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Barrow Family in the Lineage of Miss Myrtle Barrow

Jonathan B. Butcher, 11/1980

Contributed by Frank Barrow; typed by Sue Butler; adapted for web presentation by Elizabeth Ross. Oct. 2005.


Origin of the Family

    John Barrow, ancestor of the North Carolina Barrows, is thought to have been born about 1643 and was in the Albemarle region of North Carolina by 1662. His origin is at present uncertain, and it is quite possible that he was born in England and came more or less directly to North Carolina. JohnŪs future wife came to North Carolina from Massachusetts, but it seems fairly certain that he was not born there. Some indications suggest he may have been born in Virginia. N. M. Nugent, Cavaliers & Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants shows that there were three John Barrows early settled in Virginia. One of these John Barrows lived in old Rappahannock Co., Va. where he obtained extensive land grants from 1657 onwards. He is perhaps the John Barrow who was listed as an importation headright in a patent to John Wyre on Rappahannock River 7 Sept. 1654 (Nugent I:293; P. B. 3:283). He made his will in old Rappahannock Co. 3 Feb. 1684, proven 6 May, 1685, naming wife Mary, sons Jonathan, Alexander and Moses, and daughters Honor and Cicily, so this man is apparently not ancestor of the North Carolina family. There were however two other John Barrows early in Virginia, and it seems possible that one of these may have been the father of John Barrow of North Carolina. Records relating to these men are summarized in a rather confused fashion in Mae Belle Barrow North, The Barrow Family of Virginia 1620-1972, pp. 4-7 (see photostats #1 enclosed). These two were:

    1) John Barrow, thought to be of Jamestown by 1620, who obtained a grant of 150 acres there in 1626, which he sold in 1629. He married about 1624 Bridget, widow of Rev. Richard Buck. Unfortunately almost all the early records of James City Co. were destroyed in the Civil War.

    2) John Barrow ("Jo. Barrowe"), born 1605/6, embarked for Virginia from London 15 May 1635 on the ship "Plain Joan." He is probably the John Barrow claimed as an importation head right in a grant to John Sweete of 640 acres in Isle of Wight Co., Va. 11 Nov. 1642 (Nugent I:140; P.B. I, pt. 2, p. 858).

    Surry Co., Va., on the south side of the James River and adjacent to Isle of Wight Co., was created from James City Co. in 1652. One or the other of these two Johns (likely the latter) was the Mr. John Barrow who answered a call to a militia muster at James Towne in Feb. 1651. John Barrow received a grant of 386 acres in Surry Co. on the southwest side of Upper Chipoakes Creek and the south side of James River, "bounded from George Burchets mark trees", on 3 May 1653 (Nugent I:286; P.B. 3:249). It seems rather unlikely from the chronology that this man can be the same as Jonathan, son of John Barrow of old Rappahannock Co., as Mrs. North suggests. John does not seem to have remained long in Surry Co., and he is probably the same John Barrow who witnessed a deed of John Baker in Lower Norfolk Co. on 22 March 1653/4 (1651-4, p.91, see Va. Colonial Abstracts vol. 31). None of the surname appear on Surry tithe lists of 1668 and 1672. A note in the William and Mary Quarterly, XVI:223, suggests that John Burrow or Barrow left Surry Co. and settled in Princess Anne Co., Va. (now the city of Virginia Beach). This is of considerable interest as Princess Anne Co. was on the North Carolina border, only a few miles from where we first find John Barrow in North Carolina Unfortunately, no early Princess Anne Co. records are available to me in published form, but this would seem to be a likely place to look for the origin of John Barrow of North Carolina. I will now take up an account of the North Carolina family in your lineage, beginning with John Sr.:

    JOHN BARROW Sr. is said to have been born about 1643 and to have moved to the Albemarle Sound region of North Carolina by 1662, according to a brief notice of him in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (I:103, see photostat #2). This places him among the earliest settlers of the colony. He settled in what is now Perquimans Co., and we are indeed fortunate that this is the only area in North Carolina where a regular register of births, marriages and deaths was kept ("Berkeley Parish Register"). Therein we find (p.1): "John Barrow & Sarah Suton was Maried by Mr. (torn) Minister of the gospell the first of febrary 1668." She was the daughter of George and Sarah (Tilden) Sutton who came to Perquimans shortly before 1668. Sarah was baptized at the Second Church in Scituate, Mass. 15 Sept. 1650. Her father was a native of Tenterdon, Kent, and came to Boston in 1634 (for an account of this family see photostats #3, from Marjorie E. S. Oliver, The Suttons of England and North Carolina ÷).

    Like most of the other early residents of Perquimans, John was a member of the Quaker church. He probably obtained lands at an early date, although record of this is lost. In 1681 he received a grant of 300 acres, perhaps a confirmation of an earlier grant, "at Yawpim Creeque in Berkeley precinct . . .joining ye mouth of a little Creeque Called Barrows Creeque" (P. B. 1:106). The location of this tract is shown on a map of Perquimans Co. enclosed (photostat #4) and also on a state map of North Carolina (Photostat #5). At the Perquimans Precinct Court of Feb. 1693/4 (Col. Recs. N. C. I:394) John proved three headrights for the importation of "Robert Testar, Simon Smith and a negroe Jean." On the basis of these rights he received another grant of 300 acres on Yawpim Creek 24 April 1694 (P. B. 1:5).

    John Barrow saw much public service, being a Justice of Perquimans Prect. Court 1689-90 and 1697-1703, and of Albemarle Co. Court 1692-94 (old Albemarle Co. covered the whole Albemarle Sound region, Perquimans Precinct being a subdivision). In 1708 he was a member of the lower house of the assembly (Dict. N. C. Bio. I:103). The Berkeley Parish Register shows (p.84): "John Barrow Senr. Departed this Life ye 10th: day of June 1718." He made a will 1 March 1717/8 (photostat #6), but this names only his children who were then living. The identity of the others is shown by the Berkeley Parish Register. The children of John and Sarah (Sutton) Barrow were:

      i. Johanna, born Perquimans Prect. 10 July, 1669; married 3 Aug. 1690 Jenkin Williams.

      *ii. William, born 20 or 26 Feb. 1671/2 (see below).

      iii. John Jr., born 3 June, 1674; died in Perquimans Prect. 19 June 1718. Will dated 11 June 1718, proven 12 Aug. 1719. By his wives Sarah ______ and Rachel Larance he had issue:

        a. Sarah, born 8 Aug. 1702, married Ashley.
        b. Rebeckah, born 12 June, 1704.
        c. Elizabeth, born 3 April, 1710/11.
        d. John III, born 20 Oct. 1713.
        e. Mary, born Jan. 1716.

      iv. Elizabeth, born 25 Dec. 1676; died 16 Dec. 1687.

      v. Ann, born 3 Aug. 1679.

      vi. Sarah, born 15 Jan. 1682/3.

      vii. George, died by 1718. Maried Elizabeth Turner.

      viii. James, born 24 Jan. 1687; died 18 June, 1718. Will dated Chowan Co. 17 June, 1718. By his wife Sarah left one child: a. Sarah.

      ix. Joseph, born 4 Apr. 1690. Will dated Perquimans Co. 17 Mar. 1754, proven Jan. 1755. Married (1) 17 May 1712 Jane Nicholson; (2) Sarah Peirce. Issue:

        a. Sarah, born 25 Dec 1720.
        b. William.
        c. Elizabeth.
        d. Ann.
        e. Orpah, married _______ Bunday.
        f. John, born 20 July, 1730.

    WILLIAM BARROW, the eldest son, was born in Perquimans Percinct 20 or 26 Feb. 1671/2 (Berkkley Par. Reg., p. 12.). The Register then shows (p. 63): "William Barrow ye Son of John Barrow and Sarah His Wife was Married to Elisabeth Cook the Rellock of John Cook desesed ye 14 day of June 1696/7 (sic) by Mr. Beniamen Laker Esqr." ElizabethŪs maiden name was Elkes, and she married first, on 20 Feb. 1693/4, John Cook, who died 22 Aug. 1696. By him she had a son Thomas, born 16 Nov. 1695. Elizabeth also seem to have been an heir of John Bentley, for on 20 March. 1699 "William Barrow and Elizabeth his wife of Albemarle" sold for 20 pds. to John Hopkins 140 acres on the north side of the sound and Cypress Swamp, joining Governor Harvie and Cornelius Learli, which was "Land Surveyed for John Bentley, & by him given to his wife, which by Inheritance came to me" (Perquimans A:170, witnessed by Sarah Long, John Stepney).

    Following this sale, William moved south to the newly settled Pamlico sound area of Hyde precinct, then part of Bath Co. He here received four grants of land, the location of which is approximately indicated on maps 7 and 5, as follows:

    (P. B. 1:250): to Williams Barrow, Esq., 2 March. 1705/6, 255 acres at the fork of ye old Town Creek.

    (1:256): to Major William Barrow, 5 March 1705/6, 180 acres joining Thomas Pearce, the Savanah, the pocoson and John Barras.

    (1:257): to William Barrow, Esq., 3 Mar. 1705/6, 700 acres joining David Perkins, Bridge Creek and the Main Creek.

    (2:363): to William Barrow, 29 Nov. 1714, 460 acres joining David Perkins and Matchapungo Creek. He also obtained other lands by deeds.

    Note that Williams is called "Major" in one of these grants. He also served as a representative in the lower house of the assembly in 1704-1705 (CCR 192) and Oct. 1708 (Albemarle Co. Papers, vol. I). Like his father, William seems to have been a Quaker. As such he became involved in Thomas CaryŪs rebellion of 1711 when the Quaker landowners revolted against the GovernorŪs attempt to establish the Church of England and prohibit Quakers from holding office. William"s name is found on a Virginia proclamation of 24 July 1711 for the apprehension of the rebels, who had taken refuge in that state after their coup had failed (Col. Recs. N. C., I: 776-777, see photostats #8). However, not long after he was back in North Carolina, restored to official favor, and had apparently joined the established Church, as he was appointed a vestryman for Hyde Parish in 1715 (Ibid, 2:209).

    William Barrow predeceased his father, making his will in Hyde Precinct 8 Jan. 1715/6, proven in Oct. 1716 (see Photostats #9). The will bequeaths 2400 acres of land to his six young sons, all then under age. His widow, Elizabeth, married thirdly a Lillington (probably Eliezer). She outlived this husband as well and made her will in Bath Co. 8 July, 1734, naming her sons Richard, Joseph, James, William, John and Samuel Barrow, and daughters Mary Barrow and Sarah Harris. William and Elizabeth (Elkes) Barrow had issue:

      i. Williams, born Perquimans Prect. 9 Feb. 1697/8 will Hyde Co. 25 April, 1746. He was clerk of court in Hyde Co. in 1734. Issue:

        a. John, will Hyde Co. dated 23 Aug. 1748, proven Sept. 1748, not married.
        b. Thomas. Possibly Thomas Barrow later of Onslow Co.
        c. George.
        d. Moses, Estate administered Hyde Co. 1752, unmarried.
        e. Zachariah. Probably the Zachariah Barrow whose will, 1796, mentions a son Beasor.
        f. Fredrick.
        g. Anne, married William Downey. h. Rebekah.

      ii. John, of Beaufort Co., tax of 1755
      iii. Richard. Received a grant of 640 acres on the south side of Tar River in 1750. Of Pitt Co., tax of 1764, with sons Reuben and Joseph.
      iv. Samuel. Estate administered 1734/5.
      v. Joseph, born ca. 1710/15 (see below).
      vi. James, born ca. 1715 (see below).
      vii. Ann (apparently called Mary in her motherŪs will).
      viii. Sarah, married _______ Harris.

    Several of William BarrowŪs sons migrated inland to what became the northern part of Pitt Co., created from Beaufort Co. in 1760. Here we encounter problems, as the Pitt Co. Court House burned in 1858. The records that survive are the deed books and tax lists of 1762, 1763 and 1764 (SS 837). These are fortunately sufficient for our purposes, and the key to Beasor BarrowŪs ancestry is the inheritance of the land on Grindal Creek. However, in order to interpret the deeds it is necessary to separate the records of three different James Barrows in Pitt Co. To do this is is necessary to go into some detail on the family of Joseph Barrow, who is not in your direct line.

    JOSEPH BARROW was likely born about 1710, and by his fatherŪs will was to divide 1000 acres on Broad Creek with his brothers Samuel and James, which land however I do not find further record of. The early deeds of Hyde Co. are recorded in Beaufort, and there we find that on 17 Aug. 1733 Joseph purchased 640 acres on Matchapungo Swamp in Hyde, joining Francis Gurganus, from James Kelly (2:124). He disposed of this in four segments:

    (2:182): 27 Nov. 1734, 100 acres to Richard Barrow; witnessed by James Barrow, Peter Caila.

    (2:176): 28 Nov. 1734, 100 acres joining the previous to Richard Newman; witnessed by James Barrown, Eliz C. Lillington and Peter Caila.

    (2:239) : 23 Aug 1735, 100 acres to Richard Barrow; witnessed by James Barrow, Judith Bergeron.

    (2:262): 17 Oct. 1737, 320 acres to John Barrow; witnessed by James Barrow, William MC Campbell, Thomas Hainey.

    Meanwhile, on 16 April, 1735, he purchased from John Chilly 120 acres on Town Creek, "being the plantation he now lives on" (2:183, witnessed by John (x) Brock, Robt. Boyd). This tract he sold to James Brickell 20 Mar. 1739 (2:286, also 2:311). He then moved further inland, on 10 March 1740 receiving a Lord Granville grant of 600 acres on Tar River two miles below Coneto Creek. On 29 Oct. 1741 he purchased from William Wallis 640 acres on Tar River at Fenney Run (2:393), witnessed by John Wallis, Keziah K. Wallis and Lidia L. Wallis), out of which he sold 200 acres to Richard Hughes 28 Jan. 1744 (2:445, witnessed by William Campbell, Jacob (X) Mercer). Finally, he purchased 200 acres on the east side of Coneto from Thomas Little 30 Apr. 1745 (2:448) and 200 acres nearby from John Vernam 13 Nov. 1746 (2:510).

    In the deeds Joseph frequently styles himself "carpenter." He married before a deed of 20 Mar. 1739 Jane, who was a daughter of widow Judith Bergeron (will 14 Nov. 1742). Joseph made his will in Beaufort Co. 23 Mar. 1752 (photostats #10), naming his wife Jane and leaving his various lands to his children, James, John, Joseph and Mary. His widow, Jane, is listed in the Beaufort tax of 1755 and the Pitt taxes of 1762, 1763 and 1764. His issue was:

      i. Mary, who married Nathan May. With her brother James she sold 200 acres of a patent granted to Joseph Barrow to Simon Pope 28 Jan. 1765 (Pitt C:193). This land was left by JosephŪs will to Mary and Joseph, Jr., but the latter had apparently died.

      ii. James (of Coneto Creek), was probably born about 1744/6. In this period polls were taxed at age 16, and there were no white polls in widow Jane BarrowŪs house in 1755. This James was taxed in Pitt in 1763 but not in 1762, suggesting he was born about 1746. However he was apparently of age by the above cited deed of 28 Jan. 1765. By his fatherŪs will he inherited the 200 acres on Coneto brought of John Vernam. This land he sold to Peter Rives 25 Jan. 1770 (D:106, witnessed by William Moor, Joel Sugg and Simon Jones). Jointly with his brother John he sold 200 acres on the north side of the Tar to Richard Rives 27 July, 1772, probably the Thomas Little tract (E:51, witnessed by Samuel Cherry). It is difficult to tell if this James remained in Pitt Co. after this, but he might be one of the two James Barrows in the 1790 Census there. He is distinguished from James Barrow of Grindal Creek primarily by his age and by his location in the northwest part of the county.

      iii. John. Apparently born after 1748 as he was not taxed in Pitt by 1764. As we saw above, he sold his inheritance in 1772.

      iv. Joseph Jr. Apparently died without issue before 28 Jan. 1765, when his brother and sister sold his inheritance.

    We now return to your direct line:

    JAMES BARROW, Sr. (of GRINDAL CREEK) the youngest son of William Barrow, was likely born about 1715 and appears in Beaufort deeds by 1734 as a witness to his brother JosephŪs deeds. The Beaufort tax of 1755 lists him with 1 white poll and 5 black polls. Probably some time in the late 1730Ūs he purchased land on Grindal Creek (see map #11 and map #5), but unfortunately I do not find this deed recorded. We know however that the purchase must have taken place between the original entry, 22 Nov. 1738, and 20 Feb. 1761, when a conflicting grant was issued, as described in the following relinquishment:

    (Pitt F:553): Know all men by these presents that I James Barrow of Pitt County ÷for÷the sum of ten pounds current Money÷paid by John Jones of the said County÷Blacksmith÷have÷sold÷all my right÷to certain÷parcel of Land÷ On the No side of Grindle Creek sd land being part of the pattent which I purchased of George Moye the sd. Pattent bearing date the 22d. day of Novr 1738 which sd. Parcell of Land it appears has since Enterd & taken up by a Grant bearing date the 20th Febr. 1761 from Lord Granville to Willm. Speir which the sd. Willm. Speir sold to Matthew Parrimore and by the sd. Parrimore conveyed to the sd. Jno. Jones÷.this 23 day of July÷1779. (signed JAMES BARROW) Witness: Hill Cason

    James also received the following grant of adjoining land in 1760: (Beaufort #463, P.B. 11:77: also as a Lord Granville Grant):÷.James Barrow, Two hundred and Seventy Eight and a half acres of Land in Beaufort County on the North side of Grindel Creek, beginning at a red oak Elizabeth SmithŪs corner on Creek pocoson running with her line Et. 60 pole to a pine then No 200 pole to a pine thence Wt 298 pole to a red oak on Robert Daniels line thence along his line So 10 Wt 80 pole to a pine on said Creek thence this various courses of the Creek to the first Station, Dated 22nd day of September 1760. This tract was surveyed for him 14 June, 1760, the chain carriers for the survey being Robt. Daniel and Mathias Moore.

    The names of JamesŪ wife or wives are unknown to me. The Pitt tax of 1762 lists him with polls Samuel and William Barrow in his household, who are confirmed by other evidence to be his sons. In 1763 and 1764 Samuel is listed separately. James had 4 slave polls listed in these years.

    James Barrow appears but infrequently in the Pitt deeds. Besides the relinquishment to John Jones in 1779 mentioned above, we find that on 21 Oct. 1782 he received a land grant of 400 acres on the south side of Grindal Creek and north side of Tar River (G:234). Chain carriers for this survey were William James and Enoch Daniel. Taking up this tract was probably delayed by the fact that no original patents could be made in Pitt Co. between 1763 and 1779, the period of dispute over the heirs to the proprietary rights of Lord Granville.

    This James Barrow may be the one who received a voucher for supplying 40 pounds of bacon to the Revolutionary troops 7 April 1781 (photostat #12). It is not clear if James Sr. was one of the two James Barrows listed in Pitt in the 1790 Census, each with a household of 1 white male over 16, 1 under 16 and 1 white female and several slaves (these records could be interpreted as referring to a young couple, recently married, or to an old couple whose children are grown with one young boy living with them. It is also possible that there was only one James Barrow in Pitt in 1790 who was enumerated twice). In any case, James Barrow Sr. had certainly died by 1800. Either he or his namesake James (Jr.) sold 100 acres from the Moye grant to Gabriel Cason 28 Oct. 1788 (N:64, witnessed by Joseph Cason, David McDougald) and then sold 200 acres adjoining to John Jordan in Jan. 1763, described as follows:

    (N:50)÷on the North side of Grindle Creek, beginning on my sothamost line in the middle of Grindle Creek swamp running a Norhaly course up the middle of the swamp to the land I sold Gabriel Cason thence down the said Casons line to Elizabeth Smiths line thence with her line till it meets my line thence the various courses of my line on the north side of the said Swamp till it comes to the first station containing two Hundred Acres÷being part of a track of land granted to George Moye baring date 22nd Day of November÷1738÷Witnesss: John Jordan Junr., Sarah Rice

    It is not certain if James Barrow Sr. left a will, What we can infer from the later deeds is that his 400 ares on the south side of Grindal Creek were divided between Samuel and William Barrow (who are lcisted as polls in his household in the 1762 tax), while the 278 acre grant of 1760 on the north side of Grindal Creek passed to James Barrow Jr. In the later 1790Ūs we find a series of deeds that appear, although they are not actually so described, to be part of a division of slaves between his sons:

    (N:491): Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Barrow÷do Bargain and sell unto James Barrow Junr÷Negroes named Jesse Stephen and Cain for the Consideration Sum of one hundred & fifty pounds÷this 8th day of January 1796÷

    (P:120): ÷we James Barrow & William Barrow÷for÷one hundred & twenty seven pounds & Ten shillings÷paid by Jacob Moore÷do÷sell÷one Negro Boy Named Cain÷this 26th day of May 1801. (signed) JAMES BARROW WILLIAM BARROW witness: Wm. Barrow, Samuel Albritton

    Note that in the first deed Samuel has apparently seriously undervalued the slaves, suggesting he was releasing a partial interest. The boy Cain sold in the second deed is apparently the same one mentioned in the first, and the fact that William Barrow also signed this deed suggests that he had also inherited an interest in this slave. James (Jr.) sold the boy Stephen to William Jones 21 Feb. 1803 for 400 Spanish dollars (P:369).

    The descent of the Grindal Creek lands shows that James Barrow Sr. left three sons as heirs, who may well have been by two marriages as James Jr. was substantially younger than his brothers. These were:

      i. Samuel, born between 1739 and 1746 as he was not a poll in 1755 but was taxed in 1762. I would guess he was born about 1740 as he seems to have established his own household in 1763. He received a land grant of 150 acres on the north side of Grindal Creek, issued 21 Oct 1782 (G:235) adjoining James Sr., which he sold to Moses Dean 21 Oct. 1788 (M:219). William BarrowŪs sale of 1807 (see below) shows that he inherited half of his fatherŪs land on the south side of Grindal Creek. Samuel is listed in the 1790 Census of Pitt with a household of 2 white males over age 16, 1 under 16, 3 white females and 15 slaves. He is also listed in the 1800 Census.

      ii. William, born between 1739 and 1746, as was Samuel, and still at home in 1764. He inherited 200 acres of the land on the south side of Grindal Creek, which he sold to James Barrow Jr. in 1807 (S:213, see below). Although he was of Pitt in the deeds of 1796, 1801 and 1807 he does not appear in the 1790 or 1800 Census there and might have already been living in a daughterŪs household in 1790. He was apparently the William Barrow whose wife, Lydia, was an heir of Manoah Barber in a deed of 27 Aug. 1806 (Q:291). If so, an undated deed, recorded in late 1807, shows he moved to Robertson Co., Tenn. (Q:412). We also find that on 25 Feb. 1805 William Perry and Sarah Perry, William Barrow and Lydia Barrow, jointly sold a mill with 2 acres adjoining to John Salter (Q:77).

      iii. James Jr., born ca. 1765 (see below).

    JAMES BARROW, Jr. was apparently born about 1765, as he is listed as aged 26-45 in both the 1800 and 1810 Cencuses and seems to have married shortly before the 1790 Census. Note however that if the 1810 Census is in error he may well have been born before 1765. There was a James Barrow (likely from Pitt Co, judging by the names of the men in his company) who enlisted as a Private in the 10th Reg., N. C. Continental Line on 10 May 1776, and appears on a "Roll of Colo. John PattonŪs Company in the 2nd North Carolina Battallion" taken at White Plains, September 9th, 1788 (Col. Recs. N. C., 13:517). This man was discharged 10 Nov. 1778, and I find no pay vouchers surviving. This soldier might perhaps be James of Coneto Creek, Son of Joseph, but he could be James Jr. if the latter was born before 1765. Another James Barrow, from nearby Dobbs Co., was a drum major in the 3rd Reg., N. C. Continental Line, enlisted in Sep. 1777.

    James Barrow Jr. apparently married a daughter of John Cason, whose given name I have not learned, and for whom he seems to have named his eldest son. This is shown by the following power of attorney:

    (V:279): Know all men by these presents that I James Barrow÷of the county of Pitt÷have made÷Adam Albertson÷my true and lawfull attorney÷to÷receive of and from the Executors administrators or other person÷who may be in possession of the estate÷of John Cason deceased all such sums÷to which I may be entitled as one of the Legatees Heirs of the said John Cason decd÷.the 4th day of February 1817. Witness: Lewis Hatton. At the same time Frances Hatton, daughter of John Cason, made a similar power of attorney.

    James is listed in the 1790 Census of Pitt Co. with a household consisting of 1 white male over 16, 1 under 16, 1 white female and 8 or 9 slaves, depending on which of the two James Barrows listed in that year is him. He appears in Pitt through the 1820 Census (see copies of Census returns enclosed). but appears to have died before the 1830 Census.

    As we have noted above, James Barrow Jr. inherited his fatherŪs lands on the north side of Grindal Creek, consisting primarily of the grant of 1760. He expanded these holdings by two small adjoining purchases, on 22 Oct. 1798 purchasing 50 acres from Shadrack Rogers:

    (O:146)÷a certain tract÷of land÷on the North side of Grindal Creek beginning at a pine John Moors corner running westerly course to a red oak Wiley Dannels line to John Jordans line then the said Jordans line to the beginning containing fifty Acres÷part of a large tract granted to John Jordan÷20th October 1782÷Winesss: John Jones, Jesse Jones.

    He also purchased 20 acres from Willie Daniel 20 June 1799:

    (O:329): ÷on the North side of Tar River and on the North side of Grindall Creek Beginning at a Water Oak James Barrows corner tree running west with the said Barrs line to an Oak thence with a line of MarkŪd trees to John Moores line thence with the said Moores line to the Beginning Containing twenty acres÷Witnesss: Samuel Barrow, William Barrow.

    James purchased his brother WilliamŪs share of their fatherŪs lands on 12 July, 1807, which deed shows us that William and Samuel Barrow had divided the 400 acres south of Grindal Creek:

    (S:213):÷beginning at a Hickory on the south side of Grindal Creek and north side of Tar river and thence running dividing line on James Langleys line South 40 degrees west 160 pole to a pine with Langleys other line North fifty degrees west to Samuel Barrows line then with his line to Grindles Creek then down the various courses÷to the beginning containing two hundred acres÷Witness: Saml. Ralston, Franklin Gorham.

    This land he sold to Josiah Griffin 30 July 1807 (R: 240), but purchased it back again in 1810 (S:206). This was likely included in the 450 acres he sold to James Staten in 1814 (V:60). We also find that on 9 Oct. 1807 James purchased from John Salter for 175 pounds 2/3 of a mill with 2 acres adjoining "commongly called BarberŪs mill" (R:52), which would seem to be the same mill sold by William Barrow and William Perry in 1805 (Q:77). If this was indeed the same it is not clear who owned the other third.

    Of most interest to us are JamesŪ lands on the north side of Grindal Creek. These apparently consisted of the 278 _ acre grant of 1760, the 70 adjoining acres James had purchased, and 100 additional acres not identified (note references to the Jordan, Daniel and Moore lines in the disposal of this land). James divided these holdings, along new lines, between his two elder sons as they came of age. First, to his son John, he granted 200 acres, including part of the tract bought of Willie Daniel:

    (BB:278): This Indenture made the twenty first day of May÷1821 between James Barrow of Pitt County÷and John Barrow÷son of James÷in consideration of the natural love and affection which he hath and beareth unto the said John Barrow his son÷hath given÷all that tract whereon he now lives, Beginning in the Creek at the mouth of the Laurel branch, upt the said branch to Rooty banch thence up the Rooty branch to the edge of the disart thence up the edge of the disart to the line that was formerly John Moores thence a line of marked trees to the Laurel Branch thence up the said branch ___________Daniels line thence with said Daniels line to a corner a pine on hearts pond thence the said Daniels line to Saml Moores ______neck of the Creek thence down the Creek to the beginning containing two hundred acres÷(signed) JAMES BARROW. Witness: Jas. Sheppard.

    To his son Beazar Barrow he made similar deeds of gift for two tracts adjoining the previous on 24 Sept. 1822, of which you already have transcripts (CC:162, CC:169).

    As stated above, James Barrow seems to have died between 1820 and 1830. James had issue (the elder children at least probably by _____Cason):

      i. John, born 1794/1800. Probably the John whose widow Susan is mentioned in a deed of 15 Oct. 1833 (GG:159).
      ii. daughter, born 1790/1800.
      iii. daughter, born 1790/1800.
      iv. Beasor, born 20 Dec. 1800 Pitt Co.; died Dale Co., Ala. 20 Oct. 1861. Married 16 Dec. 1823 Eliza Eleandor Mares.
      v. son, born 1800/04, at home in 1820.
      vi. daughter, born 1804/10.
      vii. son, born 1804/10. Likely James Barrow, born 1810/15, of Pitt Co. in 1830.


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