The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

THE DIARY OF JAMES BUCKNER BARRY, 1860-1862
EDITED BY JAMES K. GREER
The diary of James Buckner Barry, a portion of which is pre-
sented herewith, is a part of the collection of several hundred pieces
of manuscript, known as the Barry Papers, acquired by the Library
of the University of Texas in February, 1927. The editor of this
journal learned of these papers in 1926 when they were in the
possession of Mr. Kossuth Barry, of Walnut Springs, Texas, a son
of the diarist, who presented the entire collection to the University
Archives.
James Buckner Barry was born in Onslow County, North Caro-
lina, December 16, 1821. In the late winter of 1844-45, he decided
to follow the example of many of his contemporaries and go to
Texas. He boarded a ship at Swansboro for New York and then
took passage for Texas by way of New Orleans and thence to
Jefferson, Texas, by way of Red River and Natchitoches. He
arrived in Texas in the spring of 1845. After looking over the
country from Jefferson to San Antonio, he finally joined Captain
Jack Hays's army of the Republic of Texas. When his service
with the Rangers terminated he hired out to a surveyor of lands
in north central Texas as helper. But report of friction between
the forces of Zack Taylor and the Mexican army in south Texas,
caused him to hasten to enlist with Captain Chandler's company,
First Regiment of Texas Mounted Rifles, under command of Col-
onel Jack Hays.
In the attack on Monterrey, Barry was wounded and was mus-
tered out with his company on October 2, 1846. He returned to
his father's home in North Carolina where he spent the winter.
He married Miss Sarah Applis Matticks, daughter of a prominent
planter, of Onslow County in February, 1847. With his bride, her
brother, and two slaves, he returned to Texas. From Houston,
Texas, the party proceeded to Bazette in Navarro County, where
Barry engaged in stock-farming. Later, he served as sheriff and
as county treasurer. In 1855 he moved to Bosque County, which
had just been organized, where he farmed and raised stock. Here
Barry encountered the usual hardships of the frontier settler and
was exposed to the attacks of Indians and lawless characters.

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