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On my tour of Massachusetts and Connecticut in 2011, I drove from Enfield, Connecticut north through to Longmeadow and east through Massachusetts visiting Brookfield. At Lancaster, I headed west to Warwick, then north to New Hampshire.  Once done with New Hampshire, I headed west to  Berkshire County.  After I finished up in Pittsfield, I headed south to Connecticut.  I drove through Litchfield and Thomaston. It was not to hard to head east to Bristol.  You can read about my travels on the blog: Massachusetts Meanderings.  Just put Bristol into the search box and it will bring up my visit to the area.

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At the Bristol Public Library I found an obituary notice for Mary J. Barclay Ford.  I also found the cemetery information and the location of the burials.

I was hoping that one of the children of John and Margaret Barclay would tell me the maiden name of Margaret.  Well Mary J. Barclay Ford did have the name of her mother on her death certificate but it is very hard to read.

Medical Certificate of Death:
Mary Jane Barclay Ford
________Heart Disease
Chronic Nephritis & Dropsy
Sign by Art Dewry, M.D., Bristol, Conn.
March 29, 1917, Undertaker’s Certificate
Mary Jane Barclay Ford
Died Bristol, Jerome Ave.
Families in house One
Residence at death Bristol, Conn.
Occupation: At Home, Married
Husband: Jerome B. Ford
Date of death 1917, March 28,
Birth 1841 Dec. 28, Age 75 yrs 3 mos
Sex Female, white
Born Enfield, Conn.
Father’s name John Barclay
Mother’s name Margaret [Dav____ (Unreadable)]
Mother and father’s birthplace Scotland
Place of burial Forestville Cemetery
Name of Informant Jerome B. Ford, Edgewood
Body Embalmed yes by Emeril _______
Signature of Undertaker ____________________
Record 30th day of March 1917 Emma W. Fish, Asst. Registrar

Source:  Medical Certificate of Death and Undertakers Certificate for Mary Jane Barclay Ford, March 29, 1917, Bristol, CT. #75, Bristol Courthouse, Connecticut. 

Here is a picture of the death certificate for Mary with the area that indicates her parents’ names:

Partial of Mary's Death Certificate - Her mother's name

Partial of Mary’s Death Certificate – Her mother’s name

If you can read the last name for Margaret, I would be very grateful.  I am so close to Margaret’s last name.  Just click on the picture and it will open in a bigger window.  Click your back button to return.

Here is Mary J. Barclay Ford’s Obituary Notice:

Obituary for Mary J. Ford, 1917 Bristol, CT.

Obituary for Mary J. Ford, 1917 Bristol, CT.

Mrs. Mary J. Ford, who died at her home in Edgewood night before last as announced in the Press yesterday, was of Scotch ancestry. Her parents John and Margaret Barclay came from Edinburgh, Scotland, and settled in Enfield, Conn. where Mrs. Ford was born December 28, 1841. She was married to Jerome B. Ford then living in Unionville, June 17, 1866. They continued to live in Unionville for a time and then moved to Southington, from which place they came to Bristol in 1866, making their home in the northern part of the town known as Edgewood, where they have since lived. Mrs. Ford was a woman of quiet, friendly disposition, devoted to her home and family and greatly respected in the community in which she lived. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Millissa, widow of the late Frank Yale of Forestville, and Anna, widow of the late Henry Yale of Patchogue, NY. The oldest daughter Roselia, died quite a number of years ago. There are also a number of grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the late home of the deceased in Edgewood, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 O’clock, the Rev. Henry Still of Forestville will officiate. The burial will take place in Forestville.

Source:  Obituary of Mrs. Mary J. Ford, the Bristol Press, Friday March 30, 1917, pg. 7, col. 3. Bristol Public Library, Genealogy and History Room.

Jerome followed Mary on 5 July 1917 just months after her death:

Medical Certificate of Death: Jerome Ford, Carcinoma of Bladder, General Carcinomatosis. Signed by Raymond F. Kircher, M.D. July 5, 1917 St. Francis Hospital. Jerome Ford, Place of Death Hartford, St. Francis Hospital, Residence Edgewood Street, Bristol., CT, Occupation Machinist, Widower, death 1917, July 5th

Birth: 1845 October 28
Age 71 yrs 8 mos, 7 days, Sex Male, White
Birthplace Unionville, CT
Father: Onri Ford
Mother: Caroline Kent
Place of burial Bristol, CT, Cemetery Forestville,
Name of informant: Hospital
Embalmed – yes, by Eugene Carbonneau license 626
Undertake: Hartford Burial Case Co., Hartford
Recorded 9th day of July 1917 C.P. Botsford, Registrar
Recorded at Bristol, Conn. Aug. 20, 1917 by Thomas B. Steele, Registrar.

Source:  Medical Certificate of Death for Jerome Ford, July 5, 1917, Bristol, Connecticut, Bristol Courthouse. 

Jerome’s funeral notice was brief:

Funeral of J.B. Ford
The funeral of Jerome B. Ford was held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home of his daughter Mrs. Frank B. Yale of Stafford Ave, Forestville. The Rev. Henry D. Coe of the Baptist Church officiated. Internment was in the Forestville Cemetery.

 Source:  Obituary – Funeral of J.B. Ford, Bristol 4/19/1917 to 10/2/1917, Bristol Press, CT. Bristol Public Library genealogy and history room.

In the next post I will share my visit to the Forestville Cemetery in Bristol where they are buried along with other family members.

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Bristol Historical Society

Bristol Historical Society

Mary Jane Barclay Ford, lived a good life in Bristol, Connecticut. She married Jerome B. Ford and settle there.  She was an heir to Alexander’s estate and fortunately she stayed in Connecticut. By staying in Connecticut Mary has made it easier to find her.

Jerome B. Ford, born 28 October 1845 in Unionville, Hartford Co., Connecticut was the son of Omri/Onri Ford and Catherine Kent. He married Mary Jane Barclay on 17 June 1866 in Unionville, Hartford, Connecticut.  I tried to get a copy from the City of Farmington but they do not have this marriage.  I do find a source at the Family History Library and I will have to follow-up.

Mary and Jerome had three daughters:

1. Rosalie Ford was born about 1867 and died in 28 February 1886 in Bristol.

Marriage of Frank Yale to Melissa (Lizzie) Ford

Marriage of Frank Yale to Melissa (Lizzie) Ford

2. Melissa M. Ford, was born 17 January, 1871.  She married on 21 November 1894 to a Frank Elmore Yale who was born about 1862 in Connecticut. He died 1915 in Connecticut. Frank was the son of Elmer Yale and Lucy A. Hart. Here is their marriage record:

Bristol, Nov. 15, 1894, Attest by Roger S. Newell, Deputy Registrar
Name of Groom: Frank E. Yale
Residence: Bristol
Age 32, white
Occupation Farmer
Born in Bristol,
First marriage
Father: Elmer Yale, American
Mother Lucy A. Hart, American

Name of the Bride: Lissie M. Ford
Residence: Bristol
Age 24, white
Place of birth Collinville, Conn.
First marriage
Name of father: Jerome B. Ford, American
Mother Mary Barkley, American
Bristol, Nov. 15, 1894 Frank E. Yale attests that the statements are true and signs on 15 day of Nov. 1894
Mr. Frank E. Yale and Miss Lissie M. Ford were legally joined in Marriage at Bristol, 21st day of Nov. 1894, Attest Geo. B. Dusinberre

Recorded 6th day of December 1894, Roger S. Newell, Deputy Registrar

Source:  Marriage License, State of Connecticut, Bristol, Nov. 15, 1894 #186, Frank E. Yale to Lissie M. Ford. 

Melissa and Frank had at least one child:

Alfred Jerome Yale who was born 25 October, 1895 in Connecticut and died 26 Dec. 1965 in San Diego, California. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans, Pt. Loma, San Diego, California. I have that he married Hannah Bertha Kessler born 20 June 1883 in Rochester, Lorain, Ohio but according to the obituary at his gravesite on Find A Grave he was married to an Eleanor and had a daughter.

3. Annie Barclay Ford was born about 1876 in Connecticut and she married Henry A. Yale born 1859 in Connecticut. They had 6 children: Elmer, Frank, Rozelia, Annie, Ida, and infant. All these children were born the end of the 1800’s.

Henry was also a son of Elmer and Lucy (Hart) Yale. Here is Henry and Anna’s marriage record.

Henry A. Yale 32, Salesman, 1st marriage, Bristol, parents Elmer and Lucy (Hart) and Anna B. Ford, Bristol, 16 years old, at home, 1st marriage, born Collinsville, Ct., parents Jerome B. & Mary J (Bartlett).  The license was obtained in Chicopee, Hampden Co., Massachusetts and registered by the town clerk John D. White.  

Source:  Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, Intentions of Marriage and Marriages Solemnized, 22 November 1891, Bristol, Connecticut, Henry A. Yale and Anna B. Ford, page 183 Nov. 22, 1891. 

Brother James Barclay and was living with his sister Mary Ford in 1870.  Let’s revisit this census information:

Line 27, 493 – Living with Ely, Adolph, 583 Ford, Jerome B., 24, M, W, Laborer all born Connecticut, 11, Janitor, Ford Mary 27 F, W, Keeping House, Ford Rosaliee, 3, F, W. Barclay, James, 21, M, W, Laborer.

Source; Jerome Ford Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, pg. 65, enumerated 29 June 1870, Deenis P. Farch.

By 1880 Mary and Jerome moved to Bristol, Connecticut and remained there for the rest of their lives.

196/124 Ford, Jerome B. White, male, age 33, Machinist, born Conn., Father born Conn, Mother born in Mass. Mary J. Ford, age 36, Rozelie Ford age 12, Melissa Ford age 9 and Anna B. Ford 4 yrs. All 3 children at school. All born in Connecticut, parents and the children.

Source: Jerome Ford Family, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Bristol, Connecticut, pg. 11, SD #2, ED 25, 5 June, 1880.

They are still in the same location in 1900 and we find Jerome and Mary with daughter Lizzie nearby.

11/12 Frank E. Yale, age 38, born Dec. 1861, white, married, 5 years, birthplace Connecticut, head, spouse is Lizzie M., white. Lizzie M. Yale wife, age 29 born Jan 1871, married 5 years, one child born one living. Alfred J. Yale age 8. Oct. 1896. All born in Connecticut. Occupation of Frank, farmer.

12/13 Ford, Jerome B., Head, male born Oct. 1846, married 34 years, born in Conn. both parents born in Conn. machinist. Mary J. wife, female, born Dec. 1844 age 66, married 34 years, 3 children born 2 living. born in Connecticut, Father in Scotland, Mother in Scotland, proprietor machine shop.

Source:  Frank Yale and Jerome B. Ford, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut, SD#26, ED #120?, enumerated on 12-13th June, 1900 by E. Manchester. 

Annie, their daughter, moved to New York with her husband Henry A. Yale.

26/27 Yale, Henry A., Head, white, male, Jan. 1859, 41 years old, married 9 yrs., born Conn, both parents born in Conn. Peddler (vegetables) can read and write. Annie, wife, white, female, born July 1874, 25 years old, married 9 years, 6 children born, 6 living, born in Connecticut, both parents born in Conn. can read and write.

Yale, Elmer, age 8 Feb 1892,

Frank Yale age 6 July 1893,

Rozelia Yale age 5 July 1894,

Annie Yale age 4 May 1896,

Ida Yale age 2 Aug 1897

and infant no name Yale age 2/12 March 1900.

All children born in New York. Elmer and Frank at school.

Source:  Henry A. Yale Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, Sht#2, SD 2, ED 750, June 1 and 2, 1900.

Jerome and Mary continued to reside in Bristol, Connecticut.  They where there in 1910 and Frank and Melissa were still close.

Line 40/48 – Ford, Jerome B. age 65, born about 1845 in Connecticut, Father was born in Connecticut, Mother born in Massachusetts. Spouse is Mary J. Married 45 years (1865), White, male. Mary J. Ford, age 66. Married, female, white. 3 Children born, 2 living. Born in Connecticut. Father born in New York, mother born in Scotland. He is a machinist in a machine shop.

Line 38/46 Yale (Gale), Frank. E., head, age 48, born in Connecticut, father and mother both born in Connecticut. Spouses name is Melissa M., Married, male. Melissa M. Yale age 39, Alfred J. Yale age 14. Married 15 years (1895). Melissa has one child born one living. Melissa was born in Connecticut and both parents were also born in Connecticut. Occupation (can’t read).

Source:  Jerome Ford and Frank Yale Families, 1910 U.S. Federal census, Bristol, Connecticut, sht# 3B. SD No. 27, ED 132, April 3, 1910.

Meanwhile Anna, the sister, continued to live in New York and appears in the 1910 census there.

Line 76, 64, 145, 145 Yale, Henry A. Head, M1, W, 51, M, 19, Connecticut, parents Connecticut, English, dealer, Fruit & Groceries, OH. Yale, Anna, wife, F, W, 34, M1, 19, 10 born, 7 living, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut, All children born in New York, Yale, Charles, son, 18, S, English, occupation unreadable, Gen. Work. Yale, Sarah, daughter, 15, S.Yale, Ida, daughter 12, S.Yale, Susan, daughter 10, S
Yale, Henry, son, 8, S.Yale, Frances, son, 5, S.Yale, William, son, 3/12, S.

Source:  Henry Yale Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Patchoque, Brookhaven, New York. SD#132, ED#1355 (many edits to districts), Sht#26, enumerated on 17 May, 1910, [S.C. Callius].

So what happened to Melissa, well after Frank’s death in 1915, She remarried to an Alvah L. Tilton.  They were together in the 1920 census.

Line 16, 248, 349, Tilton, Alvah L., Head, 0, M, M, W, 35, M, yes yes, born Vermont, father Vermont, mother New Hampshire, [forger], Ball bearing shop, W, 138. Tilton, Melisa M, wife, F, W, 48, M, yes, yes, born Connecticut, both parents born in Connecticut.

Source:  Alvah Tilton Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Forestville Village Bristol City , Hartford Co., Connecticut, SD# 1 Concession, ED# 12, Ward 2, Sht# 19, enumerated on 17 and 19th of January, 1920, by Erwin R. Rowe. 

Melisa was in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census for Bristol, Connecticut. She was widowed and living alone.  She had $10,000.

Melisa’s son Alfred was in California in the 1930 census;

[Dehiss Road] Line 11, 348, 357, Yale, Alfred J., Head,), $45,000, yes, M, W, 37, M, 22, no, yes, Connecticut, parents born in Connecticut, yes, Lumber piler, Lumber Company. Yale, Bertha H., wife of H, F, w, 35, M, 20, no, yes, born Ohio, father born Indiana, mother Ohio, yes, Farmer, general farm. Hofflund, Mary E, stepdaughter, F, W, 15, S, yes, yes, California. Hoffland, Phyllis B., step-daughter, F 2, 15 S, yes, yes, California. Hoffland, Charles A., step-son, M, W, 12, S, yes, yes, California. The father was born in Illinois and mother in Ohio. 

Source:  Alfred Yale Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, El Cajon Twp., San Diego County, California, ED#37-2, SD#21, Enumerated April 17, 1930 by Everett J. Mills. 

We find that Melisa headed to California and was living with Alfred and his wife in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census in San Diego, California. She died in 1947.

Line 34, 82, 0, 3000, n10 Yale, Alfred, head, M, W, 44, M, No. C-2, Connecticut, Same house, yes, 40, Lumber Piler, Retail lumber, PW 988, 73, 1, 48, 0 yes, 68 farm schedule.
Yale, [Dixie], wife, F, W, 38, m, No, C-5, Ohio, Same house, Newspaper correspondence, newspaper, PW,
Tilton, Melissa, Mother, F, W, 69, Wd, No, H03, Connecticut, R, Hartford, Connecticut, No, No, No, No, No, U.
______daughter, counted elsewhere

Source:  Alfred Yale Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, El Cajon, San Diego Co., California, SD#20, ED 37-15, Sht#4A, Enumerated on 4/8/1940 by Edward A. Bodie.

At this time I do not know what happened to Annie nor do I have the death dates and burial location for Henry and Annie Ford Yale.  She was a widow in 1917 during her mother’s probate. I cannot find her in the census and am having trouble even find her children.

I did find a military file for Charles E. Yale whom I believe is Henry and Annie’s oldest child and son. His middle name might be Elmer. He appears in the WWI Draft Cards:

Charles E. Yale, age 25, Address: Bay Av. Patchoque, NY, date of birth Feb. 25, 1893, natural born, born Bellport, NY, driver, C.St. Vroonamn?, Patchoque, NY,no dependents, Single, Caucasian, short, medium, eyes gray, dark brown hair. signed by R.A. Newton, Precint 19, Suffolk Co., NY.

Source:  Charles E. Yale, #64, WWI Draft Cards – Registration Card, #2547, Suffolk County, New York #31-5-9-A two pages.

In the next post I will share about the deaths of Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome Ford her husband.

NOTE:  If you do research in Connecticut join a genealogical society or you will have trouble in some courthouses and not allowed to see the records without this membership.  I had no problems till I went to the courthouse in Bristol.  So just be aware that their laws are strict regarding vital records.  It may not be the record that is the problem it is the index for some are beyond the privacy rules.

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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.

Alexander's estate

Alexander’s estate

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.

The Sale Ad of Alexander Barclay's Land in Farmington

The Sale Ad of Alexander Barclay’s Land in Farmington

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.

Part of the Heirs at Law form for Alexander Barclay's Estate

Part of the Heirs list, Petition for Administration, by Grace McDonald, for Alexander Barclay’s Estate

The first family of John Barclay and Margaret:

1.  John 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. 

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We must remember that back in 1898 in a local area like Pine River it was not easy to investigate a crime or a death.

The steps are very complicated in murder investigations today.

Here is a much more detailed explanation of a murder investigation, I am sure there are better websites to consult but it will do.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-involved-in-criminal-murder-investigations.htm

A familiar figure of the times!

A familiar figure of the times!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes

So if we take and compare the murder of my great-grandfather George A. Barclay to the standards of today’s murder investigations we see that there are a lot of discrepancies. I confess that I am a big crime scene fan (CSI), but drama is not reality.  I am going to jump in and take some of the steps in the above link and share my thoughts below regarding George’s murder based on the documentation that I have found.  If only Sherlock Holmes could help?

1.  The murder is reported by someone who comes across the victim.  That person is asked to remain on site.  

In this murder case there are many people who witnessed the actual event and were nearby who heard the gunshot.

The news of the crime occurred when the railroad office was contacted requesting medical help for George Barclay.  This was described in the “Cold Blooded Murder,” article which I featured in my post dated November 28, 2013 titled:  Cold Blood Murder and Cowardly Crime, November 1898.   I will be referring to those two articles a great deal so you might want to go and read them.

“A telegram was immediately sent to General Manager Hear, of the B.& N. M. for a special train with  medical assistance, but before this could be procured a second message was received saying that he had passed away.”

2.  Verification of death of the victim by paramedics or coroner

Someone apparently knew how to determine if an individual had died.  It was not made apparent who that was in the records.  The nature of the wound and the number of witnesses was probably sufficient. Although each witness had their version of the actual death.  Some indicated that George died quickly and others said he lingered for up to 30 minutes.  The time of death was given as 7:10 pm and I have seen 7:30 pm given.  I have also seen the day mixed up.

I am going for this:  Time of death was given at 7:10 to 7:30 pm, October 29, 1898.

3. The scene is turned over to law enforcement. 

It is not clear that the scene was turned over to law enforcement.  A newspaper tidbit reported that:

On November 3, 1898 in the Cass County Pioneer  (Vol. 5, #42, p. 8, col.)

“B.F. Hartshorn and Geo. Hardy went to Pine River to look into the facts concerning the murder of Mr. Geo. Barclay.

B.F. Hartshorn was the Cass County Attorney and Public Prosecutor  (1897 to 1903 Cass County History).  Geo. Hardy was the sherif at the time (1897 to 1905 Cass County History).  Both of these men will be involved up till the trial.

3.  An officer is put in charge of the investigation

Again this is not made clear in the transcripts as to what law enforcement officer was conducting an investigation. Frank Breese, Deputy-Sheriff was at the Coroner’s inquest to give testimony regarding the bullet that killed George.

4.  The scene is secured to prevent contamination of the evidence.  

With all the witnesses and people coming and going that night at Barclay’s I doubt that the scene was secured at all.  As for contamination that happened immediately.  In the testimony at the Coroner’s Inquest several people were reported as touching the body.  I am sure in the confusion, chairs were moved around.

5.  The murder scene is observed and documents with photographs taken.

Photography was not like we have today with digital cameras and instant recording of events.  It is not clear to me who observed the crime scene.  I am assuming Mr. Sundberg the Justice of the Peace and Acting Coroner did a walk through along with the jury members, maybe Hartshorn and Hardy were there?

6.  Evidence is collected and bagged and sent to the crime lab. 

In the next post I  In a future post, I will review the evidence that was collected.  In this case we have the body as evidence and the area around it, the bullet, the post where it logged, the scene of the crime, the hole in the window and glass on the floor, the location from where the gun was fired, witness accounts and their guns, and more.

7.  The body is first removed and taken to the coroner’s office for autopsy.  

This was not done until the inquest was over and even then I do not see any evidence of an autopsy performed. George’s body remained where it had crumpled till the Coroner’s inquest was completed. A Mr. E. F. Lynch who resided at Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota was an undertaker for D.M. Clark & Co.  He was called upon to prepare the body of Mr. Barclay for burial.  He testifies in what appears to be the Grand Jury proceedings.

7.  People are interviewed who were involved with the murder or nearby when the murder occurred.  

There are many witnesses that gave testimony at the Coroner’s Inquest.  I cannot tell if anyone else did any interviewing of the witnesses other than at the Coroner’s Inquest.

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The Cass County Historical Society published a book in 2010 titled:

Murder and Mayhem, True Crime Accounts Cass County 1897-1938

The authors collected documentation from many sources and they feature right at the very beginning the George Barclay Murder in Pine River in 1898, pages 1 to 24.  There are many other names and cases discussed in this book.  A copy may be obtained from the Cass County Historical Society for about $25.00.   http://www.casscountymuseum.org/publications.html

In this book you will find a pretty good coverage of the sources that were generated regarding the murder of George Angus Barclay.  Since they probably had a space issue they were unable to publish all of the information so you have to keep in mind that it is not totally complete.  I have most of what they share in this publication and they have other items I do not have which add to the story.

At the beginning of the section on George Barclay there is in introduction taken from the book Logsleds to Snowmobiles: A Centennial History of Pine River, Minnesota (1873-1973), Pine River Centennial Committee, 1979.  I would like to caution you that there are mistakes in this introduction.  The purpose of this blog was to correct those errors.  They state he was killed in the lobby, well there seems to be other information stating it was the saloon area of the hotel. Since there is no floor plan available it is difficult to be clear. First, George was more likely born in Enfield, CT not New Jersey, although I have not yet proved it.  I have shared in past posts about George’s earlier years and the census places George and his siblings scattered in the Connecticut area around Enfield and Hartford. Alexander and a sister Mary, older siblings, state they were born in Hartford and Enfield respectively.  This sort of  places a damper on being born in Scotland.  His father John Barclay in his Naturalization papers says he came to the United States in 1833.  I have posted about this event. However, George and his brother Alexander did not enlist together in the Civil War.  George waited a full year before he enlisted.  Alexander was older by two years.  I have all of their Civil War Service Records and pensions and I have thoroughly shared them in this blog.  Again, George did not march with Sherman to the sea, his brother Alexander was the one who did. No where in George’s Civil War Service or Pension record which I have shared on this blog does it say that he was with Sherman.  However, Alexander’s Civil War documents do state this fact. I mapped out their company records so you can see from those maps that they were going in separate directions.  Now granted those company records may only cover the main events.  Individual soldiers could be sent where ever they were needed.  I have shared the article from the Northwest Magazine and the mention that George had 840 acres but I am not convinced.  I will tally it someday in the future and see if it matches.   Oh and on page 23 Amarilla married George Urton in 1922 and this is not correct she married him in 1919 but I will get to posting on their marriage later.

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George and his brother Alexander have been identified in the 1850 Connecticut census for Enfield and East Windsor. 

Things get even more interesting when a reference to an Agness Barclay is found.  She is living in 1850 in Enfield in close proximity to George and Alexander.  One of George and Alex’s sisters is named Sarah Agnes which was determined from Alexander’s probate file. 

1850 Census - Agnes Barclay

The family begins on line 5, Dwelling 429, family 641.  It is headed by an Alpheus Pease, age 65, married and a farmer with $3500 in real estate,  born in Connecticut. He is followed by Lois Pease age 61 born in Connecticut.  There doesn’t seem to be any children listed for this couple unless you look down below and you find on line 18 a Alpheus D. Pease age 35 with a wife and children named Pease.  On line 24 we have a Thomas C. Pease age 35 and family which you cannot see from the sample above. 

These names follow as best I can interpret them as they come after Lois Pease:

  • Maranda Stevens age 28, female
  • Luthara age 3/12 , female
  • Sarah L. Wilson age 13 female with a B by her name

Starting here is a line with the notation “Town Poor” and listed as “Pauper” from line 11 to line 17.

  • Line 10 – Betsey Chapin age 75, female
  • Line 11 – Gennett Earl age 74, female
  • Line 12 – Amy Mills age 74, female
  • Line 13 – Stephen Mills age 55,  male
  • line 14 –  Agness Barclay age 4, female, born in Connecticut
  • line 15 – James Lynch age 2 male, born in Scotland
  • line 16 – Robert Mollis/Hollis age 6 male, born CT
  • line 17 – Julia Wheeler age 4 female, born CT

As we continue to dig into the census we find several other interesting possibilities for George and Alexander’s siblings.

1850 Connecticut John Bartley

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. 

1850 Connecticut - James Barclay

The next possible sibling is James Barclay.  There is a reference in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut on Line 29, Dwelling 131, Family 144 a family starting with a Joshua D. Berry age 40, male, Epis Clergyman with $10,000, born NH.  He is followed by Jane Berry age 28, F, born Ct.,  After her is the James Barclay age 12 male, born Ireland that is of interest.  The census states he is Irish but that could be an easy error?  This boy is born about 1838.  He is a possible candidate for another brother of George and Alexander.  Litchfield is to the west of the others so this James is suspect.

Mary J. Barclay 1850 Connecticut

Mary J. Bartley also appears in the 1850 census in East Windsor closer to Alexander and living with yet another family by the name of Rees.  The family starts on line 24 with 179/216 Lydia P. Rees age 62, with $2000 and born in Connecticut.  Under her is Lydia F. Rees age 31 and she is followed by Mary J. Barclay on line 26, age 10 and also born in Connecticut.  James [McDonahue] age 9 and born in Ireland is last.  So this is a strong possibility that it is a sister.

In review we have George, Alexander, Agnes, John, Mary J. and a possible James Barclay all about the right ages to be siblings living in the general vicinity of each other in 1850 in Connecticut.  I think it is too compelling to be ignored.   Hopefully, I have interpreted other census and Alex’s probate file correctly regarding the ages of his siblings.  So out of seven (7) siblings we find six (6).  We are missing Martha. 

We return to the quotation from the Logsleds to Snowmobile book (history of Pine River, Minnesota) makes this statement on pg. 105.

Sometime before the Civil War his mother died.  George and his brother Alexander were placed in different foster homes…”

The Barclay siblings are living with families with surnames of Berry, Pease, Olmstead, Barber, William and Rees.  Some of these names are very much a part of the history of Enfield, Connecticut.  The chances of them being family members is still a possibility but more likely they are taking in the “town poor” and caring for them.

The website an Historical Overview of the American Poorhouse System talks about the history of the poorhouse and how poor people were dealt with.  Other ways to care for the poor could include 1) outdoor relief provided by an Overseer of the Poor and 2) auctioning off the poor and 3) contracting with someone in the community for care of paupers:  http://www.poorhousestory.com/history.htm

From this and a few other articles looking in state records, selectman/overseer’s of the poor reports, town and meeting records of a specific town and then local newspapers for auction dates are possibilities for future research.

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John Barclay, my great great grandfather, was introduced to me by my Aunt Miriam in her family history notes, so I knew about him.  I also had a copy of the book by the city of Pine River, celebrating their first 100 years, and he is mentioned in that book: 

  “…not far from Shakopee where George’s father chose to live “because it reminded him of his native Scotland.”  Apparently the father, John, remarried and had other children…”  

John Barclay had two families.  He was first married to Margaret.  When he married Margaret is not known and where she is buried is also unknown.  She probably died in Connecticut but so far a search of records reveal only one possibility of a Margaret Barclay dying in Enfield in 1848 of about the right age. 

continuing the quote above…” because at the time of Alexander’s death in 1906, there was quite a bit of difficulty in locating all the Barclay heirs from “both families.”” pg. 105 

In my Aunt Miriam’s notes she mentions Alexander’s probate: 

Alex's Probate

 

My great-uncle Alexander Barclay has been very good to me.  I secured his probate file at some expense from the Dakota County Courthouse in Minnesota and it opened up a very big genealogical door!  

From this first marriage came seven (7) siblings that were listed in Alexander’s estate file.  There wasn’t a will so some of the information is carefully taken from the probate file.  Other information such as census searches and indexes were also used.  I am slowly gathering the facts together on the siblings and will present more at a later time. 

1.  John Avery Barclay born abt 1836, died – unknown.  According to Alex’s estate file he disappeared and was presumed dead as stated in an affidavit of his sister Sarah Agnes. He appears in deeds, land records, and court documents in Silbey Co., Minnesota till about 1880.  He may have gone to California.  John Avery Barclay was probably born in Scotland per census information and other sources but that is not yet proven.  John married Minerva  Parks on 3 July 1865 in Henderson, Sibley Co., Minnesota.  Since John Avery Barclay was considered dead his two children where his heirs and they are mentioned in the estate file.  The couple actually had four children:  

1. John Avery Barclay II born 23 July 1867 in Sibley Co., Minnesota and died 8 March 1951 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.   

2. Sarah Ellen born 29 March 1869 in Sibley Co., Minnesota.   

3 and 4. There were two other children twins: Albert and Alice born 1870 Silbey Co.,  Minnesota but it is looking like they didn’t survive.  Some of this information was supplied by another cousin.  

2.  James A. Barclay born about 1838 in Connecticut, he died about 1906 in Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., Connecticut during the probate process of Alexander’s estate.  He married a Maryanne Stewart and had children.  

3.  Sarah Agnes Barclay born about 1840 in Connecticut.  She married Porter Blinn about 1860 in Connecticut.  He was born about 1842 in Connecticut.  They had 6 children and it looks like they stayed in Newington, Hartford Co. , Connecticut. 

Update:  May 26, 2010 – I was at the Family History Library researching when I discovered that the Sarah that I thought was Sarah Agnes Barclay in the census married to Porter Blinn was the Sarah I should be studying for the Barclay’s.  Turns out she is a Griswold and her father is Henry Griswold.  So back to the drawing board on #3.  This is why it is so important to check other sources like marriages and birth records and not totally trust the census. 

4.  Mary J. Barclay born about 1841 in Connecticut and died 28 March 1917 in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut.  I have her estate file.  She married a Jerome B. Ford and had 3 daughters.  Jerome was born about 1846 in Connecticut. 

5. Alexander A. Barclay was born September 1842 in Hartford, Connecticut and died on 9 December 1905 at the Rochester Hospital for the Insane in Olmsted Co., Minnesota.  He apparently suffered in the end with dementia.  He was only in the hospital about 6 days before he died.  He was buried 17 December 1905 in the Corinithian Cemetery in Farmington, Dakota Co., Minnesota. 

6.  Martha M. Barclay born about 1843 in Connecticut and died around 1920 or later in California.  She married a Jeremiah Ford in about 1859 in Connecticut.  I do not know if Jeremiah and Jerome were brothers.  Martha and Jeremiah had two daughters.  

7.  George Angus Barclay was born 18 August 1844 probably in Connecticut and died on the 28th of October 1898 in Pine River, Cass Co., Minnesota.  George is the subject of our blog and more information will be forthcoming on his life. He married Amarilla Spracklin in 1878 and they had 2 children. 

The second marriage of John Barclay was to Helen in Scott Co., Minnesota.  I have not been able to find their marriage in Minnesota records but it happened prior to 1860 per the census and from this marriage their were four (4) children born. 

8.  Charles Barclay was born about January 1860 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota.  After the death of his mother in 1907 he seems to have moved from Shakopee and might have gone to Minneapolis and died about 1938.  Charles didn’t marry as far as I can determine from census and other documents. 

9.  William Barclay was born about 1863 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota and died 7 Dec 1937 in Gallatin Co., Montana.  He married a Clara E, probably in Minnesota.  She was born about 1859 in Wisconsin and died about 21 March 1919 in Madison Co., Montana.  They had one child name Foster born 1891 and probably died by 1907.  

10.  Mary E. Barclay was born about 1864 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota and died 19 February 1930 in Cascade Co., Montana.  She married Charles B. Clark probably in Minnesota for he was born there about 1856.  He died 28 February 1932 in Deer Lodge Co., Montana.  They had at least one child named Ruth Clark who was born about 1895.   It is interesting that there are two Mary’s named in John’s family a good 20+ years apart. 

11.  Anna Elizabeth Barclay was born 15 April 1870 in Shakopee, Scott Co., Minnesota and died 4 August 1955 in Menominee, Menominee Co., Michigan.  She married David Maurice Carter on 9 July 1885 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota.  David was born 9 January 1860, Marinette, Marinette Co., Wisconsin.  The information for this family was supplied by a cousin and has not been verified.  Anna had 4 children. 

The person that initiated the probate process for Alexander was his niece, my grandmother Grace A. Barclay McDonald.  She was pregnant at the time and lived in International Falls.  She was unable to attend the court sessions because she had the baby and was “indisposed.”  The baby was my Aunt Miriam. 

Book: Logsleds to Snowmobile’s, Pine River Centennial Celebration, 1873-1973, Written by the Citizens of Pine River and edited by Norman F. Clarke, Pine River Centennial Committee, 1979.  A copy is available at the Family History Library.

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