Wednesday, January 31, 2018


((I first blogged this information in Feb 2014))

Just a few more things about George Barrows and my Barrows ancestry.

First, I have a double descent from George and his wife Patience Simmons.
Here's that list of his children by Lucien Moore Robinson from in the first
post in this series:

16 I. Moses4, b. Feb. 14, 1696-7, m. Mary Carver Dec. 4, 1717.
17 II. George4, b. Mch. n, 1698, m. Desire (Doly.2)
18 III. Samuel4, b. 1700, m. Susannah Tobey, Nov. 21, 1723.
19 IV. Peleg4, b. 1708, m. Hopestill Darling, Nov. 26, 1733.
20 V. Benjamin4, m. Lois Tilson, Oct. 15, 1741.
21 VI. James4, m. 1st, Oct. 15, 1741, 2d Nov. 3, 1726, Mary Coffin.
VII. Patience4, m. Jos. Waterman, 1733.
VIII. Ruth4, m. Seth Sampson, Mch. 19, 1723-4.
IX. Keziah4, m. Saml. Benson, May 21, 1728.
X. Deborah4, m. Caleb Benson.
XI. Sarah4, m. Caleb Cushman, Nov. 1742.

I highlighted the two Barrows children who are my ancestors.I haven't
been able to find a date of birth for Deborah Barrows but I estimate
she was about fifteen years younger than oldest brother Moses. My
double descent comes from the marriage of  Asa Barrows and Content

They were first cousins once removed.

Five years agoI took a ride down to Lakenham Cemetery in Carver, Ma. where I found the
graves of George and Patience (Simmons) Barrows as well as the grave of his third wife,
Hannah (Ransom) Barrows. George's second wife Anne Barrows is probably there as well,
but as you can see the headstones are quite weathered so I wan't able to find it.

George Barrows

Patience (Simmons) Barrows

Hannah (Ransom) Barrows

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


((I first posted this information back in February 2014))

I'd seen reference once before to iron ore and George Barrows in Florence O'
Connor's book on my Dunham and Ellingwood ancestors but hadn't really given
it much thought. But then I ran into more information in Henry Griffith's History 
of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts: Historical Review, 1637-1910.

First, some knowledge about the location of the Barrows homestead which is
of use. The pond mentioned is Sampsons Pond, which was named after a local
Indian sachem:
Reckoned from the standpoint of continued influence, George Barrows and John
Murdock were the pioneers of South Carver. Through marital connections Caleb
Cushman, (whose wife was a daughter of George Barrows), established the Cushman
farm about 1740; and later the Saverys were settled in the village through the Barrows
girls. The Barrows property skirted the west shore of the pond and John Murdock held
the claim to the land on the east side. The pond itself was lightly regarded, except for
the fish it yielded and the grassy coves for their hay giving and pasturage qualities. Grassy Island was also used as a pasture, being approached through a slough from the west shore. The old Barrows' homestead stood at the junction of Mayflower road with Rochester road; the Murdock homestead was the farm on the east side of the pond, later known as the Israel Thomas farm; the Tillson farm was located about midway between Rochester road and Meadows road, in what is now known as New Meadows; and it is probable that the main highway at that time passed the Tillson 

house, the  Silas Shaw house, the Barrows house and the Murdock house and so on to the fishery at the outlet of the pond. Rochester road as we travel it, was laid out in 1698, but it is probable that the main travel south was on the east side of the pond, 
and the old roads leading to Halfway ponds and Agawam, show signs of having once 
been main travelled roads.p61-62

History of the Town of Carver, Massachusetts: Historical Review, 1637-1910 , E. Anthony & Sons, Printers,  Carver, Ma.1918

The location of the Barrows and Murdock homesteads came into play because of the
rich iron ore deposits beneath Sampsons Pond.

The operation of Popes Point furnace created a demand for bog ore that gave life to industrial Plympton and the swamps and ponds were regarded as valuable properties. 

A rich bed of this ore was found in Sampsons Pond and tributary coves which was being turned to a source of profit to the abutters when the officials of the town raised the point that the bog was public property. The matter found its way into Town meeting in 1749, where the private claimants were defeated and agents appointed to guard the interests of the public. After a few years of clashing between these factions the courts decided in favor of the private claimants and the pond passed to the control of George Barrows and Bartlett Murdock who in 1758 signed an indenture whereby a line was established extending from a point on the northerly shore to a point near the connection of Sampsons brook, Barrows to have the ore on the westerly side of the line, and Murdock the ore on the easterly side, while each was bound to guard the property of the other against poachers.
p198 ibid

Eventually Murdock would build a second furnace, the Charlotte Furnace, and for about
a hundred years Carver was one of the leading producers of iron cooking and kitchen utensils in the colonies. When the iron ore deposits began to run out in town, more ore was imported from other town in the area and from as far away as New Jersey. Eventually the industry died out, and today the town of Carver is better known for its cranberry bogs and the Edaville Railroad Park and Museum.

But my ancestor George Barrows and members of his family had played a part when Carver was know for its iron furnaces.

To be continued.

Monday, January 29, 2018


((I first posted this information back in February 2014))

I found the following in an article  THE BARROWS FAMILY by Rev. Lucien Moore Robinson in  The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Volume 7 (Google 
eBook) (S.M. Watson, 1893).:

(7) George, (Robert2, John1,) b. 1670, m. Feb. 14, 1694, Patience, dau. of John Simmons, a descendant of Moses Symondson who came in "Fortune" 1621. She died Oct. 30, 1723. George m. 2nd, Anne Dunham, June 25, 1724, m. 3d, Hannah Jackson, Dec. 20, 1736.

16 I. Moses4, b. Feb. 14, 1696-7, m. Mary Carver Dec. 4, 1717.
17 II. George4, b. Mch. n, 1698, m. Desire (Doly.2)
18 III. Samuel4, b. 1700, m. Susannah Tobey, Nov. 21, 1723.
19 IV. Peleg4, b. 1708, m. Hopestill Darling, Nov. 26, 1733.
20 V. Benjamin4, m. Lois Tilson, Oct. 15, 1741.
21 VI. James4, m. 1st, Oct. 15, 1741, 2d Nov. 3, 1726, Mary Coffin.
VII. Patience4, m. Jos. Waterman, 1733.
VIII. Ruth4, m. Seth Sampson, Mch. 19, 1723-4.
IX. Keziah4, m. Saml. Benson, May 21, 1728.
X. Deborah4, m. Caleb Benson.
XI. Sarah4, m. Caleb Cushman, Nov. 1742.

7. George resided in Plymouth till 1711. The next year he is described as of Plympton where he was already the owner of considerable quantities of land. He was known as "Captain George" and being, it is said, a successful negotiator with the Indians he was often entrusted with the settlement of business affairs with them. He seems to have been a very great enterprising and successful man, brought up a large family, which appear to have intermarried with the most respected families of that vicinity,

He gave deeds to each of his sons during the later years of his life, of lands near him and near to each other, on which it seems that most of them resided. One deed conveys to his sons and sons in law the privilege and the right to take iron ore from Samson's Pond in Plympton, (now Carver) for which they are to pay him two shillings sixpence per ton. Sampson's Pond is in that part of Plympton which became in 1790 the town of Carver. The descendants of George still reside in this town and occupy the lands that have been in their families for several generations.

His son Samuel removed to Killingly, Conn., but "in consideration of fatherly affection" etc., is made the recipient in 1748, of 100 acres of land in Plympton, near "the forge standing on South Meadow River." It seems a fair inference that he must have been quite wealthy. His will disposes of additional quantities of land among his sons, and grand children, and directs the payment of small legacies to his daughters. His son Peleg is made executor and residing legatee. The will bears date September 4, 1750. The original is on file in the probate office in Plymouth, and is witnessed by Nathl. Bradford, Nathl. Leonard Jun. and James Hovey. The signature is written as in the other documents named, "Gorg Barrow" (the handwriting in the opinion of good judges being the same in each. This fact seems to leave no possible room for doubt concerning the identity of this person. It seems to establish the fact that he was the son of Robert, who was the son of John the emigrant to Plymouth. There is a record in an old family Bible in Maine, written by a grandson of this George who came to Plymouth from the West of England in 1668 and married a daughter of George Bonum. But this record we cannot explain. The Plymouth records mention the daughters of George Bonum, giving the name of Ruth and the date of her marriage with Robert Barrow2, Nov. 28,1666, and Patience who m. Richard Willis, Dec. 28, 1670, and Sarah who probably died unmarried. But no record or deed is found referring to any other daughter of George Bonum who married a Burrow or any other person. (George Bonum it may be proper to say in passing, was a prominent man, a land Surveyer, often in public service, and his name frequently appears on the town records. He m. Sarah, dau. of Geo. Morton, Dec. 20, 1644, and died April 28, 1704, 95 years of age. He was a member of the Plymouth Church. The record of the church says, "He lived to a good old age, being about 95. He was a man almost all men spoke well of and is gone to receive his crown."
The will of George Barrows was not presented for probate till 1794, nearly forty years after the death of the testator.

There's a lot of information in there, and I'll discuss that in the next post.

To be continued.

Sunday, January 28, 2018


7x great grandfather Robert Barrows interests me because of the women he married. I'll explain why
after this entry about him from another of William Richard Cutter's genealogy books:

(II) Robert Barrows, son of John Barrows, was born about 1640. He married, at Plymouth, Ruth ___, and (second) Lydia Dunham. Children by first wife: John, born 1667; George, mentioned below; Samuel, 1672; Mehitable. Children by second wife: Elisha, 1686; Robert, 1689; Thankful, 1692; Elisha, 1695; Thomas, 1697; Lydia, 1699.-p223

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4  Lewis historical publishing Company, N.Y., N.Y, 1914

Robert's first wife was Lydia Bonum/Bonham, daughter of George Bonum and Sarah Morton. George refers to Robert as his son in law in some land sale records. For many years as a bookseller I sold a childrens' book Sarah Morton's Day, never realizing it was about my 8x great grandmother.

Robert's second wife, Lydia Dunham, was my 7x great grandaunt by way of her parents. John and
Dorothy Dunham who were my 8x great grandparents.

I've found land sale records and Robert's probate file which I will post here after I've transcribed them.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


 There is a question about my 8x great grandfather John Barrows. Here is what William Richard Cutter wrote over a century ago:

The surname Barrows was  variously spelled in ancient times. Burroughs, Burrows, Burrow and Borowe were common in the early American records. John Barrows (Barrow or Borowe), the immigrant, was born in England and came to New England, sailing from the port of Yarmouth, May 10, 1637, or soon afterward, having taken the examination on that date to go to New England, stating his age as twenty-eight, that of his wife Anne as forty. He was a cooper by trade. He was a proprietor of Salem. May 10, 1637. Afterward he removed to Plymouth. It is believed that he was related to Jeremiah Barrows or Burrows, of Scituate and Marshfield. In 1665 John Barrows was of Plymouth, where he died in 1692. He seems to have had a second wife, Deborah. Children: Robert, mentioned below; Benajah, Joshua, Ebenezer, Mary, Deborah and John.-p1988

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4  Lewis historical publishing Company, N.Y., N.Y, 1913

While Cutter gives John Barrows' wife's name as Anne there is evidence that there were two John Barrows. Martin Hollick  in his article "John Barrows of Plymouth, Massachusetts," (NEHGR 166:121) writes that my Barrows line is descended from John Barrows and a wife whose name is unknown through their son Robert. The rest of the children were with his second wife Deborah (LNU)

I haven't found any birthdates for John Barrows' children:
With 1st wife:
1.Robert Barrows

With  2nd wife Deborah:
2. Mary
4. Benajah
5. Joshua
6. Ebenezer

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Eleven years ago today I posted my first story on West In New England. As I've said on previous blogiversaries, it was during my genealogy research online that  I found geneablogs written by Randy Seaver, Chris Dunham, and Tim Abbott, who as it turns out, are all my distant cousins.The thought struck me that if they could blog so could I and that if I had a geneablog of my own it might help distant cousins find me. Boy,  wast hat right! It's worked beyond my expectations as "cousin bait".

A few stats: This is post 2343. I've had 886,530 pageviews (most of which were likely by webcrawler bots) and  I have 280 followers. So I've regained 3 of the followers I lost last year!

These were my All Time Top Ten Posts on this day last year:

And this is the list as of today:

Some changes this past year. I have no idea why the post on Malden and the two on Varanes Libbey got so many hits.

I still haven't run out of things or people to write about, so I guess I'll keep on blogging!

And as always, a big thank you to those who read my blog and to those who leave comments.

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Friday, January 19, 2018


I'm about to start posting about the ancestors of my 3x great grandmother Rachel (Barrows) Ellingwood.This is one of my three Plymouth county lines and includes a veteran of the Revolutionary War and Mayflower passengers.

Here's a relationship chart from 8x great grandfather John Barrows down to my father;:

Thursday, January 18, 2018


My 8x great grandfather Francis Dane Jr's wife was Hannah Poor, daughter of my immigrant ancestor Daniel Poor (Poor). Daniel Poor was married to Mary Farnhan, the eldest child of my  10x great grandfather Ralph Farnham, Sr.. The Poors had a large family, as William Richard Cutter describes in this short biography:

Daniel Poore, the immigrant ancestor, came from England in the ship "Bevis", Captain Robert Batten, master, sailing from Southampton with sixty other passengers in May, 1638, when he was fourteen years of age. He came in the family of Stephen and Alice Dummer. In the same ship came also Samuel Poore, and Alice Poore. who married George Little, of Newbury. Massachusetts. Daniel doubtless lived in Newbury about ten years, and Samuel and Alice settled for life there. John Poore, probably an elder brother, also settled there and another brother, Thomas Poore, settled and died at Andover, leaving neither wife nor children. Daniel Poore married in Boston, October 20, 1650, Mary Farnum, sister of John Farnum, who also settled in Andover, and has many descendants in that section. Daniel Poore died June 8, 1689, aged sixty-five; his wife also died in Andover, February 3, 1714, aged eighty-five years. Their home was on the easterly side of the Shawshine river, not far from its mouth and near the station on the Boston & Maine railroad in North Andover near the Merrimac river, and the street railway from Lawrence to North Andover passes near the site of the old house. The ancient bridge over the Shawshine river is near by and the homestead included land on both sides of the river below the bridge. Children of Daniel and Mary (Farnum) Poore: I. Mary, born in the summer of 1651; married in Newbury, John, son of Deacon Nicholas and Mary (Cutting) Noyes, November 23, 1668, and in Newbury the births of ten children are recorded. 2. Sarah, born December 28, 1652; married, February 13, 1673, Samuel Pettengill, of Newbury, son of Richard Pettengill, and they had eleven children, born in Newbury. 3. Martha, born November 4, 1654; married, February 9, 1679, John Granger, and had seven children in Andover. 4. Daniel, mentioned below. 5. John, born September 5, 1658, died unmarried. December 24, 1690; was a soldier in the Canadian Expedition. 6. Hannah, born May 6, 1660; married, November 16, 1681, Lieutenant Francis Dane, son of Francis Dane, of Andover, where they had nine children. 7. Elizabeth, born April 15, 1662; married, April 7, 1686, Jacob, son of John and Martha Marstone, and they had eleven children at Andover. 8. Deborah, born April 18, 1664; married, May 29, 1689, Timothy Osgood, brother of the wife of her brother, Daniel Poore; she died in 1724; he died in 1748. 9. Ruth, February 16, 1665; married John Stevens. 10. Priscilla, born June 22, 1667. 11. Lucy, born September 28, 1670.

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4,  Lewis historical publishing Company, N.Y., N.Y., 1913

In the entry about Daniel Poor Jr that is mentioned,  there is a remark that he and his wife had 18 children but that "she was sorely disappointed because she failed to have twenty."!

Despite that, I think Daniel Poor Sr was probably more than satisfied with 66 grandchildren.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I'm starting off the 2018 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge with my 8x great grandfather Francis Dane Jr.. Charlotte Helen Abbott wrote about the Danes n Early Records of the Dane Family. on the Memorial Hall Library of Andover, Ma. website. You'll notice several familiar family names of those people the children married:

Francis (3) Dane's first farm was on the old stage road from Andover
Centre to Lowell, past South Church and between Hartwell Abbott's and the
place where Ora Baker lives-past Indian Ridge Reservation to E. Holt and
so on across land to the Jameson place.

His second home was built on the Stratton place- the house long since
gone. The one built by Franklin Heald stands near the site. Philemon (6) lived
there last before Straaton took it up. Capt. Franklin bought the land
from Dane and sold to Stratton.

Francis (3) Dane (Francis (2) John (1) ) and wife Hannah Poore, had:

Francis (4), b.  April 22, 1683; d. Oct. 27.

Abel (4), b. Sept. 27. 1684; d. y.

Hannah (4),b.Oct. 6, 1687; m. Samuel Phelps, June 30, 1708; called Sgt.; d.Apr.
26, 1745; she d. May 26, 1746.

Francis (4) 2nd., b.  ; d. Dec.9, 1689

Francis (4) 3rd.; b. Aug.19, 1690; d. Dec. 15, 1716; m. Hannah Turner, March 18,
1714; she m. 2nd., Ebenezer Abbott, April 5, 1720. She was dau. of
James Turner of Charlestown and w.Hannah Dalzell, who, as a widow, m.
Sgt. Wm. Johnson of Andover , neighbor of the Dane family, 1707. Ch.-
Francis (5),  b. March 31, 1715; d. Dec 15, 1716.

John (4), b. Sept. 18, 1692; d. Jan.10, 1763; m. Sarah (4) Chandler, Nov.15, 1713,
b. March 13, 1693, dau. Wm. Chandler and w. Sarah Buckmaster; she d.
June 17, 1747; he m. 2nd., Sarah Cromby, Aug. 1, 1749, widow of
Thos. Hurd of Billerica and widow of Eph. Abbott of Andover; she d.
Aug. 5, 1780 at home of her dau. Eliz. Abbott, wife of Asa Abbott,
The Abbott family kept her papers and the annuity paid annually on
her acct. by her Dane stepson was charged up to Hurd on back of the dowry
claim or will. This she had,- up to 1773. A descendent of James Dane, old
Elizabeth Dane, said that the second wife lived outside with other
children for a while but came back to the homestead and died there.

Joseph (4), b. April 5. 1696; d. Dec. 27, 1721 of small pox. He m. 1st, Feb. 4.
1718, Lydia Johnson, dau. of John Johnson and . Elinor Ballard; she d.
Nov. 16, 1718; he m. 2nd., July 14, 1720, Mary Harndon; she m. 2nd. Joshua
Frye (4) July 14, 1724. She d. 1729, age 31.

David (4), b. April 24, 1698.

Mary (4), b. April 22, 1699; m. Dec 29, 1721, Jeremiah Ballard, son of Joseph
Ballard and w. Rebecca Orne, b. March 29, 1697. Jeremiah and Mary sold
the Ballard estate on the site of  Memorial Hall Library to Capt.
Gibson and left for Lunenberg, by Church letter, Nov. 23, 1736; d. there.
 Early Records of the Dane Family.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018


Time for a look back at my some of my genealogy activity  in 2017 with a comparison with 2016.

All in all, it wasn't a great year but an okay one. I need to work on the Find A Grave numbers as well as visiting more cemeteries as soon as it gets warmer this year.

My research numbers as shown by RootsMagic7:
2017-31,296 people, 112,296 citations, 589 sourcesw
2016-31,142 people,  111,434  citations. 577 sources
My total people went up by 154. I probably added a bit more than that but I merged duplicates and deleted a few errors.

Find a Grave
2017-616 memorials, 1006 photos, 188 volunteer photos taken
2016- 616 memorials, 1002 photos 185 volunteer photos taken.
For some reason I lacked the desire to visit cemetaries last year.

2017 (211)
2016 (237)
2015 (220)
2014 (199)
2013 (179)
2012 (170)
2011 (248)
2010 (196)
2009 (254)
2008 (214)
2007 (208)
While my total posts did go down for the first time in several years, I did pass the 200 post mark for the 7th time.

On my Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit blog, I only posted 5 times for the second year in a row.