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.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


The annual Self family Reunion will be held Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Friendship Baptist Church fellowship hall on Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this reunion. We gather around 3 p.m. and eat around 4 p.m. This is a come-as-you -are, informal gathering and a bring-something-good-to eat meal (covered dish). Let's make this one for the record book. I am looking for a big crowd. For more information, directions, etc. contact Barry at 423-420-9253 or by email at
Please make plans to attend. Put everything else off until the next weekend. It will wait.


Cousin Duane Hill sent me this picture of his grandfather (and my great-grandfather) William Emery Self. Duane's mother, Lucy Self Hill, was a daughter to Emery Self.

Monday, July 21, 2008


The bi-annual reunion for the Coleman family was held at Fort Loudoun State Park in Vonore, Tennessee, Sunday, July 20. Approximately 75 people attended. Lunch was served at the park pavilion. Afterwards, all enjoyed fellowship. Some in attendance toured the historic fort, while others sat and got reacquainted. Cousins came from several states to attend the reunion, including Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri and Ohio.

This reunion was first held in 1974 at the Madisonville home of the late Jessie Thomas Coleman and Kate Coleman. It has been held every other year since, except in 1978 when no reunion was held. The reunion has for many years been at Fort Loudoun State Park, except for a couple years, when it was moved to the Vonore Community Center.

This reunion is held for the descendants of Jessie Coleman and Laura Ellen Self Coleman. Laura was the daughter of Rev. John S. Self and Mary Ann Barbara Tucker Self.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


LILLIAN L. SELF, age 82, of 1979 Chestnut Valley Road, Vonore, TN passed away 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at McMinn Memorial Nursing Home, Etowah, TN. She was a member of Williamsburg Baptist Church, Vonore. Survivors: husband of 67 years, Wesley Dillard Self;
daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Jean and Doyle J. Brown; grandchildren, Leshia Williams, all of Atlanta, GA, Karen Collins, Juliette, GA; great-grandchildren, Amber Williams, Colby Brown, Parker Dean Collins; sisters, Raye Amburn, Vonore, TN, Faye Miller, Tellico Plains, TN; several nieces and nephews. Funeral 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Leon Amburn officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Friday, Cane Creek Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, TN.