©Barlow Genealogy 1998-2015

Descendants of
John and Lydia Barlow

Updated 2014-2015

North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas
JOHN BARLOW was born c1760 in VA or NC died September 12, 1829 in Natchez Adams Co Mississippi, probably buried in Adams Co Mississippi

He married LYDIA  ... possibly BRYANT ... c1789-90.  She was born c1768-75, and died after 1846 in Mississippi, probably buried in Simpson Co Mississippi.
John Barlow was married to Lydia,  c1789-90, the first two sons that we have been able to find are shown on census records to have been born in North Carolina; William Bryant Barlow c1791 and Henry c1794, and daughter Missouri was born in the same time period.

Our family has always contended that John was the son of William Barlow of Robeson Co North Carolina, most of this has been based on 'preponderance of the evidence' which I will not accept.  A DNA test by a Robeson Co descendant has shown that no relationship exists.

Clinton Barlow, a professional genealogist who has written many family genealogies, has always thought our family to be connected to his Isle of Wight Barlow families, and I spent a lot of time trying to find a connection, locations and naming looked very good for that.  However, DNA testing by 3 different families, all tied to Isle of Wight has proven that no relationship exists between our John Barlow and the Isle of Wight families.  Thus far, our only connections are to John Barlow of Fairfield Connecticut, James Barlow of Ireland, and Rev. John of Wilkes Co North Carolina, and these are distant relationships.  The only close relationship we have found is to William Barlow of Wilkerson Co Georgia. I'm leaning toward John being a brother to William, but do not know how to prove that.
The 1790 census of NC, shows 4 John Barlow's, 2 of those, John and John Jr. of Wilkes Co have been thoroughly researched and proven to be the from the lineage 'Bunches of Barlows.' DNA has shown a relationship to that family, but a very distant one.   No census from 1800 or 1810 has been concluded as our John.
Land Lotteries in Georgia   - These are names of our family, and thought to be ours, though Isle of Wight family researchers also make claim to these records. 1805 Georgia Land Lottery shows John Barlow, Henry Barlow and William Barlow.  Each drew blanks, thus received no land 1807 Georgia Lottery shows again, John, Henry and William Barlow, all living in Washington Co Georgia, this time they all successfully won land in Kendricks Militia District in Wilkinson Co Georgia.  John won #257 in District 21, William won #104 in District 15, and Henry won #236 in District 16.

Eileen Carter from the Wilkinson Co mailing list gives me the following information:

Land lot 15 is Pulaski County, 16 is Pulaski and part of Laurens, 21 is Pulaski.  The deed and mortgage records for Pulaski County on microfilm, local Family History Center. Deeds and mortgages, 1807-1920; index, 1807-1939 / Georgia. Superior Court (Pulaski County).  Here will be a complete record.  Perhaps I will order this film in time and find new answers. John's son Henry and William Bryant would probably be too young to have been eligible for lottery drawings.   William, I believe, is the same as that in the lineage of William Barlow and Edith Mathoda.  They too, have a son named Henry, but he is also too young to have been in this drawing.

William's ancestors make claim to his father being James Barlow who was a Revolutionary Soldier in Virginia, he married Lucy Edwards, and died in Louisiana.  I believe DNA testing has disproven that, as James is a part of the Wilkes Co Barlow families, and though a relationship is shown, it is too distant to be father and son relationship.   I was unable to follow Henry after that lottery.  No census records were found with Henry as head of household.  Could he have been the elder, perhaps father of William and John, and deceased at the time of the 1820 census?
Our family has always thought these to be our Barlow's ... but the some researchers of the Isle of Wight Barlows also make claim to them. With records in Georgia having been burned, it is almost impossible to find documentation to prove whose family these come from. However, if we follow in time to Washington Co in the early to middle 1800's ... we find that the family of William Barlow and Edith Mathoda were in Washington Co Georgia until his death in 1818, and they had sons, Henry, and William, but I find no record of John. This family remained in Washington, Wilkinson, and surrounding counties, many are still there today. Recent DNA testing has proven our family to be closely related to William and Edith Mathoda Barlow, but that absolutely no relationship exists to the Isle of Wight Barlow families.
The first found that we know is our John:

February  09, 1810 ordered:

That a passport be prepared for Bryant Barlow from the county of Wilkinson to travel through the Creek Nation of Indians, which was presented and signed.
January 10, 1811

That a  passport  be  prepared for Messrs John Barlow and Bryant Barlow, the former with seven negroes,  both from the county of Wilkinson,  in this state to  travel through the  Creek  Nation of  Indians,  which  was  presented and signed.

But where are Lydia and the children?   Could this be them?-----
November 13, 1811

That a passport be prepared for the following persons to travel through the Indian Nations to the Western Country, viz., One for Messrs. Thaddeus Brown, Isham Brown, Samuel Brown, with two Negroes, and John Brown with six Negroes, all from the County of Washington in this state, and one for Messrs. Thomas Franklin and Thomas Barlow, the former with his mother, four brothers and five sisters, all from Richmond Co South Carolina, etc.

Thomas may be a son of John and Lydia, though we do not have any other records indicating Thomas as a son. There was a Thomas; living in Louisiana who was killed in the War of 1812, who may be the same. One researcher, Katherine Goza, now deceased, tells that she had communication with descendants of this family, and that they admitted Thomas was a son of John and Lydia.  I have not seen any records to prove that though.  Locating John in the 1790 census might help verify at least how many sons were born to them.

Conflict:  Thomas Barlow, IOW has traced their lineage and proven the Thomas in Edgefield SC, 1810, next door to his son, Richard, and neighbor Rbt Briant to be theirs.  I believe that proves the passport above will not be our family.  The will of Thomas Barlow, IOW was found, along with land records from Edgefield SC, and Laurens Co Georgia as a further source for that family.

That is not to say that the Thomas in Louisiana is not a son of John and Lydia.  It just remains a mystery as to when, where, and how he arrived in Louisiana, and as to when Lydia and children arrived in Mississippi.
Old Naturalization Records show John Barlow and Daniel Cranfield were naturalized as citizens of the United States in the Territory of Mississippi in 1798.

Daniel Cranfield was the second husband of Mary Millsaps Barlow after the death of John Barlow Jr.
Source: Old Law Naturalization Records, volume 1, page 2 Holmes Co records dated February 16, 1871.  I have not seen a copy of this .. but was told of it .. if anyone has a copy of this document, I would be most interested in seeing it.
1813 Greene County shows John owning 179 acres on Leaf River
From the research of Gary Barlow, August 2014: This letter in the Mississippi Department of Archives records. In it, John Barlow is recommended to the territorial governor, David Holmes, for the position of constable in Captain Jones' district in Green County July 7, 1813, when the county apparently filled  its first such offices.     Letter transcribed by Gary, as well as he could read it.  Note that is the spelling of Green he uses both times, by the way, so I didn't correct it. I wish I could read what that first office is, but it's just unreadable to me both times it appears. David Holmes was the territorial governor, by the way, and as I think I mentioned, this letter is from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Digital Collection (http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/s488/detail/9652)

Green County July the 7th 1813
His Excellency David Holmes

Sir, We as Justices of the Quorum in and for the county of Green take the liberty of representing to your excellency that the situation of our County requires a County (unreadable word) to be appointed, and if your Excellency (unreadable) is to think proper to appoint and commission a County (unreadable word) in and for said County we commend Elisha Morgan as a man well qualified for that office. The situation of our County also requires a Constable to be appointed in each Captains district and if your excellency should think proper to fill those vacancies, We recommend the following persons to each / Cletus(?) Windham in Captain Evanses district, John Wordean in Captain Collins district, Cordel Hogan in Captain Barons district, John Barlow in Captain Joneses district, as men well qualified for those offices. We are with respect (unreadable)

James Taylor Jqm
Pat Morgan JQm
Edward Gatlin JQm

                                                                                                                                                             Click for copy of original
John and Briant / Bryant and Henry Barlow were signers December 14, 1815 - Petition to Congress by Inhabitants East of Pearl River, content researched and shared by Gary Barlow, September 2014:
I found a book on the shelves at the Mississippi Archives: "The Territorial Papers of the United States," Vol. 6, The Territory of Mississippi 1809-1817, Compiled and edited by Clarence Edwin Carter, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1938.   In it I found three petitions to the United States Congress that I had not seen that were signed by John, Briant and Henry Barlow. All three were referred to Congress on Dec. 14, 1815. The first, signed by Briant Barlow, dealt with debts owed on public lands purchased from the U.S. in the Mississippi Territory. The petitioners noted that they had purchased their land in a time of peace, "when there was a reasonable prospect of raising the necessary funds." The petitioners added, "They were often obliged to purchase more land than they really wanted for the purpose of cultivation, in order to obtain situations suitable for residence. To fertile swamp-lands pregnant with disease, they were obliged to add barren pine-lands whose only recommendation was that they afforded a healthful settlement." They said the war with the British deprived them of a market and war with the Indians "drove them from their farms, engaged them in military service, and made their property the sport of the desolating savage." Even the volunteers and the militia had consumed a good amount of their corn and livestock, they said. They asked that the payments they had made be considered full payment for the land they were actually using and offered to relinquish their claims to the portions of their lands they were not using. The second petition, signed by John and Briant Barlow, dealt with the nature of the territorial government. The signers said the population of the part of the Mississippi Territory living east of the Pearl River had grown to the point that it exceeded the population living west of the Pearl River. Despite this, they said, the population east of the Pearl was represented by just 8 seats in the Territorial Legislature while the population west of the Pearl held 16 seats. They asked Congress to undertake a census of the territory, followed by a reapportionment of legislative seats in accordance with the results of that census. The third petition, signed by Henry Barlow, was similar to the first, dealing with the hardships that war had placed on those who owed money for federal lands they had purchased. The signers said that war with the British and Indians had made it impossible for them to make payments due on their land, noting that for more than a year the U.S. Land Office at which they were to make payments had been closed for public safety reasons and mail routes in the Territory were not operative. During that time, they said, interest had accrued on their payments due. They asked Congress to waive the interest due.
Source:  Richard Roman, Birth of Perry County, The Richton Dispatch Vol 91 No. 18  The year is 1816 --- the county was at the time, Greene

Its civil officers during the first year of its existence were:

Jacob H. MORRIS: Chief Justice of the Quorum
John JENKINS, John GREEN, Jacob CARTER, Craven P. MOFFITT, Associate Justices
Alexander McKENZIE, Eli MOFFITT, Benjamin H.G. HARFIELD, William HUDSON, John MOFFIT, Seth GRANBERRY, Lewis W. John McDONALD: Assessors and Collectors
George HARRISON: Ranger
Joel LEWIS:  Surveyor
John BARLOW: Constable
Wm. TISDALE: Coroner
J.J.H. MORRIS: Notary Public
Martin CHADWICK: Sheriff

Some of the other county officers, 1821-1827,were:

Judges of Probate:  Griffin HOLLOMON, J.J.H. MORRIS, John F. MAPP, Abner CARTER
Lewis RHODES:  Sheriff

Justices of the Peace:  Anthony PITTS, Adam ULMER, Jonathan TAYLOR, Geo. B. DAMERON, Sterling BRINSON, John DEACE, Daniel MILEY, James SIMMONS, Sherod BYRD, Isham H. CLAYTON, James OVERSTREET, Uriah MILLSAPP

Assessors and Collectors:  Hugh McDONALD, Treasurer; Farr PROCTOR, Go. HARRISON, Lewis RHODES
1816 census of Greene County shows John's household as follows:

1 male over 21 -  John    3 males under 21 - John Jr - Nathaniel Green and George Washington

1 female over 21 - Lydia     5 females under 21     --Missouri, and possibly Sarah are the only ones we have identified.

Sons Henry and Bryant had apparently moved away from this household, though they are not shown as heads of household for the census of 1816. Perhaps they remained in Alabama or Georgia or may be been listed as part of another household where they were possibly employed as laborers.

1 male over 45 - John   1 male 10-16 - John Jr.   2 males under 10 - Nathaniel Green and George Washington

1 female over 45 - Lydia   1 female 16-26    2 females 10-16    1 female under 10

No clue who these last three females might be
Miscellaneous records

Unfortunately, John and Lydia divorced in 1827, this record was found in the attic of either a court house or the archives in Mississippi, by Charlie Brennar in 1996.  See transcription below.
A lawsuit filed against John Barlow by Griffin Ross on September 24, 1827. In it, Ross accused John of taking a wagon and four oxen without paying him the $200 they had allegedly agreed to. As you'll see, it went to a trial by jury and John was found not guilty. In addition, the jury ordered Ross to pay John's court and attorney fees in the case, so evidently they felt John had been wronged by Ross' allegations. I have transcribed the entire eight-page handwritten file and typed it up. I tried to be faithful to the original on capitalization and spelling, so the grammar and spellings are as they were written then. Obviously, September 1827 was not a good month for John as this suit was filed just 13 days after the date on Lydia's divorce complaint. Still, it may say something for John's reputation that a jury of 12 of his peers found in his favor in this case in April 1828. I'm not sure why this file is in the Mississippi Archives. There are only a handful of pre-1850 court records from Perry County there, not all of them complete like this one. I will note that at the end of the file the Perry County clerk swears that this is a true copy of the proceedings of the case and signs it with an 1830 date, so I wonder if perhaps this copy was done at Briant's request in connection with settling John's estate. I had the staff at the Archives make photo-copies of each page for me, but I was not allowed to photograph it myself, so I don't have photos of the original to send. To find it, it will be listed in a search of the County Court Case Files in MDAH's online catalog (http://zed.mdah.state.ms.us/) if you search for "Barlow." Researched, contributed and transcribed by Gary Barlow, Sept 2014:
Griffin Ross vs. John Barlow
The State of Mississippi
Perry County
In Circuit Court – To October Term 1827
Griffin Ross by attorney complained of John Barlow being in custody &c. For as whereas the said defendant heretofore to wit on the first day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight Hundred and Twenty Seven, at the County of Perry and State of Mississippi, was indebted to the said Plaintiff in the sum of Two Hundred Dollars for a Certain Waggon and Yoke of Oxen by the said Plaintiff before that time sold and delivered to the said defendant and at his special instance and request and being so indebted, he the said defendant in consideration thereof, afterwards to wit, on the day and year aforesaid, at the place aforesaid, undertook and then and there faithfully promised the said plaintiff, to pay him the said sum of money, when he the said defendant should be thereunto afterwards requested. And whereas also afterwards to wit on the day and year aforesaid at the place aforesaid in consideration that the said plaintiff, at the like special instance and request of the said defendant had before that time sold and delivered to the said defendant a Certain Waggon and Yoke of oxen, in consideration whereof the said defendant undertook and then and there faithfully promised the said plaintiff, to pay him so much money as he therefore reasonably deserved to have of the said defendant when he the said defendant should be thereunto afterwards requested, And the said Plaintiff avers that he therefore reasonably deserved to have of the said defendant the further sum of Two Hundred Dollars (to wit) at the place aforesaid whereof the said defendant afterwards (to wit) on the day and year aforesaid, there had notice.
And whereas also the said defendant afterwards to wit on the day and year last aforesaid at the place aforesaid, in consideration that the said plaintiff at the like special instance and request of the said defendant had before that time sold and delivered to the said defendant one other certain Waggon and Yoke of Oxen, he the said defendant undertook and then and there, faithfully promised the said plaintiff so much money as the said last mentioned Waggon and Oxen at the time of the sale and delivery thereof were reasonably worth, when he the said defendant should be thereunto afterwards requested and the said plaintiff avers that the said mentioned last Waggon and oxen at the time of the sale and delivery thereof, were reasonably worth the further sum of Two hundred Dollars. (To wit) at the County aforesaid, whereof the said defendant afterwards (to wit) on the day and year last aforesaid there had notice.
Nevertheless the said defendant not regarding his said several promises and undertakings, but contriving and fraudulently intending crafttily and subtilly to deceive and defraud the said plaintiff in his behalf has not as yet paid the said several sums of money in the said Declaration mentioned, or any or Either of them, or any part thereof, to the said plaintiff – although often requested to do so) But the said defendant and to pay him the same, hath hitherto wholly neglected and refused, and still doth neglect and refuse to the Damage of the said Plaintiff of Two Hundred Dollars, and therefore he brings his suit to
J.J.H. Morris Plaintiff's attorney.
Filed at the time of issuing the Writ this September 24 1827 attest – Samuel Finley Clerk
The State of Mississippi
Perry County The State of Mississippi
To the sheriff of said County Greeting:
You are hereby commanded to take the body of John Barlow if to be found in your said County, and him safely keep so that you have him before the Honorable the Circuit Court to be holden in and for said County at the Court House thereof, on the third Monday of October next, then and there to answer unto Griffin Ross of a plea of Trespass on the case &a to the Damage of the said plaintiff of hundred Dollars. Therein fail not and have you him there this writ
Witness the Honorable John Black
Presiding Judge of the fourth Judicial
Circuit of said State, the Third
Monday of April in the year of our
Lord One thousand eight Hundred
and Twenty Seven.
Issued the 24th day of September A.D. One thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Seven.
Attest Samuel Finlay Clerk
This is an action of Trespass on the case &c. And is brought to recover of the defendant Two hundred Dollars for a waggon and yoke of oxen sold and delivered by the Plaintiff to the defendant and at the defendants special instance and request.
No Bail Required.
Judgment will be required at the return Term of the Writ.
Attest J.J.H. Morris
Plffs Atty.
Received September 24th 1827
L. Rhodes Shff. P.C.
Executed on the 24th September 1827 by serving the defendant with a copy of this Writ in person
L. Rhodes Shff. P.C.
The State of Mississippi
Perry County
To the Sheriff of Perry County
You are hereby commanded to summon Jack Purvis at the instance of the Plaintiff to be and appear in stander before the Honorable Circuit Court of Perry County. Then and there to Testify and the truth to say in a certain case now pending wherein Griffin Ross is the plaintiff and John Barlow is the Defendant. Herein fail not.
Witness the Honorable John Black
Presiding Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of said State, on the 3d Monday of October 1827 or in the 52d year of American Independence. Issued this 21st day of April 1828.
James Finlay Clerk
Received and executed instanter.
L. Rhodes
Shff. P. County
Griffin Ross vs. John Barlow
Circuit Court
October Term 1827
The defendant by attorney comes and defends the wrongs and injury when to and for plea sayid that he did not promise and assume in manner and form as the Plaintiff thereof hath in his Declaration alledged and of this he puts himself on the Country.
B. Harris Atty.
For Deft.
And the plaintiff doth the like.
Filed James Finlay Clerk.
Griffin Ross vs. John Barlow
Circuit Court October Term 1827.
Personally appeared in open Court John Barlow who sayid on Oath that David Ross is a material witness for him, in the above case and whose testimony he cannot go safely to trial without, and that the materiality of his testimony he never discovered until it was to late, being about one half hour since and that there is no other witness in attendance by whom he can prove the same facts, and expects to obtain his testimony, and this affidavit is not made for delay, but to obtain Justice.
Sworn to in open Court.
James Finlay Clerk
The State of Mississippi
Perry County
To the Sheriff of Perry County -
You are hereby Commanded to Summon Cornelius Freeman, Henry Sumrall and John McAlpin at the instance of the defendant to be and appear before the Honorable the Circuit Court of Perry County on the Third Monday of this instant at the place appointed by law for holding said Court, then and there to testify and the truth to say, in a certain cause now pending, Wherein Griffin Ross is plaintiff and John Barlow is defendant.
Herein fail not. Have you them there this Writ. Witness the Honorable John Black Presiding Judge of the fourth Judicial District of said State on the third Monday of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and Twenty Seven and in the 52d Year of American Independence.
Issued this 2d day of April 1828.
James Finlay Clerk c.c.P.C.
Received April the 10th 1828. L. Rhodes Sheriff of Perry County by his Deputy E.S. Caraway.
Executed according to Law L. Rhodes Sheriff Perry County by his Deputy E.S. Caraway.
The State of Mississippi
Perry County
Circuit Court
April Term 1828.
Griffin Ross vs. John Barlow } Assumpsit
The following Jury being impaneled and sworn to try the above case (to wit) -
1. Robert Garraway
2. Blakely Hinton
3. John Black
4. John Creel
5. Wm. J. Riley
6. James Newel
7. Uriah Millsaps
8. Mathew Carter
9. Bud Hinton
10. Benj. O'Dam
11. Asa Lard
12. Silas Stevens
Who having retired to consider of their verdict returned the following to wit, We of the Jury find the defendant did not undertake, promise and assume in the manner and form as the plaintiff in his Declaration hath alledged against him.
Whereupon it is considered by the Court now here that the said G. Ross plaintiff Do not recover of the defendant as charged in the plaintiffs Declaration and that John Barlow the defendant do recover the sum of Thirty five Dollars forty five ½ Cents - for his cost by him about his defence in a certain action at the suit of the said Griffin Ross and that the said Griffin in Inury &c
The State of Mississippi
Perry County
I Griffin H. Holliman Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County and Stare aforesaid Do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument in writing contains a True copy of the proceedings had in a certain suit wherein Griffin Ross was plaintiff and John Barlow the defendant as appears of record in my office.
Given in my hand and seal
This 8th day of April A.D. 1830
G.H. Holliman Clerk -
Circuit Court Perry County
December 1827:   Lawsuit of  John Barlow vs. Henry Easterling
First came before JP of Perry Co Mississippi and was removed to Circuit Court, December Term 1827 - pg 302
An apparent altercation between John and Henry, no reason given.  John was fined five dollars, it was later dismissed.
Nothing further was found for John Barlow, Sr., but research done by Kathryn Goza Campbell years ago has contended that he died in 1829, of yellow fever in Adams Co Mississippi, where he is thought to be buried in an unmarked grave. The record comes from Adams County Sexton Records, and from a copy of the original document, found in the Southern Galaxy newspaper, I have in my possession.

Southern Galaxy Newspaper, Natchez, Mississippi, Deaths in Natchez, and Adams County Sexton Records

Barlow, John
12 September 1829
Yellow Fever
Dr. A. Dashiell

Other Barlows where in the area, the family of Noah Barlow, who comes from the Fairfield Connecticut Barlows, but to date, no connection between his and our family has been found. DNA testing has shown a distant relationship to the Fairfield Barlows and ours.  In the research I have seen for these families, none of those list a John Barlow in their families, so perhaps this is ours. The divorce proceedings did not put a good light on John, so perhaps he left the county. Also confirming that he was deceased by 1830 were the tax records of 1830, showing the "Estate of John Barlow," for 377 acres. --see next item--
John Barlow 1 Poll
John Barlow 142 Acres
Henry Barlow 1 Poll
Henry Barlow 1 Poll
John Barlow 523 Acres
John Barlow 1 Town Lot
John Barlow 20 Slaves
Bryant Barlow 160 Acres
Bryant Barlow 3 Slaves
John Barlow 600 Acres
John Barlow 563 Acres
John Barlow 21 Slaves
John Barlow 1,484 Acres
John Barlow 19 Slaves
Bryan Barlow 240 Acres
Bryan Barlow 2 Slaves
Bryan Barlow 2 Slaves
Lydia Barlow 160 Acres
Note that Lydia was apparently awarded at least 160 acres of land in the divorce settlement, on which she paid taxes. For some unknown reason,  John was not listed as having paid taxes in 1828, but was shown again in 1829, this time his land holding of 780 acres, down almost half from the 1827 holdings of 1424 acres.
Bryan Barlow 320 Acres
John Barlow* 780 Acres
Briant Barlowe 320 Acres
John Barlow Estate 377 Acres
Family believes Lydia may be a Bryant completely based on the name of Bryant, whom we suspect is the first child of John and Lydia.  Naming customs of the time tells us that most families named their first born son after the father's father, or in this case, both parents fathers.  I have not seen proof that Bryant was William Bryant, that comes from word of mouth passed down through the family.  I have spent much time trying to locate records of Bryant families, the only thing I have found that might be our Lydia comes from a will of William Bryant in Johnson Co North Carolina, found in loose records in the state archives, Raleigh Co North Carolina.
William Bryant Will proved Augt. 6, 1789       July the 26th 1789

In the name of God Amen I William Bryant of Johnson County in the State of North Carolina Being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God, and calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is apointed for all men once to die do make and ordan this to be my last will and testament and first of all I give my soul into the hands of  Allmighty God who gave it me and my Body to the earth to be buried in a Desent manner the descretions of my Executors hear after to be named and as touching of such worldy Estate as it has been pleasd God to bless me with I give an dispose in manner as follows.

Item I give to my beloved Son James Bryant one shilling

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Wade one shilling

Item I give to my beloved Son John Bryant five shellings.

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Lucey Bryant one iron pot and one cow and calf.

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Ann Joyner one shilling

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Ja-inah Jarvis? one shilling.

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Lidah Bryant one feather bed and three head of catle (one cow and two yearlings)

Item I give to my Daughter Badey Bryant one shilling.

Item I give to my Son Lewis Bryant the land and plantation where I now live with one bay filley

I likewise give the remaining part of my estate after the Expences is paid to be Equaly Divided Between my Daughter Liday and my son Lewis Bryant Revoking all other wills by me made.

I do apoint John Stanfell-Stansell?? Senir to be my Executor to this my last will and testament in Witness where of I have hear unto set my hand and seal this Day and year above written.

Signed Sealed prounced? } and declared in presents of } his mark

John Stansell       William X Bryant    {seal}    Henry H. Barlow? his mark    Jonathan Stansell

Johnson County August Term 1789
This will was Exhibited in open Court by John Stansel Sen. for ____? and was duly proven Court by the oath of Jonathan Stansell a sub _____? _____? hereunto and admitted to Record.

Recorded in Book No 1 page 122
R. Sanders C.C.

Apparently county lines changed often, and so did their records, and most were lost in court house fires.  Looking through land grant records, I find a lot of Bryant's, but no listing for Barlow.  So who is this Henry Barlow?  Our John has been called John Henry by family throughout the years, but I have never seen a record using that name.  The only Barlow I found in Johnson Co North Carolina was in 1850 census, which would be in the wrong time frame.

Bill for Alimony &C  Filed in my office 11th September 1827    Griffin H. Williamson  Clerk, 3. Dist.

The State of Mississippi, Third Chancery District

To the Honorable Joshua C. Clark, Chancellor of the State of Mississippi

Humbly complaining, herewith unto your Honor, your Oratrix, Lydia Barlow of the County of Perry and State aforementioned that about the year AD 1789, your Oratrix intermarried with one John Barlow, her present husband and to whom she has born children, ten of whom are now living, seven of which are married. That your Oratrix has always conducted as an Orderly, industrious, careful and obedient wife to her said husband.  That when she intermarried with the said John the said John was very poor not being worth the sum of one hundred dollars, that the said John is now the owner of about twenty slaves, the most of which are young and likely, that he is also possessor of large and valuable tracts of land, breeds much stock in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, etc., and your Oratrix would further represent unto your honor, that she your Oratrix hath ever been during her said marriage, instrumental in not only taking care of whatever belonged to her said husband but also in earning the substance which he hath accumulated.  That year after year she not only done and performed with her own hands the labor of ordinary housework necessary for a for a female and poor family, but that she also assisted and than not a little in cultivating and gathering the crops of the said John.

That for many years she had been esteemed and respected as a midwife for which services alone and by her performed, she hath received very considerable sums of money not one dollar of which was used by your Oratrix ever expended for her own private use or benefit but on the contrary, was always strictly required by the said John to be laid up and used by him either to pay some debt already contracted or to assist in adding another Negro to the stock already on hand  which indeed some for many years to have engaged both the entire attention and affection of the said John.

And your Oratrix would further represent unto your honor that during the greater part of the many years your Oratrix has been the wife of the said John not withstanding the affection, attention, industry, and economy of your Oratrix, yet the said John would hardly allow her the bare necessities, much less the comforts of life.  Yet your Oratrix submitted thereto without a murmur.  Yet so it is may it please your honor that the said John regardless of all solemn duties as a husband has for more than a year last part abandoned the bed of your Oratrix and hath taken to himself one of the female slaves of the said John with whom he resides and lives at a distance of about four miles from the dwelling house of the said John, that not content with this outrage upon your Oratrix as well as upon society he has kept your Oratrix of almost all and every article either for sustenance, labor, or comfort -- having taken the very bedding and covering with a scanty exception, wheels, cards, loom etc. etc. and leaving your Oratrix with her young daughter destitute of meat, sugar, coffee, and indeed of almost every thing.  Also having now carried away one of the only pair of smoothing irons belonging to the place and they being a pair which your Oratrix had procured by her own industry and your Oratrix would further represent unto your honor that your Oratrix some time in June last had the painful misfortune detecting the said John now a man of upward of sixty years of age in the very act of adultery with the said slave with whom the said John in a most brutal and violent manner beat and abused your Oratrix and your Oratrix would further represent unto your honor that she your Oratrix is now nearly sixty years of age that having labored hard all her life and that she is now infirm and that from the treatment exercised toward her by her husband the said John that she has nothing but poverty and old age awaiting her through the close of life.  And you Oratrix would further represent unto your honor that your Oratrix now is and always hath been an inhabitant and citizen of the State of Mississippi for the last ten or fifteen years.

In tender consideration whereof and in consignment of your Oratrix being remediless according to the strict rules of the common law.  And only retenable in your Honors court now therefore may it please your Honor to grant unto your Oratrix your Honors -- Writ of Subpoena, etc. commanding the said John, etc. and also to grant unto your Oratrix such order and decree as to your honor shall seem right and agreeable to equity and good conscience the promises being considered and your Oratrix as is duty bound will ever pray etc.

J. W. Morris, for Complainant

The State of Mississippi - Perry County

Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of in and for the County and State aforesaid Lydia Barlow, who on oath deposeth and saith that the facts as set forth in the foregoing bill are strictly true to the best of her knowledge, recollection and belief and further that she hath good reason to believe and does believe that the said John Barlow is about to remove himself from this state and without the jurisdiction of this Court and therefore prays a write of Ne Excut etc.

Her Mark    Lydia Barlow

James Finlay, J.P.
The State of Mississippi     Perry County
The State of Mississippi

To the Sheriff of said County

Whereas ut us represented to us in our Superior Court of Chancery before the Chancellor of the said State of Mississippi on the part of Lydia Barlow, Complainant, against John Barlow, Defendant, amongst other things, that the said defendant, designs quickly to go unto parts - without the limits of this state, which tends to the great prejudice, damage and injury, of the said Complainant.  Wherefore in order to prevent this injustice,

We command you, that you, without delay cause the said John Barlow personally to come before you and give sufficient bond and security in the sum of Two Thousand Dollars, lawful money of the State of Mississippi, conditioned that the said John Barlow will not go or attempt to go into parts without the limits of said state, until discharged by our said Court, and in case the said John Barlow, shall refuse to give such bail or security, then you are to commit him the said John Barlow to your prison there to remain in safe, custody until he shall do it of his own accord, and when you have taken such security you are forthwith to make and return a certificate thereof to the Chancellor in  our said Court of Chancery, wheresoever, it shall be distinctly and plainly under you hand and seal.  Together with the writ.
(Seal) Griffin H. Holliman, Clerk
3rd District Superior Court of Chancery
Witness the Honorable Joshua G. Clark

Chancellor of the State of Mississippi at the Court House of Perry County the second Monday after the Fourth Monday of August A.D. one Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Seven.

Issued the 11th day of Sept. 1827

No further records have been found telling us the outcome of the divorce, but from tax records, it appears that Lydia was given a portion of the land.  She either sold it or gave it to her children, as she removed from Perry Co by 1830.

I have no clue who the young daughter is she mentions.  But I am wondering where George and Nathaniel are while this is going on.  They would have only been 13 or 14 years of age.
Gary Barlow's research and notes from August/September 2014:  At the time Lydia filed her divorce complaint in 1827 Mississippi law required that for a wife to divorce her husband she had to first win her case in chancery court, then petition the Mississippi Legislature to pass a bill approving the court's decision. So I searched page by page through the Journal of the House of Representatives and the Journal of the Senate for 1828 and 1829 (more than 1200 pages total). No such bill was filed or passed on Lydia's behalf in either of those years. So at the time of John's death in 1829 he and Lydia could not have been legally divorced. Although the process of going through court and the Legislature could take several years, I did not search 1830 and beyond because John's death would have made passing a bill to finalize the divorce moot at that point. I am sure I didn't miss it as I searched because every bill passed by the Legislature had to go through three readings and a vote, meaning it would have been listed in the journals on six separate dates, three in each chamber. For the record, the Legislature passed bills approving seven such divorces in 1828 and three in 1829. Since the Perry County court records were destroyed in a courthouse fire in 1877, I know of no other way to confirm how far Lydia got in her effort to divorce John. We know she and John separated because of the tax records that show her owning land in her own right in 1828, some 20 miles away from him, but as to how that happened we can only speculate. Perhaps she won in court and he paid up right away rather than wait on final approval by the Legislature. Perhaps they just reached an agreement to separate. Or perhaps that 80 acres was given to her by her son Briant, as it was adjacent to his property. But barring some hidden trove of records somewhere, I think we will never know for sure since the courthouse records are gone.
Lydia did not remain in Perry Co after she and John separated, she is shown as head of  household in the 1830 census of Simpson Co with 2 males, aged 10-20, which would be George and Nathaniel. The daughter mentioned in the lawsuit has either married, died, or is living with another family.
Land records indicate that Lydia and son George, purchased land along with assignees, David W. Connely and Andrew S./L. Wilson, in Township 2 of the Mt Silas Land Office in 1838 (I think this is Simpson Co). Again Lydia purchased land in Simpson Co along with George in 1840, though she is not listed in the 1840 census.

Nathaniel G. Barlow has a female aged 60-70 in his household whom we assume to be Lydia.
A  document dated 1846 was found showing Lydia had given a slave to her daughter in law, Miranda Barlow, wife of Henry Barlow, and Lydia could not be accounted for in the 1850 census, so it is assumed she had died.
Kathryn Watkins (deceased) who had done much work on this family,  told  family that Lydia was buried on the  'Old Stuckey Place' but that the cemetery had been plowed off into the Pearl River.

The George Washington Barlow Cemetery is located on land in Simpson Co where George, his wife, Flora Byrd, and Charity Millsaps Barlow, wife of  brother, Henry are buried, so I think there is a possibility that Lydia, Henry and Nathaniel are also buried there in unmarked graves.
Research on the family from 1850 forward has been proven through census records, family contacts, and years of research. Many of those families are outlined here, and also of the allied families. Of course, there are others still not found, the search never ends.
Recently, (July 2010) there have been several persons who submitted that John was in Fredericksburg Virginia and that he had been married previous to Lydia.  I have queried several of those people, but none can tell me where the original information comes from, and no documentation has been shown.
Known children of John and Lydia are:    (Click on links to see more of each family line)
MISSOURI BARLOW was born between 1790 - 1800

WILLIAM BRYANT BARLOW was born c1791 in North Carolina, and died after 1850 and before 1860 in Jones Co Mississippi

HENRY 'BUCK' BARLOW was born c1794 in North Carolina, and died April 19, 1866 in Barlow, Copiah Co Mississippi

JOHN BARLOW, JR. was born September 15, 1804, and died June 22, 1840 in Barlow, Copiah Co Mississippi

NATHANIEL GREEN BARLOW was born July 06, 1813 in Mississippi, and died c1880 in Mississippi

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARLOW was born July 06, 1813 in Mississippi, and died November 06, 1874 in Simpson Co Mississippi

SARAH BARLOW was born between 1802 and 1805, and died after 1870.  She has not been proven as a daughter of John and Lydia, but circumstantial evidence does make it appear to be very plausible.
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