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Originally, Colquitt was part of Irwin County, which was created in 1818, but in 1825, it was cut off into Thomas and Lowndes, what is now Colquitt being then Thomas County. Colquitt County was created February 15, 1856, from Thomas County, with the exception of a small area which was created out of Lowndes, so the early history of this  this area is also the history of Thomas County.



The Ellen Payne Genealogy Library


Part of the Scottish Collection at the Odom Library

Moultrie, Georgia is a wonderful place to discover your family history at the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library,founded on a million dollar bequest from Mrs. Odom eleven years ago. At the Odom Library you'll find the genealogical records of 114 groups, most of whom are Scottish Clans!

Information is available Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM. The library is located at 204 5th St., SE in Moultrie, Georgia.

The Odom Library has a fine collection of genealogical materials on the eastern seaboard of the United States and the migration routes west and an excellent War Between the States collection. The Scottish Collection is the icing on the cake at The Odom Library.


William Henry Barber

W. H. Barber, one of the most important among the original developers of Colquitt County, was born near Catharine Lake, Onslow County, N. C, on April 8, 1862. His parents, Thomas R. Barber and Alavana (Groves) Barber, were both born in the State of North Carolina, the former near Catharine Lake, February 15, 1826, and the latter at Hamilton, Martin County, February 15, 1833.

Mr. Barber's great-grandfathers, Joseph Barber and Hil-lary Brinson, were soldiers in the American Army during the Revolutionary War. The Barbers are of Irish extraction, the Brinsons are Scotch, and the Groves family is of English descent.

Thomas R. Barber enlisted in March, 1863, as a private in Company H, Third North Carolina Cavalry, and participated in the engagements at Hanover Court House, Rona Mills, Munk's Neck, Drewry's Bluff and Franklin, Va., and in the military operations around Richmond, remaining in the Confederate service until the close of the conflict. His regiment was a part of W. H. Lee's division of Stuart's Cavalry Corps.

The marriage of Thomas R. Barber and Alavana, the daughter of Wm. E. and Matilda (Kiell) Groves, occurred on February 8, 1857. They became the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters.

Wm. H. Barber's boyhood was passed during the trou-blous years following the Civil War, so that his opportunities to acquire an education were rather limited. He remained on his father's farm until August, 1879, when he went to Bertie County, N. C, where he clerked in a country store for about two years. He then went to Kinston, N. C, and worked in a store for one year, and at the end of that time he returned to the old farm home, near Catharine Lake, and attended school for five months. For the next six years he was in the employ of a merchant named M. T. Home, at Chinquapin, N. C; and in January, 1889, he came to Worth County, Ga., where he worked on Mr. Home's turpentine farm for about one year, and at the end of this time he formed a co-partnership with Mr. K. W. Home for the manufacture of naval stores in Colquitt County, Ga., in which line of industry he remained practically to his death, and in which he achieved phenomenal success.

In 1899, the Citizens Bank was organized at Moultrie, with Mr. Barber as vice-president. Three years later, Mr. Barber was promoted to the position of president of this institution, and held this position to the date of his death. He was one of the original promoters of the Moultrie Telephone Exchange, of the Moultrie Ice and Cold Storage Company, the Moultrie Cotton Mills, and the Colquitt County Cooperage Company. Later in life he acquired enormous interests in the naval stores industry in the State of Florida. In co-operation with a few other daring spirits he undertook an entirely new development in Colquitt County, when a packing plant for the processing of meats was built at Moultrie. This enterprise was perhaps the most important one that was ever started in Colquitt County and was epochal in the in-dustrial history of South Georgia. In the ages to come, there-fore, tribute will be paid without stint to Mr. Barber and his associate promoters of this enterprise.

Mr. Barber was married in March, 1892, to Miss Florence F. Parrish, daughter of W. W. Parrish and Roseline Juhan Parrish, of Berrien County, Ga. To this union six children were bom, as follows:

LeRoy Barber, Moultrie, Ga. Myrtle Barber, Moultrie, Ga. Elizabeth Barber (Mrs. R. 0. Watson), Tallahassee, Fla. Lucy Barber (Mrs. Wilbur Boozer), Tallahassee, Fla. Florence Barber (Mrs. Foreman Dismuke), Columbus, Ga. M r. Barber died suddenly at his home in Moultrie, Ca., on November 12, 1923. Mr. Barber was a life-long member of the Missionary Baptist denomination. He was active in the erection of the present imposing building of the First Baptist Church at Moultrie. For years immediately preceding his death, he served as a member of the Board of Deacons of this church, and as the teacher of the Men's Bible Class in the Sunday School.

This historian was for some years the legal adviser of Mr. Barber, and appends a few anecdotes of a personal nature which will serve to illustrate what he thought of his duties as a member of society:

Once a friend of the writeróan elderly man of somewhat limited meansócame to the office of the writer, and asked him how be might raise two or three hundred dollars to pay for a course in pedagogy for his young daughter, who wanted to qualify herself for teaching. "Go to Mr. Henry Barber," we said, "he'll let you have it." "But I have a past-due note at his bank already," said our friend. "All the same," we answered, "go over and see right nowóhe'll let you have it." A matter of two hours afterwards, we met the two men coming down the sidewalk, arm-in-arm, and looking as friendly as one could wish. "Well, Judge," said our friend, "I got it just like you said." "Yes," said Mr. Barber, "when I first came to this country, and was hired as a turpentine woods-rider, 'The Major' (I always called him 'The Major,' since he was a soldier in the Confederate War) let me run a little open account at his store. Yes, and I always try to take care of 'The Major,' and besides all that his daughter is a very deserving child, and she'll pay me the loan."

At another time, a few of us friends of Mr. Barberóbeing a little younger than he wasówere ragging him a little about being close with his money. He laughed good-naturedly, and said, finally, "Boys, I know that you know I enjoy this kind of conversation as much as you do; but I feel that I ought not to let the occasion pass without telling you for your own good that this very quality of being 'saving' has enabled me during the past week to extend from my personal funds as-sistance to more than 50 distressed farmers who could get no help from the banks." (This happened during the so-called Hoke Smith panic, in 1908, when the banks suspended payments. )

This writer had an option on a piece of farm property and asked Mr. Barber to find a purchaser, offering him half of his commission. He sold the property, but when it came to making papers, he said the purchaser was Mr. D. N. Home, and that his past relations with him were such that he could not afford to take his part of the commission, and so asked that it be turned over to Mr. Home.

In a recent conversation with us, Hon. W. C. Vereen paid very high tribute to the courage of Mr. Barber, as displayed in more than one financial venture in which they both were interested. Mr. Vereen especially remembers Mr. Barber's stubborn courage when things did not look so good as to the future of the Moultrie Packing Co., of which they were both founders and directors. At one time, he says there seemed to be some transfer of holdings of some of the stockholders but not a movement that indicated demoralization on the part of W. H. Barber was ever made by him.
- Thomas Richard Barber -

Born in Onslow County, N.C., February 15, 1826, Thomas Richard Barber was the son of Michael Barber b Onslow Co. and Elizabeth Brinson Barber b in Duplin Co., N.C.

Thomas Richard Barber was married to Alvania (Groves?) Barber. (a daughter's (Lucy Barber Jarman) D.C. stated he was born in Catherine Lake, N.C. and that Alvania was born in Wilmington, N.C.)

On February 10 or 11, 1912, Jacksonville, Onslow County, N.C., Thomas Richard Barber, still married, died at the age of 85.


- 1860c Onslow Co., N.C.

-Thomas Richard Barber & Alvania Barber

Name: Thomas R Barber

Age in 1860: 34

Birth Year: abt 1826

Birthplace: North Carolina

Home in 1860: Upper South West District, Onslow, North Carolina

Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age

Thomas R Barber 34 *

Alvania Barber 27 *

Jonas Barber 2

Dellar Barber 1

Palistine Barber 2.12

Elizabeth Groves 13

Elizabeth Barber 68 * Probably Mother of Thomas R. Barber




GEORGE W. NEWTON, Representative from Colquitt county, was born in that county September 18, 1866. His father, George F. Newton, was a prominent citizen of Colquitt and served as a representative from that county in the General Assembly at various times in the past. His mother, before marriage, was Miss Julia Norman, whose father, Hon. J. B. Norman, Sr.. and brother, J. B. Norman, Jr., have been sent from that county to serve in both branches of the State Legislature from time to time.
The Norman and Newton families have been foremost in the work of developing Colquitt county, and have had a large share in the industrial development of Moultrie, which town is a source of wonder to the inhabitants of the older sections of the State. Few counties in the State have ever shown such remarkable advancement as has Colquitt within the last ten years. The Norman Institute, a new educational institution at Obe, in that county, is the gift to the people of one of the Norman family, and it is rapidly becoming one of the most important educational centers in that section.

Mr. Newton was united in marriage to Miss Arliffe Barber, of Colquitt county, on September 30, 1889, and they have four interesting childrenó Thomas and Willie and Elvie and Julia, His residence is at Moultrie.

Mr. Newton was Sheriff of Colquitt county three years, Clerk of the Superior Court for six years and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners for four years. Duing the present session he is serving on the following committees: General Agriculture, Hygiene and Sanitation, Internal Improvements, Pensions.
[Source: "Georgia's Public Men 1902-1904" By Thomas W. Loyless - Transcribed by K. Torp]






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