John Thompson Barker by Murcy Nelson Boyer
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John Thompson Barker was born on 8 June 1840 at Marsten ,Morrotton, Bedfordshire, England. He married Jane Pickett on June 20, 1870. They had 11 children, namely: Jane Maria, John Thompson, George Hyrum, Amos Eli, Joseph Ephraim, Ether Elias, Mary Elizabeth, Annie Pearl, Nancy Alice, Sarah Ethel, and Clara Zina.
Estimated Description of home, parents, brother and sisters: The parents owned a home with a nice garden and a nice play yard. In the garden they had three different kinds of plum trees and some elderberries. The father was a farmer, that is, use to work well on all kinds of farm work. When he had no farm work he worked at home making baskets of many kinds and different kinds of matting such as people used to kneel on when worshiping in the church pews. He was the son of Thomas Barker and Elizabeth Thompson. He had the following brothers and sisters: Eliza, Abram, Daniel, Elizabeth (all of whom died when but about one year of age), Mary Ann, one infant died (name unknown), Mercy Truth,Thomas James (John), Josiah, Martha Priscilla, Susannah, Elizabeth Emma.
John T. Barker first heard the gospel in 1854. He went with other family members to hear the elders and was gradually converted to the gospel. He was baptized in Marston, England about 1854.
John left England in 1861 and came to the states thinking he could get financial help from the family to continue on from New York. When this was impossible he stayed on in New York and worked until the next fall when he came on to Utah (1862). After arriving he stayed with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Keetch, in Grantsville, Utah. He drove an ox team across the plains for President Brigham Young. He traveled to St. Charles with the Keetches in the fall of 1864.
He died on 15 June 1911 and was buried in the St. Charles Cemetery.