John Barber was from Dorchester, Dorset, England.
He emigrated by 1664: “1663-4, Mar. 2: The Steward of the Hospital is desired to disburse unto Mr. Cole the Summe of 3 li. For the transportation of John Barber and his family to New England”
But did this happen before he emigrated or after? Because in 1657 he was mentioned in Martin Stebbins' will, as owing him (Stebbins) money. Quite possibly the first instance of him in America (until we can find births of sons John, Jr. and James).
He was a bodice-maker and tailor by trade. But appears very little in records. Per researcher Betty Barber Lusk, "John Barber of Dorchester was never mentioned in the History of Dorchester nor History of Milton, nor History of Dorchester Neck (south Boston), nor even in the Militia."
1678: Names of such persons who took the Oath of Allegiance in Boston: 11th November 1678: p. 164: Jno. Barbur [could be John's son]; Tho. Barbur
“Oct. 27, 1690. James Barber of Dorchester, tailor, surety to town of Boston for his father John Barber bodice-maker and his family.” (Rec. Comm.Rep. Vol. 10, p. 80).
“1692. May 3. James Barber the Reson of these few lines are to acquaint you that your father John Barber is come to Boston, and being by the selectmen of Boston demanded to give a Reson thereof, he Saith you have not been kind to him but macketh him worcke Two or three mile abrod which is burdensum to him and more than he can do in his old age; the Select(men) of Boston do Require you as you will keep your Covinant which you maid with them 27, Octtob 90. To come and take care of your father, or Ealse you may expect wee shall prosecture the Law upon you.” (Rec. Com. Rep. Vol 10, p.62.)
The children of John Barber seem to have been the following, but we do not find the name of his wife [except that Torrey identifies her as "Hannah"] or dates of birth of his children. They seem to have been born in England. Children:
See (may be for a different John Barber):
Suffolk County Probate (1686-1692) by Winifred Lovering Holman, S.B., Mary Lovering Holman, of Watertown, Mass., #1838. Barber, John (Medfield).
John was baptised on 1 June 1631 in Charlton Marshall, Dorset, England.
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