Henry Clinton Barker

Brief Life History of Henry Clinton

When Henry Clinton Barker was born on 27 October 1842, in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States, his father, Francis Barker, was 43 and his mother, Nancy H. Ingalls, was 39. He married Ellen Maria Frost on 30 October 1865, in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Maine, United States in 1870 and Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1863. He died on 8 May 1924, at the age of 81, and was buried in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States.

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Henry Clinton Barker
Ellen Maria Frost
Marriage: 30 October 1865
Evangeline Barker
Bernice Barker
Francis Bernard Barker
Charles Leonard Parker

Sources (25)

  • Henry C Barker in household of Stephen L Watson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Henry C Barker, "Maine, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865"
  • Henry Clinton Barker, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for "medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated "purchaser", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a tanner of leather, from Middle English barkere ‘tanner’, tree bark having been used as the tanning agent.

English: occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle English berker, bercher (Old French berchier, bercher, berkier, berker, Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’, genitive berbicis). With the change of -ar- to -er- in Middle English, this became indistinguishable from the preceding name (see 1 above).

Americanized form of German Berger or Barger .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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