[14] Elizabeth Margaret Price (1856-1943)

This daughter was known as ‘Maggie’ and was with her sister Julia at the Indies School in 1861 and, although only 4 years old, was recorded in the census as a boarder. She was living with her parents in Greenwich in 1871, aged 14, and married John Pinder Barker on 24th September 1878 at Trinity Church, Bangalore, India (as reported in the Times of India). The groom was the son of Capt. William Charles Barker, “late of the Indian Navy” (see below). John worked for the Mysore Revenue Survey, so was in the same profession as WSP II, but in a Princely State. They had three sons, John Stafford Barker (6th September 1879), Charles Ainslie Barker (12th December 1880) and Harry Pinder Barker (4th June 1883) and also a daughter, Margaret Ethel Mary Barker (14th September 1890). John and Charles were staying with their grandparents in Greenwich for the 1891 census, but the rest of the Barker family seem to have been abroad.

The Barker Ancestry

Capt. William Charles Barker had two connections with the Horn of Africa. He formed part of the Royal Geographical Society's expedition to Harar in Abyssinia and produced a paper on the events for the Society. He also surveyed the Red Sea and P&O were still using his surveys in the 1930s.

The records of pensions paid to officers in the Indian Navy show the following details of William Barker’s family:-

First name(s) William C.

Last name Barker

Rank Commander 1848 (Also listed as a possible Captain)

Date of First (or only) Marriage 30 Oct 1843

Place of First (or only) Marriage Bombay

Name of First (or only) Wife Mary Ann Strong

Child 1 Elizabeth G..B. Barker, female, born on 9 Mar 1845, at Bombay

Child 2 William S. Barker, male, born 11 Feb 1846, Bombay

Child 3 John P. Barker, male, born 29 Sep 1847, Suez

Child 4 Marianne E. M. Barker, female, born 17 May 1850, Tottenham, died 9 Oct 1859

In 1901 the census shows them to be living at ‘Audley’, St Andrews Road, Bedford. Elizabeth’s husband, John, was recorded as having been born in Egypt and was by then retired from the Indian Government Service. Only their daughter, recorded as ‘Mary,’ was living with them and she was noted as having been born in India.

By 1911 they were living at 47 Gladstone Road, Broadstairs, Kent with their unmarried youngest daughter, Margaret Ethel Mary Price and two servants. He had been born in Suez, Egypt. The census return records that all four of their children were still alive in 1911.

Elizabeth Margaret Barker nee Price died in Sussex in 1943, aged 87, surviving John Pinder Barker who had died in Thanet, Kent in 1933, aged 85. He left an Estate to the value of £3,011 8s 6d to Elizabeth.

Descendants of John Pinder and Elizabeth Margaret Barker

Their son, John Stafford Barker married Mary Gertrude Moysey. He died in Hastings in 1959 and she died in 1965. He was involved in the arrangements for the 1911 Durbar in New Delhi, when King George V visited India. He was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order and went on to serve in Mesopotamia during the Great War. He arrived there on 26th August 1915 and was a Major in the Royal Engineers. He applied for his War service medals in 1921 and received the Victory Medal. At that time he was a Chief Engineer in Indore State, Central India.

John and Mary had three children.

The eldest, John Norman Barker (b. 1907) married Evelyn N. Jackson in Croydon in mid-1925.

The second son, Cecil Henry Barker (b. 1909) had three wives – (i) Jean Mary Finlayson (b. 1911) - (ii) Adrienne Enid M. Lattey, who died in Surrey in May 2006, aged 94; she was born on 25th January 1912 and did not re-marry after her divorce from Cecil Barker.- (iii) Annette Therese Marie Panis (b. 1925), who died in Lewes, Sussex in November 1993. Cecil Henry Barker died in 1991. He had three children, Felicity Ann Barker, by Jean, (in Quetta in 1938) and Guy Vincent Barker (in Edinburgh in 1950) and Celia May Barker (in Cyprus in 1953), both by Annette.

The third son of John and Evelyn was Nigel Hugh Stafford Barker (1915-2001). He married Marjorie R. Bartlett (b. 1920) in 1950.

John Pinder and Elizabeth Margaret Barker had 3 other children – Charles Ainslie Barker (b. 1880) who had no issue; Harry Pinder Barker who married and had two children; Margaret Ethel Mary Barker (b. 1890), was known in the family as ‘Ethel’. After a childhood accident, which affected her mentally, she had to be cared for the whole of her life. She never married.

The medal of the Royal Victorian Order