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Benjamin Franklin Barrow[1, 2]

Male 1807 - 1877  (69 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Franklin Barrow 
    Born Apr 24, 1807  Opelousas, Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Birth May 14, 1836  Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Feb 07, 1877  Turtle Bayou, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death Between 14 Jun 1890 and 1899  Chambers, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Benjamin Barrow Family Cemetery, Chambers, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Handbook of Texas Online --
      BARROW, BENJAMIN (1808-1877). Benjamin Barrow, "Ben the Bearhunter," an early settler, rancher, and official of Chambers County, the son of Reuben and Mary Jane (Johnson) Barrow, Sr., was born on April 24, 1808, near Opelousas, Louisiana. Although he may have traveled to Texas with family members as early as 1824, he did not permanently settle there until 1827. In 1838 he received a headright near the site of present Devers in Liberty County, but he does not appear to have lived on the grant. He was married on June 4, 1835, to Permelia Jane White, daughter of cattleman James Taylor White.qv Family legend has it that Benjamin was caught in a rainstorm around 1830, stayed at White's home for the night, and resolved to wait until Permelia, then about ten, was old enough to marry. They had nine children. After Permelia died in 1861, Barrow married Mrs. Mary Jane Middleton Bryan. They had no children.
      Barrow received a pension for service in the Texas army from May 10 to August 10, 1836. He is also listed as a second lieutenant in a Liberty militia company organized during the Republic of Texas period. He established a cattle ranch on Turtle Bayou five miles northeast of Anahuac and became one of the county's largest ranchers and wealthiest men. He was a substantial slaveholder and raised cattle, blooded horses, swine, and sheep on his ranch. His upside-down-wineglass brand was a familiar sight on the prairies of Southeast Texas.
      A number of legends revolve around Barrow's bear-hunting exploits. On one occasion when his dogs surrounded a bear in a briar patch, he is said to have climbed into the briars and killed the bear with a knife in order to save his hounds. Family members recall that he also kept pet bears around his house. Barrow was elected justice of the peace in 1843 and county commissioner in 1854. In April 1868, during Reconstruction,qv he was appointed district clerk, a position he held for a year. He died during a smallpox epidemic on February 7, 1877. Mrs. Barrow died of the same disease three days later.
      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Jewel Horace Harry, A History of Chambers County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1940; rpt., Dallas: Taylor, 1981). Margaret S. Henson and Kevin Ladd, Chambers County: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, Virginia: Donning, 1988).
      http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbabh
    Person ID I36906  mykindred
    Last Modified Jul 18, 2013 

    Father Reuben Barrow,   b. 1758/59, Beaufort, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1820, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 62 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Johnson,   b. 1772, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1807 and 1815, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married Bef 1790  Opelousas, Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F13446  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Permelia Jane White,   b. Oct 16, 1820, Saint Martinville parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 11, 1861, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married Jun 05, 1835  Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Shadrack Barrow,   b. May 14, 1836, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 14 Jun 1890 and 1899, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    +2. Benjamin Franklin Barrow, Jr.,   b. Nov 30, 1838, Turtle Bayou, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 12, 1896, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Sara Barrow,   b. Apr 04, 1842, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 17, 1865, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     4. Mary Ann Barrow,   b. Jan 03, 1845, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 13, 1864, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
    +5. Josephine Barrow,   b. Jan 17, 1848, Turtle Bayou, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 02, 1929, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +6. Solomon Barrow,   b. Nov 14, 1850, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 26, 1915, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Robert Cade Barrow,   b. Nov 25, 1852, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 18, 1864, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
    +8. Permelia Jane Barrow,   b. Feb 10, 1856, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 19, 1944, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +9. Eugenia Hortense Barrow,   b. Nov 21, 1860, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1884, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    Family ID F13285  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Jane Middleton,   b. Apr 16, 1834, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 10, 1877, Chambers, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Family ID F13471  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S633] Gedcom - Waldron, Mickie.

    2. [S651] Gedcom - 1523699.ged.

    3. [S634] Southwest Louisiana Records, Vol. I--1756-1810.



  
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