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Harlow 5 Generation Book

Updated: Aug 7, 2022



Five Generations of the Descendants of Sgt. William Harlow (1624/25 - 1691) of Plymouth, Massachusetts

Includes both male and female descendants, 4,178 names, over 600 surnames, 696 pages, completely indexed, women listed with maiden & married names.

Names frequently mentioned include: Barnaby, Bartlet, Churchill, Cushman, Holmes, Mitchell, Sampson, Shurtleff, Sturtevant, Thomas, & Waterman.


Many links to passengers of the MAYFLOWER


Compiled by Harlow Family Association Genealogy Committee Edited by ALICIA CRANE WILLIAMS


All copies of the book are now sold. For more information, please contact Winfield Harlow.





Review in Vermont Genealogy


This book review is reprinted in its entirety by written permission. This review written by John A. Leppman appeared on pages 39-40 in the January 1998 issue of Vermont Genealogy published by the Genealogical Society of Vt .


Harlow Family: Descendants of Sgt. William Harlow (1624/5 - 1691) of Plymouth, Massachusetts, compiled by the Genealogy Committee of the Harlow Family Association, edited by Alicia Crane Williams vi, 686 pp., clothbound Order from The Harlow Family Association, Winfield Harlow, 483 Grange Road, North Smithfield, RI 02896-8169. $45.00 postpaid. Published 1997.

The Harlow Old Fort House in Plymouth, Massachusetts is the site annually of a gathering of the descendants of William Harlow, who had arrived in Plymouth by 1643 and died there on 25 August 1691. It is said that Harlow built the house with timbers from the fort erected in 1620-21 on Fort Hill, now the site of the old burial ground in Plymouth. This is one of those stories which can neither be confirmed nor denied, but both the house and the descendants stand as a memorial to this early Plymouth settler. This comprehensive genealogy of William's descendants down to the sixth generation in all lines will be a solid and recognized reference for the family. Marriages of William's descendants bring into this account many common Plymouth County surnames as well as many names associated with other parts of New England and New York. (Among the latter, a notable example is a clan of Terwilligers descended from a great-granddaughter of William1 Harlow.) By the time we reach the sixth generation - only listed in this work with birth dates in family groups of fifth-generation parents - a total of 4178 descendants of William have been identified. Because of its comprehensive coverage of all lines and careful documentation, this book will be worth checking for anyone with interests in Plymouth County families or their descendants elsewhere in New England. That includes Vermont, of course.


Review in The American Genealogist


This book review is reprinted in its entirety by written permission. This review written by Robert Charles Anderson appeared on page 80 in the January 2000 issue of The American Genealogist.

Harlow Family: Descendants of Sgt. William Harlow [1624/5-1691] of Plymouth. Massachusetts. compiled by The Genealogy Committee of the Harlow Family Association, edited by Alicia Crane Williams (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1997). cloth, vi+686 pp., index, $45.00. Order from The Harlow Family Association, Winfield Harlow, 483 Grange Road, North Smithfield, RI 02896-8169. $45.00 postpaid. Published 1997.

This tightly woven volume traces five generations of descent from the immigrant William1 Harlow, to include the births of the sixth generation. The committee of authors follow all lines of descent, male and female, as completely as possible. and employ the modified Register style of numbering the sketches. The individual sketches provide all the usual genealogical information. along with abstracts of wills and deeds. and information on office holding. (A few additions and corrections were published in the January 1997 issue of The Mayflower Descendant.) Each item in each sketch is footnoted, with two principal varieties of notes. First are the straightforward citations to volume and page of primary sources; throughout the volume there is a strong emphasis on best evidence, although in the later generations of the female lines there is a tendency to include more references to secondary sources. Second are very brief explanatory notes which explain the rationale behind a particular statement. For example. when the sketch of Judith2 (Harlow) (Church) Barnaby tells us that she "died, after 13 April 1728," the footnote ex-plains with "Mentioned in her husband's estate" (pp.22-23). Notes of this sort are especially val-uable, as they leave little ambiguity in the reader's mind as to the reason for any given statement. Beyond its demonstrable value to the Harlow family. this excellent genealogy should be examined by anyone contemplating a similar project.



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