Barton W. Barber, farmer, P. O. Gardner, was born in Rutland County, Vt., August 31, 1828, son of James W. and Lerain (Parker) Barber, natives of Vermont, he born in 1797, died in July, 1875; was a farmer by occupation; she was born in 1802, and died in 1874; she was the mother of five children, of whom our subject was the second child; he received a common school education and worked upon the farm; he came to Grundy County in 1869, and located on his present farm of 160 acres. In connection with general farming, he handles some stock and carries on a dairy. January 8, 1861, Mr. Barber married Marietta E. Farwell, born at Castleton, Rutland Co., Vt., March 23, 1833; she is the daughter of Salomon and Louise (Pond) Farwell, natives of Vermont; both dead. This marriage has been blessed with four children, viz., Carrie L., Adelbert F., Frederick D. and Edith L.; the latter died in infancy. Mr. Barber is a member of the A., F. & A. M. Although he commenced as a poor man, he is now in comfortable circumstances, as a result of his own labors.
History of Grundy County, Illinois. Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, 1882, p. 85.