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Special Collections: Guide to the Barrows Family Papers

Collection title: Barrows Family Papers
Collection number: MS 1102
Dates of collection: 1808-1940
Size of collection: 1 box
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


William Barrows, a Revolutionary War soldier from Carver, Mass., founded the Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine in 1803. His son, John Stuart Barrows, a native of Hebron, came to Fryeburg, Maine in 1810 and established a law partnership there with Col. Samuel A. Bradley. John Barrows married Anna Ayer Bradley in 1820. Their son, George Bradley Barrows, born in Fryeburg in 1822, graduated from Fryeburg Academy and Dartmouth College in the class of 1842 . He read law with his father but did not practice. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1859 and 1862 and the Maine Senate in 1863-1864, serving as president in 1864. He married Georgianna Souther, the daughter of Samuel and Mary Webster Souther. George B. Barrows died in 1904

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and other documents of several generations of the Barrows family of Fryeburg, Maine. Featured most prominently in the collection are letters, receipts, and essays of John Stuart Barrows from 1816 to 1848 and letters of George B. Barrows, 1833-1898. Also includes material of Jesse Barrows, 1808-1811, about his attendance at Hebron Academy and his qualifications to teach school; a letter from Dr. Reuel Barrows, a physician in Fryeburg, about the death of George Barrows in 1819; letters and essays of Anna Ayer Bradley; and letters written by and to Georgianna Barrows, 1850-1912. Also includes letters, 1929 and 1934, to Anna Barrows, an author and staff member at Teachers College, Columbia University. A few letters to other family members as well as a photograph of the Barrows house in Plymouth, Mass., are found in the collection

Contents of Box

Box 1 of 1


1 Jesse Barrows material, 1808-1811
2 Reuel Barrows letter of 1819 about death of George Barrows
3-4 Letters to John S. Barrows, 1816-1840s
5 John S. Barrows: receipts, etc., 1816-1839
6 Letters from and writings of John S. Barrows, 1836-1842, undated
7 Marriage prayer of Ann A. Bradley and John S. Barrows, 1820
8 Letters from Anna Ayer Bradley
9 Letters to George B. Barrows, 1840-1898
10 Letters written by George B. Barrows, 1833, 1859(?), 1860, undated
11 Letters to George B. Barrows from Georgianna Barrows, 1856-1867, undated
12 E.P. Weston's recommendation of George Barrows, Feb. 1869
13 Letters of George Barrows to Georgianna Barrows, 1855-1867, undated
14 Letters to Georgianna Barrows, 1850, 1851, 1865, 1889, 1912
15 Letter of Georgianna Barrows to her grandmother, 1860
16 Letters of Barrows & Bradley to J.M. Souther
17 Miscellaneous material of William Barrows, Jr., undated
18 Letter to Mary Barrows, 1926
19 Letters to Anna Barrows, 1929, 1934
20 Letters of John Stuart Barrows, 1940
21 Photograph of Barrows house, Plymouth, Mass.
22 Financial notes of Samuel Bradley, 1822, 1826
23 Comic account of Andrew Jones, undated
24 Miscellaneous documents

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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