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Barbier Family papers

Identifier: RG069_159

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of correspondence between Jean, his children and family members in France from about 1856 to around 1913; French military and identity records; three memorial books and newspaper obituary clippings for various members of the family; a small prayer book in French; and assorted photographs, along with a photo album documenting family vacations around 1913 which contains some loose items. It also includes correspondence between Jean and his close friend from France, George Marion, who was serving in the Volunteer 1st Connecticut Cavalry, Company A, during May 1862 from the Virginia battle front. The collection contains a compact disc with digital copies of many of the papers found in the collection, as well as some extra material about the family's genealogy written by the donor, Suzanne Barbier Scheele.


  • Creation: 1738-1974

Language of Materials

The records are in English, French and Latin.

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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Biographical Note

Jean Théophile Barbier (1824-1901) was born in Hoffans, Haute-Soane, France. He served in the French military from 1846-1849 including four years in Algiers and Tunis. He emigrated from France to Connecticut in 1851, following his brother Joseph. He married Catherine Kennedy (circa 1829-1899) in 1854 in New Haven. They eventually settled in the Mt. Vernon district of Southington. They had eleven children, five of whom lived to adulthood. Jean's grandson, John Joseph Barbier, married Lucy Badgely.

In addition to maintaining a small farm, Jean worked as a burnisher at H.D. Smith Company in Plantsville, Connecticut for many years.


.33 cubic feet


This collection documents J. Théophile Barbier, who came to Southington, Connecticut in 1851 from France and his descendents.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Suzanne Barbier Scheele to the Connecticut State Library on September 6, 2011.

Processing Information

Emily Benoit, a student intern from Fraser Woods Montessori School processed the collection in November 2015.

RG 069:159, Barbier Family Papers
Finding aid prepared by Emily Benoit.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository