William Barrow

8 June 1811–21 February 1885 (Age 73)
Pulaski, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William

When William Barrow was born on 8 June 1811, in Pulaski, Kentucky, United States, his father, William W Barrow Jr, was 49 and his mother, Susanna P Miskell, was 34. He married Martha Fortner on 1 November 1839, in Logan, Shelby, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Todd, Kentucky, United States in 1860. He died on 21 February 1885, in Logan, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Logan, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Barrow
Martha Fortner
Marriage: 1 November 1839
J L Barron
James P W Barrow
Mary Amelia Barrow
John L Barrow
Martha Ellen Barrow
Sarah Susannah Barrow
William I M Barrow
A M Barron
Franklin Leonard Barrow
Samuella Virginia Barrow

Spouse and Children


    Martha Fortner


1 November 1839
Logan, Shelby, Kentucky, United States


    J L Barron


    James P W Barrow


    John L Barrow


    Martha Ellen Barrow



+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+9 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

Age 1

During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bearo, bearu ‘grove’ (dative bear(o)we, bearuwe), for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, and Somerset, or a topographic name with the same meaning. 2. topographic name for someone who lived by an ancient burial mound, Middle English berwe, barwe, or a habitational name from a place named with this word (Old English beorg, dative beorge), of which there is one near Leicester and another in Somerset. 3. habitational name from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, which is named with an unattested Celtic word, barr, here meaning ‘promontory’, + Old Norse ey ‘island’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Barron, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Barrow, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Barrow, "United States Census, 1880"

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