Vern Paul


The Bridgewater Register

Harlow Family of Virginia

Descendants of Nicholas Harlow

and Jeanetta Bridgwater

The Woods in Nelson County

Photograph by Vern Paul, 2001

Nicholas Harlow was born about 1799 in Virginia, probably in Albemarle County or that part of Amherst County that was set off as Nelson County in 1808. He was a son of ___________ Harlow and _______________. Nicholas married Jeanetta Bridgwater on September 23, 1822, in Nelson County. Jeanetta, who was born between 1799 and 1805, was the daughter of Nathaniel Bridgwater and Martha "Patsy" Clarke. Jeanetta's paternal grandparents were Jonathan Bridgwater, who was born December 25, 1724, and Mary Clark of Henrico Co., Virginia. Mary (Clark) Bridgwater was born October 18, 1729, and died June 19, 1774. She was a daughter of Benjamin Clark. After the Revolutionary War, widowed Jonathan moved with his children to the Rockfish area of what was then Amherst County. He died there April 4, 1805. Jeanetta (Bridgwater) Harlow's maternal grandfather was Nathaniel Clarke who settled near Nellysford, now in Nelson Co., Virginia. There, he commenced building a fine house in 1785 that still stands. [Photo]


Nicholas and Jeanetta were living in Albemarle County in 1830. In the same year, on June 30, 1830, they were party to the sale of 365 acres of land on the south side of the fork mountain, on the branches of the South fork of Tye River in Nelson County. This was part of a larger tract patented in 1796 by Jeanetta's grandfather, Nathaniel Clarke.


After Nicholas and Jeanetta were married, they appear to have remained in Virginia until 1832 or 1833 when they moved to Missouri where their younger children were born.


They are found in Lamine Township, Cooper Co., Missouri, in 1840, living next to Jeanetta's brothers, Samuel and William. On November 10, 1841, the government land office in Fayette, Missouri, issued a patent to Nicholas for 180.12 acres in Cooper County. The land was described as ______ lying in Township 48 North, Range 19 West as memorialized in Pre-emption Certificate No. 19852.


Between 1846 and 1848, they made another move, locating in Hopkins Co., Texas.


Jeanetta died __________ . In 1860, Nicholas remained in Hopkins County and was there in 1860 with his two youngest children, Louisa and Jonathan, at home. In 1870, he was living with his daughter Rebecca Ann [Harlow] Lawson and her family, using the Black Jack Grove post office in Hopkins County.


Nicholas Harlow and Jeanetta Bridgwater had the following known children:


      1. Wilson Nicholas Harlow [December 1823- ]

      2. Mary Bridgewater Harlow [April 17, 1825- ] m. John Sherman Rucker

      3. Martha Jane Harlow [1827- ] m. Andrew Brown Koontz

      4. Almira Ball Harlow [April 19, 1829- ] m. William Washington Barker

      5. Virginia N. Harlow [about 1830- ] m. Joseph P. Grace

      6. Adolphus Ware Harlow [March 19, 1832-April 15, 1914] m. Mary Fanning

      7. Rebecca Ann Harlow [May 10, 1833-June 26, 1914] m. John Lawson

      8. William W. Harlow [1839- ] m. Louise

      9. Louisa Harlow [1842- ]

    10. Jonathan Harlow [1844- ]


Source Records:


Revolutionary War Pension Application, Jonathan Bridgwater

Revolutionary War Pension Application, R1195, Samuel Bridgwater

Revolutionary War Pension Application, William Bridgwater

Tandy Moore and Betsy [Bridgwater] Moore Family Bible, original in Texas in very fragile condition.

Nelson Co., VA, Deed Book 7, p. 74-75

Nelson Co., Virginia, Marriage Records

1830 Census, Albemarle Co., Virginia, p. 256

1840 Census, Lamine Twp., Cooper Co., Missouri

General Land Office, Missouri Land Patents

Cooper Co., Missouri, Probate Court, Estate of Nathaniel Bridgwater, filed 1848.

Cooper Co., Missouri, Probate Court, Estate of Samuel Bridgwater, filed 1863.

1850 Census, 8th Judicial Dist., Hopkins Co., Texas, p. 145A.

1860 Census, Beat 4, Hopkins Co., Texas, p. 101/160.

1870 Census, Hopkins Co., Texas, P. O. Black Jack Grove, p. 4 [142].