John Barlow

ID # 1045, (1826-)
BirthJohn Barlow was born in 1826 at Whitton, Lincolnshire, England. 
MarriageHe married Ann Newels in June 1852 at Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire, England; The marriage registration for John and Ann has not, to this point, been sought. The information is based on the marriage index. When the search was made for John Barlow there were many to examine, but none fit the bill. An index reference was found for Ann Newels and when volume and page were checked it was found that she had married a John Barley. This is almost certainly John Barlow. The thought comes to mind that this is a transcription error, however it seems not. Notes in this regard appear under John's name. 
NoteSome notes as to the correct name of John Barlow seem to be in order. Certainly, from the time the family was in Canada they used the name Barlow. The evidence is, however, that when Ann Newels married John, his name was Barley. It's tempting to think this a transcription error, but it seems not. Ann was born and raised in Broughton, Lincolnshire. She married John Barley in Glanford Brigg, Lincs., and this is close to Broughton. John Barley, age 25, is with his parents Edward and Hannah in Whitton, Lincs., in the 1851 census. Also in the family are John's siblings, Stephen 19, Mary 11, George 9, Frederick 7, Benjamin 5 and Joseph 4. Whitton is close to Broughton and Glanford Brigg. To this point the argument is rather circumstantial. We have more evidence, however.

The first three children of John and Ann that we have recorded are Elizabeth Ann, born approximately 1852; Mary Jane, born approximately 1855; and Emily, born approximately 1856.

Birth registrations have not been sought and indexes likely reflect the month and year of registration rather than that of birth. Still, we have the following.

Elizabeth Ann Barley has a birth in the index for Glanford Brigg of March of 1853 (Vol. 7A page 605). Mary Jane Barley is indexed in Vol. 7A, page 552, Glanford Brigg, for December of 1854. Emily Barlow is indexed for Sept. 1, 1856, at Spalding, Lincs., in Vol. 7A, page 288. It seems reasonable that these are the children of John and Ann and that their registered names reflect the transition of the family name from Barley to Barlow.

Basically, we take our information for the list of the children of John Barlow and Ann Newels from the 1871 census at Normanby Township in Grey County. The census states that Emily was born in England and Thomas in Ontario, so we may infer that the family came to Canada between 1856 and 1863. Emily and John Edward died of diptheria in 1870. The family has not been found in Normanby Township in the 1861 census, though they may have been elsewhere in Canada at the time. The 1871 census page for Deaths in the Previous Twelve Months shows a middle name for Emily that looks like Polinay. This is not legibly written.

In 1871 there was a Thomas Barlow in Normanby who is of an age that he may be a brother of John's, but no confirming evidence has been found for this.

By 1881, John and Ann were in Galt, but only their children Thomas, William and Sarah were with them.

The 1891 census also shows the Barlows in Galt and only son William, age 24, is with them. There does seem to be an enumerator's error, however, in that John's name is shown as William. There seems no question that we have identified the correct Barlow family in Galt in 1891 so that an error was made seems the only reasonable conclusion.

Ann Newels Barlow died in 1898 in Galt and her death registration describes her as a widow. A death registration for John Barlow has not been found and he does not appear to be buried with Ann in Mountview Cemetery in Galt.

The New York State census for 1892 shows John Barlow, born England and age 64, in the household of his daughter, Mary Jane Curry (or Currie as it is spelled in this census). It may be that John died in Buffalo and is buried there. A death registration has not yet been found.

One further note as to the Barlow/Barley name usage may be added here. It seems that in early forms of the English language as we know it, the derivations were essentially the same. How this might apply to the usage with John Barlow's family is not understood. All we are able to say is that some early records (not all - the 1851 census at Newstead is a case in point) show the family as Barley. Later usage, especially in Canada, is that of Barlow. 

Children of John Barlow and Ann Newels

Last Edited18 Dec 2016