Barrow Ancestry Fifth Report
Jonathan B. Butcher, June 1989
Contributed by Frank Barrow; typed by Betty Wall; adapted for web presentation by Elizabeth Ross. Aug. 2005.
Jonathan B. Butcher, 6/1989In your request of 10 March you inquired about the relationships of a number of other Barrows to our line. It turns out that all of these were apparently cousins of one degree or another. To understand the relationships, we need to get into the families of William and Thomas Barrow. However, before doing so I will first discuss a few miscellaneous items.
First, as you point out, it would appear that there may have been a close association between the Green Co. Barrows and the Faircloth family. Quite possibly some of the Barrows married into this family. Unfortunately, I have not been able to prove this, due to the loss of Greene records. There is evidence that William Faircloth left a will, which does not now survive, as in New Bern District Superior Court estates we find record of a lawsuit in 1800 between Mary Faircloth, executrix of William Faircloth of Greene Co., against James Glasgow. Witnesses summoned were Burwell Mooring and Sarah Faircloth. I could not locate any published accounts of this family. You also noted the association with the Vasser family. As we will see below, the Vassers occur in connection with the William Barrow family in Halifax Co. as well as in connection with the Barrows in Dobbs Co. I believe the Vassers and Barrows had been acquainted since living in Virginia.
Attempting to gain more information on Simon Barrow during his residence in Northampton Co., N. C. (ca. 1752-ca. 1765) is a good idea, but does not avail us much.
The reason is that many of the earliest Northampton records have been lost, and what survives is primarily the deed and will books. No court minutes from this period are extant.
It also seemed advisable to look a little further into New Bern District Superior Court records. I should first note that for the last report I searched the New Bern Law and Equity Dockets for 1780-86 (DSCR 206.314.1-2), without result, but omitted this from my report. I then continued examination of the Appearance Dockets for Nov. 1790 through Jan. 1802. This turned up very little. I did find that in September 1792 Sherod Barrow was bail for Benja. Shepperd of Glasgow Co. in two lawsuits brought by John Martin. In July 1801 we find a case "Jacob Smith vs. James Barrow. T.A.B. .Dismissed at Defts. Costs ", but a county is not indicated.
Now, to the Tennessee records. A map of Tennessee in 1800 is enclosed, which gives a good perspective on the early situation there. Land in Middle Tennessee was largely grant in the form of bounty land warrants, due for Revolutionary service in the North Carolina Continental Line, the early grants being issued by the State of North Carolina. This area (originally separated from East Tennessee by Indian Lands) was thus largely settled by North Carolinians. However, in many cases those who took up the land were not themselves the Revolutionary soldiers, but rather their assignees.
Examination of the grants in the North Carolina Secretary of States Office shows a large number of Barrows obtaining grants in the Sumner, Davidson and Wilson Co. area. Most of these were obtained at about the same time by assignment from the heirs of Revolutionary soldiers, and the grantees primarily included members of the Simon Barrow family. It looks as though these related Barrows had hired the services of an agent (Uzzell Goodson?) to locate and obtain these warrants fro them. Some of the Barrows settled on this land, others remained in North Carolina and sold their speculations. We also find members of the William Barrow family briefly in the same area. Many of the early records of Sumner and Wilson counties are available in published abstract, and provide further information on the family. However, few of the Davidson Co. records have been abstracted, and there is likely further information on the family to be obtained there.
Only one of the grants was actually for Revolutionary service by a Barrow. This is Sumner Co. grant #807. A warrant for 357 acres was issued on 13 Dec. 1787 to James Barrow, drummer in the North Carolina Line. On 29 March 1788 this warrant was assigned by James Barrow of Edgecombe Co. to Elias Fort, Esq., with Amos Johnston witness, and the land was surveyed for Fort on 15 Dec. 1791. As we will see below, this was the James Barrow later in Burke and Baldwin Co., Ga.
You mentioned Willie Barrow, and we do indeed find Willie moving to this area. However, he himself apparently did not obtain a warrant for service. The Revolutionary soldier with a similar name who did obtain a warrant was Willey Burrough of Caswell Co. My research suggests that the Barrow and Burrough families were distinct, although sometimes confused. (Note that Mrs. North reported many records of the Burow family as Barrow). The warrant for this land (Sumner Co. #1213, see Photostat) was issued to "Wiley Borough" on 18 Nov. 1784. The reverse of the warrant shows that Willey Burrough of Caswell Co., so signing his name, assigned the entry to Nicholas Matlock on 3 May 1785 (witnessed by Henry Burrow, William Matlock).
We then find the following military grants (and one non-military grant) issued for land in Tennessee by the State of North Carolina to members of the Barrow family:
Sumner # 304: Warrant to heirs of Barnett Purvis, 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned by Joel Purvis to Sherrard Barrow, 10 Oct. 1785, witnessed by Uzzel Goodson. Surveyed 3 Dec. 1790 for 640 acres on waters of Collins River, beginning at a corner of a survey made for the heirs of William Howell (chain carriers names not given). Issued to Sherrard Barrow 20 April 1791.
Sumner # 305: Warrant to heirs of Joel Stone 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to James Barrow by Peter Stone 15 Nov. 1785, witnessed by Uzzell Goodson. Surveyed 3 Dec. 1790 for 640 acres east side of Jennings Fork of Round Lock Creek, beginning at a sugar tree John Buchanans northeast corner and running north (chain carriers not given). Issued to James 20 April 1791.
Sumner # 306: Warrant to heirs of Ishum Parker, 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Betsey Barrow by Peter Parker, 10 Nov. 1785, witnessed by Uzzel Goodson. Surveyed 3 Dec. 1790 for 640 acres east side of Jennings fork of Round Lick Creek, beginning at a sugar tree John Buchanans northeast corner and running south (chain carriers not given). Issued to Betsey 20 April 1791.
Sumner #307: Warrant to heirs of James Underwood 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Matthew Barrow by Hardy Underwood, 20 Oct. 1785, witnessed by Sherrard Barrow. Surveyed 3 Dec. 1790 for 640 acres west side of Jennings Fork of Round Lick Creek (chain carriers not given). Issued to Matthew Barrow 20 April 1791.
Sumner #890: Warrant to heirs of Chester Hickenson 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Sherrard Barrow by John Hickenson, ___ 1785, witnessed by Uzzell Goodson. Surveyed 10 Dec. 1792 for 640 acres on the Creek that Joseph Thomas was killed on (chain carriers Mich. Barrow, W. Barrow). Issued to Sherrod Barrow 20 Jan. 1794.
Sumner # 891: Warrant to heirs of Freeman Joiner 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Sherrard Barrow by Isaac Joiner, 4 Oct. 1785, witnessed by Uzzell Goodson. Surveyed 16 Sept. 1791 for 640 acres east side of Caney Fork above Indian Creek (chain carriers Obediah Roberts, James Mulherrin). Issued to Sherrod Barrow 20 Jan. 1794.
Sumner #901: Warrant to heirs of Charles Wiggins, 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Henry Barrow by John Wiggins, 25 Oct. 1785, witnessed by Ishum Parker. Surveyed 11 Nov. 1792 for 640 acres Buffalo Creek (chain carriers Wilie Barrow, Mich. Barrow). Issued to Henry Barrow 31 Dec. 1793.
Sumner #902: Warant to heirs of Feston Hammond 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to James Barrow by Joseph Hammons, 0 Nov. 1785, witnessed by John (X) Hart. Surveyed 16 Sept. 1791 for 640 acres on a small east fork of Smiths Fork of the Caney Fork (chain carriers Obediah Roberts, James Mulherrin). Issued to James Barrow 31 Dec. 1793.
Davidson # 1439 (non-military): Entered 5 April 1784 by Samuel More, who assigned to John Barrow (no date). Surveyed for John Barrow 10 July 1785 for 320 acres on north side of Cumberland River (chain carriers Elijah Flanry, John Hagard). Issued to John Barrow 10 July 1788.
Davidson #1637: Warrant to heirs of Charles Hansel 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Sherrard Barrow by John Hansell, 18 Oct. 1785, witnessed by Uzzell Goodson. Surveyed 20 Dec. 1790 for 640 acres south side of Cumberland River and Big Harpath Creek (chain carriers James Crier, John Gatlin). Issued to Sherrod Barrow 20 april 1791.
Davidson # 1638: Warrant to heirs of John Pursley 30 Sept. 1785. Assigned to Henry Barrow by James Purseley (no date), witnessed by Sherd. Barrow. Surveyed (no date) for 640 acres south side of Cumberland River joining Capt. Clement Hall (chain carriers James Hollis, John Drake). Issued to Henry Barrow 20 April 1791.
The John Barrow in Davison may be a stray who arrived earlier and separately. However, all the other grantees seem to have been a related group. This suggests a possible identification from some additional, younger sons of Simon Barrow. Of particular interest may be the Betsy Barrow who obtained a grant on Jennings Fork of Round Lick Creek, joining a grant to James Barrow and opposite a grant to Matthew Barrow. I wonder if Betsy might have been the second wife and widow of Simon Barrow? I note that the 1790 Census of Dobbs shows Harold Barrow with a household of 2 white males over 16, 3 under 16 and 4 white females. These numbers may well have included several younger siblings. Another possibility is that she could be the widow of an elder son of Simon, such as Thomas Barrow. All this is just speculation at present, but perhaps some further answers might be forthcoming from the Davidson Co. records which I have not been able to examine.
At present, the known and guessed sons (and also grandsons?) of Simon Barrow would appear to have been:
i. Thomas, named in his grandfathers will, but perhaps died young.I will now consider the problem of th identification of some of the cousins of this family. We know that Thomas (II) Barrow was likely born about 1677/79, was in Isle of Wight Co. by 1712 and left a will in Southampton Co., Va. Dated 26 November 1761. This will names living sons John and Simon, and deceased son Thomas (III) Jr. We know that there was also a William Barrow who moved from the same area of Virginia to Halifax Co., N.C. and died in 1758 (some discussion of his family appears in J. B. Boddies Historical Southern Families, vol. II, see Photostats enclosed). Now, it is evident that this William was very closely related to the family of Thomas (II) Barrow, and is found associated with Thomas (III) in the early Edgecombe records, yet no record has been found to prove his parentage, either in North Carolina or Virginia records. One possibility is that William was a nephew of Thomas (II) Barrow, and perhaps son of Edward Barrow; another possibility is that William was born ca 1685 and the youngest brother of Thomas (II). However, we also note that William died in North Carolina several years before the decease of Thomas (II), leaving his family well provided for. It thus seems at least possible that this William was an elder son of Thomas (II), but omitted from the will. In this case, the sons of Thomas (II) would have been:
ii. Taylor, probably born ca. 1750 and taxed in his fathers household in 1769. His wife is said to have been Mary Purvis (letter of Sylvia Johnson Harris). He had a deed in Dobbs from Abram Shepperd ca. 1771-1773 (9:220). A deed from Taylor Barrow to James Glasgow was proven in Jan. 1790, and he seems to have removed before the 1790 Census was taken, appearing in that year in Clarendon Co., S. C. In 1800 he was living in Sumter Co., S. C., with a household of 2 white males under 10, 1 aged 10-16, 1 aged 16-26 and 1 over 45, 1 white female under 10, 1 aged 10-16 and 1 aged 26-45. Three other Barrows, all aged 26-45, were listed nearby, and two of these (besides Bennett) might be Taylors eldest sons (tradition reported by Sylvia Johnson Harris says that his sons were Bill and Ben and daughters Sarah A. and Anna). These were:
a. William, of Sumter Co. in 1800. Perhaps moved to Tennessee.iii. Sherrard or Sherrod, born ca. 1753/5, listed in Greene in 1790 and 1800. As we saw above, Sherrard obtained several grants I Tennessee. However, he does not seem to have moved there. In Sumner Co., Tennessee, we find that on 4 July 1796 that Sherrard Barrow of Glasgow Co., N. C. (i.e. Greene Co.) sold to Stockley Donaldson of Knox Co., Tennessee for $150 the 640 acre tract "on Creek Joseph Thomas was killed on" (A:138, witnessed by J. Glasgow, Nancy Williams). I wonder if this was the same Sherrod Barrow who was taxed in Baldwin Co. Georgia in 1801, but not in 1815. He did not leave a will in Baldwin Co., but the deeds are not available to me here. I was not able to locate him on the 1820 or 1830 Censuses. The North Carolina Census indicates he had a number of sons, and I suspect some of these may have moved to Tennessee.
b. Benjamin, of Sumter Co. in 1800, recently married.
c. Sara A. said to have married William Moone who moved to Telfair Co., Ga.
d. Anna, said to have married Thomas W. Singletary who moved to Telfair, later Sumter Co., Georgia.
iv. Jeremiah, born ca. 1759/60, your ancestor.
v. Harrod, likely born after 1759 and still in Greene Co. in 1800. No indication of the identities of his children has been obtained.
vi. Micajah, purchased land from Benjamin Caswell in Dobbs County in 1788, the deed being recorded on the same page as a purchase by Jeremiah Barrow from the same man (13:423). He was living alone in Dobbs in 1790, but soon after went to Tennessee. Sumner Court minutes of April 1796 apparently show proof of a deed from Howel Tatum to Micajah Barrow. In Sumner Co. on 24 Feb. 1803 Micajah Barrow of Davidson Co. sold for $600 to Allen Pervis 104 acres on the waters of Station on the north side of themain creek, joining Charles Carter (3:349, witnessed by Thos. Panner, John Payton). A tx of 1805 shows him living in Davidson Co., Tenn. According to a letter from Sylvia Johnson Harris, his estate was administered in Davidson Co. in Jan. 1806 by Willie Barrow. In Wilson Co. we find a deed of 17 July 1809 in which Willie Barrow of Davidson Co. released to the heirs of Micajah Barrow deceased (who are not named) all his rights to Micajahs property which he had acquired by a purchase from James Barrow (D:132). This probably refers to the 1808 deed from James to Willie Barrow, but the exact import of this deed is not very clear at present, unless that James was actually Micajahs son. Perhaps further work in the Davidson records would provide some enlighten on this matter.
vii. Presumably Bennett, who served from Dobbs Co. in 1780 and was a chain carrier for Simon Barrows survey of 23 January 1783. It was perhaps this Bennett Barrow who was in Sumter Co., S.C. in 1800, aged 26-45. Others in his family included a male aged 0-1, a female aged 0-10, 2 aged 10-16 and 1 aged 26-45. There is said to have been a Bennett Barrow later in Stewart Co., Tennessee.
viii. Willey. Mentioned in Dobbs in connection with Micajah, Sherod and Jeremiah in the 1788 lawsuit. I wonder if he may be listed as William in 1790. He moved to Tennessee, and Sumner co. deeds show that on 20 Nov. 1794 Willie Barrow of Davidson Co. sold to William Rocark 220 acres joining George Walker and Howel Tatum (1:328, witnessed by Nathan Arnett, Margrit Robinson). Brief abstracts of Wilson Co., Tenn. Deeds show that on 7 July 1808 James Barrow of Hancock Co, Ga. Sold to Willie Barrow of Davidson Co. 1280 acres (C:233, not described in the abstract). Then on 8 Oct. 1808 Matthew barrow of Davidson Co. sold 640 acres to Willie Barrow (C:234), and on 22 Nov. 1808 Samuel Hogg sold to Willie Barrow of Davidson Co. 320 acres on Jennings Fork (D:8). Wilie Barrow of Davidson sold 320 acres on Round Lick to William J. Walker on 17 May 1808 (C:182), and on 30 Mar. 1810 sold 696 acres on Jennings Fork to John Cartwright (D:368). The 1820 Census shows Wiley Barrow in Davidson Co. with a household of 2 white males under 10, 1 aged 10-16, 2 aged 16-26 and 1 over 45, and 2 white females aged 16-26. In addition, the following were perhaps Simons youngest sons or older grandsons, whose mother was perhaps Betsy Barrow (?)
ix. Matthew. Received a grant on Jennings Frok of Round Lick Creek in 1791, and of Davison Co. in 1808.
x. Henry. Received a grant of 640 acres on Buffalo Creek in 1793, with Willie and Mich. (Micajah) Barrow serving as chain carriers. No further records found at present.
xi. James, who, as we saw above purchased a warrant from Peter Stone in 1785 and in 1791 received a grant of land on Jennings Fork of Round Lick Creek, joining Betsy Barrow. The 1805 tax of Wilson co. shows him with only 80 acre, on Sanders Fork. He was apparently of Hancock Co., Ga when he sold land to Willie Barrow on 7 July 1808. It seems clear that this is a different man than the James Barrow who settled in Burke Co, Ga. (see below). We also find in Sumner Co. a record of 23 Jan. 1803 in which Robert Green gave to James Barrow and wife Molly and 18 year lease on 100 acres where the said Green then lived (3:329, witnessed by Danl. Smith, John Bowers, & George Smith). The letters of Sylvia Johnson Harris indicate that there was a James Barrow (8 Dec. 1772-15 Oct. 1868) who is buried in Stewart Co. Tenn. He would seem to be born too late to be the James who purchased the warrant in 1785, but could be the one referred to in the Sumner lease of 1803.
i. William, probably born ca. 1700/05.
ii. John, born ca. 1710.
iii. Thomas (III) Jr., born ca. 1710/20.
iv. Simon, born ca. 1720/25.
We will now take up the identification of the immediate descendants of William, John and Thomas (III) Barrow.
William Barrow was probably born around 1700/05. He moved to the area of Halifax Co., N.C., created from Edgecombe, and first appears in the Edgecombe deeds on 28 Dec. 1747, when Davie Hopper of Edgecombe sold to William Barrow of the same 640 acres on the north side of Kehukee Swamp, joining Merrit, Killingsworth and Cypress Swamp (3:206, witnessed by Nathaniel Cooper, Robert Whitaker & John Whitaker). On 24 Jan. 1750 William Merritt sold to William Barrow 100 acres on the north side of Kehukey Swamp (4:32, witnessed by John Whiatker, Gough Whiataker & Samuel (x) Bunn). William may then have moved briefly back to Virginia, for we find that on 12 Oct. 1751 William Barrow of Southampton Co., Va. Sold to Arthur Crocker 200 acres on the east side of Fishing Creek, joining Cotton, Robert Killebrew and John Watts (4:138, witnessed by Moses Fitzpatrick, Thomas Barrow, Mary (M) Barrow). William was however soon back in Edgecombe, and on 17 Aug. 1752 William Barrow of Edgecombe sold 320 acres joining Killingsworth and Kehukee Swamp to William John (2:333, witnessed by John Whitaker & Joel (E) Vassor). He purchased another 200 acres there from John Stinson on 22 Jan. 1753 (4:428), witnessed by Isabell Bynam and Joel Vassor).
William made a will in Edgecombe on 20 October 1758, proven December 1758, naming two children only. His widow was apparently the Priscilla Barrow who had made a marriage contract with Elias Fort on 19 October 1759 (1:196). Issue:
1. William Jr., born 1725, died in Halifax County on 27 January 1787. His family is documented in Boddies account. Williams wife was Olivia, daughter of Robert Ruffin, who made a will in Northampton County on 28 May 1767. Widow Olive Barrow appears in Halifax on the 1790 Census (1-2-3-0-45). Olivia is said to have moved to Feliciana Parish, Louisiana in 1798 with six of her children (actually, the family seems to have stopped over briefly in Tennessee), and died on 2 April 1803. William and Olivia had the following children:
i. Robert, born 11 February 1763, died 29 May 1815 in Louisiana. He married Mary, daughter of Christopher Haynes of Halifax Co. Robert is mentioned in court minutes of Sumner Co., Tennessee in 1797.2. Anna, married ______Fort.
ii. William (III), born 26 February 1765, died 9 November 1823 in Louisiana. He married on 11 February 1785 Pheraby daughter of Robert Hilliard of Northampton County. William moved from North Carolina to Sumner County, Tennessee, where on 4 October 1796 he purchased for $600 from David Beard 240 acres on the east side of Drackes Creek (A:204, witnessed by William Fort and Ruffin Barrow). This land was sold to William McGee on 7 February 1801 by William Barrow of "Pinkney County, Mississippi Territory" (3:159, witnessed by Josua Hadey and Jas. Kirkpatrick). "Pinkney" probably refers to Pickering Co., renamed Jefferson Co. in 1802.
iii. Bartholomew, 16 October 1766-15 February 1852. He remained in Halifax after the departure of his siblings, but later also removed to Louisiana. Bartholomews wives are said to have been (1) Ascension, daughter of James Slatter; (2) Elizabeth Slatter; and (3) Bethia Brantly.
iv. Ann, born 11 September 1768.
v. Mary, born 10 May 1771, married William Lane.
vi. Sarah, born 14 May 1773, married John Dawson.
vii. Ruffin, born 9 May 1775. He was a resident of Sumner County, Tennessee when he sold his share of his fathers estate to his brother Bartholomew Barrow of Halifax on 4 September 1798 (18:392, witnessed by Robt. Barrow, Saml. Vick & Jos. Vick). Ruffin made a will in Sumner County on 15 July 1799, proven 21 April 1800, leaving all his estate to his mother. Witnesses were William Barrow, Pharaby Barrow and David Lane.
viii. Bennett, born 22 June 1777. Sold his share of his fathers estate on 4 September 1798 as a resident of Edgecombe Co., but not found in the Edgecombe deeds. Died in Louisiana on 22 July 1833. His wife was Martha Hill.
John Barrow was probably born ca. 1710. He remained in Southampton Co., Virginia, where he made a will on 29 July 1776, proven 9 January 1777. This names his son John and Benjamin Turner executors; witnesses were John Blake, Henry Stephenson and Lucy Stephenson. John left the following children
1. William (eldest son), born ca. 1728 (?). He died in Stokes County, North Carolina on 23 January 1817, supposedly aged 89, according to his obituary in the Raleigh Register. (His age was perhaps overestimated in the obituary.) He purchased land in Brunswick County, Virginia from Joshua Clarke on 22 January 1753 (5:499). William married Amy Lee, and moved from Brunswick to Surry County, North Carolina in 1779. according to North, his children included:Thomas (III) Barrow was probably born ca. 1710/20. He first moved to Edgecombe County, North Carolina, where we find that on 27 Dec. 1748 James and Sarah Cotton sold to Thomas Barrow of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia 320 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek, joining Arthur Crocker (3:328, witnessed by Jacob Lasher, John Brickell & George Stephenson). On 15 May 1750 James Smith of Terrill County sold to Thomas Barrow of Edgecombe 400 acres on fishing Creek joining William Barrow, John Wall and George Stevenson (3:476, witnessed by Samuel Ruffin, William Barrow and Moses Fitzpatrick).
a. Rev. David, born 1753, of Southampton County, Virginia and later of Kentucky. He married Sarah Gilliam. A record of his children is found in the Register of Births of Black Creek Baptist Church, Southampton County. (Southside Virginian, vol. 1):
i. Nathan, born 27 March 1774.b. Daniel.
ii. Elizabeth, born 3 April 1776.
iii. David, born prior 25 February 1778.
iv. Jerusha, born 9 April 1779.
v. Jonathan, born 25 February 1781.
vi. Sarah, born 8 February 1785.
vii. Mary, born 6 February 1786.
viii. Abraham, born 23 March 1787.
ix. William, born 2 January 1790.
x. Amy Lee, born 15 November 1793.
c. John inherited his fathers land in Southampton County, Virginia.
d. Anne, married _____ Kinnebrew.
e. Hannah, married ________Pitman.
f. Martha, married _________Frizzell.
Thomas was apparently married twice, the first wife being Mary and the second Elizabeth (Atkinson). On 4 March 1751 Thomas Barrow and wife Mary of Edgecombe sold the 400 acre tract on Fishing Creek to Robert Killibrew of Virginian (4:35, witnessed by Henry Horn, Elias (E) Fort & William Barrow). On 30 November 1754 John Edwards of Southampton County, Virginia sold to Thomas Barrow of Edgecombe 250 acres on Jumping Meadow (2:183), witnessed by John Wall, Thomas English and Jesse Harris).
Thomas property fell into Halifax County in 1759, and he sold out his property there in 1760. First, on 21 May 1760 he sold to John Alsbrook 214 acres on the north side of Cow Hall Swamp, being a patent to said Thomas (7:81, witnessed by Elms Henley, Reuben Hay & John (X) Killebrew). Later in 1760 (date not shown) he sold the 250 acres on Jumping Run to Daniel Triplet (7:154), and Halifax sold to Benjamin Dicken of Caroline County, Virginia 320 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek (7:193, witnessed by John May and Robert Lowrey).
After these sales Thomas moved to Onslow County, where on 30 January 1761 Lewis Williams sold to Thomas Barrow for 220 pounds 300 acres on the southwest branch of New river (F:19, witnessed by Moses Cox Jr., John Roberts & Ferybe (Pryde) Williams). Thomas must have died soon after, as he made a will in Onslow County on 24 January 1761 (date of probate not shown). He left a widow Elizabeth and the following children:
i. Hosea, probably born around 1745/50. He inherited his fathers lands in Onslow County, and on 30 April 1768 Lewis Williams deeded 80 acres to Hosea Barrow, referring to the earlier 300 acre purchase by Thomas Barrow (I:4). "Hosey" Barrow and wife Mary sold a tract on the southwest branch of New River to Jonathan Murray on 20 June 1775 (K:1, witnessed by Robert Butler & Thomas Pitt), and on 10 August 1776 Hosea Barrow sold the 300 acre tract to the firm of London, Dunbibbin and Herron (K:24). Prior to this sale, on 20 February 1776 Hosea purchased from John Rhodes 75 acres on the west side of Muddy Creek (K: 25). This may be the 76 _ acres which Hosea Barrow and Wife Sarah sold to Abraham Sutliff in an undated deed which was probated in October 1785 (O:2). Hosea is possible the "Huzzy Barrow" who appears in Brunswick County, North Carolina on the 1790 Census.
ii. Jacob. Said to have been a Lt. in the Continental Line during the Revolution and to have married Milly Smith. Jacob made a will in Halifax County on 15 March 1790, proven May 1790, witnessed by Bart. Barrow, Drew smith and Jury Nelms and appointing Thomas B. Whitmell and James Norfleet executors. Millia Barrow appears in Halifax on the 1790 Census (0-1-6-0-13). Widow Milly Barrow made several deeds to her son Thomas, and on 17 May 1813 she and Robert Justiss of Halifax released slaves to Thomas Barrow (22:308). Issue:
A. Thomas married Mary Duke Lawrence and died intestate in Northampton County in 1821.iii. James, born Edgecombe County 31 January 1757 and died in Baldwin County, Georgia on 20 January 1828, according to McCall, Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia. He settled first in Edgecombe, where he purchased 187 acres on Fishing Creek at the mouth of Deep Creek from Moses barrow on 31 July 1784. On 7 November 1785 James Barrow and wife Ann of Edgecombe released to Joseph Sumner the plantation "that is lent to them or her during life by will of Joseph Sumner, decd." (4:356, witnessed by Willis Fort and Abner Pitman), while on 19 December 1786 he sold to John Stone 200 acres on the north bank of Little Swamp (4:636, witnessed by Josiah Fort and Elnathan Tart). On 17 October 1789 James Barrow of Edgecombe sold a slave to Jacob Barrow of Halifax County (5:232). James moved from Edgecombe to Georgia and the Edgecombe deeds show that on 13 August 1793 James Barrow and wife Ann or Burk County, Georgia sold to Micajah Edwards of Edgecombe the 187 acre tract on Fishing Creek and Deep Creek (7:248, witnessed by Joseph Sumner and Benjamin Philips). This is apparently the family history from Rev. David Barrow of Mt. Sterling, Ky. In 1810 (see North, p. 179). James is said to have married secondly in 1802 and thirdly in 1814 Patience Crenshaw. He made a will in Baldwin County on 12 March 1827, proven 10 March 1818, appointing Peter Stubbs, William Sanford, Thomas Stubbs and his nephew Jacob Barrow executors. James left two children only, by his last wife:
B. Sally died young.
C. Betsy died young.
D. Pheraby married in 1807 Robert Justice.
A. David Crenshaw (26 July 1815-1879).iii. Moses, born ca. 1755. He returned to Edgecombe County, where on 31 July 1784 he purchased from Thomas Wells 187 acres on Fishing Creek and Deep Creek (4:118, witnessed by Thomas Hodges and Richard Putney). Moses Barrow of Edgecombe sold this land to James Barrow on 7 October 1785 (4:305, witnessed by Joseph Hart and Benja. Hart). We then find on 25 June 1793 Moses Barrow of Halifax County selling to Thomas Jewell of Edgecombe Lot 25 in the town of Tarborough (7:221). Moses is listed in Edgecombe on the 1790 Census (1-2-2-0-4). A Moses Barrow was taxed in Baldwin County, Georgia in 1810, but this Moses is claimed to have died near Washington County, Georgia on 28 December 1801. One son is identified in James Barrows will:
B. Precious Patience, married William McKinley.
* The late Jonathan Butcher was a highly respected professional genealogist in North Carolina through the 1980s. Members of the PCFR who have benefitted from his research are offering their various reports for public view. The PCFR wishes to honor Mr. Butcher, and to extend gratitude to the generous contributors.
Return to Resources Menu
Copyright © 2005 Pitt County Family Researchers. Information on these web pages may be copied for personal use ONLY providing credit is given to the author/contributor and to PCFR. Distribution in ANY manner is strictly prohibited. Graphics and logos are the property of Elizabeth Ross and/or PCFR, Inc., with all rights reserved.
Created: Aug. 20, 2005.