Sunday, December 29, 2013

Minnie Matilda Stewart Barr

2nd great grandmother of Kristina Hewitt, Brandon Gilby, Sandra Foster, Tiffany Hewitt

Minnie Matilda Stewart Barr was born 30 Mar 1870 in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Minnie Matilda Stewart Barr was the daughter of Robert Barr and Essy Geddis.

Minnie (Barr) Phillips
Minnie married George Robert Phillips in the last quarter of 1891 in Banbridge, County Down, Ireland.

In the 1901 Census of Ireland she is listed in the household of her husband George.

1901 Census of Ireland; Annesley Terrace, Cavan, Ireland

In 1920 she came to Canada.  

In the 1921 Census of Canada she is living with her husband George and 5 of their children in Toronto, Ontario.

In 1927 she is on a list of Outward Passengers on the Montcalm from Belfast to Canada, and again on the Canada Passenger list for her arrival in Quebec. 

She had been living at 33 Victoria Avenue, Newtownards and it appears her husband was still at that address.  Her daughter had paid her passage.

In 1946 she took an airplane (Pan American Airways) to the USA, on her way to Toronto, Ontario to join her daughter Mrs. Mitchell. Her husband, George Thomas Phillips was with her on the flight. Her last residence was Bangor Road, Newtownards, Ireland.

She is listed as 5 ft 7 inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey hair and blue-grey eyes.  She was able to read and write.

Minnie Matilda Stewart (Barr) Phillips died 27 May 1964 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

The children of George Robert Phillips and Minnie Matilda Stewart Barr include:

Elizabeth Phillips

Margaret Esther Phillips

Eleanor Phillips

Mary Elizabeth Phillips

Robert Charles Phillips

George Alexander Phillips

Violet Martha Phillips

Robina Beryl Phillips

William Victor Phillips.


Based on DNA tests done on direct maternal line descendants of her daughter Florence her haplogroup was the rather rare U8a1.

Known descendants who have DNA tested for genetic genealogy:

Samuel Knox (23andMe autosomal, FTDNA Family Finder)

Tiffany Hewitt (23andMe autosomal, FTDNA Family Finder)

Kris Hewitt Stewart (23andMe autosomal, FTDNA Family Finder, AncestryDNA)

Sandra Foster (23andMe autosomal, FTDNA Family Finder)

Brandon Gilby (23andMe autosomal. FTDNA Family Finder)

Samantha Stewart (23andMe)

Katelyn Stewart (23andMe)

If you are a descendant of George Robert Phillips and Minnie Barr click here for more info on how you can help!


1901 Census of Ireland

1921 Census of Canada, viewed at

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