Marriage license of Manley
Miller Barr and Mrs. Anna Vogt, October 16, 1922
It was probably quite a shock
to a confirmed bachelor to become a father for the first time
a few months before his 40th birthday. From stories I have heard
he had been giving advice to his brothers and sisters on how
to bring up kids. Four of the brothers and their wives came
to Elba to see their new niece. My Dad couldn't wait until they
got in the house and carried me out to their cars before they
could even get out of their cars. That's how men change when
they become Dads.
He lived in Howard County near
Elba the rest of his life and died in 1969, and is buried at
I never remember a cross word
from my Dad and if I was doing something he didn't like his
reprimand was "I wouldn't to that honey."
He wouldn't walk down the aisle
with me at my wedding because he said he would never give me
away but if I was going to marry anyone he was glad I had chosen
Axel who he loved like the son he didn't have.
I honored him by giving the
Barr name for the middle name of our 3 children.
I hope my children and 5 grandsons
live their life as honestly and kindly as my Dad did.
Manley Miller Barr, October
25, 1884, York, Nebraska - September 9, 1968; son of James Airth
Barr* and Mary Ann Miller; Married Anna Ellen Ender Vogt; one
daughter, Betty Ann Barr Boilesen
*Manley's grandfather David
Barr (May 10, 1807 - May 8, 1866) was born at Wishaw, Scotland.
He emigrated to Canada in 1833 and married Agnes Airth (May
12, 1814 - January 28, 1876) in 1834. "Glen Burnie"
was the name chosen for their Renfrew, Ontario farm.
Manley's father James Airth Barr was born
on July 31, 1849 in Renfrew, Ontario.
David Barr and Agnes Airth
Barr, James A. Barr's parents
In the spring of 1877 James Airth Barr
moved to York, Nebraska and bought a homestead in March. In
1879 he returned to Renfrew and on February 16, 1880 he was
married in Renfrew to Mary Ann Miller.
The day after the wedding they returned
to York and settled in a sod house (20 x 20). Manley's mother
wrote in the Bible that was given to them for their wedding
"we left the next morning for Nebraska".
Manley's father, James
Airth Barr, 2nd row, 4th over
Manley's mother, Mary Ann
Miller, sitting on the floor on far right
Manley was born October 25, 1884 and was
preceded in birth by 1) David Alexander Barr (May 11, 1881
- August 31, 1881), 2) James Ernest Barr (October 10, 1882
- January 25, 1954)). 3) Manley's October 25, 1884 birthday
was followed by 4) Aubrey Aaron Barr (September 16, 1886),
5) Robert Goldwin Barr (August 2, 1888), 6) Gavan (Guy) Allen
Barr (July 29, 1890 - January 20, 1967); 7) Lindsay John Countermine
Barr (August 1, 1892); 8) William Barr (December 23, 1894
- January 9, 1895); 9) Thomas Barr (December 23, 1894 - January
9, 1895); 10) Jessie Belle Barr (February 16, 1897 - May 18,
1974); 11) Joy Mervin Barr (August 4, 1899 - October 5, 1966);
12) Francel Airth Barr (April 24, 1902).
Manley as a baby, York
Nebraska - Durnam Photographer
Manley, Aubrey and James,
1886 taken at Renfrew, Canada