Acton Memorial Library
||Private; enl. June 29, 1861; must. July 19, 1861||discharged for wounds Jan. 13, 1863.||Sudbury||powder maker||
age 23; wounded Sept. 17, 1862 at Antietam, Md., apptd. Corpl., Nov. or Dec., 1862
|C||59th MVI||Private; enl. Dec. 30, 1863; must. Jan. 14, 1864||died April 9, 1865||Sudbury||powder maker||
age 25; wounded July 30, 1864 Petersburg, Va., as Sergt; prisoner Aug. 19, 1864, Weldon Railroad, Va.; exchanged March 14, 1865; died of disease, April 9, 1865, Annapolis, Md.
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|H||13th MVI||May 16, 1865||Widow||94 033||78 214||Annie Barker|
|Date||April 9, 1865|
|Survived by||widow Annie Barker|
There are four Barkers named on the Acton Memorial Library Civil War memorial tablets: one survivor (George E.), and three who lost their lives (Cyrus E., Eben, and Frank J.). The vital records and census evidence suggests that the four were brothers.
Their father was Ebenezer Barker, born in Acton, Mass. in 1795 to Ebenezer and Lydia Barker (Vital Records of Acton Massachusetts to the Year 1850, p. 14).
Ebenezer married Elizabeth H. Robbins of Ashburnham in August 1831, in Acton (Vital Records of Acton Massachusetts to the Year 1850, p. 130).
According to information in his pension file, Cyrus Barker was born in Acton.
In 1840 the father Ebenezer, his wife, and four children were living in Acton ("1840 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com)
Cyrus, Ebenezer, George Emery Barker, and Jonus, sons of Ebenezer, were baptized after July 2, 1843 in Westford, Mass. (Vital Records of Westford Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, p. 10.)
In the 1850 census the family is recorded as living in Westford: Eben, age 49; Elisabeth H., age 42; Elisabeth, age 17, Silva, age 16; Cyrus, age 12; Eben, age 10; James, age 6; and Geo E, age 3 ("1850 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
The mother, Elisabeth Barker, died in Acton May 15, 1852, of consumption, at age 44 (“Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910,” v. 67, p. 46, AmericanAncestors.org).
The father, Ebenezer Barker died in Acton on May 29, 1855, age 53, of erysipelas ("Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910," v. 94, p. 27, AmericanAncestors.org).
In 1855, Cyrus Barker, age 18, a farmer, is recorded in Acton in the household (297/307) of Elnathan Jones (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton, p. 37).
Cyrus Barker, age 21, powder mill laborer, is recorded in the 1860 federal census in Barre, Mass. (household 383/460) ("1860 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
23 year old Cyrus E. Barker, a powder maker, enlisted in the 13th Regiment Mass. Volunteer Infantry in June 1861 and was discharged for wounds in January 1863 (MASSCW, II:113).
He married Annie M. Bartlett in December 15, 1863, in Illinois (pension file, link above).
On December 30 he re-enlisted in the 59th Mass. Infantry. He was wounded and was a prisoner of war. He died of disease at the age of 27 while still in service in 1865 (MASSCW, IV:59).
His widow Annie M. Barker (later Hurd) later lived in Nebraska (pension file).
The name Cyrus E. Barker is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "Our Honored Dead."
Hosmer, The Town of Acton in the Civil War, pp. 11, 62, 76.
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