The few sources that actually contain information regarding John Henry Humphrey Barker lists various dates for his birth. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah lists his birth date as April 1, 1842.1 Our Pioneer Heritage (from the Daughters of Utah Pioneers) has his birth date listed as April 5, 1842.2 Treasured Memories of the John H. Barker Family has his birth date correctly listed as April 5, 1841.3 The accuracy of his birth date is verified by the following certified copy of birth, provided below:
1 Frank Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT: Pioneers Book Publishing Company, 1913), 699, 735
2 “Letters of John H. Barker,” in Our Pioneer Heritage, ed. Kate B. Carter (Salt Lake City, UT: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1961), 4:78
3 Maud Barker Jorgensen, Treasured Memories of the John H. Barker Family (Providence, UT: Keith W. Watkins & Sons Printing, Inc., 1992), 3. While John’s birthdate is correctly listed on page 3, it is incorrectly listed as April 1, 1842 on pages 4, 8, and 13.