Alexander Barclay’s Heirs, the 2nd Family: Charles Barclay

John Barclay had two families.  He was first married to Margaret. I have posted about the lives of the children of this first family which includes George and Alexander.

It is now time to share about the 2nd family of John Barclay.  He married Ellen (or Helen) about 1859.  I have featured John and Ellen in past posts on this blog.

Together John and Ellen had four children:  Charles, William, Mary E. and Anna Elizabeth. These individuals were also heirs of Alexander Barclay’s estate.  All of them were born in Minnesota in the area of Eagle Creek in Scott County.

I will revisit the census for John and Ellen Barclay’s family, so that you can see the family unit as it developed over time.

Charles Barclay first appears a 7/12 months old in the 1860 census, his two brothers are living with the family as well.  If the official date of enumeration was June 1, 1860, than Charles was probably born about November of 1859.  The 1900 U.S. Census has his birth date as January 1860?

Dwelling 838, Family 838, John Bartley, age 48 (born about 1812), male, farmer, born in Scotland. Ellen Bartley 30 (born about 1833), female, born in Norway. Charles Bartley 7/12 mos old, born in Minnesota, Alexander Bartley 20 years old (born about 1840), farm labor, born in Connecticut. George Bartley age 17 (born about 1843), farm laborer, born in Connecticut.

Source: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 97.

By 1865 George and Alexander are no longer listed in the census with their father and the family of John and Ellen Barclay consists of another son William:

Line 1, John Barkley, male. Helena Barkley, female. Charles, male. William, male. Mary, female. (No other information given.)

Source:  1865 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 1. 

Charles Barclay is now 10 in the 1870 census and he has three more siblings:

Page 13, Dwelling 81, Family 81 – Barclay, John age 50, male, white, farmer, $800 real estate, $200 personal, born in Scotland, father and mother of foreign birth, eligible to vote. Barclay,[ ], age 45, female, white, keeping house, born in Sweden, father and mother of foreign birth. Barclay, Charles, age 10 , male, white. Barclay, William, age 8, male, white. Barclay, Mary age 6, female, white. Barclay, Anna (hard to read) age 1, female and white. All children born in Minnesota.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota page [12], 11 June 1870, by Peter Yost,

The family is still in Eagle Creek in 1875:

Line 8, Family 58, John Barkley, age 62, Male, white, Born in Scotland, parents both born in Scotland. Line 9, Helen Barkley, age 38, female, white, born in Norway, both parents born in Norway. Charles Barkley, line 10, age 15, male, white, born in Minnesota. Line 11, William Barkley age 13, male, white, born in Minnesota. Line 12 Maria Barkley, age 11, female, white, born in Minnesota. Line 13, Anna Barkley, age 3, female, white, born in Minnesota.

Source: 1875 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL#565728.

In the 1880 U.S. Census we have everyone there except Mary.

Line 9, Family #242 Barclay, John, White, Male, age 65 (means he was born about 1815), married, farmer, born in Scotland, mother and father born in Scotland. Barclay, Ellen, white, female, age 48 (means she was born about 1832-33), wife, married, keeping house, born in Norway, parents born in Norway. Barclay, Charles, white, male, age 24 (means he was born about 1856), son, single, at home, born in Minnesota, father born in Scotland, mother in Norway. Barclay, William, white, male, age 17 (means he was born about 1863), son, single staying at home, born in Minnesota. Barclay, Anna, white, female, age 10 (means she was born in 1870), daughter, at home, born in Minnesota.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 30, SD2?, ED?, T-9, Roll 633 MN

By the 1885 Minnesota census only Charles and William remain at home.

Family 98, John Barkley, age 70, male, white, born in Scotland, mother and father of foreign birth. Helen Barkley, age 53, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth. William Barkley, age 23, male, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth. Charley Barkley age 25, male, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth, Annie age 15, female, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth.

Source: 1885 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota,  FHL #565754, pg. 14.

There is no 1890 Federal census except for attempts to try to salvage it by offering other sources.  So we move forward to the 1895 Minnesota state census and find the family but only one child remains and that is Charlie.  We also see that John Barclay is getting very old.

Family #54: Barclay, John, age 94, male, white, born in Scotland, Resident of state 45 years, 45 years in enumeration district, occupation none, mother and father both of foreign birth. Barclay, Ellen, age 65, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth. Barclay Charlie, age 35, male, white, born in Minnesota. In state and enumeration district 35 years, a farmer, employed 12 mos of the year. Both parents of foreign birth.

Source:  1895 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, Vol. 47, pg. 287 #11684, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL #1255725.

On 25 December 1897, John Barclay passes away.  There is no estate file for John Barclay, I believe that years before he sold the land to his wife Ellen.  I have written about this in past posts as well as discussed deeds between Charles, William and Ellen. In August of 1898 Ellen sells land to her son Charles and in February of 1899 William sells his share back to Charles.

We find Ellen a widow in 1900 and son Charles is with her and listed as Head. I do not understand the one child born and one living.  The John Carter is part of her daughter Anna’s family.

28/28 Barcley, Charlie, Head, Jan. 1860, 40 years old, single, born in Minnesota, Father born in Scotland, mother born in Norway, farmer, educated, land info. Barcley, Ellen, mother born Apr 1833, 67 years widow, one child born, one child living, born in Norway and both parents were born in Norway. Naturalized 1858, 45 years in country (means she immigrated in 1855), educated. Carter, John, Nephew born Feb. 1890, 10 years, single. Born in Wisconsin, Father born in Canada Fr., mother Minnesota, at school, 8 grade, educated.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota page 142, SD 8?, ED 172, Sheet No. 2, Jan 1860, FHC# 1240788, Microfilm #T623, Roll 788,

For some reason in May of 1904 Charlie moves his possessions to Shakopee. “Charles Barclay has moved his household furniture into Shakopee, and will make that his future home. Charlie was always kind and obliging to everyone and we will all miss his happy smile very much.Scott County Argus, Friday, May 20, 1904.  

Both Charles and Helen/Ellen were listed in the 1905 Minnesota State Census living in Shakopee.  She is 71 years old.

This may be why Charles moved to Shakopee, his mother Ellen was up in years and running a farm is hard business.  She passed in 1907.  I also believe that the 1850 date given for their marriage should read probably about 1858 but I have not been able to find the marriage record of John to Ellen. This obituary gives us clues as to where the other family members went.  The only one that remained was Charles.

Died – Barclay – At her home in this city, Saturday, November the 30th, Mrs. Helen Barclay of heart disease. Aged 73 years. Helen Stevenson was born in Norway in 1834, and came to this country in 1849, settling in Wisconsin, then Iowa, finally coming to Minnesota in 1848. She moved to Shakopee in 1850 with her husband, John Barclay, and was one of the early pioneer settlers of Shakopee. Mrs. Barclay leaves four children to mourn her loss. They are: Mrs. Mary Clark of Montana, Mrs. Anna E. Carter of Marynette, Wis.; and Charles at home, and William Barklay of Montana. The funeral was held from the residence, Tuesday, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. Mr. Ganschow officiating. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved children.

Source:  Shakopee Tribune, Scott Co., Minnesota, December 13, 1907, pg. 4 column 3.

Charles was the executor of his mother’s estate.  I have shared about Ellen’s probate in a past post.  So Charles was present in Shakopee in 1907 and into 1908.

From 1908 on I loose track of Charles Barclay. He did not marry during the time indicated above. Tracking a single man can be difficult.

What happened to Charles?  There is a possibility that he went to Hennepin/Ramsey County which is Minneapolis/St. Paul and lived there. A Charles Barclay is listed living with an Oscar and Minnie/Winnie Young/Yaung who are 36 and 28 years of age and have a son Earl who is 5 years old. Oscar is an Engineer. She is Norwegian so I am thinking he was living with one of his mother’s relatives? He is listed as 59 years old and his mother was born in Norway and father in Scotland. There is a death record of a Charles Barclay in Hennepin in 1938.  Could these be Charlie?  So a little more research is needed to find out where Charles Barclay ended up.

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