Jonathan Barkman
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

A successful farmer of Parker is Jonathan Barkman, who is a son of the late Henry Newman Pohlman Barkman. His grandfather, Jonathan Barkman, was born October 21, 1787, and married Sarah Felmly, a daughter of David Felmly. He provided for the maintenance of himself and family by following the carpenter's trade, and passed his entire life in New Germantown, New Jersey, his death occurring on October, 1867. He was the father of five children, of whom Pohlman Barkman was the second.

The latter was born on the 25th of August, 1822, in Hunterdon county, where he was reared to manhood and learned the carpenter's trade under the direction of his father. He followed that pursuit for eight years after his marriage and then turned his attention to farming, at which time he removed from his home near New Germantown, where he had resided for some years, to his farmstead in Parker, taking up his abode at the latter place in 1858. He was very successful in his business undertakings, owing to his energy, industry, and perseverance. A highly respected and popular citizen, he died November 10, 1882. He was married July 25, 1854, to Merinda Rinehart, a daughter of William Rinehart, whose children were John and Merinda. John Rinehart, who married Rebecca Huffman, died in 1897, leaving a son, William, and two daughters, Mary C. and Emma. Mrs. Barkman was born June 6, 1830, and by her marriage became the mother of the following named: Mary E., born January 10, 1850, wife of George Pickle, of Califon, New Jersey; Sarah, born July 23, 1851, wife of John Pickle, of Fairmont, New Jersey; Andrew S., who was born October 16, 1852, and died in childhood; William R., who was born May 3, 1854, and married Sarah Welsh; Esther A., who was born February 19, 1856; Jonathan, of this review; Morris, who was born April 10, 1859, and married Cora Morse, their home being now in Chicago; Maggie, who was born November 11, 1860, and married Samuel Reed, a resident of Schooley's Mountain; David H., a resident of Ohio, Illinois, who was born February 23, 1862, and married Ida Wood; Charlotte, who was born April 23, 1863, and died October 2, 1880; Jennie, who was born August 23, 1866, and is the wife of Manning Fisher, of Pottersville; and George H., of Whitefield, Illinois, who was born October 27, 1868.

Jonathan Barkman was born June 26, 1857, near New Germantown, but was reared on the Parker homestead, while in the public schools of the neighborhood he acquired his education. He has always resided on the farm with the exception of a period of five years passed in Hunterdon county, and in the management of his property displays a thorough understanding of the business. The fields are well cultivated, and the place is neat and thrifty in appearance.

Mr. Barkman was married October 4, 1884, to Miss Eliza A. Cregar, who, after a happy married life of about ten years, passed away on the 13th of April, 1894, leaving four children: Urias, born April 18, 1886; Walter, born September 8, 1888; Alice Mabel, born in November, 1891; and Ruth, born in October, 1893. Mr. Barkman is quite prominent in local political circles, staunchly advocates the principles of the Republican party, and has served as a member of the executive committee of the county organization.

Transcribed by Christopher Cresta


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