Attached is an email I sent to my relatives. Hope to have more Darrow ancestors join our discussion.
Short History of Our family
Good Afternoon from Hong Kong. I am writing you to share a little of our Darrow Family History. For those of you who do not know me, I am Greg Darrow. In the last few weeks, I have been helping my son Nicholas Darrow with a school project about his family history. After sharing, My Father, Bill Darrow, suggested that I start and email tree to share the history of each person in our line. If you would not like to participate in this email tree, please just send me a note and I will take you off of the distribution list. On this list are most of our Darrow Family line but I have also taken the liberty to include Ms. Linda Reuter, by far, the most informed expert of Darrow Family History in the US. My plan is to just go down the line with each ancestor and share what I have learned about them. I will start with Sergeant George Darrow who arrived in the US about 1675 and go from there. If you have some knowledge that will fill in some of the gaps I have, I would be very interested in this information. Below you will find my sons report to his class. I include it so that you can see why this history is so interesting and it is important that we share this with our children. Sincerely,
Senior Director of Sales
Pan Am International Flight Academy
3401 Quebec Street, Suite 6900
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My Family by Nicholas Darrow
There are a lot of interesting people and stories in my family. As I look back over my family history, I find many people from many different places and so many stories that it would be impossible to tell them all today, but I will tell you about some of my favorite stories.
The Darrow Family came to the United States in about 1675. My Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather was Sergeant George Darrow, he was from Scotland. The Darrow family was a part of a Scottish clan. Legend has it that the name Darrow was originaly Dar Oak. It was giving to one of my ancestors who lost his sword in a battle and grabbed a small oak tree to continue fighting. Sergeant George Darrow was forced into the British navy and deserted the ship in Cuba a few years later. He stowed away on the first sailing ship bound for America. After three days he was caught but was allowed to keep working on the ship and landed in New London Connecticut in 1675. The Darrow Family is listed in the book of America’s first families. My family consists of many other interesting people like Colonel Christopher Darrow, who fought in the Revolutionary War and was with George Washington at Valley Forge and Clearance Darrow a famous Lawyer.
Some other interesting facts about my family, I am related to Davey Crocket thru my Grandma Dorothy’s side of the family. My Mom’s Parents were from England and my Mom was born there. We have a lot of pilot’s in my family starting with My Great Grand Father Ken, who flew in World War 2, My Grandfather Bill who flew fighter airplanes in Vietnam, My Great Uncle Bob Darrow who flew F15s, My Dad, who is a pilot for American Airlines, My cousin Brian Darrow who fly’s Ambulance airplanes in Hawaii and my Uncle Chris who was a Pilot in the Marines and fly’s for United Airlines. Even my Grandpa Frank built airliners for Boeing.
My Darrow Family
1. Sgt. George Darrow, Born 7/18/1639, Married Mary Sherwood - Scotsman living in England who was forced in to the British Navy. After a few years, he deserted and stowed away on a ship to the US. After 3 days he was caught but allowed to work his way to New London Connecticut where he landed in 1675.
2. Nicholas Darrow, Born 12/1/1678, Married Elizabeth Packer – First Darrow of our Family to be born in the United States. The same name as me!
3. Nathaniel Darrow, Born 1696, Married Rachel Willey – Moved to New York from Connecticut. He was a preacher.
4. George Darrow, Born 9/?/1747, Married June Eunice Meacham – One of the Founders of the Shaker Religious group in New York
5. George Darrow, Born 10/9/1778, Married Olive Gaylord – Ohio Frontiersman, Fought the Indians and Commanded “Darrow’s Odd Battalion” in the war of 1812,
6. George Darrow, Born 1820, Married Harriet Williams – Moved to Iowa and enlisted in the Union Army, with 4 of his sons, during the Civil War. Died in Tennessee after the battle of Shiloh
7. Dr. Franklin Darrow, Married Mary Ann Carpenter – The only son left behind during the Civil War. After his Father died in the war, he was raised by his brother, Dr. William Darrow, a Sergon on General Shermans Staff and there is a record that he may have been one of the Doctors who attended President Lincoln when he was shot. Both Doctors practiced medicine in the town of Columbus Junction Iowa for many years
8. Franklin Gaylord Darrow, Born ?, Married Harriet Farmer – Enlisted in the Army in World War. White training at Fort Dodge Iowa he died due to the 1918 Flu Epidemic. His father, Dr. Darrow, was rushing to save his son but didn’t make it in time.
9. Kenneth Darrow, Born 8/21/1917, Married Selma Salisbury – Flew Airplanes in World War Two and moved to Hawaii where he was the first person to bring carpet to the Islands.
10. William Darrow, Born 8/15/1938, Married Sharon McKool – Flew Fighter Airplanes in the Vietnam War and was a pilot for Continental Airlines. Still lives in Hawaii
11. Gregory Darrow, Born 12/23/62, Married Nicola Burnett – Pilot for American Airlines. Met my Mom when she was about 4 and he was about 6
12. Nicholas Darrow, Born 1/23/2000, My Sister is Holly Darrow
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