BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

WILLIAM VALENTINE BARRY


William V. Barry was born in McNairy County in 1558, and is the second of a family of eight children. His father was Dr. Daniel Barry and his mother Mrs. Eliza J. (Moore) Barry. W. V. received his education at Purdy and taught school for some time. In 1880 he began the work as assistant to his brother, C. D. Barry, who established the first newspaper in Decatur County. In 1881 W. V. assumed complete control of the paper and published it until 1884, when he moved to Lexington and established the "Lexington Progress", which he has edited ever since. Mr. Barry ranks high as a journalist. In 1883 he married Miss Mollie A. Dennison, daughter of C. P. and Mrs. Nancy J. Dennison and reared a large family.

Mr. Barry has ever been a close adherer to home life. About the only time he ever spent away from home was the winter of 1904 and 1905, which he spent in Florida and part of the winter of 1908 and 1909 when he was called by Chancellor E. L. Bullock of Jackson, Tennessee to serve as secretary for him during the session of the Legislature of 1909, which passed the Anti-whiskey laws forbidding the making and selling of whiskey in the State of Tennessee. Mr. Barry even made week-end trips home during this session. Mr. Barry is a devout Catholic and Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Hancock. He is a pleasant, courteous gentleman and very popular. His sympathy has ever been for the farmers. He says that if he had his life to live over he would live it in the country.

History of Henderson County by Auburn Powers 1930




William Valentine Barry, the able editor and publisher of the Lexington Progress, was born in McNairy County, Tenn. in 1858 and is the second of a family of eight children born to Dr. Daniel and Eliza J. (Moore) Barry. The father is a native of Tennessee, born in 1830, and a physician, and surgeon by profession. He graduated at Memphis in 1852, and the same year married and located at Purdy. He has since that time made Purdy his home, with the exception of from 1874 to 1878, when he resided in Wayne County. In connection with his practice he had at various times edited papers, and at present is editor of the Democrat at Purdy. Mrs. Eliza J. (Moore) Barry died in 1878 at the age of forty-six years. The following year Dr. Barry married Miss Georgia Treadwell. Dr. Barry is one of the oldest, most respected, and most Influential men in McNairy County. Our subject was educated in the schools of Purdy and remained at home until his majority, after which he taught school for one term. In 1880 C. D. Barry, brother of William, established at Decaturville a paper called the Decatur Beacon, the first newspaper ever published in Decatur County. William was his assistant, and in 1881 he assumed the entire control and continued the publication until 1884, when he moved to his present location and began the Lexington Progress, which has for its motto "We speak of men as we find them, and of things as they are unfolded to us." It is a newsy, interesting paper, and has an extensive circulation. Mr. Barry ranks among the leading journalists of West Tennessee. January, 1883, he married Mollie A., daughter of C. P. and Nancy J. Dennison. Mrs. Barry was born in Henderson County, 1868, and is the mother of three children: Charles L., Henry D. and one other. Mr. Barry is an earnest catholic and Democrat. His first presidential vote was east for Hancock. He is a pleasant, courteous gentleman, and very popular.

Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
William Barry 27 Mar 1858 - 2 Sep 1948 - Lexington Cemetery   Obituary
Mary Ann (Dennison) Barry 25 Jan 1868 - 6 Aug 1945 - Lexington Cemetery   Obituary


BARRY, William Valentine, editor and publisher; born Purdy, McNairy Co., Tenn., March 27, 1858; Irish descent; son of Daniel and Eliza J. (Moore) Barry; father’s occupation physician; educated at Memphis and Purdy, Tenn.; in early life taught school, and salesman for retail store; married Mary A. Dennisom Jan. 12, 1883; member Knights of Pythias; Democrat; election Commissioner 14 years, Coal Oil Inspector under Governors McMillin, Frazier and Cox; published 1881-1884 paper in Decatur Co., Tenn., was for 27 years editor and publisher of Lexington (Tenn.) Progress; now in the paper business with three sons; Catholic. Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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