Many of the following details come from a brochure, The
Barringer Family In Catawba County [
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
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.
Some details of the Barringer family tree are available at http://www.ncgenweb.us/catawba/family/Barringer.TXT. 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.
Wilhelm [b ~1695, d. 1748, buried at sea] and Paulina [b.
~1699, d 1748, buried at sea] Behringer,
John Paul b.
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
Wilhelm and Paulina were old, but they decided to make their
immigration trip to
The ship “Palina” arrived at
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
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
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
Mathias married Margaret Bushart, a German girl and they had
two children. Later, Mathias formed a
militia unit at his home located near
Jr. b. September 22,
1767--the first of my family tree to be
John Setzer ~1777, d.
County, NC and buried at Old St. Paul’s Lutheran
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
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
Captain Mathias was made a member of the “Committee of
Safety” for the
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
Quaker’s Meadows designation is still used by the Historic Burke Foundation as the site
Mathias Barringer, Jr. [b September 22, 1767 d. March 18, 1844 in Lincoln County, NC] and Catherine (Susannah?) Haas – later married to Catherine Prichard
Catherine (Katie) Frye
Andrew b. January 12, 1803, d.
Joseph b. ?, m.
Polly b.?, married David Hunsucker
Catherine b.?, married a Hallman
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
“Mathias Barringer House
In this log structure
Then located 2 miles East,
And its first court was held
Alexander b. 1828, d. ~1862, m. Sarah S. Huit
Alfred b. ?
Emaline (Eliza) b. ?, married Wade Rankin
Manuel Monroe Cline b.
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
Documents recovered and scanned by Eric Barringer of
Instruction, (Camp Hill,) Near
“Surgeon’s Certificate of Exemption Newton, N.C. March 14, 1863 [for} Noah Barringer, a conscript from Catawba, County, State of
Following the Civil War, Noah Barringer signed an Oath To The Union that read:
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.”
Noah Barringer [b.
Herbert, Ralph, Tate,
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.
children: Lellie, Lester, Pinkney, Everett, Fannie
children: Zettie, Lela, Henry, Clayton, Lottie, Roland,
Lee, Marion, Dewey, Rose, Paul
Emanuel b. ? 1865, married
Elizabeth Sigmon and had children:
Lela, Essie, Paul
children: Paul, Frank, Castle, Hazel, Lottie, Libby,
children: Hobart, Gertie, Ray, Cecil, Mary Ruby
children: Carroll, Blanche, Emmitt Edgar, John Earl,
Marshall Robert, Lillian
children: Herbert, Earl, Wade,
Ned, Cleo, Ruby, Henrietta, Louis
Minnie Cora b.
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.
Margie, John Coyte, Hugh Perry, Guy Emmitt,
children: William Sinclair, Russell, Robert, Nellie, Smith,
children Neva Gertrude, Edna Blanche, Clement Eugene,
Loretta Estelle, Newell B., James Curtis
children: Hershel, Grace
children Glovys, Alta, Mildred, G. Miles
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.
Perry Lester Barringer [b
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
Guy Emmett b.
McClurd and had child: Peggy, b.
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
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:
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 http://www.barringer1.com/bio.htm 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.
Hubert Paul Barringer [b. July 12, 1936, m. December 23, 1960] and Martha Sue Edwards [b. April 17, 1935]
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
Mathias Nesbit Barringer [b.
Nothing to report
Mathias and Mary have no children. Likewise, Mathias cousin James
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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
http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/databook/text/chap3/3_2.htm [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
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 http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv//b/Barringer,Rufus.html. Rufus Barringer is buried in
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
2. A book describing settlers in the western
Piedmont area of
Hickory, NC City Schools, Lenoir Rhyne College, A.B. in Biology and Chemistry,
University of NC at Chapel Hill, NC-B.S. in Medicine in 1940; Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, MD in 1942.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN-Master of Science in Surgery 1951.
Rotating General Surgical Internship,
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
“A New Approach to the Venous Spread of Carcinoma of the Colon”, February 1952
Return to Generation 6
Two additional genealogies are available as download based
on the excellent work of
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
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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