An American Family History

Mary Ann Taylor Barr

Shelby County, Ohio is in western Ohio and was formed in 1819 from Miami County.

A cooper makes wooden barrels and casks.


Early American Colonists and pioneers had to make everything necessary for daily life and skilled craftsmen were essential.

Mary Ann Taylor was born on August 23, 1819 in Fairfield, Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio. She was a triplet. Her parents were David Taylor and Anna Bolen.

She moved to Shelby County, Ohio as a child and her father died there in 1834.

According to the Shelby County, Ohio Probate Court guardianship records, Mary Ann was sixteen years old on August 24, 1835. Her brother, John Taylor was chosen as her guardian and the guardian of her sister Elizabeth. Her brother, Abraham Taylor and Reuben Staley were securities. On August 4, 1836, William J. Martin was appointed guardian to the Taylor children.

Mary Ann married, cooper, David Barr about 1846. David was born about 1820 in Pennsylvania. His parents are probably not Henry Barr and Catherine Myers since their son, David, was listed in the 1850 census, living at home.

Mary Ann and David's children included:
Jacob J. Barr (1847, married Ida May Hawkins),
Tightman Barr (1850),
Franklin (Frank) Pierce Barr (1853, married Ida Louise Miller),
Albert Barr (1855, married Druzilla Amanda Ames),
Catherine A. (Anna) Barr Green (1857, married and divorced Albert Green),
Mary Alice Barr Collier (1858 married James Collier),
and Josephus Barr (1861, married Ella Staley and Laura Jane Smith).

Barr Family
Franklin Barr Family

At the time of the 1850 census, the household was in Mad River Township, Clark County, Ohio. The household consisted of David age 29, Mary A. age 30, Jacob age 3 and newborn Tightman.

In 1860 they were in Staunton, Miami County, Ohio, post office Troy. The household consisted of David age 39, Mary A. age 40, Jacob age 13, Tightman age 10, Franklin age 7, Albert age 5, Catherine A. age 3, and Mary A. age 1. David was still a cooper.

David died about 1867.

By 1870 Mary A was living in Brown County, Miami, Ohio. The household consisted of Mary A age 50, Franklin age 17, Fightman age 20 (sic), Albert age 15, Catharine age 13, Mary A. age 11, and Josephus age 9. A notation on the census indicates that Tilman was "insane."

In 1880 Mary A. Barr was in Deshler, Henry, Ohio. Mary A. was 60 and living with Josephus age 19 and Alice M. age 21. Alice was a dressmaker.

Franklin Barr went to Oklahoma from Kansas in the Cherokee Strip Land Rush in 1893.

At the time of the 1900 census, 80 year old Mary was living with her daughter Alice's family in Bartlow (Deshler), Henry County, Ohio on their dairy farm. The household also included James Collier 36, Alice age 40, Harly J. age 9, David I. age 2, and Isaac Collier age 64.

Mary Anne suffered from paralysis for 15 years before her death. It is interesting to note that her triplet, Jacob Taylor, also suffered from paralysis later in life.

Mary Ann died on October 3, 1902 in Deshler County, Ohio.

October 3, 1902
Death of Mrs. Mary A. Barr
Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Collier, three-fourths of a mile west of Deshler, Wednesday morning, Mrs. Mary A. Barr aged 83 years. The deceased had been in a paralytic invalid for over fifteen years, and death came as a great relief to the poor sufferer.

She had been a widow for thirty-five years, and we are informed that she was the last survivor of triplets.

The funeral will be held at the home of Mr. James Collier this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock, and the remains laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery.

Children of David Taylor
and Anna Bolen Taylor

  • John Taylor
  • Abraham Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • David Taylor
  • Jacob Taylor
  • Mary Ann Taylor Barr
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • and Mary Bolen
  • Ann Taylor Dill
  • Margaret Taylor Winget
  • Nancy Taylor Cox
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    James Collier was born on 15 October 1863 near Deshler, Henry County, Ohio to Isaac and Delilah (Rowland) Collier. He went by the nickname of Jim. He practiced the Methodist religion. He graduated from Northwestern Ohio Normal School. 

    He married Alice Barr on 24 November 1887 in Bartlow Township, Deshler, Henry County, Ohio. They had two children together:  Harley and Don. James was a teacher by trade who also worked in the dairy business. He had two wagons that delivered milk in the village of Deshler. He eventually took over cement construction company that his son Harley owned. On 09 May 1926, he was killed when his truck was hit by a train near Bloomville, Ohio. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Deshler, Ohio.

    Alice Barr was born on 28 November 1858 in Miami County, Ohio to David and Mary Ann (Taylor) Barr. She was a dressmaker and was also a Sunday School teacher for a number of years. She died on 22 May 1922 in Bartlow Township, Deshler, Henry County, Ohio. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. (from Sheenfamily.com)

     Obituary of Mrs James Collier:

    On last Sunday morning as the bells of the churches were sounding their call to worship, Sister Alice Collier, whose delight it had been for years gone by to accept their joyous invitation and find her way to the house of God heard the bells of heaven ...... to join the .... company of folks who worship before the great white throne. Quietly she she slipped away from earthly scenes and went to join the Saints of the chruch triumphant.

    Alice Collier was born in Miami County Ohio, November 28, 1858 died May 28, 1922 at the age of 68 years and 6 months.

    Her parents were David and Mary Ann Barr and she was one of a family of nine children. With her parents she came to Deshler about the year 1875. Soon after coming to Deshler she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of which she has been a loyal member through life.

    She was married to James Collier Nov. 24, 1887. They are the parents of two sons Harley and Donald.

    She leaves her husband, two sons, four brothers,
    Jacob Barr of Los Angeles, Calif;
    Frank Barr of Sharon, Okla.;
    Albert Barr of Hoxie, Kan,;
    Joseph Barr of Toledo, Ohio;
    and one sister Anna Green of Pemberron, [Perry Township, Shelby County] Ohio.

    She also leaves seven grandchildren with other relatives and many friends.

     The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church Wednesday morning, conducted by Rev Carl W. Jameson.

    Her body sleeps at Woodlawn cemetery

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