Born:about 1842 in Dekalb County, TN
Died:29 Oct 1863 in Sparta, White County, TN
Buried: Grimes Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents:William Travis and Rebecca (Mott) Barr

Married:Julia Caroline Martin on 27 Apr 1862 in Putnam County, TN
Born:about 1841 in Tennessee
Died: 05 Jun 1911in Putnam County, TN
Buried:Martin Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents:Thomas Cook and Rebecca (Cardwell) Martin


  1. Thomas David Barr born 1 Feb 1863 in Putnam County, TN


  • Uncle: Barr, Jacob Cronkette - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry


28 thTennessee Infantry
Company A


  • Enlisted as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 31 October 1861 at Camp Zollicoffer
  • Age 22
  • Oct 10-31 1861: Present
  • Apr 28, 1862: not stated Present or Absent

5 thTennessee Cavalry
Company A


  • Enlisted as a Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 21 July 1862 in Nashville, TN.
  • Age: 20
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Eyes: Grey
  • Hair: Brown
  • Born: Putnam County
  • 31 October 1862 was sick at a private house. He remained there 30 days. Now on duty.
  • Killed 29 October 1863 in action with guerillas near Sparta, White County, TN. He was initially charged with absence without leave. However, he was out on a scouting expedition when he met with guerillas and killed.



  • 1850 Census: DeKalb County, TN, Page 50
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 50


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1911) - #70266 - Caroline Barr
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1911) - #69657 - Caroline Barr
  • The descendants of Barr, Murphy, Buchanan, Winfree, Maddux, Lowe by Lela Belle Winfree
  • History of White County, Tennessee by Monroe Seals, Pages 70-71
    Skirmish at O'Connor's Branch. It was known that William Matlock had great wealth. Dr. Elkana Williams saw a number of Federals going to Matlock's. He went on and told some Confederate soldiers about it who started for Matlock's place. The Federals were led by Captain Bill Slaughter. With Slaughter were Dave Barr, Snorton McCaleps, Josh Hickey, and his sixteen-year-old son, John, who was the toughest of them all, and George Lever. They came to Matlock's and demanded breakfast. In the meantime they began to search for money. They shook the dresser but the roll of money they expected to find did not fall out. John Hickey said, "I demand your eight thousand dollars in gold. Ain't I brave to demand such a sum from you, I being only a boy?" It is said that John Hickey then pulled off Matlock's boots and began pulling his toe nails out with pinchers and burning his feet to make him tell where his money was. Matlock's granddaughter said, "What would you do if you saw the Confederates coming'?" They laughed, but when a man holding their horses gave the alarm, they got busy. They broke away in two bunches, some say the reason was that the Confederates came up in two directions. Mrs. Matlock, seeing that a battle was imminent, told them to go out the back door. McCaleps and Slaughter did so. One part of the Federals came toward the O'Connor Branch. Here Bill Hudgens, thinking that Dave Barr had surrendered, met Bar, both being on horseback. Barr began shooting, the first shot cutting a wisp of Hudgens beard off. Hudgens held his pistol out arms length toward Barr and held himself sideways until Barr had shot out his load. Then when Barr started to run, Hudgens shot him in the left shoulder, Barr falling off his horse dead at the point in the road where the brick house now stands. Barr was taken a few yards south and buried by the side of the road, where he remained until the straightening of the road for the hard road, when his people came from Putnam County and removed the remains there.
  • The following may or may not refer to David Barr:
    Memorial Historical Accounts of White County and Area by E. G. Rogers, Page 51
    A carpet-bagger, whose name was currently Barr but colloquially known are Bear, terrorized the area north of Sparta and in the Golden Mountain Community. The place of his burial was beneath a large oak tree near the former home of Charlie Grissom on the Old Kentucky Road. How he died is not presently recalled, but he was known to be a thief and a cutthroat.
    Monroe Saylors suggested that Bear be removed from the Sam Brock home where his remains were buried on the O'Connor Branch, as formerly indicated. Saylors said that Bear was with the Hickeys and one or two other robbers when they were trying to make William Matlock (Arthur Brown hime) tell where he had hidden his gold."
  • The Cookeville Press, 23 September 1897, Vol. X, No. 40, Page 1: The remains of Dave Barr were taken up from a grave near Baker's Cross Roads where he was buried during the civil war, and were reinterred at the Tilley graveyard Sept. 11. Most all his bones were found.
  • Putnam County Herald, 11 May 1904, Vol. 2, No. 14, Page 7: (Burton) - Caroline Barr and aunt Sallie Martin visited at Mary Hickey's Saturday. Aunt Sallie was tendered a birthday party by Miss Docie Barr, this being her 72nd anniversary.