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Joseph Herman Barlow, Katharina "Kate" Monahon, and their descendants

From the research of William Allison BARLOW and Lora Alane BARLOW Michael

Generation 1

Joseph Herman Barlow, possible son of John T. Barlow, was born August 18, 1862 in Kentucky. He was believed to have been married as many as 5 times during his lifetime. His son, Powell Mathuew Barlow, remembered a half-brother, Jack Barlow, born possibly after 1910. Joseph died March 21, 1930 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky and is buried in the Rosehill Cemetery, Owensboro.

He married 1. Katharina "Kate" Monahon in 1890. She was the daughter of Mathuew Monahon and Ellen McCann, who were married October 22, 1855 near Stanley, Daviess County, Kentucky. Both of her parents had come to America from Ireland during the Great Famine. Kate was 100% Irish, born in America on August 06, 1875 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. She died at 28 years of age on August 4, 1904 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and is buried in the St. Louis Cemetery, Louisville.

He married 2. Flora M., born about 1889 in Arkansas as reported in the 1910 Census of Paragould, Green County, Arkansas (Dwelling No. 238). Joseph's oldest son, George Julius Barlow, at 18 years of age, was reported as living in the same household.


Joseph was listed in the Louisville City Directory of 1887 (Jefferson County, Kentucky) with an occupation as a lathe turner.

Barlow's listed in  Louisville City Directory of 1887    *Source: Ancestry.com, Louisville, Kentucky Directory, 1887, (November 1999)

Ambrose Barlow
Anthony T. Barlow
Charles Barlow
Frank Barlow
John Barlow
Joseph H. Barlow
Lathe Turner
Joseph S. Barlow
Lizzie Barlow
O. A. Barlow

He spent much of his life as a migrant laborer making ax handles and spending time in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri. He was believed to have had Barlow kinfolk in Barren County, Kentucky as well as in Missouri near Poplar Bluff and St. Louis.

Joseph H. Barlow Tombstone
  Children of Joseph Herman Barlow and Katharina "Kate" Monahon are:
George Julius Barlow, born January 06, 1892 in Kentucky and died in May of 1960 in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama. When his mother died in 1904, George was 12 years old and considered to be old enough to take care of himself. It is believed that he continued to live with his father as they moved around the South. In the 1910 Census, he was reported as living in his father's household in Paragould, Green County, Arkansas. With the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Ellen Madell Barlow, born June 04, 1895 in Kentucky and died April 01, 1916 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. Ellen was only 9 years old when her mother died in 1904. After her mother's death, Ellen went to live with her aunt Kate (widow of John Monahon) and Kate's second husband, John F. Crawford in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Ellen Madell Barlow died from cancer at 20 years of age, leaving no offspring.

Will of Ellen M. Barlow      October 25, 1915    Daviess Co Kentucky
Will Book F  Page 442

In the Name of God, Amen ...

I, Ellen Barlow, ...

First - I give and bequeath my Spirit to the Almighty God who gave it and my body to the Mother Earth. I have an insurance policy in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for the Sum of $150.00, another insurance policy in the Prudential Insurance Company for the sum of $408.00.

Second - I bequeath and will to J. F. Crawford and his wife Kate Crawford all the proceeds of these two policies, the Metropolitan and the Prudential because they have been loyal and faithful friends to me during my long and painful illness.

Third - I desire and it is my will that Kate Crawford have my trunk that is now in her house and my wearing apparel. It is my wish and will that my brother, George Barlow, have my two rings and my Mother's two pictures and it is my request that when my younger brother, Powell Barlow, has become eighteen years of age, that my brother, George Barlow, shall give him the smaller of the two rings.

It is my wish that J. F. Crawford and wife, Kate Crawford, select my coffin and shroud set. And that they spend a reasonable sum for an inexpensive stone to mark my last resting place. I have sufficient amount in the Burial Association to bear the expenses of my burial.

I hereby appoint J. F. Crawford my executor and desire that he be allowed to qualify without bond.

Ellen M. Barlow 

Powell Mathuew Barlow, born September 09, 1900 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and died February 23, 1961 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. Powell was only 3 years old when his mother died in 1904, whereupon he was raised by his aunt Julia MONAHON Brown in Birk City near the Green River, Daviess County, Kentucky. In the 1910 Census Powell was reported as living in the George Brown household in Daviess County, Kentucky. For a brief time Powell was able to live with his father and a step-mother in Louisville, Kentucky. Powell remembered being told that he was named after two uncles; his uncle Mathuew Monahon, Jr., who lived in Daviess County, and an uncle Powell Barlow, a younger brother to Joseph. In the spring of 1916, Powell enlisted in the U.S. Army at 15 years of age.
Generation 2

George Julius Barlow, son of Joseph Herman Barlow and Katharina Monahon, was born January 06, 1892 in Kentucky and died in May of 1960 in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama. On April 24, 1930, George Julius Barlow was reported in the 1930 Census as residing in Wheelerville, Mobile County, Alabama (Dwelling No. 65) with an occupation as a cable splicer with the telephone company, and having $1000 value in real estate. George was also reported as a WWI veteran in the census. His 16 year old brother-in-law, George O. Broadus, born in Alabama, also lived in the George Barlow household.

He married Alma Broadus in 1919 in Alabama.

WORLD WAR I Service of George Julius Barlow:

George Julius Barlow served with the...to be continued...

  Children of George Julius Barlow and Alma Broadus are:
  Prinie Kate Barlow, born in 1920 in Alabama. She married Feldon Smith.
  Juanita Barlow, born in 1923 in Alabama. She married James A. (Sonny) Wilson.
  Hazel Ellen Barlow, born in 1925 in Alabama. She married W. C. Sellers.
  George Julius Barlow, Jr., born in 1926 in Alabama.
  Joseph E. Barlow, born in 1928 in Alabama.

Powell Mathuew Barlow, son of Joseph Herman Barlow and Katharina Monahon, was born September 09, 1900 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and died February 23, 1961 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. He is buried in the Rosehill Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky.

He married Noka Mitchell August 16, 1921 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. Powell met Noka when she began working as a telephone operator with the Home Telephone Company where he worked. He first noticed her while she was working as a salesclerk at a Five and Dime store downtown.

The daughter of Samuel Mitchell and Rachal Jane ALLEN Mitchell, Noka was born August 12, 1903 in Olaton, Ohio County, Kentucky in a log cabin that was built by her great-grandfather, Joseph Martin Mitchell. Noka's name was derived from the Indian name Nokamus. When she was 7 years old, she lost her 3 younger brothers within a span of only 7 months. Theodore Mitchell died November 08, 1910 at almost 3 years of age. Then Remus Mitchell died January 14, 1911 at almost 2 years of age. And, finally, Omar Mitchell died June 20, 1911 at 6 years of age. It was a devastating and tragic blow for the Mitchell family. Another younger brother, Joseph Cicero Mitchell was born March 02, 1913 in Owensboro and lived until August 22, 1977.

Noka died April 29, 1974 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky and is buried alongside her husband in the Rosehill Cemetery, Owensboro.

In 1919, Powell stayed for a brief period in Mobile, Alabama with his sister-in-law, Alma BROADUS Barlow, while his brother, George Julius Barlow, was still in the army. On January 09, 1920, he was reported in the 1920 Census as living in the household of his cousin, Mittie BROWN Roberts, in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, with an occupation as a laborer. Powell's uncle, Ben Fogle, and aunt, Ellen MONAHON Fogle, were also reported in the same household as boarders.

On April 15, 1930, Powell and Noka, pregnant with their 4th child, were reported as living with their 3 sons in Owensboro (Dwelling No. 6), owning their home with a real estate value of $2000. The home was located at 1222 Independence Ave. In 1930, a bathroom and indoor plumbing was added to the house, replacing the outhouse behind the house. Powell was working as a repairman with the telephone company. Throughout the period of the Great Depression, he was able to retain his job with the telephone company, often riding his bike to work.

...until his retirement in ....

Powell was an avid quail and duck hunter and spent his spare time raising hunting dogs which the boys helped care for in their backyard. Noka was fond of her Brownie camera and kept track of her growing family with many photographs. One memorable Depression Era photo was that of Herman, Powell Jr., and George with their pet goat, "Nannie." Just after the picture was taken, "Nannie" bolted off, dragging Herman around the corner of the house through several jars of paint thinner that Powell had set out to soak and clean some paint brushes.

 Noka spent many years volunteering as secretary for the American Red Cross of Daviess County. In addition to spiritual hymns, she was also very fond of the popular music from the 1920's which she sang often to her grandchildren.

WORLD WAR I Service of Powell Mathuew Barlow:

Powell Mathuew Barlow served with the ...

At 15 years of age, Powell Mathuew Barlow enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1916. He fought in 5 major battles in France, serving with the 5th FIELD ARTILLERY (BATTERY D) of the 1st DIVISION of the US Army under the command of General John J. Pershing. (NOTE: Many of the big artillery guns, as well as many of the barbed-wire trenches, a underground French fort, the ruins of 3 French villages, and fields scarred by bomb craters are still visible today in a World War I memorial park located in the Argonne forest outside of Verdun, France. This park was visited by Powell's grandson, William Allison Barlow in 1995.) Powell was injured on two occasions from poisonous gas, which affected his health for much of his life. After the war ended, Powell served in the ARMY of OCCUPATION EITELBONN, GERMANY un till 1919.

WWII and Korea     ...     to be continued

  Children of Powell Mathuew Barlow and Noka Mitchell are:

Herman Samuel Barlow, born May 10, 1922 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky.
He married Ila Faye Pate in May of 1946 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky.

WORLD WAR II Service of Herman Samuel Barlow:

Herman Samuel Barlow served with the  ...  to be continued

The adopted children of Herman Samuel Barlow and Ila Faye Pate are:  Gary Barlow and Diana Barlow.

The grandchildren of Herman Samuel Barlow and Ila Faye Pate are:   Jay Barlow and Keri Barlow, children of Gary Barlow and Mary Stitz, David Morrow, son of Diana Barlow.


Powell Mathuew Barlow, Jr., born July 27, 1923 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky
He married Delma Jean Walker July 13, 1950 in Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi.

WORLD WAR II Service of Powell M. Barlow, Jr.:

Powell M. Barlow, Jr . served with the 24th Infantry Division in Hawaii -- Australia -  Papuaun, New Guinea - the landing invasions at Hollandia - Leyte - Mindoro - and Mindanao - the occupation of Shikoku - and Honsho.

 Pvt. Barlow was one of the first American soldiers to enter occupied Davao Province. He was one of few to support and serve a brief stay with the Filipino Guerrillas.  

Pvt. Barlow was relieved from patrol duty 13 August 1945 when he received official word - a letter from his mother - that his younger brother, George Allison Barlow, had been killed in action near East Leipzig, Germany. Powell's replacement was among those killed in action the next day, 14 August 1945, when their patrol was ambushed by machine gun fire.  World War II ended the next day 15 August 1945 Pacific time.

The children of Powell Mathuew Barlow, Jr. and Delma Jean Walker are:

William Allison Barlow, Jeffrey Allen Barlow, Della Kay Barlow, and Kenneth Lee Barlow.

The grandchildren of Powell Mathuew Barlow, Jr. and Delma Jean Walker are:  

Jessica Jean Molhoek , Amanda Marie Molhoek, and Joseph Cornelius Molhoek, Jr., children of Joseph Cornelius Molhoek, Sr. and

Della Kay Barlow; Sarah Nicole Barlow born April 02, 1982 and died April 3, 1982, Matthew Lee Barlow, and Jason Hardin Barlow, children of Kenneth Lee Barlow and Melinda Joy Bunker.


George Allison Barlow, born September 11, 1924 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky and was killed April 07, 1945 in Stalag IVB near Leipzig, Germany: In May of 1949, his remains were returned to the United States for a final rest at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

WORLD WAR II Service of George Allison Barlow:

George Allison Barlow entered the Coast Artillery service on November 10, 1942 at 18 years of age while attending Wheaton College near Chicago, Illinois. He later served with the 106th Infantry Division of the US Army as a machine gunner in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge (December 16, 1944 - January 25, 1945) in the Ardennes Forest east of St. Vith, Belgium. The largest land battle of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge involved more than a million soldiers (500,000 German troops, 600,000 American troops, and 55,000 British troops). It was also the coldest and snowiest winter in memory for the Ardennes Forest that borders Belgium and Germany.

The 106th Division was activated in Fort Jackson, South Carolina on March 15, 1943, and transferred in late March of 1944 to Camp Atterbury Indiana, south of Indianapolis, Indiana. During the summer of 1944, George A. Barlow was among over 7,000 enlisted man and 600 officers from surrounding training units who were transferred into the 106th to fill its ranks before shipment overseas. George joined "A" Company of the 422nd Regiment as a machine gunner. The 422nd Regiment would lose 84 soldiers, killed in action or in prison camps, before the war would end.

In October of 1944, the 106th Division shipped overseas to England for a brief period of training, then shipped across the English Channel to the port area of Le Harve, France. In France, the troops bivouacked in 2-man tents for a week in pouring rain. The troops were soaked to the skin and hardly had time to dry out before they left for Belgium. On December 11, 1944, after a 207 mile truck convoy through France and Belgium, the Division replaced the US 2nd Division on the battle line in the Schnee Eifel area of the German / Belgium border east of St. Vith, Belgium. It was expected to be a quiet sector which would allow some time for the fresh troops to settle in and get oriented. The troops had only been on the European continent for 15 days. And the Division was stretched along a 21-mile line, 4 times the normal distance for a Division. The average age of the men of the 106th Division in December 1944 was just 22 years of age. George A. Barlow was 20 years old. The 106th Division had the youngest troops of any American division on the front line.

George A. Barlow , in the 106th Infantry Division, was now less than 75 miles from where his father, Powell Mathuew Barlow, in the 1st Divison of the US Army, fought his last battle in France, Meuse-Argonne, 26 years earlier in a War that was to end all war.

At 0530 on December 16, 1944, the Germans began their Ardennes Offensive, directly striking the 106th Division which had been stretched thin and on the line for only 5 days. The 106th Infantry Division sustained 641 men killed (including deaths while held as a prisoner of the Germans), 1,200 wounded. A total of 7,001 soldiers were captured and taken to prison camps all over Germany. In all, American forces sustained 81,000 casualties, including 23, 554 captured and 19,000 killed. The Battle of the Bulge was the worst battle, in terms of losses, for the American forces during WWII. The Germans sustained an estimated 100,000 casualties, killed, wounded, or captured. The last ditch effort of the Germans to push the Allies back to the sea used up so much precious resources of the German Army that they were never able to recoup and fight the style of war they had in earlier days.

Having run out of ammunition, George A. Barlow was among the soldiers of the 422nd and 423rd Regiments who were surrounded and completely cut off from the rest of the US Army. Captured and taken as a prisoner of war on December 18, 1944, George was sent to Stalag IVB, a prison camp located east of Leipzig, Germany and alongside the rail lines leading into the city.

In a letter received from the War Department on January 15, 1945 and an earlier telegram, Powell and Noka Barlow were informed that their son, George A. Barlow was reported as 'missing in action' as of December 16, 1944.

On January 10, 1945, George filled out an official postcard informing his parents that he was now a prisoner of war and that he was doing okay. He requested that the Red Cross be contacted and they send the maximum they can in a package. He also said that he was with Tommy Bell and Layman Robinson, classmates from Owensboro. The card was postmarked 18 January 1945 and labeled Stalag M-Stammleger IVB.

On March 17, 1945, Noka Barlow received a Western Union Telegram at the Telephone Office,e where she worked, informing her that the status of her son had been amended to show him as a prisoner of war of the German government. George's postcard from Stalag IVB arrived shortly thereafter.

According to a newspaper report, the Barlow family also learned that the prisoners had already been sent to West Leipzig on a work detail.

On the morning of April 7, 1944, George was too ill with dysentery to participate in the day's work detail and remained behind in the camp. Later that day, the prison camp and adjacent rail line were hit on a American daylight bombing raid of Leipzig. George A. Barlow was among those killed in the camp during the bombing attack. As his parents later learned from surviving fellow prisoners, the Americans had been planning an escape that night, along with their German prison guards, to the American front nearby. In the last week of April, German resistance against the British and American troops had practically ceased as the German troops faced east to fiercely avoid falling into Soviet captivity. By April 25th Stalag IVB was liberated by the American Army. In the last week of April, the Soviet Fifth Guards Army and the US First Army made contact at Torgau on the Elbe River northeast of Leipzig, effectively splitting Germany into 2 parts. With Berlin completely surrounded by Soviet troops, Hitler committed suicide on the afternoon of April 30, 1945 in his Berlin bunker. Early on May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender of all German armed forces at Eisenhower's headquarters. V-E (Victory in Europe) Day was declared on May 8, 1945.


Joseph William Barlow, born September 11, 1930 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky and died October 30, 1996 in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky:

He married Mary Dean Holder June 7, 1958 in Shawneetown, Illinois.

The children of Joseph William Barlow and Mary Dean Holder are:  

Lisa Renae Barlow, Lora Alane Barlow, Mary Ellen Barlow, and Joseph William Barlow, Jr.

The grandchildren of Joseph William Barlow and Mary Dean Holder are:  

Matthew Edwin Elliott and Rachel Catherine Elliott, children of Robert Edwin Elliott and Lisa Renae Barlow;

Julian Todd Michael, son of Robert Todd Michael and Lora Alane Barlow. Marley Drew Williams, daughter of Gerard Williams and Mary Ellen Barlow.

Jordan Elizabeth Barlow, and Samantha Grace Barlow, daughters of Joseph William Barlow, Jr. and Pamela Sue Collignon.

KOREAN WAR Service of Joseph William Barlow:

Joseph William Barlow served with the ... to be continued

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