John Thomas and Linnie (Blake) Barker
A March 1876 deed shows that John T. Barker of Floyd County purchased 40+ acres in the 15th District and 4th Section of Chattooga County.
Mary Ethel Cofer Newton:
- The Barkers were married after the Civil War and settled in the Kincaid Valley a few years after, Grandpa came from around Rome, Ga., and Grandma from Sulphur Springs, Ala. Grandma was an aristocrat but Grandpa, just a poor, hardworking fellow but he was a schoolteacher, Sunday school superintendent, Justice of the Peace, preacher. He built a good house and they raised a fine family.
Mary Barker's Notes:
- Bought 200 acres of land at the foot of Kincaid Mountain and built a house there. Five slaves who had been owned by grandmother's (Linnie Blake) family asked to stay with them after the Civil War as they had no place to go and helped them to scrape up the land with limbs to plant wheat.
As early as 1910, Emma lists herself as a widow in census records. George is obviously alive and well and remarried - living in Texas.
Were they divorced or did he just leave her?