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, March 02, 2007


The picture above is one of John Allen Ellis on the left, Edd Barrett and an unidentified man on the right as identified on the back of the photo. John Ellis married Dovie Self on November 30, 1913. They had a daughter, Mamye Ellis, who married Garfield Butler. John is buried at Coker Creek Cemetery in Coker Creek (Tellico Plains), Tennessee. He was born August 17, 1866 in Cherokee County, NC and died November 2, 1955 I have been told. I also have a photo of his tombstone. Dovie Self was also married to Allen Butler and Sam Miller before she married John Ellis. Dovie and Mr. Butler had sons Obie, Howard and Alvin Butler. Dovie and Mr. Miller had a son Ernest Simpson Miller. Mildred Miller Thomas wrote about John Ellis, etc. on page 8 of "Mountain Memories".