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:
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.
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.
Go in at the entrance sign and go straight back past the shed.
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.
Here are closer views of the inscription on the tombstone.
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.
I took this picture so that one could use the houses in the background to find the tombstone quickly.
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.