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

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