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.

Friday, February 23, 2007


The photo above is supposedly of one of the trains that was used in the "Babcock Days" in the mountains of Tellico Plains and surrounding areas to transport logs and men. Mildred Thomas wrote about the trains on pages 14 thru 16 and page 20 of "Mountain Memories". It is not known which particular train is in this photo. I do not know the identity of any of the men pictured either. Just think of "old 97".


The photo featured in this picture gallery is of Will and Mae Self and their son, Arnold Self. They are pictured on the small porch of a shanty they once lived in while Will worked for the Babcock Lumber Company in Tellico Plains, TN. Mildred Thomas wrote about shanty cars in "Mountain Memories" on pages 14 and 16. A shanty by definition is a small, shabby dwelling or hut.

Sunday, February 11, 2007


The picture above is of Arthur Hartness, McKinley Hartness, Reed Tyler, no relation to the Hartness boys, and Sherman Hartness, sitting left to right. These are the three sons of Louisa Self Hartness. Mildred Thomas wrote about the musical abilities of the Hartness family in "Mountain Memories".


The first picture shown in this gallery is of the Harvey Hartness family. Mildred Thomas wrote about this family in "Mountain Memories" on pages 11 and 12. This is Harvey and Louisa Self Hartness and children Ada, Sherman, McKinley and Arthur. Daughter Mary is not shown in the picture. Her face was cut out of the picture and used to put in a locket. The second picture is supposedly of Louisa Self Hartness and apparently Harvey too, with sons Sherman, McKinley and Arthur standing left to right in the background.