(Mss. 3696, 3745)
Size. 6 linear feet.
West Feliciana and
Inclusive dates. 1804-1982.
Bulk dates. 1880-1960.
The collection consists of business papers of the Barrow family, records of
their participation in fraternal orders and photographs. There are also papers
of People's Bank, Creole Oil and Mineral Co. and
Source . Placed on deposit February-August 1983.
Copyright . Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by the creators, or their descendants, of the materials in accordance with U.S. Copyright law.
Abram Feltus Barrow Family Papers,
Stack locations. Range 7: 60-62,
OS: B, Vault: 70.
The Barrow family moved to the area of
Abram Feltus Barrow (1868-1928) was the son of John Joor Barrow (1833-90) and Eleanor Eliza Ruffin (n.d.). He married Camilla Leake (ca. 1873-1957). They had five children: Eleanor Eliza (1894-1983), Frank Leake (1898-1948), who married Lora Maye Schober, Johnston Armstrong (ca.1903-1968), Margaret, who married Joseph A. Pullen, and Amelia Armstrong, who married Robert Beale. Camilla Leake Barrow was the daughter of Judge William Walter Leake (1833-1912) and Margaret Emmet Mumford (d. 1904). She had two sisters, Amelia Leake (who married Johnston Armstrong) and Belle Leake (who married Lauren J. Bradley), and one brother, John.
Abram Feltus Barrow graduated from
Camilla Leake Barrow was Matron of the Order of
the Eastern Star (Laurel Chapter No. 44), and Grand Secretary of its Grand
Chapter, and held offices in the
William Walter Leake was a partner in the law firm of Collins and Leake, with J. Hunter Collins. He was a Master of Feliciana Lodge No. 31 and Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. He was President of the People's Bank, St Francisville (1905-12).
The records of
Papers mainly document the business interests of the Barrow family and their
involvement with masonic and other fraternal orders.
Records of the People's Bank, St Francisville, and
the Creole Oil and Mineral Co. reflect the involvement of the Barrow and Leake families. Also included are records of
Group 1. Abram Feltus Barrow Family Papers
I. Business and Legal Correspondence and Papers, 1804-1978 (box 1, folders 1 and 2, vault)
Subseries 1. Abram Feltus Barrow, 1886-1957
Subseries 2. Camilla Leake Barrow, 1905-66
Subseries 3. Eleanor Eliza Barrow, 1936-78
Subseries 4. Barrow and Leake Families, 1804-1960
Subseries 5. Creole Oil and Mineral Company, 1900-29
Subseries 6. People's Bank, St Francisville
II. Correspondence, 1890-1971 (box 1)
Subseries 1. Camilla Leake Barrow, 1901-54
Subseries 2. Eleanor Eliza Barrow, 1907-78
Subseries 3. Leake and Barrow Families, 1890-1973
III. Fraternal Orders Records, 1854-1969 (
Subseries 1. Membership and Correspondence, 1890-1958
Subseries 2. Addresses, Resolutions, Articles, 1912-56
Subseries 3. Printed Items, Newspaper Clippings and Realia, 1850-1969
IV. Printed Items and Newspaper Clippings, 1865-1982 (box 1)
V. Manuscript Volumes, 1851-1970 (boxes 2 and 3, oversize volumes 1-3)
VI. Photographs, ca. 1882-1937 (
VII. Realia, 1908-ca. 1964 (
Group 1. Abram Feltus Barrow Family Papers
I. Business and Legal Correspondence and
Subseries 1. Abram Feltus Barrow, 1886 -1957
Of significance are papers relating to property owned by the Leake and Barrow families. Two acts of sale (1906) transfer
property belonging to members of the Leake family,
Military service papers (1918-57) relate to Abram Feltus
Barrow's service as Captain of the Medical Corps, 15th Division, 57th Infantry
Medical papers (1910-28) document Abram Feltus
Barrow's membership of various medical societies. Certificates and licenses
include certificates of practice for Louisianian and
American Medical Societies (1920-28), a physician's license (1920), and a
certificate of registration to dispense and use narcotics, issued by the
Louisiana State Board of Health (July 1, 1925). There are several passes as
local surgeon for the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Co. (1910-28), and two
pamphlets explaining fees and regulations for surgeons working for the
Subseries 2. Camilla Leake Barrow, 1905-66
Business papers include share certificates for the Tunica-Homer Oil Co. and
the Bayou Sara CottonCompress Co., and correspondence
relating to the Feliciana Realty Co., the successor of the CreoleOil
and Mineral Co. (1928-39). Papers relating to the sale of property concern a
deed of gift from William W. Leake to Camilla Leake Barrow of property on
Subseries 3. Eleanor Eliza Barrow, 1936-78.
Papers of note are those concerned with the sale of Highland Plantation to
Theodore G. Solomon (Aug.-Oct., 1973) and with the probate matter of Mary B. Mumford who died intestate (April, 1975-Feb., 1978). There
is also correspondence dealing with the distribution of profits from a timber
sale after the death of Johnston Armstrong Barrow (1970) and a copy of
Eleanor's delayed certificate of birth (July 30, 1946).
Subseries 4. Barrow and Leake Families, 1804-1960.
Of note is the contract between William Barrow and John Arick
to build Highland Plantation, which includes the payment of $800, Arick's board, and the loan of three slaves (1804). Deeds
exist for a lot fronting
Subseries 5. Creole Oil and Mineral Company, 1900-29.
This company was formed to manage land in the Parish of Calcasieu, but the
property remained undeveloped. Abram F. Barrow was president of the company
from 1900-22. The bulk of the material consists of tax receipts and stock
certificates. A letter (May 16, 1922) discusses an apparently unauthorized sale
of the land, which was eventually bought up by the Percy Co. A new company was
formed 1928-9 (see above, business papers of Camilla Leake
Subseries 6. People's Bank, St Francisville
The records were filed under "claims for collection", and are
retained in this unit. They relate to the operation of the People's Bank and
include some personal papers. William W. Leake was
president from 1905-12, and was succeeded by the cashier, Kemp C. Smith. The
majority of the materials consist of receipts, customer's drafts, promissory
notes, share certificates, mortgages and deeds of sale made over to the bank
for collateral and keeping. Of note are the papers detailing the abstract of
title, warranty deed and authorization for sale of a lot in
II. Correspondence, 1890-1971.
Subseries 1. To Camilla Leake
Correspondence includes several recipes (n.d.), a
letter from Abram Feltus Barrow on Camilla Leake Barrow's birthday (Aug. 21, 1913) and circulars from
the Louisiana State Department of Health (April 7-8, 1943).
Subseries 2. To Eleanor E. Barrow, 1907-78.
There are several postcards from
Subseries 3. Leake and Barrow families, 1890-1973.
A letter to William W. Leake includes genealogical
material on the Leake family (Nov. 7, 1898). Barrow
correspondence includes telegrams sent on the occasion of the marriage of Frank
Barrow and Lora Maye Scholber
(Dec. 10, 1919) and claims for service disability allowance made by Frank
Barrow after the death of his father (March 19, 1933). Also of note are
envelopes from the first air-mail service between
III. Fraternal Orders Records, 1854-1967.
Summary: Members of the Barrow, Leake, Armstrong and Mumford families belonged to various fraternal orders, most notably Feliciana Lodge No. 31 (St Francisville, La.), Bayou Sara Lodge No. 50 (Bayou Sara, La.), Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (New Orleans, La.), Knights of Pythias and the Order of the Eastern Star, Laurel Chapter No. 44 (St Francisville, La.). Their membership and the history of these orders is documented through correspondence, records of lodge business, newspaper clippings, printed items and realia.
Subseries 1. Membership and Correspondence, 1890-1958.
Correspondence includes letters concerning dues, the cornerstone for a new masonic temple in
A large amount of membership material is concerned with dues. These include
William W. Leake's dues to the Knights of Pythias (1888-1906), Johnston A. Barrow's dues to Feliciana
Lodge No. 31, Abram Feltus Barrow's dues to the
Tuberculosis Hospital Association of Masons and Frank L. and Lora S. Barrow's
dues to Laurel Chapter No. 44. Also present are records of Camilla Leake Barrow's insurance with the Supreme Forest Woodmen
Circle, and correspondence concerning its payment after her death (1923-57).
Certificates of membership include Johnston A. Barrow, for the
Subseries 2. Addresses, Resolutions, Articles, 1912-56.
Speeches include a copy of the address for Hunter C. Leake's fifty years as a mason and a notebook of various ceremonial speeches (n.d.). A typed copy of the article "A War Episode", relates the story of the masonic burial of a Union soldier conducted by Confederate masons under the leadership of W.W. Leake (ca. 1956 - see below). Other articles include a copy of the resolution on William W. Leake's death by Bayou Sara Lodge No. 11 (1912) and a description of artifacts held by Feliciana Lodge No. 31 (1942).
Subseries 3. Printed Items, Newspaper Clippings and Realia, 1850-1969.
Printed items include a thesaurus of the Order of the Eastern Star (1850), a program for the sesquicentennial celebrations of Feliciana Lodge No. 31 and sheet music and lyrics, mostly written for the Order of the Eastern Star. Serials include several issues of the Square and Compasses (1909-1932), The Royal Arch Mason (1949) and Master Mason (1917). Magazine articles on Freemasonry include offprints from the Square and Compasses: "A War Episode" (July, 1908), a supplement to the Times Picayune: "Masonic Showcase" (Sept. 26, 1971) and Life (Oct. 8, 1956).
Newspaper clippings (1938-72) mostly reflect masonic events. There are several articles on William W. Leake's burial of the union soldier (see above), and on the ceremonies honoring Hunter C. Leake's long membership.
There are two leather aprons belonging to William W. Leake
and A. Villaret, which record their rise through the
three degrees of masonry in Feliciana Lodge No. 31 (1854-92).
IV. Printed items and
Newspaper Clippings, 1865-1980.
Printed items relating to the Barrow and Leake
families include death notices for Abram Feltus
Barrow (1928), and publications for the annual Audubon Pilgrimage (1972-3,
1975-6, 1979-80) which often included homes linked to the Barrow family;
included in this material is an article describing the Camilla Leake Barrow home for pilgrimage tours. There is also a
typed copy of an ordinance for a market in St Francisville
taken from The Louisianian (Oct. 9, 1819), which
Serials include an offprint from the Louisiana Historical Quarterly (July,
1927), "The Louisiana Planter and his Home", the Louisiana
Genealogical Register, Vol. I, No. 1 (July, 1945) and
Extension Circulars 118-119 (1932) from
Newspaper clippings relating to the Barrow, Leake
and Armstrong families include obituaries of Margaret E. Leake
(1904) and Abram Feltus Barrow (1928). There are also
several articles on the golden wedding anniversary celebrations of Mr. and Mrs.
Johnston Armstrong (1937). General newspaper clippings include a large amount
of poetry and local history and society news.
V. Manuscript Volumes, 1851-1970
Business books include a "Cotton Book" (1889) which lists accounts
and wages (owned by a member of the Barrow family), Highland Plantation
accounts kept by Fisher Hilliard (1891) and a "Militia Roll" for the
parish of West Feliciana (July 16 1878), compiled by C.M. Barrow, a clerk,
which lists men of the parish between the ages of 18 and 45, alphabetically and
with a note of color. Medical notebooks relate to supplies and prescription
formulas, and include two mss. volumes entitled
"Original Formulas Used by Dr A. Maguire" (n.d.)
and general medical notes (1891-1907). There is the clinical notebook of J.A. Leake and J.A. Holt for a
The scrapbook of Alice Powell, later used by Mrs. J.A. Pullen, (ca.
1882-1970) includes newspaper clippings that concern family members, such as J.
Leake and the Mumfords.
Another scrapbook (1926-55) relates to the Protestant Home for Babies (
VI. Photographs and Prints, ca. 1882-1937
There are 163 photographs and 24 negatives, mostly undated. There are a
large number of cabinet cards many of which depict members of the Leake, Barrow and Mumford
families. 36 cabinet cards, cartes de visite and photographs in other formats are from the album
of Dr. James Leake, and depict people of note,
friends and family and members of a
Seven panoramic photographs represent meetings of various fraternal orders:
the Shriners, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Women
of the World Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. There is also a panoramic
photograph of Abram Feltus Barrow's Medical Corps
There are also two sets of prints (n.d.),
apparently portraits of Abram Feltus Barrow.
Two coins commemorate the centennial of the
Grand Lodge of Louisiana (1812-1912). Four medals depict reunions of the United
Confederate Veterans Association (1908-11) and the Southern Cross of Honor (n.d.). There is a framed piece of curtain from the
Louisiana Old State Capitol (ca. 1964). Also included are nameplates, chargeplates and a phonographic disc (n.d.).
These papers appear to relate to J. Burruss McGehee's service as churchwarden, though they include
other material relating to the history of
Barrow family 1: I-VII
Barrow, Abram Feltus, 1868-8 1: I.1-2, 5, III.1-2, IV-VII
Barrow, Camilla Leake, ca. 1873-1957 1: I.2, II.2, III. 1-3, IV, VI, VII
Barrow, Eleanor Eliza, 1894-1 1: I.3, II.2, III.1-2, IV, VI
Leake, William Walter, 1833-1912 1: I.4, 6, II.1, III.1-4, IV
McGehee, J. Burruss, 1836-1913 2
Freemasons. Feliciana Lodge 1: III.1-4
No. 31 (St
Freemasons. Bayou Sara Lodge
No. 15 (Bayou
Order of the Eastern Star.
Chapter No. 44 (St
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine for
Knights of Pythiassp; 1: III.1
Independent Order of Odd Fellows 1: II.2, VI
Creole Oil and Mineral Co. 1: I.2, 5
People's Bank (St Francisville, 1: I.6
Division, 15th. Infantry 1: I.1, VI
Audubon Pilgrimage sp; 1: IV
Protestant Home for Babies 1: V
Saint Francis 1: I-VI; 2
Lytle, Andrew David, 1833?-1917 1: VI
Washburn, William Watson, ca. 1827-1903 1: VI
Moses, Gustave, ca. 1836-1915 1: VI