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William A. Barber, son of Joseph and Arsenia Barber, was born in July of 1838. On later census records William consistently reports his place of birth as Georgia. He married Minerva (Manurva) SHELBY on 19 Dec 1867 in Bullock Co., AL. She was born in Oct of 1840 in South Carolina. They did not have any children of record.
Bullock Co., AL was formed from Barbour, Pike, Macon, and Montgomery counties in 1867 just months before William Barber married Minerva Shelby.
William A. Barber first applied for a Civil War pension in 1904. The notations in his pension state that he owned no land. His pension states that he was a private in Co. C of the 2nd GA Volunteers. He enlisted on 24 July 1861 in Columbus, GA and was discharged on 2 Apr 1865. He stated that he was wounded in the left arm at the Battle of Richmond Seven Days Fight. He was living in Dale Co., AL when he received his pension. His file included depositions from Wm. Redd Jr. and W.S. Shepherd dated 29 Apr 1904. Both were officers in his company. W.P. Windham also gave a deposition on 5 July 1911 that he had known William Barber for 20 years and that Barber was over 70 years of age. Significantly, William A. Barber stated that he was born in “Simpter Co., GA.” There is no Simpter Co., but phonetically this sounds like Sumter Co., GA. The last date found in W.A. Barber’s file is 7 Aug 1911, presumably William was still living on that date.
[Source: William A. Barber’s Georgia Confederate Pension file #13551]
The service record for William A. Barbour/Barber of Co. C, 2nd Regt. GA Vol Infantry contains additional information. They mustered in Muscogee Co., GA and were called the “Semmes Guards.” Both Redd and Shepherd were officers in the Semmes Guards. William A. Barbour was a 3d Corporal on July 24, 1861. He was captured at Deep Bottom, VA on 25 Sept 1864 and paroled from Pt. Lookout, Maryland and transferred to Aiken’s Landing, VA for exchange on 17 Mar 1865. Received, Bulwark’s & Cox’s Wharves, James River, VA on 19 Mar 1865.
[Source: Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861 - 1865, vol. 1 by Lillian Henderson]
Despite rendering service and residing in Dale County, William A. Barber does not appear on the 1907 Confederate Veteran’s census of Dale County, Alabama.
Census records for William A. Barber:
13 Aug 1870 Twp 12, Range 25, Barbour Co., AL, P.O. Eufaula page 423:
Barber, Robert 21 M Farm Hand b. AL
----- William 32 M Farmer $800 - $200 b. AL
----- Minerva 28 F Keeping House b. SC
27 June 1880, 6-PCT, Pike Co., AL, p. 104A:
Barber, Wm. A. W M 42 Farmer b. GA fb. GA mb. GA
---M.A.H. W F 39 Keeps house b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
[Notation: W. A. and Minerva Barber were living in Dale Co., AL by 22 June 1892 when the Southern Star of Dale Co. reported that Miss Della Campbell of Troy was visiting them.--kdd]
5 June 1900, Barnes Cross Roads, Dale Co., AL, p. 285:
Barber, William A. Head W M Jul 1838 61 M-33 b. GA f. NC mb. GA
---Minerva Wife W F Oc t 1840 59 M-33 0-0 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
25 Apr 1910, 8-PCT, Midland City Village, Dale Co., AL, p. 143:
Barber, William A. Head M W 71 M-43 b. GA fb. NCmb. SC
-----Minerva Wife F W 69 M-43 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
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