After the Civil War – George and Alexander Try Farming?

After the Civil War George and Alexander tried farming together in Dakota County, Minnesota.  

Minnesota has state census posted at  The 1865 does not have either one listed.  It looks like it was enumerated on June 1, 1865.  We know that George was mustered out in August and Alex was mustered out in July of 1865, both were honorably discharged.

By 1870  they are together in Eureka, Dakota Co., Minnesota in the U.S. Federal Census:

They are listed as farmers. Father and mother are of foreign birth. Both are listed as citizens. George is 26 yrs old and Alexander is 29. Both have 400 as value of their real estate. Sheet 17, page 117 in right corner. It was enumerated on October 29, 1870 by a K.D. Pettibone.

The interesting thing is they, George and Alex, are not listed as a separate household.  They are under a David Giles who is listed as 116 Dwelling and Family 108.  This David Giles has 10 family members. He is born in Rhode Island.  Various family members are born in Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota.  I do not know if there is a relationship to the Giles family for George and Alexander. 

The photo is of the historic Oliver Kelly Farm  It is near Elk River which is located northwest of Minneapolis along the Mississippi River. 

Note:  Another confusing thing is Eureka is a township, not a town in Dakota Co.  Eureka-Shorewood could have you south of Lake Minnetoka if you are not careful.  Here again is Wikipedia and an explanation of the location:,_Dakota_County,_Minnesota  (This is an update).

The Giles Family as listed in the 1870 US Census:

  • David Giles 52, M, W, Farmer, $600, Rhode Island (David is added 3/11/2012)
  • Fannie G. 46, born in Mass
  • George A. age 23, farm labor born in New York
  • Edward M, age 21 born New York
  • Aloni C age 18 born in New York
  • Hiriam L. age 15 born in New York
  • Lillie age 10 born in Minnesota
  • Henry D age 12 born in Minnesota (His name is hard to read)
  • Lora D age 7 born in Minnesota
  • Frank E. age 2 born in Minnesota

The state census for Minnesota for 1875 reveals:

Alex Barkley (not spelling) age 30 born in Conn., parents both born in Scotland is living in Eureka, Dakota Co., Minnesota.  He is on line 37.  On line 33 in house 82 is a Fannie Giles with 3 other family members. 

Alex is not listed as a separate house.  He is right under this family.  Fannie is 51 born in Mass as well as her parents.  There is no David Giles at this time implying she is now a widow?   Fannie has 3 sons living with her Alvin age 28, born in New York, Lawrence age 12 and Frank age 7 born in New York. 

Somehow I feel there is a connection to this Giles family but so far I do not know what that is?  We may find more clues when we look at Alex’s land holdings.

George, Alex’s brother, is not listed as living with Alexander.  In fact, a search of the 1875 Minnesota State census one cannot find George at all.  Studying the 1875 entries we learn that Cass County and Crow Wing County are not featured in the listing and I am not finding another source.

From this point on Alex remains in Dakota County farming his land.  He never marries or has any children as we will see. Something happened that caused George Angus Barclay to strike out on his own even though he cared about his brother Alex.  I think great grandpa had something else in mind!