He was educated at Miama [Miami] University, Oxford, Ohio. He studied medicine with Dr. Drake in Cincinnati, and took the degree of M.D. in 1836. He practiced for ten years, and then turned his attention to teaching, and has since been president of two colleges. He was baptized in Cincinnati, by Bro. James Challen, in 1840. In 1844 he commenced preaching. During the four score years of his ministry, he has labored chiefly in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas. He preached for the church at San Antonio till recently, when he removed to Ash Grove, Missouri, where he now resides. Dr. Barbee has given attention to several departments of natural science, and is known to many as the author of an elementary work on geology, and of a treatise on the cotton question. He has for twenty-five years been a contributor to numerous journals, literary, scientific, and religious. --- Scott, Laurence W. (editor), Texas Pulpit by Christian Preachers. St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company.
His education was obtained at Paris, Ky., and at the Miami university, in Oxford, Ohio. After his graduation he began the study of medicine, and for nearly ten years practised that profession in Cincinnati, but he subsequently became a school teacher and a Campbellite preacher [preacher for churches of Christ]. Among his published writings are: "The Scriptural Doctrine of Confirmation"; "The Physical and Moral Aspect of Geology" (1859); "The Cotton Question; its Production and Consumption" (1866); "The First Principles of Geology" (1867); "Life of the Apostle Peter." He died at Winchester, Ky., Oct. 27, 1892. --From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor.