Charles E. Barr


CHARLES E. BARR, of Mingo Junction, prominent in the hardware trade of that place, was born December 4, 1847. His grandparents, James and Sarah Barr, were natives of Pennsylvania, who emigrated at an early day to Cincinnati. Their son, Edwin A. Barr, was born August 12, 1822, in Harrison county, W. Va., where he received his early education. Learning the trade of tinner, he opened a hardware store at Sistersville, V. Va., in 1851, where he now resides. At the outbreak of the rebellion he enlisted in Company C, Seventh West Virginia infantry, receiving a commission from Governor Pierpont. He was promoted captain of his company, and served in this capacity until the expiration of his term. At the close of the war he returned to Sistersville, and resumed his business. His first wife, Louisa, mother ot the subject of this mention, was the daughter of William Swan. She died August 6, 1864. By this marriage there were born five children, of whom four are living. The father was married a second time to Eliza, daughter of Clayton and Nancy (Smith) Kerns, who survives. Charles E. Barr was reared in Tyler county, W. Va., and there learned the trade of his father, which he has always followed. In January 1886, he came to Ohio, and made his home at Mingo Junction, and embarked in the business he is now successfully prosecuting. May 14, 1871 he was married to Emma Walton, daughter of George and Frances (Bishop) Walton, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. To this union these children have been born: Edwin A., George R., Charles A. E., Francis E. and Lizzie L. George died January 8, 1879. Mr. Barr is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and of the I. O. O. F. He has always been active in public affairs and while a citizen of West Virginia, served as mayor of Middlebourne, and four years in the council of that place.

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