It is now time to catch up with Alexander Barclay. After the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, George left for Brainerd and then headed to Pine River leaving his brother Alexander Barclay behind in Dakota County, Minnesota.
It would be interesting to know the reasons these two brothers went their separate ways. I do know they kept in touch.
In the post dated August 19, 2010 “After the Civil War- George and Alexander Try Farming?” I describe the 1870 U.S. Federal census and the 1875 Minnesota State Census. In these census Alex is living alone or rather in a separate household, yet he is next to the Giles family. George Barclay his brother is not listed as we have noted before.
Alex is in Eureka Twp., Dakota County, Minnesota in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census and the Giles family are included under his household listing? I think R.J. should be R.I. for Rhode Island?
Line 4, 157, 267 Barclay, A.A., male, 40 years old, born in Connecticut, parents both born in Scotland, occupation farmer, single.
Line 5, 208, Giles, Francey, W, F, 50, widowed, keeping house, born Mass, parents born Mass. Giles, Lorence, W, M, 14, son, single, farm laborer, born Minn, father born [R.J.] , mother born Mass.
Line 8, 158, 209, Giles, [Leonza] w, m, 31, married, farmer, born R.J., father born R.J., mother R.J. , Giles, mary, w, f, 26, wife, married keeping house, born [Canada], parents born Ireland. Giles, Hattie, w, f, 7, daughter, born Minn. Giles, Edward, w, m, 5, son, born Minn. Giles, Sarah, w, f, 2, daughter, born Minn. Giles, George, w, m, 2/12, son born Minn. Giles, Henry, w, m, 22, brother, farm laborer, born Minn.
Source: 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Eureka, Dakota Co., Minnesota, pg. 18, SD 2, ED 801, enumerated on June 22, 1880. Ancestry.com.
According to the Minnesota Cemetery Inscriptions Index at Ancestry.com a David D. Giles died on 25 July 1879 and is buried in Corinthian Cemetery. He was 59 yrs. old, 6 mos and 5 das. His spouse was Fannie Anderson Giles. He is in the SW section of the cemetery. I have been to this cemetery and it is in Farmington, Dakota County, MN.
What the relationship is between Alexander and the Giles family is still a bit of a mystery and if Fannie’s maiden name is Anderson, I am now more puzzled?
The interesting fact is that if you fast forward to 1896 Alexander was living in Lakeville Township not Eureka Township which indicates perhaps the boundaries changed?
I have not had the opportunity to do deed research on Alexander. The Family History Library has very little on land records for Dakota County, Minnesota and Minnesota as a whole. So I guess that means another trip to Minnesota?
The location is section 34 in Lakeville to the south and east right on the border of the two townships of Lakeville and Eureka.
Source: Plate book of Dakota County, Minnesota, by Bertine F. Pinkney, The Union Publishing Co., Philadelphia 1896, pg. 19 and 20. I consulted a copy while researching in Minnesota in 2007. The Minnesota Historical Society has a collection of these atlas’ on line at “Minnesota Maps Online.” http://www.mnhs.org/collections/digitalmaps/index.htm