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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.
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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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
|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]