The Barlow Loyalists of New Brunswick

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Joanna Barlow was born on August 22, 1751, at Sandwich, Massachusetts [Vital Records], and was baptized on September 15, 1776, at Amenia, Dutchess County, New York [Church Records]. She was a daughter of Nathan and Joanna (Swift) Barlow and was a descendent of George Barlow of Sandwich (Joanna5, Nathan4, Peleg3, Nathan2, George1. She died on January 11, 1832, at Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Joanna Barlow married Thomas Ganong on August 6, 1769, at Amenia [International Genealogy Index]. He was born in 1744 near Lake Mahopac, Dutchess County (now Putnam County since 1812), New York, and was a son of Isaac Ganong. He died in June 1810 at Kingston, New Brunswick. Joanna moved with her husband to Midland, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, as a Loyalist and they were granted land at Kingston [The Loyalists of New Brunswick by Esther C. Wright]. Their children were: Mary Ganong; John Ganong; Isaac Ganong; James Ganong, born March 21, 1781; and Thomas Carleton Ganong, born March 8, 1785.

Henry Barlow was born around 1694, probably in England. He was a ship's captain. He died on December 18, 1739, at age 45, at Boston, Massachusetts, and was buried there in the Granary Burying Ground.

Captain Henry Barlow's arrival in New England is not recorded. It was, however, before 1730 when his daughter was born at Boston. He was married but only her first name, Rachel, is known.
Their children were:

  1. Rachel Barlow was born on February 4, 1730, at Boston [International Genealogy Index]. It is believed that she moved to New Brunswick, Canada, as a Loyalist and that she died there unmarried on September 12, 1812, at age 82, at Fredericton [New Brunswick Royal Gazette September 17, 1812]. In her newspaper death notice she was named as an aunt to Mrs. Emerson.
  2. Rebecca Barlow was baptized in 1733, probably at Boston. She married Thomas Brown of Boston on December 29, 1762, at Boston [International Genealogy Index].
  3. He was born in 1720 and was a son of Thomas Brown (died in 1776) of Lynn, Massachusetts. He died in 1792. He was a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War and it is believed that he served in DeLancey's Brigade. He and his family subsequently moved to St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada. Their son, Henry Barlow Brown, was born on July 12, 1764, at Boston; resided and practiced law at St. Andrews; and died on February 9, 1858, at age 93 years 7 months at Woodstock, Vermont [St. Andrews Standard February 24, 1858]. He was a schoolmaster in Charlotte County, a barrister and a registrar of wills and deeds for Charlotte County. Henry Barlow Brown married Rebecca Appleton, who was born in 1766, was a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Wentworth) Appleton, and died in 1853.

  4. Henry Barlow was born on January 29, 1737, at Boston [International Genealogy Index]. Nothing further is known about him, although he, also, may have moved to Canada as a Loyalist.

Ezekiel Barlow was a Loyalist from Pennsylvania who settled at Parrtown (Saint John), New Brunswick, Canada, following the Revolutionary War. He was a shipwright and a blacksmith. He was evacuated from New York City on the William which arrived at Navy Island, New Brunswick, on May 18, 1783. He was first granted 200 acres of land on the Kennebecasis River, Kings County, New Brunswick, on July 6, 1784, and was later a resident at Saint John [The Loyalists of New Brunswick by Esther C. Wright]. He eventually established himself in the West Indies trade and became a prominent liquor merchant at Saint John.

Ezekiel Barlow became the purchaser of the lot on the corner of King Street and Market Square, which was later occupied by the Western Union Telegraph Company. The locality was called "Barlow's Corners." The purchase price was 2000 and it was stipulated that it be paid in cash with Mexican dollars so Ezekiel brought the money to the attorney's office in a wheelbarrow. Ezekiel was a grocer, a tea merchant, a ship owner and one of the first directors of the first social club organized at Saint John.

The Albion, which was a ship of 96 tons was built at Granville, Nova Scotia, was owned by Ezekiel Barlow and his sons Thomas and Ezekiel, and was registered on January 7, 1824. The Barlows were perhaps the largest merchants and ship owners of Saint John in their time.

The Biographical Review of the Province of New Brunswick gives Ezekiel, Jesse, Joseph and Grace as the children of Ezekiel, but a Thomas is also mentioned as being "in business with his father and brother":

  1. Joseph Barlow was born in 1761 probably in Pennsylvania. He died on May 8, 1809, at age 48 at Saint John, New Brunswick [New Brunswick Royal Gazette May 11, 1809], and was buried there in the Old Burial Ground [New England Historic Genealogy Register]. He was a carpenter and a loyalist, and he and Thomas Barlow, who was probably his brother, were evacuated from New York City on the ship William in 1783, at the end of the Revolutionary War. He and his family of five went to Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Later that year they moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, where in a grant of 1786 he received land on the Long Reach of the Saint John River. They later settled at Portland Parish at Saint John.
  2. Ezekiel Barlow was born about 1766 probably in Pennsylvania. He died on April 7, 1838, at age 72 at Saint John [New Brunswick Courier April 14, 1838].
  3. Jesse Barlow.
  4. Thomas Barlow was probably born in Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter and a loyalist, and he and Joseph Barlow, who was probably his brother, were evacuated from New York City on the ship William in 1783, at the end of the Revolutionary War. He and his family of five went to Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Later that year Thomas Barlow was at Saint John where he received a grant of a city lot.
  5. Grace Barlow married Joseph Shelton who was a Captain in the Royal Navy.


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