Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey,
edited by Francis Bazley Lee
Robert Barrows, only son of John and Anne Barrow, was born probably in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, and removed with his father to Plymouth Colony, the immigrant evidently not finding the Puritanical atmosphere of Salem to agree with churchmanship.
He married (first) November 28, 1666, Ruth, daughter of George and Sarah (Morton) Bonum, of Plymouth. His homestead in Plymouth contained two or more acres of ground on the northerly side of Mill street, then a common road leading into Plymouth, and afterwards known as the King's Highway, and now Summer street. This estate was conveyed to Robert Barrows, January 30, 1669, by George Bonum, and bounded by:
ye Great street on ye Southerly side of ye town of Plymouth, and by ye street that goeth up from ye grist mill to ye Fort Hill so called with ye dwelling house therein.
The original will of Robert Barrows is on file in the Plymouth probate office. It is dated December 9, 1707, and signed " X the mark of Robert Barrows." It mentions by name his wife Lydia, who was his second wife, to whom he was married probably 1684-85, and two only of his sons: Robert and Thomas. In a codicil he makes no mention of the children by his first wife "because they have already received their poretions of his estate" but names "Elisha and my daughters by my second wife." Lydia, daughter of John Dunham, who was his second wife, is made executrix of the will which was probated December 19, 1707, before Nathaniel Thomas, judge.
The children of Robert and Ruth (Bonum) Barrows were born at the homestead in Plymouth as follows:
1. John, born 1667, who married (first) Sarah Briggs, and (second) in 1714, Bethia King; resided in Plymouth and Plympton; he died in 1720.
2. Eliezer, September 15, 1669, died December, 1669.
3. George, 1670, married three times; died in Plympton, Massachusetts, 1758.
4. Samuel, 1672, married (first) Mercy Coombs; (second) Joanna Smith; died in Middleboro, Massachusetts, December 30, 1755.
5. Mehitable, married, June 20, 1717, Adam Wright, and were first settlers of Plympton.
The children of Robert and Lydia (Dunham) Barrows were:
6. Elisha, March 17, 1686, died 1689.
7. Robert, November 8, 1689, married Bethia Ford, lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and in Mansfield, Connecticut, where he died August 17, 1779.
8. Thankful, December 8, 1692, married, February 11, 1713-14, Isaac King.
9. Elisha, June 16, 1695, married (first) Thankful , and (second) Nellie; died in Rochester, Massachusetts.
10.Thomas, February 14, 1697
11. Lydia, March 19, 1699, married, October 11, 1720, Thomas Branch, of Plymouth, where she lived and died.