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Barr, Martin M.
(Note: Union City is a border town on the state line of Ohio and
Indiana. The Union City newspapers carried news from Darke County, Ohio
as well as news from Randolph County, Indiana.)
Martin M. Barr (1/29/1828-5/21/1921) was the son of Benjamin Barr
(5/10/1796-1/29/1890) & Mary Mayley[?] of Lancaster County.
His ancestry was as follows:
Grandparents: Benjamin Barr (4/25/1764-5/27/1819) & Catharine Meyer
Great-grandparents: Benjamin Bear/Baer/Bare (2/16/1727-8/10/1799) &
Maria "Mary" Mylin/Meylin
2nd Great-grandparents: Henry Bare/Pare (d. 1750) & Barbara Witmer
From: Jane Barr Torres,
Great-granddaughter of Martin M. Barr
EVENING TIMES, Union City, Ind., Saturday, May 21, 1921
MARTIN BARR PASSES TO HIS
FINAL REWARD THIS
Was One of Darke County's Oldest and Most Highly Respected Citizens
Another old friend has passed to the great beyond. This morning at
10:30 o'clock, the spirit of Martin Barr passed to its Maker and
another soul gone to its reward.
Fifty-two years ago we first met Mr. Barr, when we first attended
school in the old Bickel school house just west of his old home farm,
three miles southeast of our city. That friendship then formed has
continued to this day. When we took charge of the Times he was on our
rolls and has ever been a patron and well-wisher of this paper. Many is
the time he has called in the office and by his word of cheer helped us
over the stony places. Being of a genial disposition his whole life was
built on the line of the Golden Rule.
Martin Barr was 93 years and 4 months of age, came to this section from
Pennsylvania in 1856 and has since made it his home. He was the father
of eight children, all living, and they are among our best citizens.
His dear wife and helpmate deceased 12 years ago. He had no disease to
take hime away--just worn out. He was conscious to the last. His
faithful daughter, Mrs. Dettman, has made a comfortable home for Mr.
Barr since he lost his companion and every wish and want was gratified.
The funeral will be help Monday at 3 p.m. at the residence, one-half
mile west of Hillgrove, interment by the side of his wife in the
To the family, we grieve with you in your afflication. We loved Martin
Barr for what he was--a gentleman in every sense of the word and your
loss is ours. We will miss him and the only consolation is he lived a
good life and was honest, fair and true to all. Peace to his memory
EVENING TIMES, Union City, Ind., Tuesday, May 24, 1921
MARTIN BARR FUNERAL
The funeral of Martin Barr was held yesterday afternoon from the late
residence of the deceased, just west of Hill grove at 3 p. m. The large
home and grounds were filled with friends of the grand old man and Rev.
Sniff, of the Christian Church and Rev. Bean of the M. E. church, this
city, spoke words of comfort to the * were Thad Barr, Sherman Barr,
Milo * relatives and friends. The pall bearers * Barr, Blaine Barr,
sons and Chester Glunt and Glenn Barr, grandsons. The remains were
taken to Greenville, O., for interment beside his wife who preceeded
him some 12 years ago.
Note: * as printed. Should have been: ..., spoke words of comfort to
the relatives and friends. The pall bearers were Thad Barr, Sherman
Barr, Milo Barr, Blaine Barr, sons and Chester Glunt and Glenn Barr,
From an unknown newpaper:
NONEGENARIAN IS SUMMONED
Martin W.[sic] Barr, Retired Farmer, Residing West of Hillgrove, Dies
Saturday Morning--Was Past 93 Years of Age--Burial Monday Afternoon.
Martin W. Barr, one of Darke county's pioneer citizens, a retired
farmer residing with his daughter, Mrs. E. J. Dettman, on the Union
City Pike, a mile west of Hillgrove, died at 10:30 o'clock Saturday
morning. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. He had only been
bedfast three weeks prior to his taking off, and was consciousl until
the end came.
Mr. Barr was a native of Pennsylvania, and was 93 years and 4 months of
age. He came to this section in 1856, where he lived until his death.
He was a very congenial gentleman, highly revered and had a very large
circle of friends. His wife preceded him in death twelve years ago. His
is survived by eight children, all of whom are living, several
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at his late home, a mile west of Union City,
at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, and the remains were interred in
Greenville Cemetery beside those of his wife.
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