Dear Mr. Barber,
I am interested in Bernard Barber as well. Unfortunately, I don't have any definitive information for you, but will share what little I've found. Bernard was born c.1808 and was listed on the 1840 and 1850 Stafford censuses. Based upon the names of his neighbors, at that time he lived in the northern end of the county in what is now part of Quantico There are few surviving county court records that include him and I was unable to find any reference to him in the Fredericksburg records. There is one document from Stafford courthouse that does mention him. I don't seem to have it this morning but will try and find it again for you. In this document Bernard was described as an heir of Edward Barber.
I can find no mention of Bernard's marriage or death. In 1836 he placed two notices in the "Political Arena" announcing that he was administrator of the estate of Senate Tackett (1770:80-1836), deceased and that he was selling a slave belonging to that estate. Senate was the son of William Tackett, Jr. (c.1751-after 1830) and Frances Reno (c.1750-1796:99) of Prince William County. Senate was born in Prince William and was a tavern keeper there. He was a brother of Charles Tackett (c.1780-1834) of Tackett's Mill, Stafford. This mill was located quite close to Bernard's home in the north end of Stafford.
In the court document that I forgot to bring with me this morning, William Barber (1787-1881) was also listed as an heir of Edward Barber. Edward lived on Deep Run on the western side of Stafford, very close to the Stafford/Fauquier County line and was William's father. I don't know if Bernard was William's brother or not.
Capt. William Barber married Sarah Roy Mason, daughter of Col. Enoch Mason (c.1769-1828) of Clover Hill, Stafford County and lived in what is now part of Quantico Marine Corps base. Based upon the census records, Bernard and William lived relatively close to each other.
Around 1853 or 1854 Bernard bought Clover Hill from Enoch Mason's heirs. He sold it in 1859 and disappeared from the county records. Bernard and his wife Sarah had children: William B. (born c.1835), John E. (born c.1837), Ann E. (born c.1839), Edgar S. (born c.1843), Maria C. (born c.1841), Mary E. (born c.1846), and Hawkins S. (born c.1849).
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Jerrilynn Eby MacGregor
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