Barrow family papers

Barrow family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Barrow, James
Creator: Catching, Benjamin
Creator: Fluker, Baldwin
Creator: Kendrick, Martin
Title: Barrow family papers
Dates: 1785-1821
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (2 folders; housed with minor collections MS 1368 and MS 1369)
Coll. Number: ms1369(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

David Barrow Jr. served as chancellor of the University of Georgia from 1906 to 1925, a position roughly analogous to the modern presidency of that institution. Through background, hard work, and an amiable personality, Barrow became one of Georgia's leading public servants. Barrow's dedication to public service and education was in part an outgrowth of his family's tradition. David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. was born in 1852 in Oglethorpe County, where his father, David C. Barrow Sr., was a leading planter and a trustee of the university. His mother, Sarah Pope Barrow, was the granddaughter of former governor and senator Wilson Lumpkin. She died when Barrow was three. The principal influences on his character were his father, his maternal grandmother, Lucy Lumpkin Pope, and his governess (later his stepmother), Priscilla Flint Sawyer. Barrow's values were also molded by a conversion to Methodism as a young man. Barrow was educated at the University of Georgia, receiving both a B.S. and a degree in engineering in 1874. After trying the law and geological surveying, he became in turn a popular professor of mathematics and engineering, a department head, dean under Chancellor Walter B. Hill, acting chancellor upon Hill's death (1905), and in 1906, chancellor. Building upon Hill's vision and plans (many of which he had helped formulate as dean), Barrow led the university through a period of great growth. Barrow's personal life was also rich and full. He married Frances Ingle Childs of Athens in 1879, and they had four children and ten grandchildren. Barrow's name survives in Barrow County, in an Athens elementary school and an Athens street, and at the University of Georgia in Barrow Hall and the David C. Barrow Chair of Mathematics. Barrow died in 1929. New Georgia Encyclopedia (Retrieved February 25, 2009)

Patience Barrow married Bourke Spalding in 1874.

James Barrow was a colonel in the 64th Georgia Volunteer Infantry and was killed in action.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two letters from David C. Barrow to his sister Patience P. Barrow in Milledgeville, Georgia. Also included are land records from Benjamin Catching, Baldwin Fluker and Martin Kendrick to James Barrow.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Barrow family.
Barrow, David Crenshaw, 1815-1899 -- Correspondence
Barrow, David Crenshaw, 1815-1899 -- Family
Barrow, Patience P. -- Correspondence
Property records.
Real property--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barrow family papers, 1785-1821. MS 1369. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: David Crenshaw Barrow Sr. family papers, 1817-1915 (bulk 1850-1883); Barrow, David Crenshaw - "Notes on the Ten Commandments"; David C. Barrow letter; Barrow family papers addenda; David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. family papers, 1822-1932 (bulk 1873-1900); David Crenshaw Barrow papers (University Archives - President's Papers)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1832-1835
2Land records, 1784-1821