|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1870|
St. Clair County
Source: Blackford & Grant Cos., IN, a Chronicle of Their People Past & Present:
"Practically all of the yrs of Thos. D. Barr's life have been spent in faithful service to the people, not, as a man in public office, alone, but as a teacher of their children.....taught in the schools of Indiana for 20 yrs; now (1914) deputy county auditor of Grant Co...descendant of one of the very first settlers in Grant Co, being a gt grandson of Thomas Dean, who settled in Grant Co, Jefferson twp, at a very early day; he was one of the first schoolteachers in this section and in 1860 was auditor of Grant CO....Thos. D. Barr is s/o John L. and Elizabeth (Dean) Barr, his ftr a native of PA & his mother b. in Grant Co. John L. Barr was a soldier throughout the Civil War, being a member of the 1st Vol. Inf. of IA. After the war he practiced law in MO and there he died when his son was quite youngThos. D. Barr was b. in Saint Calir Co., MO 18 Oct 1870, being one of two children born to his parents and he is now the only living child (1914). In 1874 he returned to Grant Co w/ his mtr and two yrs later in 1876 she died, leaving him an orphan of just six yrs age. Although deprived of his parents he received a good education. He first attended the public schools of the section & then entered Fairmont Academy. He later attended the Indiana State Normal College at Terre Haute & then completed his education with a business course at the Indianapolis Business COllege.
Mr. Barr began life as a teacher, first teaching in Grant Co; Monroe, Van Buren & Liberty twps. He also taught in other parts of the state. Principal in Van Buren, In. high school.....In 1906 as principal of Van Buren high school, he accepted a public office....deputy sheriff, served one year...resigned and became a meat inspector...in 1907 became deputy clerk....then teacher in Fairmont Academy...then to Fairmont high school where he resigned from it's teaching staff in 1911 to accept the office of deputy auditor of Grant Co.
Both Mr Barr and his wife are members of the Friends church, his wife being very prominent in this church. In politics he is Republican....fraternally belongs to Ancient Free & Accepted Masons...
Mr Barr m. Nov 1893 to Miss Daisy Douglas Brushwiller, who was b. in Jonesboro, Grant Co., IN. She is a gddaughter of George Douglas, who was one of the early pioneers of Grant Co. & for 70 yrs a minister of the Methodist ch in Grant Co. Mrs Barr is a woman of rare intellectual attainments and is the pastor of the Friends ch in Muncie, IN. Mr & Mrs Barr have one son, Raymond Barr, b. 18 Dec 1895, now in high school.
From the Warren, Indiana paper. It is entitled, "T.B.Barr Places Marker on Grave"
James Coffield was a veteran of War of 1812. M.E. Barr has completed a marker for the grave of James Coffield in the Mitchell Cemetery, upon an order from Thomas R. Barr, of Indianapolis. Mr. Barr is a state bank examiner and is a great grandson of Coffield who was one of the early settlers of Salmonie township. The marker which will soon be placed on the grave, states that James Coffield was born in Ireland in 1788 and served as a member of the First Ohio Regimond in the War of 1812. He died in 1868 at the age of eighty years. The old Coffield home was in section Twelve of Salmonie township and part of the farm is now owned by Clifford Ruble. Mrs Hannah Ware who remembers most of the early history of the township recalls that there were five children in the Coffield family, four boys and a girl. The boys were Washington, Samuel, Alexander and Thomas and the girl was Jane who married a man named Dean. Thomas was the father of Harrison Coffield and Alexander was the father of Zan Coffield, both of whom are well remembered. A daughter of Jane Dean was the mother of Thomas Barr, who is now having the grave of his ancestor marked. Children of Thomas
Coffield were Harrison, Ella(Eile), Rena(Garretson), Henry, James, Belle(Carnes), and Samuel.
All the children except Harrison and Samuel are living. The children of Alexander Coffield were Alexander(known as Zan), Lydia(Jones), Jane(Hamilton), Belle(McPherson), and Minerva(Stanton).
John L. Barr did not die in the 1870s - the truth is much different, but was unknown to Thomas Barr and his sister, Capitollie "Cappie" Barr who is interred at Shiloh Cemetery in Grant Co., IN with their mother, Elizabeth Dean Barr- b.19 Mar 1846 - d.11 Feb 1877. Elizabeth Dean Barr is a daughter of Daniel Dean b. 01 Nov 1820 Hampshire Co., VA - d. 31 Jan 1865 Grant Co., IN and his wife,Sarah Jane Coffield b. 02 Jun 1824 OH and d.after 1880 Grant Co., IN. Daniel & Sarah Jane are interred at Shiloh Cem.,Grant Co., IN. Thomas Dean Barr is buried two graves from that of James B. Dean. Data per Jean Miller Brown.
John L Barr (1832 - ____)
Elizabeth Dean Barr (1846 - 1877)
Daisy Douglas Brushwiller Barr (1875 - 1938)
Clarence V Barr (1861 - 1942)**
Capitola Barr (1868 - 1882)*
Margaret Winifred Barr Conklin (1870 - 1949)**
Thomas Dean Barr (1870 - 1938)
Plot: Sec. 2B
Created by: Jeanie Brown
Record added: May 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90366484