21 May 2017

Detroit Mayor's Yachting Accident

A Representative Great Lakes Yacht

"...KIRKLAND C. BARKER, Merchant, late of Detroit, Michigan, was born September 8, 1819, in East Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York."

"He obtained employment in a public warehouse, where his business ability was soon recognized; and he was often sent to New York in charge of a boat, or as supercargo on the lakes. While acting in this capacity, he became skillful in the management of sail-boats, which secured for him the distinguished honor of being elected Commodore of the Yacht Club on the lakes, holding the title during life."

"Mr. Barker met an untimely death in Detroit River, on the 20th day of May, 1875. It is supposed that he was struck with apoplexy while sailing a small yacht opposite his residence at Grosse Isle. The boat capsized, and when he was taken out of the water, life was extinct."

K. C. & Jeannette Barker in 1850
Anthony Dudgeon bio (father of Frederick); Frederick Dudgeon also died in the yachting accident.

My 1st cousin 3x removed, Andrew Millar, also drowned in this accident.  Andrew's father, also named Andrew, was Mr. Barker's gardener.  Andrew Millar (Sr.) was married to Jane More, my 2nd great grand aunt.

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