Facts and Events
Thomas Barry was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of Thomas Barry
- Page 68.--21st July, 1799. Thomas Barry's will, of Staunton, merchant To John McKim, Jr., and Andrew Barry, all land in trust; to Agness Barry, daughter, infant; to mother, Sarah Barry; sister, Elenor Barry; brother, Andrew Barry. Executors, trustees above. Teste: Wm. S. Moore, N. Owings. J. Patterson. Proved, 29th April, 1800. Owings and Moore live in Baltimore. Commission awarded.
- Page 123.--6th February, 1800. Thomas Barry's estate appraised.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1797 (A to N). - Thomas Barry vs. Christian Coiner.--Writ, 18th February, 1796. John Wallace is about to remove out of the State, 27th July, 1796.
- Page 339.--17th July, 1798. Subscribers form themselves into a fire company--James Edmonson, Wm. Breckinridge, J. Bowyer, Michael Garber, Sr.; Peter Elliott, Joseph Dickey, John Gorden, Robt. McCullock, Geo. Grant McIntosh, John McCausland, Vincent Tapp, Abraham Teebo, Jacob Leas, Philip Hopkins, David Griener, John Moore, John Fackler, Alex. St. Clair, H. Paul, Jacob Swoope, Samuel Clarke, W. Herren, W. Chambers, Geo. Mitchell, Thos. Barry, David Parry, Joseph Cowan, Hamp Keyes, Cornelius Baldwin, Smith Thompson, John Backenstoe, Jno. Wayt, Jno. Johnston, Robt. McDowell, Jno. Wise, James McGongal, Joseph Points, Ro. B. St. Clair, Andrew Haveouf, Jno. McDowell, Jacob Kinney.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Thomas Barry, her father [of Ann Isabella Barry McCue Allen], was born in 1767 near Londonderry, Ireland. He was not a true Irishman however. The Barry family was French. At age 20, Thomas Barry had come to Baltimore, following a rich cousin who happened to have been reared by his mother. This rich cousin, John McKim, was in the mercantile business and was one of the richest men in Baltimore at that time, 1787. Thomas was trained in the mercantile business and his rich cousin set him up as a merchant in Kent County, Maryland, on the eastern shore, about 1790. It was there he fell in love with a planter's daughter whose name was Ann Isabella Smith.
Health problems plagued Thomas on the eastern shore. He thought it was the damp weather and he decided he should go elsewhere. Staunton, Virginia, was then known as a health spa with its springs--warm and cold and hot. A great many rich people were flocking to Staunton.
Staunton was considered to be a healthy place and I suspect from later events that Thomas Barry was in early stages of tuberculosis. So it was that Thomas and his wife moved to Staunton. The following year, on January 22, 1797 their only child was born and named Agnes. Thomas' younger brother, Andrew Barry, followed his brother and went through the same procedure of being taught by his rich cousin in Baltimore and then joined Thomas in Staunton. Nine days after Ann Smith Barry gave birth to her daughter the young mother died, not an unusual occurrence in those times. So Thomas Barry found himself a widower with a baby. Thomas died in January 1800.