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Jane Barlow (unknown)

Also Known As: "Besse"
Birthplace: England
Death: before August 22, 1693
Sandwich, Barnstable , Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown unknown and unknown unknown
Wife of Anthony Besse; Anthony Besse and George (the Tyrant) Barlow
Mother of Anne Hallett; Dorcas Presbury; Nehemiah Besse; Mary Allen; Rebecca Hunter and 6 others

Managed by: Nancy Ann Sands
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About Jane Barlow

From: Find A Grave Memorial# 36855206

Anthony Bessey married by about 1639 Jane _____. She married (2) before 10 January or February 1661/2 George Barlow, and died 22 August 1693 (assuming that the date of the inventory was correctly 24 August). They had 8 children: Dorcas, Ann Hallett, Nehemiah, Mary, Jane, David, Elizabeth Botfish, & Rebecca Hunter (posthumous).

On 10 January or February 1661/2, Anna Bessey, Dorcas Bessey and Mary Bessey posted bond, promising "to appear at the Court to be holden at Plymouth the first Tuesday in March next, to answer for her unnatural and cruel carriages towards George Barlow, [their] father-in-law." On 4 March 1661/2, "Anna Bessey, for her cruel and unnatural practices towards her father-in-law, George Barlow, in chopping of him in the back, notwithstanding the odiousness of her fact, the Court, considering of some circumstances, viz:, her ingenious confession, together with her present condition, being with child, and some other particulars, have sentenced her to pay a fine of ten pounds, or to be publicly whipped at some other convenient time when her condition will admit thereof"; "Dorcas Bessey and Mary Bessey, for carriages of like nature towards their father-in-law, though not in so high a degreee, were both sentenced to sit in the stocks during the pleasure of the Court, which accordingly was performed"; "the younger, viz:, Mary Bessey, was sharply reproved by the Court, as being by her disobedience the occasioner of the evil abovementioned"; "G[e]org[e] Barlow and his wife were both severly reproved for their most ungodly living in contention with the other, and admonished to live otherwise."

8 Children of Anthony Bessey

  1. Dorcas b: EST 1639. Married John Preston
  2. Ann b: EST 1641. Married Andrew Hallett
  3. Nehemiah b: ABT 1643. Married Mary Ransom
  4. Mary b: EST 1645. Married Francis Allen under the name Mary Barlow.
  5. Jane b: EST 1647.
  6. David b: 23 MAY 1649 in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony. Did not marry - killed in King Philip's War.
  7. Elizabeth b: EST 1654 in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony. Married Joseph Bodfish.
  8. Rebecca b: summer 1657 posthumously. Married William Hunter.

2 children of George Barlow

  1. John was born around 1669 at Sandwich.
  2. Nathan Barlow was born in 1671 at Sandwich [18].

George Barlow married second Mrs. Jane Besse sometime before March 04, 1661/2, as shown by a Plymouth Colony Court record of that date. Jane, whose maiden surname is not known, was the widow of Anthony Besse, one of the first settlers of Sandwich. Anthony Besse was born in 1609, came to New England on the James in 1635, married Jane about 1638-40 at Sandwich, and died in 1657 at Sandwich at the age of forty-eight. Jane's age is not known from the records, but since her first child was born about 1639 and her last in 1671 she would probably have been born around 1620-25, and thus would have been around 32-35 at the time of Anthony's death.

Anthony and Jane Besse had eight children: Dorcas Besse, born about 1639 and probably married to John Presbury/ Preston; Anna Besse, born about 1641 and married to Andrew Hallett, Jr.; Nehemiah Besse, born about 1643 and married to Mary Ransom; Mary Besse, born about 1645 and married to Francis Allen in 1662 (the record of their marriage gives her as Mary Barlow); David Besse, born on May 23, 1649, did not marry and was killed on March 26, 1676, at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in King Philips War; Jane Besse; Elizabeth Besse, born about 1656 and married to Joseph Bodfish; and Rebecca Besse, born in 1657 after her father's death and married to William Hunter.

Upon his marriage to Jane Besse, it is believed that George Barlow initially moved into the Besse house in the Spring Hill section of Sandwich. In 1664, when Jane's oldest son Nehemiah Besse became twenty-one and was able to take possession of the lands left to him by his father, George and Jane Barlow moved to Pocasset, Massachusetts, where the region called Barlow's Landing is still associated with the family.

The Barlows were apparently a turbulent household. According to a Plymouth Colony Court record of March 4, 1661/2, Dorcas, Ann and Mary Besse were before the Court for "crewell and unnatural practice toward their father-in-law George Barlow." Records of 1662 show that a cow named Daisy, which had been taken by George Barlow, was ordered to be returned to daughter Jane Besse under the guidance of the overseers of Anthony Besse's estate.

In his will, which was dated August 4, 1684, and proved on October 31, 1684, he gave only five shillings each to Aaron and Moses, adding "that is all I give them." Apparently there were bad feelings between George and his first children.

To his wife Jane and their sons John and Nathan he gave his land which amounted to about eight acres, his house, his farm stock and equipment, and his "household stuffe." John and Nathan were named executors and the will was witnessed by Thomas Tupper


  • http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=branagak&id=I15449
    • Clarence Almon Torrey. "Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700." published on CD-ROM by NEHGS in 2002. BESSE, Anthony1 (1609±-1657) & Jane _____ (-1693), m/2 George BARLOW bef 4 Mar 1661/2; ca 1640?, ca 1638; Lynn/Sandwich {Randall Anc. 306, 308; Barnstable Fam. 69; Essex Ant. 9:88; Sv. 1:172; Reg. 5:385; MD 14:172, 19:44; TAG 26:193}
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Jane Barlow's Timeline

Age 10
Yarmouth, Barnstable , Massachusetts
Age 17
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Age 21
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Age 22
Sandwich, Barnstable County, MA, USA
Age 25
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age 25
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
May 23, 1649
Age 29
Age 36
of Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
September 26, 1657
Age 37
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA