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The Family Barbee
Walter Noah Basye - 1614 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 04:16

French Huguenot Church in Charleston, SCThe Basyes were originally French Huguenots, as the Protestants were known in France during the Reformation, and in the religious struggles in France in the 16th and 17th centuries. Many of these Protestants were executed or banished after having their property confiscated by fanatical Catholics. Many fled to Germany, Holland, Switzerland, England, and America between 1538 and 1789.

Walter Noah Basye was born around the year 1615, somewhere in England. Sometime around the year 1644, he married Susannah McFarland who was born around 1625, also in England. Together, they had a son named Edmond Basye in the year 1645. Edmond moved from England to Virginia, where he made out his will October 2, 1714, added a codicil on January 28, 1724, and it was probated on March 19, 1724.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 21:29
Killian Creek PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Friday, 13 August 2010 15:46

Killian Kreek's MillKillian Creek built a grist mill located on Beaver Valley Road on the Beaver Creek, Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky. It was built in 1799-1800, it is still standing. When selling the property they signed their German names, Gullian and Margaret Greig.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 21:31
Family Royale PDF Print E-mail
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
Lazarus Webb and Nancy Creek PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Friday, 13 August 2010 14:39

lazarus webb headstoneLazarus Webb and his wife Nancy Creek came to Illinois in 1812 with his brother Eli. At first they settled in Saline County, but soon changed to the north edge of Webb's Prairie, Franklin County.  There with the country full of wild animals and Indians, a dense forest on one side and prairie grass from 8 to 10 feet high on the other side, Lazarus built the first house ever built in the prairie and gave the prairie its name. He never saw fit to change his home any more but lived there until 1832 when he died. Lazarus was a farmer, a surveyor, and a Justice of the Peace. He and wife were members of the Regular Baptist church at Middle Fork. Both were ardent Christians and would go to church sometimes as far as Ten Mile Church which wa about twelve miles east of their home and both walk and carry a child, going one day and returning the next day. Sometimes they would both ride the same horse with a child on their laps.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 21:41
Andrew Barbee (1670-1699) PDF Print E-mail
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
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