Born: March 24, 1754, Redding, Connecticut.
Died: December 26, 1812, near Kraków, Poland, of pneumonia.
Buried: Churchyard in Żarnowiec, Poland.
Joel was the son of Samuel Barlow and Esther Hull, and husband of Ruth Baldwin.
While in college, he fought in the 1776 Battle of Long Island, New York.
He graduated from Yale University in 1778, and was a well known author and politician during and after the American revolution.
U.S. President James Monroe made him American ambassador to France.
In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Isaac Watts’ Psalms of David, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting it to American tastes.
The result, published in 1786, went through various editions for many years. Its curious title is: Psalms Carefully Suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America, Being Dr. Watts’ Imitation of the Psalms of David, as Improved by Mr. Barlow.
Other works by Barlow include: