Mr del Cano,
I have seen your name on a number of queries and it seems you are quite kowledgeable. I was hoping you could help me or at least tell me that I'm on the wrong track.
I am a descendent of a Robert Furlow, b circa 1790 in VA. his wife was named Catherine, b. c. 1800 in Va. I can document his decendants to me through census and birth certificates.
Robert was in Hampshire County, VA (which is now WV) for the 1820 census. He was there until the 1850 census. I have been given his date of death as around 1857 in allegany Co. Md, where his son Samuel lived.
Anyway, I have seen transcriptions of early tax records for Hampshire county that show that a Robert Fulow there by 1813 and 1814. However, in 1812-1814 there were also a John and a William Fulow or Farlow (It was spelled differently depending on the year.)
I have found John Farlow on the Hampshire County 1810 Census, indexed as Harlow. He does have a male in the house who is in the same age range as my Robert. But, I cannot find him anywhere in Va in 1800, I guess because the records were lost.
In 1790, I found a John, william and Benjamin Farlow in Worchester County. Benjamin seems to be the only one that stays there.
I am wondering if my Robert could be a son of either John or William and if they are connected to the Worchester County family. I briefly looked on your website, but didn't find anything that really supported my thoughts.
just to let you know. My father had always thought that the Furlows headed to the mountains as soon as the emigrated to Baltimore because the Union army was conscripting soldiers right off the boats. I know thatthis story can't be true, but had thought maybe there was some truth in it that had been lost in the telling and retelling.
Another Furlow line in Allegany Co, whom I have not yet connected to mine, also has a family legend that the Hampshire county family had around seven bros who were orginally all named Farlow. To make it less confusing, some changed the spelling of their name to Furlow. I put this in the same category as the "off-the-boat" story. Maybe there are some real facts mixed in with the fiction.
Anyway, I'd appreciate any input you could give.
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