Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

BARBER, Tring, early 19th century

March, 2013




Mervyn Barber commented on the Newsletter: Ref Edmund Barber. I don't know if I am related to him, but my Great Great Granddad George Charles Barber, born 1853. And my Great Great Great Granddad, Thomas Barber born in 1828 were both born in Tring. Thomas was married to Sarah Barber. I will say that Edmund has my ears! I have a lot of family that come from Tring and I am trying to find them.

It looks as if your Barber ancestors came from a strongly non-conformist family - for which records of births/baptisms will unfortunately have not survived. It would seem that 200 years ago there were three brothers with the biblical names Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego Barber. They are named after the three biblical characters who were taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar and were saved from the fiery  furnace by divine intervention.

Shadrach Barber was born in Tring in about 1795 and married Lydia Norris in Tring parish church on 25th December, 1821, one of the witnesses being Meshach Barber. In 1841 he was a weaver living in Akeman Street, Tring with his wife and family. He was still living there in 1851 (now described as a pauper) with his wife, a now married daughter and son-in-law, and grandchildren. He was buried at Tring on 30th April 1859 under a coroner's warrant.

Meshach Barber was born circa 1798, probably at Tring) and appears to have married Sophia Wallis about 1824. They had  five children, apparently all born in Tring:

Amos (born Tring circa 1826) who married Cecilia Dickens in 1844 and in 1851 he was a silk throwster (undoubtedly working in the silk mill) living at Brook End (now called Brook Street), Tring. He was still working at the Silk Mill in 1861 when they were living in Pleasant Lane. By 1871 the family had moved to Rilla Places, St Pancras, London, where Amos is described as a Pianoforte maker.


Silk Mills

James Barber, son of Meshach (Labourer) and Sophia Barber was christened on 29 May 1827 and buried on 4th June 1827 at Tring. This would appear to be an example an emergency baptism of a new-born who was not expected to live being hurriedly baptised before it died. It appears to be the couple's only child baptised in the Church of England.

Thomas Barber (born Tring circa 1828, son of Meshach Barber, deceased, silk throwster) married Sarah Adams (daughter of William Adams, bricklayer)  at Tring on 11th December 1847. In 1851 he was living as a labourer in Akeman Street, Tring with his wife and five children and they were still there in 1861, although on census night Thomas was lodging at Hampstead Norris, Berkshire, where he was described as a sawyer. In 1871 they were living in Brook Street with five children, when Thomas was a straw picker. In 1881, 1891 and 1901 he and Sarah were at Albion Place, Akeman Street, Tring, where Thomas was described first as a fish hawker, then as a marine store dealer, and then as a rag dealer

Elijah Barber (born circa 1835) was living with his mother and step-father in 1841. He may be the Elijah Barber whose death was registered at Berkhamsted in 1845 - as I could find no later reference to him.

Julia Barber was born late in 1837 so her birth was registered and details of her parents should be given on her birth certificate. In the 1841 and 1851 censuses she was with her mother and step-father. On 18 August 1856 in Tring she married John Rudge (a boatman, and son of a boatman) the witnesses being William Foster (presumably her step-father) and Cecilia Barber (her sister-in-law). By 1861 she was a widow with three young children, living in Aylesbury Road, Tring. Her husband was presumably the John Rudge who died suddenly on 26th August 1860, at Lechamstead, Buckinghamshire, and whose inquest is briefly mentioned in the Bucks Herald of 1 September, 1860.

Mechach Barber was buried at Tring on 8th September 1837, aged 38 and his death certificate should give the cause of death. On 13 August 1838 William Foster (labourer, and son of William Foster, Labourer) married Sophia Barber (widow, daughter of Joseph Wallis, smith) at Tring the witnesses being Charles Wallis and Mary Foster. The couple lived in Akeman Street with her children - and two new Foster children by the 1851 census.

Abednego Barber was born about 1805 and married Lydia Plumer in Tring on 10th September 1827. The couple with their children, were living in Akemann Street, Tring in 1841 and 1851, and he was described as a canvas weaver in 1851. His wife and daughters were still in Akeman Street in 1861, but Susannah is described as a widow, her husband having died in 1854.

In addition a Joseph Barber of Tring married Alice Etheride at Tring on 16th June 1827 the witnesses being Abednego Barber and Lydia (Plumer) - and it is likely he is a relative - possibly another brother - but I have not followed him up.

There are two earlier pages on this web site. BARBER, Tring, 19th century and BARBER, Tring, 1750-1851. These were drafted well over ten years ago - year before any census data or any birth, marriage and death data were available online. There is no reason to believe that there is any close links between the Barber family described above, and the family that includes Edmund Barber.

If you can add to the information given above tell me.

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