Arthur Barrett received a grant of 300 acres in Chester County, Pennsylvania on September 5th, 1714. In 1719 he went to Gloucester, England, on business and returned the next year. It is unknown as to what his business was, but the trip overseas could not have been inexpensive. On May 29th, 1733, he obtained another 350 acres, and three years later, yet another 100 acres.
Arthur and Lydia lived in East Nottingham Township until 1739, when they made the trip to Virginia. There he settled on 710 acres in Frederick County, on the west slope of Apple Pie Ridge, seven miles north of Winchester and one mile from the town of Whitehall. Apparently he was not one of the group that received grants with Ross, since he paid 68 pounds for the land to the estate of Benjamin Borden on February 7th, 1744. According to the records of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting, he and Lydia are buried on the grounds east of the meeting house.
Will of Arthur Barrett: I, Arthur Barrett of Opeckan in the County of Frederick in the Colony of Virginia, Yoeman, being sick and weak of the body but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this as my last will and testament, revoking all other wills and testaments that have heretofore been made or done by me. First my will is that my body be decently buried and my just debts and funeral charges be defrayed as soon as possible after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, William Barrett one hundred acres of land belonging to the tract whereon I now live. He having made an improvement thereupon and lives thereon which is to be included in the ___ (?) hundred acres and being part of the lower end of my tract. I gave _____ (?) same to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son James Barrett two hundred acres of the above tract of land including _____ (?) improvement he hath already made on _____ (?) side of my tract of land lying toward Josiah Ballengers _____ (?) which land I give to him and his heirs forever as also to his assigns. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son John Barrett one hundred and fifty acres of land including the Plantation whereon he now lives the which I give to him his hears and assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Barrett the Plantation with all the improvements whereon I now live with all the remaining part of _____ (?) land belonging to __________ tract which is left unbequeathed belonging to _________ said tract for him to inherit after his mother's decease __________ land and Plantation I give and bequeath to him his hearts and assigns forever. Furthermore, my will is _________ my wife shall have enjoy and possess all and singular my goods chattels and movable belongings to my personal estate either to make use of for a comfortable maintenance now in her old orage or to give and dispose of among her children according to her own discretion she paying to her younger sons Jacob Barrett twenty pounds current money of this colony to be paid him when he arrives to the age of Twenty-One years and ten pounds like money to our son Thomas which I leave as legacies unto them. Also, my will is __________ land which I have bequeathed this by legacy as above unto my sons may be as equally devided betwixt them for each others conveniency as possibly can. Lastly I ordain and constitute my loving and well beloved wife Lydea Barrett sole executrix of this my last will and testament revoking hereby all other wills as above mentioned and in witness whereof I have here unto _____ my hand and seal, dated at Opeckan aforesaid _____________ of ________month March 1744/5.
The most common origin I have seen, from other amatuer genealogy material, is that Arthur was the son of Sir(?) Ralph Barrett, of Nothingham, Chestershire, England. Supposedly Ralph was persecuted for his Quaker beliefs and left England. One supporting argument, although a weak one, is that the place he and his Quaker companions settled in was Nottingham Township, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and it was common for new settlers to name their towns after the ones they had left in the Old World. Chester County,
Friends' Adventure September 1682, Thomas Wall, master, one of Penn's fleet John Brearly; Ralph Cowgill; Andrew Heath; William and Jane Yardley and children: Enoch, Thomas and William; Martha Worrall; Thomas Leister; George and Eleanor Pownall and children: Reuben, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel and Abigail; Joseph Clows; John Clows; Sarah Clows; William Beasy; Ralph Nuttall; Luke Brindley; Henry Lingart; George and Ann Duncalfe Gleave; John Brock; Job Houle, Eliza Heaton; Daniel Milnor; Joseph Milnor; Shadrach Walley; Samuel Buckley; Thomas Buckley; John Heycock; James Morris; Thomas Barrett; William and Elizabeth Barrett Venables and children: Joyce and Frances; (thomas may be father of arthur)
More About Arthur Barrett: Burial: Unknown, Hopewell Cem, Frederick Co, VA.138
More About Arthur Barrett and Lydia Chambers: Marriage: June 13, 1705, Concord MM, Chester Co, Pa.139, 140
Children of Arthur Barrett and Lydia Chambers are: