JOHN H. BARKER AND SUSAN DERMOTT
Susan Dermott was born May 20, 1843, in Southampton, England, the daughter of William and Mary Kimber Dermott. When eleven years of age, her father died and Susan left school to help her mother with the support of three younger sisters. While working at Radley’s Hotel in Southampton she met John H. Barker, another employee. On December 29, 1861, she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints and when the ship Manchester left Liverpool, England May 6,1862, Susan and John were among the 675 Saints aboard.
On the evening of June 28,1862, the young couple were united in marriage by J. D. T. McAllister, who had been in charge of this group of Saints since leaving England. The ceremony was performed in his tent in Florence, Nebraska. Susan had brought with her, her mother’s written permission to become the wife of John H. Barker. They were member of the Henry W. Miller company which arrived in Salt Lake City, October 17,1862
The Barkers made their first home in Salt Lake City until June 1865 when they moved to Paradise in Cache Valley. Their first son, John Henry was born in Salt Lake in November, 1863, and the second child, Annie, was born in Paradise in September 1865. The family next moved to Providence where John taught school, and two more children were born, William James in August 1867, and Fredrick George in July 1869. They were among the first settlers of Newton where John again taught school. Other children were added to the family, Eliza Gertrude, born in Newton in 1871, Mary Dermott, February, 18, 1874, Lucy Dermott, March 1876, Jennie Dermott, July 1878, and Bessie Ella in March 1881.
Besides the care of her family, Susan helped in the Post Office of which the Barkers had charge, the Tithing Office, and a store. The family engaged in the butter and egg business collecting there products from Oxford, Clinton and Weston, Idaho and Trenton, Clarkston and Newton Utah. The butter had to be reworked on tables in the cool stone cellar and made into two-pound rolls which were taken to Corinne. Much of it was freighted to the mining towns of Montana. Later it was taken to Z. C. M. I. branch store in Logan.
Susan served as secretary of the Relief Society of Newton in 1873. In 1886 she served as first counselor in the Relief Society and that same year was chosen President. She was stricken with diabetes and died May 30 1888. A loyal wife and devoted mother, her passing left a great void in the Barker Household.( transcribed by Anne Herzog)