52 Ancestors: Rev. Solomon Gleason Barber #34

The week’s theme is “Non-Population Schedules.”

My 2nd great-grandfather, Solomon Gleason Barber is supposed to have been born in 1843 in Vermont to Timothy and Ann (nee Benson) Barber. I have yet to find any supporting documentation for his or any of his sibling’s birthplaces and dates other than a Barber genealogy written in 1913 with no sources. In the 1850 census Solomon appears in the household of a Solomon G Barber in Colrain, Massachusetts. Timothy Barber is living in Vermont with his wife Ann and seven young people aged 6 to 21. Going back to Timothy’s parents, Moses Barber and Rebekeh Butler turned up a brother of Timothy named Solomon Gleason. So my ancestor was raised by his Aunt and Uncle and not his parents.

No other children were recorded for the elder Solomon G and Nancy. I would like to know how it was arranged for the younger Solomon G to move in with his Aunt and Uncle. Did his parents know when he was born that he would leave their house? Since young Solomon was seven when he appeared in the 1850 census, it is not apparent how old he was when he went to live with his adoptive parents.

The older Solomon was recorded in the census as a farmer some years and a minister in the 1880 census. He moved with Nancy and the younger Solomon to Blendon Township in Ohio between 1850 and 1860. In 1880 he appeared on that year’s non-population Schedule 2 – Productions of Agriculture in Blendon Township, Franklin County, Ohio. According to that, he owned about 58 acres of land, including 22 acres of tilled land. He had two horses, one milk cow, and 19 sheep. Two cereal crops were grown: Indian corn and rye. Compared to other farmers nearby, his farm was on the smaller side.

For more about the Agricultural or industry schedule see Amy Johnson Crow’s “Industry Schedules: A Hidden Source for Your Farming Ancestors.”


1880 non-population census, Franklin County, Ohio, agricultural schedule, enumeration district (ED) 17, 11, Barber, S. G.; accessed via “U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2 September 2018), Ohio > Franklin; citing NARA microfilm publication T1159, roll 62.

The genealogy referenced above is:

John Barber White, Ancestry of John Barber White and of his Descendants (Haverhill, Mass.: Press of C. H. Webster, 1913), 138; digital images, The Internet Archive, Internet Archive (https://archive.org/stream/ancestryofjohnba00whit : accessed 2 September 2018).


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