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Ancestry of Reuben Barrow

by Jonathan B. Butcher, 3/1990

Contributed by Frank Barrow; typed by Greg Bullock;
adapted for web presentation by Elizabeth Ross. Jan. 2006.

SOLOMON BARROW was born in 1801 and baptized on 7 Jan, 1802 in Opelousas Parish, Louisiana. From the baptismal record we know that he was a son of Reuben Barrow.

REUBEN BARROW's dates are presently unknown. However, we do know from baptismal records of his children that he was a son of Richard Barrow and Mary "Godinne". Reuben is known to have been in Louisiana by at least 1795 and married first Fannie Kennedy, secondly Mary Jane Johnson (born ca. 1772, daughter of Daniel Johnson and Susan Daley), and thirdly, on 2 Oct. 1815, widow Green.

It was suggested that Reuben's father, Richard, was one and the same as Richard Barrow, younger son of William Barrow of Hyde Co., N.C. (will 1716). Certainly there does appear to be a connection to this family. However, I had my doubts as to the chronology, as this arrangement would imply that Solomon Barrow was born nearly 100 years after his grandfather. The truth of the matter turns out to be that the lineage you have proposed is almost correct, but there should be another Richard Barrow inserted. That is, Reuben was the son of Richard Barrow Jr. and Mary Godwin, Richard Jr. being an apparent (but not fully proven) son of Richard Sr., son of William.

Reuben was likely born in Pitt Co., N.C., but would appear to have reached Louisiana via Georgia. A problem we encounter here is that there were two Reuben Barrows in the same part of Georgia. To sort out the multiple Reubens and Richards it is necessary to try to form some estimate of our Reuben's age. Unfortunately, this is not easy to accomplish, due to some inconsistencies in the Census record.

On the 1810 Census of Louisiana, the first Census available, we find this branch of the family in Opelousas and Rapides Parish, as follows (listing white males: aged 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45 + ; white females 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; "other free"; slaves):

Opelousas Par., p. 332

Barrow, Reuben  42200-22100-0-0
Barrow, Vincent  00100-01000-0-0

Rapides Par., p. 277

Barrow, John  02001-00001-3-3
Barrow, Levi  00100-00100-0-0
Barrow, McEuen  20010-00100-1-0
Barrow, Richard  10100-00100-0-0

Here we immediately note that the listing for Reuben Barrow would appear to be defective, as the eldest male in the household is listed in the 16-26 category, surely too young for Reuben. Apparently Reuben himself has been eliminated from the listing for some reason. Reuben' s eldest son Levi seems to have been in adjacent Rapides parish at this time. It is interesting to note the three other Barrows there who were not Reuben's sons, including a John Barrow, over 45. These would certainly appear to be relatives of some sort.

On the 1820 Census Reuben appears as Rapides, and the Barrow family of interest to us is shown as follows (listing white males: aged 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; white females 0-10, 10-16, 16-18, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; "other free"; slaves):

Rapides Par., p. 137

Barrow, Reuben  021132-00000-0-2

Rapides Par., p. 140

Barrow, McCune  211020-10010-1-1
Barrow, Elizabeth  010000-30010-0-1
Barrow, John  000111-00001-0-5

St . Landry Par., p, 116

Barrow, Vincent  300010-20100-0-0

We note that Reuben had no females in his household at this time, suggesting that his third wife may also have died.

All these Barrows seem to have been gone from Louisiana by 1830, I have not learned what became of John and McEuen Barrow, but most of Reuben's family had moved to Liberty Co., Texas (as I am sure you know, but did not explain in detail). Indeed, it seems possible that Reuben Sr. himself may have moved there, but you do not say if you have found any record of his probate or death there. Unfortunately, there is no 1830 Census for Texas, which was of course not then a part of the United States. However, there are informative records of 1st Class petitioners for land under the Constitution of 1838, which grants were available to settlers arriving prior to 2 Mar. 1836. Clerk's returns of petitions for rights to land in Liberty Co., Feb. 1838 (G. White, 1830 Citizens of Texas) who the following Barrows:

Benjamin Barrow, came 1827, mar. 4 June 1835.
Soln. Barrow, came with family in 1824.
Levi Barrow, came 1830, married in 1827.
Reuben Barrow Senr. , came 1824, married 7 Jan. 1832.
Vincent Barrow deed., Benj . Barrow admr. , came with family 1830, died 1835.

It thus looks as though Reuben Sr. may have moved on to Texas in 1824, depriving us of an 1830 Census record. If this interpretation is correct it would imply that Reuben married again in 1832. However, perhaps this refers to a younger Reuben.

The available Census records are thus not very informative, implying only that Reuben was born prior to 1775, which we already know from the ages of his two children by his first wife, Fannie Kennedy. Apparently Reuben had married his second wife, Mary Jane Johnson, by about 1790, so these two sons were apparently born before 1790, Levi Barrow is known to have died on 12 Jan. 1817 and married in 1809. The 1810 Census shows him as aged 16-26. Vincent Barrow was also 16-26 in 1810 and in 1820 was listed as aged 26-45. He apparently died in Texas in 1835.

It would thus appear that Levi and Vincent were both born between 1783/4 and 1790. This suggests that Reuben's first marriage may have been about 1783. We can then in turn guess that he may have been born around 1760/5, As we will see below, this fits well with the chronology of the family. This first marriage perhaps took place in Georgia, or maybe in Spanish Florida or Louisiana.

The name Reuben was not very common in the Barrow family, and it also seems clear that our Reuben came through Georgia. There we find two related Reuben Barrows, who served on opposite sides in the Revolution. In what follows below, I will endeavor to show that the two Reubens were related as follows:

Richard Barrow Sr. = Mary
ca . 1705-after 1770
Richard Barrow Jr. = Mary Godwin
ca, 1735/40-p. 1774
Burke Co., Ga .
Reuben Barrow = Milbre
ca . 1740/5-1812
Warren Co., Ga.
Reuben Barrow
ca. 1760/5-
of Louisiana

In documenting this family we encounter significant problems with lost records, but fortunately it appears that just enough survives to complete the lineage. These losses include Pitt Co., N.C, where only the deeds survive, and Burke Co., Ga., where most all early records are lost.

Before trying to identify our Reuben in Georgia it will first be convenient to dispose of the other Reuben, who remained in Georgia, and is thus not our man. As we will see below, tax lists suggest that this Reuben was likely born around 1740. He seems to have moved south with other members of the family around 1773, and probably settled first in St. George Parish, which became Burke Co. (see map of Georgia in 1790 enclosed). Records of English Crown Grants in St. George Parish in Georgia 1755-1775. (see photostats) include several "Barron" grants. Other sources give the names of these grantees as Barrow, and I am quite certain that Barrow has here been misread as "Barron" - a mistake we find frequently.

In any case, one Rheuben "Barron" on 2 Aug. 1774 obtained a grant of 150 acres, location apparently not clearly shown (Grant Book M:155). This Reuben seems to have removed to what became Warren Co. in 1794, created from parts of Richmond and Burke, and is indexed as having received a land grant there in 1790.

I believe it is this Reuben who was a Revolutionary patriot (although I am not entirely sure). Revolutionary certificates were issued to Reubin Barrow, a Minute Man, by Col. John Stewart on 15 Dec. 1784 and by Col. E. Clark on 3 Jan. 1785 (Knight, Georgia's Roster of the Revolution, p. 30). Based on these Reuben Barrow received a certificate for bounty land on 3 Feb. 1785 (Ibid, p. 35). We then find a bounty survey to Reuben Barrow on 7 April 1785, for 287-1/2 acres in Washington Co., joining Robert Alexander (Ibid, p. 251). Reuben does not seem to have actually patented this land.

Abstracts of Richmond Co. deeds of 1750-1790 (Historical Collections of the Georgia Chapters DAR) do not show Reuben. However, in abstracts of the Wilkes Co. deeds (DAR, Early Records of Georgia) we find that on 7 Dec. 1787 Ignatius Few of Richmond Co. sold to Reuben Barrow of the same 120 acres on Ogeechee River

(HH:112, witnessed by S. Camp, Richard Lovit), which land Reuben Barrow of Richmond Co. sold to Geo. Medlock of Wilkes on 7 May 1789 (GG:108, witnessed by Chas. Medlock).

Abstracts of Warren deed books A-B (1794-1807) are also available, and these show that on 25 Sept. 1798 George Cranberry of Jefferson Co. sold for $40.80 to Reuben Barrow of' Warren 100 acres on Joes Creek of Rocky Comfort (B:8, witnessed by Benjamin Warner, Moses Cranberry), while on 20 Mar. 1801 Philip Gibbs sold to Reuben Barrow 100 acres on the Big Road about six miles below Georgetown (B:246, witnessed by John Barrow, James Barrow), The two witnesses were probably Reuben's sons. However, we also find (A:43) that Reuben Barrow administered the estate of a James Barrow on 8 June 1801, given Hugh Reese and David Nusam as securities. This Reuben made a will in Warren Co. on 17 Aug. 1812, proven 3 Nov. 1812, witnessed by Benj. Bledsoe, Richard Bledsoe, Giles Bledsoe and Wm. Brannon. This, according to the printed abstract, names wife Milbre, children James, John, Absalom, Ferriby and Eady Barrow, and James’ daughter Nancy.

Having disposed of this Reuben, it appears that there was also another Reuben Barrow in Georgia, who served on the opposite side in the Revolution. Rosters of Capt. Joseph Marshall's Co. of King's Rangers taken at Augusta on 24 April 1781 and at Savannah on 24 Oct. 1781 show a Private Reuben Barrow (M. J. Clark, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, I: 66-67, see photostats). Another roster of this company taken at St. Augustine (Florida) on 24 April 1783 lists Rubin Barrow as a "prisoner with rebels" (Ibid, III: 419, see photostats).

It is my guess that this Tory Reuben Barrow is likely our man. Indeed, the fact that he served on the "wrong" side in the Revolution might have provided the motivation for him to leave the United States and move to what was then Spanish Louisiana. I do not however find him indexed in the Loyalist Claims.

Regardless of whether our Reuben is to be identified with the Tory private, we can prove his ancestry. That is, we know from the Louisiana baptismal records that he was a son of Richard Barrow and Mary "Godinne". Further, from naming patterns we would guess that he derived from the Pitt Co. family, Pitt being formed from Beaufort Co, in 1759. Only one, very small Godwin/Goddin family is found in this area, and from the surviving deeds we are able to demonstrate, albeit indirectly, the marriage of a Mary Godwin and Richard Barrow there, who must be our Reuben's parents.

The only male member of the Godwin family early in this area was one Nathan Godwin. He made a will in Beaufort Co. on 27 Feb. 1751/2, proven 9 June 1752, appointing Joseph Barrow, George Sugg and wife Mary Godwin executors and witnessed by Richd. Latten, Mary Williams and Elisebeth Church (N.C. Secretary of State Wills, see copy enclosed). In the will Nathan bequeathed 100 acres to his wife Mary and 100 acres to his daughter Mary Godwin. (The bequest to his wife may have been to provide for the eventuality of an unborn child, ) However, we do not find Nathan in the deeds or land grants prior to this. It would appear that he had arranged to buy land, but had not yet received a deed. It further appears that he did have a second daughter. In any case, on 1 Nov. 1755 Thomas Little, in consideration of 10 pds. 10 sh. paid by Nathan Goden, made a deed to "Mary Goden & Jean Goden daughters of the afsd. Nathan Goden" of 200 acres on the north side of Tar River and south side of Coneto Creek, beginning at Joseph Barrow's line (Beaufort 3:229, witnessed by Isaac Buck, Wm. Shield, George Sugg; see photostats.) The neighbor, Joseph Barrow, was our Richard Jr.'s uncle, and he had made a will in 1752, leaving his lands to his children, including a son John.

This land fell into Pitt Co., and through close attention to the Pitt deeds we can determine that the elder daughter, Mary Godwin, married Richard Barrow Jr., while the younger daughter, Jean, married first Mr. Owen and secondly Mr. Ellis. Some further confirmation is provided by the discovery that on 15 Mar. 1770 Richard Barrow Junr., Mary (M) Godwin and Mary (X) Barrow witnessed a deed for land on Coneto Creek from Drury and Mildred Spain to Marcus Stokes (D:121, see photostats).

These two daughters divided the land, although Mary's share later seems to have been found to contain 150 acres. In a deed of 15th __ ___, recorded in April 1774, Richard Barrow and wife Mary (X) sold for __ pds. to Nichols Bynum 150 acres on the south side of Coneto, beginning at ___n Ellis' line and running to John Barrow's line (E:209, witnessed by Samson Pittman, Darias (L) Rarnmage, Luke Rater, Drewry Bynum; see photostats). The adjoining John Barrow land is that which John had inherited from Joseph Barrow. The Ellis land constituted the other part of the original tract, and is identified in a deed of _ March 1782 in which Jane Ellis of Edgecombe Co. sold to James Bynum 100 acres on the south side of Coneto Creek, being part of a grant dated November 1733 (I:100, see photostats). That this is the adjacent tract is shown by the reference to the row of walnut trees. Reference to a grant of Nov. 1733 may be an error in transcription, as the original deed from Thomas Lamb refers to a grant of 11 Nov. 1743. Jean Ellis left a will in Edgecombe Co. dated 12 Sept. 1815, proven 26 Sept. This leaves all her property to her daughter Mary Owen and grand son Elijah Owen, who was executor.

We can thus establish that Richard Barrow Jr. married Mary Godwin, and thus must be the father of our Reuben Barrow. Before taking up the lineage I will however provide a few additional notes on sources. Of great importance to us in understanding the family are some surviving tax lists of the area. These include a 1755 tax list for Beaufort Co., which unfortunately seems to miss the Richard Barrow Sr. family. This shows the following (tithable age being then 16 for white males):

Benja, Barrow 1 White Poll 0 Black Polls
Abra.Barrow 1 0
James Barrow 1 5
Jane Barrow 0 1
Jno. Barrow, son & 7 negr 2 7

There are also surviving Pitt tax lists for 1762-1764:


Barrow, Benjamin 1 white poll 1 black poll
Barrow, Richard, Ruben Barrow, Joseph Barrow 3 2
Barrow, Abraham, Lewis Hudson 2 1
Barrow, James, Samuel Barrow, Willm. Barrow 3 4
Barrow, Richard 1 0
Barrow, Thomas 1 1


Barrow, Richard, Reuben Barrow,Joseph Barrow 3 white polls
Barrow, Benjarn. , James Handcock 2
Barrow, Abraham 2
Barrow, James 1
Barrow, Jean 1
Barrow, Richard 1
Barrow, James, William Barrow 2
Barrow, Samuel 1


Barrow, Richard, Rubin Barrow,Joseph Barrow 3-2
Barrow, Abraham 1-2
Barrow, James, Wm. Barrow 2-4
Barrow, Samuel 1-1
Barrow, Benj. 1-1
Barrow, Jane, widow 0-1
Barrow, Richard 1-0
Barrow, James, William Miller 2-0

A State Census taken in 1775 survives for about half of Pitt, but omits the Grindal Creek district, where most of the Barrows lived. In Capt. Henry Ellis' Co. (northwest Pitt in the Little Contentnea area) we do find a household of Benjamin Barrow, containing 1 white male aged 16-50, 3 white females, 1 taxable black male, 1 taxable black female and 3 nontaxable blacks. Note Benjamin seems to have had no sons at home.

By the 1790 Census of Pitt we find only the following (listing white males over 16, same under 16, white females, free blacks, slaves):

Barrow, James 1-1-1-0-8

Barrow, Samuel 2-1-3-0-15

Barrow, James (adjacent to previous) 1-1-1-0-9

Barrow, Benjamin 1-3-3-0-0

We will now continue with the lineage:

RICHARD BARROW Jr. seems likely to have been born about 1735/40, and was perhaps still living with his father in 1755. He does not seem to appear in the Beaufort deeds, but was head of his own household in Pitt by the 1762 tax, I suspect that he had married Mary Godwin just before this tax, and, as she was an heiress, likely lived on her land on Coneto Creek. As we have seen above, Richard Barrow and wife Mary sold this land before April 1774 (E:209). It would also seern to be Richard Jr. who was the Richard Barrow who on 22 Feb. 1769 purchased for _25 from John Ingram 100 acres beginning at a stake in Mayoes Cornfield, down Marks lower side line and running to the widow Mayo's branch (D:90, witnessed by Simon Rosse, Cornelius Church, John (I) Dowden). This tract was sold to Nicholas Bynum on 15 March 1773 by Richard Barrow and wife Mary (F:32, witnessed by _son Pittman, Luke Bate, __las (X) Ramage, Henry Bynurn; see photostat).

Richard thus sold all his property in Pitt Co. in 1773/4, and does not further appear in the records there. As noted above, it seems clear that he removed to St. George Parish (later Burke Co.), Georgia at this time. Photostats introduced above show that Richard "Barron" on 2 Aug. 1774 received grants of 200 and 150 acres there (M:161, 162). Possibly one of these was a grant to Richard Sr. I believe that Richard Jr. died in Burke Co., Ga., where most all of the early records are lost. I do however note that in Richmond Co., Ga., there is recorded a deed of 5 Jan. 1785 in which John Davies, Sheriff of Burke Co., sold to George Upton of Richmond Co. two tracts in Burke Co. joining Richard Barrow.

Unfortunately, given the loss of Burke records, Reuben is the only son of Richard Jr. and Mary whom I can at present prove. However, it is certainly tempting to suppose that the other early Barrows in Rapides Parish (John, McEuen and Richard Barrow) might also derive from this family.

At present I have no direct and explicit proof that Richard Jr. was a son of Richard Sr. However, it would certainly appear that this is the case, based both on the circumstantial evidence, and the lack of any other likely parentage in the family. There is a possibility that reading the extant Beaufort Co. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes of 1756-1759 (up to the creation of Pitt) would provide further evidence. However, as we will see below, it appears that Richard Sr. also likely removed to Georgia. I suspect he too may have died in St. George Parish/Burke Co. While the Burke records are lost it would certainly seem worthwhile to check further in the Georgia land office records and other sources to see if any proof of Richard Sr.'s heirs would emerge there. I would thus recommend arranging some additional research in original Georgia records before spending further time in North Carolina research.


RICHARD BARROW Sr. was born about 1705, third son of William Barrow of Hyde Precinct. Together with his older brothers William and John, Richard inherited a share of his father's large plantation on Matchapungo Creek. The early deeds of this area are preserved in Beaufort Co. There we find that on 21 July 1730 Richard Barrow of Bath Co. (the original designation for the area including Beaufort and Hyde Precincts) sold for 50 pds. to William Harris, mariner, 486 acres on the south side of Matchapungo Creek, beginning at the mouth of Jacks Creek, being part of the patent to Capt. William Barrow and given to Richard Barrow by his father (2:55, witnessed by Wm. Barrow, Mary (X) Barrow). Richard also had another 350 acres on Matchapungo, at the rnouth of Woodstock Creek, which, wife wife Mary (X) Barrow, he sold to James Artirce for 170 barrels of tar on 9 June 1735 (2:238, witnessed by Richard Newman, William (X) Mixson).

On 27 Nov. 1734 Joseph Barrow sold for 20 pds. to Richard Barrow 100 acres on the west side of Pungo Swamp, "being the land he now lives on" (2:182, witnessed by James Barrow, Peter Caila), and on 23 Aug. 1735 Joseph sold to Richard another 100 acres in Hyde (2:339, witnessed by James Barrow, Judith (X) Bergeron), Richard's mother had remarried, and on 23 Jan. widow Elizabeth (E) Lillington made a gift to her son Richard Barrow of a negro girl named Nan, aged 9 years (2:366, witnessed by Richard Newman, John Evits). Then on 11 Dec. 1745 Richard (X) Jones of Beaufort sold for 25 pds. to Richard Barrow 100 acres on the east side of Matchapungo Swamp, beginning at Richard Newman's corner (2:455, witnessed by John Barrow, John Forbes).

Mary, wife of Richard Sr., has not presently been identified. I note that she did not sign a dower release to Richard's sales of 1752 or later sales, so she may have died in the late 1740's.

Richard sold all three of his tracts on Matchapungo to William Stubbs on 18 Nov. 1752 (3:143-146, witnessed by Francis Buck, Lemuel Cherry). He then moved to what became Pitt Co., and on 31 Jan, 1755 obtained a grant from the agents of Lord Granville of 640 acres on the south side of Tar River, "being the Plantation where the said Barrow now lives" (SSLG 2-C). This land had been surveyed on 27 Aug. 1753, with Moses Tyson and Abraham Barrow serving as chain carriers.

Soon after receiving the grant, on 6 Mar. 1755 Richard sold 140 acres of the land for 12 pds, to Abraham Barrow (3:205, witnessed by J. Barrow, William Campbell) and on 8 Mar. 1755 sold 140 acres to Moses Tison (3:203, witnessed by Ann Tison, George Tison, Jonathan Tison). Pitt was created in 1760, and on 14 May 1766 Richard Barrow sold to Joseph Barrow, "tupper", 50 acres out of his 640 acres patent on the south side of Tar River (C:331, witnessed by James Barrow, Lewis Hutchen). The tax lists show that Joseph was Richard's son. We might guess that we do not find a deed from Richard Sr. to Richard Jr. because the latter had married into property.

Richard Sr. seems to appear in only one later deed: On 4 April 1770 Richard and Reuben Barrow jointly sold to Benjamin Randall 280 acres out of the 1755 grant (D:115, witnessed by John Simpson, Moses Tison Jr.). This accounted for all of Richard Sr.'s lands, and he likely left the area at this time. I note the following record in the New Bern District Superior Court Execution Docket for May 1771 (DSCR 206.318.1):

    131. Archibald Patterson vs. Richd. Barrow. Casa vs. Pltt [Pitt]. Office b6.6.6. not to be found the Deft removed out of the South - province .

The Sheriff has here informed the court that the defendant had left the colony, apparently moving to the south. We know that Richard Jr. was in Pitt as late as 1773, so this would appear to refer to Richard Sr. He may thus have moved to Georgia in 1770.

Because Richard left North Carolina we have no full list of his heirs at present. However, it appears that his sons included the following, only some actually proven:

i. likely Abraham, probably born around 1725/30 and head of his own household by the Beaufort tax of 1755. As we saw above, he purchased 140 acres from Richard in 1755, which he sold to Moses Tison in 1765. Abraham then moved to Onslow Co., where on 12 Mar. 1765 William Buford sold to Abraham Barrow of Pitt a tract on Cohorn's Swamp (H:3). Abraham Barrow Sr, made a will in Onslow on 5 July 1799, proven Oct. 1799, appointing Gaess Rowe and Jesse Hadnot executors and naming wife Sarah and children :

  1. Sarah, mar. 0lliver.
  2. Zachariah. Died intestate in Onslow in Feb. 1799, leaving sons John, Thomas and Benjamin and a daughter Penelope.
  3. Abraham Jr. Made a will in Onslow on 29 Dec. 1793, proven Apr. 1798, naming his wife and sons Jesse and James.
  4. John, named as heir to his father's land in 1799.
  5. Elizabeth.
(perhaps other "younger children", implied by the will.)

ii. likely Benjamin, probably born around 1725/30 and head of his own household by 1755. He appears in a number of Pitt deeds, and had a wife Elizabeth at the time of a 1772 deed (E:37). A deed of 26 Aug. 1767 from William Stansell to Benjamin Barrow for 440 acres was witnessed by Joseph Barrow (C:500). As noted above, the 1775 State Census shows Benjamin without any sons at home, and it would appear that his children consisted of only daughters. He made a gift of his land to grandson Amos Willson on 20 June 1805 (Q:89), and gave his personal property to grandson Benjamin Forbes on 10 Mar . 1807 (Q: 37 3 ) .

iii. probably Richard Jr., likely born around 1735/40 (see above) .

iv. Reuben, likely born around 1740 and in his father's household in 1762-1764. Besides the Pitt deeds cited above, we also find in Edgecombe Co. that on 19 Sept. 1772 Edward Waddell of Dobbs sold to Reuben Barrow of Pitt a tract on New Stirrup Iron Branch (2:52, witnessed by Sampson Pitman, Richard Barrow, John Watkins). No deed of sale was located for this tract, and Reuben removed to Georgia with his father in 1773-4. He moved from Burke to Warren Co., Ga., where he made a will on 17 Aug. 1812, proven 3 Nov. 1812, witnessed by Benj. Bledsoe, Richard Bledsoe, Giles Bledsoe and Wm. Brannon. He named wife Milbre and children:

  1. James.
  2. John.
  3. Absalom.
  4. Ferriby
  5. Eady.

v. Joseph, born ca . 1740/45, who had probably just reached tithable age in 1762. As noted above, he obtained 50 acres from Richard Sr. in 1766, probably at the time of his marriage. Joseph sold this tract to Reuben Barrow on 26 Feb. 1769 (D:97, witnessed by Richd. Barrow, Moses Tison Jr.). In the meantime on 8 -- 1766 he had purchased from Willian Stansell Jr. 220 acres patented by Daniel Oquin, joining Willis (C:370, witnessed by___nn Barrow), He sold 120 acres out of this patent to Caleb Tripp on 30 Jan. 1768 (D:42), but I did not find a deed of sale for the remaining portion. Joseph does not appear in the Pitt deeds after 1769. Perhaps he moved south with his father. However, it is a theory of mine that he may have died in Pitt soon after 1768, leaving sons John and Reuben, both of whom were born ca. 1765/70 and moved from Pitt to Lenoir Co., although they do not appear in the Pitt deeds.


Richard was a son of:

Capt. WILLIAM BARROW, who was born in Perquimans Precinct on 20 or 26 Feb. 1671/2. Perquimans was one of the few places in North Carolina where some early vital records were kept, and William's birth is recorded in what is known as the Berkeley Parish Register (p.12). This also 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. Benjamen Laker Esqr . " Elizabeth's maiden name was Elkes, and she had married first, on 20 Feb. 1693/4, John Cook, who died on 22 Aug. 1696. By Cook she had a son, Thomas, born 16 Nov. 1695. Elizabeth also seems to have been an heir of John Bentley, for on 20 Mar. 1699 William Barrow & Elizabeth his wife of Albemarle sold to John Hopkins 140 acres on the north side of the sound and Cypress Swamp, joining Governor Harvie and Cornelius Learie, 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 area of Hyde Precinct, then part of Bath Co. He here received four grants, as follows: (Patents 1:250), to William Barrow, Esq., 2 Mar. 1705/6, 255 acres at the fork of ye old Town Creek; (1:256), to Major William Barrow, 5 Mar. 1705/6, 180 acres joining Thomas Pearce, the Savanah, and John Barras; (1:257), to William Barrow, Esq., 3 Mar. 1705/6, 700 acres joining David Perkins, Bridge Creek and the Main Creek; and (2:363) to William Barrow, 29 Nov. 1714, 460 acres joining David Perkins and Matchapungo Creek. He also obtained other lands by deed.

We note that William was called "Major" in one of these grants, about the time of the Tuscarora War. 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 Cary's rebellion of 1711 when the Quaker landowners revolted against the Governor's 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). 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 predeceased his father, making his will in Hyde Precinct on 8 Jan. 1715/6, proven Oct. 1716 (N.C. Secretary of State Wills, see photostat). 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. on 8 July 1734.

William and Elizabeth (Elkes) Barrow were ancestors of a numerous family. Their children were:

i. William Jr., born Perquimans Prct. 9 Feb. 1697/8, will Hyde Co. 25 April 1746. He was Clerk of Court in Hyde in 1734.

  1. John, died unmarried, will Hyde Co. 23 Aug. 1748, proven Sept. 1748.
  2. Thomas.
  3. George, born 2 May 1729 (dates for his family given in Hyde Remembers), married wife Lydia on 2 Jan. 1751.
  4. Moses, estate administered Hyde Co. 1752, unmarried.
  5. Zachariah, married in 1760 Ann Jordan, will Hyde Co. 1779.
  6. Frederick, married in 1764 Martha Bond.
  7. Anne, mar. William Downey.
  8. Rebekah.


ii. Col. John, probably born around 1700/05, married (secondly?) by 1745 Martha Spring. John made a will in Beaufort on 12 June 1781, while his widow made a will on 10 Mar. 1790. Issue:

  1. Samuel, apparently died unmarried after the Beaufort tax of 1764.
  2. Martha mar . Jarmon .
  3. daughter, died before 1781, mar. Thompson.
  4. Elizabeth, mar. Edward McSwaine.
  5. John Jr., born ca. 1739/48. Sold his land in Beaufort in 1805 and moved to Warren Co., Ga., where he made a will on 26 Dec. 1809, proven 5 Mar. 1810, naming wife J e mi ma a n d c h ild r e n :
    1. John.
    2. George
    3. ;Mary, mar. Boyd.
    4. Cella, ma r. Da v i s.
    5. Richard .
    6. Thomas.
    7. Wa r r e n .
    8. ;William.
    9. Millie.
    10. Sarah, mar. Jones.
    11. Micajah.
  6. Mary, mar. Roger Ormond.
  7. Ann, mar, Boyd.
  8. Sarah, mar. Latham.
  9. Rebecca, mar. ____ Archable.
  10. Fanny, mar. (John?) Lanier.
  11. William, born after 1748, probably the William whose estate was administered in 1792 in Beaufort.
  12. Ruth, mar. ___ Smaw.
  13. Thomas, probably the one who left a will in Beaufort in 1806.
  14. Susah, married between 1781 and 1790 Wi n field.
  15. Rodah, married between 1781 and 1790 Jordan.


iii.Richard, born ca. 1705 (see above).

iv. Samuel, estate administered 1734/5, apparently childless.

v. Joseph, born ca . 17.10. Moved to the Pitt Co. area, where on 10 Mar. 1740 he received a grant form Lord Granville of 600 acres on Tar River two miles below Coneto Creek, and later purchased other land on Coneto. He married prior to a deed of 20 Mar. 1739 Jane, who was a daughter of widow Judith Bergeron (will 14 Nov. 1742). Joseph made his will in (then) Beaufort Co. on 23 Mar. 1752. His widow, Jane, was taxed in Pitt in 1762-1764. Issue:

  1. Mary, mar. Nathan May. With her brother James she sold 200 acres to Simon Pope on 28 Jan. 1765 (Pitt C:193). This land was left by the will of Joseph Sr. jointly to Mary and her brother Joseph Jr., but the latter had apparently died.
  2. James, of Coneto Creek, probably born about 1744/6. He sold out his property in Pitt, together with his brother John, on 27 July 1772 (E:51). Possibly this was the James Barrow found in Dobbs Co. briefly in 1780.
  3. John, probably born after 1748, sold his property in Pitt in 1772.
  4. Joseph Jr., apparently died without issue before 28 Jan. 1765.


vi. James, of Grindal Creek, born ca. 1715. He was living in Pitt as late as 1782. There is, of course, no surviving will for James, and I believe he died intestate. From the Pitt deeds we can infer that his Grindal Creek lands descended to three sons, who did not include a Richard:

  1. Samuel, born ca. 1740, apparently died in Pitt about 1807. His widow was apparently the Patience Barrow listed in Pitt in 1810.
  2. William, born ca. 1740/46, sold land in Pitt in 1807. Possibly moved to Robertson Co., Tenn.
  3. James Jr., born ca . 1765 (and probably a son of a second marriage for his father). Married a daughter of John Cason and died in Pitt after a deed of 24 Sept. 1822 (CC:162).
  4. Ann, mar. William Campbell.
  5. Sarah, mar. ____ Harris.



William was the eldest son of:

JOHN BARROW Sr., who 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 in Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (I:103; see photostats). This places him among the earliest settlers of the colony. He settled in what is now Perquimans Co., and the registers there show (p.l): "John Barrow & Sarah Suton was Maried by Mr. (torn) Minister of the gospell the first of febrary 1668." Sarah 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. on 15 Sept. 1650. Her father was a native of Tenterdon, Kent, who came to Boston in 1634. (See M. E. S. Oliver, The Suttons of England and North Carolina ...) .

Like many 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" (Land Grants, 1:106). At the Perquimans Precinct Court of Feb. 1693/4 (Col. Recs. N.C., 1:394), John proved three headrights for the importation of "Robert Tester, Simon Smith and negroe Jean." On the basis of these rights he received another grant of 300 acres on Yawpim Creek on 24 April 1694 (Grants, 1:5).

John Barrow saw much public service, being a Justice of Perquimans Precinct Court 1689--90 and 1697-1703, and of Albemarle Co. Court 1692-94. In 1708 he was a member of the lower house of the Assembly. The Perquimans Register shows (p.84): "John Barrow Senr. Departed this Life ye 10th day of June 1718," He made a will on 1 March 1717/8 (copy enclosed), but this names only his children who were then living. The identity of the others is shown by the Perquimans register.

The children of John and Sarah (Sutton) Barrow were:

i. Johana, born 10 July 1669, married 3 Aug. 1690 Jenkin Williams.

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

iii. John Jr., born 3 June 1674,. died in Perquimans 19 June 1718, leaving a will. By his wives Sarah and Rachel Larance he had issue:

  1. Sarah, born 8 Aug. 1702, mar. Ashley.
  2. Rebecca, born 12 June 1704.
  3. Elizabeth, born 3 April 1710/1.
  4. John III, born 20 Oct. 1713.
  5. Mary, born Jan. 1716.

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

v. Ann, born 3 Aug. 1679, mar. John Bentley and died without issue ca. 1699.

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

vii. George, born ca . 1685, married Elizabeth Turner and died by 1718.

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

  1. Sarah.

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

  1. Sarah, born 25 Dec. 1720.
  2. William.
  3. Elizabeth.
  4. Ann.
  5. Orpah, mar.____ Bundy.
  6. John, born 20 July 1730.


The origin of John Barrow Sr. is presently uncertain, although he likely came from Virginia, It is my guess that his father may have been another John Barrow, who was in Surry Co., Va. in the 1650's. This John was apparently born ca. 1609 and came over from England to Virginia on the "Plaine Joane" 15 May 1635, aged 29 (see J. B. Boddie, Historical Southern Families, II:25+). He was apparently claimed as a headright for a patent to John Sweete of Isle of Wight Co. for land near Lawnes Creek in Surry on 11 Nov. 1642 (Va. Patents 1:858). Surry Co. was until 1652 a part of James City Co., records of which are lost. On May 3, 1653 John Barrow patented 385 acres in Surry on the south side of James River and southwest side of Upper Chipoake Creek (Patents 6:286). Boddie says that John is last mentioned in Surry records in 1658, and I have not been able to discover what happened to this land, nor have I found any record to identify his heirs. However, he seems to have been of the right age and in the right place to be the father of John Barrow Sr. of North Carolina.

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