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Memorable Manitobans: Nathaniel Barber (1854-1933)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Peterborough, Ontario on 18 September 1854, the third son of James and Margaret Barber, he married Mary Carlton (1856-1936) of Iora, Ontario in 1878 and subsequently had nine children: James Barber (c1879-?), Maggie Barber (1886-?), Ethel Mary Barber (1890-?, wife of Oscar Calverley), Nathaniel Ruper Barber (1892-?), Winnifred Grace Barber (1897-?), Rupert Barber (1897-?), Maitland Joslyn Barber (1899-?), and Annie Maud Barber (1884-?, wife of Frederick Charles Kerr). The family resided at Iora until 1884 when they moved west, settling on a farm in the Barber School District between Elgin and Hartney. During this time, he served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Cameron (c1915-1917). He moved to Long Beach, California in 1926 but returned to Canada in 1932, settled at Hartney, and resuming farming. He was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Barber School District for many years and also sat on the Cameron municipal council. He was a member of the Orange Order, AF & AM, and Anglican Church. He died at his residence in Hartney on 30 March 1933 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Barber School No. 423 (RM of Cameron)


1881, 1891, & 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives of Canada.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Nathan Berber, pioneer Manitoba settler, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1933, page 16.

The Mere Living by Hazel McDonald Parkinson, 1957, Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.H37 Par.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 March 2014

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