Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

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Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Rev. Emery Dexter "Douglas" Self of Maryville, Tennessee will turn 98 on Friday, July 22, 2005. He was born in 1907 in Blount County, Tennessee, a son of John Simpson Self and Julie Annis Bowers Self. Douglas is a grandson to Rev. C.C. (Cicero) and Mosurie Whitmore Self and a great-grandson to John J. and Lydia Waters Self.

Douglas married Mina L. Whitehead on December 24, 1927. He once told me that the first time he saw Mina he knew she was the girl for him. Together they had four children. They are: Charles Dexter Self, Virl Eugene Self, Katherine Bernice Boring and Mildred Yvonne Potts.

Douglas is our oldest living Self relative directly descended from our progenitor, John J. Self.

I took the photograph of Douglas a few years ago when he and I were visiting the cemetery at Chilhowee "Red Top" Primitive Baptist Church. Several of the Self family are buried at this cemetery.