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Ellen Barclay’s will is under the name of Helen Barclay.

Last Will and Testament of Helen Barclay, pg. 428

I, Helen Barclay of Shakopee in the County of Scott and State of Minnesota being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.  First: I order and direct that my, Executor herein after, named pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as conveniently may be. Second: After payments of such funeral expenses and debts, I give devise and bequeth unto my son William Barclay one dollar, to my daughter Anna Carter one dollar and to my daughter Mary Clark one dollar.  Third: After the payment of the above bequests, by my Executor, I give devise and bequeth all the rest and residue of my Estate personal and real to my son Charles Barclay to have and hold the same to himself his heirs and assigns forever. Fourth, I hereby constitute my son Charles Barclay to be Executor of this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.  In testimony thereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 9th day of September in the year of our Lord 1905.  Helen X Barclay. 

This instrument was on the day of the date thereof signed, published and declared by the said testatrix to be her last Will and Testament in our presents, I do at her request, have subscribed our names thereto as Witnesses, in her presence and in the presence of each other. Jul J. Peace, Fred P. Berens. 

Will and Certificate of Probate Helen Barclay

Will and Certificate of Probate Helen Barclay

Source: Scott County, Probate Court, Final Decrees of Distribution page 4, Roll 1, Final Decrees with indexes, 1884-1968, 20 volumes, Order Book U, Oct. 1906 – Oct. 1911, pp. 265-601, Frame No. 511.

Certificate of Probate page 429

State of Minnesota, County of Scott ) ss.  In Probate Court

In the matter of the Estate of Helen Barclay deceased.  Be it remember, that on the day of the date hereof, at a Special Term of said Probate Court, pursuant to notice duly given the Last Will and Testament of Helen Barclay late of said County of Scott, deceased bearing date the 9th day of September 1905, and being the annexed written instrument, was duly proved before the Probate Court in and of the County of Scott aforesaid, and was duly allowed and admitted to probate by said Court according to law, as and for the Last Will and Testament of said Helen Barclay, deceased, which said Last Will and Testament is recorded and the examination taken thereof filed in the this office. 

In Testimony whereof, The Judge of the Probate Court of said County has hereunto set his hand an affixed the seal of the said Court at Shakopee in the said County, this 4th day of January 1908. 

A. Meyer, Judge of Probate

There was in the Probate Order Book pg. 257 a Final Decree of Distribution of the Estate. It was a form and I have summarized it here.

County of Scott, The Matter of the Estate of Helen Barclay

The above entitled matter came on to be heard on the second day of May 1908…The representative of said estate appeared in person and by Counsel and no adverse appearance or objection was made.  

First…hearing made and filed on 7th of April, 1908 and that said citation has been published as required by law in the Shakopee Tribune.  

Second, all debts, funeral, burial, last sickness have been fully paid…final account herein which has been settled and allowed by the Court and that all specific bequests have been fully paid and satisfied.  

Third – the said decedent died testate on the 30th day of November, 1907 and  was a resident of Shakopee, County of Scott, State of Minnesota.  Fourth:  residue of estate consists of the following property, to-wit,

(A) personal property of the value of $700.00 comprised of the following items, viz:

1.  One note and mortgage dated Feb 7, 1905 made by Thos. J. Shanlay to C. J. Sord, recorded Feb. 20, 1905 at 1:10 pm in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Powner County and State of North Dakota for $700.00 and assigned by said C. J. Sord to said Helen Barclay – Int. 6% due Dec. 1, 1909.

(B) Real property – none.  Those and other tracts or parcels – none.  

Fifth, That the following named person is the sole residuary legatee and is the only person entitled to the residue of said estate of said decedent by the terms of the last Will and Testament of said decedent, Charles Barclay son of said decedent. 

Signed by N. Meyer, Judge of said court, on third day of May, 1908. 

Source:  Final Decree of the Distribution of the Estate of Helen Barclay, State of Minnesota, Scott County, pg. 357, 3rd May, 1908, Scott County Historical Society.

As usual more questions arise when you read a will and the other documents associated with it.  Helen/Ellen’s will is very interesting in that several of the children only get $1.00, but we must remember that the land John and Helen/Ellen owned was slowly sold to Charles and William.  Perhaps the daughters received gifts before they left home an after their marriages.  Yes, there is much more to do on Helen/Ellen Barclay and her life. I will leave that to her descendants as I am of the 1st wife Margaret and what to spend my time trying to find out more about her.

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Ellen Barclay lived another 10 years after her husband John Barclay.  She died in 1907.

In this post I want to share what I know about Ellen, because I think it fits with John Barclay’s end of life.  They had been together 29-30 years and had 4 children.  The children were Charles, William, Mary E., Anna Elizabeth.  I will go into more detail on the lives of John Barclay’s children from both marriages, when I get to the death of Alexander Barclay who was a half-brother to Ellen’s children and full brother to the first seven, Margaret’s children.  Alexander left a very involved probate file when he died in 1906.  He was George Angus Barclay’s full brother and my great grandfather and subject of this blog.

Her name has been a frustration because documents have her as Helen or Ellen.  The writing was so bad you could not read it.  The tombstone has her name as Ellen so I will use that name.  In John Barclay’s obituary notice it was said that her maiden name was Iverson but in her own obituary it is listed as Stevenson.  It is possible she was married before John, but so far I do not see any evidence for a first marriage for Ellen.  It is also possible that the use of Iverson was a mistake.  I am choosing to go with Ellen Stevenson Barclay till I am sure.

There is so much more research to do on Ellen Stevenson Barclay. I wish I had the time.  Ellen is the second wife of John Barclay and I do not descend from her.  I descend from Margaret  and frankly I am more interested in finding the origins of John Barclay and his first wife Margaret.  So I present what I have learned about Ellen for those who would be interested.

In order to understand Ellen’s life you need to review some of the posts I have written about John Barclay.  She will be featured in census and other documents like deeds, etc.  You can find other posts by using the search box on the right of this blog.  You can also seek out the Categories on the right of this blog and under SURNAMES you will find “Barclay Surnames.”   From there scroll down and you will find John Barclay and Ellen/Helen Stevenson.  Unfortunately the names are alpha order rather than by the lineage.

So what happened to Ellen after John’s death?

In 1898, after John’s death, Ellen Barclay (widow) rents her land to her son Charles Barclay on 29 August 1898

$100 yearly for years during the life of the party of the first part to be paid on April first and Jany first of each year.  The NW atr of the NE qtr of Sec 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, according to the government survey thereof.  Also said party reserves the use of two rooms in the building on the above property, use of the present garden, also parture, barn, corn and feed for one cow, poultry 

Source:  Deed of Indenture Ellen Barclay to Charles Barclay, Aug 29, 1898, Vol. 47, pg. 287 #11684, FHL# 1255725, Scott County, Minnesota

On 13 February 1899 another son William Barclay sells his share of the land to his brother Charles.

For a sum of $1800.00, Wm. and wife Clara E. Barclay are residing in Mammoth, Madison Co., Montana sold to Charles Barclay residing in Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Montana to-wit, the south 1/2 of the NE qtr of Sec. 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, 80 acres according to gov. survey.  Except a certain mortgage payable to Henry Hinds of Shakopee. Witnessed by W.R. Macfadden and F. H. Wilbour and signed by William Barclay and Clara E. Barclay in the State of Montana, County of Madison etc.

Source:  Deed of Wm. Barclay and wife Clara E. to Charles Barclay, February 13, 1899, Vol. 47, pg. 33 #12062, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL #1255727.

After John’s death in 1897, we find that the next census is the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.  In this census we learn that Ellen was living with her son Charles.  This census shows us that the only child that is still around is Charles. The remaining three children of John and Ellen have married and migrated elsewhere.  William and Mary E. went to Montana.  Anna married and went to Wisconsin to live.  Charles is a mystery.  After his mother’s death it is difficult to determine where he went.  There are possibilities for a Charles Barclay living in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

28/28 Barcley, Charlie, Head, Jan. 1860, 40 years old, single, born in Minnesota, Father born in Scotland, mother born in Norway, farmer, educated, land info.  Barcley, Ellen, mother born Apr 1833, 67 years widow, one child born, one child living, born in Norway and both parents where born in Norway. Naturalized 1858, 45 years in country (means she immigrated in 1855), educated.  Carter, John, Nephew born Feb. 1890 10 years, single.  Born in Wisconsin, Father born in Canada Fr., mother Minnesota, at school, 8 grade, educated.

Source:  Charlie Barclay & Mother, 1900 U.S. Federal Census,  Eagle Creek, Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, FHL#1240788, Microfilm T623, Roll 788, page 142, SD ?, ED 172, Sheet #2.  I do not understand the number of children fro Ellen in this census.  All her children lived long lives?

Something happened in 1904 because a notice in the gossip column of the Scott County Argus was featured on May 20, 1904.  I have no idea what this means?

“Eagle Creek: Charles Barclay has moved his household furniture into Shakopee, and will make that his future home.  Charlie was always kind and obliging to everyone and we will all miss his happy smile very much.”

In 1906 he is still living in Shakopee per his half-brother Alexander Barclay’s probate case. This probate will be featured indepth at a later time on this blog.

Charles Barclay, aged 45 years, residing at Shakopee, Minn., who is a half-brother.

Ellen passes on 30 November 1907 in Shakopee.  She is buried with John in the Valley Cemetery in Shakopee. You see that they use the name Helen in the obituary notice but Ellen is on the tombstone.

Helen Barclay Death Notice Shakopee Tribune Dec. 13, 1907 pg. 4 col 3 Maiden: Stevenson also in the Argus on Dec 6, 1907 pg. 1 and col 4.

Helen's 2nd Obituary Notice

Helen’s 2nd Obituary Notice

Died – Barclay – At her home in this city, Saturday, November the 30th, Mrs. Helen Barclay of heart disease. Aged 73 years. Helen Stevenson was born in Norway in 1834, and came to this country in 1849(39?) settling in Wisconsin, then Iowa, finally coming to Minnesota in 1848. She moved to Shakopee in 1850 with her husband, John Barclay, and was one of the early pioneer settlers of Shakopee. Mrs. Barclay leaves four children to mourn her loss. They are: Mrs. Mary Clark of Montana, Mrs. Anna E. Carter of Marynette, Wis.; and Charles at home, and William Barklay of Montana. The funeral was held from the residence, Tuesday, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. Mr. Ganschow officiating. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved children.

2nd Obit – Scott Co. Argus – Friday, Dec. 6, 1907 – Died – Mrs. Helen Barclay, whose maiden name was Stevenson, died at her home in this city, Saturday, November 30th, 1907, of heart failure. Deceased had been in poor health for several months past, but not until two days prior to death did her condition give cause for alarm. Mrs. Barclay was a native of Norway, where she was born April 25, 1834. She came to America in 1849 and has resided in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Her husband, John Barclay, and she were pioneer settlers in Scott county where the family is well-known. For several years past Mrs. Barclay has made her home in Shakopee with her son Charles, who survives her together with another son, William of Montana, and two married daughters. The funeral took place, Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock, from the family residence, Rev. Carl Ganschow officiating, and interment was in the Valley Cemetery.

Helen's obituary notice Dec 1907.

Helen’s obituary notice Dec 1907.

The above information gives us some good information on Ellen/Helen Iverson/Stevenson.  Ellen left a probate file and will.  I will present that in the next post.

Note:  I was having a great deal of trouble researching the early years of the state of Minnesota and when it was a territory and was unable to find an actual marriage for John and Ellen in the records.  Minnesota went through a lot of changes before it became a state and was associated with records of a territorial nature of Michigan and Wisconsin.  The counties also changed their boundaries.   Here is a Wikipedia article that might help to get you started on researching in Minnesota http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Minnesota

The other problem is that not a lot of documents have been filmed by the Family History Library for some of the counties of Minnesota.  So access to the documents is onsite.  I have traveled to Minnesota three times and would love to go back for more research, we will see.

Me at the Minnesota Historical Society 2007, my third time there.

Me at the Minnesota Historical Society 2007, my third time there.

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John and Ellen Barclay are both buried in Valley Cemetery in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota.  Finding Valley Cemetery was not an easy task for I did this back in 2007.

Here is a Google map that shows where the cemetery is located:

Location of Valley Cemetery

Location of Valley Cemetery

Find A Grave has a listing of Valley Cemetery about 82% photographed, along with a map of the location.   There is a picture of the tombstone of John and Ellen taken in 2010 and it is looking a little worse for wear.  My photos were taken in 2007.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=83757&CScn=Valley+&CScntry=4&CSst=25&CScnty=1379&

When my husband and I arrived at the cemetery in June of 2007, we went to the location given in the cemetery publication I had found.  I searched and searched but did not find the tombstone.  Luckily my husband is very good at finding things in cemeteries.  He found the stone in a different location.

We first looked at lot E 1/2 lot 94.  See the white arrow on the map below.  Instead, the tombstone was in the South end section 7 Row 16 near a Sam Woods, Ronald Brown etc.  It is closer to the cemetery shed and farther from the house on the left.   See the red arrow.

Google Earth Photo of Valley Cemetery in Minnesota

Google Earth Photo of Valley Cemetery in Minnesota

Go in at the entrance sign and go straight back past the shed.

Entering Valley Cemetery in Shakopee, MN

Entering Valley Cemetery in Shakopee, MN

Here is the tombstone that I saw in June of 2007.  It had lost its finial at the top but it was not leaning like the Find A Grave photo.

John & Ellen Barclay's Stone

John & Ellen Barclay’s Stone

Here are closer views of the inscription on the tombstone.

John Barclay and Ellen Barclay, Valley Cemetery

John Barclay and Ellen Barclay, Valley Cemetery

It reads:  John Barclay born Mar 18, 1801, Died Dec 25, 1897.  Ellen Barclay born April 25, 1831, Died Nov. 30, 1907.

The next photograph is closer to Ellen’s information.  The name of John’s second wife has been a lot of trouble.  Here it is written as Ellen, but her estate file has it as Helen, sigh!  We can go with the information on the tombstone or keep an open mind about other records that use Helen.

Ellen Barclay's information

Ellen Barclay’s information

I took this picture so that one could use the houses in the background to find the tombstone quickly.

Tombstone of John and Ellen Barclay

Tombstone of John and Ellen Barclay

Here is a picture of me next to the tombstone of my 2nd great-grandfather John Barclay.  Ellen was his second wife and I descend from the first whose name was Margaret.  Little is known about Margaret unfortunately.

Bonnie at the grave of her great grandfather John Barclay, Valley Cem, MN

Bonnie at the grave of her great-grandfather John Barclay, Valley Cemetery, MN

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George’s father, John Barclay, passed away on 25 December, 1897.  I tried to find out if George attended the funeral but I did not have any luck with the newspaper gossip columns in Pine River and in Shakopee.  He is barely mentioned in the obituary.

The last time I posted on my 2nd great-grandfather John Barclay, I talked about his Civil War service in several posts and caught up with the happenings in Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota.

There are many more posts on John Barclay that were done early in this blog so check on the Categories on the right side.  These were the most recent.

1.  Catching up with the Barclay’s of Eagle Creek Twp., February 12, 2012

2. The 1890 Census and Veterans Schedules – John Barclay dated February 25, 2012

3.  Rejected Claim:  John Barclay’s Civil War Pension!, dated March 11, 2012.

In 1894, John and his wife Ellen/Helen, sell land to a Charles G. Bowish of Shakopee, Minnesota.  They receive $1 from this person which might imply some relationship?

For the sum of $1.00 convey the following land:  The north half of the NE qtr of Section 23 in township 115 of range 22.  Except a mortgage thereon and on their lands, payable to Henry Hinds.  Witnessed by Charles G. Hinds and E. J. [Affolter] and signed by John Barclay and Helen Barclay etc.

Source:  John Barclay & Wife to Charles G. Bowdish of Shakopee City, Minnesota, 21 June 1894, Vol. 39 pg. 227 Instrument #1304, Scott Co., Minnesota FHL#1255725. 

In the Minnesota State Census of 1895 we find the family of John Barclay to be as follows:

Family #54:  Barclay, John, age 94, male, white, born in Scotland, Resident of state 45 years, 45 years in enumeration district, occupation none, mother and father both of foreign birth.  Barclay, Ellen, age 65, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth.  Barclay Charlie, age 35, male, white, born in Minnesota.  In state and enumeration district 35 years, a farmer, employed 12 mos of the year.  Both parents of foreign birth.

Source:  Family of John Barclay, 1895 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota, pg. 2, Schedule #5, Enumerated on the 10th day of June 1895. FHL#565810. 

In 1898 the Every Name Index to the Scott Co. Atlas of 1898 has Barclay listed and we find Helen Barclay and William Barclay are the owners of the land.

John is not there but Helen and William are? 1898 Plat Book

John is not there but Helen and William are? 1898 Plat Book

John Barclay appears in the Vital Record and Indexes of 1853-1972 for Scott County, Minnesota – Death Records. Vols. A-C 1871-1907, FHL#1379418.

Index: Barclay, John, line 25, Dec. 25, 1897, Book B, pg. 24, line 146.

Register of Deaths in the Town of Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota
1897 line 6 Dec. 25, 1897 John Barclay, Male, White, married, 96 years old, born in Scotland, Name of parents John and [Mary], parents birthplace Scotland, cause of death old age, Date of record Jan, 3, 1898. Copies of the register at the Scott Co. Historical Society, June 2007.

Much to my delight I did find an obituary notice on John in the Scott County Argus newspaper for December 30, 1897 page 4 column 1.  George is alluded to but not named like his brother Alexander.

John Barclay's Obiturary 1897

John Barclay’s obituary 1897

BARCLAY – At the home of his son Charles , in Eagle Creek, Saturday, Dec. 25, 1897, of old age, John Barclay, aged ninety-six years.  Deceased was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 18th day of March, 1801, and the first forty years or more of his life were spent in his native land.  By his first wife seven children were born to him; and in the 40’s the family, diminished by the loss of the wife and mother, came to America.  All these children are still living, one, Alexander, being a resident of Dakota county, another lives elsewhere in this state, three live in Connecticut, and two in the far west.  As early as 1848 John Barclay located at Fort Ridgely, in the then wilderness of the great Minnesota territory, and in 1853 he came to Eagle Creek and took up a claim.  Some years later he married Ellen Iverson, who with four children survives him.  These children are Charles, at home; William located at Pony, Mont.; Mary, at Butte, Mont.; and Annie, now Mrs. David Carter, of Marinette, Wis.  Of these only Charles and Mrs. Carter were able to be at the funeral.  This took place Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. J.B. Ferguson officiating, an the remains were followed to their last resting place in the Valley Cemetery by neighbors and may friends of the early pioneer days.

Note:  There was also a funeral notice in the Dec. 31, 1897 Shakopee Tribune under Local

“Died: — John Barclay died at the home of his son Charles, in Eagle Creek township last’ Saturday at the advanced age of 96 years.  Funeral took place from the Presbyterian church last Tuesday; Rev. Ferguson officiating. “

In searching the court Probate records for Scott County, I did not find a will or probate/estate file for John Barclay.  I did find one for his wife in 1907.  John had sold land to his wife about 1867 and there are deeds in which he sold land to his sons.  This means that he probably didn’t have enough money to have a probate; however, there should be a court record of  dismissal if that was the case.  So I am not sure what happened?

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George, Amarilla and their daughter Grace are featured in the 1895 census for Minnesota.  The 1880 U.S. Federal Census was rather vague and the 1885 spelled names wrong so this 1895 census was the only one that showed them together as a family.  I have posted about George the census in past posts.

A portion of that 1895 Minnesota State Census for Pine River

A portion of that 1895 Minnesota State Census for Pine River

Here is the 1895 Minnesota census:

Line 13, Barclay Geo. A, age 51, born in Conn., occupation [Lumberman], 12, sold, no, no, no. Barclay, Ammarilla, 37 years born in Iowa. Barclay, Grace A., 13 years born in Minn. 

 Source:  Geo. Barclay Family, 1895 Minnesota State Census, Twp. 137 Range 29W, Cass Co., Minnesota, Schedule 13 pg. 1,  FHL #0565765.  

When I went to source this census, I had a bit of a fright because the actual page looks like Twp. 127 rather than Twp. 137.  I therefore went to Family Search and double checked the film number to make sure I was not wrong.  I am happy to report that I am now correct with both FHL and Ancestry.   When I first started doing genealogy I was not very good at sourcing so a lot of the older research needs updating.  I do remember looking at the film for this particular census and probably doing that research at the Minnesota Historical Society at that time using film.

George’s brother Alexander Barclay was living in Dakota County.  Let’s see what was happening with Alex

6th line down: Barklay, Alexander A. 52 years, Male, White, born Conn. 40 years in area, 4 years?, farmer, 12, sold, yes, yes, yes.

Below him is Giles, Fannie B. 73 years old, female, white, born Mass, housekeepr, 12, no, no, no.

Source:  1895 Minnesota State Census, page 3, Lakeville Twp., Dakota Co., Minnesota, P.O. Farmington.

His father John Barclay was still living in Scott County with his wife Ellen/Helen and son Charlie

Family #54:  Barclay, John, age 94, male, white, born in Scotland, Resident of state 45 years, 45 years in enumeration district, occupation none, mother and father both of foreign birth.  Barclay, Ellen, age 65, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth.  Barclay Charlie, age 35, male, white, born in Minnesota.  In state and enumeration district 35 years, a farmer, employed 12 mos of the year.  Both parents of foreign birth.

Source: 1895 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 2, schedule #5, enumerated on 10 June 1895, FHL#565810.

This will be the last census that George (died 1898), Alexander (died 1905)  and John Barclay (died 1897) all appear in.  Even though Alexander lives till 1905 I have not been able to find him in the 1900 census nor the Minnesota state census of 1905.

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John Barclay, the father of George and my 2nd great-grandfather, was farming and raising his second family in Eagle Creek Township, Scott County, Minnesota. 

I last featured my 2nd great-grandfather John Barclay in my post on this blog dated September 11, 2010 “John Barclay’s Land!”  http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/john-barclays-land/  In this post I discussed the land patent he received on 10 September 1861. 

I return now, to the census and fortunately there are U.S. Federal and state census for Minnesota to study and I find John appearing consistently from 1857 through his death in 1895. 

John Barclay had two families as I featured in the posted dated April 3, 2010 “John Barclay’s Two Families.”  Some time around 1858-59 he remarried to a Helen.  There is some confusion as to what her first name was but the tombstone and other court documents use the name of “Helen.”   

We find the family of John and Helen Barclay living in Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota in 1865:

Line 1, John Barkley, male. Helena Barkley, female. Charles, male. William, male. Mary, female.

Source:  1865 Minnesota State Census 1 June 1865, Family of John Barkley, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., page 1, Minnesota Film #MNSC_3 or FHL #565716,  or at Ancestry.com. This census was merely a list of names with little information other than what I have indicated here

On January 19, 1867 and interesting event takes place.  John Barclay sells 160 acres to his wife Helen.  The land parcel is NE1/4 S23, T115, R22 and that is the same as the patent he received in 1861.  What follows is a transcription to the best of my ability for the handwriting was difficult to read.

                 “Filed for Record January 21, 1867 at 12 [pm]

                              U.S.Int. Res. Stamp to the amount of 50 cents

                 This Indenture made this nineteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven between John Barclay Senr of the first part and Helen Barclay, Wife of John Barclay Senr of the second part, all of Scott County State of Minnesota.

                Witnesseth, that the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of Three Hundred Dollars, in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, and the said party of the second part forever releases and discharges there from, has Granted, Bargained, Sold, Remised, Released, Aliened and Confirmed, and by these presents to grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, alien and confirm, unto the said party of the second part, and to her heirs  and assigns, forever, all the following described lot, piece of parcel of Land situated in the County of Scott and State of Minnesota, and known and described as follows, to wit:

                The North East Quarter of Section Twenty-three Township one hundred and fifteen North of Range twenty-two West containing one hundred and Sixty acres by Government Survey.  Together with all and Singular, the hereditaments and appurtenances as thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and the revision and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues, and profits thereof: and all the estate right, title, interest, claim or demand whatsoever of the said party of the first part, either in law or equity, of, in and of the above bargained premises, with the hereditaments and appurtenances.  To have and to hold the said premises above bargained and described with the appurtenances, unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever.  And the said John Barclay Senr party of the first part, for himself his heirs, executors and administrators, does convent, grant, bargain, and agree, to [     ]  the said party of the second part her heirs and assigns, that all the time of ensealing and filing of these presents, he is well _____ of the premises, above conveyed as of a good, sure, perfect, absolute and indefeasible estate of inheritance in law in fee simple and has good right, full power and lawful authority to grant, bargain, sell and convey the same in manner and form aforesaid, and that the same are free and clear from all forms of other grants, bargains, sales, liens, ___ assessments and encumbrances of what kind or nature so ever: and that the above bargained premises in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part, her heirs and assigns against all and every person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the whole or any part, thereof, of the said party of the first part shall and will warrant and forever ______ .  In Testimony Whereof, the said party of the first part hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. 

 Signed, Sealed and Delivered in Presence of  Robert Ringhorn and Andrew Kearney.  Signed by John Barclay (Seal),

 State of Minnesota, County of Scott

 I, Dave Ringhorn Justice of Peace, in and for said County, in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that John Barclay Sr personally known to be as the real person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing Deed, appeared before me this day in person, and acknowledged that he executed and Delivered the said Deed as his free and voluntary act for the use and purposes therein set forth.  Given under my hand and seal, this Nineteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.

 (signed by) David Ringhorn, J. Peace. 

 Filed for Record January 21, 1867 at 2 p.m.”

Source:  Deed Record, Scott County Registry of Deeds, Scott County Courthouse, Vol. M, 1864-1867, pg. 560-561, FHL#1403553.  General Index for grantees A-L 1855-1899 FHL#140356.

The question is why would he sell his land to his wife?  It has been suggested that it might have been to avoid tax issues.  Maybe he was ill; however, he lives another 30 years?  Maybe someone was trying to take the land from him?  So we add this to the To Do list! 

A couple of years later in 1870, we find John and Helen still living in Eagle Creek township and their family has expanded. 

Dwelling 81, Family 81 – Barclay, John age 50, male, white, farmer, $800 real estate, $200 personal, born in Scotland, father and mother of foreign birth, eligible to vote. Barclay, [       ], age 45, female, white, keeping house, born in Sweden, father and mother of foreign birth. Barclay, Charles, age 10, male, white. Barclay, William, age 8, male, white. Barclay, Mary age 6, female, white. Barclay, Anna  age [1], female and white. All the children were born in Minnesota.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota. Heritage Quest Online.  They read T132, Roll 10, page 370.**

**The 1870 U.S. Federal Agricultural census pages included John Barclay and it provided a very nice description of his farm:

Line 17, Barkley John 20 acres, 20 acres unimproved, 800 cash value of farm, 150 in value of farming implements and equipment, 15 in total wages paid in year including value of board, 2 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 2 other cattle, 2 sheep, 2 swine, 200 value of all live stock, 200 value in Spring Wheat, 100 bu. in Indian corn, 5 lbs wool, 30 bu. Irish potatoes, 100 lbs butter, 6 tons hay, 50 dollars value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter, 150 estimated value of all farm production including betterments and additions to stock.

Source:  1870 Schedule 3 – Products of Agriculture in Town of Eagle Creek, County of Scott in the State of Minnesota, pg. 4-5, 7th day of June, 1870, [P.T. Moot]. 

We continue following the family in the Minnesota State census for 1875 and it reads:

Line 8, Family 58, John Barkley, age 62, Male, white, born in Scotland, parents both born in Scotland.  Helen Barkley, age 38, female, white, born in Norway, both parents born in Norway. Charles Barkley, age 15, male, white, born in Minnesota. William Barkley age 13, male, white, born in Minnesota. Maria Barkley, age 11, female, white, born in Minnesota. Anna Barkley, age 3, female, white, born in Minnesota.

Source:  1875 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota, pg. 153, FHL#565728

The next time we find John Barclay is in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, still in Eagle Creek Township.

Line 9, Family #242 Barclay, John, White, Male, age 65 married, farmer, born in Scotland, mother and father born in Scotland. Barclay, Ellen, white, female, age 48, wife, married, keeping house, born in Norway, parents born in Norway. Barclay, Charles, white, male, age 24, son, single, at home, born in Minnesota, father born in Scotland, mother in Norway. Barclay, William, white, male, age 17 , son, single staying at home, born in Minnesota. Barclay, Anna, white, female, age 10, daughter, at home, born in Minnesota.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek Twp., Scott County, Minnesota, pg. 30, SD[2],, ED [?], T-9, Roll 633 MN.  What happened to the daughter Mary E.?  She is not listed in this census and the next and I was unable to find her living elsewhere?  It could suggest she died but as we will see that may not have been the case?

Remember the deed explain above where John gave his wife Helen the land.   H. Barclay appears on the 1880 platte map of Scott County, Minnesota as the owner of the land, John is not listed.

Platte map of Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota dated 1880, showing H. Barclay has 160 acres,  Twp 115, North Range 22, West of the 5th Principal Meridian.  Find the * over on the right of the platte map under the second E in creek.  (Click on the map and it will open in another window.  Don’t forget to hit your back button to return to this post.)  I obtained a copy of this map at the Scott County Historical Society in Shakopee.

Atlas Scott County 1880

John and Helen Barclay continue to remain in Eagle Creek Township as shown in the 1885 Minnesota State Census.

Family 98, John Barkley, age 70, male, white, born in Scotland, mother and father of foreign birth. Helen Barkley, age 53, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth. William Barkley, age 23, male, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth. Charley Barkley age 25, male, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth, Annie age 15, female, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth.

Source:  1885 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek Township, Scott County, Minnesota, pg. 14, FHL#565754 also at Ancestry.com.

As you can see from these census the Barclay name is spelled differently than I spell it: “Barkley.”  The ages of the family members change and the age for John himself varies widely over the years.  Helen’s first name changes from Ellen to Helen an in one case you can’t read it at all.  Her origins also change from Swedish to Norwegian and seem to stay with the later as time passes.  The one consistent is they stay on the land for a very long time.

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**Warning:  I was doublechecking the 1870 U.S. Federal Census at Ancestry.com and have found some problems.  Apparently the 1870 U.S. Federal is all jumbled up and missing pages for Eagle Creek. I did a browe through the Eagle Creek portion and it was a mess. 

John Barclay appears in an Agricultural Census that is tacked on to the end of Eagle Creek run.  It is  filmed with page 3 next to page 4 and the second part of page 4 is filmed with page 5 and so on.  This means you have to move to the next page to get the total picture.  

This is not the first time I have had problems with Ancestry.com census being wrong. 

I suggest you go to the Heritage Quest database usually online at your public library with the use of your library card.  The other option is to consult the U.S. Federal Census films at your local National Archives Branch or check for a run of films for the census at your local public library, genealogical society or historical.

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From the 1853 appearance of John Barclay in the Eagle Creek area, I am able to follow him to his death in Minnesota in 1897.  It is in Minnesota that he starts his second family. 

We first see this when we view the U.S. Federal Census for 1860 .  I found this entry under the name “Bartley.” 

John Barclay appears with his two sons Alexander and George and the beginning of his second family. 

1860 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota

 

Minnesota, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., pg. 97, P.O. Shakopee, enumerated 15 July, 1860 by M. P. Clark – Dwelling 838, Family 838, John Bartley, age 48 (born about 1812), male, farmer, born in Scotland. Ellen Bartley 30 (born about 1833), female, born in Norway. Charles Bartley 7/12 mos old, born in Minnesota, Alexander Bartley 20 years old (born about 1840), farm labor, born in Connecticut. George Bartley age 17 (born about 1843), farm labour, born in Connecticut.   

One fact about my Barclay family is the ages will keep changing over the years.  According to other documentation Alexander was born in 1842 and George was born in 1844.  A two-year difference is not necessarily a big difference especially when you do not have an actual birth record.  What I do know is taken from military records.  To really know the true birthdate you need the parents acting as the informants.    

Their father John’s birth year as given here had him born about 1812.  I have an obituary and tombstone picture which puts his birth year at 1801 and that is an 11 year difference.  John’s age will change a lot over the years to come, so I really don’t know exactly how old he was. 

There is a bit of confusion about his 2nd wife’s name.  I have finally settled on the fact that it is Helen and not Ellen as this census has indicated.  Her surname maiden name is also a little confusing it could be Stevenson or Iverson.  It might imply she had been married before?  I will go over the documentation I have on Helen in future posts. 

As we see here Alexander and George are listed as being born in Connecticut.  Going back to the 1857 Minnesota State census (May 15, 2010 post) we see that they are also listed as being born in Connecticut.  So you can see why I have focused on Connecticut as their birthplaces. 

The other interesting point is the spelling of the name Barclay.  It has come down in my family as “Barclay.”  However, as you see here is it listed as “Bartley.”  I have seen other spellings.  Of course, this could be the enumerator’s take on the spelling of the name.  My great-grandfather and mother both spelled it “Barclay.”

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