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Descendents of John Barker, Sr. and Martha Snead


      159. John B. F.5 Barker (George Washington4, Charles3, John2, Edward1) (Source: E-mail from Jeannie Barker.) was born March 22, 1857 in Washington County, VA (Source: Washington County Births and Deaths 1853-1892, Barker, Jno. B. T. Parents: Geo. and Mary Barker.), and died 1941 in Washington County, VA (Source: Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), p. 413, Buried Barker Cemetery, Washington County, VA.). He married Eva D. Stratton (Source: Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 413, W/O John B. Barker.), daughter of Henry Stratton and Matilda Davis. She was born 1871 (Source: Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 413.), and died 1939 in Washington County, VA (Source: High on a Windy Hill VII, p. 103.).

Notes for John B. F. Barker:
Attended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

More About John B. F. Barker:
Burial: Barker Cemetery #313, Mendota, Washington County, VA (Source: Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.).)

Notes for Eva D. Stratton:
ttended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

More About Eva D. Stratton:
Burial: Barker Cemetery #313, Mendota, Washington County, VA (Source: Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.).)
     
Children of John Barker and Eva Stratton are:
  684 i.   Nelson6 Barker (Source: (1) The Bristol News, (Weekly Edition. Dec. 4, 1906)., (2) E-mail from George and Doris Barker.), born Abt. 1891 (Source: The Bristol News, (Weekly Edition. Dec. 4, 1906), Children were generally listed in order of birth.).
  Notes for Nelson Barker:
ttended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

  685 ii.   Mary Matilda Barker (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.), born 1893 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.); died 1942 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.). She married Thomas Luther Hagler; born 1887 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.); died 1957 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.).
  Notes for Mary Matilda Barker:
ttended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

  More About Mary Matilda Barker:
Burial: Barker Cemetery #313, Washington County, VA (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.)

  More About Thomas Luther Hagler:
Burial: Barker Cemetery #313, Washington County, VA (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.)

  686 iii.   Ollie Grace Barker (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.), born July 11, 1895 (Source: Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), p. 413.); died January 12, 1954. She married Ruben C. Bays (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.) December 26, 1923 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.); born December 14, 1887; died September 03, 1973.
  Notes for Ollie Grace Barker:
ttended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

  More About Ruben C. Bays:
Burial: Barker Cemetery #313, Washington County, VA (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.)

  More About Ruben Bays and Ollie Barker:
Marriage: December 26, 1923 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.)

  687 iv.   Beula J. Barker (Source: (1) The Bristol News, (Weekly Edition. Dec. 4, 1906)., (2) E-mail from George and Doris Barker.), born July 18, 1900 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.); died December 23, 1968 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.).
  Notes for Beula J. Barker:
ttended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

  688 v.   Baxter Barker (Source: (1) The Bristol News, (Weekly Edition. Dec. 4, 1906)., (2) E-mail from George and Doris Barker, William B. Barker?), born Abt. 1905 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.).
  Notes for Baxter Barker:
ttended the Barker family reunion, Mendota, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Barker and children, Nelson, Matilda, Ollie, Beula, and Baxter, of Benhams, Va, R. D. F. No. 2. (John B. F. Barker, Eva D. Stratton Barker, Nelson Barker, Ollice Grace Barker, Buela J. Barker, Baxter Barker)

  689 vi.   Lizzie K. Barker (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.), born Abt. 1910 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.).
  690 vii.   Edna L. Barker (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.), born 1914 (Source: E-mail from George and Doris Barker.).


      165. Rev. Wilson Gilvan5 Barker (Joel Nevils4, Charles3, John2, Edward1) (Source: E-mail from Jane A. Gottschall.) was born December 25, 1830 in Mendota, Washington County, VA (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), and died October 27, 1905 in Milligan College, Carter County, TN (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall, Died at Milligan College at the Williams home (still there) while staying with his eldest daughter, ... who was married to George Williams, Josha's son., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356, Buried at East Hill Cemetery, Bristol, TN.). He married (1) Sarah Glenn Lyon (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.) September 11, 1852 (Source: Barker Bible Courtesy Jane Gottschall.), daughter of Jacob Lyon and Ann Snodgrass. She was born May 16, 1828 in Saltville, VA (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), and died February 18, 1870 in Blountville, TN (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.). He married (2) Annie B. Bohannon (Source: E-mail from Jane A. Gottschall.) August 08, 1871 (Source: Barker Bible Courtesy Jane Gottschall.). She was born May 30, 1838 in VA (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), and died December 07, 1900 in TN (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356, Nannie B. Bohannon, wife of Rev. W.G. Barker. Buried East Hill Cemetery, Bristol, TN.).

Notes for Rev. Wilson Gilvan Barker:
From Milligan College Web Site (http://www.milligan.edu/Visitors_Center/heritage.htm): Milligan College, located in Upper East Tennessee in the territory that was once the lost state of Franklin, lies in an area rich in history and tradition.

At Sycamore Shoals, near the campus, the Watauga Association adopted a constitution providing for self-government, prior to the Declaration of Independence. A few miles from the College, American troops assembled for the famed march to the Battle of King's Mountain, which proved to be the turning point in the American Revolution. Toward the west are the homes of General John Sevier and Colonel John Tipton, early heroes of the Volunteer State. Rocky Mount, the original capital of the Southwest Territory, is some ten miles north of the campus. Jonesborough, the first capital of Tennessee, is some ten miles west of the campus. the homes and land of two of Tennessee's great governors, Robert and Alfred Taylor, are adjacent to the campus.

In the third decade of the nineteenth century, freedom-loving people introduced the Restoration principle into the religious life of the area. Milligan College owes its beginnings to the school conducted in the old Buffalo Church which is now the Hopwood Memorial Church.

On December 10, 1866, Buffalo Male and Female Institute, under the leadership of Wilson G. Barker, was chartered by the State of Tennessee. A building was constructed, and instruction was begun the next year. In 1875, the leadership of this academy was transferred to Josephus Hopwood, a native of Kentucky.

Presidents : Wilson G. Barker 1866-1875
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Courtesy the staff at East Tennessee State University's Archives of Appalachia. From the John Fain Anderson Collection. Scrapbook 4:212. John Fain Anderson was considered an authority on local history:

"Martain Academey of Act of 1806 at close of war 1861-1865 was a reck or nearly so yet it was overhauled and made a considerable building an a Considerable school was Kept in it by Rev Willson Barker and others it was a Sness (sucess?) as a school in accomplishing good Supose they raised the money in the town by guift as it took mutch to reconstruct it make it nice and comfortable which was done"

"I remember reeding write up in papers of this martain academey saying it was named martain to compromise with the Tipton Party as some miles above Jonesborough the Tipton Party was strong and they the Sevier Party desired harmoney yet I think some of the teachers ware from S. W. Doak wing or family had a Teacher in it yet it was a sucesss and it possibly had a tendancy to asist Milligan School as Hopwood and Willilloby ware Warm friends and assisted each other"

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Courtesy Jane Gottschall, Milligan College, The Light Catalogue, Vol 1, #6, 1916

Wilson G. Barker, known to his generations as "Brother Barker" was the first president and teacher of Buffalo Male and Female Institute, founded in 1866.

Sometime prior to May, 1866, Wilson Gilvan Barker, a native of Washington County, Va., came to Buffalo Creek (now Milligan College), Carter County to teach school.

In that day, there was no separate school building as we know school buildings. Class sessions were help in the old Buffalo Creek Church - a large log building (the length of two or more logs) with two doors (a front door and a side door). Barker remodeled the building so it could serve a dual purpose - church and school.

Preaching services were held every fourth Sunday at the Buffalo Christian Church always accompanied by two sermons and a basket dinner - "dinner on the grounds." During the week classes were held.

One of the earliest records found of Barker's school at Buffalo Creek dates to May 22, 1866, when he gave a receipt to George D. and S. W. Williams for $5.87 paid in nine bushels of oats at 50 cents $1.37 in cash, on a bill of $18.50 tuition fees. This left a balance of $42.63 to be paid. The tuition fees were for George Taylor Williams - $7.50, Rhoda J. Williams - $7.50, Ira Anderson - $3.50 is record on a very small piece of paper antedates the founding of Buffalo Male and Female Institute, which took place on Dec. 10, 1866.

After the 34th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee passed an act authorizing the chartering of Buffalo Male and Female Institute a movement was under way to build a school building.

A group of interested persons began to get subscribers - the original subscription list is dated June 7, 1867 - to finance a building program.
Brother Barker selected - the site of the new building - a two-story brick located on the top of the hill above the creek - near or possibly on the same location of the present administration building. Near the institute building was built a two-room house, which was later to become the home of Dr. Hopwood.

Barker taught and ran the Institute for several years. For a while he taught at Johnson City's Science Hill and Jonesboro's Martin Academy.

In 1882 he decided to give his full time to preaching. He had a two-year pastorate in Mexico, Mo. and a 10-year pastorate at Brunswick, Mo. This was followed by a short ministry in the First Christian Church, Bristol, Va.

Barker was a Christian preacher for some 40 years. He was greatly interested in building the Church in Jonesboro, Tenn., (the first capitol of the State). Before the building was completed the funds were exhausted . So he made a tour through (can't read two words) western states , soliciting funds, taking with him a picture of the uncompleted building. He was successful in securing the necessary funds. The building was finished and dedicated and in use today.

One of his contemporaries said of him, "He was a lovable, consecrated, Christian character, gentle, refined and just in all his dealings. He was instructive and forceful as a gospel preacher. He had a happy, jovial disposition and always enjoyed a good anecdote, trying always to make people happy and hopeful."
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Courtesy Jane Gottschall, Last Will and Testament of W. G. Barker, Probate Nor Tirw 1905

In the name of God Amen, I, Wilson G. Barker, of the county of Sullivan and State of Tennessee this Feby 29, 1904, do make this my last will and testament to wit:
1st In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I commit my Soul body and Spirit into the safe keeping of my loving Father.
2nd I will and direct that all of my Just debts (if any) be paid.
3rd As a token of my recognition of the faithfulness of my wife Anna I will and direct that ($500.00) five hundred dollars be paid to our niece Hattie E. Taurman, now a resident of (Cowlerhaw) Co, Virginia
4th I will and direct that the sum of ($500.00) five Hundred dollars be paid to my daughter Mollie.
5th I will and direct that the remainder or balance of my estate shall be equally divided between my Children Nannie and William, with the Lord's blessing upon them all.
6th I will dn direct that James B. Lyon execute this my last will.
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of witnesses.
C. L. Miller                  W. G. Barker
E. A. Warren

The foregoing written instrument was proven in open Court by the oaths of C. L. Miller and E. A. Warren subscribing wittnesses thereto on this the 14th day of Nov 1905 and thereupon said written instrument was adjudged declared and recorded by the Court to be the last will and testament of W. G. Barker deceased and ordered to be recorded in the Book of the (Clerk?)

Teste N. R. (Snawlelfish?)
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Courtesy Jane Gottschall. This following article probably appeared in a Johnson City, TN newspaper in 1940.

"Milligan Given Picture of Man Who Founded Its Forerunner"

The 75 - year - old history of Buffalo Institute, now Milligan College, was reviewed by James B. Lyon of Bristol, VA., a former student of the college and a nephew of the late Rev. Wilson G. Barker, founder of the Institute, recently at chapel exercises.

President Barker founded the school prior to 1867 in an old log church building just in front of where the new Hopwood Memorial Church building now stands.

Realizing that it was necessary to have more suitable faciliities, President Barker undertook to seure funds for another building. Once acre of ground was donated by Joshua Williams from his farm land.

President Barker started the subscription with $50 from his own funds, which was a good deal of money for a preacher in those days. In 1867, a two - story brick building was completed and the school was renamed "Buffalo Male and Female Institute."

Eight years later the late Dr. and Mrs. Josephus Hopwood toook over the school, and in 1880, realizing the need for an additional building, Mr. Hopwood planned a larger two- story brick building adjoining and communicating with the Buffalo Institute building.

When the cornnerstone was laid for the new building, Dr. Hopwood, visualizing the plans for a greater institution declared that henceforth "this will be known as Milligan College." Thus the name, Milligan College came into existence.

Sometime ago, President Barker's grandson, Dr. Gottschall of Pennsylvania was making a tour of Tennessee and stopped at Milligan College. Disappointed not to find any remembrance of his grandfather, Dr. Gottschall upon his return home sent to the college a picture with the following eulogy:

"Rev. Wilson G. Barker
1830-1905
Leader of Men - Follower of God
Citizen, Gentleman, Educator,
One of God's Nobleman
Founder of Buffalo Institute
Now
Milligan College"

Also included was an extract from the life of Robert L. Taylor, congressman, Govenor and United States senator who lived in Happy Valley. Part of the notation by Senator Taylor was as follows:

"Among the happiest memories of my youth, are the days spent at Buffalo Institute under the inspired leadership of Wilson G. Barker, that prince of teachers."

After concluding his remarks, Mr. Lyons presented President C. E. Burns and Milligan College a picture of Wilson G. Barker.




More About Sarah Glenn Lyon:
Burial: Snodgrass Cemetery, Blountville, Sullivan County, TN (Source: Sullivan County U.S. GenWeb.)

More About Wilson Barker and Sarah Lyon:
Marriage: September 11, 1852 (Source: Barker Bible Courtesy Jane Gottschall.)

Notes for Annie B. Bohannon:
Obituary courtesy Jane Gottschall: Annie Bohanon Barker, wife of Wilson G. Barker, entered into rest Dec. 7, 1900, after a protracted illness. Sister Barker was born at Matthews Courthouse, Va., May 30, 1838: united with the church in 1852: married Aug. 8, 1871. She was a Christian approved of God, an excellent instructor of the young, and filled the station of the minister's wife with grace and dignity. She will be held in affectionate Remembrance by many who knew and loved her. Wm. Burleigh. Bristol, Tenn.

More About Wilson Barker and Annie Bohannon:
Marriage: August 08, 1871 (Source: Barker Bible Courtesy Jane Gottschall.)
     
Children of Wilson Barker and Sarah Lyon are:
  691 i.   Susan Nannie6 Barker (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), born 1853 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died December 16, 1917 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.). She married George Thomas Williams (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); born 1848 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died 1922 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.).
  Notes for Susan Nannie Barker:
Buried Milligan College Cemetery.

  692 ii.   Mary Jane Barker (Source: E-mail from Jane A. Gottschall.), born February 14, 1856 in Leesburg, Washington County, TN (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died 1928 in Harrisburg, PA (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.). She married Dr. Amos Haverstick Gottschall (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); born 1854 in Harrisburg, PA (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died 1936 in Harrisburg, PA (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.).
  More About Dr. Amos Haverstick Gottschall:
Occupation: Pyhsician (Source: E-mail from Jane A. Gottschall.)

  693 iii.   Martha W. Barker (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), born September 02, 1858 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died September 14, 1862 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.).
  694 iv.   Jacob Barker (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), born November 28, 1860 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died June 02, 1861 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.).
  695 v.   Albert Barker (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), born May 10, 1862 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died 1862 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.).
  696 vi.   Albert Sydney Barker (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.), born May 10, 1862 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died June 15, 1862 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.).
  697 vii.   Dr. William Samuel Barker, Sr. (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356, S/o Rev. W. G. Barker.), born October 29, 1863 in Piney Flats, TN (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356.); died March 11, 1938 in Bristol, Sullivan County, TN (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356, S/O Rev. W. G. Barker. East Hill Cemetery.). He married (1) Mary Eugenia Porter (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); born November 08, 1875 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.); died February 21, 1957 (Source: Letter from Jane A. Gottschall.). He married (2) Adda Leene Brundage (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356, W/O Dr. W. S. Barker.); born December 29, 1863 (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), 356.); died October 15, 1904 (Source: (1) Letter from Jane A. Gottschall., (2) Catherine S.McConnell, High on a Windy Hill, (King Print Co.), East Hill Cemetery.).
  Notes for Dr. William Samuel Barker, Sr.:
Courtesy Jane Gottshall, Obituary, (newspaper unknown),       March 11, 1938

FINAL RITES TODAY FOR DR. W.S. BARKER

Services Will Be Held at 3 p.m. For Well Known Dentist

Funeral services for Dr. William Samuel Barker will be conducted this afternoon at the First Christain church. The Rev. C. H. Livesay of Wytheville, Va., the Rev. George D. West and the Rev. J. E. Hicks will officiate. Burial will follow in the East Hill Cemetery.

Dr. Barker died at 9:15 o'clock Friday night, at the age of 74, at his home, 801 Georgia avenue. He had been in declining health for the last year and became seriously ill three weeks ago.

He was born in Piney Flats, Tenn., the son of Rev. Wilson G. and Sarah Lyon Barker. His father was the founder of Buffalo Institute which is now Milligan College.

After graduating from Milligan College and the Kansas City Dental College, Dr. Barker practiced dentistry in Palmyra, Missouri, until coming to Bristol 33 years ago.

A man of culture and high sense of honor, Dr. Barker played a prominent part in Bristol's social, professional and church life. He was an elder in the First Christian church and an active leader in the work of that church for the duration of his residence in Bristol. His friendly and genial disposition, together with his other characteristics, won the admiration of all whom he came in contact, and he numbered his friends by the hundreds in Bristol and throughout this section.

Dr. Barker was first married to Miss Addie Lynn Brundage. To that union were born three children, Wilson B. Barker of Johnson City, Tenn., Mrs. Charlotte Barker Easley of Richmond, Va., and Alfred L. Barker of Toledo, Ohio, all of whom survive.

In 1907 her married to Miss Mary Porter of Lynchburg, Va., To this union two sons were born, W. S. Barker, Jr., of Washington, D.C., and Jack P. Barker of Bristol, who survive.

Other survivors include two nieces, Miss Glenn Gottshall of Harrisburg, Pa., and Mrs. W. T. Givens of Johnson City, Tenn.

The body will remain at the Blevins Funeral Home until time for the funeral, when the remains will be taken to the First Christian church. Flowers are to be sent to the funeral home.

Active pall bearers will be Harry Piper, Irvin Aaron, Dave Broce, Dr. James Semones, John Gilmer, and Jack Young.

Honorary pall bearers : Arthur King, Dr. N. S. Peters, Dr. R. L. Minnick, Dr. Thomas E. Cecil, and members of the dental profession; J. M. Barker, Jr., Henry N. Barker, James B. Lyon, George E. Davis, Dr. N. T. Dulaney, Dr. V. M. Cox, Dr. W. A. Garrison, James Fulwider, H. C. Boyd, H. Reynolds, A Parlette, Dr. J. Ernest Long, Dr. T. F. Staley, W. A. Hiddleson, Dr. R. I. C. Hawley, C. E. Peters , Charles F. Hagan, Judge Robert Burrow, T. J. Burrow, Judge Hal H. Haynes, J. J. Alley, H. F. Lewis, Fred Dulaney, John M. Fain, Dr. L. H. Gammons, C. E. Porter.



  More About Dr. William Samuel Barker, Sr.:
Occupation: Dentist (Source: E-mail from Jane A. Gottschall.)



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