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.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Lovenia Carroll, 71, a resident of Old Fort, TN passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012, in a local hospital. She was a member of the Berean Independent Baptist Church. She loved gardening, cooking, canning, and doing good for the sick and others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Olive Self, and one brother, Verlin Self. Survivors include her spouse, Gale Carroll; one son, Michael Carroll of Old Fort; one grandchild, Devin Carroll of Old Fort; two sisters, Reba Guthrie and husband Frank of Cleveland, TN and Mildred Pannell and husband Steve of Pontotoc, MS; one brother, J. L. Self and wife Edna of Maryville, TN; sister-in-law, Donna Self, of Madisonville, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Roger Wagner. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens concluding with a white dove release ceremony. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2012, at the funeral home. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Carroll family guestbook at

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


These photos are of Martha Lavada (Vade) Self Tucker and her husband, Elisha G. Tucker. Martha was the daughter of John J. Self and Lydia Avaline Waters Self. She was born February 20, 1861 and died November 18, 1922 at the age of 61. Elisha G. Tucker was a minister. He was born September 28, 1870 and died March 30, 1946 at the age of 75. He was the son of John Johnson Tucker and Martha Elizabeth Mitchell Tucker.  Elisha and Lavada are buried at the Giles Cemetery at Rafter, Tellico Plains, Tennessee.
These photos are courtesy of Jerry and Carolyn Veal of Tellico Plains, TN. Jerry is a great-grandson to Elisha and Lavada Self Tucker.


Andrew Benjamin Self, son of John and Angel Self, of Belton, Texas, married Tracie Byrd on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Belton. Andrew is the grandson of the late James Bartley Self and Mary Ellen Yates Self Logan of Vonore, Tennessee.