Papers of the Barker family, 1712-1957 (inclusive), 1797-1894 (bulk)

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Barker family.
Account books.
Collection Title
Papers of the Barker family, 1712-1957 (inclusive), 1797-1894 (bulk)
.42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 1 folio folder, 1 photograph folder.
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
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Barker family
Barker, Joseph
Barker, Melissa Stone
Battelle, Andrew Brimmer
Battelle, Elizabeth Mary Barker
Sharp family
Sharp, Lugrand
Sharpe, W. C. (William Carvosso)
Courtship--United States
Love-letters--United States
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Content Notes

Collection includes genealogical information, an account book detailing the work of a barrel maker, an estate inventory, an autobiography, and records of donations and attendance at Methodist meetings kept by members of the Sharpe family, 1797-1876. Also correspondence, etc., during the courtship and first years of marriage of Joseph and Melissa (Stone) Barker, including a letter written by Melissa shortly before her death from childbirth, 1814-1829; and correspondence of Elizabeth M. and Andrew Brimmer Battelle and their children and grandchildren, 1847-1894. Also a copy of typed transcripts of Melissa (Stone) Barker's correspondence (with biographical and genealogical information), and of Andrew Brimmer Battelle and Elizabeth Mary Barker Battelle, by a descendent, Joyce Durant Sharpe Heckman, 1977.

Biographical Notes

Central figures of the Barker-Battelle-Sharpe family include Thomas, Lugrand and William C. Sharpe, who were Methodists in Connecticut; Melissa (Stone) Barker and Joseph Barker, residents of Washington County, Ohio; and the Barkers' daughter, Elizabeth M. and her husband, Andrew Brimmer Battelle, also active Methodists and Ohio residents. In 1874 Andrew Battelle was tried by his Methodist peers for financial irregularities.