John Barker family correspondence
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Yorkshire clergyman Rev. John Barker served the Church of England as minister of St. Mary parish church, Kingston-on-Hull, for thirty-four years. Rev. Barker and his wife, Eleanor, raised four sons: Rev. William Barker (1772-1838), Rev. John Barker (1778-1802), Rev. Henry Barker (1779-1839), and Rev. Samuel Barker (1781-1859). Rev. Henry Barker, to whom all of the letters in this collection are addressed, was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge University, who served as Chaplain in the Royal Navy under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson at Trafalgar. He died on December 15, 1839 at Hayden, near Taunton, Somerset, England at the age of 60.
The Rev. William Barker (1805-1841) whose death notices are filed in the last folder of this collection was the son of Rev. William Barker (1772-1838), who had served as Rector of Silverton, Devon, from 1806 to 1838 and as Vicar of Broadclist from 1819 to 1838. The younger William Barker was Curate of St. Mary Church for several years before succeeding his father as Vicar of Broadclist (also spelled Broadclyst) in 1839. He was made Prebendary of Cutton in Exeter in 1840 and died on December 31, 1841, at the age of 36.
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Oliver, George. Ecclesiastical Antiquities in Devon, Being Observations on Several Churches in Devonshire, with Some Memoranda for the History of Cornwall. Exeter: W.C. Featherstone, 1842.
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“Deaths.” The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle 86 (1816): 468.
“Deaths.” The Ecclesiastical Gazette; or Monthly Ledger 1 (1838-1839): 139.
“Trafalgar.” Lincolnshire Notes & Queries 9 (1907): 27.
Maser, Frederick E. “Discovery.” Methodist History 23:2 (October 1985): 46-50.
This collection features nineteen early nineteenth-century letters written to the Rev. Henry Barker by his father and brothers. The letters include passages voicing concern for the poor, criticism of Church of England hierarchy, and both anti-Catholic and anti-Methodist sentiments. Other topics discussed in the letters include Napoleon, Trafalgar, and the deaths of Nelson, Pitt, and Sir John Moore of Corunna.
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Identification of item], John Barker family correspondence, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Acquired circa 1985.
The letters were purchased as a set in London by Methodist historian Frederick E. Maser (1908-2002) circa 1984. Maser published an essay about the Barker letters in the October 1985 issue of Methodist History.
Processed by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.
Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.
Ada Negraru, 2014.
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