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Nehemiah Barlow and Orinda Steele Family

Lineage by John F. Barlow


NEHEMIAH BARLOW7 (JOHN6, JABEZ5, SAMUEL4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 23, 1781 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and died October 12, 1846 in Delavan, Walworth Co Wisconsin, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin

He married ORINDA STEELE August 1810 in Windham, New York, daughter of PEREZ STEELE and HANNAH SIMMONS.  She died January 27, 1876, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin

Children of Nehemiah Barlow and Orinda Steele are:

i. HANNAH SIMMONS BARLOW 8, born 1811, and died 1907.    She married WILLIAM HARRISON PETIT
ii. JOHN WHITNEY BARLOW, born 1813, and died 1838
2. iii. HENRY BARLOW, born November 23, 1815, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Co New York, and died August 06, 1884, Delavan, Walworth Co Wisconsin
3. iv. STEPHEN STEELE BARLOW, born August 17, 1818, Ballston, New York, and died October 05, 1900, St. Paul, Ramsey Co Minnesota
v. MARY BARLOW, born about 1823, and died February 01, 1846.  She married STEPHEN FULLER
vi. SARAH ANNE BARLOW, born about 1824, W. Goch New York.    She married DR. HENDERSON HUNT
vii. ELIZA JANE BARLOW, born 1826, and died 1906. She married STEPHEN BABCOCK
viii. WILLIAM AUGUST BARLOW, born 1829, W. Goch, New York, and died 1908.  He married ANTIS ALMIRA MALLORY
ix. HARRIOT BARLOW, born about 1832, W. Goch New York, and died May 29, 1852.  She married GEORGE BULKEY
x. EMILY WRIGHT BARLOW, born about 1834, W. Goch New York.  She married HENRY PETIT
4. xi. JOHN WHITNEY BARLOW, born 1838, Perry, Wyoming Co New York, and died February 27, 1914, Jerusalem, Palestine
  Generation 2

HENRY BARLOW 8, born November 23, 1815, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Co New York, and died August 06, 1884, Delavan, Walworth Co Wisconsin, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin.

He married EMELINE LA BAR on July 03, 1841 in Delhaven Wisconsin.  She died September 24, 1890, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin

The History of Walworth County" by the Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1882 

HENRY BARLOW, farmer, Sec 5; P. O. Delavan has 200 acres of land; settled in the town June 06, 1837; is accounted the oldest living representative of the pioneers of this town now residing here. He was born at Ballston Spa, Saratoga Co., N.Y., November 23, 1815; is the son of Nehemiah and Orinda Barlow.   He was brought up on a farm. In 1837, he came to Wisconsin and located on the northwest quarter of Sec 5, Delavan, which he still owns. Being a single man, he found it convenient to spend his summers in Illinois, in the construction of a grade for a railroad, for the first few years, but invariably passed his winters on his land in Delavan, so that he maintained a residence here all of the time.

He was married, at the residence of Mrs. Hannah R. La Bar, in the town of Delavan, July 03, 1841, to Miss Emeline La Bar, daughter of Daniel E. La Bar. Mrs Barlow was born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

This was the first marriage consummated in the town. They had eight children: --  four sons and four daughters  --all of whom are living--
Hattie L., James R., Anna, Cornelia, George S., Horace, Edith E. and Frederick G. James R. married Adel E. Jackson, and lives in Delavan; Anna is the wife of Dr. T. W. Morse of Beloit; Cornelia is a teacher of the village school of Delavan; George S. is an employee of Wisconsin Central Railroad at Portage City; Horace resides at home; Edith E. is now the wife of Mr. R.E. Holston, of Portage, Wis.; Frederick G. is living in Valley City, D.T.   Mr. Barlow has been a resident of Delavan continuously since coming here. He has served several years on the Town Board of Super- visorsand many years as Treasurer of the school district.

Contributed by Kent Barlow

Children of Henry Barlow and Emeline LaBar are:

i. HARRIET 'HATTIE' L. BARLOW 9 died March 20, 1925, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin
ii. JAMES R. BARLOW died December 02, 1916, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin.
He married ADEL E. JACKSON
iii. ANNA BARLOW married T.W. MORSE

CORNELIA BARLOW died May 14, 1918 (conflict between tombstone date and obituary date), burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin

Highland Park [Illinois] Press April 04, 1918


Miss Cornelia Barlow, Who is Said to Have Taught 900 Highland Parkers to Read, Succumbs

News reached Highland Park this week of the death of Miss Cornelia Barlow at Delevan, Wis. on March 30th. Miss Barlow has been in failing health for several months but the immediate cause of her death was a shock due to a fall which happened on March 13th. She was living with her sister, Miss Harriet Barlow in the old home place at Delevan. The announcement of her death will be recieved with great regret by the older citizens of Highland Park and by hundreds of people who know her as their primary teachers at the Elm Place School.

Miss Barlow came here from Delevan, Wis. in 1885 and made her home with her two aunts, the Missess Helen and Albina LaBar with whom she lived until their death in 1904. She was born at Delevan and had done all her earlier teaching in the schools of that city. In time she came to Chicago to take a kindergarten course and graduated from the Frobel association. Then it was that she came to Highland Park and opened a private kindergarten. This she maintained for a year but in September 1886, upon the resignation of Miss Theresa A. Elliott she was elected to the primary position in the public schools. She retained that position for twenty-six consecutive years, when in June 1912 she retired from active service.

At the time of her retirement Miss Barlow was given a farewell reception at which time Dr. Wolcott, in behalf of the citizens of Highland Park made an address of appreciation of the long and fruitful years of service which Miss Barlow had bestowed upon the community, commenting at that time on Miss Barlow's long tenure of servie and upon the coming and going of different superintendents under whom Miss Barlow had served. Dr. Wolcott said that the school patrons whenever they heard of a change of the principalship had reassured themselves with the thought that things would surely be all right for Miss Barlow would still be here. She had come to represent stability and character and the schools seemed to take on these traits because of her continuous years of service. At the conclusion of the address Miss Barlow was presented with a purse of $150 in gold and with a beautifully engrossed testimonial of appreciation prepared by the board of education.

Miss Barlow was always identified with public movements in Highland Park. Her special interest was with the local chapter of the D.A.R. of which she was a charter member. She represented this chapter in the National Association of D.A.R. chapters at Washington in 1913.

Miss Barlow's first years of service were in a wooden building of three rooms which fronted on Elm Place. The upper grade pupils at that time were acommodated in a larger building of brick which stood nearby but fronted on Sheridan Road.

John T. Ray was principal of the shools then and Miss Barlow associates on the staff of teachers included Miss Bertha Baker, Maude Summons, Eliza Obee, D.L. Smerthwait, and Minnie N. Barrett. Among Miss Barlow's pupils this first year were Aleck Rafferty, Orville St. Peter, Benny Steffen, Florence Evans, Mamie Ralph and Mary Rioux. These girls of 1886 are now known as Mrs. B. G. Stevens, Mrs. Leslie Gowdie, Mrs. John Peterson, Mrs. Wm. Clarke, and Mrs. George Keeler. It was stated at the time of Miss Barlow's retirement that she had taught probably 900 different children of Highland Park to read. Upon them children she exerted a wholesome influence and her long and faithful services in Highland Park will be gratefully remembered by all who knew her.   Original Article  

v. GEORGE STEELE BARLOW, born 1848, and died September 25, 1923, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin
vi. HORACE BARLOW died December 31, 1935, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin
viii. FREDERICK G. BARLOW  died October 14, 1913, burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delevan, Walworth Co Wisconsin

STEPHEN STEELE BARLOW 8, was born August 17, 1818, Ballston, New York, and died October 05, 1900, St. Paul, Ramsey Co Minnesota

He married ANNA MARIA PARSONS, October 04, 1843, Windham, New York

Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography

August 17, 1818 - October 05, 1900

Lawyer, politician, born Ballson Spa, New York
He moved to Delavan in 1840
Admitted to the bar - 1841

A Whig and later a Republican

Barlow was state assemblyman from Walworth Co - 1852

In 1855 he moved to Delton

State assemblyman from Sauk County - 1867
State Senator 1868 - 1869
Wisconsin attorney general 1870 - 1874
Presidential Elector from Wisconsin at-large 1868

Contributed by Kent Barlow

St. Paul [Minnesota] Pioneer Press
October 06, 1900

Gen. Barlow Passes Over the Dark River

Stephen S. Barlow died at St. Luke's hospital yesterday morning in the eighty-second year of his age. Mr. Barlow was born at Ballston Spa, N.Y., Aug. 1818. He resided many years in Wisconsin. He was a member of both houses of the Wisconsin legislature and was attorney general of that state from 1870-1874.

For the last few years Mr. Barlow has made his home with his son, Henry P. Barlow of Hague avenue, St. Paul. Gen. Barlow's remains will be taken to Baraboo, Wis., and laid beside those of his wife.

Original Article

Child of Stephen Barlow and Anna Parsons is:




JOHN WHITNEY BARLOW, born 1838, Perry, Wyoming Co New York, and died February 27, 1914, Jerusalem, Palestine, burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

He married 1.)  HESSIE MCNAUGHTON BIRNIE on December 26, 1861 in Washington D.C.

He married 2.) ALICE STANTON TURNER on September 17, 1902

"The Class of 1861, Custer, Ames and Their Classmates
After West Point"
by Ralph Kirshner, Southern Illinois University Press

Born in Wyoming County, New York. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy from Wisconsin. He never rose above cadet rank of Sergeant. His marks were in the top third of his class, and he graduated 14th. Remembered as a devout Christian and loyal Churchman.  Modesty, courtesy, bravery, and wisdom were his attributes. Classmates cherished him as "an entirely lovable person." He graduated into the 2nd Artillery and fought with this Regular Army outfit at Bull Run and through Peninsula Campaign. For a time his battery was attached to the Cavalry.

During the battle of Williamsburg, men of his section were swept back by a rush of Confederate Cavalry. Lieutenant Barlow, with a single soldier to help him, threw one of the guns into the battery, loaded and fired it in face of enemy, and fought them off. At Hanover Court House he took one gun to the picket line, and with it repelled a Confederate regiment with canister shot. He was commended by General George McClellan for this action, and was brevetted Captain. At the end of July 1862, he was transferred to the Topographical Engineers, and in March 1863 to the Corps of Engineers.

He served as Assistant Professor of mathematics at West Point for 6 months, also teaching geography, history and ethics (they were short-handed at USMA in those days)

In June 1863, he returned to Army of the Potomac and fought through Gettysburg. From that point on he built a number of bridges, including one over the Rappahannock at Kelly's Ford, November 1863. In February 1864 he returned to the mathematics dept. In June he went to Georgia and served as chief engineer of Sherman's XVII Army Corps. On sick leave from August to November and then back in charge of the defenses of Nashville. He was still in the West when the war ended.

He stayed in the engineers and supervised construction of forts in Florida, New York and Connecticut. He worked on harbors on the Great Lakes and along the Hudson River. He was involved in opening canal at Mussell Shoals. In the 1870's he conducted a geological study, under Dr. F. V. Hayden, which became first government exploration of the Yellowstone Region. His work resulted in the formation of Yellowstone National Park, and its publication gave him a lasting place in the country's history. A great part of his valuable collection of data and photographs was destroyed in the Chicago fire, as was his first copy of Cullum's Register. He promptly ordered three copies of the register, and completed his admirable report on the exploration from memory. In 1872 he accompanied a surveying expedition for the Northern Pacific Railroad. The party was attacked by 1,000 Indians under Sitting Bull. The attack repulsed by an escort of 400 men. His report of the expedition was highly praised by General William T. Sherman.

In the 1890's, he commanded a joint commission of engineers from both countries who worked together surveying and placing perm markers between the US and the Mexican Republic from El Paso to the Pacific Ocean. On May 02, 1901 became Brigadier General and chief of the corps of engineers, retiring from active duty the next day.

He was one of the classmates that Ames had described as being "seized by a perfect mania for getting married." He married Hessie McNaughton Birnie in the Church of Epiphany, Washington, DC, on the day after Christmas, 1861. They moved to a honeymoon home at 55 Pennsylvania Avenue. Mrs. Barlow died many years later, and the widower married Alice Stanton Turner on September 17, 1902.   After he retired, they made their home in New London, Connecticut.

In 1912-1913 he was President of the Association of West Point Graduates. In the winter of 1913-14, the couple took trip to the Holy Land. There taken ill. Died in Jerusalem, February 27, 1914, at the age of 76. His funeral was held 2 months later at Fort Myer, Virginia, with burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

Thanks to the website    Arlington National Cemetery      Webmaster: Michael Patterson

From military records compiled by Edson L. Barlow

John Whitney Barlow, Jo-165, Cadet at West Point July 01, 1856; Second Lieutenant 2nd Artillery Regiment May 06, 1861; promoted to First Lieutenant May 15, 1861; breveted Captain May 27, 1862 for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Hanover Court House Virginia; transferred to the Corps of Topographical Engineers July 24 1862; transferred to the Corps of Engineers March 03, 1863; promotion to Captain confirmed July 03, 1863; breveted Major July 22, 1864 for gallant and meritorious service in the Atlanta campaign; breveted Lieutenant Colonel March 13, 1865 for gallant and meritorious service in the battles before Nashville Tennessee; promotion to Major confirmed April  23, 1869; promotion to Lieutenant Colonel confirmed March 19, 1884; promoted to Colonel May 10, 1895; promoted to Brigadier General, Chief of Engineers, April 30, 1901; retired May 02, 1901; died February 27, 1914 while on a visit to Jerusalem, Israel; buried at Arlington Virginia National Cemetery.

Widow Alice S.T. Barlow's pension application no. 1666995 filed May 01, 1930, certificate no. A-5-5-32, resident Connecticut.


Photograph courtesty of  U.S. Corp of Engineers

Photograph from the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862   Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977   No. 0077, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-B8184-3287]

Standing, left to right:  Lt. Edmund Pendleton, PLt. Alex C. M. Pennington, Capt. Henry Benson, Capt, H. M. Gibson,  Lt. James E. Wilson, Capt. John C. Tidball, Lt. William N. Dennison
Seated, left to right: Capt. Horatio Gibson, Lt. Peter C. Hains, Lt. Col. William Hays, Capt. James M. Robertson, Lt. J.W. Barlow
Seated on the ground, left to right: Lt. Robert H. Chapin, Lt. Robert Clarke, A.C. Vincent

The Trans-Mississippi West, 1804-1912   A Guide to Federal Records for the Territorial Period
Volume 1 The Southern Border page 80


Among the final maps (76 items) issued by the Commission are two bound sets of published maps covering the area between El Paso, TX, and the Pacific Ocean, showing the boundary and boundary monuments. Signatures of the Commissioners and surveyors representing both countries are reproduced, and titles are given in both English and Spanish on each sheet. Each set includes a two-sheet map index, 19 maps (numbered in one set from the east to the west and in the other from the west to the east), and five profiles.

Other records include a bound volume entitled “Special Maps of U.S. Section,” signed on the title page “J.W. Barlow, Col. of Engineers, Engr. in Chief, U.S. Section.”


The correspondence files of Col. John W. Barlow, the U.S. Commissioner, consist primarily of letters and telegrams sent and received by the Section. Copies of letters sent by the U.S. Commissioner, 1891-96 (7 in.), to the Departments of State and the Treasury, and to engineers, surveyors, astronomers, Mexican officials, and others, concern the boundary survey, the purchase and erection of monuments, the organization of the International Boundary Commission, procurement, accounts, and other matters affecting the progress of the survey and the administration of the U.S. Section.
The letters received by the U.S. Commissioner, 1891-96 (6 in.), which are arranged by name of correspondent, are from surveyors, engineers, astronomers, manufacturing firms, and others, and relate to the work and progress of the boundary survey, procurement, accounts, and other admini- strative matters.

Among these letters are a few sent by Barlow to subordinates, and they are filed under Barlow's name.

"Rebuilding Monument 40"   By D. H. Payne, under the direction of the U.S. section of the International Boundary Commission, along the Mexican border west of the Rio Grande 1892--94

U.S. Army Engineers on the U.S. - Mexico border    Photo compliments of John F. Barlow and Images of the American West web site

Historical Origins of Mountains in Yellowstone edited by James S. MacDonald Jr., originally published as "The Yellowstone Range" in 1874 by Thomas Moran

Barlow Peak (southern Yellowstone near the boundary)
Named in 1895 by the United States Geological Survey. Named for Captain (later Colonel) J. W. Barlow, Corps of Engineers, leader of the military expedition which came through the park simultaneously with Hayden's Expedition in 1871. His name was originally placed to the upper course of the Snake River, but was transferred to this peak.


New York Times, February 1914

Retired Chief of Engineers Was on a Tour of the Holy Land

Gen. John W. Barlow, U.S. A., (retired.) of New London Conn., died on Sunday in Jerusalem. Accompanied by his wife, he was aking a tour of the Holy Land.

Gen. Barlow sailed for Europe Feb. 2. Gen. John Whitney Barlow was born in 1838 at Perry, N.Y., and was graduated in 1861 from West Point. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant of artillery in May, 1861, and later transferred to the topographical engineers. He was made Captain in July, 1863, Major in 1869, Lieutenant Colonel in 1881, Colonel in 1895, and Brigadier General and Chief of Engineers in 1901. He was retired in 1901 at his own request after forty years of service. He took part in manyof the great battles of the war, and was brevetted three times for meritorious services. He was with the Army of the Potomac and with Gen. Sherman on the march to the sea as a builder of roads, bridges, and fortifications.

After the war Gen. Barlow was an engineer in charge of harbor construction on Lake Champlain, and later at Chicago, New London, Conn; Milwaukee, and other cities. He made original explorations of the headwaters of the Yellowstone and Mississippi Rivers.

Gen. Barlow was a member of the Association of Graduates of West Point, of the Military Service Institution of the United States, of the Societies of the Army of the Potomac, of the Cumberland and of the Tennessee, and a companion of the Loyal Legion. In this city he belonged to the New York Athletic Club, the National Arts Club, and the Army and Navy Club.     Original Article

Children of John Barlow and Hessie Birnie are:

i. HELEN SAUNDERS BARLOW, born Fernandino, Florida.  She married WILLIAM S. MAXWELL.    DAR ID Number: 25128
ii. ALICE WORTHINGTON BARLOW, born New London, Connecticut.    DAR ID Number: 25129

STEPHEN MORRIS BARLOW, born December 08, 1877, and died January 12, 1924, Brownsville, Texas.

Unknown Brownsville, Texas newspaper, Monday, January 14, 1924

Stephen Barlow, Recent Arrival from Tampico, Takes His Own Life in Hotel Room

Stephen Barlow, age about 42 years, who came to Brownsville about three days ago from Tampico, took his own life here in a room at the Travelers Hotel here Sunday morning about 7:30, by shooting himself through the heart. Barlow left a note stating that he was tired of living, and was taking his own life. His home was in San Diego California, where his only relative, a sister, resides. Despondency over family troubles is the theory advanced by police, for the cause of his suicide. The sister has been notified of his death, and the body is being held here awaiting her instructions.

In addition to the note left by the dead man there were letters addressed to his sister, his former wife at Austin, Texas, and his father-in-law in Laredo.

A porter sleeping in the hall of the hotel heard the shot fired, and notified the manager. The door was found locked, and local police were forced to break in the door.

Barlow, according to the papers found among his possessions, was a member of the American Legion and had served during the World War as a captain in the aviation. He also had a pre-war record as an officer in the army. He had been in Tampico for some time before coming to Brownsville, and was employed there by a mining company.

Barlow was employed in this city several years ago and made many friends. At that time he was separated from his wife, who had their children and was living with her parents at Laredo. He made many friends during his residence in this city, and was generally regarded as a very industrious man. He left Brownsville to accept a position with an oil company at Tampico, remaining in the employ of the company up to a few days before his return to the border.   Original Article

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