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Frederick Barrett
2 Jan 1810 Oxford - Dec 1891 Doncaster

The records show that for most of his life he was a printer and compositor.

1810 May 13  He was baptised in the church of St. John the Baptist, Oxford in May 1810, now known as Merton College Chapel [image].  His parents were John and Mary Barrett, Mary's maiden name has not been found.  A John Barrett, stable-keeper is recorded in the Register of Baptisms as one of the parishioners who participated in the "Beating of the Bounds" on Ascension Day, on 2nd May 1799 ("Baptisms and Marriages at Merton College" by Alan Bott) 
Frederick's sister (maybe half-sister) Susannah b.1801 (link), married William Wilkinson who was to become Registrar at Darlington.
I have suspected for some time that Susannah and William Wilkinson met
in Oxford when he was an undergraduate.  My allusion to 'half-sister' derives from my conversation with a researcher at Oxford who had found evidence to suggest that John Barrett had been married before and to a 'Susannah' so it follows that this half sister might have been named after her mother.
1828 May 28  The Oxford Journal reported : Frederick Barrett (17?), John Murphy, Thomas Harris and Edward Baines were brought before the Mayor under the Wilful Trespass Act charged with damaging a palin (fence) near Jericho, Oxford and were fined."
This delinquency might be excused as declared by Prince Hal in Henry IVth, part 1, scene 2 :  "My reformation glittering o'er my fault, Shall show more goodly ----etc"

1837 Feb 4   Frederick 27 married Sophia Barber (widow, nee Field), at St. John's churchWakefield.
1841 Frederick was living in Chesterfield with wife Sophia, son John Henry, step-sons William Ainley Barber and Thomas Barber.  Also present was the Barber boys' grandmother Molly Field, tax-collectors widow.

Click for more family life in Sophia's own page

1885  Oct 7  Letter to his daughter Mary Jane Winterschladen ( See letters via 1890 )
1890  Nov 19  another letter to Mary Jane  
( link to both letters )
1890   See photograph below.


Frederick Barrett studio pose apparently on horseback

This image of Frederick Barrett c.1890 is included here as a digital copy of the original photograph
by kind permission of the owner (Richard Winterschladen), who remarked,
" The reverse has the following legend in my Grandfather’s hand ‘Grandpa F.Barrett. Over 80 years old’  "

Webmaster (GR) :
At that time I believe that Frederick's son John was landlord of the St.Leger public house in Doncaster,
 so, m
ight the photograph have been taken at the racecourse in a travelling photographer's marquee ?

We should not be surprised to see 'Fred' on horseback, even at this great age, as it appears that he had lived with horses since a boy.
As mentioned above, his father was a stablekeeper (near Oxford University).


No connection, but there are a couple of coincidences worth mentioning here :
1.  1889 The winner of the St.Leger was "Donovan".  His rider was a jockey named Frederick Barrett.
2.  
1891 The winner of the St.Leger was "Common".  His rider was a jockey named George Barrett.

1891   Frederick died in the December. R.I.P.


More archive images  received with thanks from 'Richard'
 
Two letters sent by Frederick to his daughter Mary Jane Winterschladen

This 1885 letter was sent from the Cheshire Cheese Inn, Doncaster (before the move to the St.Leger pub)

1885 Letter [side A]

1885 Letter by Frederick aged 75


This 1890 letter was sent from 36 Silver Street, Doncaster (St Leger Inn)

1890 Letter. Fred recovering from gout !



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