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Edgar Elbert Lee Barber was b. in East Bolton, Vt., Aug. 28, 1847. He was the son of Gideon and Arrintha (Pierce) Barber. The said Gideon and Arrintha have eleven children, viz.: Maryett, Martin Gideon, Lucy Ann, Palmyra, Elbert Lee, Solomon Pierce, Cynthia, Cornelius, Amelia and Edgar Elbert Lee. And Solomon Pierce is the only surviving member of this large family, and he is 82 years old and lives in Wis.

Edgar Elbert Lee is the only one of that family that ever lived in Jericho. He enlisted as a soldier in the War of the Rebellion of 1861, and served in Co. I Sixth Vt. Vols., and was wounded in his right wrist in the Battle of the Wilderness. He m. Ada Polly Fay of Richmond, Aug. 23, 1868. She was b. at Fay's Corners in Richmond, Mr. 23, 1847 and was the dau. of Nathan Murray Fay and Beulah (Thompson) Fay, descendant of the Fays of Revolutionary and Green Mountain fame. Soon after their m. they purchased the farm that Azariah Rood settled upon in 1774 when he came to Jericho as a pioneer, which farm has been known for many years as the "Edgar Barber farm." The said Edgar Elbert Lee and Ada Polly Barber made this farm their home as long as they lived. For more than 25 years they conducted a summer boarding home on this farm and met with great success in the entertainment of guests who were drawn thither by wide reputation that the house had acquired as a delightful resort. They had two children, viz.: 1st Agnes L., b. May 3, 1781 in Jericho on this farm. She m. Aug. 23, 1893 Edward Asa Rhoades who was b. in Richmond, Sept. 9, 1861 and was the son of Cornelius P. Rhoades, was a direct descendant of one of the first settlers of Richmond.

2nd Adelbert F., was b. on said farm Oct., 30, 1873, and d. Deb. 18, 1908, at Brooklyn, N. Y. Edgar E. L. Barber, d. Dec. 15, 1909. Mrs. Barber d. Aug. 20, 1913.

Chauncey H. Hayden, et al, The History of Jericho VermontThe Free Press Printing Co., Printers and Binders, Burlington, Vt., 1916), p. 366-7.

Contributed by Peter Flood

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