George Angus Barclay’s probate process was pretty easy for he had only two heirs: Amarilla, his wife, and Grace his daughter.
George’s brother Alexander didn’t marry although I suspect he did care about someone. Because Alexander remained single his heirs were his siblings and if deceased it would be their children.
In the last post I gave an overview of the eleven heirs of Alexander Barclay’s estate. The heirs listed were the children of John Barclay and Margaret, the first marriage. and John Barclay and Ellen for the second marriage. There would be full siblings and also half-siblings involved. How close George or Alexander were to these other siblings I do not know. Only a few attended John’s funeral according to his obituary. I have posted about John Barclay, the father, in this blog on many occasions if you want to review just do a search.
It is now time to share about the siblings. I want to start with the oldest.
The oldest brother was named John Barclay. I have his birth sometime around 1836. He may have been born earlier or later. In the census he is listed as born in Scotland. John Barclay, the father, claims in his naturalization papers that he came to the U.S. in 1833. This would mean that the son was not born in Scotland but based on documentation you will see that this John Barclay was pretty clear about his birth country being Scotland. This means that John Barclay the father gave the wrong information on his naturalization papers. Until this mystery of the Barclay arrival in the USA is solved the birth of the son John Barclay will be in question and for that matter all the children.
In the post titled “John Barclay’s Two Families,” dated April 3, 2010 on this blog, I gave a summary of the children of John Barclay from each of the two marriages. In the next posts, I will share in more detail what I know about each of these individuals.
In my post “More Siblings in Connecticut 1850,” April 18, 2010 I did a study of the 1850 U.S. Connecticut census trying to identify the children of John and Margaret Barclay who were scattered around the Enfield. The family of John and Margaret Barclay was scattered and broken in 1850. A search of the census did not reveal John Barclay the father or anything about the mother who was said to have “died before the Civil War.” I do not pick up John’s trail till 1853 when he appears in Shakopee, Scott Co., Minnesota. Where he was from 1833 to 1853 is not clear. The History of Enfield Connecticut reports about a John Barclay who was not paying his taxes and a Margaret who died in 1848. There is not enough information to really prove that these are my ancestors.
John Barclay the oldest son has not been easy to find or to learn about. I start with the 1850 U.S. Federal Census in Connecticut.
1850 Census: “A John Bartley is living with the Olmstead family in Enfield. The spelling is slightly different. I have seen this spelling version of the Barclay surname before in other documents. The family starts on line 9 with an Obadiah Olmstead age 34 male, farmer with $4000 in real estate, born in Connecticut. He is followed by Hannah age 30, [Sauranu] age 7 female and Frederick age 4 male. John is on line 13. This John is 16 years old which means he was born about 1834 and born in Scotland. John is followed by a James Boyle age 28 farmer, born in Ireland.
This John Bartley is a strong possibility for the older brother of George and Alex.
In another post “1850 Connecticut – George and Alex,” dated April 11, 2010, I wrote about George and Alexander and the fact they were living in separate families as well.
I have spent some time trying to find out about apprenticeships in Connecticut in the 1840’s and 1850’s. Looking for poor houses in the area of Hartford County, Connecticut but the records are not good. The towns would care for their poor and take families would take in children so there might be agreements but I have not had much success in finding them. It has been frustrating.
By the 1857 Minnesota Territorial Census we find John Barclay, the father, living in Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota and George and Alexander are with him enumerated on 26 Sept 1857, by Frank Warren, pg. 326.
Line 21, 6/6 John Barclay, age 46, (born 1811) male, white, Place of birth – Scotland, naturalized, farmer. Line 22, 6/6 Alex Barclay, age 16, (1841) male, white, born in Conn. Line 23 George Barclay, age 14 (1843), male, white born in Conn.
There is no mention of John Barclay the oldest son in this census. If I speculate, John Barclay would be 20-23 years old at this time and did he bring his two younger brothers to Minnesota or did they come by themselves. George would be about 13 years old and Alex would be 15 or 16 years old. I have wondered how they got to Minnesota and thought it would be very interesting story.
In the General Index of Deeds for Sibley Co., Minnesota FHL#2294774, listed as grantee is a John Barckly. He is buying from Grantor C.H. Drew, Recorded 12, Nov. 1858, Instrument dated 27, February 1858. Book C., pg. 557, W 1/3 of S1/3 of SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 Section 15, Twp. 112, R. 27. A copy of the deed would need to be obtained to see if it placed John in Sibley County or indicates he is listed somewhere else.
By the 1860 U.S. Federal Census we have John Barclay living in Kelso, Sibley Co., Minnesota.
277/277 John Barkley 25, Male, Farmer, $50.00 born in Scotland.
Source: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Kelso, Sibley Co., Minnesota pg. 26, June 16, 1860, P.C. Bray.
In the year 1864 John is on the Delinquent Tax Lists for 1865-1875 for Kelso Twp., Sibley Co., Minnesota.
John Barclay appears in the 1865 Minnesota State Census in Sibley Co., Minnesota. He is family #17, male. The date of the census was 1 June 1865. (Roll MNSC-3).
He also appears on the Tax list for 1864.
Tax. Dup. of Township Kelso, Co. of Sibley 1864, Barclay, John 105, $5.19 paid. SW LE LE L4 Sec Town or Lot 15 Block 112 Range 27 total value $30, total tax $1.48, remarks 2.11
Source: Delinquent Tax Lists, Sibley Co., MN 1865-1875, #102.K.7.3B 2v, Henderson & Kelso.
In 1865 John Barclay marries on 3 July 1865 to Minerva Parks in Henderson, Sibley Co., Minnesota.
Source: Marriage Records, 1865-1952, Marriage Record Index 1865-1992, Barclay & Parks, 1865, Item 2, Box 1, Book A, page. 17, FHL#2295484.
State of Minnesota, District Court for the County of Sibley, To any persons lawfully authoried to Solomize marriage within said state. Know ye that license is hereby granted to join together a husband and wife. John Barclay of the County of Sibley, State of Minnesota and Minerva Parks of the County of Sibley and State of Minnesota. Being satisfied by the affidavit of A. D. Parks and [Lovina] Parks parents of the said Minerva Parks that there is no legal impediment thereto. Therefore this shall be your sufficient authority for solemizing the marriage of said parties and making return thereof as provided by law. etc. Signed by M.B. Wilcox clerk July 3, 1865.
From this information we know that Minerva was the daughter of Avery D. Parks and Lavisa (Lovina). Minerva had siblings: Allen (1852) Pascal (1854), Amy (1857), Iseral (1859).
Source: Family of Avery D. Parks – 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Tuscarora, Steuben Co., New York, pg. 87, enumerated on the 30th of July 1860.
Avery D. Parks is also listed in the 1865 Minnesota State Census along with Louirie, Minerva, Allen, Pascal, Israel, Rhoda, Renaldo. Also a Miner R. Parks with Susan and Andrew follow as a family group.
John and Minerva (Parks) Barclay had 4 children:
1. John Avery Barclay (1867 to 1951). He will be featured in a future post and also his sister.
2. Sarah Ellen Barclay (1869 to 1957)
3. Albert Barclay (born 29 March 1870 died 24 August 1874) a twin.
4. Alice Barclay (born 29 March 1870 to ________) a twin
Source: Township Birth Records, 1864-1887, Sibley Co., Minnesota, Kelso Twp., FHL#2365687.
#3 March 29, 1870 Albert Barclay, Male Twin, White, Town or City: Sibley, Father John Barclay, born in Scotland, Farmer, Registered Dec 10. #4 Alice Barclay, Female Twin, White, Town or City: Sibley, Mother Minerva Barclay, born in Pennsylvania, Registered Dec 10.
Albert died 24 Aug. 1874 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California according to funeral home records.
Albert Barclay, burial, 24 Aug, 1874, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, age 3, born Minnesota, death 1874, est. birth year 1871, N. Gray & Co. Funeral Home Records.
Unfortunately, troubles were still plaguing John Barclay in 1867 he gets arrested for allegedly stealing hay.
Source: Silbey Co., Minnesota Civil and Criminal Case Files, State of Minnesota, Co. of Silbey v. John Barclay, Case #1505, Minnesota Historical File 131.E.3.8F Box 8.
There are documents in this file as follows:
1. No. 1505 District Court 8th Judicial District, Sibley Co., Minnesota vs. John Barclay, Summons to trial for William T. Barnes, Arnold Selger, Moses Pellier, C. H. Delger, Daniel McGuen and Oliver Pelkey. To a home on the 8th day of Feb. 1867 at 9 am Sunday in the Town of Kelso at the home of Sylvester Rice for the trial of John Barclay.
2. Court expenses For $1.65 dated Feb 27, 1867
3. Sheriff Summons to arrest John Barkley for the stealing of 4 loads of hay, dated 6th day of Feb 1867 signed by the Justice of the Peace Eben. M. Gordon.
4. Further expenses $3.05, filed Feb 27, 1867.
5. Formal printed with handwritting subpoena, dated 6 Feb. 1867, Eben. M. Gordon, Jof Peace for Sylvester Rice, A.D. Parkes, George Grant, Allen Parkes, Pascha Parkes.
6. Justice’s return – summary of the trial at the home of Sylvester Rice – John Barclay was convicted of stealing 4 loads of hay that was owned by David Adams. John Barkley to pay a fine of $30.00 by 9th day of Feb. and he will be imprisoned in the common jail of the county if the said fine is not paid. Signed 9th day of Feb by Mr. Gordon JP. Judge Austin decided that the court had not final jurisdiction and had John taken by the sheriff and he was to appear the 2nd of April 1867 in Henderson.
7. Court expenses listed total of $6.05 Feb 27, 1867.
8. Complaint of Daniel Adams that John Barkley had stolen 4 loads of hay from him Feb 6th 1867 and that John Barkley would be arrested. Signed by Mr. Gordon, JP.
9. List of the jurors: Wm. F. Barnes, Arnold Delger, Moses Peltier, H.C. Delger, Daniel McGuen, Oliver Peltier and witnesses Daniel Adams, Sylvester Rice, A.D. Parkes, Allen Parks and George Grant.
10. Recognizance – John Barkley and others to appear in April 1867 at court in Henderson.
This might be the resolution of the above court case?
H. Loehler vs. S. R. Andrews & John Barclay – Amount of Judgement $49.18. costs $16.60 amount to $65.78. Amount received $7.65 balance due $58.13. , Recorded Nov. 7, 1867. M. R. Wilson, Clerk. Judgment satisfied by S. R. Andrews one of the defendants. S. R. Andrews is discharged for all liabilities. Paid $29.06. T. Barnes & _____ Grant garnished.
Source: Judgement Books 1864 to 1988, Vol. A pg. 1 & B 1875-1883 #118 G.18 1B-1, H. Loehler vs. S. R. Andrews & John Barclay, Dec. 26, 1866-1867 #1505
Source: 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Sibley Co., Minnesota, page 2, 17 June 1870
Line 12, 11, Barkley, John, 35, M, W, Farmer, $1500, $500, Scotland, parents of foreign birth, male citizen. Barkley, Norva, 21, F, W, keeping house, born PA. Barkley, Abraham, 4, M. W, born Minnesota father of foreign birth, Barkley, Ellen, 2, F, W, born Minnesota, father of foreign birth, Allis, 2/12, M, W., father of foreign birth, Apr.
Source: 1870 U.S. Federal Census and Agricultural, Sibley Co., Minnesota, page 1, line 12. John Barckly, two pages.
Present Value of Farm: 1200
Value of Farming Implements/Machinery: 100
Wages paid: 20
Milch cows: 2
Working Oxen: 4
Value of all livestock: 200
Wheat Spring: 180
Indian Corn: 100
Irish Potatoes: 35,
Animals Sold/Slaughtered: 150,
Estimated Value of Farm production etc.: 550
In 1871 John is delinquent on his taxes again.
Tax Duplicate of Real Property in Twp. of Kelso, Co. of Sibley, Minn – 1871 Jan 11, J. Barclay
SW LE LE L4 Sec Town or Lot 15 Block 112 Range 27 total value $30, total tax $1.48, remarks 2.11
Source: Delinquent Tax Lists, Sibley Co., MN 1865-1875, #102.K.7.3B 2v, Henderson & Kelso.
Deed Index for Sibley Co., Minnesota in 1871 lists the following:
Grantor John Barclay and Wife, Grantee August Spannams, Instrument date 11 January 1871, Recorded 18 January, 1871. Book J/G pg. 536 – the NE1/4 Section 26, Twp. 112_28 & W1/2 S1/2 of SE 1/4 of SE 1/4, Section 15, Twp 112, R. 27, 170 acres. Copy not made.
There is a patent #1383, Application 1409, Issued 25 March 1872 in New Ulm to a John Barclay, NE, Sec 26, Twp. 112-N, Range 28-W, 5th Meridian, State MN, County Sibley. MN1310_.261 BLM MN NO S/N. Here is a link to his patent at the BLM:
Some time about 1871-1872 John Barclay left Sibley Co., Minnesota and headed to San Francisco with his family.
Note: I cannot claim that I did all the research on this family. My cousin a descendant of one of the children, John Avery Barclay, has provided me with clues and documents to aid in figuring out what happened to this family and I am grateful.