The Henry Barlow Family of West Virginia :Information about John Barlow
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John Barlow (b. November 26, 1781, d. January 23, 1866)John Barlow (son of Richard Barlow and Barbara Harvey)7 was born November 26, 1781, and died January 23, 1866 in Pocahontas County, WV.
Notes for John Barlow:
John Barlow, the son of Barbara Harvey Barlow, was raised in the home of his stepfather, Henry Casebolt. By accounts in the Casebolt history, Henry Casebolt and a brother settled in the Little Levels area prior to the Revolutionary War. Henry may well have been one of the able-bodied men asked to stay at home and guard the frontier against Indians while others fought with the militia or with the Continental Army.
By the time that he took the widowed Barbara Harvey Barlow as his wife, Henry Caseboltwas established. He signed a petition in 1791 to have Bath County created from Rockbridge and Augusta and owned more than 100 acres of land.
Because of confusion as to county lines during these times, records were lost or misplaced or misfiled, and there is no marriage certificate for Henry Casebolt and Barbara Harvey Barlow. Evidence of their marriage comes from a Casebolt family Bible where Barbara's maiden name is given as Harvey.
This information comes from Richard Kraus, a Casebolt descendant and a historian of that family. Kraus has seen and provided a copy of a page copied into another Bible from the Peter Casebolt Bible. In that Bible, the name Harvey appears above Barbara's name indicating that it was her maiden name.(When I saw this confirmation of Barbara's maiden name, it came to me that I had known this much earlier--probably through word of mouth, but of course was misled for years by the printed material which gives her maiden name as Rowse. NB)
It is obvious that the only father John Barlow ever knew was Henry Casebolt. There is no record of Richard Barlow's death nor his return after the Revolution. His official service papers show that he served in the 4th, 8th, and 12th Virginia regiments of the Continental line. The orderly book of Capt. Robert Gamble under whom Richard served at Stony Point, NY, is kept at the State Library of Virginia. It shows that Richard was awarded a sum of money when proceeds from the captured contents of Fort Stony Point were divided.
My personal speculation is that when Richard returned home in December of 1779, he had enough money to purchase frontier land. Whether Barbara was with him at camp, we probably will never learn. But with money and with his three year term in the Army almost over, Richard and Barbara went to the frontier and claimed land. Among their neighbors was Henry Casebolt. Some time in 1781 Richard died or was killed and Barbara shortly thereafter married the bachelor Casebolt. Her land thus was absorbed into his land. Since it was still wartime, deeds and land transfers were often not recorded. I also speculate that young John might not have been too happy a reminder of his soldier father. There is a recorded land transfer to John in 1803 of property just east of Henry Casebolt's. It is certainly possible this was Richard and Barbara's originally and passed to John when he reached his majority.Again I say that this is only a guess and I could be very wrong.
The ninth child of John Barlow and Martha Waddell Barlow was named Henry after his stepfather. One of John's half sisters named one of her sons John Barlow after her half brother.
According to family stories, John as a young man went to work for Alexander Waddell, himself a Revolutionary war soldier, who lived on the Moore place near Marvin. While employed there, John met a Waddell daughter, Martha. The two became engaged while gathering firewood, according to family tradition. She drove the sled and he cut and loaded wood. The bride was about 14 and the bridegroom 25.
The young couple began married life at the Briar Patch on Buckley Mountain which was probably Casebolt land although John did own land adjacent to his stepfather.John and Martha Barlow eventually acquired property on Red Lick Mountain, Itwas here that John and Martha Barlow built their home, spent most of their married life,and raised their children. They are buried there--one stone marking their graves.
A prodigious hunter and an expert marksman, according to family tradition, John paid for the Red Lick property in venison at 50 cents a saddle or pair.John estimated that he had killed 1,500 deer over his lifetime. He did not keep count of the numerous smaller game.His best day of hunting, he shot six deer and wounded a seventh.
Family tradition has it that he was an able outdoorsman who when, near the end of his life, ill health kept him out of the woods was asked if he would like to live his life over. He replied, it is said, "I have no wish to live my life over again, but there is one thing I would like to do and that is to have one more good bear hunt on Red Lick Mountain." This story is quoted in Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, written by W.T. Price and published in 1901.
John Barlow died January 23, 1866, and Martha, his wife, lived on until Oct. 7, 1872. Martha had several sisters who married and stayed in Pocahontas County, but her parents Alexander Waddell and Eleanor Roush Waddell, followed their son to Gallia County, Ohio, and died and were buried there. Alexander got his wish to live to be over 100. In fact, he died at the age of 102.
More About John Barlow:
Date born 2: November 26, 1781
Burial: Unknown, Red Lick Mountain family graveyard, Pocahontas County, WV.
Died 2: January 23, 1866, Red Lick Mountain Cemetery.
More About John Barlow and <Unnamed>:
Marriage 1: December 18, 1804, Bath County, VA.8
Marriage 2: 1804, Pocahontas County.
Children of John Barlow are:
- +William Barlow, b. Abt. 1806, Bath County, Va, d. date unknown.
- +Alexander Barlow, b. December 12, 1806, Bath County, Va, d. January 30, 1890, EdrayWV.
- Andrew Barlow, b. Abt. 1808, Bath County, Va, d. date unknown.
- Miriam Barlow, b. 1816, Red Lick Mountain, Pocahontas County, VA, d. Abt. 1845.
- James Barlow, b. March 18, 1819, d. Abt. 1860.
- Nathan G. Barlow, b. June 09, 1823, d. 1899.
- +Josiah Barlow, b. 1825, d. 1894.
- +Henry Barlow, b. February 21, 1827, Edray, WV, d. February 19, 1909, Pocahontas County, WV.
- Amos Barlow, b. January 11, 1831, EdrayWV, d. November 01, 1908.