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The Family Barbee
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Monday, 26 January 2009 08:57

Dorothy Barbee is the 37 x great granddaughter of Charlemagne. While I certainly have not established the proof records for those 40 generations, the popular ancestry of Rebecca Webb, her great grandmother, is a direct line back to Charlemagne, and from there to a King of the Danes called Skjold, and in some versions, all the way back to Isaac. The link back from Skjold to Isaac is tenuous at best, as it includes Woden and Frigg. As much as I like to think we're all a bit divine, that's probably a stretch.

This pedigree is copied on hundreds of family trees. Whether or not a relationship exists between us and the ancient royal families of Europe is factually based, I am not sure. I do know it makes for one heck of a family story.


Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2009 09:37
Andrew Barbee (1670-1699) PDF Print E-mail
The Family Barbee
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Monday, 26 January 2009 06:48

Andrew Barbee of Stafford and Fauquier Counties, Virginia (1670 - 1699) is the patriarch of the long line of Barbee descendants who ultimately moved into Culpeper County, Virginia and Kentucky. Many lines moved north and west from there including to Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri.

Barbee's Crossroads adopted its name from the old Barbee family homestead in Hume, Fauquier County, Virginia. Joseph Barbee leased the land from Denny Fairfax in 1787. Barbee's Tavern was well patronized and did a flourishing business because of its location.

Though the family legend handed down to us for generations about our Barbee's in Illinois and Texas suggested Joseph Barbee (b. 1744) was the son of a French man named Louis Barbee, research seems to indicate otherwise. There is an old family letter, written by Harriet Barbee Ano, which indicates this Louis Barbee was married in France in 1799, set sail for the U.S., landed in Virginia, formed a colony, and then started inland and settled in Nashville, Tennessee. Research by Bessie Barbee (1900-1986), who never married, was a school teacher, and devoted most of her life to Barbee history, indicates that Joseph's father was not this elusive Louis but rather was Thomas Barbee (c. 1752). The research of Katherine Chaudri (a Barbee descendant of Joseph and Rachel Compton Barbee) also supports Thomas as Joseph's father.

Many pieces of evidence -- not least the long connection between the Comptons and the Barbees in Virginia -- indicates that Joseph's family originated in Fauguier County, where they lived through several generations.

Some Barbee's are sure the name is English, but it is very likely that ours, at least, are French. The word Barbee means "bearded" in French. It is very likely our Barbee's were French Huguenots and thus emigrated under the persecution of Louis XIV. Likely, the left France for England, where they picked up the habit of using English given names, and then came to the United States. The first of the Hugeuenot wars were between 1562 and 1596. The Massacre of St. Bartholomew was in 1572, and in 1685, Louis XIV revoked the 1598 Edict of Nantes which had given Huguenots some protection by guaranteeing them political rights.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2009 09:10
Elias Barbee (1840-1899) PDF Print E-mail
The Family Barbee
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Saturday, 24 January 2009 12:59

Taken from History of Texas, Published 1896

ELIAS BARBEE, who is now living retired in Granbury, in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil, is one of hose whose valor and loyalty were displayed during the civil war in defense of the Union, and whose life has always been marked by the faithful discharge of his duties of citizenship.

Mr. Barbee is a native of Williamson county, Tennessee, born on the 3rd of September, 1840, a son of Joseph and Rachel (Compton) Barbee. Both parents were natives of Virginia, but were married in Tennessee, and in 1841 removed to Jefferson county, Illinois. There the subject of this sketch grew to manhood upon his father's farm, and his labors in the fields were alternated with his attendance on the public schools of the neighborhood, where he acquired a fair English education. He remained at home, assisting in the labor of the farm, until the breaking out of the late war, when, on the 19th of October, 1861, he offered his services to the government, enlisting in the Union army as a member of Company K, Forty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. In 1862, at Camp Butler, Illinois, he was taken ill, which resulted in his total blindness and led to his honorable discharge from the service on the 30th of April, 1862, at Camp Stanton, Tennessee. He then returned to his home in Illinois, but, though his army service was thus cut short, few of the "boys in blue" gave more to their country than Mr. Barbee, who through a third of a century has been deprived of his sight.

On the 14th of April, 1861, in Franklin county, Illinois, Mr. Barbee was united in marriage with Miss Lovisa Allen, a native of that county, and a daughter of Stephen and Rebecca (Webb) Allen, the former born in Kentucky, the latter in Illinois. For a number of years our subject and his wife continued their residence in Illinois and then emigrated to Texas, settling in Paluxy, Hood county, where Mr. Barbee purchased 160 acres of land. He had secured the capital as the savings from his meager pension of $8 per month, which was later raised to $25. With the assistance of his 13-year-old son, Mr. Barbee engaged in the stock business on a small scale and in the undertaking met with success. He subsequently sold his land and purchased elsewhere 190 acres, also an interest in about 500 acres of cedar brake. The former place he made his home and engaged there in general farming, with the assistance of his son. Before coming to Texas his pension was increased to $50 per month, which was of material assistance to him, and in 1879 it was raised to $72 dollars. Mr. Barbee made many excellent improvements upon his farm, placed the greater part of the land under a high state of cultivation, and continued to engage in agricultural pursuits until 1887, when he laid aside all business cares and took up his residence in Granbury, where he has since made his home.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2009 10:10
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