BARBER, COLONEL SETH MORSE

Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-378
Location: LH-378

(Description ID: 595670)

 Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Colonel Seth M. Barber

LH-378


Introduction
Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
Inventory

Introduction
The Colonel Seth Barber Collection was acquired by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2012.

Biographical Sketch
Colonel Seth Morse Barber was born September 5, 1820 in Groton Horace, Tompkins County, New York. He was the eldest of the six children of Reverend Phineas B. Barber and his first wife, Orpha Morse Barber. Barber came with his father, a Methodist minister, to Berlin, Erie County, Ohio in 1830. Barber graduated from the University of Michigan in 1852. He taught at the Norwalk Seminary and from 1852 to 1861, he served as superintendent of Ashland, Ohio public schools.

On June 3, 1853, Colonel Barber married Amanda Gardner, second of the eight children of Charles Gardner of Peru Twp., Huron County, Ohio. Amanda had graduated in 1851 from the Literary Departmet of Oberlin College. Seth and Amanda Barber were the parents of seven children: William E., Georgius B., Della J., Charles M., Phineas S., Bertha E., and Frank G., All were born in Ashland, Ohio.

In 1861, Barber raised Company H of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Captain Barber’s company was made up largely of his Ashland, Ohio students. He led Company H in the battles of Middle Creek, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Thompson’s Hill, Raymond, Champion’s Hill, Big Black River, and the first assault on Vicksburg. During the second assault, Barber was shot through the right leg, making amputation necessary. He was commissioned major for gallant and meritorious service at the Siege of Vicksburg. He was later promoted to lieutenant colonel by brevet. He was transferred to the 15th Veteran Reserve Corps and served in the provost marshal’s office at Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio until he was discharged July 20, 1866.

After his discharge, Barber returned to his position at Ashland Public Schools. He was appointed a United States pension agent and served in Cleveland, Ohio from 1870 to 1877. During that period, he disbursed more than five million dollars. In 1877, he purchased a farm in Norwalk Twp. Huron County. He was a leading member of the Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 227 at Ashland, Ohio. Colonel Seth Barber died March 27, 1900. Amanda died on the family farm on Medina Road in Norwalk, Ohio July 6, 1912. They are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. Less is known about the Barber children.  Below is a short sketch of each. 

Willie Eugene b. June 1853, d. December 24, 1858, eldest child of Seth M. and Amanda Gardner Barber. Willie d. Christmas eve 1858. He is buried in Ashland, Ohio.

Georgius Boyd.b. January 6, 1855. d. 1917. In February of 1873, Georgius entered the business college in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Della Jane. b. October 17, 1856 d. July 8, 1929. Never married. It is unknown where she received her education, but in 1883, at the age of 26, Della traveled to Concord, North Carolina to teach at the Scotia Seminary for the Presbyterian Board of Missions for Freedmen. Four years later, the Missions Board sent her to Point Coupee, Mississippi to open a school. Although strongly supported by the Creole population, Della was threatened with her life. The Board of Missions transferred her to the Mary Holmes Seminary in West Point, Mississippi in 1892. A short time later, she traveled to the Mary Allen Seminary in Crockett, Texas, where she taught until her retirement. After more than 30 years of teaching, Della returned to Norwalk, where she lived with her brother Charles on the family farm until her death.

Charles Morse b. November 10, 1858, d. December 8, 1927. Never married. Remained on the Barber family farm.

Phineas Sears b. November 18, 1860. Phineas was an 1879 graduate of Norwalk High School. He served for a time as an apprentice architect for Harold P. Mitchell in San Francisco, California. He was elected to the California general assembly in 1902. The following year, he married Minnie Mills. They were the parents of one son, Vincent, born around 1907. He was appointed chief clerk in the U. S. Attorney’s office. Minnie died of tetanus November 11, 1912 at Coalinga, California.

Bertha Emily, b. July 24, 1863. Married Fred Beach and settled in Elyria, Ohio.

Frank Gardner  b. August 8, 1865 d. March 38, 1938 at Norwalk, Ohio. He married Eloise Knapp.  Frank Gardner attended the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, where he studied poultry keeping. For a time, Barber lived in Demarest, Georgia, where he farmed and raised poultry. Later, Mr. Barber returned to Norwalk, where he continued to farm.

Scope and Content
This collection is an archive of the Seth Barber family, composed of family correspondence mainly of Seth Barber, his wife Amanda, and their children. Diaries, family genealogy, photographs, photographic albums, accounts, Civil War pension materials, newspaper clippings, books, and early Ohio educational material (Ashland, Ohio) are also included in this collection. The bulk of the material dates from the Civil War era, however, the collection spans the years from around 1850 to 1940. Perhaps most important is the Civil War correspondence of Seth Morse Barber and his wife Amanda Gardner Barber, as well as that of Seth Barber’s Civil War comrades.

Box 2 contains the correspondence of daughter Della Barber, who spent her adult life as a teacher for the Presbyterian Board of Missions for Freedmen. Included is some correspondence from her students.  Her siblings’ correspondence follows. 

Box 3 contains family financial records and early Ohio educational materials from Ashland, Huron, and Norwalk, Ohio. Pension agency correspondence, reports, and audits from Seth Barber’s years as a pension agent in Cleveland, Ohio, may be found here as well. Boxex 4, 5, and 6 contain Seth Barber’s diaries, while photographs may be found in Box 7 and family books in Box 8. 

Below are listed some of the correspondents and the dates of their letters from a portion of the collection. This is followed by a folder inventory of the collection.

1854–1860 – Misc. letters before the war to S.M. Barber in Ashland, O

9 June 1853                           
C.E. Homan,  Norwalk, O

28 February 1854
Frances E. Penfield, Norwalk, O

3 October 1856
John Encell, Jr.

1 October 1857
Allen A. Avery, Norwalk, O

1 March 1858
John Hopley, Bucyrus, O

12 November 1858
Henry Martindale, Cleveland, O

7 December 1858
John Encell, Jr. Painesville, O

23 May 1859
B.B. Wright, Berlin, O (enclosing note to BBW from
E.H. Bush, Ashland, O).

11 July 1859
BB.Wright, Berlin,O

13 September 1861
C.B. Allen, Fredericktown, O (encl: Commencement Ohio Wesleyan University)

1860 or 1861
Former student – J.M. Robinson (possibly)

1861 – letters to Seth Morse Barber

22 April 1861
Knaply
Will dutifully protect Ohio if invaded…  

22 April 1861
4 citizens of Ashland 
Concerning unhappy crisis…

28 December 1861
Emma Coffin, Ashland Young Ladies Aid Society to S.M.B.           

1862, 11 February
Emma Coffin,      “           “          “        “         “             “      

1861 – letters from Seth Barber to wife, Amanda Gardner Barber

16 November 1861
Seth Barber to wife (on board Lady Jackson)

16 December 1861
Seth Barber to wife from Gallipolis, O.

17 November 1861
S. B. to wife from Catlettsburg, Ky

19 November 1861
S.B. to wife, Camp Chase, OH  

21 November 1861
S.B. to wife,    “     “        “   “

22, 29 Nov & 12 Dec.1861
S.B. to wife, Columbus, Oh

24 November 1861
S.B. to wife,        “

1 December 1861
S.B. to wife,        “

26 December 1861
S.B. to wife, Louisa, Ky

22 December 1861
S.B. to wife, Camp Sheldon, near Catlettsburg, Ky

29 December 1861
S.B. to wife, Camp nr.Geo. Creek, 10 m. above Louisa

1862 – Jan to 3 July – from S.M. Barber to wife, Amanda and son

62 letters to Amanda Barber,

1862 – letters to Capt. S. M. Barber from friends

8 January 1862
E.N. Burr,  from Ashland, O  

11 February 1862
J.O. Jennings, Ashland, O

12 June 1862
Rev. John Robinson, Ashland, O

17 December 1862
Frederick Howe, Camp Rupell, Va

1863 – letters to Capt. S.M. Barber from friends

7 August 1863
W. Slocum,  Camp nr Vicksburg, Ms

8 August 1863
J.D. Moody, Hdqts Ambulance Cwps [?] 9th Div

10 November 1863
L.A. Sheldon, Hdqts 3rd Brigade, Berwick City, La

1864 – letters from Amanda Gardner Barber, Ashland, O. to Capt. S.M. ,Invalid Corps, Columbus, O

20 March-18 December – 37 letters 

25 September letter includes one to Seth from Rufus M. King, Pipestone, Michigan                                        

1864 – to Capt. S.M. Barber from army friends, etc.

5 January 1864
Orlow Smith, Camp of 65th OVI nr. Blair’s x-rds, E. Tn

16 January 1864
James A. Garfield, Washington, D.C.

29 January 1864
R.M. Johnson, Bridgeport (Tn?)

2 February 1864
James A. Garfield, 38th Congress, House of Representatives

8 March 1864 
J.W. Woodruff

11 March 1864
J.B. White, Mound City, Ill

14 March 1864
Will J. Buchan, Haynes Bluff, Ms (Adj. 53rd USInft (Colored)

18 March 1864
Andrew J. Burns, Snider’s Bluff, Ms (photo included)

19 June 1864
William Zimmerman, Hdqts Camp G 1st US Cal Art (Heavy)                    

3 June 1864
John Sherman, US Senate Chamber, Wash. D.C.

24 June 1864
Edmund Naylor, Co.H, 42nd OVI  13th Army Corps,  Morganza Bend, La

28 July 1864
Wm. Zimmerman, Knoxville Tn

1 August 1864
E.L. Drayton, Clerk’s Office, Ashland, O

21 August 1864
Orlow Smith, 65th Regt. OVI, nr.Atlanta, Ga

26 August 1864
Alf L. Conklin, Troy, O

5 September 1864
Jno F. Robinson, Ashland, O

6 September 1864
T.C. Bushnell, Ashland, O

15 September 1864
Rufus M. King, Pipestone, Michigan

20 September 1864
George W. Morgan, Mt. Vernon, O

11 September 1864
Jennie Gardner, Pontiac, O (wife’s sister)

24 September 1864
F.F. Koontz, Ashland, O

26 September 1864
H. Potter, Sullivan, O

5 October 1864
Jno. C. Stubbs, Raleigh, N.C.

6 November 1864
C.B. Howk, Sullivan, O

10 November 1864
J.D. Moody, Duvalls Bluff, Ark

14 December 1864
J.D. Moody, Ashland, O

20 December 1864
T.B. White, Mansfield, O

21 December 1864
R.M. Johnson, Battery B, 1st OVLA, Bridgeport, ALA

1865 – letters to Capt. S.M. Barber from friends

11 January 1865
W.N. Starr, Ashland, O
W.N. Starr,  Ashland, O

11 January 1865
Thos. J. Ryall, Ashland, O

16 January 1865 
Don A. Pardee, New Orleans, La

1 February 1865
T.C. Bushnell, Ashland, O

14 February 1865
J.W. Smith, Ashland, O

20 May 1865
H.H. Bliss, Murfreesboro, Tn

9 June 1865
Chas T. Clark ‘Gracey’  Camp Harker  (Co F 125th OVI ?)

8 July T. 1865
T. Gable, West Salem, O

5 July 1865
Orlow Smith, Hdqts 63rd OVI, nr. New Orleans, La

11 July 1865
C.T. ‘Charlie’ Clark,Hdqts1st Brig, 2nd Div.4th AC nr N.O. La

26 July 1865
C.T. Clark, Camp Irwin, Tx

6 November 1865
Chas T. Clark ‘Gracey’  Orrville, O (left handed writer ? not
same as above CT Clark) see 9 June 1865 letter

9 December 1865
Jno. A. Norris, ‘Pvt,” Plainfield, O

1865 – letters from Amanda Gardner Barber to Capt. S.M. Barber, Columbus, O

1 January-18 December (31 letters)

1866 – letters from Amanda Gardner Barber to Capt. S.M. Barber, Columbus. O

10 January – 25 May (18 letters)

Letters to Capt. S.M. Barber, Ashland, O. from friends, etc.

17 January 1866
M.C. Wilkinson, Montgomery, Ala

12 February 1866
Wm. Callihan, Bowling Green, O

27 March 1866
Wm. Callihan,          “          “

1 April, 1866
Orlow Smith, home nr Gennessee, Ill

8 May 1866
Fred’k A. Nash, Columbus, O

9 July 1866
Jacob Ferris, Sharonville, O

14 July, 1866 
J.O. Jennings, Ashland, O

20 July, 1866
G.M.Barber (brother of S.M. Barber), Cleveland, O

27 July 1866
Harvey Cashatt, Columbus, O

15 August 1866
Harvey Cashatt, Columbus, O

16 August 1866
Jennie Gardner, Pontiac, O (Amanda Gardner’s sister)

3 September 1866 
Jno. A. Norris, Columbus, O

15 September 1866
Harvey Cashatt, Columbus, O

8 September 1866
James A. Wilcox, Col. – Columbus, O

8 September 1866
B.R. Cowen, Columbus, O, State of Ohio, Adj. Gen. Off.

30 September 1866
Fred’k A. Nash, Akron, O

25 October 1866
Harvey Cashatt, Columbus, O

3 November 1866
Jno.A. Norris, Columbus, O

1867 – letters to Capt. S.M. Barber, Ashland, O, from friends, colleagues, etc.

7 January 1867
Fred’k A. Nash, Akron, O

3 July 1867 
C.T. Clark, Orrville, O

2 April 1867
Daniel G. Wilson, Plymouth, O

18 July 1867 
F. Fluke, Lima, O

20 July 1867
G.B. Andrews, Ashland, O

27 September 1867
M. Noyes, Guilford, O

11 September 1867
Harvey Cashatt, Columbus, O (2nd Lt. National Union Guard)

1868 – letters to Capt. S.M. Barber, Ashland, O from friends, etc.

23 January 1868
G.M. Barber, Cleveland, O (bro. Of S.M. B)

* 23 March 1868
W.J. Winter, Springfield, O, (Grand Army of Republic)

30 May 1868 
M. Welker, 40th Congress, Hs of Reps, Wash. D.C.

26 June 1868
M. Welker,    “          “          “          “          “

13July 1868
Wm. H. Williams, Whittlesey P.O, Medina Co. O, Late Maj 42nd

23 November 1868
Gov. R.B.Hayes, State of Ohio, Col. O.  (S.M. as Elector for vote for Pres. 1868) includes numerous newspaper articles on election & death of Gov. Tod.

Jon. A. Norris, Columbus, O

1869, 1870 – letters to Col. S.M. Barber, Ashland, O from friends, etc.

9 January 1869
J.D. Stubbs, Atlanta, Ga

1 February 1869
R.M. Johnson, Bridgeport (?)

8 February 1869
R. Sloan

6 March 1869 
Jno A. Norris, Columbus, O

15 January 1870
Anson Smythe, Cleveland, O

1870 – letters from Amanda Barber, Ashland, O, to Col. S. M.Barber Pension Agent, Cleveland, O

6 March 1870
Amanda

7 March 1870
son, Georgius

9 March 1870
daughter, Della

14 March 1870
son, Georgius

14 March 1870
Amanda

20 March 1870
Amanda

12 April 1870
son, George

5 May 1870
Amanda

27 November 1870
friend, Amy R. Adams, Bellevue, O (geneaology info)

9 January 1871
Amanda

22 January 1871
Amanda

18 February (?) 
Amanda

19 February (?)
Amanda

14 March (?)
Amanda

11 April (?)
Amanda

24 April (?)
Amanda

4 May (?)
Amanda

4 September (?)
Amanda

18 December 1871
Sister Emily, Norwalk, O

Inventory
Ac. 5806
6 ½ linear ft.
 

Box 1

Seth Barber Correspondence

Family

1.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Nov. 16, 1861-Dec. 29, 1861
2.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Jan. 1, 1861- Mar. 18, 1862
3.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Mar. 20, 1862-Apr. 9, 1862
4.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Apr. 10, 1862 -Apr. 21, 1862
5.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Apr. 25, 1862-May 10, 1862
6.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) May 15, 1862-June 2, 1862
7.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) June 9, 1862-July 1, 1862
8.   Outgoing Correspondence: to Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Jan. 18, 1872; May 4, 1872
9.   Outgoing Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber to Jennie (sister) Apr. 8, 1869
10. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Mar. 20, 1864-June 2, 1864
11. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) June 5, 1864-Aug. 11. 1864
12. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Aug. 14, 1864-Oct.3, 1864
13. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Nov. 17, 1864-Jan. 18, 1865
14. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Jan. 22, 1865-May 28, 1865
15. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) June 11, 1865-Aug. 27, 1865
16. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Sept. 11, 1865-Dec. 18, 1865
17. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Feb. 18, 1866-Apr. 25, 1866
18. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) May 6, 1866-May 25, 1866
19. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife) Feb. 21, 1870-Aug. 6, 1872
20. Incoming Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (wife)      No Date
21. Incoming Correspondence: Barber Children (Ashland, Ohio) Mar. 7, 1870-Dec. 30, 1872
22. Incoming Correspondence: Phineas Barber (father) 1869-1870
23. Incoming Correspondence: Phineas Barber (father) Dec. 13, 1871-May 1876
24. Incoming Correspondence: Greshom M. Barber (brother) 1878-1897
25. Incoming Correspondence: George G. Barber (brother) 1880-1891
26. Incoming Correspondence: Mason Barber (brother) March 30, 1872
27. Incoming Correspondence: Emily (Barber) Watrous (sister) June 26, 1864-June 24, 1883
28. Incoming Correspondence: Carrie Barber (sister) to Seth Barber
29. Incoming Correspondence: Vida and Charles Morse (niece/nephew) Jan. 20, 1895
30. Incoming Correspondence: Jennie Gardner (sister-in-law) Feb. 20, 1862-Aug. 8, 1872

Military Comrades

31. Incoming Correspondence: Harmon H. Bliss (Co. C, 115th OVI) May 20, 1865
32. Incoming Correspondence: Isaac Buchannan (Co. H, 42nd) Aug. 15, 1893
33. Incoming Correspondence: William J. Buchan (Co. H, 42nd OVI) March 14, 1864
34. Incoming Correspondence: Pvt. Andrew J. Burns (Co. H, 42nd OVI) March 18, 1864
35. Incoming Correspondence: Capt. Tully C. Bushnell (Co. C, 42nd OVI) Sept. 1864-Sept. 1876
36. Incoming Correspondence: Henry Cashatt , July 27, 1866-Sept. 11, 1867
37. Incoming Correspondence: C.J. Clark (1st Brig, 2nd Div., 4th A.C.) June 1865-July 1867
38. Incoming Correspondence: Frederic Honz? (Dept. of HQ) Dec. 17, 1862
39. Incoming Correspondence: Lt. Charles B. Howk (Co. H, 42nd OVI) Nov. 6, 1864
40. Incoming Correspondence: R.M. Johnson (Battery B, 1st OVLA) Dec. 1864
41. Incoming Correspondence: George B. Masters (Co. H, 42nd OVI) June 14, 1893
42. Incoming Correspondence: Joseph D. Moody (Co. I, 42nd OVI) Aug. 1863-Dec. 1864
43. Incoming Correspondence: George W. Morgan, Sept. 20, 1864-March 13, 1891
44. Incoming Correspondence: Edmond Naylor (Co. H, 42nd OVI) June 24, 1864
45. Incoming Correspondence: Jno. A. Norris, Dec. 9, 1865-March 6, 1869
46. Incoming Correspondence: Lt. Col. Don A. Pardee (Co. H, 42nd OVI) Jan. 16, 1865
47. Incoming Correspondence: Maj. John F. Robinson (Co. H, 42nd OVI) Sept. 5, 1864
48. Incoming Correspondence: Gen. Lionel A. Sheldon (Co. H, 42nd OVI) Aug. 1863-Nov. 1863
49. Incoming Correspondence: Brig. Gen. Willard Slocum (120th OVI) Aug. 7, 1863
50. Incoming Correspondence: Maj. Orlow Smith (Co. G, 65th OVI) Jan. 1864-April 1866
51. Incoming Correspondence: Joseph Stubbs (42nd OVI Reg. Q.M.) Oct. 5, 1864
52. Incoming Correspondence: Sgt. Thomas B. White (Co. H, 42nd OVI) March 1864-Dec. 1864
53. Incoming Correspondence: Col. James A. Wilcox (113th OVI) Sept. 8, 1866
54. Incoming Correspondence: William Zimmerman (Co. G, 1st Reg.) June 1864-July 1864 

Friends/Associates

55. Incoming Correspondence: Former Students 1854-1880
56. Incoming Correspondence: 1853-1860
57. Incoming Correspondence: 1861-1863
58. Incoming Correspondence: 1864
59. Incoming Correspondence: 1865
60. Incoming Correspondence: 1866
61. Incoming Correspondence: 1867
62. Incoming Correspondence: 1868-1869
63. Incoming Correspondence: 1870-1874
64. Incoming Correspondence: 1876-1884
65. Incoming Correspondence: 1887-1896     

Box 2

Della Barber  (Correspondence/Documents)

1.   Incoming Correspondence: Phineas Barber (brother) Dec. 8, 1913
2.   Incoming Correspondence: Jennie Gardner (aunt) Nov. 6, 1883-July 11, 1896
3.   Incoming Correspondence: Extended Family, Dec.15, 1928
4.   Incoming Correspondence: Anna Frederick, July 5, 1894-March 1, 1911
5.   Incoming Correspondence: Edgar F. Johnston, March 29, 1894-Jan. 12, 1895
6.   Incoming Correspondence: Mary E. Holmes, July 27, 1892-April 30, 1894
7.   Incoming Correspondence: John B. Smith, June 22, 1888-Sept. 1, 1892
8.   Incoming Correspondence: “Hattie”, July 21, 1891-Jan.1, 1928
9.   Incoming Correspondence: J.T. Gibson, July 12, 1889-June 16, 1892
10. Incoming Correspondence: Lora B. Shields, Dec. 8, 1881-May 7, 1888
11. Incoming Correspondence: A.E. Smith, March 12, 1887-April 15, 1891
12. Incoming Correspondence: Mary E. Allen Sept.26, 1884-Jan. 30, 1886
13. Incoming Correspondence: C.E. Coulter, Sept. 22, 1884-June 12, 1894
14. Incoming Correspondence: 1886-1887
15. Incoming Correspondence: 1888
16. Incoming Correspondence: 1889-1890
17. Incoming Correspondence: 1891-1892
18. Incoming Correspondence: 1893-1894
19. Incoming Correspondence: 1896
20. Incoming Correspondence: 1906-1909
21. Incoming Correspondence: 1910-1912
22. Incoming Correspondence: 1921-1928
23. Incoming Correspondence: No Date
24. Outgoing Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (mother) Oct. 3. 1886-April 30, 1910
25. Outgoing Correspondence: Bertha (Barber) Beach (sister) Feb. 27, 1890-May 7, 1910
26. Outgoing Correspondence: Assorted Family Members, Oct.3, 1886-June 22, 1896
27. Outgoing Correspondence: Assorted Individuals (1884-1885)
28. Ephemera

Georgius Barber (Correspondence/Documents)

29.   Incoming Correspondence: Seth M. Barber (father) Sept. 26, 1877
30.   Incoming Correspondence: 1900-1907
31.   Outgoing Correspondence: Seth M. Barber (father) Jan. 20, 1873-Oct. 3, 1877
32.   Business Receipts/Mortgage Deed
33.   Ephemera

Charles M. Barber

34.   Ephemera

Phineas Barber (Correspondence/Documents)

35.   Outgoing Correspondence: Seth M. Barber (father) 1882
36.   Outgoing Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (mother) 1882-1897
37.   Outgoing Correspondence: Charles and Georgius Barber (brothers) 1888
38.   Outgoing Correspondence: Bertha (Barber) Beach (sister) 1918-1934
39.   Outgoing Correspondence: “Brother” 1882-1903
40.   Outgoing Correspondence: “Sister” 1882-1908
41.   Outgoing Correspondence: Jennie Gardner (aunt) 1881?
42.   Ephemera

Bertha (Barber) Beach (Correspondence/Documents)

43.   Incoming Correspondence: Charles M. Barber (brother) 1883
44.   Incoming Correspondence: 1918-1939
45.   Incoming Correspondence: F.L. Beach (husband)
46.   Legal Documents/Receipts 

Frank G. Barber (Correspondence)

47.   Outgoing Correspondence: Amanda (Gardner) Barber (mother) 1889-1911
48.   Outgoing Correspondence: Bertha (Barber) Beach (sister) 1907-1910

Jennie Gardner (Correspondence)

49.   Incoming Correspondence: 1869-1905

Box 3

1.   Ashland Union School Documents
2.   University of Michigan Documents
3.   Huron/Norwalk Institute Documents
4.   Lesson Plan Book
5.   Education Articles (written by Seth Barber)
6.   Civil War – District’s Enrollments
7.   Pension Agency Appointment Documents/Inventory Lists
8.   Pension Agency Correspondence/Auditor Reports: 1870-1873
9.   Pension Agency Correspondence/Auditor Reports: 1874
10. Pension Agency Correspondence/Auditor Reports: 1875
11. Pension Agency Correspondence/Auditor Reports: 1876
12. Pension Agency Correspondence/Auditor Reports: 1877
13. Pension Agency Correspondence/Auditor Reports: 1878
14. Pension Affidavits
15. Pension Agency Deposit Records: 1871-1877
16. Pension Roll: April 7, 1877
17. Pension Agency Letter Book: 1867-1881
18. Newspaper Clippings (1882 Congressional Candidacy)
19. 14th Congressional District Election 1882
20. Barber Farm Documents21. Receipts (Barn) 1898
22. House Burning: January 20, 1868 (Ashland, Ohio)
23. Estate/Cemetery Documents
24. First National Bank Documents
25. Financial Documents
26. Barber Family: Genealogy
27. Barber Family: Ephemera
28. Gardner Family: Deeds/Wills
29. Beach/Austin Family: Receipts
30. Newspaper Clippings
31. Barber Family: Empty Envelopes

Box 4 - Diaries (Seth Barber)

1.   1850
2.   1858
3.   1866
4.   1869
5.   1878
6.   1879
7.   1880
8.   1881
9.   1882
10. 1883
11. 1884
12. 1885

Box 5 - Diaries (Seth Barber)

1.   1886
2.   1887
3.   1890
4.   1891
5.   1892
6.   1893

Box 6 - Diaries (Seth Barber)

1.   1894
2.   1895
3.   1896
4.   1897
5.   1898
6.   1899

Box 7 - Photographs
1.   Seth Barber
2.   Amanda (Gardner) Barber
3.   Phineas S. Barber
4.   Della J. Barber
5.   Bertha (Barber) Beach
6.   Georgius Barber
7.   Charles Barber
8.   Frank Barber
9.   Barber Farm (Norwalk, Ohio)
10. Beach Family
11. The First Church of Christ
12. Identified Photographs
13. Unidentified Photographs
14. Photograph Albums (Unidentified)

Box 8 - Books

John Halifax, Gentleman
New Testament/Old Testament
New TestamentGold Dust
My Picture Book
Address Book (2)