Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Early 1800s Southern Indiana History with the Barkers
Therefore, if Moses Barker is the only adult male to show up in the 1820 or 1830 census in Perry County, there is a good possibility he is John W Barker (1822)'s father. There couldn't have been too many other Barkers come and go in the county between 1820 and 1830.
By pouring over the census data, I've noted that often a family will name their first born or last born son after his father. Therefore, I think we can begin to see family lineages in this information. Even when the son is not named after his dad, it is often his grandfather, father's brother, or other close relative.
It also appears to me that New York and possibly Virginia are offshoots of the Massachusetts lineage, potentially bringing the lines down to two.
I think the name was popular because a Moses Barker from MA was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War.
So no definitive answers yet. But I'll keep looking.