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Robert Ruffin "R.R." Barrow
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Birth: 1798
Trenton
Jones County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1875
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA


Robert Ruffin "R.R." BARROW
Surname: Barrow
Given Name: Robert Ruffin "R.R."
Sex: M
Birth: 1798 in Halifax COunty, North Carolina Formed 1758 From Edgecombe
Death: 28 Jul 1875 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Note:
Biographical Note
Robert Ruffin Barrow (1798-1875) was one of the wealthiest sugar planters and canal and steamboat owners in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, on the eve of the Civil War. An estimate of the value of his property in 1858 was in excess of $2 million.Book References for Barrows in Louisiana

Six men from New Orleans planned this project to build the submarine H.L. Hunleyin 1861: Baxter Watson, James McClintock, Horace Lawson Hunley, John K. Scott, Robert Ruffin Barrow and Henry J. Leovy. Confederate submarine of that name (CSS H. L. Hunley) and Horace Lawson Hunley, the brother of Volumnia Hunley Barrow, wife of Robert Ruffin Barrow. Horace (Horatius) Lawson Hunley built three submarines, finally succeeding in using one as a vessel of war in the War Between the States.

1) The Barrow Family and the Barataria and Lafourche Canal. Doesn't paint a glowing picture of Robert ruffin Barrow, but has some good information. 2)The Barrows of Louisiana, by William Barrow Floyd.

Sept. 2, 1854 John Bradford Pittman and Robert Ruffin Barrow jointly Purchased at public auction 1. tract of land 5x40 arpents know as Hillerman land for $500.00
2. tract of land 5x40 arpents below the Hillerman land for $505.00
3. tract of land 5x40 arpents below the Hillerman land for $560.00
4. tract of land 5x40 arpents below the Hillerman land for $375.00
Appears terms of sale are notes at 8% for one year

April 4, 1856 Robert Ruffin Barrow transfers his undivided half to John Bradford Pittman all property associated with Oak Grove Plantation in LaFourche Parish, Louisana. This includes Lots or sections 48, 87.38 acres, Lot 49, 126.50 acres, and lots 15 and 18. Also includes buildings, implements and a list of 106 slaves. Value of total sale was $75,000.00. Family history says Barrow was being divoced and had to raise money.

June 7, 1861, John Bradford Pittman and Robert Ruffin Barrow jointly Purchased Oak Alley Plantation near the Missisippi River about 50 miles from Thibodoux, Louisana in Parish of Lafourche, on the right bank of the bayou of Lafourche from John McDonald and his wife, Winny Ary. Price was $130.00 cash in hand. Sale included crops of corn, potatoes and onions now planted, one oxen, three cows and calfs and about 27 hogs and pigs. Deed number 2737. They bought numerous tracts of land together.

Notes for ROBERT RUFFIN BARROW: Barrow (usually referred to as R. R. rather than Robert) owned six Terrebonne Parish plantations: Residence, Caillou Grove, Honduras, Myrtle Grove, Crescent Farm, and Point Farm. RR Barrow co-owned with John Bradford Pittman, the Oak Grove Plantation in Lafourche Parish; In addition, he owned the Locust Grove Plantation in Assumption Parish; the Donaldsonville Plantation in Ascension Parish; and several plantations in Texas. Barrow also operated the Barataria and Lafourche Canal Company Number 2.
In 1850 Barrow married Volumnia Washington Hunley, and they had two children, Volumnia Roberta (b. 1854) and Robert Ruffin, Jr. (b. 1858).
At 62, Barrow did support the confederacy by contributing money to finance the building of the sub the Pioneer, the ill-fated ship of his brother-in-law, Horace Hunley.

In the summer of 1875, be became ill with cholera. "I was last Tuesday night taken with a very severe attack of cholera morbus," he stated in a letter dictated to John Bradford Pittman, his manage and Partnerr. "It has completely prostrated me. I am unable to walk across the room, or get to the chamber without help, and I am getting worse," he wrote on July 1. He talked of visiting a friend next week if his health improved, but before signing off, he added, "I learned you was here the other day and did not call to see me, it looks strange. I can dictate no further now. I do my best to live."

A New Orleans paper recorded his death: "Mr. R. R. Barrow, who died on Tuesday, was a native of North Carolina of a very numerous family, who settled in this state many years ago and became large and wealthy planters. Before the war, R. R. Barrow was one of the largest land and slaveholders in the state...He was an original, full of peculiar ideas and indomitable energy and activity in the pursuit of them, and especially zealous in the very new and profitless task of trying to reform the party politics and platforms of the country and to direct the tone of the press thereon." The brief notice invited friends to the funeral service at his Magazine Street residence at 4PM on July 28.

More About ROBERT RUFFIN BARROW: Burial: Girod Street Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisana

Marriage Notes for ROBERT BARROW and VOLUMNIA HUNLEY: The Reverend Edmund Neville, of Christ Church Cathedral on Canal Street at the corner of Dauphine, performed the Episcopal ceremony. Robert was 52 years old, Volumnia was 25. John Burnside, who owned Valcour Aime plantation, was best man, Hallette Hatch, the mail of honor, was accompanied by Horace L. Hunley, the bride's brother. James B. Conner, stepfather of the bride and a wealthy cotton and sugar factor, gave a reception for Robert and Volumnia at his home in the French Quarter on Ursulines Street, between Chartres and Royal streets

Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION #2407-z ROBERT RUFFIN BARROW PAPERS http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/b/Barrow,Robert_Ruffin http://www.lexis-nexis.com/academic/guides/southern_hist/plantations/planti4.htm Biographical Note

Robert Ruffin Barrow (b. 1798) was a sugar planter and canal operator in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. He was the oldest son of Bartholomew Barrow (d. 1852), a merchant at Fishing Creek, Halifax County, North Carolina, and Ascension Slatter Barrow. Bartholomew moved his family to West Feliciana Parish in 1820, where he settled on his estate, Afton Villa. Robert Barrow had two brothers, David Bennett and William Bennett Barrow, both of whom became planters. William lived with Robert until his death in 1842.
Barrow (usually referred to as R. R. rather than Robert) owned six Terrebonne Parish plantations: Residence, Caillou Grove, Honduras, Myrtle Grove, Crescent Farm, and Point Farm. In addition, he owned the Oak Grove Plantation in Lafourche Parish; the Locust Grove Plantation in Assumption Parish; the Donaldsonville Plantation in Ascension Parish; and several plantations in Texas. Barrow also operated the Barataria and Lafourche Canal Company Number 2.
In 1850 Barrow married Volumnia Washington Hunley, and they had two children, Volumnia Roberta (b. 1854) and Robert Ruffin, Jr. (b. 1858).
[From Thomas Becnel's The Barrow Family and the Barataria and Lafourche Canal: The Transportation Revolution in Louisiana, 1829-1925 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1989).]

Louisiana (Pictures)Paintings at the Louisiana State Museum ... Robert Ruffin Barrow c. 1909-13 Loan of Louisiana Sugar Planters Association.

Barrows
Unknown Family Member Owner
Afton Villa - St. Francisville
Bennett H Barrow (1811 - 1854)
Highland Plantation - West Feliciana Parish
William Ruffin Barrow
Greenwood Plantation - West Feliciana Parish
Martha Barrow
Rosedown Plantation - West Feliciana Parish
Robert Ruffin Barrow (1798 - )
Caillou Grove Plantation - Terrebonne Parish
Crescent Farm Plantation - Terrebonne Parish
Donaldsonville Plantation - Ascension Parish
Honduras Plantation - Terrebonne Parish
Locust Grove Plantation - Assumption Parish
Myrtle Grove Plantation - Terrebonne Parish
Oak Grove Plantation - Lafourche Parish
Point Farm Plantation - Terrebonne Parish
Residence Plantation - Terrebonne Parish

Greenwood Plantation The orginal Greenwood plantation was built in 1830 by William Ruffin Barrow. The home was built of lath and plaster except for the columns which are made of bricks. It was at that time a 12,000 acre sugar plantation. The Barrow family was very wealthy and built lots of large plantation homes over the years. It changed hands over the years and was used as a hospital during the Civil War but most of the out building were destroyed. In 1960 the home was struck by ligthning and burned to the ground except for the brick columns. It was purchased along with 300 acres in 1968 by Walton Barnes and his son Richard. They began a lengthly process of reconstructing it to its former glory. Greenwood now reflects in the lake again and is open to the public. This home has been used in quite a few movies including "North and South" which was a television mini-series. The home is now lived in by the Barnes family and is a joy to visit. Southern hospitality truly lives here! It is one of my favorite places.

In 1857, Mr. Robert Ruffin Barrow, one of the first vestrymen, donated five lots of ground on Barrow Street, the site of the present church building and first rectory. Before the end of the nineteenth century, Mr. Henry C. Minor donated two lots behind those facing Barrow Street. Through the years additional property was acquired within the first block facing Main Street, much of which is now occupied by St. Matthew's Episcopal School. The first St. Matthew's Church was constructed in 1858 at a cost of $7,050 and about one year later the first rectory was built. 243 Barrow Street, P.O. Box 568 Houma, Louisana

1860 Terrebonne Parish, LA census
R. R. Barrow, age 65, male, works as a planter. He owns 10,620.00 in real estate property and 5450.00 in personal property. Living with him:
R. W. Barrow, age 55
R. V., female age 7
R. R. Jr. , male, age 2
They were all born in LA. They were family #426.
Annotation states R. R. Barrow is Robert Ruffin Barrow

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Father: Bartholomew "Barth" BARROW b: 16 Oct 1766 in Halifax COunty, North Carolina Formed 1758 From Edgecombe
Mother: Ascension SLATTER b: ABT 1762 in Halifax COunty, North Carolina Formed 1758 From Edgecombe

Marriage 1 Volumnia Washington HUNLEY b: 1825 in Smith COunty, TN Formed 1799 c: 31 Oct 1852 in Thibodaux, Lafourche Parrish, Louisana
Married: 7 Feb 1850 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Children
Volumnia Roberta BARROW b: 8 Jan 1854 in Lafourche Parish, Louisana
Robert Ruffin BARROW b: 28 Dec 1858 in Lafourche Parish, Louisana
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Volumnia Washington Hunley Barrow (1825 - 1868)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Ruffin Barrow (1858 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Magnolia Cemetery
Houma
Terrebonne Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Bobby and Carol Babin E...
Record added: Apr 26, 2010
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Robert Ruffin R.R. Barrow
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