JOHN E. BARR AND
BETTIE SIMS-BARR FAMILY
John E. Barr was born in June, 1863, to Missouri farmers Thomas J. Barr and Mary Grant-Barr. It was the year Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War, and the year Quantrill's Raiders launched a reprisal raid in nearby Lawrence, Kansas, in the Battle of Lawrence, killing a number of civilians. John grew up with four brothers and five sisters on a large farm in Saline County, Missouri.
Bettie Sims-Barr was born June 11th, 1869, to father Jeremiah Sims (b. 1840 VA, d. 11/21/1892 Saline County, MO), and mother Mary Janett (Molly) Bailey (b. 1841 Saline County, MO). Ulysses S. Grant succeeds Andrew Johnson as the President of the United States of America and Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman's Suffrage Association.
Bettie was said to be a "beautiful vivacious young woman with dark brown hair and soft brown eyes". John and Bettie eloped by horseback and married on 9/21/1889 in the Cathedral of KC, MO. There had been "much consternation" about the prospects of her (from a Mid-west Baptist family) marrying into a Catholic family. But, this was a true romance...
John and Bettie lived in the Sunnyside School District in Saline County, Missouri, for several years, in a two story house where they raised their eight sons and three daughters. They would have 43 grandchildren. Bettie Sims-Barr died in Napton, MO in 1934. John E. Barr returned to Shackelford, MO where he passed in 1942.
Emmett Barr b. July, 1890 Shackelford, MO. d. 1942 San Diego, CA. m. Rosalie "Rose" Pittman. One daughter.
James Barr b. September, 1892 Shackelford, MO. m. Minnie Schieberl. Twelve children.
Mary Lillian Barr b. 12/04/1892. d. very early.
Mary Lillian Barr b. 1/08/1894 Shackelford, MO. d. 1996 KC, MO. m. Marvin Morris. d. KC, MO. Two sons Jack and Jerry Morris.
Jeremiah "Jerry" Barr b. October, 1894 Saline County, MO d. KC, MO. m. (1) Vera Bell (2) Grace Onidonis Griffith. Four children.
Robert Lee Barr b. 12/04/1896 Shackelford, MO. d. 1975 KC, MO. m. Frances Amelia "Mille" Weis 2/20/1920. b. 9/02/1897 Slater, MO. d. 1977 KC, MO. Seven children.
John Clarence Barr b. 8/28/1898 Shackelford, MO. d. 1966 Marshall, MO m. Francis Campbell. Seven children.
Herbert Barr b. abt. 1899 Shackelford, MO. d. Fresno, CA. m. Effie Dickerson. b. Sweet Springs, MO circa 1900.
Charles Edward Barr b. 1899 Shackelford, MO. d. KC, MO. m. Margaret Gerling. b. Pilot Grove, MO circa 1900. d. Liberty, MO. Five children.
Delia Barr b. 8/08/1900 Shackelford, MO. d. 1978 Marshall, MO. m. John Woodsmall. Five children.
Joseph Lee Barr b. 2/24/1905 Shackelford, MO. d. 1905 Shackelford, MO.
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