John Clovis (1817-1892) & Sarah Husted (1817-1875)

John Clovis and Sarah Husted are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Sarah Ann Clovis.

John Clovis was born March 17, 1817 in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland. He was a son of Conrad Clovis and Mary Polly Coss.

Sarah Husted was born August 3, 1817 in Fayette City, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of David Husted and Jane Maxwell.

John and Sarah married in about 1837 based on the birth of their oldest child. Both would have been about 20 years old.

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Dunkard, Greene County, Pennsylvania. John was 37 and his occupation was “stiller.” Sarah was 33. They had 5 children: James, age 12; William, age 11; Leroy, age 7; Mary, age 5; Jesse, age 3.

On the 1860 US Census, the family was farming Coldbrook, Warren County, Illinois. John was 47 and Sarah was 43. It is indicated that Sarah can’t read or write. They had 7 children: James, age 22; Leroy, age 18; Mary, age 15; Sarah, age 10; John, age 7; Spencer, age 5; Ramina, age 2. Only Sarah had attended school in the past year.

On the 1870 US Census, the family was farming Lincoln. Crawford County, Kansas. John was 56 and farming. Sarah was 51. They had 4 children at home: Leroy, age 27;  John, age 17; Spencer, age 15; Ramina, age 12.

The 1870 US Agriculture Schedule lists John’s assets as: 35 improved acres; 125 unimproved acres; farm value of $160; farming implements value of $30; 2 milk cows; 2 working oxen; 2 pigs; all live stock value $90; 500 bushels of Indian corn.

Sarah died March 22, 1875 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. She was 57 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1880 US Census, widowed John was 62 and lived in Lincoln, Crawford County, Kansas with daughter Ramina, age 23, her husband John McKay, and their two children. Also in the house was John’s youngest son Spencer, age 23.

On the 1885 Kansas State Census, John was 73 and still lived in Crawford County, Kansas with daughter Ramina McKay and her family. He was also counted the same year living with son Spencer and his wife in the same county.

John died June 1, 1892 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. He wsa 75 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John’s will left $50 to son William, $50 to daughter Mary, $100 to son James, and the rest of his estate divided between his 5 other children Leroy, Sarah, John, Spencer, and Ramina.

The children of John Clovis & Sarah Hustead:

James Mansfield Clovis – James was born August 13, 1838 in Pennsylvania. He married Emma Seals in about 1868. They had 7 children.  He died December 31, 1923 in Dewey County, Oklahoma. He was 85 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Arthur Clovis – William was born about 1840 in Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Sears on November 24, 1863 in Lee County, Iowa. They had 6 children. William died on January 2, 1922 in Mooreland, Woodward County, Oklahoma. He was 81 years old.

Leroy Joseph Clovis – Leroy was born March 10, 1842 in Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Ann Root. They had 11 children. He died May 17, 1925. He was 83 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.McKay

Mary Clovis – Mary was born about 1845 in Pennsylvania. She married a Mr. Holley, as she was listed in her father’s will as Mary Holley in 1892. That and the 1850 US Census are the only records I have of her.

Jesse B. Clovis – Jesse was born about 1847 in Pennsylvania. The only record of him is the 1850 US Census.

Sarah Ann Clovis – My 2x great grandmother Sarah was born October 24, 1850 in Pennsylvania. She married Joseph (Guisseppe) Barboro in January of 1870. They had 10 children.  She died March 25, 1931 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. She was 80 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

John Huston Clovis – John was born April 1, 1853 in Pennsylvania. He married Angelina Gable. They had 8 children. He died June 22, 1933 in Barton County, Missouri. He was 80 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Spencer M. Clovis – Spencer was born in 1855. He married Eldora Marquis. They had 6 children. He died in 1923. He was about 80 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ramina R. Clovis – Ramina was born September 24, 1858 in Illinois. She married John Jarrett McKay. They had 5 children. Ramina died June 14, 1944 in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri. She was 85 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bartholomew Sbarboro (1806-) & Susanna Basaracco (1810-)

Bartholomew Sparboro and Susanna Basaracco are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandfather Joseph (Guiseppe) (S)Barboro.

Bartholomew Sparboro was born about 1806 in the Piedmont of Italy. His parents are unknown.

Susanna Basaracco was born about 1810 in the Piedmont of Italy. Her parents are unknown.

The Sparboros arrived in the United States on April 9, 1851. They traveled from Genoa, Italy on a ship named Arbace, and arrived in New York City. Their family is recorded as B. and M. Susanna Sbarboro, ages 43 and 40, and sisters Maria age 8 and Catarina age 5 months, and Guiseppe (my 2x great grandfather Joseph) age 10. I have no further record of Maria or Catarina after that passenger list. The trip likely took 2-4 weeks, and there were 85 passengers on the boat.

On the 1860 US Census, Bartholomew was 54 and Susanna was 50. They lived in St. Louis, Missouri with son Joseph (Guisseppe), age 22, working as an engineer. Bartholomew and Susanna are both marked as unable to read or write. All three Sparboros were born in the Piedmont of Italy. Also in the home was George Hawcroft, age 36 and a tailor born in England, and George Humes, age 25 and a shoe maker born in Hesse-Darmstadt.

On the 1870 US Census, Bartholomew was 69 and working as a huckster in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Susanna was 64. Son Joseph (Guisseppe), age 31 and working as a laborer, lived in the home with his wife Sarah Ann, age 19. There were two young children, both born in Missouri, in the home, and I assume Joseph was their father: Mary, age 9; Amelia, age 6.

The 1870 Kansas City Directory lists Bartholomew as a fruit dealer. I don’t know when Bartholomew or Susanna died.

The children of Bartholomew Sparboro and Susanna Basaracco:

Joseph (Guisseppe) Barboro – Joseph was born April 27, 1834 in Italy. Joseph was married to an unknown wife, and they had two children. Joseph married Sarah Ann Clovis in January of 1870. They had 10 children. Joseph died at home on December 23, 1927. He was 93 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Maria Sbarboro – Maria was born about 1843 in Italy. The only record I have of her is the passenger list from her arrival in the states when she was 8 years old.

Catarina Sbarboro – Catarina was born in about November of 1849 in Italy. The only record I have of her is the passenger list from her arrival in the states when she was 5 months old.

There may be 3 more sons, Giacomo, Francesco, and Giovanni. Read about that here.

James William Barber (1884-1951) & Lula May Watrous (1887-1960)

updated February 2019

Lula May Watrous, James Barber Jr., James William Barber

James William Barber and Lula May Watrous were my great grandparents, the parents of my grandmother Ellen Cecelia Barber.

James William Barber was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 6, 1884 to Joseph Sbarboro and Sarah Ann Clovis. James was the 7th of their 10 children, and their only son to live to adulthood. You can read all about them here. His last name went through changes over the years – Sbarboro, Barboro, Barber.

Lula May Watrous was born December 26, 1885 in Cass County, Iowa to Arthur Wardwell Watrous and Carrie Elizabeth Deutsch. She was the oldest of their 4 children. Read more about them here.

Since the 1890 US Census was lost to fire and I can’t find James’ family on the 1900 US Census, my first record of James is after his marriage on the 1910 US Census.

Lula first appeared on the 1895 Iowa Census, in Pleasant, Iowa. Lula’s parents divorced soon after, and her father remarried in about 1896. He soon moved to Kansas City and Carrie moved to St. Joseph. I can’t find her parents on the 1900 US Census, but Lula lived in St. Joseph, Missouri with grandparents Andrew and Emma Watrous and three of their children. She was 12, and was listed as their daughter.

Lula’s mother Carrie died in around 1902.

James and Lula married June 10, 1907 in Wyandotte County, Kansas. James was 22 years old and Lula was 19 years old. Daughter Ellen was born in 1908.

By the 1910 US Census James and Lula had been married 3 years. Their last name was recorded as Barbaro. James was 25 and an electrician, which remained his occupation until retirement. Lula was 23. They lived in Kansas City, Missouri where they remained until their deaths. Daughter Ellen was 1 year old. A boarder, 24 year old David Sargent, a photographer, shared their home.

In 1915, daughter Delores was born.

In 1918, James used the last name Barbero on his World War I draft registration card.

On the 1920 US Census their last name was recorded again as Barbero. James was 35, Lula was 33, their daughter Ellen was 11, and daughter Delores was 4.

In 1925, son James was born. In 1927, James’ sister Minnie and his father Joseph died.

By 1930 US Census their last name was recorded Barber. My mother told me that he had to change his name because he struggled to get employment with an Italian last name. (As adults all the children used the name Barber). James was 45 and an electrical contractor. Lula was 42. Ellen was 21, Delores was 14, James was 3.

In 1931, James’ mother Sarah died. In 1932, Lula’s father died. In 1935, James’ sister Della died.

On the 1940 US Census James was 56. He didn’t list an occupation so perhaps that was still a struggle even with the name change. Lula was 53 and a seamstress in a garment factory. They had a full house. Daughter Ellen (age 30) was married to Wallace Cowan (age 37, salesman at auto store) and they had son Wallace (age 8) and daughter Carol (age 2, my mother). Also listed was Delores, age 24, who was married. She was also enumerated with her husband and children on the same census, living a few blocks away. James Jr. was 13.

In 1946, James’ sister Celestia died. In 1948, Lula’s brother Roy died.

One fun thing about researching people who lived in Kansas City, Missouri – has city directories so you can follow their moves from year to year. There are many years missing but here’s what I found for James and Lula:
1904 – 1200 Penn
1905 – 2008 Bales
1906 -3213 E 18th
1907 – 2307 Indiana
1908 – 574 Holmes
1913 – 1318 E 33
1915 & 1918 – 4837 E 18th
1931, 1933 – 1832 Lister (Their last name had become Barber.)
1957 Lula M (widow of James) machine operator Gernes Garment 2512 Monroe Ave

About 1945. At the far right is my mother Carol Ann Cowan, then her father Wallace Paul Cowan, then her mother Ellen Cecelia Barber, and then her brother. The girl in the front is Delores Jeanne Darr, and behind her is probably her mother Delores Edna Barber. To the girl’s left is her brother Dwight Dudley Darr, Jr. Between the children at the back of the table is Lula May Watrous and James William Barber. James and Lula’s son James Jr. was serving in World War II at the time.

James died December 26, 1951. His Find A Grave memorial is here. His obituary, published in East Side News on January 3, 1952, read:

Heart Attack is Fatal to Retired East
Side Electrician December 26th – Was 68 Years Old

James William Barber, 2512 Monroe avenue, for many year a resident of the East Side, died at the Northeast Osteopathic hospital Wednesday morning, December 26th. He was stricken at his home the previous day, following the family’s Christmas dinner, and was removed to the hospital.

Mr. Barber was born in Kansas City and had spent his entire life here. He was a retired electrician. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lula M. Barber, of the home; a son, James W. Barber, Jr., Martin City; two daughters, Mrs. W. P. Cowan, 2304 1/2 Truman road, and Mrs. D. D. Darr, 7012 Prospect, and four sisters.

Funeral services were held at the Newcomer Chapel Friday, conducted by Rev. Edw. W. Potts, pastor of the Paseo Methodist church. Internment was made in Forest Hill cemetery.

In 1955, Lula’s brother Floyd died.

Lula died November 19, 1960. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (Her birth year is incorrect on her death certificate and grave.) Her obituary (where and when published is unknown) read:

Mrs. Lula May Barber
Mrs. Lula May Barber, 75, of 2512 Monroe, died last night at her home. She was born in Atlantic, Ia., and had lived here 55 years. She was the widow of James W. Barber. Mrs. Barber, a garment worker, was to retire Nov. 30. She leaves two daugthers, Mrs. Dwight D. Darr, 12211 East Sixty-seventh, Jackson County, and Mrs. W. P. Cowan, 2304 1/2 Truman Road; a son, James Barber Jr., 9400 Lewis; a sister, Miss Bernice Watrous, St. Louis; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 3:30 o’clock Monday at the Newcomer chapel, Brush Creek and the Paseo. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.

There is a Kansas City Garment District Museum and hope to visit next time I’m in Kansas City to learn more about my great grandmother’s working conditions.

The children of James William Barber & Lula May Watrous:

Ellen Cecelia Barber & Delores Edna Barber

Ellen Cecelia Barber – My grandmother Ellen was born June 9, 1908 in Kansas City, Missouri. She married Wallace Paul Cowan in Platte County, Missouri in 1930 and they had 2 children. She died February 2, 1990, which was two years to the day after her husband. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Delores Edna Barber – Delores was born July 24, 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri. She married Dwight Dudley Darr (a florist) on September 8, 1934 in Jackson County, Missouri. They had two children. Dwight served in the Navy during World War II. Delores died May 18, 1966 and Dwight died October 2, 1988. They are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

BARBER James Jr (2)

James Barber, Jr.

James Barber Jr. – Jim was born August 10, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Billie Jean Raines on April 6, 1948 in Jackson County, Missouri. They moved to Colorado and had three children. Billie died May 30, 1985. Jim died December 14, 1988. His Find A Grave memorial is here.