David Winfield Barber

Male 1870 - 1948  (78 years)


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  • Name David Winfield Barber 
    Born 16 Jan 1870  Henry, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Jul 1948  Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Harper Cemetery
    Person ID I1247  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 

    Family Olif Mae Peavy,   b. 29 Mar 1875, Concord, Gadsden County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1943, Wilson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1893  Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ethel Barber,   b. 15 Feb 1895, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1897, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
     2. Artis Barber,   b. 26 Jun 1898, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1989, Floresville, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [natural]
     3. Robert Andrew Barber,   b. 21 Feb 1901, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1969, Floresville, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     4. David Elmer Barber,   b. 8 Apr 1903, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1905  (Age 2 years)  [natural]
     5. Lenora B. Barber,   b. 13 Apr 1905, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1988, Uvalde, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     6. Randall Jackson Barber,   b. 29 Sep 1907, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1992, Floresville, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     7. Walter Fulton Barber,   b. 27 Jul 1909, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1994, Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     8. Homer Ralph Barber,   b. 30 Dec 1911, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1989, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     9. Mabel Floy Barber,   b. 2 Aug 1914, Wilson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1996  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F405  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jan 1870 - Henry, Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Nov 1893 - Wilson, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jul 1948 - Wilson, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Wilson, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • - Source: Stadler, Louise, ed., Wilson County History (Dallas: Taylor, 1990).

      David Winfield Barber came to Texas at the age of 22 years. He recalled that he spent his first night in Wilson County sleeping under a tree near where he later built their home.

      Dave was born January 16, 1870 at Columbus, Henry County, Alabama, son of Andrew Jackson and Amerintha Robinson Barber. He married Olif Mae Peavy, November 21, 1893. Nine children were born to this union: Ethel who died of spinal meningitis at age 2, Artis (Sellers), Robert Elmer who died from blood poisoning at age 2, Lenora (Atkins), Randall, Walter Fulton, Homer Ralph, and Mabel Floy (Ewing).

      Mrs. Barber's mother passed away, leaving a five-day-old infant daughter, Dora, who made her home with Ollie "Olif" and Dave until her marriage to Audrey Stadler. Also, Mr. Barber's brother, John, made his home with them.

      Papa" Barber was a very successful farmer and rancher. He was one of the first to plant peanuts and the first to own a peanut thrasher. He also made sugar cane syrup, which was almost "sold out" before he finished cooking it.

      The Barbers lived on their farm all their married life, with the exception of a few years spent in Floresville so that their children could attend high school. After returning to the farm, Ollie Barber started losing her eyesight due to cataracts. In those days, a person had to lose their sight before having surgery. So, in order for Grandma Ollie to have something to enjoy, her daughter Mabel bought the first wind charged, battery radio and light system in the area. Mabel had just started teaching school so the system was her first major purchase. If the wind blew enough, the radio could be played and if it had blown a lot that day, the lights could be turned on at night. Grandma would say to one of the grandchildren, "Please go out and see if the batteries are charged so I can turn on the radio." If the red ball in each of the three glass battery tubes was up, Grandma could turn on the radio.

      Dave Barber was an elder in the Center Point church for many years. He also served on the Center Point school board 30 years and was a Wilson County school trustee-at-large 15 years.
      Grandma Ollie was a devoted wife and mother who passed away January 19, 1943, after a long illness. She and "Papa" were known to be generous, kind neighbors, and friends to everyone. If anyone got sick, needed advice or anything, they would come to them.

      Dave Barber died July 11, 1948. Both he and wife are buried at the family plot in Harper Cemetery about five miles from where they spent their lives together.