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Typed November, 1991 from handwritten copies held by Helen Kennedy Adam, partially done by her, and partially by her family historian predecessor, Miss Josephine Reynolds.
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David Barker was born in New Port, Rhode Island in 1730, the youngest child of James Barker and his wife Elizabeth Tucker. In 1762 he married Lydia Shove, daughter of Samuel Shove, born in Rhode Island in 1746 and died in 1804. To them were born twelve children; the first nine in New Port, Rhode Island: Samuel Shove, Asa, Edward, David, Pheobe, James, Elizabeth, Sarah (1776 Dartmouth, Mass.), Rebecca, they moved to Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York where Abraham and Lydia were born. Caleb was born in Barker's Point, Adolphustown, Ont. Canada.
David Barker was a loyal subject of the British Crown and a staunch Anglican. During the War of the revolution he supplied provisions to the British forces. For this his property in Poughkeepsie was pillaged so, at the age of 52 years, he decided to join Major Van Alstine's party of Loyalists and go to Canada in 1784. His wife and the elder children accompanied him. The younger were left behind because it was feared that the hazardous life in an undeveloped country would be too hard for them. As Sarah was one of these she grew up in either Poughkeepsie, N.Y. or New Fairfield, Conn.
While the property of David Barker in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. was confiscated, he was not without means, like many Loyalists, he brought with him seventeen thousand dollars and being near the point of embarrassment was also able to bring some valuable family heirlooms.
Because of the connection with the Hills, this may be of interest and importance. James Barker II had in Newport a estate of 120 acres bounded on the west by the highway, on the north by the lands of the Widow Hill and on the south by the land of son William Barker. No mention of the last boundary.
David Barker settled at Barker's Point (now Thompson's point) between Hay Bay and the Bay of Quinte in the third concession. Each member of Major Van Alstine's party received 200 acres of land by ballot for which they drew. David Barker first built a log house on his allotment with other buildings and then erected the one that is still standing. [Pictures of what is reportedly the original Barker home.]
To each of his daughters, whether married or single, he gave large farms in Prince Edward Co.
He died in 1821, aged 91 years. His wife in 1804, aged 59 years.
In 1795, Sarah Barker (who had been left behind when her parents came to Canada with Major Van Alstine) was married to Silas Hill in Fairfield, Conn. Silas Hill had been born in New Milford Conn. in 1771. Whom his parents were there seems to be no record. There is no mention of them in Miss Reynolds' notes or in any book so far. However, Mrs. Robert Norman (Phoebe Hill) his daughter and his wife Sarah Barker visited his five spinster sisters in Dutchess Co N.Y. These women were living near Four Corners N.Y and had vast estates - one sister had married a Plat or Plats.
Soon after their marriage Silas Hill and his wife Sarah Barker came to Canada and established their home on the estate known as "Hill Side". Hill Side was on both sides Glenora Road, Prince Edward County, Ont. and extended from the Bay of Quinte to Milford, and from Vances farm to Townsand Woods -- this is one belief, while another is that it extended to Glenora. The latter must be more correct as through drink and other shady cause he had to part with large portions of his land. The first to avail himself of these circumstances was Mr. Marney. Be that as it well, Silas Hill built for himself and his family a beautiful home on these broad acres. Whether or not all or part of the house was completed at first is not known at the moment. Nevertheless, from snaps taken of Hill Side before the alteration were done to it by its present owner and her late husband, Mr and Mrs. Barry Anderson, one can see that, the rear portion, which extended towards the Bay was consisted of its story and a half with galleries along the sides while the imposing front, with its two stories and a cupola. On three sides of this latter part were upper and lower verandas - with posts and railings of hand carved lattice work believed to have been done by Mr. Murney for Silas Hill. By whomsoever this delicate carving was wrought, it was under the direction of Silas Hill in his early manhood because it is known that the Murney children, Eliza Mrs Wilson, Mrs. Nurry, Annie played with the Hill children on these verandas. - (sic) The Hills were the nearest neighbours to the Hill.
Miss Joseph Reynolds has a note to the effect that John Grimmon quoted Cornelius Hill as having said, "I said to Grandpa Silas Hill that you will have to plant a young orchard of if (?)going to pay the man in apples for the days of work".
Soon after their marriage, Silas Hill and his wife Sarah Barker, came to Canada and established their home on the east shore of Hallowel Bay as the Bay of Quinte was then called. As already mentioned, David Barker gave each of daughters large farms in Prince Edward County, so no doubt he gave money for all or part of the large estate that Silas Hill was now acquiring from files in the Picton Registry Office. Silas bought in 1809 from Richard Hare large tract of land which Hare had gotten from the Crown in 1807. In the Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte it states that one, Robert Hubbs handed in the Little Cove on Picton Bay and built a log cabin, tale he built a red frame house which Amos Hubbs, his grandson sold to the Hill Family who in turn sold to Hon. James McQuag who in turn sold to the True Blue Orphanage.
The exact extent of Silas Hill's lands is not definitely cited anywhere. It has been said that he owned all the land from Vance's to Glenora along the Bay of Quinte and back to Green Bush. Though this is somewhat of an exaggeration, yet, from the Picton Registry Office, we find that he owned part of the gorse between lots 16 and 17 in the concession east of the Hallowel Bay. Also we find that other parcels of land were his down towards Glenora.
Through drink and mismanagement,
Silas Hill sold considerable
holdings to John Murney, in 1833, lot 14, in 1837 more lands, it does
state what lot but in 1838 and 1843, John Murney got all of lot 15. In
1844 all of lot 17. David Hill also put mortgages on his lands in 1833,
1835-1838. In connection with these are names Adams and John Stanton.
Life on the Bay of
To William Canniff's "Settlement of Upper Canada"
The Descendants of James Barker, II of Rhode Island
A Brief History of David Barker, A United Empire Loyalist
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To the Barker-Solmes Bible
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