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Hiram V. Barber was born in Madison county, N. Y., Aug. 12, 1835, and is the oldest son of John and Caroline (Benedict) Barber, of New York, Irish-English descent. He came with his parents to Michigan in 1837, and located temporarily in Ann Arbor, the following year, came to what was then East Portage (now Waterloo), and entered the land where is now the family home. Here Hiram was engaged in farming occupation and attended school for a brief time during his youth; he remained at home until 23 years of age, then worked for others for two years, until his marriage to Christina Frankel, born in Germany Aug. 11, 1861, by whom he has had 6 children, 3 now living—Hiram O., born Nov. 19, 1863; Martha Caroline, Dec. 9, 1872; and Benjamin M., Oct. 2, 1875. Since his marriage he has resided on the old homestead, which he has improved, and erected a residence and barns; it is very nicely located. He has held nearly all the tp. offices. Mr. and Mrs. B. are members of the United Brethren Church at Waterloo.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 1136.

 

 

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