the children of my daughters, Nancy Salisbury and Jane 
Olmstead who were the wives of Lawrence Salisbury and Benjamin Olmstead, 
their heirs and assigns forever, share and share alike and the remaining 
sixth part thereof, to the children of my daughter, Mary Dederick the 
wife of Frederick Dederick, their heirs and assigns forever.  This last 
devise is given on the express conditions that the said last mentioned 
children shall, during the life of their mother, the said Mary, will and 
faithfully support and maintain her in sickness and in health; item: 
I give and bequeath all my books and library of every kind to my grandson, 
George Barker, son of Thomas Barker, deceased, and thus far vary the 
disposition of the residue of my estate - last I ordain, consitute and 
appoint my friend Jacob Roggen sole Executor of this, my last will and 
testament, in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 
seventh day of January, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eighteen.

     Signed, sealed and published and delivered by aforesaid, James Barker to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each other.

							James Barker

Luther W. Hunt
John Bagley
John Adams

     I do certify the foregoing to be a true copy from the Probate as attested by the Surrogate Dated the 7th of April, 1821.

							Jacob Roggen, Executor
								as aforesaid


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