By 1857 George and Alexander are living with their father John Barclay in Eagle Creek, Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota.
On Line 20 we find John Barclay age 46, male, white, born in Scotland and a farmer. Below him is Alex age 16 born in Connecticut and then there is George age 14 born in Connecticut.
Here is the beginning of evidence that points to Connecticut as Alexander and George’s birthplace.
The question is how did they get from Connecticut to Minnesota?
The Logsleds to Snowmobile Book by the city of Pine River gives this statement:
“Sometime before the Civil War his mother died, and George and his brother, Alexander, were placed in different foster homes. George ran away from his “turf family,” found his brother, and together they enlisted on August 13, 1862 in the Union Army.” page 104.
What a great and wonderful adventure these two young men would have had. I often ponder it, wondering what route they took, what sights they saw. How did they know their father was in Minnesota?
I have been to Enfield and drove from Enfield to East Windsor where the 1850 Census places these brothers living near each other. I was curious as to the distance. It is close and took about 5-10 minutes to drive it. Two young boys without means they would have had to walk to get to each other unless they talked a good story to someone and hitched a ride. It is doable.
Based on the 1850 Census which I have discussed in past posts (April 11, 2010) we have seen that Alexander was in East Windsor and George was in Enfield, Connecticut.
I have a theory. There was an older brother name John Avery Barclay who would have been about 20 or 21 years old in 1857. I talked about the 1850 Census for Enfield in which I found a John Bartley about the right age living in Enfield (April 18, 2010 post). Alex was 16 and George 14 when they were with their father in 1857. Maybe this is a little more involved than is realized?
Their older brother John Avery Barclay takes up residence in Silbey Co., Minnesota in the 1860 Census. He is living in Kelso and farming. He is 25 years old. The only evidence that this John is a brother is from Alexander’s probate file. I will talk more about this brother and his family in future posts.
Of course this is idea that they all came together is speculation on my part.
As for the comment about the Civil War, well it is not quite right. Alexander enlisted first and then George followed him a year later. I will discuss the Civil War service of Alexander, George and John Barclay Sr. in future posts. Each person was involved in very different ways and all survived to live for many years beyond.