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Descendants of Charlotte Matilda BODWELL and Wright BARKER

Charlotte Matilda BODWELL (JAMES4, JAMES3, ELIPHALET2, JAMES1) was born 1825 (1901 census gives birth date as 16 Dec 1824), and died January 1906 in Tilsonburg, Ont. She married Wright BARKER on July 27, 1848. The marriage was performed by Rev. Salmon VINING, Baptist Minister, and the witnesses were James N. BODWELL and James VINING. Wright BARKER died on 18 Jan 1904. Both Wright and Charlotte are buried at Mount Pleasant cemetery, London Ontario. Wright's death registration is # 21243-04; son Harold was the informant on the return.

Wright BARKER: Wright was born in 1819, the son of Josiah BARKER. Census records give his birth place as New York state, his obituary states that he grew up in Maine. His obituary appears on the front page of The Tillsonburg Liberal, Thurs. Jane 28, 1904. A brief summary: ... illness of several months duration... born 20 April 1819 at Exeter Maine, s/o Capt. Josiah Barker...... school in Bangor Maine....taught school and was a miller on the Panobascot River....came to Canada in 1846, teaching in Tillsonburg's only school..... built a saw mill that he owned and operated along with the late E.D. TILLSON and Charles G. CODY.... Married Charlotte BODWELL in 1848, the 2nd daughter of Capt. James BODWELL & sister of the late E.V. BODWELL, M.P. for South Oxford.... bought farm about 1854 where he lived until he died... buried at Mt. Elgin cemetery... pall bearers were Harry BARKER, Jehiel WILCOX and H. & J. BODWELL.

In 1855 he appears on the Oxford Co voters list at lot 4 con 12 Dereham twp (an Isaac W. BARKER is at the same lot & con but I do not know what the relationship between the two is). Wright is still in Derham twp in the 1871, 1891 and 1901 censuses. In 1891, the school teacher, Vairy BROOKER, is living with Wright & Charlotte. In 1901 they were at lot 8 con 4 Dereham twp - a house with 10 rooms on 129 1/2 acres with 4 barns and/or out buildings.

When Wright's will was probated in 1904 (Ontario Archives mircofim MS 887 reel 1616), he left an estate valued at $8120 - $2520 personal & $5600 real estate. The value of his personal estate breaks down as follows: Household goods & furniture $400; farming implements $500; horses $390; horned cattle $600; sheep & swine $30; moneys secured by mortgage $600; farm produce $300; The real estate is given as the north ends of lot numbers 8 & 9 in the 10th con of Dereham twp., about 80 acres.

Children of Charlotte and Wright are:

Nancy BARKER, b. December 13, 1850; d. September 1912, Renwick, (near Wheatley), Romney twp., Kent Co, Ontario; m. Hial (or Jehiel) WILCOX on 23 Oct 1867 (sources not checked). Hial was born about 1846 in Ontario. [He was possibly born in Richmond Hill in 1844, s/o Jonathan WILCOX & Mary MILES]. Nancy & Hiel were living in Tilsonburg at the time of the 1881 census (C-13266 Dist 165 SubDist B Page 75). At that time Agnes was 1 years old. The only other child with them at the time was a Maud WILCOX who was 12 (is this Annie? - see below)

Children of Nancy and Hial are:

Annie WILCOX, Died at Wheatley, Ont. Annie married J.R. DONOVAN before 1903 when their son Murray was born (Nov). They also had a daughter Marguerite.

Agnes WILCOX, b. April 11, 1880; d. January 21, 1937. Agnes married William DeMARSE on 16 Feb, 1901 in Sandwich, Essex Co., Ontario. William was the son of J. DeMARSE & Harriet YOTT. Agnes & William had 4 children: Marguerite Adele, 1903: Ernest Aubrey, 1905; Olive May, 1906; Geneva Grace, 1909.

Harry WILCOX, b. 1888; d. 1947. Harry married Mary Elizabeth HALL (1888-1970) and they had 6 children: Cecil, Russell, Harold, Dudley, Eileen & Georgina

Vining WILCOX.

Amelia F. BARKER, b. 1851; d. May 14, 1873, Mt Elgin, Ontario. buried with her parents

Ebenezer Lynn BARKER, b. 1851; d. January 01, 1924, Ingersol, Ont; m. Priscilla ALLIN (1861-1938, d/o Thomas ALLEN born 1837 in Ontario & Elizabeth HUNSLEY born about 1839 in England). In 1904, when his father's will was probated, Lynn was living in Milwaukee, USA. Children of Ebenezer Lynn BARKER and Priscilla ALLIN are: Ira, Irene, Lettie & May. E.Lynn & Priscilla are buried at Old Delmer cemetery, Dereham twp., Oxford Co. see section 2 below. I am having difficulties finding this couple in the 1881 census - Priscilla is not at home with her parents. There was a Lyman BARKER age 33 and his wife Elizabeth age 20 in Dereham twp and this is the closest that I have come. They were Bible Christian and had no children. They were also on the page after Joy & Mary BARKER in the census.

Priscilla had at least one brother, Charles C. ALLEN who was born about 1866 (at home in the 1881 census, Bible Christian, Dereham twp). Charles married Annie BRANCHFLOWER (1869-1857). Both Charles & Annie are buried at Old Delmer cemetery in Oxford Co., Ontario. They had at least one daughter, Freda May 1902-1911, who is buried with her parents.

Priscilla's sister Ann (born about 1860) married Herman WESSENGER or MESSENGER (spelling in LDS 1881 census transcription). Ann & Herman were living next to her parents in the 1881 census, Dereham twp. Their two children were Edgar (born in Aug before the 1881 census) and Ada who was age 2 in the 1881 census. Annie died in January of 1892, and in November of that year, Herman married Elma C. SHERWOOD, age 21, born in & resident of Dereham twp., d/o Simeon & Louise (marr reg # 9505-92). In the 1881 census the surname is spelled SHEARWOOD. Simon & Louise are in Dereham with children Elma 11, Robert 9, and Albert 7; along with Robert's parents, William & Frances, both born in the USA.

There were other HUNSLEY's in Oxford Co - at least 3 children of Henry & Frances, who were born in Licnolnshire England, were married in the 1870's in or near Dereham twp.

Marie Antoinette (Nettie) BARKER, b. 1855, Ontario, Canada. . In the 1871 census she was living in Norwich North twp., Oxford Co. In 1904, she was not in her father's will probate.

The following was discovered to be the wrong Nettie BARKER - When I found their marriage record, Nettie Barker was d/o Joseph.

Nettie married William Albert HALL who was born October 31, 1855 and who died June 20, 1928. Nettie & her husband are buried at Quaker St. Friends cemetery, Norwich North, Oxford Co. Nettie died November 07, 1941. William and Marie (as she was called in the 1881 census) were married before the 1881 census as they are together in North Norwich twp at that time (C-13267 Dist 165 SubDist D Div 1 Page 42 ). William was a 24 year old Methodist farmer who was born in the USA. There were no children in 1881.

Estelle La Farre BARKER, b. May 20, 1855; d. September 22, 1934; m. Elijah John CODY (his 2nd marriage), September 08, 1885, Dereham twp., Oxford Co. (at the Barker residence). A very short wedding announcemet appeared in the Tilsonburg Observer, Sep 1885. In 1885 Elijah John CODY was living in Embro Ontario, & in 1904 the CODY's were still in Embro

Children of Estelle & Elijah are:

Mary Sutherland CODY, b. July 02, 1886. Mary married George Joseph Hindley and they had 2 children; James Cody & Mary beth Estelle Lutrelle HINDLEY.

Frederick Dickson CODY, b. October 08, 1888. Frederick married Hazel D. McKEE and they had 3 children, Jean Estelle, 1915; Mary Fredrica, 1919; and Elijah John, 1921.

Maxwell Bruce CODY, b. March 11, 1890; d. February 1957. Maxwell was a journalist. He married Edith V. MAGUIRE and they had a daughter, Margaret Jean in 1918

Ernest Adams William CODY, b. January 15, 1900.

Mary Bassett BARKER, b. October 12, 1860, Oxford County, Ontario; d. August 09, 1912, Toronto, married. James Newbury EDY, (his 2nd marriage) November 19, 1884, Dereham twp., Oxford Co. (Barker residence). A wedding announcement was in the Tilsonburg Observer of Nov.21, 1884 and it gives James was residence as London. Both James & Mary are buried London Ontario (Mt. Pleasant cemetery)

Harold Gordon Knight BARKER (adopted), b. December 23, 1868, USA; d. September 10, 1919, Dereham twp, Ontario. According to the 1901 census, Harold was born in the USA in 1868, but that he arrived in Canada also in 1868. In both 1891 & 1901 he was living with Wright & Charlotte BARKER. . Harold had inherited the farm when Wright BARKER died in 1904. Harold's death reg is #024522: died 16 Sept 1919 at age 52 years, of uremia. Born in Canada, s/o Wright BARKER & mother not given; died at lot 8, con 10 of Dereham twp. Single, farmer. Informant was Samuel Conier? of Tillsonburg. Buried at Mount Elgin


Family of Ebenezer Lynn Barker

Lynn's wife, Priscilla ALLIN died 24 March 1938, and the following is her obituary:

The Tillsonburg News Thursday March 31, 1938 Page 3 Column 3.
C.C. Allin leaves sister.
The funeral of Mrs. Priscilla Barker former resident of Ingersoll and Woodstock whose death occurred in London on March 24 was held on Sunday afternoon at the F.S. Newman Funeral Home  Ingersoll. Service was conducted by Rev. Mr. McLean and internment was at the family plot in Delmer Cemetery on Saturday evening  a short service was conducted at her late home in London by Re. Donald McKay. Earl Cartwright sang a favourite hymn " Some Sweet Day Bye and Bye" accompanied by his sister. The bearers were two grandsons Lynn Redhead and Ross MacLagan, Frank Barnes, Harold Petrie, Leonard and Paul Steinbach young men who she had endeared herself while living in London. The floral tributes were beautiful and expressed the love and esteem of many friends. Mrs. Barker was born Oct. 11, 1861 on the 9th Concession of Dereham Township, the youngest daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Allin. On November 3rd 1880 she married E. Lynn Barker who predeceased her by 13 years. In 1889 they moved to Chicago Ill. returning to Woodstock in May of 1905 and later to Ingersoll in 1913. While health permitted Mrs. Barker regularly attended the Methodist Church and later the United Church in Ingersoll being a member of the Ladies Group there. She was a lovely singer but owing to her retiring nature and her love of a quiet life but few friends knew her talent. Her frailty of health kept her close to home where she was dearly loved by her family and a wide circle of friends. Unable to live alone owing to the almost complete loss of her eyesight she had spent the last couple of years of her life with her family in London where she won many friends both young and old by her kind disposition and friendly smile. Survived were her daughters Mrs. William Redhead and Mrs. Winifred Kenyon of London; one brother C.C. Allin of Tillsonburg, June and Lynn Redhead, Mrs. J.R. Shelton and Ross Mac Lagman of London and James MacLagman of Forest Park, Ill. are grandchildren. Gordon, Bobbie and Jimmie Shelton of London are great grandchildren. Mrs. W.K. Pearce of Ostrander and Edgar Wesenger children of her only sister, who predeceased her in 1891 also several nieces and nephews are in Dereham Township also survive two children Ira and Irene predeceased her some years ago dying in infancy.