Barringer (Behringer) Family Genealogy


Many of the following details come from a brochure, The Barringer Family In Catawba County [North Carolina] written by Mrs. Henry C. Cline and published in 1953.  This small brochure was probably at handout at the Barringer Reunion held at St. James Lutheran Church in Newton, NC.  The Barringer Reunion is frequently held the last Sunday in September as you can verify with Phil Barringer who is involved in the details for the reunion.  German pioneers began to arrive into North Carolina in late 1740’s.  The Catawba Valley became a cross roads for people migrating westward as the Great Wagon roads from Pennsylvania converged into the Piedmont area of the wilderness.


Other family details for The Barringer Family In Cabarrus County are available in a book The Natural Bent 1 , the memoirs of Dr. Paul B. Barringer, M.D. This book includes the pioneer family of John Paul Barringer from Mecklenburg County (which earlier was known as Anson County), and the area where John Paul Barringer lived later became Cabarrus County, NC.  John Paul Barringer, with his strong German accent, tried to get his area severed from Mecklenburg County named “Lorraine” by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1792 as a tribute to his European background but the vote was a tie, and old John Paul, the pragmatist, sauntered over to the chair of the committee to whisper into the speakers ear “Cabarrus, you vote by uns--we name the county by you!” and Cabarrus county was born by the Chairman, Mr. Cabarrus.


A third book describing settlers in the western Piedmont area of North Carolina, including a portion of the Barringer Clan along with a photograph of the second Barringer house, is Carpenters A Plenty 2 by Robert C. Carpenter.


Catawba County was formed from Lincoln County in 1842.  Catawba was also part of Burke County from 1777-1782.  From 1753-1777 Catawba County was part of Rowan County and before then it was within Anson County.  However, Bladen County, one of the original North Carolina counties covered most of the state before 1750.  Before the 1730’s the only people living west of the Catawba River were Native Americans from the great Catawba Indian tribe and further to the west were the Cherokee indians.  A few hunters and traders who made contact with the Indians noted good land and fast streams.  Important towns in Catawba County, North Carolina are: Hickory, Newton, and Conover. 


Some details of the Barringer family tree are available at  Additional information on the Mathias Barringer family is available on the Internet with some pictures (although Mathias Barringer, Jr. name (based on a 1779 survey plat it is spelled Mathias as is his father’s name) is incorrectly spelled as Matthias—remember in the 1700’s and 1800’s frequently names were spelled without a rigid dictionary and thus different spellings are frequently observed for the same person and the same location).  Additional details are shown below to integrate the tree for my ancestors. 


Eric Alan Barringer [see generation 5 below for his lineage starting with Henry Franklin’s son who was named Henry Shelton , b. 1904, who married Annie Ruth Tuttle and produced Howard Shelton, b 1928, who produced Eric Alan Barringer, b. 1957 in Lynchburg, Virginia] has uncovered old documents from the Mathias Barringer tree. 
              The first old document available for download is a 1779 survey plat of the Pioneer Mathias Barringer’s homestead in Burke County which later became Catawba as noted above (this script document has been converted to a modern English document although some parts of the script are not legible).  Curtis Loftin produced a map showing the location of pioneer families near Newton, NC with the general location of the Mathias Barringer homestead which he found for his Jacob Setzer website.  This pioneer homestead map, the Mathias Barringer surveyors plat, and the Google map is available as a download.
              Other historical scanned documents are available for download.  In some cases we have no information as to why the documents would have been retained by the Barringer’s.

If you have historical links connecting Captain Mathias Barringer (b 1730, m~ 1762, d 1776) with events of the American Revolution suitable for documentation for Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution certification, Email your details to Paul Barringer for posting on this site for access by others.  Note: since pioneer Mathias Barringer was massacred by the Cherokee Indians in 1776 the number of acknowledged battle sites for which he could have been in attendance is small.  You can download a listing of the Revolutionary War Battle sites as an Excel file with one worksheet sorted by city and the second worksheet sorted by year.  It is unlikely that Mathias Barringer, Jr. would have been at a Revolutionary War Battle site as he would have been 8 years old by the first battle in 1775 and 15 years old by the last battle in 1782.


This genealogy effort is prepared for my son, Mathias Nesbit Barringer as a little Christmas present in 2001 to give him a whole-cloth idea of his ancestors.  I provide this as a trust for keeping a record of life so it is clean, upright, and of a high standard so the Barringer name grows stronger.

Generation 1-

Wilhelm [b ~1695, d. 1748, buried at sea] and Paulina [b. ~1699, d 1748, buried at sea] Behringer, Württemburg, Germany

            John Paul                    b. June 4, 1721, married Ann Eliza Eisman b. ~1723,
                                                  married Catherine Blackwelder (Schwartzsalder) in 1777.

            Mathias                      b. 1730, d. 1776, married Margaret Bushart

            George Henry             b. 1732? Or 1723? Or 1725, married a Scotch lady ~1750

            Annie Maria               b. ?, married Christian Barnhardt

            Catherine                    b. ~1725 married Christian Overcash? Or Aubenschein?

            Dolly                           b. ~1727 to ~1731, married Nicholas Cook

John Paul, the oldest son, was born June 4, 1721, in the Duchy of Württemburg, Germany on the slopes of the Franconian Alps (now called Franconia).  He crossed to the French borner (he also spoke French) and walked down the Rhine River to Hanover, stayed there for some time, and then took a ship at Rotterdam for Philadelphia.  He was the first Barringer to settle in America arriving September 30, 1742.  After five years he sent to Germany for his parents, brothers, and sisters.  He first settled in the Wyoming Valley, Luzerne, Pennsylvania (a few miles northwest of Wilkes-Barre, PA).  Within a year John Paul married Ann Eliza Eisman.  John Paul Barringer often signed his name Paulus Behringer.  John Paul Barringer in his later years was referred to as a bearcat meaning he had the strength and endurance of a bear with the swiftness and eagerness of a cat.  Pioneer John Paul is buried at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, NC.


Wilhelm and Paulina were old, but they decided to make their immigration trip to America carrying a political description of French Hugonots from the Low Countries.  The voyage from Hamburg, Germany to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania took about four weeks.  Both of the old parents died and were buried at sea from the ship “Palina” with John Brown as master. 


The ship “Palina” arrived at Philadelphia on September 16, 1748.  Mathias (age 18) was now responsible for getting his family through the wilderness to the house of his bother in Pennsylvania.


About 1753 the family went to North Carolina  (Dr. Barringer’s book says: Pioneer John Paul Barringer, sometime before the year, 1750 traveled down from Pennsylvania with a train of five or six wagons and camped near a creek not far from the present site of Mount Pleasant, NC during the confinement [pregnancy] of his wife).  They settled on Dutch Buffalo Creek, in what today is identified as Cabarrus County, North Carolina.  The Germans, of the Lutheran religion, settled on (Deutsch for German become Dutch to the English ear) Dutch Buffalo Creek and their Scotch-Irish (Scotch people who lived for a time in Ireland before immigrating to America) neighbors settled on the Irish Buffalo Creek (notice the shorter version of the name which has survived).  Both creeks are a portion of the Yadkin River basin and were watering places for buffalo.  John Paul Barringer was jovial, well-liked, possessed natural leadership ability, and was an influential man in the community.

To better fit in with their English neighbors, the Behringer’s changed their German name to the English version of Barringer.   John Paul Barringer built his house and a mill (quarrying and cutting his first millstones from local granite) and was reported to live a Baronial life (his home was named Mount Pleasant) operating his mill, trading, and farming rich lands.  John Paul was captain in the Colonial militia and for twenty years was a magistrate of the Crown—he was visited by Lord Tryon, the royal governor who noted the visit in his journal dated August 31, 1768.  As a magistrate for the Crown, he refused to comply and issue the royal order of 1776 to quell the rebellion (the Revolutionary War).  Pioneer John Paul Barringer was rounded up by David Fanning’s gang (for his lack of informing the populace not to take up arms against the Crown).  He was sent to prison in Camden South Carolina for years and he returned to his home in 1780.  John Paul was too old to fight in the Revolutionary war but he did outfit his eldest son, John who became a captain the Continental Army.


Mathias Barringer lived with his older brother John Paul on Dutch Buffalo Creek for a number of years and was a Lieutenant in a company of Royal Militia organized by his brother Captain John Paul Barringer.  As I recall, Mathias worked for his brother for 7 years as an indentured servant to pay for his passage from Germany, as was the custom of the time.


Mathias married Margaret Bushart, a German girl and they had two children.  Later, Mathias formed a militia unit at his home located near Newton, North Carolina and is frequently referred to as Captain Mathias [and sometimes spelled as Captain Matthias as noted above].  The pioneer Mathias Barringer, as Militia Captain is named in the Revolutionary War of Independence (which lasted 8 ½ years) Battle at Guilford County Court House against the English.  Later Captain Mathias was ambushed and massacred by the Cherokee Indians at Quaker Meadows near Morganton in July 1776 along with seven of his men by a “Cherokee war party armed with British rifles” as reported in the book “Nothing But Blood And Slaughter, The Revolutionary War In The Carolinas” Volume One, 1771-1779 by Patrick O’Kelly (ISBN: 1591134587, published 2004) with an entry on page 147 concerning the skirmish at Quaker Meadows [near Morganton, NC]—thanks to Dr. Hubert Dellinger for this reference.


Generation 2-(The Pioneer Generation In America)

Mathias Barringer [b 1730, m. ~1762, d July 1776]  and Margaret Bushart [b. August 15, 1742, d. October 5, 1839 in Lincoln County, NC]

            Mathias, Jr.                b. September 22, 1767--the first of my family tree to be
                                                born in America

            Catherine                    b. August 6, 1773 in Rowan County, NC, married
                                                 John Setzer ~1777, d. February 10, 1819 in Lincoln
                                                 County, NC and buried at Old St. Paul’s Lutheran
                                                 Church Cemetery, Newton, NC.

Captain John Paul presented many valuable gifts to his brother Mathias and Margaret at their marriage.  The gifts included two Negro slaves, cows, two dogs for deer hunting, and a large, new “Luther Bible” exactly like the one Mathias had brought John Paul from Germany.  This bible was published in Nürnberg (Nuremberg) and was handed down in the Barringer family until 1894, when a great grandson, Noah Barringer, gave it to Lenoir College, now Lenoir Rhyne College located in Hickory, NC.


Mathias bought land in what today is known as Catawba County from John, Earl of Granville about 1762, and he built a two-room log house.  The two-room house still exists.  The house was relocated to a historical park in Newton, NC.  Later Mathias built a big log house (looking at a photograph from 1909 or 1910, the house must have spanned at least 40 feet), which was prominent in Catawba County’s history.   Mathias was an educated man experienced in military matters and was named Captain of the militia that drilled on what became known as the Barringer Muster Ground—the muster continued up to the late Civil War.  Probably Mathias would have gotten about 3000 acres of land in his grant but we do know that after his death, his son sold 1000 acres to a relative.


Captain Mathias was made a member of the “Committee of Safety” for the Salisbury district (in which he lived at that time) by the Provincial Congress of North Carolina, which met a Newbern, NC.  The committee also appointed him Tax Assessor.


At the beginning of the Revolutionary War both the English and the Americans sought Indian help and the British got help because they had defended the Indians previously and they supplied them with rifles 3 !  King George III of Great Britain and Ireland (ruled from 1760 to 1820) encouraged the Cherokee Indians to attack the settlers and burn their houses (particularly when they were considered revolutionaries working to the disadvantage of the King) as the British advertised the Americans would be unrestrained in their western expansion.  General Rutherford of the Colonies was ordered to collect all companies in his district and drive the Indians beyond the mountains to the West.  In the late summer of 1776, Captain Mathias Barringer with a small squad of soldiers was sent in advance of the army to search for the Indians.  Near John’s River [now referred to as the Catawba River] in Quaker Meadows [near Morganton, NC] they found the Indians as they came from ambush.  The Indians were as well armed as the Militia—all men except one [Phillip Frye] were killed.  General Rutherford ordered his men to bury the dead and no one knows of the final resting place for Captain Mathias Barringer who died at age 46. 


Quaker’s Meadows designation is still used by the Historic Burke Foundation as the site of Freedom Park in Morganton, NC.  Freedom Park is celebrated as where the Overmountain Men [the Americans from Tennessee came over the Appalachian Mountains] gathered for their march to the Battle of Kings Mountain, SC.  British losses at Kings Mountain was a turning point for American Revolutionary Fighters in the War Of Independence against the English on October 7, 1780 with the defeat and death of Major Ferguson who was protecting Lord Cornwallis’ flank with Cornwallis troops in Charlotte, NC.


Generation 3-

Mathias Barringer, Jr. [b September 22, 1767 d. March 18, 1844 in Lincoln County, NC] and Catherine (Susannah?) Haas – later married to Catherine Prichard

            David                          b. August 23, 1794, d. September 5, 1863, married
                                                  Catherine (Katie) Frye

            Jonas                           b. September 11, 1767

            Andrew                       b. January 12, 1803, d. January 8, 1844

            Joseph                         b. ?, m. October 17, 1832 to Mary Rudisill

            Polly                           b.?, married David Hunsucker

            Catherine                    b.?, married a Hallman

            Elizabeth                     b.?, married Jacob Carpenter

            Peggy                          b.?

Mathias Barringer, Jr. was 9 years old when Captain Mathias was killed by the Indians in 1776.  By customary English law, he inherited his father’s land.  Mathias, Jr., became a well to do farmer, and a man of strong mind and integrity.  The Barringer Muster was held once a year on the last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in May.   Thousands of people came for social pleasure and amusement with dancing every night in the upper story of the large Barringer house, which supplanted the original two room cabin, the where refreshments were served.  Mrs. Barringer had her table set from Friday morning until late Saturday night for the great social days of the Muster.  Family history records that Catherine Setzer Dellinger (she was the daughter of Catherine Barringer Setzer who was the sister of pioneer Mathias Barringer) risked her and her baby’s life by riding her horse across a flooded river to attend the dance at her uncle Mathias’ house during the Muster which indicates it must have been a great party.


In 1842, the North Carolina Legislature established Catawba County.  The first session of the Catawba county court was held March 13, 1843 at the house of Mathias Barringer, Jr. [located two miles east of Newton, NC] and elected officers for the county.  Governor Gregg Cherry dedicated the Barringer house as a memorial center on August 15, 1946.  The house burned to the ground on February 25, 1952 with only the metal plaque saved.  The bronze plaque at the entrance had the following statement:

“Mathias Barringer House

In this log structure

Then located 2 miles East,

Catawba County was formed

And its first court was held

March 13, 1843.”


Generation 4-

David Barringer [b. August 23, 1794, m October 2, 1820, d. September 5, 1863] and Catherine (Katie) Frye [b. December 23, 1795 in Lincoln County, NC]

            Alexander                   b. 1828, d. ~1862, m. Sarah S. Huit

            Alfred                         b. ?

            Noah                           b. September 22, 1829 in Lincoln County, NC,
                                                 d. August 22, 1899, married Mahala Lavinia
                                                 Huitt on December 11, 1856, and married
                                                 Eliza Diana Cline on December 29, 1872

            Emaline (Eliza)          b. ?, married Wade Rankin

            Linnie                         b. October 14, 1831, d June 13, 1896, married
                                                  Manuel Monroe Cline b. September 29, 1829

This generation would have participated in the Civil War, however, the family history contains few details about this period with the exception that some uncles were disabled during the war years.  A few people from Catawba County with the name Barringer are listed at . 


Documents recovered and scanned by Eric Barringer of Rustburg, VA in 2010 show three exemptions from the Army of the Confederate States because of hemorrhoids:

            “Camp of Instruction, (Camp Hill,) Near Statesville, N.C. August 15, 1862.  I certify that I have carefully examined Noah Barringer of Col. ??? Regiment, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier, because of Hemorrhoids of long standing are unusual standing.  /s/ ??Manomak, Surgeon.  Approved J. C. McRae, Capt. Com’g.”
            “Surgeon’s Certificate of Exemption Newton, N.C. March 14, 1863 [for} Noah Barringer, a conscript from Catawba, County, State of North Carolina, having been examined by us, is hereby declared to be exempt from military duty on account of Hemorrhoids.  We furthermore declare this disability to be permanent and that the said N. Barringer shall not be liable to further examination (unless specially ordered by the Examining Board.)  Signed by Javan Bryant, Apt. ??, Board of Examination”. 

            Catawba County, N.C. June 1864.  We certify upon honor that we have carefully examined Noah Barringer a Conscript of Col For?? 89 Regt. NCM and find him incompetent to perform military duty because of excessive hemorrhoids which we consider permanent.  The said Noah Barringer is hereby exempt from service in the Army of the Confederate States, subject to reexamination and enrollment when ordered by the Board.  /s/ A. P. Uall, Surg. P.A.C.S, and Chairman of Board. /s/ E. S. Pend?? Ap??, /s/ G. L. Rusckin, M.D., Approved /s/ ?, E. O 8th ? N.C.”

Following the Civil War, Noah Barringer signed an Oath To The Union that read:

            “I, Noah Barringer, of Catawba County, state of North Carolina, do solemnly swear or affirm in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the Sates thereunder; and that I will in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all laws and proclamations which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves.  So help me God. /s/ Noah Barringer.  Sworn and su7bscribed to this the 31st day of August, A.D., 1865, before /s/ M. Robinson, J.P.  It is hereby certified that the above is a true copy of the original oath taken and subscribed by /s/ Noah Barringer. /s/ M. Robinson, J.P. and /s/ Jasper Wilson, J.P.”

Generation 5-

Noah Barringer [b. September 22, 1829, d August 22, 1896 and buried in St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, Newton, NC] and Mahala Lavinia Huitt [b. December 11, 1837 d April 4, 1872] –later married to Eliza Dianna Cline [b. October 8, 1844 m December 29, 1872, d. ?]

Mary Jane                   b. September 19, 1857, married Robert Deal and had
                                      children: Garland, Albert, Quince, Cordie, Noah, Ella,
                                      Herbert, Ralph, Tate, Vernon, Summy

            Henry Franklin           b. April 29, 1859, married Zol Caldwell and had
                                                  children: Charles, William Noah, Homer, Annie,
                                                  Thomas, Mary, Helen Lucille, Sally, Henry Shelton, Margaret

            Rhoda Ann                  b. July 2, 1860, married John C. Deal and had
                                                  children: Lellie, Lester, Pinkney, Everett, Fannie

Linnie Catherine         b. December 27, 1861, married Burton S. Cline and had
                                                  children: Zettie, Lela, Henry, Clayton, Lottie, Roland,
                                                  Lee, Marion, Dewey, Rose, Paul

David Emanuel           b. ? 1865, married Elizabeth Sigmon and had children:
                                                  Lela, Essie, Paul

Harriett Eliza              b. November 26, 1864, married Daniel Wike and had
                                                  children: Pearl, Jacob, Annie, Sadie, Ethel, Poly, Paul,
                                                  Maude, Dennis

John Pinkney              b. April 25, 1867, married Margaret Hall and had
                                                  children: Paul, Frank, Castle, Hazel, Lottie, Libby,
                                                  Carl, John

Alfred Tate                 b. April 15, 1870, , married Bessie Setzer and had
                                                  children: Hobart, Gertie, Ray, Cecil, Mary Ruby

James Jordon              b. March 10, 1872, married Jennie Miller and had
                                                  children: Carroll, Blanche, Emmitt Edgar, John Earl,
                                                  Marshall Robert, Lillian

Ida Belle                     b. August 12, 1873, married Henry Sigmon and had
                                                  children: Herbert, Earl, Wade, Marshall, Irene, Cutie,
                                                  Ned, Cleo, Ruby, Henrietta, Louis

A son                           b. December 15, 1874,

Minnie Cora               b. February 17, 1876, married Robert Lee Smyre and
              had children: Carrie Mae, Ora Belle, Annie Lee,
              Willie Edna, Fred Ray, Ralph Eugene, Roy Robert,
              Malcom Henry, James Elmer, Gladys Cleo, Nellie
              Lucille, Paul B. Freda Elaine

Perry Lester              b. July 13, 1877, married Lena Rudisill and had children:
                                                 Margie, John Coyte, Hugh Perry, Guy Emmitt,
                                                 Phil Louis

Hamilton Belton         b. April 8, 1879, married Josie McKincie and had
                                                  children: William Sinclair, Russell, Robert, Nellie, Smith,
                                                  Phil, George, Chad, Alton, John

Effie Ella                    b. June 9, 1881, married Albert Eugene Cline and had
                                                  children Neva Gertrude, Edna Blanche, Clement Eugene,
                                                  Loretta Estelle, Newell B., James Curtis

Lottie Emma               b. September 29, 1885, married Henry Propst and had
                                                  children: Hershel, Grace

Bertha Alda                b. September 29, 1886, married Dorus Rudisell and had
                                                  children Glovys, Alta, Mildred, G. Miles

Carrie Lillian              b. January 12, 1889, d. January 15, 1902

Noah Clayton              b. January 12, 1889, married Bessie Moose and had
                                                  children: Thelma, Lorine, Harold Maron, Willard Grady,
                                                  Helen Loyce, Charles Clifford

Noah had 19 children of which, 18 survived.  He had 9 children by his first wife and 10 by his second wife.  Noah was a farmer, business man, and on the Catawba County Board.


Generation 6-

Perry Lester Barringer [b July 13, 1877,  d. October 19, 1938] and Lena Ernestine Rudisill [b. December 4, 1880, d. December 10, 1947]

            John Coyte                  b. September 20, 1903, d. June 17, 1970, m Ruth Marie
                                                  Herth and had children Ruth Marie b. November 1,
                                                  1929, m. Lewis Allen Raibley, John Lewis Barringer,
                                                   b. February 12 , 1932, m Nancy Gertrude Shereer,
                                                   Richard Kirk Barringer, b March 21, 1940 m.
                                                   Mary Carol Campbell
            Hugh Perry                b. April 14, 1905, d. March 6, 1956, m. Edna
                                                  Lenora Coogler, b June 3, 1903, d July 14, 1989 and
                                                  had children: Hubert Paul and Larry Edward

            Margie Elizabeth        b. July 24, 1909, d. October 11, 1994.

            Guy Emmett               b. June 16, 1912 d. February 28, 1989, m. Pansy Ethel
                                                  McClurd and had child: Peggy, b. October 29, 1934,
                                                  m. Richard Shull and Robert Baum, m October 2, 1989.  Peggy was an
                                                  actress using the stage name Peggy Winslow

            Phil Louis                   b. August 4, 1916, d. October 25, 2004 m. Regina Wilson and had children:
                                                  Regina Elizabeth b. September 7, 1950, m. Allen Lee,
                                                  Eileen Ernestine b. December 2, 1951, m. David Mullis,
                                                  Phil Louis Jr. b. December 13, 1953, m Cindy Regal,
                                                  Martha Wilson b. February 22, 1955, m. Danny
                                                  Mark Wilson b. February 13, 1957, m. Lisa Lawrence
                                                   and Susan Owens,
                                                  Phil Louis was also married to Vivian Parker Finigan
                                                  on September 2, 1990.

Perry Barringer worked on the railroad (my father Hugh Barringer was born in Frankfort, KY), was a carpenter, and a builder.  Details for this family genealogy summary were provided as a gift from Dr. Phil Louis Barringer, M.D. to my father, Rev. Hugh Barringer, ThD. in 1953.


Tom Brokaw, a television news anchor for the NBC Nightly News, wrote a book in December 1998 called the Greatest Generation. He describes how “this generation [the children of Generation 6] was united by common purpose, common values of duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and above all, responsibility for oneself” as this generation persevered through a depression and World War II. 


Coyte and Hugh were too old for World War II.  Margie was an accomplished biology schoolteacher, and helped her mother Lena run a boarding house to keep body and sole together after Perry Barringer died from a brain tumor. 


Thus the burden of World War II warrior fell to:
Guy Barringer, US Navy, PT boats—just the right spot for a motorcycle rider (before motorcycles were popularized) who later was a full time motorcycle policeman; and to
Phil Barringer 4 , front line battle surgeon for tank destroyers during the European campaign including the Battle of the Bulge.  Tank destroyers were in heavy demand and assigned to all armies when they called for help.  Tank destroyers were equipped with 110mm long guns on their tanks which also had extra armor hung from the standard tank armor—so they went into battle looking like a junk pile.  The lightly armored standard Sherman tanks with their pea shooter 80mm short barrel guns faired poorly in tank duels with German 108mm Panzer guns.  This means that Phil was at the point of battle whenever things got hot (as was their daily occupation for long periods of time).  Following the war, Phil became a surgeon with extensive training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  In deed, these were the Greatest Generation!  Phil was the remaining survivor of generation 6 until he died on October 25, 2004 in Monroe, NC at age 88.


Generation 7-

Hugh Perry Barringer [b April 14, 1905, d. March 6, 1956] and Edna Lenora Coogler [b. June 3, 1908, d. July 14, 1989]

            Hubert Paul                b. July 12, 1936, m. Martha Sue Edwards and had child:
                                                  Mathias Nesbit

            Larry Edward              b. September 1, 1937, m. Jo-Ann Noblett and had children:
                                                  Leigh Ann b. October 28, 1961 and James Larry
                                                  b. July 1, 1964

Hugh Barringer was a Lutheran minister.  Edna Coogler Barringer was a public school teacher.  You can read a brief bio about H. Paul Barringer at and you can see the Barringer ancestral migration trail as a result of  National Geographic’s Genographic Project .  Larry Edward Barringer graduated from the US Naval Academy, served two tours of warrior duty for Naval Air duty in Viet Nam as bomber pilot and Air Boss on the FDR aircraft carrier.  Captain Larry E. Barringer retired from his last duty station on Captains Row at the US Naval Academy and lives in Bessemer City, NC with JoAnn where they run a craft business.


Generation 8-

Hubert Paul Barringer [b. July 12, 1936, m. December 23, 1960] and Martha Sue Edwards [b. April 17, 1935]

            Mathias Nesbit           b. December 12, 1961, m. Mary Sandra Wranosky
                                                  in Portland, Texas

In the Mathias Barringer portion of the family tree, Mat is the next named Mathias after generation 3’s Mathias Barringer, Jr.  He and Dr. Mary Barringer, PhD (neural psychology) live in Bryan Texas where Mat is a Mechanical Engineer and Mary W. Barringer is psychologist for the Bryan School District in Bryan, Texas.


Generation 9-

Mathias Nesbit Barringer [b. December 12, 1961, m. January 16, 1988] and Mary Sandra Wranosky [b. December 20, 1962]

            Nothing to report

Mathias and Mary have no children.  Likewise, Mathias cousin James Larry Barringer mentioned in Generation 7 has no children.  Therefore the Barringer family line of almost 300 years from 1730 ends with Generation 9 for this lineage.


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1. The Natural Bent, the memoirs of Dr. Paul B. Barringer, M.D. chairman of the faculty at University of Virginia (then equivalent ot president) from 1895-1903 and later president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) see [a descendent of of the German born John Paul Barringer-brother of Mathias Barringer-who settled in Cabarrus County, NC].  The Natural Bent was published in 1949 [with a copyright by his daughter Anna Barringer of Charlottesville, VA] by The University Of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Dr. Paul B. Barringer was named after his grandfather General Paul B. Barringer (b. March 12, 1776, d. March 29, 1835 in Concord, NC)  a leader in the War of 1812, by his father Rufus Barringer (1821-1895).  Rufus Barringer was a successful lawyer and Brigadier General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (General Rufus Barringer was captured at Namozine Church, VA in 1865 and confined at Fort Delaware). 

General Rufus Barringer was the first Southern General that Abraham Lincoln met.  When President Lincoln was assassinated, the authorities found General Barringer’s card in Lincoln’s coat pocket, and this started an immediate conspiracy theory of who [General Barringer] was behind the assassination that resulted in an unruly mob.  The angry mob attacked the jail holding General Barringer with intention to lynch him.   The mob was repelled by Union troops—General Barringer said it was the only time in his life when he was glad to see Yankee troops coming after him! 

General Rufus Barringer fought in 76 engagement, had two horsed killed from under him, and was wounded three times.  Dr. Paul B. Barringer said “He left [his home to join the CSA] as a man of 39, in the prime of life and returned an old man and was never really strong again, through leading an active and able life.  Four and a half years of sustained combat had taken their toll”.  Rufus Barringer was a Union supporter but was among the first to volunteer when North Carolina seceded.  General Rufus Barringer’s papers are described at,Rufus.html.  Rufus Barringer is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC and his photo and tombstone can be seen at  As a sideline note, General Rufus Barringer’s wife was Eugenia Morrison Barringer, and her sister Anna Morrison Jackson was the wife of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson who was better known as General “Stonewall” Jackson after the popular nickname assigned to him at the First Battle of Bull Run (1861) where his troops stood against the Union forces “like a stone wall” according to a colleague.

An article in the State, January 1995, page 13, describes how Dr. Barringer as an 8-year-old boy was living at the house of his uncle, Victor Clay Barringer, in Concord when Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States Of America stopped to rest as he fled from Richmond after General Lee had surrendered.  After dinner, the dust covered, travel-stained, old men were relaxing.  The young boy challenged Jefferson Davis to a chess game and won—like Jeff Davis didn’t have anything on his mind!!

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2. A book describing settlers in the western Piedmont area of North Carolina, including a portion of the Barringer Clan along with a photograph of the second Barringer house, is Carpenters A Plenty by Robert C. Carpenter, published in 1982 by Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD 21202.   Robert C. Carpenter was a 4th grade student of my mother, Edna Coogler Barringer at Tryon School located just outside of Bessemer City, NC.  Robert gave her a copy of his book saying she was noted in his book.  Robert’s address as of November 2001 is 319 Long Shoals Rd, Bessemer City, NC 28016, phone 704-922-7716.

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3.  Johnson, Paul, A History Of The American People, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., NY, 1997, page 168.

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4.  A short resume of Phil Louis Barringer, A.B., B.S., M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S-

  Hickory, NC City Schools, Lenoir Rhyne College, A.B. in Biology and Chemistry,
Medical School:
  University of NC at Chapel Hill, NC-B.S. in Medicine in 1940; Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, MD in 1942.
Graduate School:
  Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN-Master of Science in Surgery 1951.

  Rotating General Surgical Internship, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CN June 1942 to 1943
  Battalion Surgeon United States Army European Theater, 801st Tank Destroyer Battalion and the 34th Tank Battalion, 1943-1947 discharged with rank of Major.
  Fellowship in General Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 1947-1950
  Resident Surgeon Colonial Hospital (now Methodist Hospital), Rochester, MN 1950-1951
  Martin Memorial Hospital, Mt. Airy, NC 1951 (6 months)
  General Surgeon, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CN 1951-1952
  General Surgeon, Chief of Staff, Bertie Memorial Hospital, Windsor, NC 1952-1954
  General Surgery, Monroe, NC 1955 to retirement in August 1986

  FAA Flight Examiner 1955 to 1985
Article Published:
  “A New Approach to the Venous Spread of Carcinoma of the Colon”, February 1952
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Two additional genealogies are available as download based on the excellent work of Barbara Rudisill Lucas of Hickory, NC for: Henry P. Rudisill and Noah Barringer.  Why include the lineage of Henry P. Rudisill?  The intermarriage of the Rudisill and Barringer clans produced many double first cousins.  These documents include additional details based on her personal investigations with details such as headstone markings of graves.


Last revised September 3, 2013
as a genealogy work in progress by
H. Paul Barringer father of Mathias Nesbit Barringer who married Mary Sandra Wranosky Barringer

H. Paul Barringer son of Hugh Perry Barringer and Edna Lenora Coogler Barringer

Grandparents were Perry Lester Barringer and Lena Ernestine Rudisill Barringer

1st Great-grandparents were Noah Barringer and Mahala Lavinia Heuitt BarringeràEliza Dianna Cline Barringer (mother of Perry Lester Barringer)

2nd Great-grandparents were David Barringer and Catherine (Katie) Frye Barringer

3rd Great-grandparents were Mathias Barringer, Jr. and Catherine (Susannah?) Haas BarringeràCatherine Prichard Barringer

4th Great-grandparents were pioneer Mathias Barringer and Margaret Bushart Barringer

5th Great-grandparents were old Europeans Wilhelm Barringer and Paulina Decker (Dekker)


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