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Location: Spottsylvania Virginia

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Martha H. Barlow

MRS. MARTHA H. BARLOW, wife of the foregoing, was born September 2, 1822, at the historic site of Spottsylvania, Virginia. In 1836, she accompanied her father, Elijah Portlaw, to Tennessee, and in 1840 was married to Doctor William E. Allen, of Palmyra, Missouri. In 1850 she crossed the plains with her husband bringing a family of two children, and endured great toils and dangers on account of the prevalence of cholera, and the necessary pre-occupation of her husband in administering to the sock. Except for this she would have much enjoyed the trip. With her husband she made the first home at Oregon City, where the Doctor died in March, 1851. The two children born of their union were Marion W. and Martha W. In 1852 she was married to Mr. William Barlow, and during more than thirty years has made for him a beautiful home, and furnished the conditions for his success in life. They have two children, Mary S. and Cassius...

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