John Burlen Barks
John was born 5 Apr 1894 near Marble Hill, Missouri and was named after his uncle John Burlin Barks to Edward Newton Barks and Sarah Belle Stephens/Stevens. He spent his entire life in that area farming and trained, bred, sold and traded mules. He was known as Burlen or J.B.
He married Maggie Gertrude Ramsey 24 Dec 1914 and they had children Fern Gertrude (m. David Graves), Frieda Bernice, Flora Louise (m. Melvin Fornkahl), Jewell Emma, John Lowell (m. Oma Lavern Gattis), Naomi Jean (m. James McClard), and Delores Marlene (m. Harold Clifton Golightly). He died 24 Mar 1989 at the age of 94 and is buried at Lessley Ridge Cemetery in Bollinger County, Missouri.
Marriage License Application and 1940 Census listing family