Robert Ruffin Barrow

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The Philanthropist Robert Ruffin Barrow was one of the largest landowners in the south before the Civil War. He owned sixteen plantations and had large landholdings in Texas. He also invested money in projects in which he saw potential and gave to people out of generosity. The most well known investment he made was in […]

Jacques Amans

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In 1856 my Great Great Grandfather Robert Ruffin (RR) Barrow Sr. persuaded Jacques Amans to paint an almost life-size portrait of his wife Volumnia Washington Hunley Barrow (sister of the famous confederate submarine Captain Horace Hunley) and their daughter Volumnia Roberta.  Self-portrait of Jacques Amans, 1845 The portrait now hangs in Volumnia House on Volumnia […]