Category Archives: Dead Ancestors

Solomon Parsons

The research has been difficult this trip. I think I’ve read all the surviving records and found all the marked graves of my ancestors in Ohio and Indiana. One of the few new finds from this trip is the newspaper … Continue reading

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Pierce Davis

Is this the final resting place of Pierce Davis? Two of my great great great grandparents are Pierce Davis and Mahala Cook Davis. According to their death records they were buried in Matthews Cemetery. I have wandered around that cemetery … Continue reading

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Barker Reunion and James Dean

The Barker side of my family gather in odd numbered years. According to my records, and I keep very good records, my grandparents, Ray Barker and Ruth Lloyd Barker, have 47 descendants so far. Of the 47, 43 are still … Continue reading

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Ancestral Fudge

My grandfather Barker fell seriously ill when my father was just a boy and while he survived, he did not recover sufficiently to go back to work thus my grandmother got a job and Grandpa did the cooking for the … Continue reading

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Knights of Essex

At the Sorbie reunion I attended a few months ago in Scotland, I learned that one of the “cousins” I met there lived in Colchester, England. I had suspected that one of my great great great grandfathers, Sebborn Gonner Knight, … Continue reading

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Aaron Hill & Nancy Winslow

During my recent trip to Indiana, while I focused on my great great grandfather Barker, I also took advantage of my location and collected a lot of data for analysis on quiet evenings back home in North Carolina. I have … Continue reading

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Barker Reunion

Tomorrow afternoon the descendants of Ray Herman Barker and Ruth Elizabeth Lloyd Barker will gather for a family reunion. I missed the last one so this will be my chance to catch up with the cousins I’ve known all my … Continue reading

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Thorntown Heritage Museum

Whenever I visit this part of Indiana where my Barker ancestors arrived after the Civil War, I’m always struck by how I don’t have to repeat my name and it’s never misheard as Baker. The Barker name, while not as … Continue reading

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Cornfields and Cemeteries

I have been enjoying wonderful weather in Indiana these past two days with mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the eighties (Fahrenheit) and the occasional terrifying thunderstorm. The best part is that I can watch the storm draping the cornfields in … Continue reading

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Spicewood

One of the many reasons I’m proud to be descended from Quakers and still consider myself one, even though I don’t believe in their god, is our meticulous record keeping. Every congregation holds a monthly meeting where, in addition to … Continue reading

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