Leroy H. and Russia Barlow married and raised their three children in Pike County, Alabama, in or near the town of Brundidge.The three children were Bryan A., William Cattaloe, and Essie Dell.William was born there December 27, 1888.About 1911, Leroy moved his family to Dothan, Houston County, Alabama, where he was a merchant.
Sometime after the move to Dothan, William left his parents’ home and moved to Ashford, Houston County, Alabama to pursue farming.On June 5, 1917, William registered for potential military service during the first round of drafts for The Great War.On his draft card, he requested exemption from military service due to dependent parents.On March 24, 1918, at age 29, William wed, in Dothan, Miss Effie Palmer, age 23, of Edison, Calhoun County, Georgia.Effie was the daughter of Elbert Marion and Martha Jane (Wiggins) Palmer of Edison, Georgia
On April 20, 1918, William was included in the call-up by the local draft board for Houston County.He reported to the board on April 25, and then shipped out the next day by train with other draftees headed for Columbia, South Carolina.After training, on May 17, 1918, William was assigned to Company F, 105th Engineering Battalion, 30th Infantry Division.He left with his unit May 27, 1918 onboard the Canadian Pacific transport Melita from Hoboken, New Jersey steaming for France.On August 27, 1918, William was killed in action along with two others in his unit, while sending mustard gas over to the Germans on the Ypres Front, near Ypres, Belgium.His final resting place is the Flanders Field cemetery in Waregem, Belgium.
Since William and Effie were together as man and wife only one month and one day before he reported for military duty, I do not believe they had children.In fact, no record can be found of any children.Effie did not immediately remarry, either.Not until January 12, 1930 did Effie marry Jasper Edwin Kirksey, a successful and prominent businessman in Edison, who was involved with cotton buying.No record can be found of issue from that marriage, either.This marriage was Kirksey’s first.
In 1929, when the federal government was locating mothers and widows of those WWI dead buried in Europe, both Williams’ widow and mother were contacted about taking one of the Gold Star Pilgrimages at government expense to visit the site of their loved one’s grave.Effie requested a trip in 1930, while Russia wished to defer her visit sometime later.Actually, Russia did travel to Belgium in June and July of 1930.By the time of the trip, Effie was no longer eligible to make the trip since she has remarried.
Leroy, William’s father, died in his Dothan home in 1929.His obituary did not mention family members other than his wife.Russia, William’s mother, died in 1954.William’s sister, Essie, died in 1990 as an old maid, at the age of 100.Essie’s obituary mentioned both of her brothers.Bryan was listed as Dr.Bryan A.Barlow.The “Dr.” title coincides with the comment for Bryan on the 1910 Federal Census for Pike County, Alabama that he was “at college.”
Jasper Kirksey died in 1949.His local prominence rated a front-page article in the weekly Calhoun County News newspaper.Effie died twenty years later, in 1969.Leroy H., Russia Bryan, and Essie Dell Barlow are buried in the Dothan City Cemetery, Dothan, Houston County, Alabama.Jasper & Effie Kirksey and Elbert & Martha Palmer are buried in the large Palmer family plot at the Salem Baptist Church cemetery near Edison, Calhoun County, Georgia.
In the 1954 obituary of Russia, a great-grandson was mentioned, a Bobby Barlow of Opolussa, Mississippi.I can find no record of such a city.Might it actually be Opelousas, Louisiana?I would like to track down descendants in hopes of finding a picture of William Barlow.