The Barbour Family was one of the most prominent sealing and merchant families in Newfoundland. It began with Benjamin and Rebecca! Benjamin Barbour (1809 to March 21, 1891) of Pinchard's Island, Bonavista Bay married October 23rd, 1841 to Rebecca Green (Sept 18th, 1820 to June 3rd, 1906) of Bennett Island, Bonavista Bay. They first settled in Cobblers Island and then moved to Newtown in 1873. Here they established their merchant business while continuing to work in the sealing and fishing industries.
Benjamin and Rebecca had 11 children, nine sons and two daughters, all of whom were involved in the family business.