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Washington Lindley Barre was the son of Michael Barre and Lettice Livingston Isbell. (Lettice was a sister to Temple Elliott Isbell Sr.) Up to now, and because of my own diligent research, there has been no known published information on Lettice Livingston Isbell.  She was listed on the 1860 Census of Warren County, Kentucky but her name was so poorly spelled (Latis Bane) that it was obviously missed many times over by other researchers. Also, without the letter below, I would have not even known about this sister of Temple Elliott Isbell Sr.. This letter and many other Isbell notes, papers and documents were passed down to me from an Isbell cousin whose great great grandmother was a sister to my great great grandfather, John Kimbrough Isbell.

But getting back to Washington Lindley Barre; he was a publicised author and was often referred to simply as W.L. Barre:

The Life and Public Services of Millard Fillmore (1856)
Author: W. L. Barre
Publisher: Wanzer, McKim & Co.


Speeches and writings of Hon. Thomas F. Marshall (1858)

Author: Marshall, Thomas Francis, 1801-1864; Barre, W. L., ed
Subject: Law
Publisher: Cincinnati, Applegate & company

The above was mentioned on page XIV of "The history of Kentucky" : from its earliest discovery and settlement, to the present date, embracing its prehistoric and aboriginal periods, its pioneer life and experiences, its political, social and industrial progress, its educational and religious development, its military events and achievements, and biographic mention of its historic characters
Louisville: Courier-Journal Job Print. Co., 1886, 865 pgs.


Lives of illustrious men of America, distinguished in the annals of the republic as legislators, warriors, and Philosophers (1859)

Author: Barre, W L
Subject: Statesmen -- United States; United States -- Biography
Publisher: N.Y. G.F. Tuttlo

He is listed on page 82 b. of "The Baptist Encyclopedia", Vol. 3.

He studied law at Franklin College in Davidson County, Tennessee, which opened October 4, 1844 and closed January 16, 1879. He was listed as a student on the 1850 Census of that county and state.
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Following is a transcription of a letter sent to John K. Isbell and his wife Adeline Ball Stoker Isbell from his father, Temple Elliott Isbell Sr. :

Warren County, Kentucky December 2nd, 1841

Dear son and daughter I received your letter dated Nov'm 7th, 1841 and was extremely gratified to hear that you were all well and doing well, except my Dear son Henderson who I left sick, and am truly sorry that he is no better, I truly would wish to be with him, but when I reflect that I could be of no service to him I console myself as well as I can, tell him. I love him and never shall forget him, tho, I never may see him again, but I still hope I shall. I wish to be remembered to all my Dear children and grandchildren and stept grand children Robert and Marsha, and also to all my neighbors, friends and acquaintances; as to myself I have done nothing but ride about among my friends and acquaintances since I arrived in Kentucky, I have attended preaching very much since I came here, and have seen my nephew T. Johns and my niece Mary Anne Barre and also my sister Barre put into the water by Young Weatherspoon a baptist preacher. There are great revivals of religion here among all the different denominations, Dear children you want a whole sheet written to you and that quick. I received your letter last night and read it by candle light and now according to your request of punctuality I am now writing to you, and how shall I fill up a whole sheet. I could tell you that it was a bad crop year in Kentucky, yet the greatest mast that ever was, and ..... ...... will do as well as ever they did.

Now sir, I wish to inform you that I shall write you another letter in ten or twelve days which will be a letter of business, at this time I cannot exactly tell, but believe I shall be able to relate the whole of my business to you in the above stated time. Old uncle Richard and aunt Lettice and all the family Jason and all desire to be remembered to you all, and so do all your friends and acquaintances. Well but what now, the whole sheet is not written yet, what shall I say yet, I know of nothing. O, yes I have just thought, I have seen a great number of the most beautiful and amiable widows but as yet have said little or nothing to any of them, for like Charley Bowers I have forgot how to court, but never the .... I think, but am not sure, I will bring you all a mother who will please all of you. Well I am run out again, what now, why I believe you need not write to me again until I write to you again as it will be in ten or twelve days. I send my love to you all as you all know that you have it so add no more yours John K. Isbell

Temple Isbell

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There is much misinformation about Temple Elliott Isbell Sr. on the internet and I would really like to see the correct information posted on your web site. I have been researching my Isbell family roots for 22 years and am quite confident the information I have collected is accurate. My sources of information are well documented with census data, the Isbell family Bible that was passed down to me, and my correspondence with other Isbell descendants who have shared their research with me.


 

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