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Saturday, February 24, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 8:ASA BARROWS OF PARIS, ME. PT2

As I said in an earlier post, one of the first Revolutionary War pension files I found for an ancestor was that of my 4x great grandfather Asa Barrows.:


Image 1 is of the first page of the file, with the following written and evenly spaced across the page on one line:

Service Mass. Barrows, Asa Number S. 16038 




Image 2 is a preprinted form with handwritten information
added. I’ve bold faced the preprinted words:
Maine 18077
____________________________________
____________________________________
Asa Barrows
of Oxford Co. in the State of Maine
who was a Private in the company commanded
by Captain Benson of the regiment commanded
by
Col. Cotton in the Massachusetts
line for 10 months.
_______________________________________
_______________________________________
Inscribed on the Roll of Maine
at the rate of 33 dollars 33 cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1834.____________________________________
____________________________________
Certificate of Pension issued the 23 day of July
1833 and sent to T. Clark
Paris, Me.
_____________________________________
_____________________________________
Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 66.66
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 Sept… 16.66
____
$83.32
_____
{Revolutionary Claim,
Act June 7,1832}
Recorded by
Jm Cuffield Clerk
Book
6 Vol 1 Page 4




Image 3 is of perhaps the next page in the same notebook. The right hand page is blank. On the left hand side the following is written:

9669-
Asa Barrows
12th April 1833
Obj(?) 5-14.16.
P.332
10 mos.
$33.35
Thomas Clark, Esq.
Paris
Maine.




Image 4 is the preprinted Brief of Asa’s claim:

Brief in the case of Asa Barrows of Hamlins Gore in the State
of Maine
(Act 7th June,1832)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?Open court.

2. If before a Judge, does it appear the applicant is
disabled by bodily infirmity?
(left blank)


3. How old is he? 81 years.

4. State his service as directed in the form annexed.
There are three entries:
April,1775- 8 months as a Private under Capt. Benson and Col
Cotton.
Dec. 1776 1 month and 12 days as a Private under Capt. Perkins.
July 1780 14 days as a Private under Col. Churchill.
5. In what battles was he engaged? None.

6. Where did he reside when he entered the service?
Plymton,Massachusetts.

7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by
documentary proof, by traditional evidence, by
incidental evidence, or by the rolls?
By a living witness.

8. Are the papers defective as to form or
authentication? and if so,in what respect?
Correct.

I certify that the foregoing statement and the answers
agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.


Richard Cutts
Examining Clerk.



Image 5 is of a largely blank piece of paper, perhaps the outside of an envelope or folder. Handwritten at the top is “Asa Barrows” with the numbers “9669” written below it. At
the bottom of the page is the signature, “Thomas Clark, agent.”



Image 6 is the statement of Asa Barrows:

STATE OF MAINE.
______
County of
Oxford, ss.
ON this
20th day of August, A.D. 1832,personally appeared
in open Court, before the Court of Probate now sitting,
Asa Barrows,a resident of Hamlin’s Gore in the County
of
Oxford and State of Maine,aged 81 years,
who being first duly sworn according to the law, doth,
on his oath, make the following declaration , in order
to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June
7, 1832. That he enlisted in the service of the United
States as a private
((this part crossed out))under the
following named officers and served as herein stated

((end crossed out portion))
in April, 1775 at Plymton in the
county of Plymouth in the State of Massachusetts, his then
residence, and served for the term of eight months, in the militia
company commanded by Capt Joshua Benson, in the regiment
commanded by Col. Cotton; and mustered in Middlebury,
the ajoining town, marched to Roxbury near Boston,where he
was stationed under Gen. William Heath; at the expiration of
said term was discharged by Gen. Thomas -which discharge he
lost a long time since. 


On an alarm in December 1776, he marched as a volunteer in the
militia company from Plymton, under the command of Lieut
Joshua Perkins to Barrington, in Rhode Island; was there
stationed & served about six weeks, at the expiration of which he
was verbally discharged. And on the last of July, 1780,he
marched (inserted later here: “as a volunteer” end insertion)in
the militia company from Plymton aforesaid to Tiverton (under
the command of Capt. Pereg Churchill) in Rhode Island where he
was stationed and served about two weeks,and was there
verbally discharged. He has no documentary evidence to prove
his service as a volunteer as aforesaid, and he knows of no
person whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his
service as volunteer aforesaid.



He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a
pension or annuity except the present, and declares
that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of
any State.”


Asa Barrow’s larger and less refined signature is written at the right hand corner of notation of “before Stephen Emery, Judge.” It might be the judge’s actual signature or perhaps his clerk
signed his name.




A few observations. I was curious how far Asa marched on these three occasions and went to the Rand McNally page which has a mileage calculator. Of course, the distances are driving distances and Asa and his fellow soldiers might have taken a more direct cross country route but it still gives
me a good idea on the marching involved.

Plympton to Boston is 48 miles.
Plympton to Barrington RI is 44 miles.
Plympton to Tiverton RI is 39 miles.
Interesting that Boston is the furthest away of the three.

The march to Barrington must have been in response to the British under Sir Henry Clinton landing
at and occupying Newport. I must confess that I wasn’t aware that the British remained in Rhode Island for most of the Revolution and when you consider that people in this area were still that
close to British forces,it must have been a tense period for them.

Pereg Churchill was, I believe, actually Peleg Churchill

Hamlin's Gore no longer exists. It was annexed in 1872 as I found out over at Chris Dunham's
Maine Genealogy Site.


And Asa Barrows was about to find that someone could swear to his service in the War after all.


Source Information
Title
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900
Author
Ancestry.com
Publisher
Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (NARA microfilm publication M804, 2,670 rolls). Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Reco

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 8:ASA BARROWS OF PARIS, ME.

My 4x great grandfather Asa Barrows was one of the first of my ancestors for whom  I found a Revolutionary War veteran pension file. He lived most of his life in what was then a remote region of New England, and as a result the entries for him in the town histories are probably based on family memories and hearsay. William  Berry Lapham and Silas P. Maxim have this for Asa in their History of Paris, Maine:

Three brothers by the name of Barrows, came from Middleborough, Mass. They were the sons of Moses and Deborah (Totman) Barrows of Plympton. Two of them, Asa and Malachi, settled in Paris, and Ansel in Sumner.

Asa Barrows was b. July 28, and m. Content Benson of Middleborough, Feb. 12, 1781. He settled on the lot, now the homestead of William A. King. He subscquenth' exchanged farms with Capt. Samuel King, and moved to High street, and afterward to "Hamlin's Grant." He was a prominent member of the Baptist church. Children:


Abijah, b. North Yarmouth, July 30, 1782. He was in the war of 1812,and died in the campaign in Northern New York.
Asa, b. in Paris, May 9, 1784, m. Anna Pike. He d. in Milan, N. H. *
Deborah, b. in Paris, May 21, 1786, d.---- . Hers was the first burial in the Bisco cemetery.
Polly, b. in Paris, Sept. '22, 1788, m. Morton Curtis, a 2d wife, and died 1879, at the age of 91 years.
Hannah, b. in Paris, Aug. 5, 1790, m. Moses Robbins, s. Milan, N. H.
Caleb Bensoni, b. in Paris, April 5, 1793, m. Abagail, dau. of Malachi Barrows, s. Hamlin's Grant; d. in Aroostook, aged about 90.
Rachael, b. in Paris, Aug. 3, 1795, m. John Ellingwood, s. Milan, N. H.
The mother died, 1735, the father died at Morton Curtis' 1850.-
pp501-502

History of Paris, Maine: From Its Settlement to 1880, with a History of the Grants of 1736 & 1771, Together with Personal Sketches, a Copious Genealogical Register and an Appendix  Printed for the Authors, 1894.

I'll be reposting what I have transcribed  of Asa's pension file next.

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52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 7: MOSES BARROWS JR. OF PLYMPTON, MA.

My 5x great grandfather Moses Barrows Jr is a mystery and a source of aggravation to me.
First, I haven't found a record of his birth yet. I've searched the online birth records for Plympton, Ma. and the surrounding towns:Carver, Kingston, Rochester, and Hanson. It's possible he was born in Plymouth but those records aren't online. The various genealogy and family history books online do not have a birthdate either.

Secondly, there is a theory that there was Moses Jr is the gransdson of Moses Sr, not the son; this seems to have started with genealogist  Lucien Robinson who puts another Moses Barrows between the other two. But there is no record of the birth of that third Moses.

At any rate, my 5th grandfather Moses Barrows Jr. married Deborah Totman on 29 Dec 1748 at Plympton, Ma. I've found that record. However, no such luck with some of their childrens' births:
Asa Barrow b   28 Jul 1751 at Plymouth, Ma. (my 4x great grandfather)
Moses 
Carver
Ansel
Malachi
Mary
I've got a lot of work to do with this family group!
  

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52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 6: MOSES BARROWS SR. OF PLYMPTON, MA.

There isn't a lot of information  available online about my  6x great grandfather Moses Barrows Sr. of Plympton, Ma.,  and some family trees at Ancestry.com contradict what I have for him.

Moses was born to George and Patience (Simmons) Barrows at Plymouth, Ma on 14 Feb 1697.  He married Mary Carver 4Dec 1719, who was related to John Carver, the first Governor of Plimouth Plantation. Moses farmed in Plympton and also was involved in the fledgling iron ore industry at Sampson's Pond. The estate list in his probate file of July 1769  includes the following:

"The 16th part of a furnace by Samson's pond.
The right to the ore in Samson's pond."

The contradiction comes in his family. I have only two sons for him: Seth, born in Plympton in 1719, and Moses Jr, born in  1725. Seth was the administrator for his father's estate. Moses Jr , who is my 5x great grandfather, is not mentioned in the will, but by the time of his father's death he had moved up to New Hampshire,

But of the 42 family trees on Ancestry.com that Moses Barrows Sr. appears on, 18 of them list up to 9 children in the family, including Seth and Moses. None of these others are mentioned in the probate file. I suspect a mix up with another Moses Barrows. I hope to clear up the discrepancy as I add more
of the Barrows family to my data base.

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