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BARBER, Mary Augustine, educator, born in Newtown, Connecticut, in 1789 ; died in Mobile, Alabama, in 1860. She entered the Roman Catholic Church with her husband, who had been an Episcopalian clergyman, and in 1817, shortly afterward, determined to become a nun, while her husband was anxious to enter the society of Jesus. They had five children; but Mr. Barber visited Rome, promised to make suitable provision for them, and so succeeded in his purpose. Mrs. Barber entered the visitation convent of Georgetown in 1818 with her four daughters. She was a woman of superior education, and the convent and school progressed rapidly during her residence. In 1836 she founded a convent of the visitation in Kaskaskia, Illinois, where she remained until 1844. She was peculiarly successful in training the younger sisters to be accomplished teachers, and was engaged in this occupation in the convent of St. Louis from 1844 till 1848, and in Mobile up to the time of her death.
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