Sometimes when someone does not marry, they really help in the research of a family because they give their estate usually to their siblings, nephews and nieces. Alexander did just that however, he did not have a will so the estate went into probate because he had money and land.
In the above note written by my Aunt Miriam she was correct in stating there were eleven heirs to Alexander’s estate.
In the post “John Barclay’s Two Families” dated April 3, 2010 on this blog, I listed the children both from the 1st and 2nd family of John Barclay the father. I gave a little information about each sibling but didn’t go into each in-depth.
The probate packet of Alexander A. Barclay’s estate consisted of 35 documents. The probate process began sometime in December 1905 and ended April 23, 1907. The total value of the estate was $5500.00. There were two pieces of real estate one in Lakeville, a farm and one in Farmington which consisted of lots. These were sold since no one was interested in the property. There were mining stocks that were distributed and transferred to the heirs.
I found this add for the sale of A.A. Barclay’s lands in the local newspaper.
It reads: Farm for Sale Cheap: I offer for sale, subject to the approval of the Judge of Probate for Dakota County, Minnesota, 105 acres of farming lands in section 34 township 114, range 20 in Dakota County, State of Minnesota, at $40.00 per acre. Also the building on the corner of Third and Elma Streets, belonging to the estate of A.A. Barclay – Deceased. Inquir of H.N. Rogers, administrator, Farmington, Minn. 11-45.
Here is a review of those who were identified as heirs of Alexander’s estate.
The first family of John Barclay and Margaret:
Avery Barclay born about 1836. He was presumed dead according to an affidavit of the sister Sarah Agnes Blinn. So his portion of the estate would go to his two children:
“John A. Barclay, aged 70 years, not heard from by relatives during the past 30 years, supposed to be dead, who is a brother. In his place John Avery Barclay, son and Sarah Ellen Barclay Sears were awarded a share each as the only surviving children of the first son.”
1) John Avery Barclay born 1867.
2) Sarah Ellen Barclay Sears born 1869.
2. James A. Barclay born about 1838 died in 1906 during the probate of Alexander’s estate.
“James A. Barclay, aged 68 years, residing at 1444 Stratford Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. who is a brother.”
3. Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn born about 1840.
“Sarah Agnes Blinn, aged 66 years residing at 1375 [New] Dalles Ave, Alamirda, Cal., who is a sister. Note: I think they mean Alameda, California.”
4. Mary J. Barclay Ford born about 1841.
“Mary J. Ford, aged 65 years, residing at Bristol., Conn., who is a sister.”
5. Alexander Barclay the deceased, would fit here in the ages of the children.
6. Martha M. Barclay Ford born about 1843.
“Martha M. Ford, aged 65 years residing at Fruitvale, Cal., who is a sister.”
7. George Angus Barclay born 1844 died 1898. Grace his daughter would be the one to inherit from Alexander. Grace started out as the Administrator of the estate but because she was pregnant with Miriam at the time she could not attend to the legal process and another person was appointed.
“Grace A. McDonald of the Village of International Falls, in the County of Itasca and the State of Minnesota, respectfully shows that Alexander A. Barclay was a resident of the Village of Farmington in the County of Dakota and State of Minnesota, died on the 9 December, A.D. 1905 at the City of Rochester in the County of Olmsted, State of Minnesota, leaving estate therein and without leaving any last Will and Testament to the knowledge, information or belief of your petitioner. That the name relationship, ages and residences of the heirs of said deceased, as far as known to your petitioner, are as follows….”
“Grace A. McDonald, aged 28 years, residing at International Falls, Itasca Co., Minn who is a niece (daughter of Geo. A. Barclay brother of deceased).” Note: Grace was born 1882 so she would be 23 years old.
Here we list the half-siblings from John Barclay’s second marriage to Ellen:
8. Charles Barclay born 1860.
“Charles Barclay, aged 45 years, residing at Shakopee, Minn., who is a half-brother.”
9. William Barclay born 1863
“William Barclay, aged 43 years, residing at Pony, Madison Co., Montana, who is a half-brother.”
10. Mary E. Barclay Clark born about 1864.
“Mary Clark aged 42 years, residing at Bridger, Carbon Co., Montana, age 42 years, who is a half-sister.”
11. Anna Elizabeth Barclay Carter born 1870.
“Annie E. Carter, aged 36 years, residing at 2050 11 St. Marinette, Wis, who is a half-sister.”
It cost me a small fortune to obtain the probate file of Alexander Barclay but it was worth it. I have always known that Alexander would be of great help to me.
In the next posts I will share some of the highlights of Alexander’s probate and discuss in more detail the heirs of his estate and what I know about each of them. I have already shared what I know about Alexander in this blog, so I won’t repeat his story. Remember these individuals are also George A. Barclay’s siblings and half-siblings. Did George communicate with his siblings and half-siblings? I have no knowledge of how close to them he was. I do know about his relationship with Alexander. Did Amarilla know them, I don’t know. Grace seemed to be aware of her aunts and uncles so maybe there was some communication.
Source: Probate File of Alexander Barclay, Dakota Co., Minnesota, December 1905. Petition for Letters of Administration, 11 January 1906, Submitted by Grace A. McDonald.