- Bef 1674
||John Barlow  |
||Bef 9 Jun 1674
||Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut [2, 3]
- John Barlow owned land in Fairfield as early as 1651. His will, inventoried 9 June 1974, named wife Ann, son John, and five daughters: Elizabeth Frost, Martha Beers, Deborah Sturgis, Isabella Clapham, arid Ruth Bradley; and the Colonial Records give the marriage of a sixth daughter, Ann Drake. Following is a discussion of these children with evidence from later generations as given in Jacobus to determine a probable birth-year for each.
ANN, the only child of John Barlow for whom we have a known date of marriage (13 Sept I650), was probably 18-20 years of age when she married Samuel Drake, and subsequently bore him seven children. She outlived her husband who died in 1686. We would suggest a birth-year of 1630-1632.
ELIZABETH married Daniel Frost as his second wife. Sarah, the oldest of their seven children married in 1665 Samuel Smith which in all probability indicates a birth for her somewhat before 1650. Rachel, the fourth child as listed by Jacobus, married Robert Rumsey and had Benjamin who died 3 Nov 1732 ae 65 (g.s.) thus bom about 1667. This would imply that the parents, Robert and Rachel, had married about 1666,, and that Rachel was probably born before 1650. If Sarah (Smith) and Rachel (Rumsey) were born before 1650, the parents were probably married no later that 1645-1646 which would intimate a probable year birth-year of 1628-1630 for Elizabeth.
JOHN, the only son, married Abigail Lockwood probably 1666/7 as their son was born in 1668 (ae 24 when he testified in 1692). From this estimated date of marriage we deduce that John was probably born about 1644.
MARTHA married James Beers who bought land in 1659. Their son James was born 1662 as he was of age in 1683. Two daughters of Manta Beers were Martha who married Joseph Bulkley (b. ca 1648) and had a son born 16$2, and Deborah who married Samuel Hull (b. say ca 1651) and had her first child probably by 1686. From these rnarriages and childbirths we estimate that the sisters were born 1664-1666. Joseph, the second sort of Martha and James Beers, married by 1687/8 was likely born 1668 or earlier, and Elizabeth, the last daughter, married John Darling at least by 1688 and was probably born abut 1670. So with children born say 1662, 1664, 1666, 1668 and 1670, Martha and James must have married about 1660/1, and she has a likely birth-year of 1640.
DEBORAH married John Sturgis (Sturges) and had a son, Joseph, who was born in 1654 (d. 12 May 1728 in 75th year - g.s.). A son Jonathan (listed first in John's will) married first Susanna Banks, and had Jonathan born ca 1679 (g.s.), which would imply that Jonathan and Susanna married by 1678, and he was probably born before his brother John, say 1652. Deborah then was certainly married by 1651, and born about 1631-1632.
ISABELLA married Peter Clapham who purchased land in Fairfield in
1660. Their only child, Abigail, married March 1678 Thomas Merwin (b. Milford ca 1654), and thus was born probably about 1660, This postulates a marriage of Isabella. and Peter by 1659, and a birth-year for Isabella of say 1638-1639.
RUTH married Francis Bradley who came to Fairfield between 1657 and 1660. They were the parents of seven chilren commencing with John who had a son born shout 1693, and Francis a son born 29 May 1699 (Jacobus). These grandsons' births would indicate their fathers' marriages as having taken place say 1692-1697, and their births 1668-1673. Ruth's marriage was probably shortly after that of her brother John, say 1667-1668, and her birth then about 1645-1648, the youngest of the seven children of John Barlow.
With these estimated and calculated birth years, it is now possible to determine an order for the children and we propose the following reconstructed family for John and Ann Barlow of Fairfield, Connecticut.
JOHN BARLOW and ANN (___) were probably married about 1627 as determined by the births of their seven children as postulated:
i. ELAZABETH 1628-1630 born say 1628
ii. ANN 1630-1632 born say 1630
iii. DEBORAH 1631-1632 born say 1632
iv. ISABELLA 1638-1639 born say 1638
v. MARTHA ca 1640 born say 1640
vi. JOHN ca 1644 born say 1644
vii. RUTH 1645-1648 born say 1646 
||13 Mar 2017 |
||Anna, d. Bef 25 Feb 1684/5, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut |
| ||1. Elizabeth Barlow, b. ca 1628-1630, d. Bef 13 Aug 1686, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut (Age ~ 56 years)|
| ||2. Ann Barlow, b. ca 1630-1632, d. Aft 1686 (Age ~ 55 years)|
| ||3. Deborah Barlow, b. ca 1631-1632|
| ||4. Isabella Barlow, b. ca 1638-1639|
| ||5. Martha Barlow, b. Abt 1640|
| ||6. John Barlow, b. Abt 1644, d. Bef 6 Mar 1690/1 (Age ~ 47 years)|
| ||7. Ruth Barlow, d. 1645-1648|
||14 Mar 2017 |
- [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:27, 211.
- [S8570] John Barlow Will and Inventory.
- [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:28.
- [S8620] An Exercise in Probability: The Children of John Barlow of Fairfield, Connecticut, Dale C. Kellogg.