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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HARVEY BARLOW, wholesale grain dealer of Pottstown, was born in Linfield, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1857. He is the son of Joel and Mary (Christman) Barlow.

Joel Barlow (father) was also born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. In early life he was a carpenter but spent his later years on his farm, where he died. He married Mary Christman, also a native of Montgomery county, and they had one child, Harvey.

The paternal grandfather of Harvey Barlow was a farmer in Limerick township, Montgomery county. He died at a very early age. He married Susanna Hollowbush and they had three children. After his death, his wife married (second husband) David Evans, and they had three children.

George Christman (maternal grandfather) was born in Montgomery county and lived at Limerick Station, where he died at the age of eighty years. By his first wife he had eight children. He married (second wife) Margaret Hulby. They had no children. In addition to farming he also engaged in the boating business on the canal.

Harvey Barlow was reared on a farm in Lower Pottsgrove township and received his education in the district schools and in the seminary at Boyerstown. He lived at home until he was twenty-six years of age, learning carpentering and mill-wrighting. After leaving home he followed these trades for one year and then engaged in the grain, feed and coal business at Sanatoga for three years. From 1889 to 1894 he was in the grain business at Linfield, being associated with Jared Evans. In the latter year the firm removed to Pottstown where they still continue the business. They buy grain, shipped from the west, while it is on the tracks.

March 21, 1883, Harvey Barlow married Miss Lizzie A. Schaeffer, daughter of Zephaniah Schaeffer, and they have one daughter, Evalin. Mr. and Mrs. Barlow are members of the Presbyterian church in which he was a trustee for many years. They reside at No. 79 North Franklin street, where he owns a beautiful home. Politcally Mr. Barlow is a Democrat.

Mr. Zephaniah Schaeffer and wife, parents of Mrs. Barlow were both born in Montgomery county, where he was a farmer. Mr. Schaeffer resides at the home of Mr. Barlow in Pottstown. His wife died about 1878. They had ten children,, four of whom are now living: Ida; Lizzie A., Mrs. Barlow; Ella, wife of Aaron B. Scheffey, of Phoenixville; and Martha, wife of J. W. Binder of Pittsburg.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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