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1897 Proceedings of the
Chicago Baptist Association
|Joseph Kingsley Barry
|Joseph Kingsley Barry was born November 09, 1818 in Oneida County, New York to John and Eunice (Sweet)
Barry. Joseph entered the ministry at age 21 and preached in Milford, Otsego County and Little Falls,
Herkimer County, New York and in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
He married Jane Ann Van Alstyne, daughter of Thomas Butler and Eliza Shepard (Gile) Van Alstyne on October
08, 1839 in New York. This marriage produced three children, Thomas Van Alstyne (1840), Eliza Althea (1844)
and Thomas William (1847). The family removed to St. Charles, Kane, Illinois in 1852. Sadly his wife Jane died
one year later, December 04, 1853 and is buried at North Cemetery in St. Charles, Illinois
He met Mary Marniva Cone, daughter of John and Lucinda (Rand) Cone and they were married
November 29, 1854 in Warren County, Illinois. Their marriage produced three children,
Kingsley (1855), Kate Leonora (1857) and William Rand (1860).
Mary was a 1852 Alumni of Knox College in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois
Joseph travelled to Placerville, California on January 22, 1853 to officiate in the wedding of his friend, James
Monroe Higgins of Birmingham, Erie, Ohio and Margaret C Hutchins of Montreal, Canada East. In 1856 the family
went to Alabama, with Joseph preaching at the Little Sandy Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. On February 07, 1857
Reverend Barry was called to Pastorate and on August 15th of the same year was elected Moderator of Little
Sandy Baptist Church. Before leaving Tuscaloosa he also preached at the Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen,
Mississippi. On November 25th 1859, Joseph attended the First Anniversary of the Southern Baptist Sabbath
School Union held in Canton, Madison, Mississippi where he preached the Sunday sermon on November 27 1859.
In 1860 he returned to Illinois, settling in Wyanet but soon after removed to Chicago before 1870. In 1871
Joseph was chosen to officiate in the marriage of his personal friend, Reverend F. M. Ellis and Josephine
Eldridge in Lawrence, Kansas. He travelled to Painesville, Ohio in January, 1872 to assist Elder Knapp with the
Baptist church in sermon. In 1874 he was the lead church prosecutor in the Union Park Baptist Church trial of
Reverend Florence McCarthy for indecorous language in the pulpit, which led to him being removed as a pastor of
the church. Joseph represented the North Star Baptist Church of Chicago at the 40th anniversary of the Fox
River Baptist Association at Geneva Lake, January 01, 1875 and remained at North Star for numerous years.
The Barry family attended the much heralded wedding of Eugene Charles Crosby and Martha “Mattie” E
Hinckley on December 27, 1877 in Chicago. J K Barry was a member of the Republican Club of the Twelfth Ward
of Chicago and on April 04, 1883 he presided in the marriage of his daughter, Kate Leonora and Alexander John
Hodge at their residence, 760 Washington Boulevard in Chicago. In 1882 he attended the twenty fifth wedding
anniversary of Reverend Christopher and Eleanor Perren at the Western Avenue Baptist Church at the corner of
Warren and Western Avenue in Chicago. Joseph was one of the ordained ministers at the
Chicago Western Avenue Baptist Church until 1897.
In 1889 he was the President of the Butler Manufacturing Company, 224 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Reverend J. K. Barry was a man of commanding presence and great intellectual power, strong in his likes and
dislikes, he sometimes made enemies, but also friendships that were as enduring as life.
He was a member of the Masonic Order and the Illinois Baptist Pastoral Union
Joseph Kingsley Barry died June 11, 1899 in Chicago Cook, Illinois
Mary Marniva (Cone) Barry died February 27, 1920 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
I regret at not seeing you.
I leave with my love and best
wishes for your future prosperity
Mary M Barry
August 29, 1878