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__I found an interesting piece of Barlar related literature entitled "Born in Union Station - Two Sisters and a Brother Remember" written by Elmo Adams and sisters Daphne Dunn and Nancy Leys, published in 2010.  They are the (step)-grandchildren of Eugene Barlar, and in it at one point describe a trip to Nashville and Middle TN to visit family and speak of their maternal grandmother as "Mother Barlar", saying that she did not like to be called a grandmother and mention Eugene as "Gene".   "Mother Barlar" was an Adams before marrying Eugene.

Steven Barlar (great-grandson of Alfred Jordan (Barlow) Barlar) Friday, April 22, 2016 at 07.03 PST


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__Hi.  My Name is Tommie Martin. My great-grandmother was Nettie Barlar, the daughter of Cornelius Barlar.  My grandmother, Nettie “Juanita” Hendrix-Marcum Is living in Hendersonville,TN., and has many memories of her Barlar side of the family. When I came across this site a few weeks ago, I printed off some of the pics for her to see. We were both curious as to whom was running the site, and how we may be related. Please email me back at ...  (for security purposes, email addresses are not posted) or you can find me on Face Book at Facebook.com/Tommiegirl77.  My grandmother Juanita has lots of stories she could share if interested.

Tommie Martin Wheeling, WV USA - Monday, June 10, 2013 at 12.36:17


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__Thank you for posting the death certificate for Will Ayers.  I have been doing my family tree and I could not get past him.  My great grandfather is Wallace Clifton Ayers.  My grandfather is Wallace Edward Ayers.  My mother is Mary Elaine Ayers.  My grandfather has told us that we came from Ireland to Tennessee to Texas.
Dorothy West.  Elgin, TX USA - Friday, September 21, 2012 at 09.05:
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__Hi, my name is Ronald E Maultsby. I live in Maryland. I started tracing my family a few years ago and have come up to your family on numerous occasions. Since the Maultsby's are spread around, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Georgia, and so on, it is very possible some of them were in Tennessee. The highest concentration of Maultsby's that I am aware of are in Fayetteville N.C. and Americus, Georgia. Can you tell me where the Maultsby name came from in the middle of "John Maultsby (Doc) Barlar (Barlow)?  I'm trying to see if there is a link to our families. If that is so, it would give me yet another line to follow in my endeavors to figure out just where my (our) families began. I am coming up with Maultsby's coming from England and Scotland but can locate nowhere that they came into the United States.

 

I will hope that we are related in some fashion. You never know for sure!

 

I will look forward to possibly forging future conversations with relatives from the past and present.  Thank you,

Ronald E. Maultsby.  Maryland USA - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 at 12.44:00


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__I used to reside in Manchester, England, the family seat, not too far from Barlow Hall.  I moved to the States in '99.  I am fascinated by the whole thing and would love to talk.  Are you on "Ancestry.com"? 
D.P. Barlow.  Portland, ME USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 22.33:24


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__I am a member of the FFV (First Families of Virginia) and would like my two daughters, Tinsley Randolph Mercer Mortimer and Dabney Winston Mercer to become members. Could you please tell me the procedure for membership of family members.  Thank you, 
Dale Mercer. Richmond, VA USA - Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 16.40:58

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Thank you for taking the time to send us the information and warm greetings.  Unfortunately, Shane does not know much about his Barlar-Barlow side of the family.  Shane and I have been visiting the Barlar.org website and I must say it is very impressive.  The site is well laid out and easy to navigate.  Shane has learned much about his heritage just by visiting the website.  I also would like to thank everyone that contributed to building Barlar.org.  It is full of information and I know that it takes time, money and dedication to put it together.  Shane and I would like to send our love and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.  Thank you, 
Shane and Dominique Barlar. Hollywood, FL USA - Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 06.02:00

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This is Shane Leonard Barlar and his wife Dominique Ayn Barlar.  Shane's father is Steven L. Barlar and his grandfather is Isaac Leonard Barlar.  Shane moved down to beautiful and sunny South Florida (Hollywood, FL) after meeting his wife Dominique in 2008.  We are loving the warm weather and all of the outside activities that are available in Florida.  We go hunting and fishing, ride our motorcycles and just spend our time together. We are wondering if there are any relatives that are around our area and we would love to meet up with them.  We would like to get to know the Barlar side of the family better.  Thank you, 
Shane and Dominique Barlar. Hollywood, FL USA - Monday, December 13, 2010 at 13:25:00

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__I realize that inquiry to FFV usually precludes membership into your society, however I am interested in FFV (First Families of Virginia) since my lineage comes from a person who had a land grant near the James River in 1662.  Since I'm not aware of current members to your society and saw you on the Net, I am very much interested in this society.  Would you please send me more information?  I'm in California and was wondering how many chapters you have?  Thank you very much,

Sherry Cole. California, USA - Thursday, December 09, 2010 at 23:22:00

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__My great, great, grandmother, Margaret Tagliaferro married Nathaniel Holloway of Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am wondering if she was on your rosters or if my great, great, grandfather was as well. I am also decedent from Col. Joshua Fry and Dr. Thomas Walker, and wondered if they were on your rosters as well. I can provide dates and tree information if you were able to help me.  Sincerely,

Mark A. Stephens, Birth-name, James Andrew Holloway - Monday, November 01, 2010 at 19:52:00

 

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__WONDERFUL job on the website.  My daughter-in-law is Caitlyn Allyse Ayers...the g.g.grandaughter of Mary Anne Barlow Ayers.  Her grandfather Martin Ayers died this week; and we have had great fun looking at the genealogy and all your wonderful photos.  I have done much of my family's research, and I hope to get her started on her family tree some day very soon.  Again...great work..your great love of family is evident.  Keep up the good work.  
Judy Curbow. Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 20:49:46

 

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__Hi; could you tell me of any Barlow connections to a family who went from England in the late 1880s?  My grandmother was Beatrice Barlow.  Regards,
Sue Tunnicliffe.  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:07 PM

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__In response to the note from Jennifer Rochelle, Holcomb; Hohenwald, TN USA.... Jennifer, I'm willing to bet that the engraving in the barn on the old Isaac Leonard Barlar, Sr. farm, up Parrish Hollow Rd in theYokely community in Giles County, was the knifework of my dad, Isaac Leonard Barlar, Jr., and not his dad (my granddad), Issac Leonard Barlar, Sr. I'll try and get by there and get a picture of the carving and pass it on to you soon. Please say "hi" to your dad for me. He and I were the closest in age between my dad's and Ollie Belle's two families, and we usually played together when the two families got together. He's always had a mischievous kinda smile that just made others smile as well, when he was a'grinnin'. Hope you and yours are well. 
Steven Leonard Barlar. Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 14:43:41.

 

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__Hello, I am the daughter of Ralph W. Rochelle, who is Ollie Bell (Barlar) Rochelle's son. I have been searching my family tree and found this website. In your photo album of the 50th and 58th wedding anniversary of John and Zana Barlar, the white house standing behind them still stands today. When my grandmother Ollie passed, her daughter, Linda Rochelle, now owns it. Last I heard, it might be up for sale. The house is on Parrish Hollow Road in the Lynnville area, but I think it has a Mt. Pleasant address. Behind the house stands an old barn and inside is a carving on a piece of wood -- Leornard Barlar's name and some kind of picture; but I can't remember exactly what it was. If I get a chance one day I’ll go by there and take some pictures. Also, I'll try to find some pictures of Ollie Bell. I have been looking on ancestry.com and I have found that Alfred J. Barlar's mother, Susan F. (Phillips) Barlar's mother, might have been Mary Collier and Mary's husband was an Alfred Phillips. Mary Collier is a possible link to a William Collier, who is a possible link to George W. Bush's 10th great grandfather. It has been somewhat confusing for me, so don't hold me to it. Thanks, Jennifer. 
Jennifer Rochelle, Holcomb. Hohenwald, TN USA - Wednesday, February 04, 2009 at 04:05:14.

 

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__I am a direct descendant of Thomas West, 3rd Lord de la Warr, who was the first Governor of the Jamestown Colony (b: 9 July 1577, Wherwell, England - d: 7 June 1618 at sea off the coast of Nova Scotia). What information might you have on him and, though he arrived a bit late, could I be considered a potential member of the First Families of Virginia? Thank you and best regards.
Forest C. Meade, Jr. Wednesday, January 01, 2009 at 13:01. 
 

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__I stumbled on this site completely by accident and am so excited that I did!!!!! I am the great-granddaughter of John Harvey Ayers and the great-niece of Dorothy Browning. I have never seen pictures of Papa's parents before or known much about where he came from. Thank you SO much for this site.
Shannon Taylor Austin, TX USA – Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 16:35.

 

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__I am the daughter of Frankie W. Barlow of Coeburn,Va. I would love to know more about my family; it is a complete mystery to us. My heritage means a lot to me, but as of right now I feel I am lost or stuck not knowing anything about my family. Your website is great reading and learning things about Barlows is wonderful. As my father has said we would love to know more about my grandfather James Franklin Barlow. Thank you for your time.
Shelly N. Barlow Helton Bristol, VA USA – Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 15:41.

 

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_ Great website! I love looking up family. This is only my second time on this site. Thanks, Debra.
Debra Barlow Smith Eatonton, GA USA – Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 15:40:02

 

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__I am a relative as my g.g.g.grandfather was John Barlow of Pocahontas County. John's son married a Ewing; and their son -- William Ewing Barlow -- is my g.g.grandfather. My grandfather was placed in an orphanage when he was 8; so we have no family photos. I'm just wondering if anyone in your group has anything from VA. I live in Gallatin TN; and since I am a relative, I would be interested in any reunion plans or dates. Any info would be appreciated.
Larry Barlow Gallatin, TN USA – Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 12:26

 

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_I have really enjoyed the site. My great-grandmother is Rena Ayres. I've been researching my tree for some time and struggle putting the Ayres side together. I have information from my grandmother that is contradicted when viewing your page.
Shana Garrett Cedar Park, TX USA – Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 16:22:19

 

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__I happened on your site doing some DNA research. I found the site excellent and I was wondering if it was developed using a commercial software product or if it was custom developed? Excellent site!!!  Regards, 
Cliff Gittens. Langley, BC, Canada  Monday, June 09, 2008 at 16:25. (I am a researcher, not a relative).

 

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__Nettie Juanita Hendrix (Marcum) is my grandmother. Her mother was Nettie Ellen Barlar (Hendrix); her father was Cornelius Brown Barlar; his father was Alfred Jordan Barlow (Barlar). I have browsed your site for several years now; and I couldn't be more thrilled with all the information it contains. Thank you. I am going to get together as much information for you as I can, and pictures, and send your way. I see a lot of our people are not filled in; so I hope I can fill in some of that, if that is okay. I look forward to many returns to your site. And again, thank you for all you have done. Your site is amazing.  Sincerely, 
Desiree A'Leshia English-Spencer. Hendersonville, TN USA – Monday, May 05, 2008 at 09:18:03.

 

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__Ruth (Ayers) Johns (b: April 1912) passed away on March 30, 2008 in her home state of Texas at the age of 95. Ruth was the g.granddaughter of Wm Henry Barlow (Barlar), granddaughter of Mary A. (Barlow) Ayers, daughter of John Harvey Ayers and Alice (Mussett) Ayers. I have two aunts in their 90s, one in her 80s and an uncle in his 80s. This is all that remains of my grandfather's 11 children. The Ayers line does seem to live long. I sure hope I have some of those genes! I will stay in touch.
Marguerite Johnson. TX USA – Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 15:45.

 

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__My grandmother was a Barlar and I'm proud to see this website. Thanks much. I currently live in Belle View near Alexandria, VA. Any Barlars who are in the area are welcome to look me up! 
Mel Stockwell Waterlick, VA USA – Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:29:24.

 

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__My father was James Franklin Barlow; my grandfather was Jessie Barlow; my grandmother was Amanda of Virginia around the 1800s to1900s. Thats all I know about my family. Thanks. 
Frankie Wayne Barlow. Coeburn, VA USA – Thursday, November 22, 2007 15:59:10.

 

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__I am a newbie to the Barlow family. It appears (by my brother's DNA test), that I am descended through the Goff line that was an adopted Barlow. It is yet to be determined which Goff is my grandfather but he would have been in Kingman, Kansas in early 1924. Beautiful website. Keep up the great work. Hope to be adding my father's name soon. 
Robyn O. Trickel Dowd. Santa Clarita, CA USA – Sunday, November 04, 2007 17:52:24.

 

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__I was last on the Guestbook 4 years ago. My email address has changed since; I'm just updating it. Be glad to hear from any of you. If anyone wants any info from the Middle Tennessee courthouses I frequent them on a regular basis since I'm a Private Investigator; just email me with the particulars. 
Larry Booth Barlar. Lewisburg, TN USA – Sunday, September 16, 2007 17:35:03.

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__What a great website. I have an Anna Schneider Barlar in my line. Anna Schneider Barlar was born in 1903 in Illinois and came first to Rossville, Georgia -- Walker County. She was married to Larry Barlar and they had at least one son, ‘Lawrence’; lived in Rossville, GA until 1960, when they then seem to disappear. If there is anyone out there that has information on this line of Barlars, I would appreciate some help.
Michele Molina.  Yuma, AZ USA – Friday, June 22, 2007 17:41:19.

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__I am a granddaughter of William Ransom Ayers. My Father, Billy Joe Ayers (William J.), was the last of eight children, born to William Ransom and Myrtle Evelyn Brinkley. I have two children, Brandon William Bartlett and Alexandra Leigh Bartlett.
Gwen (Ayers) Havens. TX USA – Thursday, June 21, 2007 08:08.

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__Nice website. Have spent many days and nights hunting at the old family farm---think I could recognize it in some of the pictures. My father is Steven L. Barlar---grandfather is Isaac Leonard Barlar. I have been in WV for 7 years---I am from Giles County, TN.
Shane Barlar.  Point Pleasant, WV USA – Wednesday, April 04, 2007 16:55:58.

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__What a GREAT site! My line is the Johnson/Johnston line. Daniel and Celia Cole Johnson married in 1828. Their son, Thomas W. Johnson, is my great grandfather, who was in the same company as John S. Barlow during the Civil War. He lived in Giles County, TN. Thomas is a brother to Amanda Melvina (Johnson) Coker, who is the mother of Zana (Lou) Coker, Barlar. I would like to exchange info and pictures of the Johnson and Cole families and others as well.
Pat Coleman.  Columbia, TN USA - Thursday, November 18, 2004 11:05:02.

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__What a great job… nice to meet you on the web. Dorothy Browning & Ella Ayers told me about you today. My Mother was an Ayers -- brother to Dorothy's family's father. Mother's brother was John Ayers and they had 14 children -- 3 sets of twins --, and my mother was a twin. Dena Ayers. I will keep watching your website.
J.K. & Eloise Elliott. Cameron, TX USA - Saturday, November 06, 2004 18:02:00.

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__We enjoyed the site. Maw Maw and I looked at every picture! Love, Lauren and Maw Maw. P.S. I didn't see one picture of me Lauren Anderson. Bye.
Lauren Anderson G.G. Granddaughter of Jim and Nellie Barlar/Barlow. Bartlett, TN USA - Saturday,September 18, 2004 18:41:53 (CDT). 

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__You have a wonderful site full of information unknown to me until you first emailed me. Your site is laid out well and easy to use. I think we are 2nd cousins once removed. Stan.
Stanley W. Saunders. Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 12:37:39 (CDT).

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__What a great job you have done and are continuing to do. I get on this web site almost daily and never cease to be amazed at all the fine folks I am kin to. I am so proud of being in the Barlow family. Even though I am a Waldrop I am still just as much a Barlow.
Rayburn Cole Waldrop. Clinton, TN USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 21:33:38 (CDT).  

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__Hi; I want to commend you on the fantastic job you are doing on the Barlow website. At my age I look back sometimes and wonder about things like why was the Barlow name changed. As I am sure you know there are some famous people by that name and it goes all the way back to England. My wife Betty's mother was a Barlow. They are from east TN. Do you know where our Barlows came from? I might be very distantly related to my wife. SMILES.
Rayburn Cole Waldrop. Clinton, TN USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 22:01:54 (CDT).

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__I learned of this website from my father, Rayburn Waldrop, who was told of it by his sister, Frieda Waldrop Cummings. My great grandfather, John Barlar, was known in the family as "Uncle Doc." 
Frieda Dianne (Waldrop) Dale.  Oak Ridge, TN USA - Saturday, April 24, 2004 12:00:06 (CDT).

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__Well what a pleasant surprise. I'm Steven Leonard Barlar, son of Isaac Leonard Barlar, Jr. and Grandson of Isaac Leonard Barlar, who had a farm in the Yokely community of Giles County.  Your website note regarding the origin of the Barlar name is most interesting.  In my teen years, the tale we were told then was that the two old widower brothers who were school teachers had the name changed around the turn of the century.  However, if memory serves me correctly, the name appears as Barlow on William Henry's census records in 1850 and as Barlar in 1860. So whatever happened to the name occurred during a decade between censuses. Lastly, I am extremely interested in what you have turned up if anything on our ancestors prior to William Henry Barlow.  P.S. my father served in an armored unit in WWII in the pacific Theater and participated in the beachhead invasion of Okinawa. While stationed in Honolulu he was able see Hilo Hattie’s hula dance troupe perform for the troops. Later after the war, while at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he was able to actually meet Hilo Hattie. At the time she was touring the States with her dance troupe.
Steven Leonard Barlar. Nashville, TN USA - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 14:06:25 (CST).

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__It was a wonderful surprise to find out about your website ...it has answered several questions that we never really had answers for, i.e., why the name was changed from Barlow to Barlar, all we ever heard was,"Grandpa Smith said that Uncle Lee changed it", but we never heard why. Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in this and hope to see future entries.
William Daniel (Dan) Barlar, Jr. Clarksville, TN USA - Saturday, September 13, 2003 23:48:46 (CDT).

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__Greetings from Houston, TX. My name is Lisa. Let me thank you for such an informative site. I used it to compose cliff notes and free essays for my class. Your site is indeed a wonderful source for all my future term papers and research papers.
Lisa.  Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 06:49:02 (CST).

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__So happy to have some questions answered about our Barlar family. The site is wonderful, as it seems we are all so scattered.
Emily Barlar Tribino Alexandria , VA USA - Monday, January 06, 2003 12:30:34 (CST).

 

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