Sarah Jane Barry

16 October 1863–28 April 1913 (Age 49)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Barry was born on 16 October 1863, in Tennessee, United States, her father, John R (Jack) Berry, was 38 and her mother, Sarah Elizabeth French, was 28. She married Christopher Columbus Grindstaff on 1 April 1883, in Unicoi, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Johnson, Tennessee, United States in 1870 and Ogden Township, Lenawee, Michigan, United States in 1900. She died on 28 April 1913, in Home Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Edmore, Montcalm, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Christopher Columbus Grindstaff
Sarah Jane Barry
Marriage: 1 April 1883
David Henry Grindstaff
Anna Elizabeth Grandstaff
Mary Grindstaff
Margaret Charlotte Grindstaff
Mallie Edline Grandstaff
Charles Taylor Grindstaff
Albert M. Grandstaff
Effie Josephine Grindstaff

Spouse and Children

1 April 1883
Unicoi, Tennessee, United States



    Anna Elizabeth Grandstaff


    Mary Grindstaff



    Mallie Edline Grandstaff


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Ann Marilda Barry


    Elkanah Barry


    Mary Abigail Berry


    Celia H Berry



+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · Sultana Tragedy

Age 2

In April of 1865, the steamboat the Sultana exploded. The Civil War had been over for awhile so this was considered the worst maritime disaster in US history. Compared to the Titanic where 1,512 people were killed, 1,8000 soldiers were killed on the Sultana. Confederate soldiers that weeks earlier had been fighting with Union soldiers were now fighting to save their lives.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 15

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Beargha ‘descendant of Beargh’, a byname meaning ‘plunderer’.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Báire ‘descendant of Báire’, a short form of either of two Gaelic personal names, Bairrfhionn or Fionnbharr.3 English, of Welsh origin: patronymic from Harry , the medieval English vernacular form of Henry , preceded by Welsh ap ‘son of’. Compare Parry .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Jane Barry in household of John R Barry, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah or Bessy Grindstaff in entry for Charles Fred Grindstaff, "Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919"
  • Sarah J Grandstaff in household of Christopher C Grandstaff, "United States Census, 1910"

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