the eldest brother of Robert T. Barlow was born about 1765. He first married a daughter of Charles Mason of Orange County, VA. They had a son that they named Charles Barlow. He's the charles mentioned in Mary Mason Barlow's property settlement.Charles was raised by his Grandfather in Orange County.
He second married Ann - maiden name unknown.
On December 05, 1796, JOHN BARLOW of the County of Caroline and ANN BARLOW, his wife sold a piece of property in Henrico County to Joseph Duval. - Henrico County, Deed Book 5, p. 120. This property is described in the Henrico processioners' records as having originally belonged to William Barlow. Sometime in 1797 John bought 431 acres in Hanover County from Edward Garland. This new property was on the banks of the Pamunkey River at the mouth of the South Anna River just north of present day Ashland on the map. It was in the northwest corner of St. Paul's Parish. John died intestate sometime in 1804. This property was listed as "John Barlow's estate" from that point on in the Hanover tax records.
1810 census of Hanover Co Virginia, Anna Barlow, head of household
In 1816 the county transferred 61 acres "in fee" to John's widow Ann Barlow (see later notes on Charles Mason) In 1826 an additional distribution was made - 55 additional acres to Ann (dower land, I believe) and 62 1/2 acres to William K. Barlow. (In William’s case and in each case following I think it must be inheritance at legal age.) In 1834 Sarah Ann Christian was given 62 1/2 acres. In 1836 Alexander Barlow was given 65 acres, and Martha and Edward Christian were given 54 acres. There’s no mention of Robert I and John P in the later tax records.
The following year (1837) William K. sold his property to Jesse Bumpass, and purchased Sycamore Tavern, described as having been built by a man named William Barlow. His wife Lucy Pleasants had a sister who married a Higgason and the Higgasons at one time owned Sycamore Tavern. He might have bought it because of that connection or he might have bought it because it was once his family's property. We don't know.
William died in 1844. We have his will because it was filed in the Hanover Chancery Court. (The Hanover Chancery Court files were sent to Richmond during the Civil War and placed in one of the few warehouses that did not burn.) William had no children and left his entire estate to his wife Lucy. In 1849 Lucy married Silas Shelburne, a well known minister and circuit rider, and the Sycamore Tavern property passed into Silas' control. It appears that at this point the Barlow family contested the will. I have not had the opportunity to see the full Chancery Court file, but I know that the Sycamore Tavern property was awarded to William K.'s brother, Alexander Barlow, and Alexander's nieces and nephew Sarah Christian, Edward Christian, and Martha Vermilra (children of his sister Catherine). The Barlows sold the property back to Silas Shelburne in 1859 and a replacement deed was issued in 1869. Silas died in 1871 and Lucy retained a dower interest (121 acres & the tavern) in the property. The balance went to Silas' heirs.
Charles Barlow is listed in the 1804 property division between Thomas, Robert T. and the families of the brothers who had died. Charles (named for his Mason grandfather) was raised by his grandfather Charles after his unnamed mother died. Charles Mason the elder was living in Caroline County where he purchased land from William and Mary Barlow in 1779, and moved to Orange County from Caroline County only a few years before his death. He purchased 306 acres of land in Orange County in 1785. He died in November 1787, His will appears in Orange County Will Book 3, p 175. In his will he named his wife Rebecca, all his children, and grandson Charles Barlow as his heirs. His grandson Charles Barlow lived only until 1808. His estate settlement appears in Orange Co. Will Book 4 as does his property inventory and final settlement.
LVA Reel 24, Orange Co. Will Book 4., p 280
In the name of God amen I Charles M. Barlow of the County of Orange being sick and weak but of sound and perfect mind and memory Thanks be to God for the same, do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form as followeth.I give my whole Estate both Real and personal To be Equally divided amongst the following persons. That is today Micajah Mason, Charles Mason, Peter Mason and Elizabeth Mason jun. Joseph Mason, and Sarah Webb, to them and their heirs forever.
My Estate is as followeth one Hundred acres of land left to me by my Grandfather Charles Mason, and my lands in Caroline and Hanover counties left me by my Father, Negros Judy, Halfey, Lewet, Charles and Harry
and lastly I constitute and appoint Joseph Mason, Thomas Row and George Mason, Jr Executors of this my last will and Testament. Hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 19th day of March 1808.
Signed, sealed, Published and (?defined?) As Charles M. Barlow (seal)
And for or the last will and Testament of the above named Charles M. Barlow In presence of us William Peacher, Morning + Oakes (her mark)
The important sentence in the will from my standpoint is “My Estate is as followeth - one Hundred acres of land left to me by my Grandfather Charles Mason, and my lands in Caroline and Hanover counties left me by my Father.”
The most important items in the property settlement which is of considerable length are:
The receipt of the above 62 acre piece of property by Ann Barlow, widow of John and legatee of Charles, is confirmed in the Hanover property tax records. The ”small piece” of property in Caroline undoubtedly refers back to the 1804 property division mentioned earlier.
Proposed children of John Barlow and Ann are:
In the name of God Amen, I James Barlow of Charles City County, being of sound mind do make and constitute this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following to wit,to that all wise Creator, who gave me being I recommend myself to his mercy and protection, and as to my temporal possessions dispose of them as follows:
Item - to my much esteemed wife I lend the whole of my negros except One by name Esther until my eldest Son comes of age or marries & when that shall happen, in that case the negros of my estate shall be equally divided between my wife Aggy & my two sons, to wit William Tompkins Barlow & James Barlow, it is in that case my meaning that if my oldest Son comes of age or marries, that my wife shall have the negros divided as the law directs in case a man dies intestate, giving to my wife one third for and during the term of her Natural life at the termination of which, their to go to my two sons, or their issues & the other two thirds divided between my said sons William Tompkins Barlow and James Barlow.
Item - it is my will and desire that my wife shall keep together the whole of my household and Kitchen furniture and all my stock of every kind, hogs, horses, cattle &c. and not sold until my said Son, or sons comes of age, or marries & then for my wife to divide the same, keeping one third part to herself, during her life & the other two-thirds equally divided between my two sons, or in case of either of their deaths to their issue, or in case on no issue to the survivor of them.
Item - It is my will and desire that my executors hereafter names, shall sell for the best price, either for cash, or credit, the negro woman, as before excepted by the name of Esther and the money arriving from such sale to be put out at interest for the benefit of my two sons.
Item - tis my will and desire, that after paying all my just debts & funeral expenses, that whatever money due me may be collected and put out at interest for the benefit of my two sons before named.
Item. In case my wife should marry in that case she is to have no more of my estate, than the law entitles her to.
My will and desire is that my executors shall deliver to my son William Tompkins Barlow a horse, saddle and bridle, at any time after he arrives to fifteen years of age in case he shall request it, to be deducted out of his proportion.
Item, it is my further wish, that the whole of my estate be kept together, until the term “for the purposes and uses aforesaid mentioned, for the use and maintenance of my wife and my two sons before named.
Item. On consideration, it is my will and desire that the Negro Woman Esther before directed to be sold, shall not be, but remain with the rest of my slaves, and disposed of in manner aforesaid.
Item. I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Aggy, executrix to this my last will & testament , revoking all other wills save this. Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, Eighteen hundred and one.
s/ James Barlow
Signed, sealed and published in the presence of Edw’d Warren, Mosbey Binford, Lucy Bradley.
At a Quarterly Court held for Charles City County at the Courthouse on Thursday the 21 day of May 1801. The aforementioned last will & Testament of James Barlow deceased was put into Court by Aggie Barlow the Executrix therein named, and being proved by the oath of Edward Warren and Mosby Binford two of the witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded; and on the motion of the said executrix, who made oath as the law directs - certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate in due form; and thereupon she together with William Cole and Edward Warren her securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of three thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs.
teste - Wyatt Walker
son of William Barlow and Mary Mason, married NANCY WEST, daughter of Edmund West on 31 March 1792, Caroline Co Virginia. [Caroline Co marriage records] He died before 1808. [see note below]A set of loose documents from the Fredericksburg Superior Court involves a suit brought by Thomas Barlow’s daughters against Edmund West’s estate. Much of the information that follows is from those documents.
Thomas appears in the tax records of King William County in 1801, and in Caroline County until 1805. [Personal property tax records of King William and Caroline Counties - Library of Virignia microfilm]
While living in King William County he had a fight with a man named Edmund Fox and injured him severely enough that a cash judgment was issued against him in the King William County Courts. [Deposition of William West. Fredericksburg Superior Court documents] In order to protect his assets from his creditors Thomas created an early “deed of trust.” In November 1802 he signed over all his assets (including 9 flag-bottomed chairs) to his father-in-law Edmund West with the understanding that West would keep the property or its cash equivalent for Thomas’s daughters until they came of age. The lawsuit resulted when payment was not made to the girls from Edmund West’s estate. It was started about 1824 and was not concluded until 1840.
Thomas and Nancy had three daughters born between 1792 and 1802. I think I have them listed in order of age.
All these relationships are confirmed in the documents from Fredericksburg Superior Court.
Caroline County order books:
son of William Barlow and Mary Mason, was born 20 April 1773, and died May 11, 1841. He came of age in the household of Mary Barlow, widow of William Barlow, at Goose Pond, Caroline Co Virginia in the year 1792. (Caroline Tax records). He died in 1843 in Barren County, Kentucky.
He's my direct line. Full details about his live can be foundhere.
WILLIAM GADBURY, on 02 January 1794 in Caroline Co Virginia, [Marriage records of Caroline Co Virginia]. He was the son of Thomas Gadburyy and Prudence Street [Will of William Street - Weisiger’s Colonial Wills of Virginia]. William died in 1806 [Mary Barlow sold his Goochland property in her own name on 10 October 1806 - Goochland County Deed Book]
Children of Mary Barlow and William Gadbury; birthdates are estimated.
Mary then married JORDAN GLAZEBROOK on 01 April 1807 [Marriage records of Lincoln Co Kentucky]Children of Mary Barlow and Jordan Glazebrook are:
All the above children are mentioned by name in James B. Gadbury’s will filed in Barren County,Kentucky in 1816. Anna M. Is identified as the wife of Jessie Grinstead and the daughter of William Gadbury in a power of attorney given to Robert T. Barlow to sell a tract of land in Henrico County. [Barren County, KY deed book D, p 387]
NOTE: The name Gadbury is spelled Gadbury, Gadberry, Gadsberry, Gadsburry, etc. in various documents.
Edith Barlow was dead by November 1802 when she was mentioned as being deceased in a deed of trust drawn up by her brother Thomas.