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, January 26, 2007


The picture above is supposed to be Rev. Elisha G. Tucker, born 9-28-1868 or 1870. He died 3-30-1946. He was the husband of Martha Lavada Self . They married on 9-19-1889. He had two other wives, Arkie Thompson (married on 7-19-1927) and Sarah Jane Shaw Johnson (married on 9-22-1934). Elisha and Lavada (Vade) Self Tucker had six children together. They were James Willis Tucker, Oscar Tucker, Charles Jobe Tucker, Lillie Tucker, Ora Tucker and Markus Tucker. Elisha was the son of John and Elizabeth Mitchell Tucker. He had 6 brothers and sisters. Mildred referred to Elisha Tucker as "Lige" on page 6 of her "Mountain Memories".

Friday, January 19, 2007


Pallbearers are shown on Thursday, January 18, 2007 carrying a casket containing the body of James Earl Self to a gravesite. Approximately 100 mourners turned out on the frigid, rainy day to say good-bye to Self, 39, and Lucille Combs, 71, who perished in a house fire on January 14 in Riceville, TN. The two were buried side by side at Rogers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Athens, TN following a double funeral at the church.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


James Earl Self, age 39, of Athens, Tennessee died Sunday, January 14, 2007 at his home from injuries sustained in a house fire. He was a native of Dalton, GA, and a longtime resident of McMinn County. He attended Rogers Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother Billy Self and a sister Marie Self. Survivors include his mother, Mary Nell Bryson of Etowah, TN; his father and stepmother, Lloyd and Margaret Self of Niota, TN; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Joyce and Mike Roberts of Etowah, TN, Linda and Clifton Howard of Athens, TN, Shirley Eaton of Etowah, TN, Patricia and David Ledford of Oliver Springs, TN, and Julie Croft of Etowah, TN; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Self of Etowah, TN, Berlin Lloyd, Jr. and Betty Self of Athens, TN, and Jerry Lee and Melissa Self of Loudon, TN; aunt, Pauline Cheney of New Albany, MS; uncles, Gene Self of Michigan and William Self of Illinois; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2007 at Rogers Creek Baptist Church, in Athens with Rev. Shane Bryson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry, Verlon Lloyd, Jr. and Charles Self, David Ledford, Clifton Howard and Mike Roberts. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Rogers Creek Baptist Church. Arrangements by Ziegler Funeral Home, Athens, TN.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


An early morning house fire in Riceville, McMinn County, Tennessee this past Sunday killed two. One was indentified as James Self, age 39. The other victim was a 71 year old woman, Lucille Combs. This information is according to a story that ran in the Daily Post-Athenian on Monday. It was reported that Mr. Self turned 39 the day before the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. James Self was the son of Berlin Self of Niota, TN and the grandson of the late William Onie Self of Tellico Plains, TN. The funeral for James Self and Lucille Combs will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Rogers Creek Baptist Church in McMinn County, TN. Interments will be in the church cemetery. A complete obituary on James Self will be posted to this site when it becomes available.

Friday, January 12, 2007


I am posting two more pictures that go along withthe stories Mildred Thomas wrote in "Mountain Memories". The first is of William Self, his twin brother Lawson Self and their half sister Ora Tucker. Mildred wrote about Will and Lawson on page six in "Mountain Memories". Will is on the left, Ora is in the middle and Lawson is on the right. The second picture is supposed to be William Self and Ora Tucker. I believe this picture would have been taken not long before Ora died. I believe Mildred wrote about Ora on page seven.

Friday, January 05, 2007


Beginning today, I will be posting pictures at least weekly that go with the stories Mildred Miller Thomas told about in her writings "Mountain Memories". I thought this would make the stories seem more real to the reader. I certainly do not intend to try to add anything to what Mildred did for us by sharing these wonderful stories, but if you are like me, you probably like a few pictures to go along with a good story. The pictures I will be posting come from a collection of family photographs I have been working on collecting for many years. I hope you enjoy them.

I will begin by posting a couple pictures of Mark and Mattie Self and their family. Mildred referred to them as Uncle Mark and Aunt Matt on page 5 of her writings. The first is a picture of Mark and Mattie when they were older. The second picture is of Mark and Mattie with some of their children.