Colonel Joseph Barker (1765–1843)
Joseph Barker was born in New Market, New Hampshire on September 9, 1765. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy of New Hampshire and became a Housewright, learning the carpentry trade from his father. He traveled to Marietta in a boat he built himself, along with his father in law and a friend.
Col. Barker built many of the finest homes in the Marietta area, including the Paul Fearing home, the William Skinner home, the Rev. Daniel Story home and the original Blennerhassett Mansion, along with several commercial structures. He also drew plans for the first Courthouse, built in 1822. In 1806 he was contracted to build 15 boats by his third cousin, Aaron Burr, to be used during the infamous Burr-Blennerhassett expedition. He is considered to be the first master builder-architect of the Northwest Territory.
Col. Barker held the positions of County Commissioner, Associate Judge, Colonel in the State Militia, and State Representative. He also produced a volume of manuscripts describing the early days in and around Marietta to be titled, “Recollections of the First Settlement of Ohio.”
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