Was Joanna ( ) Barker an Ayer?

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Joanna (Ayer) Barker is listed as a daughter of John Ayer (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ayer-35), however NONE of the sources on his profile show a daughter Joanna, and she was not named in his will although she was living at the time.

Joanna (Ayer) is shown as the wife of Richard Barker, and according to the bio on the profile, they married in England before he arrived in Andover, Massachusetts where he was first recorded in 1643. Torrey shows the marriage as "by 1644", in Andover, but there is no record in Massachusetts of their marriage - at least that I have found. Neither is there a marriage for Richard Barker and Joanna (and variants) in England between 1640-43.  Every source I have seen for Richard Barker shows his wife's name as Joanna _____, including in the Barker Genealogy.

Based on all quality sources found, it seems that Joanna (Ayer) Barker should be Joanna (Unknown) Barker. There are MANY online family trees showing her last name as Ayer, though, usually with her father being John Ayer.

Should Joanna's last name be changed to Unknown?

Should Joanna still be PGM? (no doubt she still needs to be protected due to the Ayer name someone will undoubtedly add again for her).

WikiTree profile: Joannah Barker
in Genealogy Help by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (125k points)

2 Answers

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Yes I think change to unknown. I've removed pgm already. After the change she can be added to Massachusetts with PPP.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Cheryl Skordahl
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First name(s) Joane

Last name Ayer

Gender Female

Birth year -

Birth place -

Baptism year 1628

Baptism date 11 May 1628

Place Rose Ash

County Devon

Country England

Father's first name(s) John

Father's last name Ayer

Mother's first name(s) -

Mother's last name -

Record set England Births & Baptisms 1538-1975

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Baptisms

Collections from England, Great Britain

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl


by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Thanks. Does FindMyPast show her marriage to Barker? Further, if she was baptized in 1628, she would have been only 15 when she married.

This Joane would have been baptized far from where the other children were baptized (most of their profiles show Wiltshire, which is where John Ayer was supposedly born as well).
No marriage to a Barker.

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