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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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W. T. Barry, farmer and stock-raiser, Warren, Ark. Mr. Barry, who is also numbered among the substantial and representative citizens of Eastern birth in Bradley County, came originally from York County, S. C, where he was born on May 1, 1838, and is a son of William A. and Eliza A. (Watson) Barry, both natives also of South Carolina. The paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, and participated in the battle of King’s Mountain. The maternal grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania, and emigrated to South Carolina at an early date. He was of Scotch-Irish descent. He had six sons, all of whom he educated. The eldest entered the ministry and preached for forty years to one congregation. An uncle before him preached for forty years in the same place. Two other sons were physicians, and one a blacksmith. William A. Barry was a farmer by trade, and was also interested in agricultural pursuits. He owned several slaves. He died in South Carolina and the mother also died in that State in 1871. They were the parents of seven children, three now living: Mary M. (wife of Joseph M. Chote), John H. (in South Carolina) and W. T. The latter was but three years of age when his father died, and as a consequence his educational advantages were limited, being obliged to work hard as soon as large enough. In May, 1862, he enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth South Carolina Regiment, and served until April 9, 1865, or until Lee’s surrender. He was a sergeant, and was never sick or wounded during service. In 1871 he came to Arkansas, located nine miles south of Warren, in Bradley County in the woods, and now is the owner of 160 acres, of which 100 acres are under cultivation. He is one of the prosperous farmers of the county. He is also engaged in milling, he and Mr. Pierce being the owners of a cotton-gin and grist-mill. He has good improvements and is doing well. He was married on December 15, 1859, to Miss Mary J. Pierce, and the fruits of this union were seven children: John J. (in Texas), Charles H. (at home), Margaret W. (wife of A. W. Garrison), Watson B. (at home), Anna B. (at home), Nettie F. and Vance D. (both at home). Mr. and Mrs. Barry are worthy members of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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