BARBER, Emily M., Mrs.
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, IL, C. A. Church. Chicago: Clarke Publishing Company, 1905, pp 461-2
Mrs. Emily M. BARBER, owning valuable farm property in Rockford Township [Winnebago County, IL], is the widow of Nolton BARBER, who died 25 Jun 1899, at the age of 74 years. Mr. BARBER was a native of Madison County, NY, born in the town of Fenner about 1825, his parents being Eli and Olive (NOURSE) BARBER, both of whom died in NY. The family was of English lineage, and representatives of the name removed from CT to NY, where they followed the occupation of farming. Mr. BARBER was one of five children, two of whom reached years of maturity, but his sister, Delia, died several years ago. She was the wife of Reuben MATHERS, and resided in the state of NY until her death. She left one son, Seldon MATHERS, who resides in VA.
Nolton BARBER was reared in the state of his nativity, and was but six years of age at the time of his father's death. Between the ages of 9 and 21 years he resided with a Mr. GILLETT, and then started to work by the month as a farm hand. It was thus that he entered upon his business career, and in the course of years he had become the owner of land, and was known as a substantial agriculturist. After his marriage he purchased a farm in Madison County, NY, where he made his home for two years, and in 1855 he started westward, settling in Rockford Township in Winnebago County, IL. It was largely a pioneer district, and much of the land in the county was but slightly improved. Here and there were still seen the rude pioneer cabins, and the city of Rockford was at this time but a small town. Mr. BARBER at once began the cultivation and development of his land, which he transformed into productive fields, and the tract which he purchased on his arrival in the west has now been the family home for 43 years. When it came into his possession it was wild prairie and had no buildings or trees upon it, but he knew that earnest labor would work a change in its appearance and productiveness, and he was soon able to harvest good crops, where before were seen the wild prairie grasses. In the home farm is a tract of land of 80 acres, and just south is another tract of 105 acres, which now belongs to Mrs. BARBER, and which she has rented. It was before his removal to the west that Mr. BARBER was married on 15 Mar 1849. He wedded Miss Emily MARSHALL, whose birth occurred 10 Sep 1824 in Fenner, Madison County, NY, her parents being Thomas and Phoebe (KEELER) MARSHALL, both of whom were natives of the state of NY, and there died many years ago. They were farming people of the highest respectability. The ancestors of the MARSHALL family came from England, and the early home of the family was in MA. The maternal grandfather of Mrs. BARBER served in the Revolutionary War, and lived to the extreme old age of more than 96 years. Unto Thomas and Phoebe MARSHALL were born six children, all of whom reached adult age, including Elmer, who resides in the state of NY; Mrs. Maria PICKNEY, living near Auburn [Cayuga County], NY; Mrs. Louisa SEARS, who died at Rockford in Jun 1903; and John F., who died at Rochelle [Ogle County], IL, 07 Jun 1859.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. BARBER were born three children: Myron, the eldest, born in NY on 02 Apr 1850, is a farmer residing near Mason City [Cerro Gordo County], IA. He married Anna SLOAN, who was born on 04 Dec 1858 in IL, and they have become the parents of ten children: (1) William, born 09 May 1884; (2) John M., 26 Apr 1886; (3) Emily P., 17 Jul 1887; (4) Myron H., 06 Mar 1889; (5) Mary L., 09 Oct 1890; (6) Olive S., 02 Oct 1893; (7) Daisy A., 24 Feb 1896; (8) Ada N., 19 Apr 1898; (9) Lizzie, 04 Jan 1899; and (10) Grace, 13 Dec 1902. Louisa BARBER, the elder daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Nolton BARBER, was born in NY on 14 Jun 1853 and became the wife of Jerome A. HUDLER, who was born on 08 Aug 1849 in NY. They have four children, but the two elder are by a former marriage: Maud, born 09 May 1884, and Harry, born in Feb 1887. The children of Mrs. and Mrs. HUDLER are: Laura E., born 30 Jan 1893, and Irene L., born 01 Oct 1895. The family home is in Rockford, where Mr. HUDLER is connected with the dry plate works. Ada I. BARBER, born 21 Jul 1858 in Winnebago County [IL], is the widow of Albert M. TRUESDALL, who was born on 22 Nov 1862 in IL, and died at the home farm of Mrs. BARBER on 11 Feb 1901. Mrs. TRUESDALL resides with her mother, and has two children: Emma Louise, who was born 02 Jun 1892, and Arthur, born 10 Mar 1894.
Mr. BARBER was a republican in his political views, and served in several local offices [p 462] in his township. He was a member of the Grange, and both he and his wife belonged to the Winnebago Street Methodist Episcopal church. His life was a busy and useful one, and for many years he successfully carried on agricultural pursuits, his labors resulting in the acquirement of a comfortable competence. He was truly a self-made man, for he started out empty-handed and depended entirely upon his own resources for all that he acquired or enjoyed. His sterling worth gained him the confidence of his fellow townsmen, and all who knew him entertained for him warm regard. Mrs. BARBER still resides on the old homestead farm, and although she has rented the land, gives general supervision of the property.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.