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Littleton Barber

According to DNA testing, there is a close connection between Littleton Barber and my James Barber-Penelope Barber family. Littleton may possibly be a son of Asa Barber, who was born in Chatham County, North Carolina in 1789. So I am including his family in the hope that we may some day find the exact connection between Littleton and James.

Becky Finley Striggow and Janet Finley Davis are sisters and descendants of Littleton Barber. Their cousin, Brian Brooking, was born a Barber and was adopted by his step-father. He is the one that took the DNA test that matched with James Barber.


by Becky Finley Striggow

Littleton was born in 1820, according to my mother and family records. I've seen his grave in Commerce, Ga. and have photographs of it. He may have been born in Georgia, or was born there between trips to NC, where we think his family is from. He was not born in Commerce, however, as listed on other family trees. The first finding of him in Georgia was in Covington, Newton County in 1840, where he had a letter waiting at the post office. There was a trade school for young men there, which later became Emory University. We believe Littleton was there to go to school and left early, possibly due to a death in the family, as there is no record that we can find of his graduation from the program. We suspect that's where he learned his carpentry skills and furniture-making skills. Then he shows up in Augusta, GA. area where he owned land on what is now called the Mosquito State Park near Appling. He married a Mary Ann Johnson there in 1843 and she may have died on that farm. There was a daughter Belle. He also had a sister Elizabeth. He later married Mary Massingale or Massengale Patman, daughter of David Weaver Patman, with whom he eloped. We know his cousin was Thomas Holden Barber, son of Holden Barber of Washington county, who helped him in his elopement. They were married by a JP in Oglethorpe County, Ga. They lived in Washington, Ga (Wilkes Co) where he was listed as a master carpenter. All of his children were born there. Later, he followed his son Charles Theodore Barber (my great-grandfather) to Harmony Grove, GA, now Commerce, GA. Littleton continued "building houses and large buildings in North Georgia", according to a Jackson county historian I met. He also opened a funiture shop on Main Street in Harmony Grove, Ga, which later burned to the ground. I wonder if he was injured during this fire, as he died not too long after this event. I cannot find an obituary for him, though. Several of the family are buried in Grey Hills Cemetery in Commerce, Ga.

Descendants of Littleton Barber

Descendants of Littleton Barber

Littleton Barber, born 1821, died 1900, Harmony Grove, Jackson Co GA, 
married (1) Mary Ann Johnson 1843 in Columbia Co GA, (2) Mary Massengale 
Patman 1849 in Oglethorpe Co GA.

1.  Belle Barber, from the first marriage.

2.  Charles Theodore Barber, born 14 1851, Washington, Wilkes Co GA, died 
    20 May 1905, Harmony Grove, GA, married Sarah Jane "Sallie" Nunn.

    Sallie Nunn Barber

                  Barber Brass Band
          Charles Theodore Barber with sons

            Barber Band in front of C. T. Barber's house
          Young Howard Barber can be seen clutching a horn

    Barber house in Commerce, still standing

    A.  Clinton Eugene "Clint" Barber, born 10 Nov 1874, GA, died 1938 in 
        Harmony Grove (Commerce) GA, married Anna Storey. Clint had a 
        sister-in-law named Gladys Hardy in the 1910 census of Fulton Co Ga, 
        who was 20 years old. Was Anna's maiden name Storey or Hardy? 


        a.  Bernie Barber

        b.  Charles Barber

        c.  Sarah Harvey Barber

    B.  Frederic Littleton "Fred" Barber, born 22 May 1876, GA, died 1938, 
        married Josephine "Josie" Jones.


        a.  Frederic "Fred" Barber Jr, born 1907.

    C.  Edward Theodore "Theo" Barber, born 19 Sep 1877, Atlanta, GA, 
        married Lillie Farmer.  Lillie was born 1884, died 1965.


        Theo Barber in Mexico, on the trail of Pancho Villa

        a.  Edward Theodore Barber Jr, born 1912.

        b.  William Dan Barber, born 1913.

        c.  Jack Edwin Barber, born 1919.

        d. Thornhill J Barber, born 1924.

    D.  Charles Wiley Barber, born 11 Aug 1879, GA, married Charlotte 
        "Lottie" Brock.


        a.  Marian Barber, died in 1946.

    E.  Robert Reese "Rob" Barber, born 15 Feb 1881, GA, died about 1925 
        in Broward Co FL, married Mary Ola Stockton. Rob was murdered by 
        a deputy in Broward County. Mary was born in 1888.


        a.  Robert Reese Barber Jr

        b.  Sarah Doris Barber, born 1901.

        c.  Thelma Louise Barber, born 1908.

        d.  Harold Preston Barber, born 1915.

    F.  David Barber, born 1883.

    G.  Marion Barber, born 1885.

    H.  Calvin Barber, born 1887.

    I.  Estell Barber, born 1889.

    J.  Howard Duval Barber, born 27 Nov 1891, Commerce GA, died 17 Oct 
        1958 in Columbus, Muscogee Co GA, married Zara Lucile Cox. Zara 
        was born 1906, died 1968.


        a.  Virginia Lucile Barber, born 16 Aug 1925 in Athens, Clarke Co 
            GA, died 7 March 2010, Milledgeville, GA, married Joe Wesley 
            Finley 21 June 1946 in Macon, Bibb Co GA.  Joe is a retired 
            Colonel in the Army.

Virginia Barber Finley, age 84, beloved wife and mother, died Sunday evening, March 7, 2010 in Milledgeville, GA, after a short illness. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday March 11, at the chapel of Moore's Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, retired Col. Joe W Finley of Milledgeville, GA; three children, Rebecca Finley Striggow (Brian) of Athens, GA; James David Finley (Lynette Belford) of St. Cloud, FL; Janet Finley Davis (Paul) of Milledgeville, and grandson Rod Byrd of Hull, GA. She also leaves behind cousins Jane Bolen Miller of Rocky Mount, NC; Jayne Barker Miller of Warner Robbins, GA; Don Barber of New Smyrna Beach, FL; Carolyn Cox Becker, Winter Park, FL; several nephews, a niece, and many friends. The viewing will be held at Moore's Funeral Home in Milledgeville on Wednesday March 10 from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Published in the Telegraph on March 10, 2010.

                        Dave Finley, Joe Finley, Janet Finley Davis
                 Becky Finley Striggow, Virginia Barber Finley, Paul Davis

Col. Joe Wesley Finley, U.S. Army (Ret.) - Milledgeville - Col. Joe Wesley Finley, U.S. Army (Ret.) age 86, passed away Monday, December 13, 2010. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 17, at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery with full military honors. Rev. Debbie Ousterhout will officiate. Col. Finley was a native of Hazlehurst, Georgia and made his home in Milledgeville since 1978. He was a retired Colonel with the United States Army. His wife Virginia kept a list of their moves in the front of her favorite cookbook, and counted 23 addresses in his 29 year military career. He was a 1946 graduate of West Point and also graduated from the Army War College. He served 3 tours in Korea, 1 in Vietnam and also served in Japan, Turkey and Germany. He was a former executive Vice-President of Georgia Military College. He worked with Craig-Massee- Reality for many years and was an avid Genealogist. Col. Finley was known for the enthusiasm and problem-solving skills he brought to whatever he did, whether it was serving in the Army, tracking down the lost members of his graduating class from South Georgia College, of acquiring land for the future use of GMC. He was a loving husband and father, and was known for his fondness of jokes, puns, and compiling family stories. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was preceded in death by his parents Arley Dewitt Finley and Madelyn Payne Finley, his wife Virginia Lucille Barber Finley, a brother Bobby Buchnell Finley and two sisters, Ruth Finley and Grace F. Schwarz. Survivors include a son James David Finey of St Cloud, FL, two daughters, Janet Finley Davis (Paul) of Milledgeville and Rebecca Finley Striggow (Brian) of Athens, two brothers Arlie Dewitt Finley, II (Sally) of Georgetown, TX, and Suwanee GA, Mary F Dixon (Jim) of Bryan, TX and Martha Dean of Sun City Center, Fl, a grandson Rod Byrd of Colbert. In lieu of flower contributions may be made to GMC or GA Sheriffs' Youth Homes. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.n. at Moores Funeral Home.

Published in the Telegraph on December 15, 2010.

            aa.  Rebecca Gail Finley, born 2 April 1947 in Macon, Bibb Co 
                 GA, married Brian Charles Striggow 30 Nov 1979 in Madison 
                 Co GA. Brian was born 1955.

            bb.  James David Finley, born 1950.

            cc.  Janet Madelyn Finley, born 1953, married Paul Davis.

        b.  Howard Duval Barber Jr, born 1929, died 1973.

            aa.  Brian Barber, adopted by a Brooking family. Brian matches
                 for 37 markers in DNA testing.

    K.  Belle Barber, born 1892.

    L.  Talmadge Barber, born 1895.

3.  Virginia Susan Barber, born 1854, Washington, GA.

4.  David Weaver Barber, born 1856, Washington, GA.

5.  William Littleton Barber, born 6 Dec 1857, Washington, GA, died 27 Sep 
    1922, Commerce, GA, married Liza Nunn.

6.  Mary E Barber, born 1857, Washington, GA.

7.  Edward Barber, born 1859, Washington, GA.

8.  Fannie Barber, born 1863, Washington, GA.

9.  Henry T Barber, born 1865, Washington, GA.

10.  Mildred Corinne "Minnie" Barber, born 1 Dec 1867, GA, died 11 Nov 1917 
     in Commerce, Jackson Co GA, married Thomas Colquitt Hardman 9 Feb 1893 
     in Harmony Grove GA (now Commerce GA) Thomas was born 7 Feb 1870, 
     Harmony Grove GA, died 21 Aug 1958 in Commerce, Jackson Co GA. One of 
     his brothers, L. G. Hardman, was the governor of Georgia 1927-1931. 
     Thomas was a Baptist preacher and writer. He wrote several books, 
     including a history of Harmony Grove. His parents were William B. J. 
     Hardman and Miss E. S. Colquitt.
     Find-a-grave page on Mildred Corrine Barber Hardman 

Mrs. T. C. Hardman, wife of Rev. T. C. Hardman, died suddenly at 5 o'clock this afternoon, after an illness of only a few hours. Her death is supposed to be due to heart failure. She is survived by her husband, two sons and two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been made. (1917)


F. A. Battery & Company, 1889

William B. J. Hardman, of Harmony Grove, GA, was born in Oglethorpe County, Ga, November 23, 1822, and is a son of Elbert and Lottie (Barnett) Hardman. Elbert Hardman was also a native of Oglethorpe County, Ga, and was born November 15, 1793, was a planter and merchant and died in May, 1884. He was a son of William J., who was born in Virginia, and he is a son of Charles, a native of England. Mrs. Lottie Hardman was born in Madison County, Ga., August 1, 1801, and died in January 1886. She was a daughter of Benjamin Barnett, who was born in North Carolina, but who, when a child, was taken to Georgia by his parents, who settled in Madison County. He was a son of William Barnett. His great-grandmother was Eufan Tate. She married John Gast.

William B. J. Hardman received a good preparatory education in his native county and then studied under Dr. Willis Willingham. After the usual course of reading under this preceptor he attended lectures at the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, from which he graduated in March, 1850. He settled at Harmony Grove and practiced his profession until 1877, when he felt himself to be called to another sphere of usefulness and has since devoted himself to the Baptist ministry, and has had the charge of four churches - and the same four - ever since. He has also served as a moderator of the Sarepta Association eleven years in succession.

In January, 1851, Dr. Hardman married Miss E. S. Colquitt, daughter of Henry and Mildred (Pinson) Colquitt, of Georgia; and of the children that have blessed this union, eight are living, viz.: Henry E., L. G., F. Ethleen, Robert L., W. B. J., Jr., T. C., J. B. and M. E.

Henry Colquitt, the father of Mrs. Hardman, was born in Oglethorpe county, and was a son of Robert Colquitt. Her great-grandfather was a native of England. The Rev. Mr. Hardman weighs one hundred and sixty pounds and measures five feet, eleven inches in height; his wife, Mrs. E. S. Hardman, is five feet, seven inches high, and weighs one hundred and eighty pounds.

ATLANTA JOURNAL, August 22 1958

Commerce, Ga., Aug. 22 -- The Rev. Thomas Colquitt Hardman, 88, Jackson County civic and religous leader, died Thursday at his home. The Rev. Mr. Hardman was the brother of the late L. G. Hardman, a former governor of Georgia. He was a native of Commerce and had written two histories concerning the area, "History of Harmony Grove Commerce," and History of Saretta Association." He had served a number of rural churches in the area and had also been a merchant and building contractor. For many years he was chairman of the Board of Deacons of the First Baptist Church in Commerce. He had served on the city council and had been active in the affairs of Harmony Grove Mills. He was a graduate of Mercer University.

The Rev. Mr. Hardman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Leona Wright Hardman; two daughters, Mrs. Willis N. Harden, wife of State Senator W. N. Harden of Commerce, and Mrs. Louis M. Wood of Atlanta; one sister, Mrs. Gordon T. Jones of Commerce; grandchildren, Thomas Colquitt Hardman III, Jacksonville, FL; Mrs. Hubert Burns Jr., Gainesville; William Hardman, Rome; Willis Harden Jr., Commerce; Mrs. Horace Campbell, Athens; Mrs. Wallace Faulkner, Macon, and Mrs. Nancy Hardman, Commerce, and seven great-grandchildren. Sanders Funeral Home of Commerce is in charge of Funeral arrangements.

    A.  Thomas Colquitt Hardman Jr, born 29 July 1894, died 28 Sep 1940, 
        buried at Commerce, GA, married Christine Miller. Christine was 
        born 25 Dec 1896, died 1930.
        Find-a-grave page for Thomas Colquitt Hardman Jr


        a.  Thomas Colquitt Hardman III, born 13 July 1915, Commerce, GA, 
            died 17 April 2007, Winter Haven, FL, married Norma Friend.

Thomas Colquitt Hardman III, 91, Editor and Writer WINTER HAVEN - Mr Thomas Colquitt Hardman, III, age 91, died of heart failure Tuesday (April 17, 2007) at Good Shepherd Hospice. Born in Commerce, Georgia on July 13, 1915, he came here from Jacksonville, FL in 1962. He was a retired magazine editor and writer. He also was former president of the Boating Writers International and a member of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation. He was a former associate editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, NYC, and former editor and publisher of the Outboard Magazine and Boating Progressor. He was former editor of the Water Skier in Winter Haven. He was a Air Force veteran of World War II, having served as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. Mr Hardman is survived by his wife Norma Friend Hardman, Winter Haven; sons, Thomas C Hardman, IV, Davenport, Robert L Hardman, Winter Haven; daughter Gail Hecko; brother, William M Hardman, Decatur, GA; grandchildren, Brandi Lynn Hardman, Nancy Hecko, and Sara Hardman, great grandchild, Bayly Lyn Hardman. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday April 21 2007 at St. John's United Methodist Church in Winter Haven with the Rev. H. W. Parker officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, Auburndale.

            aa.  Thomas Colquitt Hardman IV married Maria Salome Canela
                 20 Nov 1977, Orange Co FL.

            bb.  Robert L. Hardman, Winter Haven FL

            cc.  Gail Hardman married ____ Hecko.

                 aaa.  Nancy Hecko

        b.  Jeanne Barbara Hardman, born 1919, GA, died 14 March 1966,
            Sarasota, Manatee FL, married Hubert Burns Jr.

        c.  William M Hardman, Decatur GA.

    B.  Mildred Francine Hardman, born 1 May 1897, Commerce GA, died 5 Nov  
        1884, Commerce, GA, married Willis Neal Harden 19 July 1928, 
        Jackson Co GA.  Willis was born 1899, died 1928.

        a.  Willis Neal Harden Jr

        b.  _____ Harden (female) married Horace Campbell. 4 children

    C.  Lawrence Griffin Hardman, born 14 June 1899, Commerce GA, died 
        22 Aug 1917 in Commerce GA.

    D.  Joseph Elbert Hardman, born 14 Dec 1901, Jackson Co GA, died 1953
        in DeKalb Co GA.

    E.  Mary Massengale Hardman, born 12 March 1906, Commerce GA, died 10 
        Aug 1994, Canton, Cherokee Co GA, married Louis M Wood.

Descendants of Thomas Holden Barber

Thomas Holden Barber was a cousin of Littleton Barber. He helped Littleton with his elopement to Mary Massengale Patman in 1848. Thomas was the son of Holden (Holding) Barber, born 24 March 1790, and wife ____ Street, who were living in Burke County GA in 1830.

1. Thomas Holden Barber, born 1821, died 13 July 1894, McRae, Telfair Co GA., married (1) _____ Grubbs, (2) Jane Frances Roberts 23 Aug 1848, Jefferson Co GA. Jane was born 1828, died 1895. When Thomas Holden Barber signed up for the War with Mexico on 19 Aug 1847, he listed his age as 22 and stated that he was born in Franklin Co. GA. It appears that he signed up for the Army from Carrolton GA, but that is not clear. A. James D Barber, born June 1844, Washington, GA, died after 1910, married Eliza Jane Morrison, who was born Oct 1858, died 1938. James was the first postmaster in Barberville, Volusia Co FL. a. Durell E Barber, born 1882-1887? b. Leon Harold Barber, born 14 Feb 1888, Barberville, Volusia Co FL, died 1939, married Ada L Curtis. aa. Leon Harold Barber Jr, born 1910. c. Lillian Barber, born 28 April 1893, FL, married Franklin Mauer. Franklin was born in New York in 1887. B. Sarah A Barber, born 1846, Washington, GA. C. Leonard Barber, born 1851, Washington, GA. D. Nancy E Barber, born 1856, Washington, GA. E. Thomas Holton Barber, born 1866, Washington, GA, died 11 Nov 1930, Telfair CO Ga, married (1) Della Wood 1887, (2) Mollie. a. Eva Ella Barber, born 18 July 1887, died 17 March 1925, married Ellis Erastus Crosby. Ellis died Nov 1961 in Hillsborough Co FL. aa. Joel Monroe Crosby, born 5 Aug 1908, GA, died 6 Nov 1972, Volusia Co FL, married Hortense Horne, divorced 1936. Hortense died in 2000. aaa. Robert Lee Crosby, born 24 Dec 1930, died Sep 1970, married _____ Bozeman. 2 children. aaaa. _____ Crosby bbbb. Mike Crosby, born 1963. bb. Robert Crosby, born 1911. cc. Ouida Crosby, born 5 June 1917, GA, died 1 March 1995 in Lake Co FL, married Gordon Morrison Lewis, who was born 21 Aug 1918, died 17 Dec 1989, buried in Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Daytona Beach, FL. The Hebrew name of Gordon Morrison Lewis was Gerson B. Avraham. dd. Ellis Crosby, born 1920. b. Clyde Barber, born May 1891. c. Estelle Barber, born Oct 1994. d. Albert Thomas Barber, born 7 Sep 1896, Telfair Co GA, died 22 Dec 1984, Telfair Co GA, married Wade Hampton Cook, who was born 1902, died 1979. aa. Lois Helen Barber, born 1919, married ____ Bennett. bb. Josephine Della Barber, born 28 Dec 1920 in McRae GA, died 5 Sep 2004, married Rev. James L. Pittman. James preceded her in death.

CLAYTON GA -- Josephine Barber Pittman, 83, of O.V. Justus Road, Rabun Gap, died Sunday, Sept 5, 2004 in Rabun County Hospital.
Born in Telfair County, she was a homemaker and baby sitter and had served in the textile industry of Rabun County. She was a long time member of the Head of Tennessee Baptist Church.
Surviving are son, Charles K Pittman of Woodstock; daughter, Margaret Pittman Parker of Rabun Gap; brothers, Bobby G. Barber of Rabun Gap and Wayne Barber of Fairbam; sisters, Helen Bennett of Norfolk, Va., Berta Ashley of McRae, Myrtle Cherry of Arcadia, FL, and Pat Maloy of Milan; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was the widow of the Rev. James L. Pittman and the daughter of the late Albert T. and Wade Hampton Cook Stevenson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Barber.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Head of Tennessee Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Porter, Richard Daly and Dale Welsh, and Layman Lloyd Hunder officiating. Buried will be in the church cemetery. The body is at Hunter funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday. The body will be placed in the church at 12 noon Wednesday. The family is at the home and asks that memorials be made to Rabun County Baptist Association, c/o Virginia Bryan, 87 South Church St, Clayton GA. 30525.

                 aaa.  Charles K Pittman 

                 bbb.  Margaret Pittman married ______ Parker.

            cc.  Berta Barber, born 1923, married ____ Ashley.

            dd.  Earnest Barber, born 1926, died before 2004.

            ee.  Myrtle Harriett Barber, born 1928, married John Franklin 
                 Cherry. John was born 1927, died 2001. 8 children.

                 aaa.  Mark Cherry, born 9 June 1959.

            ff.  Pat Barber married ____ Maloy.

            gg.  Bobby G. Barber

            hh.  Wayne Barber

        e.  Ernest Barber, born July 1897.

        f.  Laura Bell Barber, born Sep 1899.

        g.  Pauline Barber, born 1904.

        h.  Ophelia Barber, born 1905.

        i.  Leonard Everett Barber Sr, born 8 Jan 1908 Telfair Co GA, died
            17 Nov 1996 in Colbert Co AL, married Jane Elizabeth Poston.
            Jane was born 1910, died 2001.

            aa.  Leonard Everett (Ebby) Barber Jr, born 13 Jan 1931, died 
                 15 Aug 1988 in Colbert Co AL, got married 10 March 1951
                 to _______.

                 aaa.  Robert Kim Barber married Randi White.

                       aaaa.  Katie Barber

        j.  Aurbry Barber, born 1909.

        k.  Sue Barber, born 1912.

    F.  Eugene R. Barber, born Nov 1870, GA, married Margaret W _____ in 

        a.  Ola B Barber, born 1892, Lowndes Co GA.

        b.  Leila Amanda Barber, born 16 March 1895, died 25 Dec 1979 in 
            Seminole Co GA, married Thomas J Hile.

            aa.  St. Elmo Hile, born 1917, FL.

            bb.  Vonosel? Hile, born 1919, Decatur Co GA.

            cc.  Edna Hile, born 1922, Georgia.

            dd.  Gladys Hile, born 1924, Georgia.