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* My Grandfather, Joseph Harley Barker of Chariton, IA*

Updated March 13, 2011

I was 12 years old when my grandfather, Joseph Harley "Buck" Barker died, December 6, 1960. I never met him. At the age of 19, he first married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Izett Armstrong, December 18, 1906 in Casper, Wyoming. They had two children, Elizabeth and George, my father, born March 21, 1909 in Cumberland, Wyoming. Joseph and Elizabeth were divorced September 6, 1910, my father was about 1 1/2 years old. Elizabeth's parents, John and Elizabeth Clark Armstrong raised my father, even after Elizabeth Armstrong Barker remarried.

I was named after my father, George. He was named after Joseph's father, George Andrew Barker.

Joseph returned to Iowa, married Maggie Reva Grant and started another family. Joseph kept in contact with my father through letters and photos but all were destroyed.

A Barker cousin finally contacted me and now I have a photo of my grandfather!

I would like to contact other descendents of Joseph and Maggie to learn more about this grandfather I never knew.


Georgia Karen Widmann

5913 NE 102nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
United States

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