Samuel Osmond Barber

Male9 March 1910–23 January 1981

Brief Life History of Samuel Osmond

When Samuel Osmond Barber was born on 9 March 1910, in West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Dr. Samuel LeRoy Barber, was 30 and his mother, Marguerite McLeod Beatty, was 28. He lived in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States in 1940 and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1981. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 23 January 1981, in New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Oaklands Cemetery, West Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Samuel Osmond Barber
Gian Carlo Menotti

Sources (28)

  • Samuel Barber in household of Gean Carlo Menotti, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Samuel O. Barber - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Samuel O. Barber
  • Samuel Osmond Barber, "Pennsylvania, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 2

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

1913 · Cleveland Museum of Art

Age 3

The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded as a trust from Hinman Hurlbut, John Huntington, and Horace Kelley. It is to be known as the fourth-wealthiest art museum in the United States. The museum opened its doors to the public on June 6, 1916, and is free to the public to come and enjoy the diverse collections inside. Today the museum can be found as the center piece of Wade Park and both are on the National Register of Historic Places.


Age 19

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a barber, from Middle English barb(o)ur ‘barber’ (Anglo-Norman French barber, Old French barbier, from Late Latin barbarius, a derivative of barba ‘beard’). In the Middle Ages barbers not only cut hair and shaved beards, but also practised surgery and pulled teeth.

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Barbier ‘barber’ (compare 1 above).

Catalan: occupational name for a barber, barber (see 1 above).

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

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Samuel Osborne Barber, composer

Samuel Barber Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910. At the age of seven he reportedly wrote his first music. As a 9-year-old he wrote a letter to his mother informing her tha …

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