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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Rev. John Ellis was the third husband of Dovie Samantha Self, one of the daughters of John J. Self and Lydia A. Waters Self. The picture of him was loaned to me by Marie Davis, a granddaughter to Rev. Ellis. Dovie and John were married on November 30, 1913. He was born August 17, 1866 in Cherokee County, NC I have been told. He died November 2, 1955.He is buried at the Coker Creek Cemetery, Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee.