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Thomas W. Barber

THOMAS W. BARBER'S birth occurred on the 23d day of May 1843, in Giles County, Tenn. His parents, Isaac J. and Eliza A. (Gordon) Barber, were born in Virginia, in 1814 and 1815, respectively. They were Tennessee pioneers, and did much to clear and settle the State. The father died September 29, 1885, and the mother in October 1858. At the age of eighteen, our subject enlisted in the Confederate Army in Col, Wheeler's First Tennessee Cavalry, and served until the close of the war, participating in many of the most important and bloodiest engagements. January 20,1867, he married Maggie A. Reid, born January 12, 1849, daughter of John P. C. Reed, of Giles County. Their children are named Henry R., Thomas Guy, Sammie C., T. Wesley, John I., Shellie M. and Lena M. Mr. Barber was raised under Whig influences, but since the war has not been identified with any party. He is a Mason, and owns a farm of 150 acres, cotton being the principal production. Mrs. Barber's parents were of Irish extraction. The father was a Tennesseean by birth, and was magistrate of Giles County for about thirty years and represented his county in tile State Legislature one term. The mother's maiden name was Sarah A. Hazlewood.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County