"In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin—seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is."—Ralph Waldo EmersonThat was the favorite genealogical quote of our good friend, Carolyn L. Barkley, unexpectedly lost to our genealogical family on Sunday, 12 May 2013. She was 65 and had much she wanted to do in life.
She had been employed by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Libraries for over thirty years; where from 1986 until her retirement she was the Central Librarian.
After her retirement, Carolyn continued to work as a freelance editor and researcher. She spent much of her time traveling. Her most recent trip was to the NERGC Conference in Manchester, N.H. Carolyn was very active in the Scottish community and was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Scotland. She had many roles in Clan Barclay International where she was the clan genealogist, ran the Barclay DNA project, was the Clan Barclay Newsletter Editor, and Secretary/ Treasurer.
Since 2008 she had authored a weekly blog on genealogical and history topics for Genealogical.com.
She had served as President of the St. Andrew's Society of Tidewater, the Scottish Society of Tidewater, the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society, the Virginia Library Association (where she was an Honorary Life Member), Friends of the Virginia State Archives, and many more too numerous to list. The Saint Andrew’s Society of Williamsburg, Virginia named her Scot of the Year in 1998. The Saint Andrew’s Society of Tidewater, Virginia named her Scot of the Year in 2002. Most recently, Carolyn was President of the Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
In addition to being a genealogical researcher, she indexed and edited books for genealogical authors. Her largest indexing project was A History of the Yellow Fever: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. She was the author of Marriage Bonds of Princess Anne County, Virginia 1822-1850 (Willow Bend, 1997). She also played a part in having Wilson’s Gazetteer of Scotland (1882) being brought back into print. Several volumes of Barclay Family History are also available and in print due to her efforts. She authored the Genealogy at a Glance: Family History Library Research folio in 2012. Many were anxious to see her as yet to be completed multi-volume work on the Jacobite Rebellion.
There is a hole in many of our hearts, but our lives were richer for having known her.
Survivors include her son, Kelley and wife Kimberly (Murray) Powell of Roanoke; granddaughters, Megan Murray, Samantha Kate Powell and Mackenzie Grace Powell all of Roanoke.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Virginia with Pastor Matthew Coiner officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate may make donations to the Wintergreen Nature Foundation, R.R. 1, Box 770, Roseland, VA 22967.
Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.
Obituaries for Carolyn can be found at:
The Roanoke Timeshttp://www.legacy.com/obituaries/roanoke/obituary.aspx?n=carolyn-linda-barkley&pid=164804255&fhid=6162The Virginian-Pilot