A Celebration of a 3 year project..!

I am celebrating a three-year project completion. I was writing about Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall on my Solomon Goss blog and I have come to a stopping place on that research. Who are Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall. Well, they are very important to the Goss Family History. Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall are Lydia Goss’s greats. Lydia is the daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive Scott. Lydia and John Andrews Spracklin’s son Daniel married Elizabeth Keller first marriage and had Amarilla, my great grandmother.  She is the subject of this blog the Barclays.  They are important because they lead to DAR/SAR and Mayflower.

This is on the Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio blog and you can find the link on the right side of this blog and take a look.

Happy Dance!

Things are changing…Scotland Trip to be moved…

Hello:  I am in the process of turning my trip to Scotland into a PDF because of space issues on The Man Who Lived Airplanes Blog where I have presented the details over several posts. This means that the posts will eventually disappear on that blog.  There is a page that I am getting ready for this turn of events.

macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/trip-to-scotland-in-may-2018/

This process will take place over the next months and be complete by June 2020. So instead of posts about the trip to Scotland in 2018 there will be a PDF on a page with information on the Blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes. You will be able to click on the PDF and search through the document. There will be a table of contents of the posts and a description of their content.

This was an EPIC trip in May of 2018 and I can’t believe it has almost been two years since we visited Scotland.  I highly recommend it, even the driving on the left…giggle.

Bonnie:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

This photo is looking from Edinburgh Castle to the north and the Royal Mile.

A little Surprise from Heritage Group North, Pine River

You never know when something really amazing comes your way. The Heritage Group North of Pine River makes attempts to preserve the history of the town and area. Today I got a present in email.

A Flyer by Amarilla for her business

We do not know when this was published but she was using the Dawes name from about 1902 to 1919 up until she remarried to George Urton. We also don’t know if this was a flyer in the newspaper or separate. Amarilla did have her store well into the 1920’s.

Thanks to the Heritage Group North of Pine River you can visit them on Facebook for the latest updates and news.

A Tour Through Scotland May 2018

My hubbie and I have returned from Scotland a little over a week ago. We have been recovering. It was EPIC. I am starting to publish posts at my other blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes about the trip.  https://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

I am working on my journal, something I do when I travel.  I have learned that you don’t remember unless you document a trip. I am also on Facebook and if you are a cousin please by all means come befriend me for I am posting some photos there as well.

Me at Edinburgh Castle, a place I have wanted to see for a long time.

We traveled first to Edinburgh. We then went to Stirling for there are many historic sites to visit and it is pretty country. From Stirling we headed up to Inverness and were there for several days. On the way we stopped in Newtonmore to visit the Clan Macpherson Museum and it was worth it. We did not see any monsters in Loch Ness but we did walk the battlefield at Culloden.  From Inverness we drove the length of Loch Ness so we really explored that Loch both north, middle and south. We stayed in Fort Augustus for one night and enjoyed a portion of the Caledonian Canal.  We then headed to Invergarry and visited the Glengarry Heritage Center. It was awesome. I also got to see Invergarry Castle one of the MacDonald castles. It is a ruin but still it is very amazing.

It was time to head west and we drove through the Glengarry area of Scotland to Kintail Lodge which is located in Glenshiel a part of the Kyle of Lochalsh area. It is on the east end of Loch Duich a salt water loch. Of course I could not miss Eilean Donan Castle which is wonderful. We drove over the Bridge to the Isle of Skye and stopped in Kyleakin to enjoy views of the bridge for it was a lovely day. Portree was not to far and we were soon at our lodging and settling in. The next day we viewed the Old Man of Storr, Dumtulm Castle, The Skye Museum of Island Life and Flora MacDonald’s grave. The next stop was Armadale and the Clan Donald Centre, I was in heaven.

 

A portion of Edinburgh Castle

Crossing the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig was a big scary for it was not the best weather. The boat was rocking back and forth and the water was spraying over the bow of the boat. I was glad to be back on land. Mallaig is a fun town. It is where the Jacobite Train stops and returns to Fort William so you get a lot of travelers. The next day we were back on the ferry to the Knoydart penninsula were a lot of MacD’s came from to Canada. We took a tour with the Ranger of the Knoydart Foundation around the north part of the peninsula in a Land Rover and through the Glen. It was amazing.

We left Mallaig and headed to Fort William stopping at various sites along the way especially the Glenfinnan Monument

Looking east toward the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

More of Edinburgh Castle from Camera Obscura’s tower

where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard. We pressed on to Fort William and explored that area. We visited the Clan Cameron Museum north of Fort William and had a lovely dinner at the Crannog on Loch Linnhe. From Fort William we stopped in Glencoe and spent some time at the visitor centre learning about the 1692 massacre of MacDonalds, a sad business. A drive along Loch Lomond to Dumbarton Castle.

It was time to head to Glasgow and we found our hotel without too much fuss. We spent several days in Glasgow visiting archives and ending our time at the Kelvingrove Museum. It was back to Edinburgh and home.

I told you it was awesome and this is only a summary. The pictures are just to tease you. To see more go to my other blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes and enjoy!

An Update: Time for me to Take a Trip to Scotland!

Yes, I am going to Scotland, and I will be touring the country for several weeks. I will try to share some of the events as they happen but it will be a busy trip. I am not as young and eager as I used to be and I want to take time and savor it all and it also depends on the WiFi situation?

Scotland simplified

It has been awhile, since I last posted on this blog. I have been busy on another blog titled Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. in Ohio and writing about my Dad’s Goss Family connections.

Just because I have not been posting on this blog, it does not mean that I have not be trying to further the research on the Barclay family.

John Barclay has been very uncooperative. I am referring to the man who was supposedly born in 1801 in Edinburgh and died in 1897 in Shakopee, Minnesota, and the man who is the father of George A. Barclay my great grandfather.  He refuses to be found in the records before his time in Shakopee.

Well, I am going to do some traveling and I am headed to Scotland soon. It will be an EPIC trip.

Hopefully, I will share some of the adventures on this blog and see what comes up.

I will be visiting several archives, societies and repositories in my travels. I will be looking into the surname of MacDonald/MacDonell, and Barclay.  I will be seeking information about the surnames of  McMurray, and Jackson discussed on the Boardman and Brown blog. I know more about the MacD’s and Barclay’s and little about the McMurray’s and Jacksons and their origins.

As I visit these archives I will ask lots of questions so I should be very educated in Scottish research by the time I get home. I will also leave behind my family history and maybe it will have some effect?

I will visit lots of castles that have to do with MacDonald/MacDonell history as well as areas and places and also just Scottish history. Unfortunately the castle for Barclay is in private hands at this time. There will be battlefields to see and the Scottish Highlands to explore including the Isle of Skye and the area west of Fort Augustus.  Click the map and it will open.

The Highlands of Scotland

I will share this trip on two of my blogs, this one and The Man Who Lived Airplanes http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

It will be EPIC! Bonnie

A Resting Place for this blog about the lives of George and Amarilla Barclay of Pine River…

This blog was started in March of 2010.  It has now been six years of postings about the lives, ancestors and families of George Angus Barclay and Amarilla Spracklin, founders of Pine River, Minnesota.

George A. Barclay ca. 1878

George A. Barclay ca. 1878

I have covered George Angus Barclay’s early years, his siblings, his life in Minnesota, his service in the Civil War and his settling in the Pine River area.  There is always more you can do in genealogical research and I still have questions but I think I have covered quite a bit on this blog.  They were truly two very colorful and complicated people.

Unfortunately, I have not yet determined if George was born in Enfield, Connecticut.  There is no birth record for him at the Enfield Courthouse.  I was actually there at the courthouse on two separate occasions searching for his birth and anything on the Barclays. I have studied George’s siblings to try to find out if they knew anything.  They all have their own version of their origins in the USA but not much about Scotland so far.

The last name of George’s mother Margaret was found on his sister Mary Jane Barclay Ford’s death certificate but it is unreadable.  I have asked many genealogists to try to help me decipher it but they have failed as well. It is something like Margaret “Davison or Davidson.”  If I could find another source it might reveal the name in a more readable manner.

George’s father,  John Barclay, was supposedly born in Edinburgh, but I am not so sure about that. We all know the great city of Edinburgh and he might have just used that city because it was known.  If he had a Scottish brogue it might have been difficult to understand his actual birth location. I have experience with a mispronunciation and spelling of a birth location in Scotland on my mother’s side. However, Edinburgh is a very big city and he could have come from some area in or around that city. What this means is I need to learn about Scottish genealogical research and I started that process with the course I took several years ago at the British Institute in Salt Lake City.

Evergreen Cemetery - Barclay plot

Evergreen Cemetery – Barclay plot

John Barclay stated that he came to the United States in 1833.  This is what he testified to in his naturalization papers that I found in Scott County, Minnesota records. So far I have not found any evidence of a John Barclay coming to the United States in that year of 1833 online. I am told by accomplished genealogists who have studied immigration that people often forget the year of their immigration.

John’s age is also in question, it changes from census to census. It is said that he was born in 1801 and died in 1897 which makes him 96 years old at his death.  His obituary notice is also vague about his origins, immigration and his first wife.

George and Alexander, brothers, indicate they were born in Connecticut but so far I have not found any birth records for the children of John and Margaret Barclay in that state and I have been to several of their archives in person on several occasions and local courthouses.  I have conducted a cemetery search in the Enfield area for Margaret but have had no luck on a burial location. It is possible that she is buried near the Bristol area based on her daughter Mary Jane’s information. So the origins of the Barclay’s are still shrouded in mystery.  We will see, and if I do find out anything I will of course share it on this blog.

Amarilla about 1911 in Pine River, MN.

Amarilla about 1911 in Pine River, MN.

Amarilla’s connection have been a little easier to find and search. I have covered Amarilla’s life in Iowa and Minnesota on this blog.  Her father Daniel D. Spracklin was born in Knox Co., Ohio and he migrated to Iowa by 1856 with his first family.  That family consisted of mother Elizabeth Keller Spracklin, and her siblings Henry, Oliver, and Mary with Amarilla following in 1858.

Because there was a lot to share I decided to divide up the story of Amarilla’s origins between Ohio and Iowa/Minnesota. So you will find the origins of the Spracklin’s on another blog titled “Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio.”  This blog will take you back into the history of Amarilla’s father and mother’s origins in Ohio focusing on the counties of Washington, Knox and Morrow.  It covers Daniel D. Spracklin’s family origins through his parents John A. and Lydia (Goss) Spracklin, his siblings and what happened to them.

Amarilla’s lineage goes to DAR and the Revolutionary War and to Mayflower through her grandmother Lydia Goss Spracklin. I have yet to share about that side of the family but will be doing so on the Solomon Goss blog after I complete the Spracklin’s history.

Amarilla’s also has lineage to DAR and Mayflower through her mother’s side of the family Elizabeth Keller Spracklin’s mother Mary Anne Delano Keller and her father Stephen Delano.  This lineage has been covered in the Solomon Goss blog.

I need to join DAR and Mayflower and in the next year hopefully that will go well and I will let you know the outcome.  I also might give information to other organizations in order to preserve my and our family history.

I have taken DNA tests and some family members have done so as well.  I have a PAGE at the top of this blog describing that process.  I encourage anyone who is a Barclay or a cousin to take a test and let me know so I can seek you out in the database and see how you compare with myself.  I have tested with all the major companies – Ancestry, Family Tree DNA and 23&Me.

So I come to a stopping place on this blog and will not be posting unless I have something of merit to share with you. The blog will remain online and active and I might make some changes adding material or updating and do a little maintenance on occasion so check back once in a while to see if anything new occurs.  Check the right side at the top of the blog for any updates and announcements.

This does not mean that I am finished.  I want to clean up my research binders for the Barclays and when that is to my satisfaction, I will start working on more research into the origins of the Barclays.

I will be putting my time and energy into the Solomon Goss blog and going further back into the past to cover the Goss family history. It will be a great challenge and will take a great deal of care.  It will be harder because the further back you go the harder the research gets.

To help you find things, I have created PAGES at the top of this blog on various topics and as table of contents for the different surnames making it easier to find the posts that cover the information you seek. There are tips on how to search this blog.

Please feel free to comment, just make sure you have the correct blog before you click send for I have several blogs.  You can also contact me at my other email  bjmcdonell@gmail.com.

Happy hunting Bonnie