The Rev. Angela Lowe, chaplain at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, dedicates Saturday the gravestone in Oak Hill Cemetery of the Rev. Francis Barker, and his wife, Elizabeth Churchill Barker, while the pioneering Lawrence couple's descendants embrace in the foreground. The Barkers met and married while engaged in missionary work at the Shawnee Baptist Mission, in what is now Johnson County, during the state's territorial days and moved sometime from 1855 to 1857 to a farm near today's Farmers' Turnpike, said their great-great-granddaughter Rosie French. Francis Barker died in 1863 and was first buried at Lakeview Cemetery. When an 1871 flood changed the course of the Kansas River and threatened that cemetery, his body was moved to Oak Hill. Elizabeth Barker died in 1881.
French said she was fulfilling the dream of her mother, Ruth Ward, by placing the marker on the graves of her great-great-grandparents.