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Barry Smith

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Barry R. Smith
Born 1970s.
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Categories: Scottish Clans Project | New Netherland Settlers Project.

Barry Smith has an interest in Clan Duncan, part of the Scottish Clans Project.


The following sketch is written by Barry's Dad, so that his Bio will have content. Of course, this is the doting Dad's view of Barry's world. Now that I've convinced him to engage with genealogy and WikiTree, he will likely revise this after his own self-image. But I hope he saves this as an addendum.

After a degree and research program in chemical physics (honored as a Goldwater Scholar), Barry got a PhD, in mathematics. Barry is now a number theorist and Associate Professor of Mathematics with a love of teaching. He helps undergrads write math research papers and get them published. Beyond teaching, Barry translates math papers from Russian, German, and French as required by his research, and gives math talks at conferences and colloquia.

Barry married his college sweetheart. They have a daughter, and live in a tiny town in a bucolic setting, a house on a hill with a view of a horse farm. The family walks through a corn field to reach a local produce market (and neighboring brew pub).

Barry plays piano and is an occasional drummer. He is trained in ballroom dancing, and helps with the cooking. He is a California dude who has retired his surfboard and relocated 2,600 miles to the east. He still rides a skateboard.

Factoids of possible social value:

  • Barry's middle name is the name of a hamlet on the side of the Riederalp, in and near where some ancestors were first noted, beginning in the 15th century.
  • Barry is an expert (world-class) Boggle player. Challenge him (identify yourself to him first so he doesn't decline the invite).
  • Barry is one of the co-authors of a paper with a recent Nobel laureate in chemistry (his undergrad research advisor), from which a finite Erdős number of 7 derives.
  • Barry read The Economist from a formative age. The family thought he would be a banker.
  • Barry's academic g-grandfather (in math genealogy, his thesis advisor's advisor's advisor) solved a 400 year mathematics conjecture called Fermat's Last Theorem. Barry understands the proof.
  • Barry has an active research program and current publications both in algebraic number theory (the kind of math used in the proof above), and in binary quadratic forms.
  • Barry once went on vacation with his parents; his backpack was found to contain a classic text on number theory and a copy of Gibbon's Fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Barry's room is no longer messy.

And now time for story hour, or how the future can be influenced by small things:

  • Barry realized at end of senior year that he was one course shy of another undergrad major, in mathematics. So he asked a Prof he liked if he could challenge a number theory course. The Prof agreed to give up the first Saturday morning of his summer break to see what Barry knew. Barry chose to be tested from the text that had been a fixture in his backback for a year or so. They did a chalk-talk together for three hours. Then the Prof said "We're done". Barry didn't understand and asked if he had passed. The Prof played hard to get, suggesting that if Barry didn't know the answer, perhaps that would determine the answer. Of course, Barry answered his own question. He had successfully traded three hours of sweat for another degree.
  • That afterthought degree formed the basis of his career. He had to make a decision of what to study in graduate school, and he shrewdly asked himself the question: What do I like to do when I have nothing that needs doing? It was always math; chemistry and physics were out of the running.


  • First-hand information from his dad.

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Barry is a Wiki Genealogist following these tags:
Descended from Duncans
My maternal grandmother was a Jackson, and our Jackson line goes through County Tyrone in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Researching Northern Irish Jackson roots
Deep Massachusetts surnames include Howland, Chipman, Tilley, Huckins, Lindsay, Wood, Nelson, Barker, and Williams
My g-g-grandmother Nellen was from Ried-Morel in Switzerland.
My g-grandmother was a Newkirk, descending from Newkirks who stayed in Salem County, New Jersey for generations
I have several family lines going back to New Netherland Settlers in eighteenth century New Jersey and seventeenth century New York.
Leader of the 1774 Census of Rhode Island project
researching my own ancestry
I am distantly connected to several presidents, but I am especially interested in Andrew Jackson because of family lore that his grandfather is my lineal ancestor
My Rhode Island roots include surnames Thuber, Jones, Wilson, Miller, Wood, Leonard, Cole, Munro, and Pearce.
Researching Jacksons of County Tyrone
Descended from Duncan and Scots-Irish Jackson
Descended from the first Thurbers through the Thomas line.
Many ancestral lines in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
Historical narratives always make genealogy more interesting. I am only beginning to learn the various ways that timing of historical events can be used as a genealogical clue.
I descend from Joost Jans VanMeter through Hendrick, then Benjamin
Descended from the Venetz family from Canton Valais, Switzerland

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On 24 Dec 2018 at 20:35 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

Thanks for the go-ahead on Thomas Marshall, Barry. There are a heap of Marshalls in the Early Land Records, 1650-1801 database. Should be able to figure out his descent by following those.

On 2 Sep 2018 at 02:35 GMT Pat (Fuller) Credit wrote:

Barry, you forgot the SOURCES for all the changes on the Allen family. What happened to collaboration?

On 12 Jul 2018 at 16:33 GMT Pat (Fuller) Credit wrote:

Barry, Thank you for adding to the biography of Sarah (May) Allen. I managed to locate the source of the data and added it to the profile.

On 23 Mar 2018 at 22:11 GMT Jim Lynch wrote:

Barry, I was attempting to to a DNA match and your GEDMatch number comes up as not found.

On 23 Jan 2018 at 13:58 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi there,

Just a friendly reminder that voting for the WikiTreer Awards 2018 is open. If you haven’t already voted, click here to vote now. Voting closes at 11:59PM GMT on Sunday, 28th January. The exciting awards show will be live cast on Saturday, February 10th, 8PM GMT. Hope you can join us as we celebrate all the incredible contributions made this year.

Susie :-)

On 8 Jan 2018 at 01:17 GMT Jennie Jacobson wrote:

Thanks for the note about merging Burroughs-1146 and Burroughs-1125. I have completed the merger and cleaned up the merged profile.

On 6 Jan 2018 at 19:33 GMT Anon Snyder wrote:

Hi Barry

You should be able to work on John Groton. If you show documentation Proving his name should be spelled differently. I will be glad to show it as an alternative spelling.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 22:49 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

HI, I see you are working on merges, you may want to review Merging FAQs to understand your responsibilities in doing merges. Remember, after the merge you will want to clean up the text. During a merge, the text from the merged-away profile is simply appended onto the end of the text of the merged-into profile. You will want to integrate it into a single biography and a single sources section. Thanks so much for helping improve Wikitree! If you have any questions, just let me know.

Robin Lee Wikitree Mentor

On 27 Dec 2017 at 18:11 GMT Paula J wrote:

Welcome to the Switzerland project!

On 10 Dec 2017 at 20:16 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Barry, did you get my private message? Please send me your email address so I can transfer Space:1774 Rhode Island Census Project back to you as profile manager.

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