January 2, 1904
Over fourscore long and toilsome years
I let my memory roam,
And thing of the hopes, the joys and tears
Since I left my childhood home.
In New York, the Empire State,
I first saw the light of day
‘Twas there I lived in innocence
‘Twas there I learned to pray.
Twelve short years soon passed away
Without even a care
But now the time had come to stray
From a land so bright and fair.
Compiled by Gary Hanson
(Much of the following information is taken from the large and small Barker-Chadwick record books; Joseph Barker mission letters, journals, and notebooks; The Barker Odyssey by Don W. Barker, Iowa Falls, Iowa; family biographical sketches, and family group sheets.)
In 1830 the English government furnished transportation to America for a number of poor families. It is said that among them were the families of George, Frederick, and James Barker and their sister, Harriet Barker Jarrel, who sailed to America in March 1830.
Jonathan Pugmire, Senior, and Thomas Cartwright discharged by Judge Whitehead, at Chester, England. The judge Whitehead, at Chester, costs of prosecution or witnesses to be said by the Crown. It was very evident that the Church of England ministers were at the bottom of the machinations, and were sorely discomfited at the result. I insert the statement of the unfortunate occurrence given by Jonathan Pugmire, Junior;
Born 7 June 1887 the youngest of three children of Oliver Libby and Flora Ann Carleton Maloon, Bessie May Maloon was named for her grandmother, Betsey Bradley Andrews Carleton – Bessie being as close to Betsey as they dared to come as Betsey was not a popular name at that time. Bessie herself changed the spelling of her middle name May to Mae. She never liked the name of Mae and eventually had her name legally changed to Bessie Maloon, omitting her middle name entirely when she went to Europe in 1926.
A portion of the diary’s front cover – the full size of the closed book measures 6 ?” w x 15 ?” h x ?” thick. The covers are book boards covered with decorative printed paper. The spin appears to be leather. At least one page has been cut out of the front.
Aunt Lillian Emelia Johnson Maloon, the youngest daughter and fourth child of John Albert Johnson and Mary Anderson, was born October 22, 1889 in Jamaica Plain (off Center Street), Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. She was christened in the Lutheran Church on Emerald Street, Boston. (This building was moved to Dorchester and is now known as the Emmanuel Church.) When she was about one and one-half years old, Aunt Lillian’s family moved to Roslindale and here she lived until she graduated from High School.