Hi Silas Family!
I'm working on my 2nd Great Grandparents, my fathers maternal grandparents.
John Guy Barr was b. probably in VA in 1825. He may have gone by the name Guy Barr.
He married Ellender Francina Silas on Dec. 12, 1857. She was found on the census in the family of George W. Hollingsworth. Her possibly adoptive or step brother James Hollis Hollingsworth, Sr. was born in NC but died in Mt. Andrew, Barbour Co., Sep 18, 1900 indicating that her family at least lived there for a time. Francina Silas was b. Feb. 3, 1838 in Barbour County, AL. On the 1900 Census her DOB is Nov. 1837.
John was 5'5", dark complected with auburn hair and grey eyes (per Civil War documents). In 1850 and 1860 he was listed on the census in Barbour, Co.
The Children of John Guy and Ellen Francina Barr were (as far as we know, w/some census mistakes):
James F. Barr b. ~1854 in Mt. Andrew, Barbour Co., AL
Georgia A.B. Barr M b. ~1859 " " " " " (One of these 2 is a transcription error)
Georgia A. D. Barr F b. ~1859 " " " " "
Alonzo (Trans. error: Alonza) B. Barr M. b. 1861 " " " " " d. Apr 14, 1943 Barbour, AL
Edward D. Barr b. 1863 " " " " "
Luther O. Barr b. Oct. 1864 " " " " " d. 1929 Barbour, AL
Lula Jane Barr b. 1867 " " " " " d. Jan 1958 Jacksonville, Duval, FL
Anna Josephine Barr b. 1869 " " " " "
Notes: Civil War records state that he was enlisted as John G. Barr, Pvt. Co. H 61st Reg't, AL. He enlisted July 25th 1863 in Tuskeegee and was last paid from that Reg't on Oct. 31, 1863.
He was admitted to General Hospital # 9 in Richmond, VA on Apr 16 1864 then Chimborazo Hospital #2 Richmond, VA On Apr. 17, 1864, transferred to Farmville, VA. Disease listed was dyspepsia.
He apparently stayed on at the hospital as he was listed afterward on "list of white attendants on duty in second division." His name also appears on a receipt roll for "clothing" on May 10, 1864 He must have returned from Farmville at some point.
On Apr. 3, 1865 Richmond fell and he was captured, again a patient in the hospital and still suffering from "dyspepsia," probably ulcers due to the chronic nature of the illness. He was turned over to the Provost Marshall Apr. 19, 1865 at Libby Prison in Richmond then transferred on Apr. 23 to Newport News, VA. He was released at Newport News on June 14, 1865 and made his way home.
John Guy Barr died in 1868, after Anna was conceived. The only J.G. Barr I could find is buried in Pike Co., in the Richland Baptist Church Cemetery. The dates partially match, DOB on the gravestone is May 12, 1813, but the death date is right on (Oct. 16, 1868). A relative by marriage, Nancy (an aunt?) lived in Pike, so there's a firm connection with that area.
Ellender (Ellen) is found next 0n the 1870 census living in Monticello, Pike, AL with Nancy Barr (unk relative by marriage I think) b. in VA. making the VA to AL connection, Alonzo, Eddie, Luther, Lula, and (Anna) Josephine (age 2), as well as another boy, Thomas Barr (age 16), perhaps Nancy's son.
She is next found in 1880 living as a widow, her name on the census F. Ellender Barr, in Barbour Co., AL. with Alonzo, Edward, Luther, Lula, and Anna (Josephine).
In 1900 she is listed as Ellendor, head of household, in Barbour, Co living with 35 yr old son Luther. The census states that she had 7 children, 5 living. Luther is listed as a "merchant." She owns the home, a farm and Luther rents from her.
As I write, I'm discovering even more . . . In 1910 she is called Ellenda Barr on the census, visiting the J.H. Hollingworth family in Mt. Andrew. At 72 perhaps she was in ill health. J. H. Hollingworth's mother Amanda, age 69 is also there. George W. Hollingsworth (sic) had a daughter named Abbie! (Remembering that she was raised by a Holling(s)worth family.)
So, does anyone recognize this family? Do we know of any Silas families in Barbour Co.? I'm as interested in him as I am her! It would be great to trace both families!
Tracey Miller Edwards