Biography of Thomas C. Barr
Winona County, MN Biographies

THOMAS C. BARR, farmer, was born in Scotland, June 2, 1829. He was the youngest of a family of seven children. His parents died before he was thirteen months old, and at six years of age he was compelled to begin laboring in a shawl factory; here he remained till fifteen years old, when he went on a farm and remained till of age. On reaching his majority Mr. Barr emigrated to America and spent four years at farm labor in Illinois. In the fall of 1854 he came to Minnesota and took up a quarter of Sec. 5 in St. Charles township, on which he still resides. By subsequent purchase he has acquired 180 acres in the adjoining township of Elba, and tills over 200 acres of land; his farm is well improved with buildings and all that goes to make a comfortable farmer's home. On July 2, 1860, he married Phillis Talbot. who was born in Somersetshire, England, December 27, 1838. Himself and wife are members of the St. Charles Congregational church. Mr. Barr is a republican, but does not meddle in political affairs. He served his school district as treasurer for seven years. By patient industry he has made himself financially independent, lie has reared a large family, having thirteen children, born as here noted: Susan A., March 5, 1861, married John Drehr March 25, 1880, and lives in Elba township; Mary C., April 30, 1862; William R., December 8, 1863; Agnes S., March 22, 1865; Minnie M., April 11, 1867; Christian P., September 16, 1868; Alice P., February 13, 1870; Thomas A., September 21, 1871; Anna J., August 16, 1873; Phillis S., May 8, 1875; George H., December 18, 1876; Sophia B., February 9, 1880; Celia O., December 2, 1882.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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