Born: 1811-05-26 Kanawha County, West Virginia
Flourished: Sangamon County, Illinois
Barger was brought by his parents to Loami, in western Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1826. In 1829, he married Margaret F. Patrick, and they settled near Loami, where they had 13 children. Barger was a farmer: in 1860, he owned $2,700 worth of real estate and $1,200 worth of personal property. At least once, in the 1850s, Barger retained Abraham Lincoln to represent him in court.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 95-96; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 186; Goodell v. Barger, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org.