Iams Family Genealogy Forum
Richard Iams [Imes] was the son of John & Ruth Barker. Richard Iams [spelled Imes in the obituary] was 96 years old when he died April 12, 1907 in Marshfield, Athens Co., Ohio. In the obituary it states, "As stated, Richard Imes is one of the oldest citizens of the county. His grandfather was Captain Isaac Barker, an old sea captain, emigrated Ohio from Massachusetts about 1797, and settled near the present site of Athens." In looking up information on Isaac Barker, his father was Capt. Isaac Barker who died at sea. Isaac Barker, grandfather of Richard Iams was born about 1758 in Massachusetts. The Devol wagon [one of Isaac's sisters] with four horses was driven by Isaac Barker, an only brother of the married females. He was about 30 years of age, in the vigor of manhood, and had left a wife and family in Rochester, until he could return and bring them on the following year....." "They left Providence from here they traveled to Hartford, Conn. from Farmington. Litchfield and Ballsbridge to the North River..crossed at Fishkill landed at Newburgh..went on to Blooming-grove. After leaving Carlisle Pa. at a place called Bigspring, they were overtaken by an old neighbor on his way to Muskingum. They traveled on to Belpre, Washington Co., Ohio [I believe at this time Washington Co., Ohio went way up north and was not divided until later,
I need to get an Ohio county map out for this period] from Belpre [I believe now it is in Belmont Co., Ohio] they stayed here and then Isaac went on to Athens Co., Just thought you might be interested. [The American Pioneer Vol 2 page 112-34 Cincinnati OH 1843 Stimson Collection Clas 051 Book - History of Washington Co., Ohio H Z Williams & Bros, 1881 page 500. Roberta
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