POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Atlantis|
|Date of Death:||1852|
|Cause of Death:||Stabbed in the back of the skull|
Henry Barford (d. 1852) was a plantation owner in the state of New Marseille, United States of Atlantis. His cotton plantation was 30 miles south of the City of New Marseille. Like many in Atlantis, Barford claimed some kinship to the Radcliffe family. His wife, Clotilde, claimed ties to the Kersauzon family. Unbeknownst to both, their house-slave, Frederick, was the grandson of Victor Radcliff, the general who led the country to independence in the 18th century and had become one of the country's first Consuls.
After Frederick accidentally spilled soup all over Clotilde and several dinner-guests, Henry Barford had Frederick whipped five times and exiled him to the cotton fields. On Frederick's second day in the field, Atlantean cavalry soldiers arrived at the Barford plantation. The soldiers had been on their way to the city of New Marseille, but three men developed symptoms of yellow jack, and their commander, Lt. Peter Torrance, decided not to risk an epidemic in the city. While Barford was initially resistent, Torrance made it clear he was prepared to use force. Barford conceded and let the sick men stay in the slave cabins. In short order, one of the soldiers died, and several others grew sick, including Clotilde. Barford was sufficiently distracted by his wife's failing health that he was oblivious to Frederick Radcliff's plans to launch a rebellion until it was too late. Radcliff and his fellow slaves seized the guns the soldiers had brought with them and attacked the house. While Barford was able to get the drop on Radcliff, a house slave named Davey buried a meat-cleaver in the back of Barford's skull before Barford could shoot Radcliff.