The Henry Barlow Family of West Virginia :Information about Richard Barlow
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Richard Barlow (b. Abt. 1755, d. Abt. 1781)Richard Barlow was born Abt. 1755, and died Abt. 1781 in Revolutionary War as a soldier of the Continental Line, Va. 4,8 and 12 Rgts.He married Barbara Harvey on March 1779 in Rockbridge County.
Notes for Richard Barlow:
Richard Barlow was the Barlow family's lost man for many years. Several of the early 20th century books and pamphlets written about Pocahontas County WV pioneer families listed John Barlow's father as Alexander Barlow. In at least one publication, the father is said to have died at the battle of Brandywine which was fought several years before the birth of the son John. A number of family members have looked for an "Alexander Barlow" with no success.
Later family genealogists traced Barbara Barlow and found a Barbara Harvey living in Rockbridge County who married Richard Barlow, a soldier of the Continental Line serving in the 4th,8th and 12th Virginia Regiments. Three independent searches by researchers have come to the conclusion that there was no Alexander Barlow, but there was a confusion in names in which the maternal grandfather's name Alexander was given to the paternal grandfather. Similarly Barbara Barlow's maiden name was sometimes shown as Rowse. The maternal grandmother's name was Eleanor Roush; the maternal grandfather was Alexander Waddell.
Mrs. Barbara Barlow was known to have married as her second husband Henry Casebolt of the Greenbrier section of Virginia which later became Bath County. Her son John Barlow was raised in the Casebolt household. Casebolt Family historian Richard Kraus has seen and copied a page from a Peter Casebolt family Bible which lists Henry Casebolt's wife as Barbara Harvey. The evidence is not as legible as one would hope, but it clearly says Harvey above her name.
It seems fair to conclude from this that our ancestors were Barbara Harvey and Richard Barlow, soldier of the Continental Line, Va. 4th, 8th and 12th Regiments.Richard was with Washington at Valley Forge andat the Battle of Stony Point, New York. See Annals of Augusta County, VA, by Joseph A. Waddell for a full account. Richard's name is listed on page 267. According to Capt. Gamble's records, Richard and his fellow soldiers at Stony Point dividedprize money coming from the sale of materials captured at the fort. The original Gamble record is on file at the Virginia State Library and is a rare book.
Soldiers of the Continental Line were employed by Continental Congress and could be sent anywhere in the colonies. They were much more like our regular army troops today. Many men served in county militia companies. Record-keeping was poor and so it is impossible to rule out that there could have been an Alexander Barlow serving in one of these companies, however, Richard Barlow clearly is the husband of Barbara Harvey--the Barbara Barlow who became the wife of Henry Casebolt.
At this time no one knows where Richard died, but eventually Barbara became the wife of Henry Casebolt. No marriage record for Barbara and Henry has been located but there were several children of the union. Lost records are not unusual for this time and location.
Family historians still do not know who Richard Barlow was or why he was in Virginia when he joined the Continental Line in 1777. There is a record of an indenture of a Richard Barlow to William Littleton of York, PA, filed with the Pennsylvania Philosophical Society. The indenture was dated October 1771 and was for four years and six months. Richard was assigned to the indenture by a man named John Wilson. John Wilson was a very common name in the colonies but it is interesting to note that there was a John Wilson (name also could be read as Nilson) who witnessed Daniel Harvey's declaration that he gave permission forBarbara's marriage to Richard Barlow. A John Wilson lived in the same area as the Harvey family. Richard also joined the Virginia Regiment from the Augusta County area (Rockbridge was created out of August the following year.) It could be speculated that Richard was assigned as an indentured person for four years and six months because he was 17 years and six months old in October of 1771 and that he came to the Wilson family following his service because he was related to them. Another record shows a Richard Barlow arriving in 1765 in New York on the ship Buchanan. He apparently sailed from Belfast at the point at which both Catholics and dissenters were leaving.
James E. Barlow of Roanoke,VA has participated in a family DNA test which strongly indicates that Richard Barlow was allied with the Virginia Isle of Wight Barlow family who were 17th century settlers in Isle of Wight, VA. No clear link has shown up at this time.
Martha was still a young woman when she lost her own parents to the westward movement. Alexander and Eleanor Waddell decided to follow their sons West to Ohio and to live out their lives there. Alexander was able to fulfill a wish to be 100. He was born in 1732 and died in 1834.
More About Richard Barlow:
Military service: Bet. 1777 - 1779, serving in the Virginia 4th ,8th and 12th Regiments.
More About Richard Barlow and Barbara Harvey:
Marriage 1: March 1779, Rockbridge County.
Marriage 2: March 04, 1779, Rockbridge County.
Children of Richard Barlow and Barbara Harvey are:
- +John Barlow, b. November 26, 1781, d. January 23, 1866, Pocahontas County, WV.