Biography of Jacob Barrow
Tipton County, IN Biographies





JACOB BARROW is a native of Madison County, and was born March 6, 1842. He is the son of James and Elizabeth (Denny) Barrow, natives of Kentucky, and of English descent. His father was an early settler in Madison County, and in 1849 removed with his family to Tipton County. He obtained a good home for his family before his death, which occurred in 1853. He had lived a consistent Christian life, as a member of the U. B. Church His wife (aged seventy two) still survives him, and resides with her son Jacob. Our subject was reared on the farm, but was deprived of any education, as he and his elder brother were the main supports of the family. He remained at home until his mother married again, and at the age of fourteen he began working for himself. Without any instructions, he built a wagon, doing all the wood work, blacksmithing and painting, and when completed sold it for $120. He worked at wagon making and farming until 1877, when he removed to Windfall and engaged in blacksmithing. He and brothers invented and patented "The Little Giant Stump Puller," which has since been twice improved. They have also invented and patented an elliptic engine, applicable for all purposes, also a wind engine, and a loeltless governor for an engine, steam boiler and filtering heater. Mr. Barrow enlisted in the United States service in September, 1864, in the Fourth Indiana Light Artillery. He engaged in battle at Nashville, Tenn., and was honorably discharged in the fall of 1865. He is a Democrat, and has served as Justice of the Peace of Wild Cat Township. He was married, October 3, 1861, to Miss Rebecca A. Pumphrey, of Howard County; she was the daughter of Jackson Pumphrey. Mrs. Barrow died August 6, 1880, leaving four children - Dora, Zana A., Amanda J. and Lora Lee. About 1874, he was ordained as minister of the Gospel, and for years was a Baptist pastor. Ill health caused him to discontinue the ministry.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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