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Dr. Thomas Barr, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (O'Connor) Barr; the father, Thomas, was born in Edinburg, Scotland; the mother, in Dublin, Ireland. Both died in Lynchburg, Virginia, he in 1851, she 1853, Thomas, Jr., subject of this sketch, being nine years old wheri his mother died. Dr. Thomas Barr was born in Amherst County, Virginia, March 15, 1844; he does not tell how or where he grew up in his biography dictated to Hardesty's about the year 1883. En-listed in the Confederate army, 1862, Co. K, 14th Va. cavalry; as served, he was only twenty years old when he enlisted. As the Vir-ginia cavalry furnished its own mounts, he must have been a young man of promise. He served through this war, coming out unscathed. In Greenbrier County, August 22, 1866, he married Allie F., daughter of John and Mary (Hyde) Kincaid; three years later they arrived in Roane County, their first born with them; they made their first home qt Peniel on upper Reedy; from which point the doctor went out plying his profession, soon gaining a good reputation as an efficient and kindly physician.

He makes no mention in his biography where or when he obtained his medical knowledge; he was liked and succeeded. After a few years at Peniel he moved his family to Reedy where he lived for some years in the neatest and best kept residence of the village, the leading physician for nearly ten years. About the year 1884, the family moved to the State of Colorado.

To Dr. Thomas Barr and Allie F. (Kincaid), his wife, were born in years prior to their departure for Colorado the following children: Harry W., September 14, 1868; Charles C., February 4, 1870; Otey H., December 11, 1872; Willy G., October 24, 1877; Walter B., August 21, 1880; Emma G., December 21, 1882. Though there is not one of this estimable man's family in this State, and maybe not one will ever see this, oblivion shall not claim them.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq., p 443
Submitter: Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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