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While a family by the name of Clark had moved to the area in 1853, in 1855 young James Cleak and Alfred Barker both settled on Quarry Lake.

 

Alfred Chester Barker built a cabin near Quarry Lake on property issued to his wife, Isabella Vance.  Barker frequently wrote under the name of Sylvanus, contributing articles to the newspaper .  He often spoke of the back-breaking labour of homesteading, when grain was reaped with sickles.  Alfred Barker was the clerk of Dungannon and Faraday from 1870 until he died in 1895.  His sister was married to James Cleak.

 

An educated Englishman, Barker was excited about the opportunities offered in Hastings County.  He is quoted as harvesting oats six feet tall.  He became the municipal clerk in Faraday. He was an amateur artist in water washed pencil sketches.

 

No pictures of Alfred Barker could be located, so we took the liberty of stepping back a little in time.  This is Alfred's father, Pvt. James Chester Barker of Hexham.  Alfred's mother was Christiana Normand.  James and Isabella had two sons, Alfred Edwin Barker and James Chester Norman Barker.  They also had a daughter, Mary Ellen Barker.