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In doing the research for these articles and interviewing different people with New Prospect connections, the family of Rev. James H. Barker always came up during some part of the conversation. The impact that the Barker family left on the congregation and community cannot be overlooked. Many members of this family are interred in the New Prospect Cemetery. There has also been some type of connection with the New Prospect Baptist Church and this family for over 150 years. Although not charter members of the church, James Henry “Jim” Barker (1841-1899) and his brother George Thomas “Tom” Barker (1846-1937) were two of the earliest members of the church. They were both baptized into the membership of the congregation in August of 1859. They were the sons of John R. Barker (b. 1813) and wife Sarah (Whittemore) Barker (b. 1821), both natives of Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina. The Barker arrived in Wayne County from Madison County, Tennessee in the late 1850’s. The names of John R. and Sarah Barker never appear on any New Prospect church roll. It appears their sons stepped out and united with the congregation on their own. It has been previously stated in a prior article that James H. Barker was a Veteran of CO A 47th MO Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged as a 1st Sergeant. According to the diary of William Pinkney White, Barker was wounded at the Battle of Bollinger’s Mill. Family tradition states he walked with a limp the remainder of his life from the injury.
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On Sunday, July 14, from 2-4 p.m. the family of Freda (Mann) Rayfield will host a birthday celebration for her at the AARP Building in Piedmont. Family and friends are invited to stop by to say hello and visit with Freda and help her make the day special. The family does request no gifts, please, as your presence will be gift enough.