Malinda <I>Frie/Fry</I> Bare Irwin


Malinda Frie/Fry Bare Irwin

Alabama, USA
Death 24 Dec 1903 (aged 89)
Birchwood, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Birchwood, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 94134362 View Source

Malinda (Frie/Fry) Bare Irwin was born on October 14, 1814, in northern Alabama. She was orphaned at the age of nine years and brought to Tennessee to be reared in the home of her uncle and aunt, the Sam Frie's. Malinda’s mother died when she was small, and soon afterwards a little sister burned to death. Her father died, and the children were sent to live with relatives. Malinda lost all connection with her brothers and sisters. One of her early recollections was riding a horse with her Uncle Sam Frie where they lived near Blythe Ferry, three miles north of Birchwood near the junction of the Tennessee and Hiwasse Rivers.

Mrs. Sam Frie was a Blythe. They were almost full blooded Cherokee Indians; and the Sam Fries, together with her brother Jim Blythe and two maiden sisters Sally and Nancy Blythe, were deported to Indian Territory in 1838. Malinda lost her family again. She loved her aunt’s sisters, Nancy and Sally, and called for them in her last illness.

Malinda married Henry Bare II on April 5, 1838, in Meigs County, and they lived at Birchwood, Tennessee. Henry and his brother Andrew had migrated from Jefferson County to Hamilton County prior to 1837, and settled at Birchwood where they reared families and Henry acquired a substantial acreage of land. He built a small log house by the spring; and, there six of he and Malinda’s seven children were born: Jacintha Ann, Elizabeth Jane, Jasper Newton, James Polk, Paulena Evaline, and Aurelius Marion.

The Bares built a two-story house in 1849, farther to the west. It was shaded by huge oak trees. The house was eighteen by twenty feet in size with no windows and no partitions, originally, but two doors opposite each other. A long opening caused by a crooked log in the east end provided light. A ladder nailed to the wall gave access to the second floor, or loft. The house was built like his father’s (Henry Bare I) in Jefferson County. (James Polk Bare had described the ladder on the wall and the difficulty in climbing it modestly when dressed for bed in only his short nightshirt.)

Henry and Malinda’s youngest child, Nancy Catherine, was born in the new house. This house burned down in 1916, and a smaller one was constructed in its place, with the chimney built on the same foundation.

Henry Bare died in 1853 at the age of forty-nine years when his baby girl was not yet two years old. At the time of his death they had acquired about one thousand acres of land. He established a burying ground on this land with the intention of building a Presbyterian Church nearby. He, his brother Andrew, and other relatives including James Polk’s baby, David, are buried in the little cemetery which was obscured by underbrush. (A monument in their memory stands on this burying ground, now called the Bare Cemetery. The monument lists the names Henry Bare, Two Infant Grandchildren, James T. Casey, David Bare, Andrew Bare and Wife Priscella, Two Children Elbert and Sissy.)

Malinda Bare remarried June 10, 1858, and her husband, Bird Irwin, died less than six months later on November 21, 1858.

Henry and Malinda Bare’s children, “Cynthy” Casey-Lillard, "Relius”, and “Eva” Lee spent their lives in Tennessee. Jasper Newton was killed in the Civil War. James Polk migrated to Kansas, ”Lizzie” Conner to Missouri then to Oklahoma (her husband Jim Conner participated in the Strip Land Run), and the youngest “Kate” Young to Missouri. Malinda made two trips west to visit her children.

Malinda lived to be almost ninety years old in her own home and died of cancer on her hand. Her daughter-in-law, Relius’ wife Elizabeth who lived with her, and her daughters cared for her in her illness of intense suffering. She had prepared her clothes for burial and requested that she be buried at the church cemetery, for which she had donated the land. She was emphatic that she would “not be buried in the field.” The little cemetery where Henry was buried was in fair condition at that time, but perhaps she felt that it might be neglected eventually.

Malinda Bare Irwin died on December 24, 1903. She is buried in the Birchwood Baptist Church Cemetery in Birchwood, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA.

Source: "J.P. "Dick"" by V. Stewart-Novak (History of the author's Stewart & Bare Ancestors)

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