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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Dillard Glenn Self will turn 90 years old on September 19, 2009. He was born in 1919 in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, in Monroe County, about a mile from where he now resides. Dillard is the son of the late Fred and Mary J. White Self. His father, Fred, was the son of Jobe Smith Self and Anna Margaret Stephens Self. Jobe Smith Self was the son of John Jones and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.

Dillard married Mayme Jo Witt on October 6, 1940 in Monroe County, TN. They had two daughters, Shirley N. and Margaret J. and a son who died in infancy. His wife, Mayme Jo passed away in 1991. Shirley lives next door to Dillard. Margaret lives in Athens, Georgia.

Dillard had two brothers who died at a young age. One brother was not named and the other was named Fred Self, Jr. One was older and the other was younger than Dillard.

Dillard served a couple of years in the U.S. Navy. He recalls making about 7 trips on a ship to the South Pacific, helping to deliver ammunition, jeeps and other supplies to the troops. He remembers sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge several times. He went to Detroit, Michigan around 1946, right out of the military, and worked for Ford Motor Company until approximately 1948, when he returned to Tellico Plains. He is a retired iron worker and welder and last worked at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City, TN.

Wesley Dillard Self will celebrate his 90th birthday on September 23. He was born in the Mt. Vernon Community of Monroe County, near Tellico Plains. He now resides on Chestnut Valley Road, Vonore, TN. This is in the Ballplay Community. Mr. Self is the son of William and Mary Mae Bryson Self. William Self was the son of Martha Lavada Self Tucker and Rev. Elisha Tucker. William had a twin, Lawson Self. Martha was the daughter of John Jones Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self.

Wesley Dillard Self married Lillian Louise Williams. She passed away on July 15, 2008. They had one daughter, Wanda Jean Brown. She lives in Georgia. He had six siblings; three sisters and three brothers. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Self worked for many years at the Everhart & Gray Lumber Company, but retired from Tellico Telephone company, both located in Tellico Plains. He is not a veteran, due to a foot injury which kept him from serving in the military.

Dillard Glenn Self and Wesley Dillard Self are second cousins.

The top picture is of Dillard Glenn Self. The bottom picture is of Wesley Dillard Self.