Jonathan Barker of Ashby, Massachusetts. Wooden geared tall case clock.
It appears that Jonathan Barker was apprenticed to Abraham Edwards in Ashby, Massachusetts sometime before 1802. The connection is made because he married Rebecca Edwards, Abrahams daughter on November 3rd, 1803. This clock, signed Ashby as a place location puts him in that town. We also know that he identified himself in the Massachusetts Spy in December as a clockmaker located a short distance fromm the Worcester courthouse in 1802. So he must have moved from Ashby to Worcester. Jonathan Barker and Samuel Taylor formed a partnership as Barker & Taylor sometime before 1805 in Wocester. Little is currently known of these two individuals and their clocks are considered rare. Based on the number of clock that have survived, they were not prolific clockmakers. This is only the second we have seen signed by this partnership in the 45 years of collecting clocks. It is interesting to note that we currently own a clock signed "J. Barker, Ashby." It features a wooden geared movement that shares the same construction characteristics and format of the Ashby Clockmaking school. In addition, the painted dial is from there as well. As a result, it is logical to assume that Barker received his training there and later moved to Worcester and joined Taylor in the Barker & Taylor venture. It is recorded that Barker died in 1807. Samuel Taylor was born in 1780 and died in 1864. He is listed as a clockmaker in 1807 through 1856. So it is reasonable to assume that he carried on the business after Barker died.
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