George Angus Barclay is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd, Minnesota. There are several stones in this plot. The very tall one to the left is George’s monument, the small one on the right is the son’s, George Alexander’s, tombstone and the one in front of the large monument is George’s Civil War stone. The shiny flat stone in the foreground is Amarilla’s.
Father, George Angus Barclay, Born Aug. 18, 1844, Died Oct. 29, 1898 Aged 54 Yrs, 2 Mos & 11 Days.
A Good Man is Known by His Works.
George and Amarilla’s first grandchild is also buried in this plot. R.S. McDonald is listed as the father. There is no stone for this baby but it is noted in the cemetery records.
Evergreen has placed their Directory of the dead online and you can click on the ? mark and go to Find A Grave for this cemetery and there is some very interesting links at Find A Grave. They are misspellings as well so be careful.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=108429087&CRid=82259& Do a search for Urton, Barclay, Dawes and more. It is very interesting.
Warren Huffman had kind words for my great grandfather and stated in his own words in the 1973 Pine River Journal:
“The first winter was a hard one for new settlers to get started. George Barclay had the one store in Pine River and without the credit that he extended it would have been impossible to stay. George Barclay had his detractors, but he was a kind-hearted man and generous. He was a small man with a high-pitched voice. I remember him well, and we all felt a genuine sorrow and loss when he was shot by an unknown person as he sat reading in the lobby of the Barclay Hotel.” By Warren Huffman in his own words “As I remember … 1894, Pine River Journal (Newspaper), Cass County, MN. 1973.
Amarilla is also buried there and upon my first visit she did not have a tombstone. There is one there now. More on her death in future posts.
This is probably where the funeral ceremony for George A. Barclay took place. I can picture Amarilla, Grace, R.S. McDonald and Alexander gathered there by the grave. How did they bring the casket in an open wagon or in a funeral wagon? Who else was there? Did the G.A.R. perform a military ceremony for this Civil War veteran? So many questions…