When I began to plot the locations of the birth-places and burial grounds of Dutch ancestors, they quickly began to present themselves as largely being grouped around one province.

The towns and villages in Utrecht province were home to several generations of my father’s family, thus far dating back to the 18th century. They form a cluster of mostly small farming communities that surround the city of Utrecht.

Tull en ‘t Waal was where my father’s family lived before immigrating to Canada in the 1950s as part of a larger movement of Dutch citizens. It is part of the municipality of Houten, which also includes ancestral homestead Schalkwijk.

Other ancestral communities include:




My grandmother is from Millidgeville, a small neighbourhood on the north edge of Saint John, New Brunswick that took its name from a prominent shipbuilder. She grew up in the 1930s and ’40s at a time when fewer than 100 families lived in the community year round.
4023028539_e1a2665d9b_oHer father was George Miles “Ted” Barr (1905-1973). He worked for T.S. Simms Ltd. in Saint John, New Brunswick for over 55 years. Starting at age 13 as a handyman, he eventually became a plant superintendent and finally an engineer with the company. Barr had a number of inventions to his name, including three patented machines.

George Barr was the son of William Alfred Barr (abt. 1884-1933) and Elizabeth “Bessie” Myrtle Neal (1885-1950).
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