Barrow family genealogy

Barrow family genealogy

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Barrow family genealogy
Dates: 20th century
Quantity: 0.03 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 671 to MS 686 housed in 1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms684

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)

The Barrow family played an important role in the history of the University of Georgia for nearly a century - their involvement spanning from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century. David Barrow, Sr., served as a trustee of the University, and his son David Barrow, Jr., served on its faculty and as its chancellor from 1906-1932.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of miscellaneous genealogical information concerning the Barrow family.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Barrow family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barrow family genealogy. MS 684. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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