In 1882, the Madison Cotton Gin Company, which owns the Phoenix Mills at Madison, Florida offered Ralph Barker the position of secretary and treasure.
Madison, Florida Cotton planters settled the town of Madison, Florida in 1838, though there were residents there before that. The county was established in 1827 and by 1850 the county population had grown to more than 5,000 people. The world’s largest longstaple cotton gin was located in Madison before the boll weevil arrived in 1916, and wiped out the cotton industry. The “cotton years” memories are preserved in a small park near the Amtrak railroad station in the south side of town. In the park is a 16 foot drive wheel for a 500 horse power engine that once pulled 65 gins in what was said to be be the worlds largest cotton processing plant.
Cornelia Clarke Barker Edwards was the oldest child of Ralph and Eugenia Barker, my great grandparents. She married George H. Edwards who was a descendant of Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.
The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. The roots for the Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. goes back to the Roger and Brittin Silver Co which was established in January 1880. Edwin Brittin, one of the original founders died suddenly in 1881. C.E.I. Holmes and George Edwards acquired the their company in 1892 and The Holmes & Edwards Silver Co was established in Bridgeport, CT.
George Holmes Edwards Source: Google Books Biography Pg. 139 George is with International Silver Co. successor to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co., Bridgeport, CT. also Secretary of the Bridgeport Chain Co. Residence 174 Park Place, Bridgeport CT (Vol.1 page 124) Unmarried. George Holmes Edwards was born on February 26, 1881 at Binghamton, NY, the son of George Clarke Edwards and of Ardelia Esther (Holmes) Edwards. His father is Vice President of the International Solver Co. and President of the Bridgeport Chain Company. B.A., 1905
” In 1905 after graduation I spent 6 weeks in travel through the British Isles. January 1, 1906, began business with the International Silver Co., Factory ‘C’ being still associated with this concern, paying particular attention to advertising of Factory ‘C’ (Holmes and Edwards). Summer of 1906 spent 6 weeks vacation in England, visiting Devonshire, Sherwood Forest, Ragland , etc. The summer of 1907 took a flying trip through Europe with roommate, William D. Dean, landing in Bremer Haven and visiting Hartz Mountains, Berlin, Dresden, Cologne, Mainz, Heidelberg, Lucerne and London. In early part of 1908 elected Secretary of the Bridgeport Chain Company. Attended dinner of the Yale Alumni Association of Fairfield County, 1908 at which President Hadley spoke”.
Uncle Carroll as he was known to us was born on October 18, 1921 in Emanuel County, Georgia. His father was Lee La Vance Toole and mother was Lena Mae Ledbetter. He was drafted into the army at in 1944 at the age of 23. He married Cornelia Grace Byington on December 29, 1944 and they had their only child Brenda Toole on December 6, 1944. Carroll was sworn in as postmaster of Garfield, Emanuel County, Georgia on September 15, 1950 and assumed the duties on December 31, 1950.
Karen and I were born at the Jacksonville Naval air station while dad was still in the Navy. A few months after he got out and I was born in 1955 we moved back to Connecticut where dad went to Yale forestry school. During those 2 years we lived in a Quonset Hut.
Yale after the World War II by Judith Schiff During World War II, Yale was a de facto military training base. In early 1943, an Air Force training center opened on campus; 3,000 cadets took over half the residential halls. More programs followed. By war’s end, 20,000 cadets had been trained at Yale (see “When Yale Schooled for War,” December 2002).
As a result, the university had to begin planning for its return to normalcy long before the war ended. “Reconversion” was the term, and it embraced many things. The rare books and manuscripts that had been moved to bomb shelters and the priceless paintings that had been sent away from the East Coast were returned. A program called Yale Studies for Returning Service Men went into operation, with veterans permitted to graduate in six or seven terms.
Coping with reconversion was nearly overwhelming. The 900 men who had left in their freshman years were entitled to return, as were the 1,500 who had been admitted but never entered. Younger secondary-school men were entering the college as well, and women the graduate and professional schools. By September 1946 nearly 9,000 had matriculated—dwarfing the prewar student total of 5,000. Occupancy in the residential colleges was doubled; 200 were given rooms in homes of faculty and local alumni; some were assigned to Ray Tompkins House and to an old hospital in West Haven; and about 300 slept on cots in the gym until a used set of Navy barracks was put up on Science Hill. As for the dining halls, the printed menus, linens, and waitress service of the old days—all of which had been put on hold “for the duration”—were gone for good.
Then there were the married undergraduates and their families. Some were accommodated in “Quonset huts”—small residences with curved roofs and walls of corrugated metal, like tin cans sliced top to bottom and laid horizontally. A hundred were put up near the Peabody and the Yale Bowl. Other families occupied fraternity houses and Hillhouse Avenue mansions. George H. W. Bush ’48, with his wife Barbara and baby son George W. ’68, lived at 37 Hillhouse, next door to Yale president Charles Seymour ’08. The elder Bush later reminisced: “There were a dozen other veterans’ families sharing the house with us—each with one child, except for Bill and Sally Reeder, who had twins. That made 40 in all.”
Berkeley College master Samuel Hemingway ’04, ’08PhD, wrote in his 1945–46 report: “Never has the College seen a more well-behaved, hard-working, serious-minded group of students than our Veterans have proved to be; and their example has had a very salutary effect on the little boys.” As he noted, the oldest veteran was 30, the youngest freshman 16.
The 1946 commencement was a four-day celebration bringing back suspended traditions, such as honorary degrees, a Yale-Harvard baseball game, and an alumni parade to Yale Field for the game. (Yale defeated Harvard, 6–3. The lineup included the future ’48 captain, “Poppy” Bush.) On Sunday the university chaplain, Reverend Sidney Lovett ’13, gave a sermon in Woolsey Hall in commemoration of the 495 Yale men known to have lost their lives in the war; the total was later found to be 514.
The 1947 Yale Banner summed up the new era with relief and hopefulness: “This year, for the first time since 1940, Yale can look back on a year, if not of normality, at least of recovery; recovery of delayed ambitions, postponed goals, cherished traditions.”
My Granduncle Ralph Federick was the son of Ralph and Eugenia Barker my Great grandfather he was born in 1894. In 1882, Ralph and Eugenia moved from Connecticut to Florida to take a position as secretary and treasurer with the Madison Cotton Ginning Company, which owns the Phoenix Mills. 1910 Census has Ralph living at 143 Coleman Street with his mother and father. 1916 Ralph (22) filled out a WWI draft card – he was tall, slender, blue eyes, brown hair and not bald – (see Ancestry) 1917 Connecticut Military Census – Age 24, height 5′ 7″ weight 107. Do you have a serious disability: Yes . If so name it: Invalid. 1920 Census has Ralph (25) living on Coleman Street with his mother and father. 1924 his mother Eugenia died. 1928 his father died. 1930 Census has Ralph (36) living with Hubert and Eugenia Morfey and his occupation as machinist. 1938 – 1939 Ralph enters Battleboro Retreat. F. died in 1943 when my dad was 14 years old. Dad doesn’t remember The middle name Frederick must have come from Eugenia Frear Robinson, Ralph’s mother’s father who was Frederick E. Robinson.
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The Brattleboro Retreat was founded in 1834 as the Vermont Asylum for the Insane through a $10,000 bequest left by Anna Hunt Marsh for the establishment of a psychiatric hospital that would exist independently and in perpetuity for the welfare of the mentally disordered. The institution was renamed as the Brattleboro Retreat in the late 19th century in order to eliminate confusion with the state-run Vermont State Asylum for the Insane.
Taking its inspiration from the York Retreat in England, the retreat originated as a humane alternative to the otherwise demeaning and sometimes dangerous treatment of people with mental disorders. The focus on “moral treatment”, an idea derived from a Quaker concept, introduced by William Tuke in the late 18th century, which approaches mental disorders as diseases and not as character flaws or the results of sins. This remains the institution’s guiding philosophy.
For much of the 19th and 20th century, treatment methods emphasized fresh air, physical activity, educational enrichment, therapeutic farm and kitchen work, and supportive staff. Some of the techniques used at the retreat were influenced by the Quakers and Benjamin Rush, a physician and American Revolutionary War supporter.
The Brattleboro Retreat has been known throughout its history for adhering to the concepts of moral treatment while integrating advanced methods of care. The administration established the following “firsts” among psychiatric hospitals in the U.S.: patient-produced newspaper, bowling alley, chapel, theater, gymnasium, recreation fields, patient chorus, book discussion groups, outing club, working hospital dairy farm, patient-managed enterprises, and the first swimming pool at a U.S. psychiatric hospital.
Patients enjoyed frequent outings and the community would often join the patients for events. The facility has some secure units but is not separated from the community by fencing. Many aspects of the Brattleboro Retreat’s medical care and physical design have been adopted by hospitals around the world.
The retreat cautiously approached modern treatment modalities such as electroconvulsive therapy (“ECT”) and utilized them in a fairly limited capacity. Today the retreat’s ECT clinic is closed. Most patients have enjoyed a greater degree of freedom than at other institutions, with windowed bedrooms instead of cells or cages. Due to rapid construction, patients had large private rooms even as overcrowding became an issue at other hospitals, leading many historians to conclude that the Brattleboro Retreat is among few long-established psychiatric hospitals with an unblemished history. This dignity ended for many patients when state hospitals began to be built. Many long-term patients feared leaving their beloved home and tried to avoid transfer to state facilities. Unfortunately, some were relocated to new state hospitals against their wishes. This decrease in patient census was compounded by the loss of patients due to the development of mood stabilizing drugs. The hospital has used this open capacity for new programs such as specialty schools and outpatient resources. Recent innovative programs include a new inpatient unit for LGBT individuals, and a partial hospital/residential program for uniformed service professionals (corrections, fire, first responders, military, and police).
The hospital lacks the historical stigma associated with some psychiatric institutions due to its consistent focus on patients’ individuality and fair treatment. A full staff of doctors, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and other medical personnel continue this tradition of patient care.[
Weighing in at 9 lbs – 1 oz Joyce was born on Wednesday, March 20, 1929 at 3AM to Bessie O. and Louis R. Edwards. Joyce had two brothers to greet her into this world; Louis Renoud Jr. (age 5) and Gordon Sherman (age 4). The two boys were so hoping for another brother they decided to call Joyce ‘Pete’ a nickname they kept all through life.
On August 25, 1930 Bess writes about her hair. ” First hair trim. Didn’t want to have her hair cut but, every barrette, ribbon or pin I put on her she takes off so she looks dreadful with hair in her eyes all the time. Took her down to Hovolands while Gordon got his hair cut and had it just trimmed in the front. Didn’t have the sides or back touched as it just “seems” to curl up a bit – looks so cute with a bonnet on. Joyce cried when father put her in the chair and wouldn’t have the apron on her at all. First time she has been downtown – would look in all of the show windows. Think most everybody stopped to look and talk to her fat legs and arms just make people notice her and say how cute she is.”
Bessie and Louis lived at 588 Toilsome Hill Rd in Fairfield and also had a small house at the beach, I believe near Milford. At one trip to the beach when Joyce was 5 months old Bess writes in Joyce’s baby book. ” Laying on Jr’s and Gordon’s bed at the beach when they came in from swimming. They were drying themselves – Jr said to Gordon let me dry you back and started rubbing him quite hard. Joyce just looked at them and started in laughing as hard as could be. A little later Jr. said it again and again she laughed so hard just as though she knew what is was about.”
Our Blessed Baby crept for the first time. At 5 month old left Joyce on a blanket in front of our porch door in living room and a few minutes later when I came in she was in front of the fire place about 12 feet – thinking she rolled on her stomach and then back on her back until she got there. At 10 months in her kiddy car but goes backwards instead of forward. Can creep all over, but don’t want her to as the boys leave everything on the floor and I am afraid she pick up something and get it in her mouth, 17 months old (walking) Aug 1930 – she walked across the kitchen floor. Gordon and Jr. got a great kick out of seeing her walk. Can’t stop her now. Favorite Toys 9 months old Christmas 1929 – small box of blocks – she loves to take them out and put them back again. 1 year and 4 months – would rather have the boys iron toys than any doll. 6 years – her bicycle and doll that really drinks water and has to be changed. First Christmas December 25, 1929, 9 months old. Mother and Junior and bed with scarlet fever. Daddy had to take care of the tree and all the gifts. First Birthday March 20, 1930 – Junior and Gordon wanted her to have an cake with a candle on it – so we did – guess they got more fun out of it than Joyce did – but next year when she is two she will no more with what it is about. Aunt Edith gave her some colored beads to play with, Aunt Glady and aunt minnie(?) some money. Boys gave er rattles and rag doll.
Mother’s Notes Jan 1930 Jr. Mother and Gordon all had scarlet fever – Dr. E.B Waldon thinks Joyce had a slight case of it. She had a rash, ran a temperature every night,, had a red throat just a day and tip of her tongue scarlet just for a day or two – wouldn’t finish any of her bottles. February 1931 Whooping cough caught from Jr. – Poor little girl was so sick. Had it more severe than the boys. We turned the radio off, just listened for the first whoop to run up to her bed. Lost every meal for 2 weeks serving(?) did seem to help. Poor child hasn’t a chance of escaping a thing with her brothers bringing home everything. 1933 – Measles 1934 – Chicken Pox – left 2 small pox over top lip. Baptized April 4, 1931 – Easter Eve at 4PM – wore a darling tea rose crepe dress smocked in blue and pink puffed sleeves edges in cream and lace which auntie Mae gave her for her birthday. White shoes socks and pink hair ribbon. Coral flannel coat flannel poked hat to match with scalloped brim. Her picture was taken in this dress when 3 years old. —– End Baby Book
Growing up with 2 big brothers as rambunctious as Junior and Gordon, Joyce had no choice but to get tough. Once while trying to keep up with brothers snow sledding she hit a tree and broke both arms. Martha, Joyce’s brother Gordon’s wife, writes “Gordon loved he so much he named a son after her, ‘Pete’ and didn’t get mad at her when she drove his car into a brook.”
Joyce attended public schools up to high school then transferred to Cushing Academy a college preparatory school located in Ashburnham Massachusetts. The school was charted in 1865 and was coeducational since the beginning. After graduating Joyce went to Beaver College to study early childhood education. Beaver College was founded in 1853 as Beaver Women’s Seminary located in Beaver Pennsylvania. By 1872 it had attended collegiate status, under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named Beaver College.
In response to 2012 reunion of the class of 1952 questionnaire Joyce answers the follow questions. Personal: What have you been up to since graduation? First job was teaching first grade in Connecticut. Married and moved first to Pensacola and then Jacksonville, Florida, where I taught 4 and 5 year old classes and ended up director. After 28 years and 4 children, we moved to northern Virginia fir a 5-year stint then moved to Athens Georgia, where we remain today. Family? Married George R.(Bob) Barker, April 25, 1953. We have 4 children: Karen (labor and delivery nurse in Atlanta), Bruce (owner of Athens Art and Frame with 3 shops in Athens), Diane (teacher of exceptional children in Tribune Kansas), and George (consulting forester in Tallassee Alabama). From these 4 and their spouses we have 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, What is your most vivid memory of your college years? One of the most vivid event memories of my college years was the 1 competition of the annual Song contest, but more lasting were the people: having the same roommates for all four years, living in Grey Towers and waiting for the bus to take us to the other side, and meeting so many girls from different parts of the country was great and a valuable learning experience. Quite frankly, there are sooo many memories, it’s hard to mention them all.
Notes For: Acheson O’Brien Relation: My maternal great grandfather. Born: August 1851 in Ireland. (Source: 1900 Federal Census) In 1855 – there was an Acheson O’Brien living in Leitrim, Killeshandra, Ireland -(source Thom’s Irish Almanac and official Directory with Post Office Dublin City and County Directory. ( Could this be Acheson’s grandfather??) Immigration: 1881 (Source: 1900 Federal Census) Died: 14 NOV 1905
Parents of Acheson: Robert O’Brien Margaret Dundas Dundas – Scots: habitation name from a place so called near Edinburgh – which gets its name from Gael. dun (hill) + deas (south or down). This is the name of a Scottish family descendant from Gospatrick Earl of March (d. 1139) His grandson, Helias de Dundas, was the first to bear the surname, derived from the lands in W. Lothian. The family later aquired the titles Viscount Melville and Maquess of Zetland.
Robert and Margaret – got married on, 02 Nov 1841 at the Inishmacsaint Church of Ireland Source: Fermangh Parish Registers Marriages. A Robert O’Brien with a birth date of 19 May 1832 Place: Enniskillen County: Fermangh is listed in the national archives as a Britain, Merchant Seaman, 1835 – 1857.
Early Life: It was said that Acheson was studying law when he fell in love with a Catholic girl and was thrown out of the house by his father. He and his love moved to America where she died in child birth in 1882. Possible schools he could of attended The School of Law at Ulster University or the The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast.
Immigration After arriving in America Acheson must have moved directly to Illinois because his son was born in 1882 in Illinois – source 1900 US census. His wife died after giving birth and Acheson moved back to Connecticut. Naturalization: Place: New Haven CT, Date: July 27, 1888, Age: 37, Country of birth: Ireland First Wife: Unknown (Wiss ??) Children: Son, Robert Wiss O’Brien
Second Wife: Julia Anna Bloss Gier (Geer) (b: 1863 Germany – d: 08 Sept 1927) Married: 11 MAR 1891 in Manhatton NY – (Source NY, NY Extracted Marriage Index 1866 – 1937) Children: Step daughter, Trena Gier (Geer) Julia may have named hwer daughter Trena because according to the 1880 US Census she had a sister named Trena who was 12 at the time. daughter, Augusta Bessie O’Brien Children: Step daughter, Trena Gier (Geer) daughter, Augusta Bessie O’Brien Occupation: Motorman (Source: 1900 Federal Census) According to the National Archives of Ireland – Calendars of Wills and administrations 1858 – 1922 Acheson died on 20 Nov 1905 and lived on Grand Avenue in New Haven CT was a Motorman and his estate of 10 pounds was granted at Dublin to Robert O’Brien.
The surname O’Brien is ‘O’Brian’ in Irish, meaning descendant of Brian (Boru). The name means ‘exalted one’ or ’eminence’. It is among the ten most frequently found in Ireland and derives from the 10th century King of Ireland, Brian Boru. (Source: Irishroots.com)
Relationship: Great Grandmother Born: Apr 1863 In Germany Died: 08 Sept 1927 Father: George Bloss – born around 1824 in Bavaria, Germany Mother: Catherine Julia arrived in America, from Germany with her parents, George and Catherine when she was an infant. Many did not believe she would survive the rigors of the trip. Her first husband was to a Yankee by the name of Geer, who was and alcoholic (this information was provided by Gladys when we went to visit her in Columbia, SC). Julia had one child with Mr. Geer and then divorced him, Julia then met and married Acheson O’Brien on March 11, 1891.
1880 Census Connecticut – New Haven – New Haven Father: George Age: 56 Occupation: In Market Birth Place: Germany Father & Mother Germany 1900 Census Connecticut – New Haven – New Haven Birth Place: Germany Home: 371 Grand Avenue Household members: Acheson O’ Brien – 48 Julia O’ Brien – 37 Robert O ‘Brien – 17 Trena Gier – 8 Bessie O’ Brien – 6 1910 Census Connecticut – Fairfield – Bridgeport – District 0025 Daniel Strecker – Head, Age 25 Born in Germany with mother and father, Occupation: Tool Grinder. Julia – wife, Age: 41, Occupation: None Bessie O’ Brien – Step daughter, Age: 16,Occupation: Stenographer in the Brace Factory Julia – Step daughter, Age: 8 Occupation: None
Julia never learned to read or write and her mark on documents was an X. US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 for Julia A Bloss New York, Kings 1890
Julia married a man named Geer or Gier and they had one child. Trena Goldy Geer Born
Some time around 2005 and 2007 I contacted the Grace Church in New York about my great, great aunt Sarah Barker and they were very helpful and provided a lot of information about her time at the church. Including;
A note saying: Records as a student are missing. From the card file: Date of entrance …. 1890 Address: Bridgeport, Conn. Education: Grove Hall, New Haven, Conn. Further research found this information from: The Whitney Library – New Haven Museum – Manuscript Register MSS#17 – School Records – Finding Aid Revised by James W. Campbell – 2016 Private Schools New Haven Grove Hall – Journal, Harriet Holly, 1823 (removed from the Dana Collection, v. 106 p.22) Ordered: Oct. 2, 1892 at Grace Church, NY Conn. by the Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter, D.D. Bishop of New York. Work: Grace Parrish
N.B. Sarah K. Barker was the first student of the NYTSD set apart a deaconess. Two others were set apart at the same service: Mary E. Greene Kate Newell The forth member of the first class, Alice Goodeve, was unable to be present. She was set apart on November 10th.
According to a newspaper clipping, the early graduates received a Medal from Dr. Huntington and the certificates from Deam McKim at the Chancel in the Chantry where the first “Service for Commencement Day” was held at 10AM, October 2, 1892. Information from Nat’l Conf files: Deaconess Sarah Kirtland Barker Position: Grace Church, NY …… 1892 – 1912 Record of 1917: “Deaconess Emerita, Grace Church, N.Y .” “Retired; unable to write on account of ‘eye trouble’ ” “Died Sept 28. 1944” , age 85.
Other information about Sarah
Sarah was born on 28 Aug 1859 – she would have been 31 when she joined the Church – she left the church in 1917, at the age of 58, because of eye trouble. My dad, George Robinson Barker, remembers visiting her as a child and her wearing a green eye patch.
The US City Directories of 1943 has Deaconess Sarah Kirtland Barker living at 50 Paradise Pl – this house was about 6 miles away from her brother, Ralph Barker’s, house at 143 Coleman St . Sarah died on September 28, 1944. The Isaac Lewis House is a historic house at 50 Paradise Green Places in Stratford, Connecticut.
It is a large two story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a porch extending across its front and a lantern section raised above its shallow-pitch hip roof. The porch is supported by columns with Corinthian capitals, and has a low balustrade with turned balusters.
The eave of the main roof is deep and studded with jigsawn brackets. A 20th century addition extends to the rear. Built c. 1858-59, it is a fine local example of Italianate architecture. It was built by Isaac Lewis, who made his fortune doing construction work for John Jacob Astor III and other wealthy New York City elites.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. It is currently used as a funeral home.
L-R Darnell Hendrix(grandmother), Lennie Hendrix(aunt), Victoria Hendrix(sister), Minnie Hendrix(married Arthur James(sister), Laura Farriba, Emma Farriba(baby), Bill Farriba, Ellis Farriba, Thomas Hendrix(father), Holly Hendrix, Manerva Buchanan,(mother of Holly Gilbert Hendrix last boy on the right.
This Hendrix family photograph show Pam’s Great, Great Grandmother Elenora Leanna Darnell Hendrix. Lee Roy Hendrix(father), Holly Gilbert Hendrix(grandfather), Joshua Thomas Hendrix(great grandfather) and John Hendrix, husband of Elenora(great, great grandfather).
From the descriptions of the people from the back of the photo, I’m guessing this picture belonged to Laura Hendrix(daughter of Joshua Thomas Hendrix). She shown in the middle of the photo with her husband William(Bill), daughter Emma and son (Ellis).
Emma was born in 1896 and looks to be about 2 in this picture and her brother was 4 years older, and he looks to be about 6 – this dates this photo to about 1898. This could be a family group wedding photo because my records show that Laura and Bill Farriba got married on February 26, 1898 – but the amount of leaves on the trees in both foreground and background suggest this photo was taken in spring or summer.