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Historic Sanctuary, Gray United Methodist Church, Gray, Georgia   Leave a comment

Above:  The Historic Sanctuary, June 11, 2018

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


I was driving through Gray, Georgia, where my great-grandfather, George Washington Barrett (1873-1956), served from late 1917 to late 1919.  He was a minister in the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939).  For two years he served a three-point charge that included the congregation in Gray.  He preached in the building pictured above.

The windows postdate his time as pastor, obviously.

Notice the side view of the building.  The back section, with the door facing toward the street, is younger than the rest of the building.  According to the church’s website, the back section dates to the 1940s.

One way of connecting with one’s ancestors is to visit places they lived, worshiped, et cetera.  I try to imagine my grandmother, Nell Barrett (1915-2001), on this site as a young child.  I try to imagine my great-grandfather, not as the silver-haired gentleman I have usually seen in photographs, but as a younger man.  Here I have a tangible connection to my family’s past.  Liturgically and theologically I would not fit in at Gray U.M.C., but that is fine.




Nell Barrett, May 1933   Leave a comment

From The Scroll, LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia, May 1933


I thank my sister, Barbara Jackson, for bringing this to my attention.

Nell Barrett (later Taylor) was my paternal grandmother.

Click to access 1933-05.pdf

George W. Barrett and Sterling Hunter   Leave a comment

Barrett and Sterling

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


To the left:  George Washington Barrett (1973-1956), my great-grandfather

To the right:  Sterling Hunter, Pastor of Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Georgia, from 1932 to 1938; he was pastor to my grandparents, John D. Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976), and Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001)


Descendants of John Barrett and William Winburn (VII)   Leave a comment


Descendants 08B

Descendants 08C

Descendants 09A

Scans Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Robert Wesley Barrett (1860-1924) was the first child of William Wesley Barrett (1835-1911) and Sarah Jane Winburn Barrett (1838-1883) and the father of George Washington Barrett (1873-1956), my great-grandfather.  Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001) was my grandmother.


Lucy Barrett   Leave a comment

Lucy Barrett

Image Source = Randolph Fleming Taylor


My great-aunt (1912-2001)–sister of Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001) and daughter of George Washington Barrett (1873-1956) and Nellie Sequin Fox Barrett (1876-1958)


Nell Barrett Taylor, 1939   Leave a comment

Nell Taylor 1939

Image Source = Randolph Fleming Taylor


My grandmother (1915-2001) was twenty-four years old at the time of this photograph.



The Taylor House in 2004   1 comment

Taylor House 2004 I

Above:  The Taylor House in 2004

This Image and the Other One Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

I think of an old joke.  Two mature women–neighbors–were speaking across a fence.  One commented that she liked being married to an archaeologist.

The older I become, the more interesting he finds me,

she said.

Older women, in my experience, enjoy that joke more than younger women.

My ancestral family home–which goes back to the 1890s, with stages of construction and one of demolition (there was another wing, removed in the early 1960s)–is like a mature woman and I am like the archaeologist in the joke–I like old buildings.  And I, who have the floor plan committed to memory, want to see the old structure restored to grand dame status.  May house allies in Summerville, Georgia, succeed!  My family–from John D. Taylor, Sr., and his wife, “Hattie,” through my grandparents, John D. Taylor, Jr., and Nell Barrett Taylor, would approve.  And members of the generation preceding mine–my father, my uncle, and my mother–and of my generation also approve.

Taylor House 2004 II


My Grandmother, Painted By My Great-Grandmother   Leave a comment

Nell Barrett Taylor by her mother

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

Here is a painting of my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001) by her mother, Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958).  My great-grandmother was a skilled painter.  Her work is the primary reason I have created a category for paintings by family members at this weblog.



Obituary of Richard Fox Barrett   Leave a comment

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 7, 2009


He was the son of George Dickey Barrett (1910-1989), my granduncle, sister of Nell Barrett Taylor, and son of George Washington Barrett.

He was also a first cousin of the novelist Olive Ann Burns.  Carolyn Burns Barrett (April 4, 1913-May 4, 1996), Dick’s mother, was a younger sister of William (Arnold) Burns (1893-1973), father of Olive Ann Burns.





Richard (Dick) Barrett, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009, suddenly of an apparent heart attack.  Dick is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Lee Barrett; two daughters, Christina and Andrea Barrett, both of Snellville, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Wolf Seka of Rochester, NY; mother-in-law, Donna Hunt of Columbus, GA; other relatives and a host of many friends.  Dick was preceded in death by his father, George Dickey Barrett and mother, Carolyn Burns Barrett.  Dick was an Atlanta native, and attended Grady High School.  He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  He worked for various Atlanta engineering firms, and most recently for the State of Georgia in Information Technology Management.  Dick was an active member of Cannon United Methodist Church, having served as secretary of the administrative board for many years.  Dick was a dutiful and devoted family man, and was always involved in and supported his daughters’ activities.  He loved to travel with his family, visiting many countries around the world.  The Service Celebrating the Life of Dick Barrett will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 4:00 P.M. at Cannon United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Elliott and Rev. Amy Morgan officiating.  Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home.  Those desiring may make donations to Cannon United Methodist Church, 2424 Webb Gin House Rd., Snellville, GA 30078, in memory of Dick Barrett.

Obituary of George Washington Barrett   Leave a comment

George W. Barrett

Above:  George Washington Barrett

An image taped inside a family history book


From the Journal of the North Georgia Conference of The Methodist Church, 1956, pages 110 and 111



The Reverend George W. Barrett was born September 3, 1873, and left us for his heavenly home June 12, 1956.  He was the son of William Wesley and Sarah Jane Winburn Barrett.  He was graduated from Young Harris College in 1899.

On January 17, 1900, he was happily married to Miss Nellie S. Fox.  He is survived by his wife and following children:  George Dickey, Lucy S., Nellie F. (Mrs. John D. Taylor), and Margaret E.  Another daughter, Sarah C., passed away June 12, 1954.  His home was one of culture and refinement whose spiritual atmosphere reflected the presence of the Master who was the real head of the house.

Brother Barrett joined the North Georgia Conference in 1899.  He was ordained deacon in 1899 by Bishop Hendrix and elder in 1903 by Bishop Key.  His appointments were as follows:  Alpharetta; Blue Ridge; Palmetto; Douglasville; Cornelia; Tate; Acworth; Union Point; Asbury, Augusta; Lithonia; Gray; Tignall; St. Paul, Gainesville; Winder; St. Luke, Augusta; Commerce; Rockmart; Second Avenue, Rome; Underwood, Atlanta, from which he retired in 1945.

He was at the table of the Secretary of the Conference for twenty-eight years–for twenty-one years the Secretary of the Conference, and editor of the Conference Journal.  He was a natural born Secretary.  In correspondence with the Publishing House as Editor of the Journal he was often addressed as “the model Secretary.”  In District Conferences or other church meetings, where a secretary was needed, they usually thought of Brother Barrett, if he were present, and elected him.

George W. Barrett was not only a gentleman but a gentle man.  Smoking flax he would not quench and the bruised reed would not be further damaged in his hands.  The ugly habit of self-assertion and self-seeking was not in his make-up.  He walked in deep humility with his Lord, content to feel that always the Master was at hand.

Brother Barrett was a sound Gospel preacher.  His sermons were not cluttered up with trivialities but dealt with the profound truths of the Holy Word.  He followed in the traditions of the fathers and was little moved by modern trends.  His people loved and trusted him.  They believed that in the midst of pretense and sham here, indeed, was a real man of God.  His life was an orderly one.  He was meticulous in his attention to details.  There was method in all that he did.  He was punctual in his appointments and prompt in his obligations.  He had strong convictions and was never ashamed or afraid to declare them.

For more than eighty-two years Brother George W. Barrett had lived among us, walking in the straight and narrow way, his face always toward the morning.  At last the weary feet could carry him no farther.  The gentle knight laid down his shining sword.  The mantle of his noble calling fell from his shoulders unsoiled.  His nerveless hands could no longer hold the working tools of his loved employ.  So he left us–the earth better for his coming, heaven richer for his going–to be at home with God.




It is, I admit, an overwritten obituary in places, but that is excusable.  If one cannot become flowery in an obituary, where can one do so?

I do recognize one glaring omission:  There is no mention of his firstborn son, Randolph Winburn Barrett (1905-?), who disappeared in the 1930s.  I propose no single reason for this, and I hope that nobody thinks I am.  In fact, I suspect that there are at least two reasons for this and almost everything else in the realm of the human race.  I do know that, for a set of reasons, Randolph became a topic to avoid in the household, so I am not surprised that he is absent here.  Maybe the primary reason was grief.  I have no evidence to suggest otherwise, so I extend the benefit of the doubt.