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.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


This is the third story in a series Lucille Linton shared with me as told by her mother, Lila Self Hunt.

After crops had been gathered in the fall, often neighbors would get together to help each other in shucking and thrashing the grain. At one particular meeting of this sort, the men were working at Rafter in shucking some corn. Following a misunderstanding, John Tucker was attacked by three men. He was holding his own in the battle until one of the men stabbed him in the arm with a knife. He was injured so badly that he was completely disabled.

In the semi-darkness, Jim Giles picked up a large, wood shaving and swung it above his head, shouting, "The next man that touches John Tucker, I'll stab with my Bowie knife!" All the other men fled.

John Tucker was the father of Mary Ann Tucker Self and the grandfather of Lila Self Hunt.