Barron, Samuel was born on November 28, 1809 in Hampton, Virginia, United States. Son of Samuel and Jane (Sawyer) Barron.
No formal education.
Appointed midshipman United States Navy at age 3 (as a tribute to his father, Commodore Barron), 1812. Made 1st voyage in Brandywine which took Lafayette to France, 1825. Commander ship John Adams off coast of Africa, 1849-1853.
Promoted captain, 1855. Resigned to join Confederate Navy, 1861. Chief Bureau Orders and Detail, Confederate Navy, 1861.
Commanded Fort Hatteras, imprisoned after its capture, 1861-1862, commander naval forces in Virginia, 1862-1863. Went to England to secure delivery of 2 ironclad rams, 1863. Commander Confederate naval forces in Europe, supervised operations of the raiders Stonewall and Georgia, 1863-1865.
Married Imogen Wright, October 31, 1832, 3 sons, 3 daus.