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|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, Illinois. Their marriage produced three children,
Kingsley (1855), Kate Leonora (1857) and William Rand (1860).
In 1856 the family went to Alabama, with Joseph preaching at the Little Sandy Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa and
afterwards at Aberdeen, Mississippi. In 1860 he returned to Illinois, settling in Wyanet but soon after
removed to Chicago. 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
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.
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
Joseph Kingsley Barry died June 11, 1899 in Chicago Cook, Illinois
Mary Marniva (Cone) Barry died February 27, 1920 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois