(NOTE- Numbers in parentheses will correspond to the generational I.D. number within the Lineage Charts)
NOTE #1- DAR Records provide the basis for this William Barkelow's existence, although census records and tax lists fail to offer any corroboration. Logically, he should have appeared in the 1800 or 1810 census of Cumberland or Franklin Co.'s,PA. It is also logical to assume he should be a son of Barnet Barkelow(1730-c1800) and therefor a brother of James, Barnet,Jr.,John, and Absalom. The latter brothers named are accounted for in the Aug.1824 will of Barnet Bartlow,Jr.(c1762-1824), which also includes a sister who married Thomas Durborraw, but neither William, his widow, nor his heirs are mentioned, assuming he may have 1) still resided with parents or older siblings in 1800, and 2) married after 1800, but died suddenly before 1810. He would have to have avoided being listed as a head-of-household, or a householder, or even a taxable adult without property. In those days, county assessors began listing all adult males, even those without property, as soon as they reached the age of 21(sooner if they were married or property holders.
NOTE #2- It might be more reasonable, based on tax lists and census data, to connect Mary Ann (Barkelow)Buhoup(1806-1881) to John Barklow(b.c1774), who also died young, but left a widow and children alluded to in Barnet Bartlow's will. James Bartlow(c1760-c1798), was also named, as was his widow, Polly, but Barnet did not bequeath anything to James' orphans, suggesting, if any, they may already be self-sufficient adults. By Barnet's death in 1824, for instance, Absalom Bartlow(1795-1873), assuredly a nephew, has already married(1817) and is living in Guernsey Co.,OH. Mary Ann(Barkelow)Buhoup actually met the condition of being married(in 1824), which may have provided the motive for her assumed Uncle Barnet Bartlow to leave her out of his will. However, it does not explain why a William Barkelow, who has to be born before 1785, probably ten or more years before that, does not appear in local records in either Franklin or Cumberland Counties.
NOTE #3- Another possibility is that William Barkelow may be an older son of James Barkelow/Bartlow(c1760-c1798), and was 1) a minor of between 14-20 years of age in the 1800 census, 2) was residing with his Uncle John, 3) married between 1801-1805,4) his wife giving birth to Mary Ann in 1806, and 5) both William and wife die before the 1810 census, leaving Mary Ann to be raised by relatives. That represents, of course, numerous, though not insurmountable numbers of coincidences to occur. But it still doesn't answer the basic question of how William avoided the tax assessor's lists, however short his life may have been.
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