Our Genealogy - Person Sheet
Our Genealogy - Person Sheet
NameJohn Henry Barrow 8, GGGG Grandfather, M
Birthca 1785, Middlesex, England?129
Deathprob Sep 1, 184937
Occupation“Lab” (Labourer) in 1841 census; Corn porter in 1846 on daughter Hannah’s marriage record and 1849 on his death certificate; “Clerk” in 1849 on daughter Frances’ marriage record8
FatherJohn Barrow , M
MotherFrances Unknown , F (ca1759-1844)
Birthca 1795, Bishopsgate Without, Middlesex, England73,27
OccupationNeedlewoman; governess for her grandchildren73,27
Family Media
ChildrenJohn Henry (Parentage Unverified), M (1817-1874)
 Frances Martha , F (1819-1892)
 Hannah (Ann) Elizabeth , F (ca1826-1910)
 Emma , F (ca1835-)
Notes for John Henry Barrow
There is an IGI listing of a John Barrow christened at St. Botolph Bishopsgate, London on Aug 9, 1785, parents John and Sarah, which is perhaps him although this is not at all proven. There are 3 other Barrow potential ‘siblings’ listed in those same parish records: Sarah Lowe (1787), Elizabeth (1790) and Alfred (1795).96

On a totally different track, since Cyril Lodowic Burt said that his grandmother Frances Barrow’s family ‘belonged to Norfolk’, perhaps John was born in Norfolk (although Cyril is a bit infamous for possibly fudging facts). There is an IGI listing of a John Barrow christened in July 1781 in Runham, Norfolk with parents Henry and Mary.90
Regardless of where he’s from, we know his daughter Frances Martha was born in Stepney, Middlesex so he was living there by 1819.

In the 1841 census there is a Barrow family (presumably ours but not proven) living on Green Street, in Mile End Old Town, parish of Stepney, borough of Tower Hamlet, Middlesex.129 (Green St. is now just an alley connecting the north end of Stayner’s Road to Globe Road.) This family grouping consists of parents John and Ann and daughter Frances, all the right ages to be our family. It’s from this census that we extract the names of the other two daughters Ann and Emma, and that this John Barrow was born in Middlesex, although it remains conceivable that this is a different Barrow family with coincidentally the right names and ages for John, Ann and Frances. The wife Ann of this family was a widow by 185173, and it seems her husband John Barrow died of cholera on September 1, 1849 on 5 Abbey Street, Bethnal Green, occupation ‘Corn Porter’.8,37 Thus, he appears to have been one of the thousands of poor working class men eking out a living at the London docks during this socioeconomically arduous era of the Victorian industrial revolution. Many thousands were dying of cholera in London at this time due to abysmal sewage conditions.

As it turns out there was a John Henry Barrow (1817-1874) “son of John Barrow”, the right age to be a son of our John Henry Barrow, who trained in Hackney College, London, and became a Congregational minister first in Shropshire and then in Australia before serving in the House of Assembly there. Initially just a theory, ultimately he was definitively linked to the family with the discovery of his photo in the Burt family album.

There was a Frances Barrow, widow of John Barrow who was a Coal Meter, who died aged 85 in 1844 of old age in Stepney Green.8 This elderly John and Frances Barrow were of the right age and neighbourhood to be Frances Martha Barrow’s grandparents, i.e. John Henry Barrow’s parents (another unproven theory).

Interestingly, in Spitalfields Christ Church on Oct 18, 1807 there was a Frances Martha Barrow married to a John Green, begging the question whether this could be a sister of John Henry Barrow, since John and Ann were to name their daughter Frances Martha.90 The parish of Spitalfields was immediately east of Bishopsgate Without, in Whitechapel, south of Bethnal Green.
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