Acton Memorial Library
|F||50th Illinois VI||enl. Aug. 18 1861; must. Sept. 12, 1861||died Quincy, Ill. Jan. 31, 1862||Wythe|
|(Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois for the Years 1861-1866, 3:539)|
|Co.||Regiment||Date Filed||Type||App. No.||Cert. No.||State||Beneficiary/Remarks|
|Date||January 31, 1862|
effects delivery to (aunt) Mary Berry
(source: casulty sheet in pension file)
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).
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. records (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 Eben Barker, age 15, is recorded in Littleton in household of Jesse and Mary Kimball (no. 30/32) ("Massachusetts State Census Transcriptions for 1855 and 1865," AmericanAncestors.org)
Eben Barker, age 20, born in Massachusetts and Franklin Barker, age 16, born in Massachusetts, are recorded in the 1860 census in Wythe, Illinois in household with Joshua C Berry, age 48, born in NH; and Mary Berry, age 48, born in Mass.; and Abigail Barker, age 60, born in Mass. ("1860 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com).
Joshua and Mary were Eben’s paternal aunt and her husband. (Mary Brooks Baker, the daughter of Ebenezer and Lydia, was bp. June 30, 1811 [Vital Records of Acton, p. 15]. Mary B. Barker married Joshua C. Berry of Pittsfield, NH in Acton in April 1835 [Vital Records of Acton, p. 134]).
Twenty-two year old Eben Barker enlisted in the 50th Illinois Infantry in August 1861 in Illinois. He died at age 22 in Illinois, in Jan. 1862 while still in service. His effects were delivered to [his aunt] Mary Berry (casualty sheet in pension file).
The name Eben Barker is included on the Acton Memorial Library Soldiers' Tablet, "Our Honored Dead."
Henry L. Hosmer. The Town of Acton in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Tucson, AZ: The Author, 2001. 11, 86.
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