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Barrows Family Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 1102

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1808-1940


Access Restrictions

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

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.


1 box (24 folders)

Language of Materials



Correspondence and other documents of several generations of the Barrows family of Fryeburg, Maine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from DeWolfe & Wood, Alfred, Me. in June 2002.

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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States