Ann Morris Barker was born December 28, 1802 in Norwich, Norfolk, England to Dr. William Morris and Ann Freckleton (or Frackleton). She was born into a well respected family. She married Alfred Great Barker in the old Trinity Church in Coventry, England in January or February of 1823. She was 21 at the time and he was 28. They made their home in Coventry where Alfred owned ribbon looms. They then moved to St. Albans sometime before 1830 and back to Coventry in 1838. Alfred also owned Stoke Park, a lovely garden in Coventry. Ann and Alfred sang together in the Church of England. They were both baptized as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Coventry in 1864. Some of their children had emigrated to America and this influenced Alfred and Ann's decision to emigrate. Unfortunately, Alfred was ruined financially when he sent all of his silks and ribbons on a boat to America which was lost at sea. One of their sons, John Newman, was also baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was living in Willard, Box Elder, Utah with the Saints. He built an extra room onto his home for his parents and sent money for their tickets to America. They sailed to America on the ship 'Idaho' around 1870. They lived in Patterson, New Jersey for two years with three of their children and then moved to Utah to live with their son John. Ann was disappointed with the 'poor little adobe house' as it was very different than what she had been used to in England. Her husband passed away on June 8, 1873 after an accident. Ann passed away April 5, 1897 and was buried at Willard, Box Elder, Utah.
Ann's biography was written by her great granddaughter, Hazel Barker Bott, in July of 1969. It was then typed by Arola B. McDonald and included in the collection entitled, 'The Family of Alfred Great Barker.' It is thought that Ann and Alfred were the parents of 12 children, but some of the records are unclear. Ann had a good soprano singing voice and continued singing in choirs after her move to Utah. She was baptized by Elder R. Pixton on November 10, 1864 and confirmed that same day. She was known as 'little grandma' in Utah and walked with a cane. She always wore a fancy little cap. Her great granddaughter wrote, 'She didn't make much fuss over her grandchildren.' She was involved with family history work before her death in 1897. The inscription on her grave reads, 'Devotion to her husband sure, Her heart unto her God was pure.'