Friday, June 2, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 482: #762 Moses Barber (1652-1733) of South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Moses Barber (1652-1733) is #762 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #763  Susanna West (1666-1756)  in 1692 in Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #381 Anna Barber (1717-a1800), married #380 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) in 1740.
*  their son #190 John Kenyon (1742-1831), married #191  Anna Kenyon(?) (c1742-1824) in 1764.
*  their daughter #95 Nancy Kenyon (c1765-b1833), married #94 Joseph Champlin (1758-1850) in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), married  #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913), married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        Moses Barber[1–5]

*  Sex:                            Male

*  Father:                       James Barber (c1620-1687)
*  Mother:                     Eleanor --?-- (c1628- ????)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                         about 1652, Rhode Island, British America[1–2]

*  Death:                        before 17 December 1733 (before about age 81), South Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1-2,5]

*  Probate:                     17 December 1733 (about age 81), will proved; South Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1-2,5]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                    Ann --?-- ( 1655-1688)
*  Marriage 1:                 about 1679 (about age 27), Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1–2]

*  Child 1:                      William Barber 1679-1748
*  Child 2:                      Sarah Barber 1682-1727
*  Child 3:                      Moses Barber 1683-1758

*  Spouse 2:                   Susanna West 1666-1756
*  Marriage 2:                24 March 1691/2 (about age 39), Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1–4]

*  Child 4:                      Dinah Barber 1692-1774
*  Child 5:                      Lydia Barber 1694-1728
*  Child 6:                      Samuel Barber 1695-1760
*  Child 7:                      Susannah Barber 1697-1755
*  Child 8:                      Thomas Barber 1699-1762
*  Child 9:                      Joseph Barber 1701-1779
*  Child 10:                    Martha Barber 1703-1773
*  Child 11:                    Ruth Barber 1705-1755
*  Child 12:                    Benjamin Barber 1707-1792
*  Child 13:                    Mercy Barber 1709-1790
*  Child 14:                    Ezekiel Barber 1711-1782
*  Child 15:                    Abigail Barber 1713-    
*  Child 16:                    Daniel Barber 1714-1805
*  Child 17:                    Anna Barber 1717-1800

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

The most detailed account of the life of Moses Barber is the Lois J. (Barber) Schroeder 1984 typescript titled Moses Barber of South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Many Descendants, 1652-1984[1].  A Rhode Island Genealogical Register article by Alden G. Beaman added more information[2].

Moses Barber was probably born about 1652, since a deposition of 17 March 1722 calls him "aged 70 and upwards"[1-2].  It is possible that a James Barber was the father or grandfather of Moses. James Barber is said to have come from Berkshire, England, landing at Boston in 1633. He later became a resident of Newport, Rhode Island.

In about 1679, probably in Kingstown, Moses Barber married a first wife named Ann[1-2]. They had three children: 

*  William Barber (1680-1748), married 1720 Sarah Mumford (1700-1747).
*  Sarah Barber (1682-1727), married 1706 David Greene (1677-1761).
*  Moses Barber (1683-1758), married 1705 Elizabeth Eldred (1687-1747).

The first wife of Moses died on 7 November 1688 in Kingstown[1-2].

Moses Barber married secondly at Kingstown on 24 Mar 1691/2 to Susannah West (or Wast, Wait Waist)[1-4]. Susannah was the daughter of Francis West and Susannah Soule.  They had 14 children, all born in what is now North or South Kingstown:

*  Dinah Barber (1693-1774), married 1716, Edward Wilcox (1693-1779).
*  Lydia Barber (1695-1728), married 1714 Benjamin Mowry (1680-1728).
*  Samuel Barber (1695-1760), married 1719 Anne Cory (1697-c1760).
*  Susannah Barber (1697-1755), married 1727 Benjamin Perry (1677-1749).
*  Thomas Barber (1699-1762), married 1725 Avis Tanner (1699-1777).
*  Joseph Barber (1701-1779), married 1724 Rebecca Potter (1701-1753).
*  Martha Barber (1703-1773), married 1727 Thomas Parker (1700-1773).
*  Ruth Barber (1705-1755), married 1724 George Bentley (1705-1802).
*  Benjamin Barber  (1707-1792), married 1730 Mary Tefft (1705-1782).
*  Mercy Barber (1709-1790), married 1727 Samuel Tefft (1703-1789).
*  Ezekiel Barber (1711-1782), married 1736 Hannah Webster (1713-1786).
*  Abigail Barber (1713-????).
*  Daniel Barber (1714-1805), married 1739 Deliverance Tefft (1722-1799).
*  Anna Barber (1717-a1800), married 1740 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800).

Moses Barber owned and operated a grist mill and was also a farmer.  His house stood on a knoll known as Bald Hill, just west of Barber's pond in South Kingstown[1].

Moses died at his South Kingstown home between the dates of 15 April 1728 when his will was written and 17 December 1733 when it was proved[1-3,5]. Burial was probably to the west or northwest of Barber's Pond but there are no markers or records of proof.

Moses Barber Sr. of South Kingstown wrote a will dated 29 March 1728, which was proved on 17 December 1733[1,5].  The will reads:

"In The Name of God Amen the Twenty Ninth day of March 1728  I Moses Barber Sen-r of South Kingstown In the Colony of Rhod Island Yeoman being Aged and Weak In Body but of Perfect Mind and Memory thanks be Given unto God for it therefore Calling into mind the Mortallity of My body and Knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Dye Do Make and Ordain this My Last Will & Testament that is to Say principally and First of all I Give and Recommend my soul Into the Hands of God that Gave it and my body to be burried In Decent Christian Burial at the Discrestion of My Executrix and Executor Hearafter Named Nothing Doubting but at the Generall Reasurrection I shall Receive the Same again by the Mighty Power of God & As Touching upon Such Worldly Estate Wherewith It hath Pleased God to bless me In this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the same In the following manner and Form that is to say --

"Imprimus  After my Just Debts Funeral Charges and Legacies are Duly Discharged and paid by my Executrix andor Executor The use of the Rest of my Movable Estate I Give and bequeath to Susanah my Wife So Long as She Remains my Widow as also the use of my Homested farm and House with all the priviledges and profits therewith belonging and further my Will is that at the Decease of my wife Susannah that then all the Remaining part of my said Estate Shall be Equally Divided between the Daughters of my said Wife or their Children.

"Item  I Give unto my Son William Barber one shilling In token of my Love he having Recieved his portion already In Land.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Moses Barber one Shilling in Token of my Love to him He having Recieved his portion already In Land.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Samuel Barber one Shilling in token of My Love to him he Having Recieved his portion already In Land.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Thomas Barber one Shilling In token of my Love to him he having Recieved his portion already In Land.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Joseph Barber one Shilling In token of my Love to him he having Recieved his portion already In Land.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Benjamin Barber a Certain Tract or parcell of Land Scituate Lying and being In Westerly by Estimation one hundred and Forty Six Acres which I bought of Francis Colgrove to be to him my said Son Benjamin and to his heirs & Assigns Forever.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Ezekiel Barber twenty Acres of Land being the North West Corner of my Homstead Farm Bounded Westerly on the Pebignamscut Line & Easterly on Yancey's Pond  I allso Give to my Said son Ezekiel Barber Twenty Five Acres of Land on the South East Corner of My Homestead Farm be the Same more or less - Butted and bounded as followeth Begining at a Certain Rock by the Pond where the brook Runs out of the pond and to Extend Westward to a Laege Oak Tree and heap of stones and so to Extend the Same Course to Samuel Barbers Land Southward on the Land of Robert Willcox and Eastward on the sd Brook and the brook is the bounds to the before Mentioned Rock and both the above mentioned percells of Land Which I give to my said Son Ezekiel Barber to him his heirs and assigns forever.  I allso give to my Said Son Ezekiel Barber one Loom and All my Weaving Utentials.

"Item  I Give unto my Son Daniel Barber all my Remainding part of my homstead Farm with all the housing Orchard and Fencing and all other to the same Belonging to him my said Son Daniel Barber and to his heirs and assigns forever.

"Item  I Give to my Youngest Daughter Ann Barber one Good feather Bead well Fixed and Twenty pounds In money to be paid to her when she Comes to the Age of Eighteen Years.

"Item  I Give to all my Daughters which are Married to Each of them Five Shillings In Token of My Love They Having Recieved their portion already.  also I Give to the heirs of my Daughter Lydia Mery Deceased Five shillings.  

Lastly my Will Is and I Do hereby Order Constitute and Appoint my True and Loving Wife my Executrix As allso my Son Benjamin Barber my Executor & this my Last will and Testament and I Do hereby Utterly Disallow Revoke and disannul All and Every Other Former Testaments Wills Leagacies and Bequeaths and Executors by Me In any Ways Named Willed and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and No other to be my Last will and Testament  In Wittness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Day and Year above Written.
                                                       Moses  M  Barber  (seal)
"Signed Sealed
published pronounced &
Declared by the said
Moses Barber as his Last
Will and Testament
In the Presence of us the Subscribers
Benjamin Potter
Josiah Shearman
Isaac Shelden"
"Isaac Shelden and Benjamin Potter Both appeared before the town Councill of South Kingstown this 17th Day of December 1733 and Did Declare upon Oath that they did see the above Moses Barber Sign Seal and Declare the above and foregoing to be his Last Will and Testament that at the same time he was In his perfect Mind and Memory and that they then In his presence signed as Wittnesses to the same allso att the same time saw Josiah Shearman Deceased sign as a wittness thereto in said Barbers presence.  This Will being proved as abovesd the Town Councill Doth Approve of the Same  Robert Hannah Councill clerk."

"A true inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Moses Barber of South Kingstown in Kings County and Colony of Rhoad Island Yeoman Late Deceased" was taken by Daniel Knowles and Isaac Shelden dated 13 December 1733.

The inventory was presented by Susannah Barber, widow and Executrix of Moses Barber of South Kingstown, deceased, and Benjamin Barber the son of the said Moses Barber, to the South Kingstown Town Council on 17 December 1733. The personal inventory totaled 452 pounds, 19 shillings, 10 pence.


1. Lois J. (Barber) Schroeder, Moses Barber of South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Many Descendants, 1652-1984 (Decorah, Iowa, Amundsen Publishing Company, 1984), accessed on FamilySearch Digital Library (, pages 1-9, Moses Barber family sketch.

2. Alden G. Beaman, Ph.D., "A Line of Descent from Moses Barber of Kingstown," Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume I, number 2 (October 1978), pp 112-120.

3. Anne Borden Harding (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule  (Plymouth, MA : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980), page 28, Susannah West/Wast sketch.

4. James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891-1912), "Vol. 05: Washington County: Births, Marriages, Deaths," North Kingstown Marriages, page 8 (image 17 of 523), Moses Barber and Susannah Wait entry, 24 March 1691/2.

5. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), digital microfilm, FamilySearch (, on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, Pages 238-245 (on FHL Microfilm 0.931,833), Moses Barber will written 1728, proved 1733.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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