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It would appear that my Barlows started with a Theodor Barlage who appears in Teppe's "Baltimore arrival records 1820-34" as:

Theodor Burlage, 30 years, farmer, Germany to USA, arrival 30 September, 1832.

I have not yet verified the actual source records but everything seems to match and this is most likely the fellow I've been working on.

He was born in Essen in Oldenburg on May 22, 1805 to Johann Theodore Barlage and Catharina Maria Moorkamp. He married according to the Cinncinati Catholic Telegraph as Theodore Borlaci to Elizabeth Parker on February 05, 1834 by Bishop Purcell.  She soon died; he then married a Dorothea Nippgen in Dayton in 1838. I will be entering all this data with children etc, as soon as I can.

Point here is to say that Theodore became a Barlow on all other references to him except for some entries in the two German churches he was involved with in Dayton.

Theodore built a number of churches including the one in Minster, Ohio as he had learned this trade at home from his father. Don't know why they called him a farmer as that is something he really never did. His firm of Legler & Barlow in Dayton became quite big in supplying goods to the US Government.  This stopped cold during WWII and the company seems to have gone out of business in 1949 after unsuccessfuly trying to become a retail business.

We can see from Burlange and Borlaci that Barlage presented some spelling problems to the English speaking world.   Barlow was a quick and easy way to fix this. It is a good translation of Barlage and flows much much better from the tongue.

I have a short quote here from the "Dayton Journal," as republished by the Catholic Telegraph in Cincinnati upon the death of Theodore Barlow in 1877:

"Steady and industrious, he gradually assisted himself along, acquiring the respect and confidence of those with whom he associated by his habits of diligence and energy. At this period he used to relate with much pleasure that he had learned to read and understand the English language with the thoroughness that was often remarked (remarkable?), mainly by carefully reading and studying the Dayton Journal."

His children all married into the highest circles of Dayton society and yet corresponded in fluent German with their relatives at home in Essen, Oldenburg for another generation or two.

He was but a carpenter by trade but the beauty of America was that he could retire roughly 20 years after he arrived here in around 1830. It took him three years to work his way to Cincinnati and eventually Dayton and when he got there he was still $5.00 in debt. In Dayton he finally got a regular job working for a builder named Thomas Morrison for $8.00 per month salary. Eventually he started his own construction firm and in 1849 he got into the wholesale business.

In Germany he would have been one of the many village carpenters who farmed most of the time and only got to use their skills when somebody needed help with a construction job.

October 01, 1861


J.H. Phillips, et. al., Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison.
Letter signed by three individuals; stating that the 59th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was seeking an individual who could fluently speak and write both English and German to serve as an attache for the Colonel; recommending John Barlow, the son of Theodore Barlow, a prominent businessman and staunch Union man in Dayton, for the position; and stating that John Barlow was an estimable youth with a fine business capacity, good habits, patriotic feeling, and a sense of duty.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 107] The Ohio Historical Society

Sonia Nippgen-Holz,  Sweden    April 2000


Dorothea was born 07 July 1810 in Neuleiningen, Palatinate.   She came with her father and siblings to Ohio about the same time as Theodor.    I only have 5 children listed on her and Theodor:   Barbara, Theodor L., John, Caroline, and Clara


I'm researching the Nippgen/Nipgen in German and USA.

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