Jane (Agnew) Barker -- The Story of Her Life

Jane Agnew Barker - Life Story

My great-granny Jane Agnew was the first-born child of eight born to her parents*, David and Jane “Jennie” (Erskine/Askin) Agnew. Jane's sisters and brothers were Mary, Samuel, Margaret, Robert E., Martha, John and David E. Jane was born March 17, 1848, in Middle Division, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Times were difficult in those days because of the effects of the Great Potato Famine. Later, they moved to the Ballynarry Village Agnew farm when she and four of her siblings were young children. Her next three siblings were born at this farm. She grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by family and friends where they attended school and church together.  The Loofbourrows that are related to Jane are through her daugther Mollie Barker, who, in 1897, married John Loofbourrow, the 2nd son of James Shanks Loofbourrow and Mary Catherine Syfert.

Read more and enjoy the many photos of the Northern Ireland area where she grew up and the Iowa farm where she was employed when she first came to America and where she eventually married and raised a familiy. There is even more information in our "Genealogy of Ancestors and Descendants" family history book, on pages 318-319.

* Although Jane's parents,  David and Jane “Jennie” Erskine Agnew, were born in County Antrim, N. Ireland, their parents came from Aryshire, Scotland, sometime in the early 1800’s. In 1839, David’s father, Samuel Agnew, has been documented as living in Ballynarry, County Antrim, and in the holding of an ancient stone column known as the Standing Stone. (The same property/farm where Cousin Sam Agnew currently lives.)


Holiday Memories

A few years ago we collected holiday stories from several of our cousins and relatives and gathered them into a 35 page collection. These include stories from the turn of the century (1900) and some as recent as a few years ago. There are stories from our relatives in Iowa, Oklahoma, many from southern California area and up at Hollister. You older ones will enjoy the memories and you younger ones will get a glimpse of family Christmas' past. I hope you enjoy!

Down load the Holiday Memories collection. If you have an iPad you can download it and save it as an iBook. Most of you will probably just print it.


Thanks to fantastic family involvement in helping capture our family history, and the diligent and hard work of decades by Margie, we all now have a rich family history document that includes: interesting charts, Family Trees, Ancestor and Descendants charts, and lots of details on our ancestors..

Interested? Check out the new 2nd edition of our Family Genealogy by Margie (Hockaday) Kinnaman or try our online Family Genealogy. This online data has a security check that prohibits seeing 'living' people but it does show our history and ancestors. Contact Ron for more details.

Gift Idea

First, the new 2nd edition of our Family Genealogy by Margie (Hockaday) Kinnaman. Margie is our family historian and this 520 page hardcover has our family history dating back to the 1600s to present.   It is sold at cost and available here at Lulu, they print and ship in about 10-14 days.

Thanks to Bob and Rich Day, Royal Day's sons, Ron Snow has transcribed and annotated Royal's 1918 diary, a diary he wrote when turning 18, graduating from High School, and starting College and adulthood.  This hardcover is sold at cost and available here at Lulu.