Barlow of Isle of Wight Virginia by Lundie Barlow
Esquire, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, and Southampton,
England, was descended from a family seated at Barlow,
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Lancashire, from as early as
the twelfth century.
His branch included such eminent
sixteenth century kinsmen as Dr. William Barlow,
Bishop of Chichester, and senior consecrator of Dr.
Matthew Parker, the first Protestant Archbishop of
Canterbury; Dr. Ralph Barlow, Archdeacon of Winchester,
and Dean of Wells; Ranulph Barlow, Esquire, Diocesan
Registrar of Chichester, and Warden of the Hospital
of Ste. Mary; and Roger Barlow, Esquire, South American
explorer, and Admiral of the Coast.
The arms of this branch of the Barlow
Silver, a chevron engrailed between three crosslets
fitchy, sable; on the chevron, two lions counter-passant
guardant, silver; they were granted in the fifteenth
century to John Barlow, Esquire, a cadet of the Lancashire
family who was Yeoman of the Crown under King Henry
In 1592, Edward Barlow married Joan,
daughter of William Rishton, Gentleman, of Almodington,
Sussex. The next year he was admitted a Burgess of
Southampton and thereafter served all the municipal
offices, being Mayor in 1607, and Alderman and Keeper
of the Keyes in 1609 and later.
He was a merchant adventurer engaged
in foreign trade and dealing in textiles; he lived "near
Bidlegate within the said towne and at the foote
of Simnel Streete" in the parish of St. Michael,
where he was buried in 1620. Edward Barlow's widow
married, as his second wife, John Elizey, Esquire,
Collector of Armiralty Tenths, and Mayor of Southampton,
grandfather of the man of the same name who was the
progenitor of the Ellzey family of Maryland.