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The name 'Lee' is currently of unknown origin. It was not
recorded in the register, even though it soon joined 'Barber' to
form a compound surname. His parents may have realised belatedly
that disambiguation with John Barber senior was necessary.
So, curiously, although we have a record for his birth, as yet
there is no record of baptism. Samuel Sly, the Proteftant
Diffenting Minifter of the time, appears to have made no
statement on the matter.
John Lee Barber appears to have continued the grain processing
business that his father started in partnership with Samuel
Willsea. The importation of grain was a common trade, shared
also by John Lee Barber's brother-in-law Alexander Browne Clarke
in Stansted, Essex.
John Lee Barber was also appointed a JP,
presumably for the district of
His father-in-law, Charles Clarke, held the same post at
John Lee Barber's service in the Norfolk Volunteers is likely
reflected in the uniform he wears in the photograph at top.
This is difficult to confirm because such units, frequently the
initiative of rural gentry, were poorly documented. There seems
to be mention of his appointment in the Norwich
Mercury for 1860.
At the time of this marriage the Revd. Charles Clarke
had died nine years earlier, and family remaining with his
widow, Anne, had sold the Henstead
estate and moved to Bergh Apton; some two
and a half miles east of Poringland.
John's birth was 'registered' at a Baptist Chapel in Norwich, so
that will likely have been his own following as well as that of
his parents (who are in the adjacent grave). John is the sole
occupant of his grave. Neither of his wives appear to be buried
with him, nor any of his children. Augusta was the daughter of
Anglican clergyman Charles Clarke.
If the DoB and DoD deduced here are correct then John Lee Barber
attained the age of 84 years only.
This investigator had not anticipated finding a burial entirely
under brambles. However, all was well because they proved
removable by hand. The written record of my cemetery visit that
day was completed in a type of ink
previously untried in genealogy.