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        GEORGE BARBER; born circa 1737; died 1822 Oglethorpe Co., Ga.; married circa 1767 MARGARET WATKINS; born circa 1743 Vincent, Chester County, Province of Penn.; died circa 1825 Oglethorpe Co., Ga. Children: William Matthew, Robert, Elizabeth, Samuel, Reese, Martha, Sarah, Josiah, George, Jr.

        William Barber, born circa 1767, N. C. Children: daughter


        Copied From Barber Genealogical Folder in Search room of Georgia State Archives - Ask attendant for help Sketchy notes

        GEORGE BARBER b. ? Eng 1727 Settle NC bro. Plye? m. MARY MARGARET WADKINS in N.C. came to Wilkes

Col. 1787 - Indian fighter

d. Oglethorpe Co. 11 Jan 1829 (102 yrs.)

(See will of George Barber)

MARY WADKINS of Welch descent

Long Creek - Wilkes Co.

Appendix - GEORGE BARBER, son of George Barber, who died in 1750 in Augusta Co., Va. and his wife, Elizabeth. He had a brother, Ply, and a sister, Sarah. He came from England to America (probably to Chester, Co., Penn.) when young. He married MARGARET WATKINS (probably Bedford Co., Va.); a settled in the Wake-Johnston County area of North Carolina: and later moved to Wilkes Co., Ga. He served as a lieutenant and captain in the Revolutionary War and as a lieutenant-colonel in the Creek Indian War under Elijah Clark--all in Georgia. Ply Barber married and had 3 sons and 3 daughters prior to the 1st U. S. Census. Sarah Barber married Reese Watkins, brother of George's wife.

MARGARET WATKINS, granddaughter of Cadawalader Watkins, born 1660, died circa 1718 and daughter of Robert Watkins, born circa 1695, died Feb., 1753, Augusta Co., Va., both immigrants from Wales.


1820 Oglethorpe Co., Georgia Census




p. 71, 77 GEORGE BARBER 350 ac #877 served under Elijah Clark


The following are the longest of the accounts for payment due for supplies and services rendered the Georgia Patriots that are in the Telamon Cuyler Collection, Special Collection, University of Georgia Libraries.

p. 34 No. 55. To GEORGE BARBER for building a Fort near Isiah Goolsby on the Waters of Long Creek 100 feet Square as pr account dated 3d Jany. 1780 [dollars] 2000

p. 50 State of Georgia Daniel Gunnell & GEORGE BARBER Wilkes County Being Sworn to Value Two Certain Horses The property of John Clark, One A Grey Horse about 5 years Old 14 Hands Hy's -- The Other a Sorrell about 6 years old 14 Hands Hy's. We Say on there oaths that according to the Best of their Judgment the Grey Horse is Valued @ L 25 Specie The Sorrill

@ L 30 Do

___ Sworn to this 21 Feby 1782

55 Barnard Heard J. P. Danl Gunnells


State of Georgia County of Wilkes John Clark Being Sworn sayeth that the Above Mentioned Horses was his property when Lost & That they were both Lost in the field of Battle Sworn to before Me John Clark  this 22nd Feby 1782

M. Manadue J.P.

I do certifye that the above mention'd Horses were Lost in Action E. Clark, Colo (Reverse) John Clark Amts



p. 16 BARBER, GEORGE (RS - Capt, Ga.) c. 1745 - 1822 m. MARGARET



Oglethorpe County




Oglethorpe Co. Military District Lot No. Dist. No.

BARBER, GEORGE Sr. Pope's 115 8 B

Barber, George Jr. Pope's 35 18 W


GEORGE BARBER'S Military Records

Georgia No. 877

These are to certify, that GEORGE BARBER a refugee, Lieut is entitled to Three hundred and fifty acres of land as a Bounty, agreeable to an Act and Resolve of the General Assembly, passed at August the 19 August 1781 As per certificate E. Clark Colo.Attest Given under my Hand, at Savannah, the 25th Day of March D. Rees Secy in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four Mouston


May it please your honour to grant your petitioner GEORGE BARBER four hundred and two acres of land agreeable to the within certificate in Franklin County and your Petitioner will pray &

To the Honourable the President ) GEORGE BARBER

and members of cornish holding )

Land court at Augusta Lieut GEO BARBER No. 923

Georgia No. 988

These are to certify that Lieut GEORGE BARBER a citizen is entitled to two hundred and fifty acres of land, as a bounty, agreeable to an act and Resolve of the General Assembly, passed at Augusta the 20 August 1781

As per certificate E. Clark Colo

Given under my Hand, at Savannah, the 25th Day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four


D. Rees Secy Moustown

State of Georgia

These are to certify, that GEORGE BARBER was an inhabitant of this State prior to the reduction thereof by the British Arms, and was a refugee from the same, during which time he cheerfully did his Duty as a Lieut and Friend to this and the United States.

Given under my Hand, this 2nd Day of Feby 1784

By his order Elijah Clarke Colo

H. Truman

GEORGE BARBER prays your Honourable Board for these certificates (orig) One 250 or 287 acres for Citizen Bounty J the other 350 or 402 acres for a refugee Bounty in two equal tracts in the County of Franklin J your petitioner will pray GEORGE BARBER



By the Court of Justices of the County of Wilkes. To Samuel Criswell, Esquire, County Surveyor for said County. You are hereby authorized and required to admeasure and lay out, or cause to be admeasured and laid out unto GEORGE BARBER a Tract of Land, which shall contain five hundred acres in the said County of Wilkes in of warranted of four hundred and one for one hundred acres on long creek including the plan where he now lives. Taking especial Care that the same has not heretofore been laid out to any person or persons: and you are hereby also directed and required to record the Plat of the same in your office, and transmit a copy thereof, together with this warrant, to the surveyor General, within three months from this date. Given under my Hand, as Senior Justice of the said Court, this tenth day of October 1783. John Truman C.W.C.

Georgia By a Court of Justices for Oglethorpe County

Jno Moore J. P. To James Hay Esq Surveyor for the county of Oglethorpe County

Burl J.P


You are hereby authorized and required to admeasure and lay out or cause to be admeasured and laid out, unto GEORGE BARBER a Tract of land, which shall contain five hundred acres, in the said County of Oglethorpe on his Family Head rights


Taking especial Care that the same has not hereto fore been laid out to any other person or persons: And you are hereby also directed and required to record the Plat of the same in your Office, and transmit a copy thereof, together with this warrant to the surveyor General within the term of (three months from the date of - is marked through) two years from the date given under my hand this second day of Feby 1794 Jno. Hardeman C.L.C.



To John Gorham Surveyor for the County of Franklin

You are hereby authorized and required to admeasure and lay out, or cause to be admeasured and laid out unto GEORGE BARBER a tract of land, which shall contain Six Hundred and ninety Acres, in the said County of Franklin.

Taking especial care that the same has not heretofore been laid out to any other person or persons: And you are hereby also and required to record the Plat of the same in your office and transmit a copy thereof together with this warrant to the surveyor General within the term of three months from this date

Given under my hand this seventeenth day of May

Secretary's Office John Habersham

Reece Deputy Sheriff Price E. C.



Chapter One Captain GEORGE BARBER p. 1 - 10

        The parents of Captain GEORGE BARBER have not been definitely determined. A good possibility for the parents are George and Elizabeth Barber of Augusta County, Virginia. The elder George died 1745, in that colony, and one of the appraisers of his estate in Augusta County was Robert Williams, the uncle of MARGARET WATKINS, MARGARET later to become the bride of Capt. GEORGE BARBER. Elizabeth, widow of the elder George Barber, married a man by the name of Patton in May of 1751 on Craig's Creek. Robert Watkins (Father of MARGARET), the elder George Barber, and Matthew Patton all lived near each other on Craig's Creek in 1745.

        Matthew Patton may possibly have been the step-father of Capt GEORGE BARBER. He lived next to the Watkins family in Johnston County, North Carolina in 1767, and lived next to Capt. GEORGE BARBER and Reese Watkins in Wilkes County, Georgia. Matthew Patton died in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1806, and two of the executors of his will were Capt. GEORGE BARBER and Christopher Orr. Matthew Orr, in Johnston County, North Carolina in 1779. This same Christopher had married Martha, the daughter of Reese Watkins. Reese Watkins was the older brother of MARGARET WATKINS. There is definitely a relationship between Matthew Patton and the Watkins-Barber family, but proof has notbeen forthcoming as yet, as to the exact relationship.

        GEORGE BARBER was born about 1743, probably in Augusta County, Virginia. He may have had an older brother named Plier. GEORGE married MARGARET WATKINS in December 1766 or early 1767. This date is determined because MARGARET signed a deed in Bedford County, Virginia, 6 November 1766, as MARGARET WATKINS. Also their oldest son, William Barber, served in the American Revolution.

        MARGARET WATKINS was born about 1743 in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the youngest child and only daughter of Robert Watkins and his wife Margaret, and the only granddaughter of Cadawalader Watkins, who immigrated to America from Wales before 1704. The descendants of Cadawalader Watkins have been traced in the book REESE KELSO WATKINS, HIS ANCESTRY AND HIS DESCENDANTS, by Frank B. Russell, 1973.

        GEORGE and MARGARET BARBER, with two infant sons, William and Matthew, moved from the Wake-Johnston Counties area of North Carolina shortly before the outbreak of the Revolution, and settled on Long Creek of the Broad River in present-day Wilkes County, Georgia.

        GEORGE BARBER served as a Lieutenant and Captain in the Revolutionary War, and as a Lt. Colonel in the Creek Indian war, all in Georgia.

Revolutionary War Service of Captain GEORGE BARBER

        Colonel Elijah Clark wrote to governor Martin of Georgia, with reference to a letter GEORGE BARBER had written to Clark.May 29, 1782 Elijah Clark, at Waters Fort, to Hon'ble Governor Martin, Esqur., Augusta

"Dear Sir:

I have received yours of the 23rd and 27th an am much obliged to you for the Army Intelligence. Every precaution in my power shall be taken to prevent the British hirelings from Executing their Cruel and Bloody Designs on the good Citizens of the State. Since my last to you there Came in a party of Indians attacked a block house on the Twenty third after keeping up a fire for some time they went of Killing Six head of Cattle and every valuable horse they were pursued by Capt. BARBER to the South Fork of the Oaconey which must be nere Whare McIntosh is to Rendezvous but his horses failing he was obliged to Return on the Twenty fifth An other party of about fifteen Indians appeared neare a Station in the fork of the Brod River & Savannah whare they shot and kiled a Mrs. Rose which the scalpd & appered as if they as if they ment to storm but by the spireted Exertions of four men only that was at the Station saling out Put the Invaidors to such a Surprise They went of in grate presapitation--Major Dooly having a Party of collected on the first occasion mounted Before Day to whare they murder wass Done persue two Day but for want of horses sufficient to follow on he was forced to return--they Indians not striking Camp the hole was the Major went through Captain BARBER on his Return Fell in with Them had a scammage Drove the Indians took all their Budgets and provisions Retook the Scalp, they maid their Escape by taking to large Cain Swamp the Last Mischife Done only five miles from Whare I live, I send orders for Colos Martin & Lee to meet me at the Place of Rendezvous if I can have a few Days to Collect the Militia and McIntosh meets as the Peechtree if we can fall in with his party I hope we shall be able to give a good Account of Them---. Ples to inform General Wayn the Resons of my not going Downto camp by the first oppertunity--by the Conduct of the British Ammissaries & Savages they appide as if the Intended to Desappoint us in our planting Business and prevent us from Securing our small grain as they have maid frequent Inroad on our Settlements in a short time---

I am with grate respect and Esteem----

E. Clark"

This letter was written during the Revolution, after Cornwallis had surrendered at Yorktown, and before Savannah was re-captured by the colonials.

From the Revolutionary Pension application of David H. Thurmond, (S32010 Rev) is the following statement:

" About the ___ dau of February 1782 Colo. Elijah Clark gave us orders to go on a Scout against the Indians, they having committed some murders in the County of Wilkes, Georgia. And, some time in July 1782, Colo. BARBER and this declarant (David H. Thurmond) being our spying, found signs of Indians, and went in to the settlements and gave notice, collected a party, crossed the Oconee at the Big Shoala, and a few miles from there we had a skirmish, killed one Indian, and took two Torie prisoners--carried the latter to the Big Shoals where they were hanged--. That the Militia to which he was attached was called Minute Men, and were expected to be ready to march at a minutes warning---."

From the Revolutionary pension application of Ezekiel Cloud is the following statement:

" That in the year Seventeen hundred and eighty two about the last of April or first of May this deponent (Ezekial Cloud) resided in the County of Wilkes State aforesaid in a Fort Called Hintons Fort on Chickesaw Creek--that deponents father Jeremiah Cloud had a block house about four miles distant from the Forest which he had built as a place of refuge for his family at the time (as this deponent had been informed by his brother Noah Cloud who was at the block house aforesaid). One evening about sunset the horse belonging to this deponents father and brother aforesaid came running up to the block house and appeared very much frightened they then suspected an attack from the Indians and tied the horses in the yard and they then enclosed themselves in the block house and in a few minutes the Indians commenced firing at the block house and continued for about two hours during which time they killed the horse belonging to deponents brother Noah Cloud and wounded a mare belonging to deponents father. The Indians then left the block house and went to a cowpen about two hundred and fifty yeards off and killed five milch cows which were enclosed in it and they took nearly fore-quarter of each cow. My father and two brothers kept the block house until morning and Noah Cloud then came to the fort and brought news of the circumstances above related. In consequence of which attack from the Indians GEORGE BARBER who was a Lieutenant in Capt. Gunnells company raised a volunteer Company (of which deponent was one) of twenty men besides himself in order to persue them. The Company then preceeded to the Block house where deponent saw the horses and cows which the Indians had killed--they then persued the Indians along their trail toward the Creek Nation, which induced the Company to believe that they were the Creek Indians and followed them nearly three days but could not overtake them. We then left the trail (one of our Company shot at a deer to get provisions about this time) and went a north course to see if we could find any Indian camps late in the evening on the day we left the trail. We came to a fresh trail which led towards the White Settlements which we followed till nearly dark and crossing a large creek we left a guard until dark went about a mile and hobbled our horses out to graze (having nothing to feed them with) and then encampte for the night. That night the Indians stole this deponents horse and seven other horses besides belonging to the Company and as deponent is now on oath he has no scruples in saying his horse at that time was worth one hundred dollars. The next morning part of the Company tracked the Horses back to the large Creek toward the Creek Nation. The Company generally believed that the Indians were in persuit or heard the gun of one of our Company fired at a deer and persued on after us until night and stole our horses and then returned to the Creek Nation. We then kept the same trail toward the White Settlements but has not preceeded far before we met a Company of Indians whereupon a fight immediately ensued. The Indians kept up a firing and retreating for about a half a mile, when they hid themselves in a swamp. We took from the battle ground twelve packs which belonged to the Indians and found among them the scalp of a white woman that was killed on the frontier of Wilkes County and deponent was informed some time afterwards that this was a company of Creek Indians and that one of them was wounded in the Skirmish and to the best of deponents knowledge and belief his horse was taken by the Creek Indians."

From the Revolutionary pension application of Micajah Brooks, (W 27-694) is the following statement:

" Paulding County, Georgia, 19 Aug. 1850, Micajah Brooks stated that he entered the service under GEORGE BARBER Captain and Elijah Clark was his Colonel. He entered the service in the County of Wilkes in the State of Georgia as a volunteer, and while he was under the last mentioned officers in said County of Wilkes they got in persuit of some Tories and said Clark sent Captain GEORGE BARBER and Thomas Ramsey as spies to ascertain the number of Tories, they went and returned to the main body, and reported that there were seven or eight hundred Tories and after hearing the probable number Col. Elijah Clark after halting for sometime on account of the number of Tories he then said Col. Clark followed on after them and came up on them (after dark in the first part of the night) where Kettle Creek and Little River run together and after coming on them, Col. Clark fired on the Tory Sentinels and they run off in every direction and left their horses provisions and plunder in the hands of Col. Clark and his men during the time, there were three Tories killed and they shot back and killed a Captain belonging to Col. Clark's command by the name of Anderson from South Carolina he thinks though not certain as to his name or place from whence he came, was, after he entered the service under the above named officers he marched from Tugaloe River to the mouth of Kettle and Little River in the said County of Wilkes and from there to Newsom's fort in now Warren County said State of Georgia and after remaining two or three weeks at said Fort he was discharged---"

Indian War Service of Colonel GEORGE BARBER

Between the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, there were several battles with the Indians in Georgia. Here is a letter that Colonel GEORGE BARBER wrote to General Elijah Clark in 1787.


"Dear Sir,

From all appearances at this time there is danger at hand, tho no murder was done, yet the block house at the Big Shole are burnt, which has occasioned the inhabitants to naturally fly to the fort and unless you can do some thing vary speed for the Relief of the people, they cante stay much longer as they are alarmed on every side by the firing of Gun vc vc and if in your power I shall be glad would contrive that the people are furnished with ammunition, also on Sataday Night the 7th of this Instant we lost six horses of were seven taken as far as Jacks Creek. Over the Appalachie and they was turned around back and hobbled and come to Mr. Crosby's camp, believe this was a party able to defend themselves. I shall be glad you would righ me be very opportunity, and in haste manner, I shall pursue.

I am Your Humble Servant

13 April 1787 GEO. BARBER"

On this same day, General Clark wrote to governor George Mathews about the information he had received from Colonel BARBER, and asked for Governor to supply the ammunition so the frontiersmen could defend themselves.

General Elijah Clark's battle with the Creek Indians at Jack's Creek on 21 September 1787, was the only principal fight between white men and Indians, between the Revolution and War of 1812, that has been recorded. The following is General's Clark's description of that battle to Governor Mathews.

" I had certain information that a man was killed on the 17th near Greenseborough, by a party of six or seven Indians; and that on the 16th (16 Sept. 1787), Colonel BARBER, with a small party, was waylaid by fifty or sixty Indians, and wounded, and three of his party killed. This determined me to raise the men I could, in the course of twenty four hours, and march with them to protect the frontiers, in which space of time I collected 160 men, chiefly volunteers, and proceeded to the place where Colonel BARBER had been atached. There I found the bodies of three men mentioned above, mangled in a shocking manner, and after I had buried them, proceeded on the trail of the murderers as far as the south fork of the Ocmulgee, where, finding that I had no chance of overtaking them, I left and went up the said river, till I met a fresh trail of Indians coming toward our frontier settlements. I immediately turned and followed the trail until the morning of the 21st, between eleven and twelve o'clock, when I came up with them---they had just crossed a branch called Jack's Creek, through a thick can-brake, and were encamped and cooking upon an eminence. My force then consisted of 130 men, thirty having been sent back on account of their horses being tired and lost. I drew up my men in three division; the right commanded by Colonel Freeeman, the left by Major Clarke, and the middle by myself. Colonel Freeman and Major Clarke were ordered to surround and charge the Indians, which they did with such dexterity and spirit that they immediately drove them from their encampment back into the cane-brake, where, finding it impossible for them to escape, they obstinately returned our fire until half past four o'clock, when they ceased, except now and then a shot. During the latter part of the action they seized every opportunity of escaping by small parties, leaving the rest to shift for themselves. About sunset I thought it most advisable to draw off, as the men suffered for provisions for nearly two days, and for want of water during the action, but more particularly to take care of the wounded, which amounted to eleven and six killed. From every circumstance, I am certain that there were not less than twenty-five Indians killed, and am induced to suppose that had I remained the night, I should have found forty or fifty dead of their wounds by morning. In short, they were totally defeated, with the loss of their provisions, clothing and the following articles: a gun, thirty-two brass kettles, thirty-seven large packs, containing blankets, etc. Colonel Freeman and Major Clarke distinguished themselves, and from the spirit and activity with which the whole of my little party acted during the action, I do not believe that had we met them in the open woods, we should have been more than five minutes in giving them a total overthrow."

The battle of Jack's Creek was near the present town of Monroe, Walton County, Georgia.

Lt. Colonel GEORGE BARBER is listed as among the wounded in Colonel Holman Freeman's Report for the Middle Battalion, in the year 1787. The wound that Colonel BARBER received at this battle was a forefinger shot off, and a hand and wrist shot to pieces.

GEORGE BARBER was awarded tracts of land totalling 1670 acres in three counties, Franklin, Wilkes, and Oglethorpe, for his service in the Revolution. The land in Wilkes County was bounded on the northeast by a land grant to Matthew Patton.

The distinguished historian, Rev. George White, M. A. of Georgia, had this to say about Colonel GEORGE BARBER in his book HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF GEORGIA, published in 1854.

"Colonel BARBER was a man of great integrity. In the Indian Wars he greatly distinguished himself--He was much confided in by his men, and under his command they seemed to fear no danger. Col. BARBER had many escaped from the Savages, some of which were almost miraculous."

Children of GEORGE and MARGARET WATKINS BARBER GEORGE and MARGARET (WATKINS) BARBER were parents of ten children, seven sons and three daughters. GEORGE died in 1822 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, and MARGARET died in 1830 in Henry County, Georgia.

Their children:

1. William Barber, born circa 1767, North Carolina, served in the Revolutionary War. This writer has been unable to tract his line, he is believed to have been survived by a daughter. He last appears on the Oglethorpe County, Georgia tax digest in 1826.

2. Matthew Barber, born circa 1768, North Carolina, married Mrs. Johannah Johnson, 24 February 1803, Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

3. Robert Barber, born circa 1769, Georgia, married Sarah Orr, daughter of Christopher Orr and Martha Watkins.

4. Elizabeth Barber, born circa 1779, Georgia, married Joseph G. Stiles, 13 March 1799, Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

5. Samuel Barber, living in 1820, was said to be a bachelor, believed to have adopted children names Sam and Emily.

6. Reese Barber, born circa 1774, Wilkes County, Georgia, married Catherine Reynolds, daughter of Spencer Reynolds.

7. Martha Barber, born circa 1777, Wilkes County, Georgia, married James Scott, 29 June 1797 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

8. Sarah Barber, born circa 1780, Wilkes County, Georgia, married George Reynolds, son of Spencer Reynolds.

9. Josiah Barber, born circa 1783, died young.

10. George Barber, Jr., born 1786, Wilkes County, Georgia, married Elizabeth Reynolds, daughter of Spencer Reynolds, 11 May 1806, Clarke County, Georgia.


Will of GEORGE BARBER Senior

Georgia) Oglethorpe County) Will Book B) Page 207) In the name of God Amen, I GEORGE BARBER Senior of the County and State  aforesaid, being of sound disposing mind  and memory, do make and order this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills.

First I desire all my debts to be paid.

Secondly, I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife MARGARET BARBER all my property, both real and personal of which I may be possessed, for and during her natural life, to be used and enjoyed by her during that time, and after her death and not till then, to be disposed of in the following manner, to wit: It is my will and desire that my said wife have the following negroes, namely, Mat, his wife Rhoda, and Temp, and their and future increase, to dispose of in any manner she may think proper, absolutely and unconditionally by her last will or by deed to take effect after her death.

Again I give and devise to my son William Barber one hundred acres of land lying on the south side of the branch adjoining George Runnels, on the east side including the plantation whereas the said William now living by the same, are left to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Again I give and bequeath to my son Mat Barber two negroes, to wit, Fed and Jane, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Again I have heretofore given my son Robert Barber a certain tract of land lying on the Oconee River in Clark County, including the plantation whereon he now lives, this same being two hundred and forty acres, be the same, more or less, which together with the negroes. to wit, Lige and Chainey, that I do now assign and bequeath him is and shall be his full share of my estate to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Again I have hereto fore given my son Samuel Barber two hundred two and a half acres of land, more or less, lying in Jones County on Walnut Creek, which shall be his full share of my estate.

Again I assign and bequeath to my son Reece Barber one negro man named Edmund, which together with a tract of land lying on the Oconee River in Clark County joining Robert Barber, and consisting of two hundred and forty acres, already given by me to him which he had disposed of and is now enjoying the profits of shall be his full share of my estate.

Again I have heretofore given to James Scott, who intermarried with my daughter Martha, a tract of land lying in Clarke County joining Robert Barber and containing two hundred acres, including the plantation whereon he now lives, which is and shall be the full share of the said James Scott or his children by the said Martha, in and to my estate.

Again I give devise and bequeath to my sons Robert and George Barber as trustees for my daughter Sarah Runnels and her children by George Runnels, and in trust for her, and their use, one hundred acres of land, on the south side of the branch, be the same more or less, including the plantation whereon she now lives. Also, two negroes, to wit, Clesia and Kate and their increase, and the said property is not to be subject in any manner to the use or control the same in trust aforesaid, for the said Sarah and her said children, and in case of the death of the Said George Runnels, the trust is to cease, and the said property is to be equally divided between the said Sarah and her said children.

Again I give and bequeath to my four grandchildren to wit, Sally, Nancy, Aggy and Margaret, the two negroes, to wit, Harriet and Renny, that I have already given them, which shall be in full their share of my estate.

Again I give devise, and bequeath to my son George Barber all the tract of land which has not already been herein disposed of, and on which I now live, being the balance of said tract, and also six negroes, to wit, Jack, and his wife Pindder, Reuben, Burwill, Willis, and Nathan to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Robert and George Barber to executors to this my last will and testament, In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of October, 1820.


Abram J. Hill

Thomas W. Goulding

Henry Blake J. P. recorded 4 September 1822

After the death of her husband, MARGARET BARBOUR moved to Henry County, Georgia, where she apparently lived with her grandson, Josiah Reynolds. All three of her daughters had died by this time, along with sons Josiah, Reese, and possibly Samuel and William. Her son Matthew was living nearby in DeKalb County. Her son Robert was still living in Athens, Georgia, not a great distance from her.

MARGARET BARBER died in 1830 in Henry County, and she left a will to be probated there.



Henry County Georgia) Wills and Bonds) 1822-1834) pages 101-103) In the name of God Amen. I MARGARET BARBER of the County of  Henry and state of Georgia, being  in good sound health in body and perfect in mind and memory thanks to be the almighty disposer of all wants for the same. Calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men and women once to die, do make and ordain this my Last will and testament. That is to say, principally and wholly revoking all others that I may have made heretofore. Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of the almighty God that gave it, and body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, Devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, viz.

Item 1st) To my beloved Grandson Son Josiah Reynolds I give and bequeath unto him and his heirs forever. One Negroe man by name Mat and one Negroe woman by the name of Rhoda the said Negro Mats wife and her child named Margaret One Negro Boy named Burton My tract or parcel of land containing Eighty one acres be the same more or less whereon I now live One black stud colt name Hyatoga and bottle Case etc., and Buro.

Item 2nd) To my Beloved Grand Daughter Margaret Barber, daughter of my beloved son Robert Barber I give and bequeath unto her one negro Girl by the name of Sarah Ann.

Item 3rd) As for my beloved son George Barber for his part of my Estate I give and bequeath unto his Daughter Margaret Barber one negro Girl by the name of Himelia Ann.

Item 4th) As for my Grand son Phineas Barber son of George Barber I give and bequeath unto him One negro Girl by the name of Sintha.

Item 5th) As for my Grand Daughter Sarah Johnson I give and bequeath unto her and her heirs for ever one negro Boy named Clark.

Item 6th) as for my dear and beloved Grand Daughter Elizabeth Stanfield I give and bequeath unto her and her heirs for ever One negro Girl named Sylva.

Item 7th) As for my Grand Son George W. Reynolds I give and bequeath unto him and his heirs for ever One negro woman named Tempy and her child named Rachael.

Item 8th) As for my Grand Son Josiah Barber I give and bequeath unto him and his heirs for ever one negro Boy named Crawford.

Item 9th) As for my Grand Son Wadkins Reynolds I give and bequeath unto him one Bed and furniture and Bay mare.

Now having disposed of my Estate as above stated I do hereby these presents nominate and appoint my trusty friends Josiah Reynolds Mitchell Henderson all of the County and State aforesaid Executors to this my Last will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other form Testaments Wills Legacies bequeaths and Executors by me in any wise before named Willis and Bequeathed ratifying and concerning this and no other to be my Last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 6th day of October in the year A.D. One thousand Eight hundred and twenty nine. Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of

Murrell Brissie 

Mitchell Henderson    MARGARET X (her mark) BARBER

Luke Gibson 

Duly recorded this 9th November 1830 Guy W. Smith s, CCo

Of the grandchildren that MARGARET BARBER mentions in her will, Josiah, George W., and Wadkins Reynolds were children of George Reynolds-Sarah Barber. Josiah Barber was the son of Matthew Barber and Johannah Johnson. The parents of Sarah Johnson and Elizabeth Stanfield are not known, they are evidently married granddaughters and could be daughters of William Barber, Reese Barber, or Sarah Reynolds.


Chapter Two - Matthew Barber p. 12

Matthew Barber was the second son of GEORGE and MARGARET (WATKINS) BARBER.


The GEORGE BARBER (sometimes spelled Barbour) Genealogy is from the original written by my Grandfather, Dr. George Perry Barber. My Aunt Josephine Barber Osborn (Mrs. W. G.), 1709 N. Hill Avenue, Padadena, California, had the original on November 30, 1940, when I copied it. She has since mislaid, or hid it, and cannot find it -- Grandpa's writing began at the bottom of the page going upwards. Being an old paper, and unfamiliar script, some of it was not easily read -- Aunt Jo, now blind, born Nov. 25, 1877, Barber Mts. Mineral Wells, and Uncle Saul Perry Barber, born Feb 6, 1860 at Barber Mtn., Mineral Wells, Texas (Palo Pinto, Co.) are the sole survivors of their immediate family. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona. they have given me numerous historical facts and dates on our Barber Line. All the following in quotations if by Grandpa, Dr. George Perry Barber.

"GEORGE BARBER, born in England, 1727, crossed the water as a young man. He settled and married in North Carolina prior to the Revolution. Married Mary Wadkin of Welsh descent, and moved to Georgia, on Long Creek in Wilkes County, also, prior to the American Revolution.

He entered the Revolution at its opening - in command of a regiment of Buckskins, against the British. He fought under Washington until Peace was made. A forefinger was shot off by the Indians after the Revolution, and one hand and wrist was shot to pieces. he was a Colonel. His brother, Ply (Plier) married, remained in N. C., no tract of him after the Revolution. His sons: (meaning GEORGE's)

1. William, survived by a daughter (note cert list Ga. Troops, page 375, in Ga's Roster of Am. Rev. by Knight - Wm Barber, Ga. Troops. (Knight Roster written 1920, this note added by Velma Dennison.)

2. Robert, married Miss Orr.

3. Samuel, a bachelor, adopted 2 children named Sam and Emily.

4. Reece, married a Miss Reynolds, Their 3 sons were Reece, Spruce and George, all that I can remember.

5. Matthew, married Mrs. James Johnson 2-24-1803. Their sons were George, and Josiah W. George's 3 sons were Josiah, who settled in Comanche Co., Texas, Matthew, and George and James.

6. George Jr., born 1786, Clarke County, Ga., died 7-2-1854, Shelby County, Texas, veteran of War - 1812, married Miss Betsy Reynolds, (Elizabeth), 5-11-1806, Clarke County, Georgia. Their children were Samuel Reynolds, Phineas, Josiah, George C., Nancy, Louisa, Betsy, Phobee, & Margaret Barber.

7. Josiah


8. Sallie Barber married George Reynolds, whose sister Betsy Reynolds had married George Barber II, making 1st double cousins. The children of Sallie Barber and George Reynolds were: Josiah, Ben, and others, the youngest being Watt and Baskin Reynolds. Watt's daughter Sallie married John Matthews in Texas, Grandma Barber cooked their infair dinner.

9. Martha Patricia (Patsy) married James Scott. Their children were Josiah, James, Polly and Mary Scott.

10. Elizabeth (Betsy) Barber married Joe Stiles. Their children were: Sallie, Nancy, Aggy, and Margaret Stiles.

It appears that Dr. George P. Barber wrote this genealogy between 1866, when George Patton Barber was born, and 1869, when John W. Barber was born, Dr. Barber did not name his other children. Some of the dates in the above was obviously added by Mrs. Dennison, for instance death date of Dr. Barber and his wife.


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