||John Barker Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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According to The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 the parents and origins of this person are not known.
Earlier treatments of John Barker stated his was son of Sir Robert Baker and Catherine Ackworth, giving him descendancy from Magna Carta Surety barons Saher de Quincy and Richard de Clare.. However, no evidence has been found to support this.
He married Anne Williams between 1632 & 1638 in Scituate, Massachusetts.
He died in the town of Jones in Plymouth Colony.
He was memorialized on a ceneotaph of First Settlers of Marshfield at Old Winslow Cemetery.
He drowned at his ferry over the Jones River.
He arrived with his brother Robert to the Plymouth colony in about 1628-30. According to Barker, he and his brother "set out from Plymouth colony to make homes for themselves, going by boat along the coast until they came to the North River (near Cape Cod) sailing down this, they reached what is now part of Pembroke, Mass. known as Herringbrook.
Here they camped for the winter and the following spring ground was broken and the house built.
John lived in that part of Plymouth which was set off in 1637 as Duxbury. He was a brickmason and agreed to teach Wm. Barden the trade of a bricklayer, as the end of his time giving him (Wm) â€˜20 bushels of corn, 2 suits of apparel and an ewe goat's lamb.'
In 1628 he moved to Marshfield, Mass. and bought a ferry at the Jones River, where he covenanted to keep it â€˜at two pence a person until a bridge is built.' In 1643 he was a member of the Marshfield Military Co. under Lt. Nathaniel Thomas; in 1648, he had some disagreement with a neighbor about a buildary line. The court requested John Alden and Miles Standish to â€˜set at rights such differences as are betwixt them'" (231).
According to Deane, "He was drowned, 1652. [He had purchased the ferry (now  Little's Bridge] of John Brewster, son of Elder Brewster, 1641, and was there drowned]." [1, 3]
Male paternal-line descendants of John Barker and his alleged father, Sir Robert Barker, are reported to share the same Y-DNA haplogroup.
There is a John Barker (UK) created that shows his parents as Catherine (Acworth) Barker and Robert Barker. It is possible that John Barker (US) and John Barker (UK) are the same person but the relationship is not proven. This note has been added to acknowledge the uncertainty and to prevent further confusion. If it turns out in the future that these two can be merged, sobeit!
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