Thursday, February 22, 2018


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.-

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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