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  • Science and Religion: Reconciling the Conflicts, is now available in paperback from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Deseretbook.com, Walmart.com, and many other internet sites. Bookstores stocking it include: Deseret Book (Bountiful, and soon at SLC, Ft. Union, Orem and Rexburg); Eborn Books (Salt Lake City,  Provo, and Ogden); The Book Garden (Bountiful); The Book Table (Logan); The Book Plaza (Burley); The Book Store (Rupert), Latter-Day Cottage (Tucson and Mesa) and many others around the world.
  • Paperback (see above) (ISBN 9781625103796)
  • A hardbound edition is now available at Amazon and a number of other internet sellers (ISBN 9781634189231)
  • eBook downloads are now available on Amazon and B&N.com.
  • Libraries around the country now have the book. If it isn’t yet available at your local library, please contact them and ask if they’ll order a copy, or see if they can get it by inter-library lending.

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  • William and Jane Barker of Shelfanger, Norfolk, England ~1759-1829. Much confusion and misinformation has been passed around about this couple. What was Jane’s maiden name, and who were William’s parents? There is compelling evidence that the very popular connection between William and Stephen Barker and Judith Wragg of Burston, is wrong–especially if Jane was really Jane Knowles, as popularly supposed.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Daniel
    Mar 2 2015

    Yes, after thinking it over I concur with you about him being brother to the other Barker immigrants.

    It is sad that the original parish book hasn’t survived, I will have to use the records as recorded in the late 19th century that is given in the Barker Odyssey. I’ve contacted just about everyone in England that could help me and they all have said that the originals no longer exist, hence the usage of the imperfect Transcripts in their place.

    It is true that we descendants of Frederick and Ann Barker mainly lived in Ogden. Frederick and Ann’s daughter Harriet married my great-great-grandfather Elisha Wells Chase, a convert from New York who eventually settled in Ogden. My 86 year old grandmother was born in Ogden but eventually left for the greener pastures of California, soon thereafter to marry my grandfather. Grandpa died a year and half ago but grandma still lives in California.

    I want to thank you again for your analysis of the Barker lineage in England. It is a shame there isn’t a genealogical journal devoted solely to the ancestors of the LDS Pioneers, especially the European converts like our ancestors the Barkers. I did my little part in correcting what is out there with the Bligh/Blythe family, but there are alot of other really poorly researched lines that could use correction.

  2. David
    Feb 17 2015

    Daniel,
    There are abundant records indicating that George, Frederick, and James were brothers, sons of William and Jane Barker of Shelfanger. Since there was an outbreak of smallpox on board the ship (in which George’s wife Sarah Gerard Barker died), and Frederick’s wife Ann Bligh Barker no doubt was a great help in raising George and Sarah’s children. They settled near one another in New York State (as evidenced by census records), and again in Iowa (where James and his family stayed), then again in North Ogden, Utah. Later in their lives, Ann Bligh Barker divorced Frederick, and married George–a really strange twist that I was unaware of until meeting some of Frederick and Anne’s descendants in Ogden, who informed me that there are still some family feelings about the event.
    Anyway, no doubt in my mind that they are brothers.

    David

  3. Daniel
    Jan 12 2015

    Thanks for your reply. When I am able, I will have to contact them. Right now I am working on my Devon ancestors in England first, but this is a project for the future.

    But since I cannot see a baptism, is there any further proof (in Utah perhaps) that Frederick was in fact brother to the other Barkers? He is called of Shelfanger in his marriage to Ann Bligh so it almost a sure thing. Perhaps then it may seem like a silly request, but I was hoping there might be passenger information from a ship manifest, etc. or some other proof before I add the Barker lineage to my tree.

    I was also impressed with your analysis of the Barkers in England; I am incredibly picky when it comes to sources, and I think what you wrote would stand genealogical scrutiny.

    I myself had intended to scrutinize the Barkers in England as I had done the Bligh/Blythes of Tibenham, the family of Ann Bligh Barker, but you did it for me so now I do not have to. Since Frederick Barker/Ann Bligh is not your line, I won’t go into heavy detail but what is out there for Bligh online is pretty bad.

  4. David
    Jan 8 2015

    Daniel,

    Nice to hear from you. I’ve been able to get some information directly from the Norfolk Records Office (NRO) (http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/). You may want to check with them regarding Shelfanger Parish records. Yes, I’ve also noticed some missing periods and frustrating lacks in information. I am amazed at how much has been kept in reasonably good order, but some individuals seem to have fallen through the cracks. I haven’t been able to find a Christening date for Frederick either, and I’ve looked through the parish register transcripts as well as Bishops transcripts, and Archdeacon’s. But I don’t think I tried the NRO. You can ask them to check their records. They’ve been very helpful to me. They’ve even sent me some copies.

    Best to you in your research!

    David

  5. Daniel
    Dec 31 2014

    David, it is interesting that you wanted to sort out the correct Barker lineage as well.

    I too am a Barker descendant through son Frederick, and one thing I have not been able to find is Frederick’s baptism. The way it was mentioned in the old records confused me; the baptism is supposed to be in October 1800 but then he was supposed to have been born in February (exact date not said); does the baptism record call him 8 months old or something? I need to see the original.

    What is available online for Shelfanger is not the original parish books but the Archdeacon’s transcripts, which sometimes are missing information (or have additional information). And sure enough, there is a gap in the archdeacon’s transcripts for Shelfanger from mid 1800 to early 1801, which just so happens to cover Frederick’s apparent baptism there in Oct 1800.

    Some trees online also claim that he was baptized in Diss but having checked it isn’t there.

    So for the last few weeks I have been trying to find out if the original parish books for Shelfanger even exist. What is up on the site ‘FreeReg’ seems to be based on the Archdeacon’s transcripts since Frederick is missing but his brothers are all listed.

    So I am stuck. I am glad there is another Barker cousin out there who is interested in the CORRECT information and sorting it all out.

  6. David
    Nov 7 2014

    Kirt,

    Thanks for the nice comments.
    David

  7. Kirt Nelson
    Nov 5 2014

    I tend not to finish books. However, with yours, I had no problem. Very well done. I was captivated by your conclusions and felt intellectually well fed. My faith has been strengthened through your efforts.

  8. Aug 16 2014

    I write a newspaper column and would like to talk with you about your instructive book,, as I am writing on a related topic and believe you can help me. I would appreciate it if you would please contact me at my email address as listed above ASAP. Thank you!

  9. David
    Sep 17 2013

    By all means let’s do. I’ll be very interested in any comments on the book you are willing to share, as well as any other topics.
    David

  10. Alan Lacey
    Aug 29 2013

    It’s great to see you are pursuing ever-interesting topics. I would like to keep in touch with you in the future. alan

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