Captain Levi BARBER, Jr
Other names for Levi were Captain, 2nd and II.
User ID: 36.
1 Washington Ohio Marriage Certificate, Vol I, p392. Levi Barber married to Abigail Kelly on the 31st day of Oct 1837 by Arza Brown Minister of the Gospel.
2 International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, IGI, (Copyright (c) 1980, 1997, data as of February 1997), IGI Marriage v4.01 7211208-82-820317. Levi BARBER Mar Abigail KELLY 31 Oct 1837 Washington Ohio.
3 Family Records of the Descendants of Gershom Flagg, Norman Gersom Flagg and Lucius C S Flagg, with Other Genealogical Records of the Flagg Family Descended from Thomas Flegg of Watertown Mass and Including the Flegg Lineage in England, Compiled and Published 1907
, p118. pg 118:
 Abigail Morris Kelly, dau of Cynthia  b 18 May 1818 Marietta OH. She d 9 Feb 1886. Was m 1 Nov 1837 to Capt Levi Barber of Marietta OH. Issue (all born in Marietta OH):
 1 Levi Jr, b 20 Apr 1839, d 16 Sep 1898, unm.
 2 Henry, b 10 Jul 1841. Family No. 986.
 3 Lucy Mayberry, b 13 Oct 1854. Family No. 987 (Cole)
 4 David, b ?, d young.
4 Genealogy of Our Barber Family 1614-1965, Lucy James COLE, Genealogy of Our Barber Family 1614-1965, Sixth Generation. NOTES
by Lucy James COLE Flemming
"Capt Levi Barber (son of Col Levi Barber -6, David -5, Dr Samuel -4, Samuel -3, Thomas -2, Thomas -1)
"Capt Levi Barber -7 born 1 Nov 1814 in Harmar. Married on 31 Oct 1837 to Abigail M Kelly ( daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Flagg Kelly. Abigail was born in Marietta 18 May 1818 and died 9 Feb 1886. Capt Levi Barber died in 1887.
"Their children were as follows:...
Henry born 19 Jul 1841 mar Susan E Seamonds...
"Capt Levi Barber was for many years a merchant in Harmar living at north side of Public Square- now (in 1956) known as 407 Fort St Marietta Ohio. He was born in this Barber homestead, built by his father Col Levi Barber in 1829.
"He was about 15 years old when the home was built and helped with the building by using the team and cart and hauling the brick used. These bricks were made up in the upper end of Harmar, near Harmar Cemetery. He asked me, his granddaughter, to always remember that he handled every brick in the house and that was many because the partitions are made of brick with plaster finish, and one solid pillar of brick in center of house for support; very few lath were used and they were hewn out by hand. The family apparently lived in a house just above which house was torn down when this one was built... "During the Civil War Capt Levi served with distinction in the Union Army first as Quartermaster of the 36th Ohio Regiment, and afterwards was commissioned Provost Marshall, headquarters at Harmar..."
"Levi Barber born 1 Nov 1814 Harmar Ohio died 16 Oct 1887 Harmar Ohio (named Marietta aft Jan 1891). Levi, the fifth child of Col Levi and Elizabeth ROUSE Barber was a merchant, married to Abigail Kelly, daughter of the late Joseph Kelly Sr and Cynthia Flagg of Marietta Ohio. Levi, his wife, Levi Jr, and Lucy are members of the M E Church..."
"Levi Barber Married to Abigail M Kelly 1 Nov 1837, Merchant, Lived on what is now 3rd St, just above Scammel, house recently torn down.".
5 Washington County Ohio to 1980, Washington County Historical Society, Inc,
, Pg 83. ...when his father Col. Levi died in 1833, Levi II lived on in the home.
(Photograph of Colonel Levi Barber home, built 1829)
In 1837 Levi Barber married Abigail Kelly born 1818, died 1886. Levi was a merchant in Harmar. He later served with distinction in the Union army as Quartermaster of the 36th Ohio Regt. and later was commissioned Provost Marshal with the rank of Captain.
"The children of Capt. Levi and Abigail were as follows: Levi 1839-1899 (unmarried); Henry 1841 (m. Susan Seamonds); David 1845-1848 and Lucy Mayberry 1854-1936. Capt. Levi's family lived their entire life in the home his father built in Harmar...".
6 Ibid, Pg 208. ...Another daughter, the third child [of Joseph Kelly & Cynthia Flagg], Abigal Morris Kelly, married Captain Levi Barber. Their son Levi, Jr was unmarried. Henry Barber married, had two children and lived in the West. Lucy Barber married JamesCole...
7 US Census 1840, US Census 1840, Ohio, Washington, Harmar. BARBER, LEVI*, Washington County, OH, 460, Harmar, Federal Population Schedule, OH 1850 Federal Census Index, OHS6a132862
Levi BARBER Employment commerce M20-30 (LBJr), F20-30 (AMK), M<5 (LBIII).
8 US Census 1850, US Census 1850, Ohio, Washington, Harmar, Roll No 738, Pg 231 (new) 460 (old). BARBER, LEVI*, Washington County, OH, 460, Harmar, Federal Population Schedule, OH 1850 Federal Census Index, OHS9a73980
Levi BARBER 35M Merchant Real Estate $10.5K OH, Abigail M 31F OH, Levi 11 M OH, Henry 9M at school OH, Elizabeth F 5F at school OH, Mary E Stiles 19F OH, David Barber 43M Lawyer Real Estate $36K OH.
9 US Census 1860, Ohio, Washington, Harmar, Roll No 1048, Pg 122. Levi BARBER 45M RR Agent Real Property $50K Personal Property $1K Born Ohio, Abigail M 41F Ohio, Levi (III) 22M at school Ohio, Henry 18M at school Ohio, Lucy M 5F Ohio, David 55M Attorney Real $75K Personal $5K Born Ohio, JB Brudrick 30M with minister, Hinter Ann Angelo 27F domestic, Elizabeth F Barber 16F Ohio.
10 Civil War Records, Civil War Records, Union, 36 Regiment Ohio Infantry. Field and Staff Muster-in Roll: "Levi Barber, Rank QM, 36 Reg't Ohio Inf, Age 46, Roll dated Marietta Ohio, 27 Aug 1861."
36th Ohio Infantry Company F and S.
Field and Staff Muster Roll: "Rank Quartermaster, 36 Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Joined for duty and enrolled 31 Aug 1861, Marietta Ohio, Period 3 years, Recapitulation shows present, Enrollment not shown on muster-in roll, Absent with leave of 25 days from 16 Jun 1862, agreeably to telegraphic dispatch dated 13 Jun 1962 from Dept Headquarters, Resigned 29 Nov 1862." Return: "Levi Barber, 1st Lieutenant 36 Ohio, Post of Summerville WV for month of Nov 1861, present Reg't QM M."
Western Union Telegraph: "To Henry Theall, Wheeling June 10, 1862, From Meadow Bluffs June 9, 1862. My application for leave of absence for twenty five days has been forwarded to Col Tracy. Circumstances make it important for me to leave immediately. Please answer by Telegraph. Levi Barber 29092 Lt & RQM 36th Ohio."
Returns: "Regimental Quartermaster, Oct 1861 to May 1862 present, 16 June absence, Jul-Aug 1862 present, 24 Sep 1862 absent on detached service at 1862 absent with leave of 25 days, 27 Jul 1862 joined Regt from leave of Washington DC, Oct-Nov 1862 present, Dec 1862 Resignation accepted to take effect 29 Nov at Charleston Virginia."
Resignation Letter: "Camp of 36th Regiment Ohio Vol Infantry, Charleston West Virginia, 18 Nov 1862, Sir: I have the honor to tender the resignation of my commission as 1st Lieutenant in the 36th Regt OVI to take effect on the 30th day of November 1862 for the following reasons:
"My private affairs demand my immediate personal attention, I am very respectfully Sir, Your Obedient Servant, Levi Barber 1st Lieutenant, 36th Regt Ohio Vol, To L Major N.H. McLean AAG.
"Hdq Dept of the Ohio, Knoxville Tennessee May 13 1864. Discharged Hdq Dept of the Ohio Station Cincinnati Ohio. Special Order No. 136, 27 Nov 1862. Respectfully forwarded to the Adjt Genl of the Army. I M Schofield Maj Gen Comdg, By R Mannaca AAG."
Field and Staff Muster-out Roll: "Wheeling West Virginia, 27 Jul, 1865, Appted 1st Lieut and RQM on original entry into service by Gov Denison, Resigned 28 Nov 1862.".
11 Civil War Letters, Levi Barber Jr to Abigail M Kelly. Thursday 20 Mar 1862
My Dear Abbie
Capt Moore leaves for home this morning and I have time to write only a few lines to let you know we are all well. Will write again Sunday. I send you a box of clothing- 1 quilt, 1 light colored garment of Henry, 2 shirts, 1 Coat, 1 Blouse, 1 pair Pants, 1 pair trousers, 2 pairs Boots, 2 Vests, and my Gun, one bib for Lucy and one for Susan. You can use mine on Levi if you wish. We have no orders yet on leaving. Roads are bad. Sent out two Scouting parties yesterday after South Cavalry that are making some depredations in the way of Horse Stealing. Hope they will catch them. I am invited to a wedding today with Capt Taylor and McClure 9 miles in the country. Think I will go. Henry has got about well, will take his place in the band today. The weather is much the same as it has been. Rained all day yesterday, very muddy. Capt Moore says he will bring you some Laurel bushes if we can use them by May.
I wrote you a letter last Sunday and will write another next Sunday. The boys are all well and anxious to move. The Col has not returned from Charleston. May be gone another week. Col Clarke has unusually bad cold, my own health is good. Able to eat my allowance when I can get it. We are out of Fresh Beef and cannot get any more here. Will have to send us some cattle from Charleston. The teams are mailing and I must close. Love to all and a Kiss for Tootie. Will send a small box of clothes for Ann from Ed. Tell her Pa. Well my horse is entirely well.
Your Husband Levi Barber.
28 Mar 1862
My Dear Abbie
Henry received a letter from you today in which you complain of not having had a letter from me for some time. I have written two every week and three sometimes. Why you do not get them I cannot tell, but I certainly write them. I have not had one from you for a week, and nary paper since I was home. Have you got out of money so you cannot buy them of the old man. They are very interesting to us just now. We get the dispatches but still there is a great deal we might get in the paper that we do not hear. You need not send every day. But send two at one time as we have three mails a week. Col Crook has not returned from Charleston but expect him next week. No news yet of our moving from Summerville. Don't care how soon the order comes. Am tired of this mud hole. Some troops are beginning to come up the Kanawha. One regiment has come to Gauley. Report says we are going over into the Shenandoah Valley. Of this I do not know. Circumstances may alter. I think a few weeks will determine the matter. Banks has had a glorious battle near Winchester. What under the sun is McClellan doing? I begin to think he is not the right man in the right place, if he does not do something pretty soon, I want to see him removed and somebody put in his place that will so something. Freemont for instance. I expect he will put us through on the fast time. Hope he will hurry up "his cakes". The quicker we begin the quicker we will get through. I am not tired of the service, but I want to be with you dear ones at home. Home never had greater attractions than at present. The sweetest spot on earth with my own dear family, wife and children. What a pleasant thought. Happy place. When the war is over, if our lives are spared, with our children, gathered around the hearthstone, or the family altar, with a conscience that we have done our duty, that will pay for the separation, for all the trials that we have gone through, for all the lonesome hours that you have passed without me. I carry on.
I see by your letter that the chance of seeing Will out here is gone by. I am sorry. Should like to have seen hem here, and have no doubt he would have been pleased with his visit but business before pleasure. I am sure he had got a good situation. Hope he is getting good hay. Tell Wallace Brock I have sold his pistol for $18 and will send him the money first opportunity. Henry has applied for a furlough but I doubt if he will succeed as there are so many that have families whose chances are better than any young man. Should he get one I will telegraph you. The boys are all well. Capt Beckley and Dunham have gone home. Should they call on you, treat them well and invite them to stay as they are my best friends. I have nothing more to write. Good bye. Love to all. Kiss Tootie. Remember me to Mrs Fearing, Bro Moore, Dr Grank etc.
6 April 1862
"My Dear Wife,
This is Sunday afternoon beautiful and although I have written you a letter almost every day for the last week, this is one of my letter days and I must write you a letter if only a few lines to make good one of my habits of writing home every Sunday. Whether I have any news or not...and I have not much since yesterday when I wrote you last. Yesterday I went fishing and caught some trout and we had them for breakfast this morning. They tasted very nice, had fifteen little fellows from 5 to 8 inches long. I caught them down in a little stream they call Muddlety. They are not very plenty but excellent eating and made five of us an excellent breakfast. This PM on Dress Parade the new appointments to fill vacancies were read. Among them 1st Lieutenant Joseph Kelly of Co F was promoted to the captaincy to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Capt Moore and R L Nye to be captain of Co I in place of Falstaff's resignation. All the appointments give general satisfaction and were made under the direction of Col Crook. The Colonel has returned from Charleston. Came back yesterday. Looks very well. His health has improved very much. Col Clark starts in the morning with between three and four hundred men to Sutton distant 3.5 miles on scouting expedition. Yesterday, about 50 bushmen committed some depredation at Bull Town. They went beyond Sutton and with about 150 others have made some threats against Sutton but I do not believe we will find them. They will run as soon as they hear we are coming. They are great cowards. I think now from what I can learn we will leave here pretty soon (say in two weeks) and go as far as Lewisburg or White Sulfur Springs or perhaps a point 35 or 40 miles beyond Lewis burg on the Rough Road and I should not wonder if we should stay there some weeks, perhaps months. This honestly is only my own opinion from what I can gather. The Colonel does not know for certain himself. If we go to the White Sulphur Springs, it will be a fine, healthy, and they say beautiful place. Should any other plan definitely occur I will notify you immediately. One thing is certain. I am heartily tired of this place. It is a sickly filthy place and not fit to be in. We have consumed about all the hay and corn in this county. Have to have our forage from 10 to 15 miles and I do not know of more than 50 bushels of corn that I can get and that will not last us more than three days. However, we can pick up a little more in small lots and then our corn and hay will have to come from Gauley Bridge. The mail does not leave till Tuesday, and I will finish this in the morning. Perhaps I may dream some news and someone may be leaving for the States tomorrow. If so I will send by them and I have not written any love yet. In the mean time good night, pleasant dreams. Kiss for Tootie (Lucy).
"Monday AM. Nothing new. The scouts have started. Miserable, gloomy, cold, rainy morning. I pity the boys. They will have a hard time, rainy, cold and muddy, and no tents. Henry was anxious to go, but I would not consent. He is glad of it now. It would have been a hard march, and I think to no good. Elijah Guitteau leaves for home this morning in a few moments. I must hurry. I feel kind of blue this morning. Such a gloomy day. I do not know what to write. If you send the bacon, do it soon or I may not get it. Do not send it unless you have a good chance of mail. We will eat it at home when the war is over. Here comes old John. He says tell Mrs Barber to send word to my wife that I am well and will send money first chance. Don't know when that will be. He says Bob the Horse is doing first rate. I have rode him some. He is very active and looks fine. My health is good but sometimes I feel homesick. I would like to see my dear Abbie once more and enjoy the pleasure of home and meet with friends I love. What good time we will have when we see each other face to face, to be separated no more by the cause of war. I must close. They are ready for starting. Good Bye. Kiss the dear little girl.
"Send me some first-rate envelopes without stamps."
11 May 1862
My Dearest Abbie
This is Sunday evening and as usual I improve the time in writing to my dear wife. Before this reaches you, Henry will be with you at home. How sweet that word. I wish it was my lot to realize the happenings of being with you, when you are all together. From the news tonight I think it will not be many months before the war is over. It is now 10 o'clock. I have been called off to unload our teams which have just returned from Gauley having made the trip down and back in three days. Our camp is all excitement tonight. Eight companies with Col Crook leave in the morning and I think this time will do something. There are between two and four hundred rebel bushwhackers within 15 and 20 miles of us. Two of the companies have just left. The balance leave in the morning a different route. I think they will trap them this time. If they do you will hear of some manner of work as they do not intend to take prisoners but will kill all they come across if possible. We have two poor rebel bushwhackers in jail that have been tried for murder and found guilt and are sentenced to be hung on next morning.
We went down to John Rawley and left our horses and walked two miles over the mountain till we came to Twenty Mile Creek where we caught 110 nice trout and have lived on trout ever since. Had nice fun. I was sorry to hear that you are still foolish as ever in trying to see how much work you can do. Why don't you learn to take things more easy and not make a slave of yourself. The world was not made in one day, and while you are cautioning me to be careful and prudent and not expose myself, you are doing the very same thing you advise me not to do, but I have always found that it was easier to give advise than to receive it, but I will not scold this time. In the future be more prudent. The town of Summerville looks deserted this morning. All the companies but Company E have gone. Company A will come over from Crop Lanes this PM. Have sent trains from them. The boys will be glad to get back again to the Regt. They have been gone most all winter now out in the country. To dinner yesterday, had a very good dinner. I am quite well today. Remember me to all my friends. Kiss Tootie. Tell Henry to be prudent. Love to him and Levi.
20 May 1862
My Dear Wife and Children
I wrote you a short letter last night. Was too tired to write much. Have just learned that the news had gone to Ohio that we were cut to pieces and 500 killed. There is not truth in it. We have had no battle. The rebels can run too fast for us. We followed them 12 miles beyond Jackson River Depot and gave up the chase as they have 24 hours the start of us and the railroad to help them. We took some prisoners, one captain of the cavalry company and five privates. Also a member of prominent secessionists. Also some good mules and horses. Among the prisoners was one man who has a large family of grown up children, some daughters that are young ladies, and one that is married. We took him away from home but allowed him to go to his house under guard for some clothes. When they came to the house, I was there with a company of men getting his bacon and what grain we wanted for our teams. We took his four horses and wagon, loaded it with bacon and grain. When the guards brought the old man down to the house, such a sight I never saw, nor never wish to again. Such crying, hollering you never heard. He is wealth and has a large and very fine home, some 30 or 40 slaves, some of them the finest looking women I have ever seen amongst slaves. They begged to have us take them along. One fine looking Negro woman dressed very nice with a babe in her arms. Said she would lay her babe down on the ground and leave it if I would only take her along. But with the white daughters it was different. They took hold of me with both arms and would cry and say, "Oh Mr Officer, Take all we have got, but spare our Dear Pa. He is a passionate man. He has done wrong we know it. We have told him so. But do, do spare him. He won't do so any more." I tell you I had to use up pretty strong to stand it. I could not help but think of the difference in their feelings when they were selling the father, mother and Children of the poor slaves, that stood looking on, and I had to say to one of the young ladies who was holding on to me that we in the loyal states had lost fathers, brothers, and sons, and many healthy ones. Had been made desolate by this cursed Rebellion which they had brought about and of which they were now reaping the first fruits. Today the QM hoisted the Stars and Stripes in the town of Lewisburg, the first time they have been seen here for many months. It looked pretty. When they hear we were coming they threatened to shoot the first man that attempted to hoist the flag, but nary shoot. They are mute as mice. There are a few good Union men here that I think rejoiced to see the Old Flag once more. Tell George Woodbridge that Tom Creigh and all our old friends are on the wrong side and have left the country. The mountain scenery is beautiful. Such a variety of color from the lighter to the darker green and all covered with wild flowers. I wish you could see it, and some time you shall if my life is spared. The White Sulphur Springs is the prettiest place I ever saw in my life. Lovely spot. It is a beautiful grove with some hundred acres all surrounded with fine cottages and large buildings. Nice walks and shrubbery. I should like to have you there and I heard a month or two. We have marching orders, but may stay here some days. today the Colonel offered me the appointment permanently of Brigade QM, but I declined, as it increases my work double, and no more pay. My work is already hard enough, but I like it very well. Sleeping on the ground in a fence covered with my blanket under and comfort over me suits me very well so far. My health is still excellent. Must quit. Mail closes. Good night. Love to all. Kiss Tootie. Pleasant dreams.
Camp near Harpers Ferry
Sunday 5 Sep 1862
My Dearest Abbie
I received your one letter, also one for Henry and one from Will. G M Woodbridge and Mr G W Barkes which I will answer soon. Dr Bechness has just arrived and will leave again in a few minutes and I have only time to write a few lines. Henry has written you a letter and I enclose a copy of Recommendations that you may see how I stand in the army. You must not show it except to my particular friends. I do not rush to make it public. I also received a letter from Mr Shepperd which I will answer soon. I do not think Courtland's body could be sent home how. His other things I will attend to. Capt Fitch told me this morning that I was appointed Commissar on Crook's staff with the rank of Captain, it has to be sent to Washington for approval. Will be some days before I know anything about it officially. It may fail altogether. So say nothing about it. I also received your letter sent by Paxton about L[evi] and have burned it. General Cox goes back to Kanawha but I am afraid we are to remain here for the present. If there is to be another battle here they want our decision. Our boys done the hardest fighting and have not received the credit for it in the papers which they ought to have received. Am so sorry to hear of your fall. I fear you will never get well. It makes me so gloomy to think I must come home but this is impossible at present. Do be prudent and not try to out too soon. For Tootie, you must take good care of your dear Ma and not let her stir out of the house until she gets well. Be my good little girl. I am glad to hear you are going to school and also learning to ride on horseback. Do not venture too far, as I do not want you to get hurt. Receive a kiss from your dear Pa. Tell the doctor to write to me all the particulars about your back and how serious it will be. Must close. Love to all. Tell my friends to write and not wait for me as I have not much time.
Your dear husband
Camp Near Harpers Ferry
3 Oct 1862
My Dearest Abbie,
I returned from Washington day before yesterday and found all the boys well and found two old letters from home, one from the Dr and one from you enclosing the letter from Mr Sam which were both written before I was at home last. I received White's dispatch and also learned through J M Farmer of your fall and your injury to your back. It made me almost sick to hear of it. Oh if I could only be there to nurse you and help take care of you I should be happy but this cannot be. I know you suffer but one thing consoles me. I know you are at home and have kind friends that will take good care of you, but still I am vain enough to think I could beat them all. Do be prudent and not try to go about too soon. Do not try to work until you are entirely well. Tell Tootie...
...Kanawha division. He stands very high in the ranks of leading Generals and in fact, I am acquainted with him. It does not... like some men, but he is the same... yet. I was informed this morning (not officially) that I was appointed in his commissary with the rank of Captain. Not much doubt of it, but as yet am not certain. Will advise you if it takes place. The General is a particular friend. In order that you may...stand in the estimation of such men...success. Generals Crook, Cox and Secretary Chase...send you a copy of the recommendation...PM to the Secretary of War. Have not time...this morning but will do so soon. You may show it to David, Mr Fearing and a few others. Do not make it public. I do not want any of my particular friends to see it. Old Abe is here...the troops this morning and the whole...out on parade while we are waiting...I am writing and Old John is holding...
...Officer who likes a fine horse. He said the Colonel (for that is his name) is by far the finest horse he has seen in the Army. He shows beautiful this morning. Stands it well has not a scratch or blemish on him. He is a horse of fine action and great pace, and nerve. No sign of windfalls or splints or any blemish whatever. Tell Darice of this. We do know when one will leave here but perhaps not for a week or ten days. The Paymaster has not come yet, but we are looking for him every day. My love to Col B D. Tell him to write me. it is a grand sight to see the whole army on review this AM. Wish you could see it, but such a sight you will never see. it is grand troops for miles around and this only a small portion of the greatest army in the world. The Regt is generally healthy except diarrhea which prevails considerably by eating too much fresh meat and not having salt meat enough. Must close. Love to all. Write often.
Your dearest Husband,
3 Nov 1862
My Dearest Abbie
We arrived here last evening after a hard march of nine days. Having laid by two days on the road, we will probably stay here a few days until our provisions come up when we will move on. Where I am not able to say. Summerville has been occupied by the rebels since we left and I hardly knew the place. The houses are all torn to pieces. Windows all out and everything gone to destruction, not much loss. They have robbed the country of everything they could put their hands on both the Union and Secession, and those that were Secession before are now for Union and say they are the damnedest thieving set of persons that ever lived. The people through here are very glad to see us and flocking to town by scores. I have net many of my old friends and took dinner with Old Lady McCleery. She made me a present of a bottle of Catsup and one of Sorghum. She got me by the hand and shook for a long time and says, "Oh how glad I am to see you. You don;don't know how much we have suffered since you left. They have stole all our horses, and all our corn, chicken, honey, and everything else they could find, even our knives and forks and cooking utensils. They have pillaged the country all over but took good care to leave when they heard General Crook was coming with his Ohio boys. They remember us at Lewisburg. The general sent three companies across the country from Sutton under the command of Capt Nye to head them but they were too quick for us and got away. They were principally cavalry. I have nothing new that will interest you. My health is excellent and Henry has never been so well and hearty since he has been in the army. I presume Tom is having a good time at home. I am very anxious for him to come back so I can offer my resignation for I do not want to stay out in this country another long winter and the army may be ordered through to the railroad and from there to Tennessee and I have no desire to go. My mind is made up to resign if i can get it accepted, which I think I can, although the General and Colonel do not want to let me off.
I have not time to write more tonight but will write again soon. Oh how I wish I could see you tonight. I am homesick and tired of soldiering. General sends his best regards, and desires to be remembered to all his friends. Give my love to all. Kiss the dear little girl and tell her she must be a good little girl and write me a letter and believe me as ever your dearest husband,
PS If Tom has not started when you secure this, send my boots by him from Monroes.
12 Ibid, From Commanding Officers. Letter Written After Battle of Sharpsburg
"Copy of Recommendations (sic)
Sept 25th 1862
HeadQr 36th Regt OVI
Mouth of Antietam Creek MD
"1st Lieut Levi Barber Qr Master 36th Regt O Vol is hereby recommended (sic) for promotion to a Captaincy with the view to his being assigned to the duties of a Post QrM or commissary or to a position on a Staff. Lt Barber has been the QM and Commissary of the 36th Regt for more than one year and has discharged the duties of his office with more energy & success. He is a man of honor, and of the highest integrity, and conscientiously looks after the interests of the Government. He is thoroughly brave and will carry out his orders in every emergency and at every hazard.
Major E B Andrews
Comdg 36th Regt O Vol
"In most cheerfully concurring in the above, I take great pleasure in stating that Lieut Barber's unceasing energy and capacity to transact his duties while with the 36th O Vol has greatly assisted in bringing the Regt to its present high state of efficiency and I feel satisfied that the welfare of the service could not be better promoted than by his advancement.
Col George Crook
Col 36th Regt O Vol
Comdg 2 Brigade Kanawha Division
"I very heartily concur in the above. The 36th OVI having been in my command for more than a year I have had some opportunity of witnessing Lt Barber's performance of his duties.
J D Cox
"I know Lt Barber personally. He is a gentleman of high character and excellent position at home. I shall be glad if the wishes of Generals Cox, Crook, and Col Andrews in his behalf can be gratified.
S P Chase
Sept 26th 1862"
"Charleston VA Dec 10th 1862
To Levi Barber
Lt & RQMa 36th Regt OVI
"The undersigned officers in the 36th Regiment, having learned that you are about to retire from your present position, desire briefly to express their regret that such a course has seemed necessary to you and to assure you of their most kindly regards and their earnest desire for your future welfare. Our long social intercourse has formed friendships which we hope will not be terminated with the circumstances which called us together and it is with no ordinary regret that we see our "brother in arms"- those with whom we have shared hardships and dangers- leaving us one by one. And *especially* are we sorry to lose an officer who has been so faithful in the discharge of his duties and with whom we have had so long friendly communication as yourself.
"May you ever be enabled to look back with pride to your connection with *The Old Thirty Sixth* and be assured that you carry with you the best wished and most friendly regards of Your brother Officers, (signed) Lt Col H Denuf, Maj Wm H G Achely, H C Chemington, Capt John Beckley, Lieut T E Dunlap, Lieut J Reasonier, Capt Joe Kelly [NB = Brother-in-law], Lieut Art Tillany, Capt Wm S Wilson, Lieut W A Rhodes, Capt Edward P Harry, Lieut M A Stacy, Capt Levi Palmer Jr, Lieut Picos Clark, Capt J W Barker, Lieut John A Palmer, Lieut August T Ward, Capt R L Nye, Lieut Graw, Lieut Parker Rigg, Capt J C Selby, Lieut Bruf F Stearns, Lieut O J Wood, Lieut W S Stanley, Capt Stanley, Lieut J N Patton, Lieut J D Mitchell.".
13 Tax Receipts, Tax Receipts, Harmar Washington OH. TAX RECEIPT
16 Dec 1865
Treasurer's Office Washington Co Ohio
Received of Levi Barber
$76.93 being half of the Taxes assessed and levied for the year 1865 in Harmar
Block No, Lot No, Descript, Value, House
TAX DEC 1865
90, 18, 49 fr, 1560, 23.33
90, 19, 40 fr R lot, 768, 1680, 36.63
90, 26, 120 fr S end,
90, 27, E of alley, 432, 6.46
89, 37, 15 fr R, 127, 1.90
89, 38, 52 fr R, 384, 5.74
89, 43, 83 fr E, 192, 2.87
14 Cabell County Marriage Records, Cabell County Marriage Records
), Book 2, Page 17, Line 31. Henry Barbour (sic) married Susan Seamands (sic), Husband: 26 years, single, birthplace Washington Co Ohio, Wife: 17 years, single, birthplace Jackson Co Iowa, Residence forboth Cabell Co West Virginia, Husband's parents: Levi & Abie (sic) Barbour (sic), Wife's parents: Grant & Adeline Seamands, Husband's occupation: "engineer", married by J C Reece. Certified copy in genealogy files of Clifford G Andrew.
15 US Census 1870, US Census 1870, Ohio, Washington, Harmar, Marietta, Roll 1279, Pg 289. Levi BARBER 55 WM Produce Market Real/Personal $40K/$5K OH, Abigail 52 WF Keephouse OH, Levi (Jr) 31 WM cripple cannot read/write OH, Henry Barber 29 WM Steamboat Clerk $0/0 Real/Personal Property OH, Susan Barber 19 WF Boarding VA, Earl 4/12 WM (Born Apr 1870) OH, Lucy Barber 15 WF at school OH, Jamie Thompson 29 WM Steamboat Pilot $0/1000 OH, Lucy Thompson 22 WF Boarding KY, Mary Norman 22 WF Domestic OH, William Ride 29 WM Com Laborer PA.
16 US Census 1880, Ohio, Washington County, Marietta, Roll 1076 Vol 66 ED 230 Sheet 22 Line 28. Levi BARBER 65 WM married farmer Born OH Father CT Mother MA, Abbie M 62 WF wife keeping house OH, Levi Jr 42 WM son OH, James L Cole 30 WM son-in-law boatman VA, Lucy Cole 25 WF dau OH, Seldon Cole 1 WM grandson OH, Minnie Decker 20 WF servant IL Prussia Prussia, David Barber 75 WM brother (single) OH CT MA.
17 Mortgage Transaction, Mortgage Transaction, Ch 27, Pg 50 and 228, No 917 and 1124. Loan No. 917
This Indenture made this 28th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four by and between Levi Barber and Abigail M Barber his wife of the County of Washington and State of Ohio parties of the first part and Charles W Bull and William B Bull of the City of Quincy County of Adams and State of Illinois of the second part, and L & CH Bull of the City of Quincy County of Adams and State of Illinois of the third part
Witnesseth That the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the debt and trust hereinafter mentioned and created, and of the sum of one dollar, to the said parties hereby acknowledged, do by the presents grant, bargain and sell, unto the said parties of the second part, and to the survivor of them, as joint tenants and not as tenants in common and to the heirs and assigns of such survivor, all of that certain parcel of land, situated in the County of Hancock and State of Illinois, and more particularly bounded and described as follows to wit:
The North West quarter of Section Number Six (6) in Township No Four (4) North of the base line Range No Six (6) West of the South Principal meridian containing One Hundred and Ninety three (193) acres more or less.
Loan No. 917 No. 1 of a Series of 2 Notes, amounting to $2000.
$1000 Quincy, Illinois 28 Oct 1874. Four years after date I promise to pay to the order of L & C H Bull One Thousand dollars for value received with interest thereon at the rate of 9% per annum...
Loan No. 917 No. 2 of a Series of 2 Notes, amounting to $2000.
$1000 Quincy, Illinois 28 Oct 1874. Five years after date I promise to pay to the order of L & C H Bull One Thousand dollars for value received with interest thereon at the rate of 9% per annum...
Deed of Trust Loan No. 917 Levi Barber Sen
28 Oct 1874 Loan of $2000 for Series Years
Filed for record in Recorder's Office of Hancock Co Illinois on the 6th day of November AD 1874 and duly recorded in Book 27 of Mortgages page 228.
Loan No. 1124
17th day of March 1876
Levi Barber and Abigail M Barber his wife...
...that certain parcel of land situated in the County of Hancock and State of Illinois, and more particularly bounded and described as follows to wit:
The North West Quarter of Section Number Six (6) in Township Number Four (4) North of the Base Line, Range Number Six (6) West of the South Principal Meridian, containing One hundred and ninety-three (193) acres, more or less.
Subject, however, to a certain prior Deed of Trust executed by and between the parties of the first, second, and third parts hereto, respectively, given to secure the payment of the sum of $2,000, which said prior Deed of Trust is dated October 28 AD 1874 and is recorded in Book Ch 27 of Mortgages at Page 228 in the Recorders Office for said Hancock County.
Loan No. 1124
$1000 Quincy, Illinois 17 Mar 1876. Five years after date I promise to pay to the order of L & C H Bull One Thousand dollars for value received with interest thereon at the rate of 9% per annum...
Deed of Trust Loan No. 1124 Levi Barber Sen
17 Mar 1876 Loan of $1000 for 5 Years
Filed for record in Recorder's Office of Hancock Co Illinois on the 5th day of April AD 1876 and duly recorded in Book 27 of Mortgages page 50.
18 Property Transaction, Property Transaction, Hancock Illinois Sheriff's Certificate of Redemption. David Barber vs Levi Barber
I, Martin V Riley, Sheriff of the County of Hancock and State of Illinois, do hereby certify that Levi Barber has this day redeemed from Sheriff's sale the land sold by virtue of Execution issued out of the Hancock County Circuit Court and to the Sheriff of the aforesaid County and State directed, dated the 29th day of Jun 1886 and delivered in favor of David Barber and against Levi Barber, and the said Sale having been made for the sum of Fifteen Hundred and Thirty Eight Dollars, and duly recorded in Book C of Levy and Sale Record, page 63 and the same being the property of Levi Barber. Witness my hand and seal at Carthage IL this 25th day of January AD 1887. Martin V Riley, Sheriff of Hancock County Illinois.
19 Ibid, Hancock Illinois Sheriff's Certificate of Purchase No 12008. David Barber vs Levi Barber
Whereas David Barber did at the June 1886 Term of the Circuit Court for the County of Hancock and State of Illinois, recover a judgment against Levi Barber for the sum of Fourteen Hundred Eighty Three and 35/100 dollars damages and costs of suit upon which judgment an execution was issued on the 29th day of June 1886 directed to the Sheriff of Hancock County to execute by virtue of said execution, I did on the 24th day of July, 1886 at 1 PM, legal notice being given according to the statute in such case made and provided, expose to public sale at the West door of the court house in Carthage in said county the following described real estate, situated in Hancock County, and State aforesaid to wit: The sest jalf of the southwest quarter of section Thirtyone (31) in Township five (5) north range Six (6) west of the fourth principal meridian in Hancock County State of Illinois with the appurtenances and imporvements thereto belonging, seized and taken in execution as the property of same Levi Barber And whereas at the time and place aforesaid Thomas J McMahan became the purchaser of said property for the sum of Fifteen hundred and thirty eight dollars that being the highest and best bid offered for the same. Now therefore I Jameson H Wetzel Sheriff of said County do hereby certify that the said Thomas J McMahan or assigns will be entitled to a Deed for the property sold to him at the expiration of fifteen months from this date (the day of sale aforesaid) unless the same be sooner redeemed according to law. Given under my hand and seal this 24th day of July inthe year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty six. Jameson H Wetzel, Sheriff of Hancock County Illinois.
20 Letters, Earl C Barber to Levi Barber Jr. 8 Mar 1887, Carthage IL
I received your letter and the money and the reason i have not answered is because I have not been able to see the tax collector from Harmony township yet as he stays at Bently and you can't see him without going there. On the upper quarter they have not got it divided on the tax book. And as the improvements are on the west half the taxes will be more on it than the other. It is $44.33 on the whole. Mr Berry said for you to pay about $27.00 and he would have the estate pay the rest and that will be all right. The tax collector of Carthage township says the taxes on the lower quarter will be $40.00 as there is no improvement on it. that will make $67.00 in all. Don't think that I will ever fail to tend to any business you want me to do for you as Papa has done. I must close.
21 Ibid, Susan E Seamands to Levi Barber Jr. 8 Mar 1887 Carthage IL
"I did intend to write you sooner but all week I have been busy and Sunday your man Mr Longley was here to see about his seeder and corn teams and to buy plows. I think he will be a good steady tenant for you. Henry says as soon as he gets the little kitchen finished he will write you anything I want him to, and will write you the promises you told me to have him. I didn't tell him you asked me to have him do it, but told him it was his duty to you to do it.
"I want to (if we can) set out some shade and apple trees this Spring. Please tell me what is best to get. Star has a 'buttel' calf. Nome of the rest are fresh yet. We are living and cooking in the sitting room. Had to use the lumber in the cellar floor and until we get a chimney built in our new kitchen will have to cook up here.
"I earned fifteen dollars last week. Sold 4 models and that has helped out on the feed question. Earl has bought one big load of corn and tomorrow Jim Currens has a sale and I have money enough to buy some hay. I have a new rag carpet- made the rags and paid for shearing myself. We have paid out one dollar and half for work in the year. Jennie and I have done it all. It's foolish to tell you all this but I know Ma used to write you what she had done and I do feel proud of the way I have helped along in the last two years.
Love to all and kiss the children.
22 Ibid, Mayor Carthage IL to Levi Barber Jr. Mayor's Office
City of Carthage Illinois
2 Feb 1887
Capt Levi Barber
We enclose for you the certificate of purchase of your land also the certificate of redemption which we had recorded. You sent us $1600. It took $1599.58 to pay Mr McMahan. We paid $75.00 to the Sheriff for the certificate of redemption and $35.05 to record the same, which leaves you in our debt $60.05 which I am sure you can send us some time when here. The mailing are all right here now. Thanking you for past favors we are truly,
O F Berry, Mayor.
23 Ibid, David Barber to Levi Barber Jr. David Barber to Capt Levi Barber 14 Apr 1883
"Before I could make arrangement with the Warsaw Bank as to their mortgage of $2000 Mc Mahan backed out of his offer to buy the Exn of your North quarter. The Warsaw Bank will release the Exn of the N quarter and the Deed of Mortgage on the N quarter is discharged. E Sanford of Morris, Grundy Carthage IL has commenced suit for the $1500 & interest on the Mortgage Deed in the Supreme Court at Springfield IL. I am expecting some money in a day or two & will see what can be done. I am afraid there is nothing here to pay taxes on your 2 quarters, and I hear Henry has little or no corn. I hear the man or men who have a mortgage on the lower quarter are clamorous for their interest...
...Times are very hard here now, produce low & no land selling: great emigration to the West. I hope you will keep up your spirits & write to me as to your health..."
David Barber to Capt Levi Barber 27 Feb 1885 Carthage IL
"You spoke of selling the South qtr of your land in this Township. What do you ask for it and who do you think would like to buy it? I hear of so many debts against you . I hear suits will be commenced and the property sacrificed. Have just been spoken to by Miller of Mineral & Miller of a note of Henry's to Quinby Clothier on which you were surety. Let me know by return mail of the whole amt of your debts, and I well see what the land can be sold for...I am very sorry for you and I hope you will not consider me as intruding. Times for so many are distressed. Do not despair but hope for the best..."
David Barber to Capt Levi Barber 6 Mar 1885 Carthage IL
"...I have cleared the 40 acres in Hancock to have it fenced with wire so there will be no taxes for us to pay for 4 years...If there should be any judgements against you, or if the lands should be attached I would lose all I have paid you. Consider this as confidential and say nothing about it . I am in hopes to sell the Pike Co land so as to pay you considerable. You all or some of you will probably get something of my estate, as I am over 80 years old & not in very good health. I have sold my corn & oats. I have also put in the deed the 10 acres you own, also under lease with my lands...I have written to Henry to call on me. I am troubled with Diabetes, suffer no pain but have to urinate very often day and night. Execute the deed on arrival and send to brother Austin asking to hand record on arrival...".
24 Real Estate, Real Estate, Hancock County IL. LISTING OF PROPERTIES OWNED
Hancock County IL
E 1/2 SW (Henry's farm) Sec 31 Town 5 Range 6 Assess $1000 89 Acres
NW (3 miles S Henry's) Sec 19 Town 4 Range 6 Assess $2500 200 Acres
Harmar Ohio (1/2 interest held w/ the heirs of Col David Barber)
Parts of Lots 10 and 11 in Blk 88 Sec 34 & 35 Assess $1240 8.1 Acres
Parts of 8 acre Lot No 253
Parts of 8 acre Lot No 252 Except a parcel etc $860
Subdivision N Part 8 acre Lot 259 Sec 35 Town 2 Range 8 Assess 1850.
25 Interview Florence Louise Flemming, Florence Louise Flemming, Interview, 21 Jun 2001.
26 Barber Descendents, Linda Jean Engle, Barber Descendants
, Descendants of Levi Barber Sr. ...Levi Barber born 1 Nov 1814 Harmar Ohio died 16 Oct 1887 Harmar Ohio (named Marietta aft Jan 1891). Levi, the fifth child of Col Levi and Elizabeth ROUSE Barber was a merchant, married to Abigail Kelly, daughter of the late Joseph Kelly Sr and Cynthia Flagg of Marietta Ohio. Levi, his wife, Levi Jr, and Lucy are members of the M E Church...
27 Connecticut Barbers, Donald S Barber, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut, McDowell Publications, Utica NY, Pg 261. 335. Capt. Levi7 Barber, b 1 Nov 1814; m 31 Oct1837 Abigail M Kelly, b Marietta OH 18 May 1814, d 9 Feb 1886, daughter of Joseph and Cynthia (Flaff) Kelly; resided at Harmar (now Marietta) OH.
"Levi was a merchant. During the Civil War he became Provost Marshall at Harmar. [Ref: Barber Gen; CSL:Flagg Gen; Buell Gen #2]
"Children of Levi and Abigail, born at Marietta:
"...Henry8, b 10 Jul 1841; m Guyandotte WV 27 Mar 1867 Susan E Seamonds; resided at Carthage IL. [Ref: Barber Gen]...".
28 Washington Ohio Death Certificate, Washington Ohio Death Certificate, Vol I, Pg 336-337, No 7331. Name: Barber Levi, Date of Death: 16 Oct 1887, Marital Status: Widowed, Age: 72 Years 11 Months 28 Days, Place of Death: Harmar, Place of Birth: Harmar,Occupation: - , Parents: - , Color: White, Cause of Death: Kidney Disease, Place of Residence: Harmar, Reported By: - .
29 Funeral Home Certificate, Funeral Home Certificate, J Nace & Co Undertaker, Carthage IL. 26 Oct 1887, Carthage IL, J Nace & Co Undertakers
"Manufacturers and Dealers in All Kinds of Plain and Upholstered Furniture
Two doors West of Hancock County National Bank
To Estate of Levi Barber, Deceased
17 Oct 1887 Metallic Burial Casket $200.00
One Pair Satin Shoes $2.50
Embalming Body $10.00
30 Letters, From Sharp & Berry, Atty. 14 Jan 1888, Carthage IL, Sharp & Berry Bros, Lawyers
"Farms for Sale and Rent. Money to Loan at all Time and at Lowest Rates of Interest.
To Mrs Lucy Cole, Harmar, OH
Thomas here= we have written Henry stating it was claimed the signatures to his notes were not genuine etc and will see what he will do or say. The Keokuk Dr's name is Frank Hughes. We understand Dr Hughes came to see Sue and not your father, but examined your father while there. If he is entitled to anything $10 would be sufficient as Dr Troyes who attended your father says $50 is an outrage.
Sharp & Berry Bros.".
31 Harmar Cemetery, A Compilation, Benjamin F Bain, Harmar Cemetery, A Compilation
, Pg 34.
32 Letters, From Dr Troyes. 26 Oct 1887, Carthage IL
"Mrs Lucy M Cole, Harmar Ohio
Your favor came to hand in due time. I should have answered sooner but have been busy, and did not see Mr Nace, the undertaker, until this afternoon. The cause of your father's death was inflammation of the bladder. The chills were no doubt the result of suppuration. He had undoubtedly been suffering from the disease for quite a length of time before leaving home, and his trip only aggravated and hastened the trouble which under any circumstances would eventually prove fatal. I enclose the bill of J Nace & Co Undertakers as requested. I called at the Drug Store, and found the druggist out but his clerk said he thought everything was paid for. My own bill is $20.00
With much sympathy for all
T H Troyes".
33 Last Will and Testament, Levi Barber Jr. The State of Ohio County of Columbiana
I, James G Moore, Sole Judge of the Probate Court of said County, do hereby certify that James G Moore, whose genuine signature is affixed to the foregoing certificate, is under the laws of Ohio by virtue of his office as Sole Judge of said Court, also the Clerk of said Court, and was such Clerk at the time of making and subscribing the same; that his attestation aforesaid is in due form of law, and by the proper officer, and that the seal thereto affixed is the seal of the said Probate Court, and I further certify that said last will and Testament has been admitted to probate in said Court in due form and seal this Eighth day of October AD 1887 James G Moore Sole Judge of the Probate Court of Columbiana County Ohio.
"Whereupon the Court finding that certain real estate devised by said Will is situated in this county, hereby admits said copies to record, as provided by law in such cases. Attest J Heutter Probate Judge
"Will of Levi Barber Deceased
Will Presented In the Matter of the Will of Levi Barber Deceased
"Be it Remembered that heretofore to wit: at a Court of Probate, within and for the County of Washington and State of Ohio, holden (sic) at the Court House in the City of Marietta before the Hon F J Cutter Judge of the said Court on the 21st day of October AD 1887, there was filed herein an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Levi Barber, late of Harmar this County, deceased, and an application to admit the same to probate. Said Will is in the words and figures following, to wit:
"Will. In the Name of God, Amen:
"I, Levi Barber, of Harmar, Washington County Ohio, being in poor bodily health, but of sound, disposing mind and memory, in view of the uncertainty of life, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament
"First- I direct that my funeral Expenses and all my just and lawful debts be paid,
"Second- I give and devise to my grandchildren, Earl C Barber and Abbie L Barber children of my son Henry, and their heirs, the south west quarter of Section No Thirty-one (31) in Township No. five (5) North of Range No Six West in the County of Hancock, State of Illinois, containing 178 acres more or less and being the quarter Section upon which stands the house now occupied by my son Henry, and his family.
"Third- In case the Homestead Property in Harmar Washington County Ohio, upon which I now reside, being in Block No 90 of the Village of Harmar and more particularly described in the petition in partition now pending in the Court of Common Pleas of sound County for the division of lands of my late brother David Barber deceased, shall be set off or assigned to or purchased by me in said partition proceedings, or owned by me at my decease, then I give and devise said property to my grandchildren Seldon B Cole and Lucy J Cole, children of my daughter Lucy M Cole, and their heirs.
"Fourth- Whereas it is my desire and purpose to make as nearly as practicable an equal distribution of my property and estate, including the two parcels of real property herinbefore mentioned, in the three shares hereinafter mentioned, I give, devise and bequeath all my Estate and property of Every kind, (after the payment of my debts), as follows to wit to my said grandchildren Earl C Barber and Abbie L Barber a one third part thereof, to my said grandchildren Seldon B Cole and Lucy J Cole, a one third part thereof, and to Thomas W Moore in trust for my son Levi Barber (III) a one third part thereof; provided that nothing herein shall be construed to limit or decrease the estates of the devisees named in the second and third items of this my will, in the real estate therein specifically devised; and provided further, that for the purpose of Effecting such equal distribution as aforesaid the values of the said several parcels of real estate so specifically devised, shall be taken and held to be parts of my estate (in case the same shall be owned by me at my decease), which values, in case they shall not be agreed upon by the parties in interest- that is to say by my son acting for his children, my daughter Lucy acting for her children and T W Moore acting for my son Levi, which is my desire- are to be determined by three disinterested appraisers to be selected by said parties, for each of said parcels of property; and thereupon such values so determined shall be taken and held to be parts of the shares of the said devisee named in the second and third items of this my will, respectively, under this item and the remainders only (if there be) of the whole estate (including said values of said parcels of real estate for the purposes of such distribution as aforesaid), given and paid to said devisees respectively, and a full and equal third part of my estate, (counting such values as a part of the same as aforesaid) given and paid to the said Thomas W Moore in trust for the use of my son Levi.
"Fifth- The said Thomas W Moore is to hold, possess, manage, control and dispose of the property and estate hereinbefore given him in trust, according to his best judgment and discretion, for the use, benefit and behoof of my said son Levi, paying over to him or his use, from time to time, such parts and sums as shall be necessary for his maintenance, comfort and support, keeping said trust Estate as safely and profitably invested meanwhile as practical and not reducing the principal more than in his judgement may be necessary for said purposes.
"Sixth- In nominate and appoint the said Thomas W Moore Executor of this my will, and give him full poser and authority to bargain, sell and convey any and all real estate of which I may die seized, other than those parcels herein specifically devised, in such manner and at such times as he shall deem best.
"And I desire and request that the said Thomas W Moore be not required to give bond or security either as Trustee or Executor under this my will, and that no appraisement of my personal estate be made; and that the Probate Court direct the omission of these requirements as provided by law,
"In witness whereof I have herewith subscribed my name on this 22nd day of March AD 1887 Levi Barber
"Subscribed by the said Levi Barber as his last will and testament in our presence and acknowledged by him as such in our hearing, and subscribed by us as witnesses thereof in his presence on the day above written .Charles R Buchanan, R L Nye.
"I, Levi Barber do make and publish this codicil to my will above written, bearing even date herewith, viz: Any balance or residue of the said trust property or estate given in my said will to Thomas W Moore in trust for the use of my son Levi, whether the same shall occur before or after my decease, I give, devise and bequeath as follows: to my said grandchildren Earl C Barber and Abbie L Barber a one half part thereof and to my grandchildren Seldon B Cole and Lucy J Cole a one half part thereof.
"In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name this 22nd day of March 1887 Levi Barber
"Subscribed by the said Levi Barber as codicil to his will in our presence and acknowledged by him as such our hearing and signed by us as witness thereof in his presence on the day above written, Chas R Buchanan, R L Nye.
"Waiver of Notice and Consent File. Also on said 21st day of October AD 1887, there was filed herein the waiver of notice and consent by the next of kin and is as follows: to wit,
"We the undersigned next of kin of the within named decedent, hereby waive further notice and consent to the probate of said Will.
"Dated this 21 day of October AD 1887 Lucy M Cole, Levi Barber Jr X his mark, Witness R L Nye.
"Testimony Taken. Also on said 21st day of Oct AD 1887, came Chas R Buchanan and R L Nye, subscribing witnesses to said instrument and the codicil thereto and were duly sworn and examined according to law, and their testimony reduced to writing and filed, and is as follows: to wit,
"Probate of Will
"The State of Ohio Washington County in Probate Court
"Personally appeared in open Court Chas R Buchanan and R L Nye the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament and Codicil thereto of Levi Barber late of Harmar in Marietta Township in said Washington County, deceased; who being duly sworn according to law, to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in relation to the execution of said Will and Codicil thereto depose and say: That the paper before them bearing date the 22d day of March AD 1887, purporting to be the last Will and Testament with the Codicil thereto of Levi Barber now deceased, that they were present at the execution of said Will and codicil thereto, and at the request of the Testator, respectively subscribed their names to the same as witnesses, in his presence: that they saw the said Levi Barber deceased, sign and seal said Will and Codicil thereto and heard him acknowledge the same to be his last Will and Testament, and that the said Levi Barber at the time of making, signing and sealing said Will and Codicil thereto was of full age, of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint. Chas R Buchanan, R L Nye.
"Sworn to and subscribed by said witnesses, in open Court, this 21st day of October AD 1887. F J Cutter, Probate Judge By S C Shepard DC.".
34 International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, IGI, (Copyright (c) 1980, 1997, data as of February 1997), IGI Birth v4.01 Film No 445935. Abigail M Kelly F Born 18 May 1814 Marietta Ohio Father Joseph Kelly Mother Cynthia Flaff (sic).
35 Washington Ohio Death Certificate, Washington Ohio Death Certificate. Name: Barber Abigal (sic), Date of Death: 9 Feb 1886, Marital Status: Married, Age: 67 Years, Place of Death: Harmar, Place of Birth: Marietta,Occupation: - , Parents: - , Color: White, Cause of Death: Cancer, Place of Residence: Harmar, Reported By: R B Hart Assessor.
36 Memoir, Memoir, For Abigail M Kelly. Of Mrs Abigail Barber, written by Mrs RE Phillipe, and read at the residence of Mrs William Morse at the Mission Tea Party 11 Mar 1886
"When the present Century was yet in its infancy a fond young father gazed in pride on the bright smiling face of the little girl baby lying in his arms, and looked with such trusting eyes into his own. And laying his hand upon her head in silent blessing he said 'She shall be called Abigail, for she shall be her Father's joy.' As the years rode on and the infant became the child, and the child matured into the maiden, well she fulfilled the hoped of her parents. Flitting about the house helping the Mother who was already becoming old, in the manifold duties while the snatches of gay songs ever on her lips, told how pleasant household tasks were to her.
"And when Father weary from the labors of the day sought the quiet of his home, who was it ran to take his hat, place the easy chair for him but his child Abigail, and how thankful was he that she was there. Nightly as they gathered around the family altar the petitions of that Father were offered that at the coming of the last day no one of the family circle should be missing, and as if in answer to prayers, in the full bloom of young maidenhood, with the sunshine upon her head she sought and found the 'Pearl of great price' and ever after through the many trials of life, she kept her faith bright, her lamp trimmed and burning.
"About two years after she became a child of God, she took upon herself the vows of wifehood, and with her hand laid trustingly in that of Levi Barber she went forth from the home of her childhood, no longer a thoughtless girl, but a womanly woman, and well did she perform the duties of her new life. Ever was her home cheerful. The husband was ever greeted with a smile so bright and sunny, that all care was driven away. Her doors were always open to the homeless, and like Dorcas of old she worked for the needy. while the poor itinerant always found a hearty welcome when he came, and a lingering farewell when he left.
"A devoted wife, she was a model mother, while she tenderly cared for the earthly welfare of her three little ones, she forgot not that which was to come. Early did she teach lisping tongues to pray, while daily did she, born at the feet of Jesus and ask that they might be counted among the Lord's chosen ones.
"Her heart was filled with love for all of God's people, and in order to cast in her own right, with those that labored in the vineyard of the Master, whe in the Spring or Summer of 1885 joined the Missionary Society of the M E Church of Harmar Ohio handing in her name at a missionary Tea Party held at the residence of Rev Y. G. Dickinson, then the minister in charge here. A long life was hers and well was each moment improved. And at the last when disease had fastened upon her and her every breath with pain so intense as to bring the perspiration in great drops to her brow, still through all, she was patient with a smile for every one that called to see her and a kind inquiry as to the health of the different members of their families, not even in the midst of her sufferings losing sight of those little courtesies that make life social life so pleasant.
"living thus with pain her constant companion she lingered from day to day till it became plain to the friends watching her that the end was near. Already the wings of the dark death angel was hovering over our dear friend. Friends stood with the stricken husband and children, by her bedside, as she went down to the dark river, whose waters were already touching her feet. After her eyes looked no longer upon earthly things, she requested her Pastor, Mr Longman, who remained by her all day to sing, and grandly did the old hymns sound till it seemed as if her soul must have entered Heaven upon their strains. But it was not so. Rousing up a little she said those never-to-be-forgotten words, 'Jesus is here,' and closing her eyes, whe was at rest. Thus ended the life of this dutiful daughter, loving wife, fond Mother, and kind considerate friend.
"May her memory long live with us.".
37 Letters, To Levi Barber Jr. Columbus Ohio
23 Feb 1886
Capt L Barber
Dear Friend and Brother,
Through Dickinson the sad intelligence comes to us that your beloved wife and our greatly valued friend had passed away. I know there is a grief that a stranger must not interrupt with, and to approach with even friendship is often obtuse. Yet we are sure you will want us to say that in the great bereavement that has come to you and your dear family. You have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of myself and wife. Your wife was one of the least selfish women we have ever come to know and she greatly endeared herself to us. We shall ever cherish the most loving recollections of her purity of character and nobleness of life. She was not only a true friend and kindest of neighbors, courteous and ladylike in all her relations to others; but she was also a sincere Christian. Not a bigot. Not a fanatic. Not a sanctimonious pretender: but a cheerful uniform Christian lady. The death of such a woman is a great loss, not only to her family, but to the community in which she has lived and to the church of which she was a member. Bur she is not lost. She is still our friend and we shall soon meet again where the sadness of separation is never known...
38 Harmar Cemetery, A Compilation, Benjamin F Bain, Harmar Cemetery, A Compilation
, Pg 33.