While researching the family of Jane Barre, my second great-grandmother, I discovered a biography in a Huron County History at the DAR Library in Washington DC, which explains the origins of the Barre through a biography of her uncle, Dwight M. Barre of Ripley, Huron County, Ohio. This type of source is known famously as a mugbook, which refers to a style of  late 19th/early 20th century county histories.

Transcription of the Biography of Dwight M. Barre:

Industry, energy, and thrift have characterized the labors of Dwight M. Barre, who is today the owner of eighty acres of well improved and valuable land situated in Ripley township, Huron county, in which township he was born on the 20th of July, 1848. His parents were John and Amy (Stout) Barre, natives of Pennsylvania and New York, respectively, the former born in 1805, while the latter’s birth occurred in 1809. John Barre was the son of John Barre, Sr., whose family consisted of the following children: Dwight, David, Herman, Jonathan, Wellington, Henry, Ora, Lyman, James, Corvis, Cornelia, Jane, Marietta, Josephine, and Jessie. The maternal grandparents of our subject were Jonathan and Lydia (Mitchell) Stout, whose family of six children included: Amy, Jonathan, David, Eliza, Emily, and Hannah.

Dwight M. Barre was reared on the old home farm; his youthful days being passed in a manner similar to that of most farm boys who assisted in the work of the fields and at the same time had the opportunity of acquiring a fair English education in the district school. After laying aside his text books, he continued to devote his attention to agricultural interests and has made this occupation his life work. His well kept farm of eighty acres is one of the valuable farming properties of the township and in its neat and attractive appearance indicates the thrift and industry of the owner. Close application, systematic methods and intelligently directed energy have been the salient characteristics in the success which he now enjoys and he occupies a foremost place among the progressive and influential agriculturists of the community. He is also known in the financial circles of Greenwich as a stockholder in the First National Bank of that city.

Mr. Barre laid the foundations for a happy home life in his marriage on the 22nd December 1876 to Miss Ella Wolcott, a native of Massachusetts, her birth occurring in that state in 1855. Mrs. Barre is a daughter of Renseller and Augusta (Miller) Wolcott, both natives of the old Bay State, the former’s birth occurring in 1830 while the latter was born in 1837. She was a sister of George and Esther Wolcott and her grandparents on the paternal side were Thomas and Sally (Williams) Wolcott. Her mother was the daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Olds) Miller, in whose families were the following: Augusta, Alfred, George, Frank, Emma, Susan, and Hattie. On the paternal side, Mrs. Barre comes from a family which was founded in America in 1602, representatives of the name having been active in the affairs of this country in early colonial days. Several members of the Wolcott family were governors of Connecticut; one was secretary of the treasury under Washington’s administration while still another was numbered among the signers of the Declaration of Independence. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Barre have been born two children, Walter and DeWitt.

The family are members of the Congregational church, in which Mr. Barre is serving as treasurer, and he and his wife occupy a high place socially in the community in which they reside. Fraternally, Mr. Barre is a Mason, while in politics he gives stalwart support to the Republican Party, being in hearty sympathy with its principles and purposed. Having passed his entire life in this township, his life records is well known to his fellow citizens, whose respect, confidence and good will he enjoys in no limited degree.

Source: A.J. Baughman, History of Huron County Ohio, (Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co, 1909), 361.

Copyright © 2009 by Jake Fletcher

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