Barrow family papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of personal and business papers of the Barrow family and allied families of southern Louisiana. Included are hadnwritten and typed correspondence, financial documents, legal papers, genealogical records, family photographs, papers relating to enslaved African American workers, plantation books, a partially printed New Orleans dray license, a minute book of the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Association, journals, clippings, and other printed items. Families and individuals represented in the collection included Barrow, Wikoff, Cole, Tennent or Tennant, Hunley, Guyoso, Beuaregard, Watts, Morgan, and Stille. Later era typed transcriptions accompany many of the letters. Some items are in fragile or damaged condition.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Biographical / Historical
William Barrow III of Massachusetts and Louisiana, and his wife Pheraby Hilliard of South Carolina, had several children, including Bartholomew "Batt" Barrow, their fourth son. Batt Barrow's son was Robert Ruffin Barrow (1798-1875). Robert Ruffin Barrow, was a successful sugar planter and influential civic leader in Terrebonne Parish, owning six plantations in that parish. Barrow's plantations included Residence, Myrtle Grove, and Calliou Grove, as well as plantations in Lafourche, Assumption, and Ascension parishes and in Texas. Members of the barrow family lived in southern Louisiana into the twentieth century.
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Language of Materials
Arranged by document type, by individual, and chronologically. Organized into series: Robert R. Barrow family papers, David Barrow papers, Henry A. Lyons papers, Bartholomew Barrow papers, Gross-Barrow papers.
Physical Access Requirements
Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired in 1977 from C. Grenes Cole of Houma, La., with later additions.
Existence and Location of Copies
Selections of the Barrow family papers, 1776-1965, are reproduced in a microfilm publication, Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War.
- African Americans--Southern States--History--To 1863 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Louisiana -- Economic conditions -- 19th century Subject Source: Local sources
- Louisiana -- Genealogy Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Louisiana -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- New Orleans (La) -- History -- 19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Plantation life -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Plantation owners -- Louisiana Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Slave records--Louisiana Subject Source: Local sources
- Slavery -- Louisiana Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sugar plantations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Terrebonne Parish (La) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Samantha Bruner
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