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 1921 A-B

Barr, Martin M.;   

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


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 Greenville cemetery.

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 --Editor

EVENING TIMES, Union City, Ind., Tuesday, May 24, 1921


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, grandsons.

From an unknown newpaper:


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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