Barr Lineage: William is son of Thomas J. Barr

William Barr

William "Will" Barr was born in 1864 to Thomas J. Barr and Mary Grant-Barr, about the time they moved their family from Burlington, Iowa, to Saline County, Missouri. We are unsure which state William was born in.

William married Agnes King, born 1869, birthplace unknown. Agnes died in 1928, and William remarried Annie Kellett. It is unknown if William had any children.

William Barr is buried at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Shackelford, Missouri.

Catherine Summers (4th generation Barr descedant), provided the following William Barr obituary that has been preserved by her family. She says "Thought you might be interested in his obituary. I always try to type newspaper clippings exactly the way I find them, mispellings, incorrect grammar and all."

The original obituary reads as follows:

Barr Funeral Held Wednesday

A large number of relatives and sympathizing friends gathered at the Don Short Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 p.m. in loving respect to William Barr of Norman, Oklahoma, a former resident of Saline County.

Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery at Shackleford at 2:30 p.m., Rev. James Burns officiating. The mass of requiem was read at St. Joseph’s Church at Norman Tuesday at 9 a. m.

Mr. William Brr left Missouri in 1907 in search of a beter climate because of ill health, and since then had lived at Norman, Oklahoma, where he had been successful in developing Barr’s Oklahoma Silvermine corn, a drought resistant variety, and had won more that fifty ribbons at Oklahome state fairs and many awards, also at Chicago International -- and a gold medal, and grand championship ribbon in 1920 at the International corn Sow at Dallas, Texas. He was named Corn King of Oklahoma and is said to have “done more for Oklahoma than any other one man.”

Loved and respected by all who knew him, modest and unassuming in manner, his pastor, Rev. James Okeefe at Norman, said “he was a man of character on whose word you could depend, and is a loss to his church, and to his commuity.”

He was married in 1911 to Miss Agnes King of this county, who died in 1928. He was married in July 1934 to Miss Anna Kellett, in Kansas City, Mo., who survives him. Other survivors are his brothers, Charles T. Barr, and Mrs. Frank Castle of Shackleford, and Mrs. Charles Castle of Kansas City, besides a large number of nieces and nephews.

The pallbearers were Holmes Barr, Lawrence Barr, William Castle, Francis Summers, Charles Castle, and John Barr.

Relatives from a distance were Mrs. Charles Castle, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Reidy, and Mrs. Alice Birmingham, Mrs. Jack Noonan, Miss Lottie Lynch, and Miss Margaret Kellett of Kansas City, Mo. - Contributed

(Newspaper clipping from scrapbook, Page 45, of Bridget Barr Summers of Shackelford, Saline, MO. The newspaper is probably the Marshall Democrat News in Marshall, MO; date is unknown)



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