10 April 1787 - 19 April 1876
"This venerable octogenarian was born in Hebron, Connecticut, April 10, 1787. In 1804, being possessed of a determination to leave the land of stead habits and seek a home in the West, he emigrated to Onondaga County, then considered almost to the setting sun. He engaged in school teaching for a period of two years, when he moved to Tully and established himself in the mercantile business. In the year 1819 he united in marriage with Matilda Tuttle, and in the following year changed his residence to Homer, and went to blacksmithing. Two years afterwards he engaged in the mercantile business at Homer, and continued until 1856, more than forty years.
His industry, integrity, and honesty, combined with strict business habits, soon elevated him to an enviable position among his fellow citizens, enjoying their entire confidence as a business man, and held in the highest esteem as a friend and neighbor. He managed an immense mercantile business, employing from eight to ten clerks, and was in every way well qualified to buffet the hardships incident to pioneer life.
Mr. Barber and his estimable companion were blest with five children, viz., George, Paris, Louisa, Elvenah and Watts, all of whom are living except Watts. Louisa united in marriage with J. M. Schermerhorn, and resides in Homer; Elvenah married John T. Henry, an influential citizen, residing and doing business in the city of New York.
Mr. Barber aided materially in the organization of the Cortland Academy, and was President of the same for many years. To him, as much as any man living, is due the honor of organizing the Academy, -the pride of the County, and one of the most important educational institutions in the "Empire State."
In 1856, Mr. Barbar lost nearly fifty thousand dollars, in consequence of a terrible conflagration. He, however, immediately recommenced trading, and also opened a banking office, which he continued until 1869, when he was succeeded by Hickok, Barber & Co. In all matters of public good he was ever conspicuous, and it is greatly due to his influence and money that the citizens of Homer to-day enjoy the blessed privileges according to them in the church and school.
Mr. Barber is a member of the Congregational Church, and a consistent Christian."
Source: Everts, Ensign & Everts, Combination Atlas Map of Cortland County New York (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: n.p., 1876).