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Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017
Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census.
From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ??? who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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Barker Family History circa 1914-18
They lived at Barton House on Hollins Lane in Hampsthwaite and had 8 children;(Click on images to enlarge)
James and Alice Padgett Marriage Certificate 1924 at St Luke's Harrogate
Alice married James Padgett in 1924, who by 1916 had completed 13 years’ service in the army. James served in the entire Great War
without once being wounded. According to their eldest daughter, who currently lives in the Harrogate area, the Barker’s (possibly Fred or his father Peter)
, were at some point in business as stone masons and built the library in Harrogate, although this would need to be verified.
Harrogate library is a Carnegie Library built with a grant of £7,500 and opened in 1906.
Peter Barker died in childhood and the youngest sister, Jane Eleanor Barker, died from influenza in 1918, presumably Spanish Flu.
Five brothers served in WW1: Benson, William, Tom, Harold and Earnest
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Harrogate Advertiser 21st February 1917
Alice and Benson
Postcard with left to right: Harold, Ernest and Tom
Benson Barker (1889 - 1943)
Benson (named Benson after his mother’s maiden name) emigrated to Canada in 1910 and joined up there. Benson was shot in the shoulder and neck and survived, but was medically discharged from the army in 1919.
Benson sailed to Liverpool from Montreal in November 1925 on Cunard's RMS Alaunia and returned to Barton House Hampsthwaite. His occupation was a stone mason like his father and his grandfather. He was the executor of his father’s estate in 1930 and died in Staffordshire in 1943.
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Ships Passenger List for Return from Canada on the RMS Alaunia in 1925
Benson Barker's Attestation
Benson Barker's Papers 1919
Benson Barker's Medical Record(Right click on image to see options)
Frederick William (Willie) Barker
Frederick William (Willie) Barker (1892 - 1917)
William emigrated to Canada in either 1913 or 1914 and enlisted as a Private, in the Royal Canadian Regiment, Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a service number of 477038, on 23rd August 1915. He gave his occupation as a miner and said he had previously served with the Calgary Rifles).
Willie was badly wounded by shrapnel on 13th November 1917 and died of his wounds on 9th December at No.7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, aged 25.
He is recorded as having been buried at XXX1.C.17A. at Etaples Military Cemetery, France(Click on images to enlarge - holding down Control as + is pressed will enlarge further and Control 0 will return to normal view)
F. W. Barker Attestation
F.W.Barker Casualty Report
F.W.Barker Death Certificate
The Canadian WW1 Book of Remembrance
is kept in a display case, in the memorial chamber of the Canadian parliament buildings in Ottawa.
The pages of the book are turned at 11am very day, so the name of every soldier is on display at least once every year.
William Barker is listed towards the bottom of the left-hand column on page 196
Canadian WW1 Book of Remembrance
Book of Remembrance Display Case
F.W.Barker's Medical Record(Right click on image to see options)
Tom Barker (1895 - 1966)
Information not available
Harold Barker (1896 - 1917)
Aged 19, he enlisted in Harrogate on the 25th February 1915 with a service number of 16766 and joined, as a Private, the 9th Battalion of the York and Lancashire Regiment. He was posted to France in March 1916 and wounded in the thigh shortly afterwards. He re-joined the 9th Regiment but was again wounded, this time in the head, and died of his injuries two days later on the 9th January 1917 at the age of 21.
He was buried in I.C.6. Hazebrouk Communal Cemetery, France
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Harold Barker Attestation
Harold Barker Will
Harold Barker Obituary
Cemetry Headstone Inscriptions
Harold Barker Headstone
Hazebrouck Cemetry Plots Layout
Hazebrouck Cemetry Memorial
Hazebrouck Cemetry War Graves
Ernest Barker (1898 - ?)
Information not available but he is believed to have been wounded
Barker Family History circa 1914-18