Barkers Point Bridge

Barker's Point Bridge

Barkers Point Bridge

Barkers Point was Located on the east side of the St. John River at the mouth of the Nashwaak. It was named for Anthony Barker. 

Barker's Point Bridge
Barker's Point Bridge

The Barker family lineage harks back to the dawn of New Brunswick’s settlement, with Jacob Barker and his wife Mary Spofford making Maugerville their home in 1764. The family was granted lands in various locations including Saint John, Penniac, Maugerville, and Fredericton. Thomas Barker Sr. and Jr. found refuge in New Brunswick, driven by their loyalty to the British during the American Revolution.

Thomas Barker Sr., hailing from Duchess County, New York, had served as a magistrate. He, along with his son, Lt. Thomas Barker of the King’s American Regiment, made their way to Saint John in 1784. Initially, they settled by the Penniac River, before receiving a land grant that led them to move to Fredericton in 1787.

Lt. Barker’s son, Anthony, procured and lived in Lt. Stair Agnew’s house at Barker’s Point. Thomas Barker, the third generation, served as a member of the New Brunswick legislature for an extended period.

Barker's Point Bridge
In 1898 Barkers Point had a population of 100. It was incorporated as a village in 1966 and was amalgamated with the City of Fredericton in 1973.

Barker's Point Bridge

The Barkers Point Bridge connected to South Devon by a bridge over Ram Island spanning the Nashwaak River. These photos are all that remains of the bridge. 

Barker's Point Bridge

This was the original Barkers point covered bridge which burned in 1940.
This was the original Barkers point covered bridge which burned in 1940.
 Nashwaak River Mouth Bridge 1940
 This photo is of the replacement bridge built in 1940-1941.

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3 thoughts on “Barkers Point Bridge

  1. Is this family any relation to Theodore Clawes Barker married to Betty Walmlsey Poulton ?

  2. This is so cool — I’m a descendant of Thomas Barker! I’m researching my roots(for the second time.. I didn’t see this page during my last research session!) and would love to have every piece of information that you have on the subject!

    I don’t have any family to ask about this, and am only one of 3 Barker’s that remain, that I know of.(the only one in New Brunswick that I know of, as well)

    Anyway. I’d love to pick your brain about this and even get pointed to more resources of information!

    Nick

    1. Hi Nick, I bumped into your request today Oct. 24, 2023 while doing some family genealogy searches. My family lived in Barker’s Point for many decades. I spent my childhood there until1961 and have many memories of the place. If you are interested in connecting let me know.
      Ray Hanson

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