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Rev William Bradford Barrows Jr.

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Rev William Bradford Barrows Jr.

Birth
New Braintree, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
9 Sep 1891 (aged 75)
Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Add to Map
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Son of William Bradford and Asenath (Osborn) Barrows. Rev. William married first on 7 Jul 1845 at Blandford, Hampden County, Massachusetts to Lucia Amanda Case. He married second on 24 Oct 1849 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Adams Cate.

Special Notes:
1- Rev. William Barrows, Jr. was born in New Braintree (as per NEHGS) - his father was born in Pomfret.

2- NEHGS has him dying in two places - Reading and Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Apparently he died in Bourne and both Bourne and Reading recorded the death -
Bourne said he died of a heart attack - Reading said he died of shock.

3-Cannot figure out why the obit states he died at Cataumet - but obituaries are often incorrect as to facts.

4-Mass. Death Index place of death: Bourne.

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Obituary: Boston Journal – Thursday, September 10, 1891
Rev. William Barrows, D.D. died at Cataumet, Mass. on Wednesday.

Dr. Barrows was born in New Braintree, Worcester County, Sept. 19 1815. He is a descendant in the seventh generation from Pilgrim stock. The original ancestor of the Barrows family in this country, John Barrows, came from Yarmouth, Eng., to Salem in 1637. His son, Robert Barrows, built at Plymouth in 1679, then followed George Barrow, then Samuel Barrow, Noah Barrows, William and William, Jr., the subject of this sketch

A farmer's son, the eighth of ten children, he received the ordinary common school education, interwoven with farm work and rural sports. He fitted for college at Phillips Academy, Andover, and was graduated at Amherst College in 1840. Immediately he became a family tutor on a plantation in Virginia and, in 1841m opened an English and classical school in St. Louis, Mo. In 1843 he commenced theological studies in the Union Seminary New York. In 1845 he was ordained to the Congregational ministry, and installed over the church in Grantville, near Wellesley Hills. Thence her removed in 1856 to become pastor of the Old South Church, Reading. In 1869 he was made Secretary of the Congregational Sunday School Publishing Society, and filled this office until 1874, when he was elected to the Secretary-ship of the home Missionary Society.

When he retired from the latter position in 1880, the society passed a unanimous resolution of endorsement of his services as Secretary. During his term of office the expenses of the society were greatly reduced, the percentage falling from ten to four and a half, while the number of fields nearly doubled. During his last year of office the Massachusetts field produced for national home missions $59,000 more than in 1869.

Since Mr. Barrows closed this work in 1880 he ha devoted himself mainly to the educational and religious wants of the United States frontier, having made in all eleven extensive tours over the border. He was an extensive lecturer on the prehistoric history of America and on the colonial and pioneer history of the United States, and has written much on these subjects for various periodicals. In 1869 he published "Twelve Nights in a Hunter's Camp", in 1875, "The Church and Her Children", in 1882, "Purgatory Doctrinally, Practically and Historically Opened", in 1883 "Oregon, the Struggle for Possession," and in 1887, "The Indians' Side of the Indian Question" and the "United States of Yesterday and of Tomorrow." He was one of the five founders, and for seven years one of the editors, of the Congregational Review.

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Son of William Bradford and Asenath (Osborn) Barrows. Rev. William married first on 7 Jul 1845 at Blandford, Hampden County, Massachusetts to Lucia Amanda Case. He married second on 24 Oct 1849 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Adams Cate.

Special Notes:
1- Rev. William Barrows, Jr. was born in New Braintree (as per NEHGS) - his father was born in Pomfret.

2- NEHGS has him dying in two places - Reading and Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Apparently he died in Bourne and both Bourne and Reading recorded the death -
Bourne said he died of a heart attack - Reading said he died of shock.

3-Cannot figure out why the obit states he died at Cataumet - but obituaries are often incorrect as to facts.

4-Mass. Death Index place of death: Bourne.

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Obituary: Boston Journal – Thursday, September 10, 1891
Rev. William Barrows, D.D. died at Cataumet, Mass. on Wednesday.

Dr. Barrows was born in New Braintree, Worcester County, Sept. 19 1815. He is a descendant in the seventh generation from Pilgrim stock. The original ancestor of the Barrows family in this country, John Barrows, came from Yarmouth, Eng., to Salem in 1637. His son, Robert Barrows, built at Plymouth in 1679, then followed George Barrow, then Samuel Barrow, Noah Barrows, William and William, Jr., the subject of this sketch

A farmer's son, the eighth of ten children, he received the ordinary common school education, interwoven with farm work and rural sports. He fitted for college at Phillips Academy, Andover, and was graduated at Amherst College in 1840. Immediately he became a family tutor on a plantation in Virginia and, in 1841m opened an English and classical school in St. Louis, Mo. In 1843 he commenced theological studies in the Union Seminary New York. In 1845 he was ordained to the Congregational ministry, and installed over the church in Grantville, near Wellesley Hills. Thence her removed in 1856 to become pastor of the Old South Church, Reading. In 1869 he was made Secretary of the Congregational Sunday School Publishing Society, and filled this office until 1874, when he was elected to the Secretary-ship of the home Missionary Society.

When he retired from the latter position in 1880, the society passed a unanimous resolution of endorsement of his services as Secretary. During his term of office the expenses of the society were greatly reduced, the percentage falling from ten to four and a half, while the number of fields nearly doubled. During his last year of office the Massachusetts field produced for national home missions $59,000 more than in 1869.

Since Mr. Barrows closed this work in 1880 he ha devoted himself mainly to the educational and religious wants of the United States frontier, having made in all eleven extensive tours over the border. He was an extensive lecturer on the prehistoric history of America and on the colonial and pioneer history of the United States, and has written much on these subjects for various periodicals. In 1869 he published "Twelve Nights in a Hunter's Camp", in 1875, "The Church and Her Children", in 1882, "Purgatory Doctrinally, Practically and Historically Opened", in 1883 "Oregon, the Struggle for Possession," and in 1887, "The Indians' Side of the Indian Question" and the "United States of Yesterday and of Tomorrow." He was one of the five founders, and for seven years one of the editors, of the Congregational Review.

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