Heirs of Alexander Barclay: Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn

Sarah Agnes Barclay has also given me trouble.  I thought I had her in Connecticut married to a Porter Blinn but discovered, when I was in Connecticut in 2011, that it was a Sarah Grissom who married Porter Blinn. This is an example of checking other records like marriages and not just relying on census. The Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn I wanted married a James Blinn.  As you read the information below you will see that Sarah is still giving me trouble.

In Salt Lake City, in October 2014, I found a birth record for an unnamed baby. The parents were Jas. B. Blinn and Sarah A. Barclay Blinn. The baby was born 29, June 1868 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut. FHL#1313829.

Birth Record child of Sarah and James.

Birth Record child of Sarah and James.

June 29, ____ Blinn, Male, Jas, B. & Sarah A. Barclay Blinn, father 41, mother 22, 121 Park Street, Occupation of the father [M/Woulder] W. H. Tremaine, physician. Mother’s occupation Bonnet Maker.

Update 6/10/2016 – I just recently found them in the 1870 Census.  They are living in Bridgeport, Connecticut:

line 27, They are under house 1708 of a Dolph, Edwin L.  2531, Blinn, James B, 40, M, W, Iron Moulder, $150, born Connecticut, his parents are of foreign birth

Blinn, Sarah, A, 28, F, W, domestic _____, born Conn. parents of foreign birth. 

Blinn, Anna E, 8/12 F, W. 

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, James Blinn Family, page 312, Bridgeport, County of Fairfield, Connecticut, enumerated the 26th day of July, 1870 by a Philo L. Bainerd. 

The 1880 Connecticut Census has a James with a Sarah A. which might be them but the ages do not match the birth record above?

Line 28, 1751/2, 19, 30 Blinn, James B. W, M, 52, Iron Maulder, born Connecticut, parents born Ireland.

Blinn, Sarah A. W, F, 33, Wife, Hair worker, born Connecticut, father born England, mother born Scotland. 

Blinn, Rex E., W, M, 8, son, at school, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut.

Blinn, Olive May, W, F, 3, daughter, at school, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut. 

 Source: James Blinn Family, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, page 3, SD#2, ED#4, enumerated 1 of June 1880, by J. McConville. 

Sarah Agnes Blinn witnesses a deed between Grace and Amarilla in 1899 in August.  I have featured this deed in a previous post on this blog regarding George A. Barclay’s estate, in Pine River. See the post dated March 24, 2014 titled: “Final Decree Aug. 15, 1899 – George’s Legacy.”  I am glad Grace got to meet more of her father’s siblings.  I think of all the lost stories of this family, sigh!

Update 6/10/2016 – I no longer feel that this is Sarah it just doesn’t work.  In the 1900 Census we find Sarah with a daughter in California.

Line 84, 426, 55, 103, Blinn/Blum, Sarah, Head, W, F, June 1834, 65 Wd, 2 children born, 2 died. Born in Scotland, Immigrated 1851, 49 years in U.S., no occupation. 

Blum, Louisa, daughter, W, F, Nov. 1853, age 46, S, born California, father born Sweden, mother Scotland, no occupation

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Sarah Blum, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, SD# 1, ED 306, Sht 4, Assembly Dist. No. 45, enumerated on the 4th day of June 1900, by Joseph A. Gendoth. 

If this is Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn then I find her birth date very interesting and the fact she immigrated in 1851 also very interesting.  Her daughter Louise is very confusing with the age 46 and the birth 1853?

1910 U.S. Census Seattle, King County, Washington we find them under the name Blain. Update 6/10/2016 – The only thing that bothers me is that she is said to be born in PA and I think that is not correct.  So this is where things get tricky.

Line 96, 24th Avenue, 46, 56, Blain, Sarah A., head, F, W, 60 Wd, 5 children born 2 living, born Pennsylvania, Scot – Engl, Eng. English, Income, yes, yes. 

Leola M. daughter, F, W, 33, D, 0 0, Born Pennsylvania, Father born New Jersey, mother born PA, English, Clerk, Abstract Office, W, No. O, yes, yes.

Source:  Sarah Blain Family, 1910 Seattle, King County, Washington 11th Precinct part of, SD#1, ED#93, Ward 3 Part of), Sht#2, enumerated 16 April 1910, by T/F. W. Van Allen. Blain, 

In 1920 Sarah is living in an insane asylum and probably has suffered the same fate as Alexander who was found wandering Farmington before his death and ended up in the Rochester Hospital in Olmsted Co., Minnesota.  It is very interesting that her parents are born in New York?

Line 65, Blinn, Sarah A, F, W, 69, WD, yes, yes, born Connecticut, father born New York, mother born New York, yes,, no occupation. 

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Napa State Hospital, Napa, California, Juarez Precinct, SD#3, ED# 56, Sht.#16, enumerated 14 January 1920, by John K. Harries.

The information provided below may or may not be the correct family, there is a tombstone at Find A Grave in the Sunset View Cemetery in Contra Costa, California, for a Sarah A. Blinn with the appropriate dates. She is listed as the Mother of Leola M. Kellogg but I don’t know or can’t find a Leola Kellogg marriage record:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Blinn&GSfn=Sarah&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=137683492&df=all&

Daughter Leola Mae may have married first an Alexander Buck and lived in Contra Costa but based on the above, I am not sure.

Line 71, 423, 433, Buck, Alexander, Head, M,W, 35 M, yes, yes, born PA, parents born PA. yes, truck_____Contractor. 

Buck, Leola Mae, F, W, 34, M, yes, yes, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut, none. 

Source:  Alexander Buck Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Contra Costa, California, 7th Township, SD#3, ED#17, Sht.#18, enumerated 31, January 1920, by Claire W. Schmidt. 

By 1930 they have moved to Placer, California.

Line 92, 178, 198, Buck, Alexander, yes, M, W, 45, M, 21, no, yes, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut, 55, yes, rancher, fruit ranch

Buck, Leola, F, W, 44, M, 21, no, yes, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut

Buck, Sarah, daughter, F, W, 8, S, yes, yes, born Connecticut, parents born, Connecticut, rancher, fruit ranch. 

Source:  Alexander Buck, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Placer, California, township 14, ED# 31-27, SD4, Sht#7, enumerated on 22, April, 1930 by Matthew W. Coates.

Sarah J. Buck was born 4 January 1922 in Placer and her mother’s maiden name was Blinn.

1940 we find Alexander with a May in Placer.

Line 41, 141, O, 200, No, Buck, Alexander E. Head, M, W, 55, M, No, 8, born PA, Same house, Farmer. Buck, May, Wife, F, W, 56, M, No, 8, born PA, County Clinton, State PA, no occupation.

Source: Alexander Buck Family, Placer County, California, Judicial 10, SD#2, ED#31-21, Sht 7, enumerated on 22 April, 1940, by Eldon R. Martinson. 

It looks like Alexander Buck died on 20 November 1970 in Placer, California and was born 21 December 1884 per the California Death Index.

Update 6/10/2016:  About two weeks ago a lady from MOHAI contacted me with an article about a Leola Mae Blinn who was an attorney in the Seattle, Washington area.  MOHAI is the Museum of History and Industry here in Seattle.  So I started to doublecheck everything and found the 1870 census for James and Sarah A. Blinn.  I am still having trouble verifying the death of James and finding out more about Sarah.

This article from the MOHAI individual had a photo from a city directory for a Leola May Blinn as an attorney.

Leola May Blinn

Leola May Blinn

The article was from the Urbana Daily Courier Tuesday December 12, 1916 – Woman Motorists Drive off Wolves, Their Only Weapons Were Firebrands and Hatchet — An All-night Battle.  Seattle, Wash. Forced to use firebrands, their only weapon aside from a hatchet, to drive away the timber wolves and coyotes that surrounded their machine at night, three Seattle women fund excitement aplenty on the last leg of an 8000 automobile journey across the continent. The women, Miss Leola May Blinn, her mother, Mrs. Sarah Blinn, aged 70, and Mrs. Charles S. Davis, traveled alone, without even a gun to protect themselves. They slept ou in the open. Miss Blinn’s automobile being converted at night into a sleeping car. “It was when we got stuck in eastern Washington that we suffered out most harrowing experience,” said Miss Blinn, describing the events of the journey. “We had just been ferried across the river at Walla Walla to Wallula when we ran into poor roads. From there to North Yakima we had a terrible time. We managed the difficult sand piles that served for roads until we were making a forced detour around the ‘Old Horn,’ a bend in the Columbia River. Then we got stuck in the sand.  “We were miles from nowhere. Night came on. We had trouble with our battery and could not switch on the electric lights We could not go ahead nor could we go back. While we sat their the coyotes and timber wolves came. We had no gun. There was nothing but a hatchet. “We had built a fire, however, with the safe brush that was near, and with the firebrands were able to keep them off. The Coyotes were afflicted with rabies, the weather having been very hot, and the wolves came right up to the machine and almost put their noses inside. We stayed up all night. Early the next morning I started out for assistance. While I was away Mrs. Davis had to use firebrands again to keep off the coyotes who had reappeared. Then she became anxious for my safety, not knowing whether I would be able to find assistance or not. I was able, however, to arouse two white men in a tent a mile away and with their help we got out of the North Yakima flats.”

I know that Sarah Agnes Blinn was in Seattle in 1906 helping her niece and nephew with affidavits about their father’s disappearance in Alexander’s estate papers.  So this is very interesting.

I did manage to find an obituary about a Leola M. Kellogg but I don’t know what paper it is from only that it was done sometime in 1959:

Mrs. Leola B. Kellogg, Criminal Lawyer, Dies – Mrs. Leola Buck Kellogg, 82, a criminal lawyer for 40 years, died, Monday at Harbor General Hospital, where she was taken after being stricken at her Redondo Beach home. She lived at 1927 Gates Ave. North Redondo Beach.  Mrs. Kellogg was born in Hartford, Conn. She was graduated from law school at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and later attended the New York School of Dramatic Art. After a brief career as an actress in the Boston stock company and at the Knickerbocker Theater, New York, she went to Seattle where she was admitted to the bar in 1912.  Mrs. Kellogg was admitted to the California bar in 1919 and had specialized in criminal law in Los Angeles since then, acting as defense counsel in 18 murder trials in this area. She maintained offices at 122 S. Pacific Ave. Redondo Beach, and appeared in Redondo Beach Municipal Court as recently as March 3. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Niland Mortuary Chapel, 535 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach and interment will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery. Mrs. Kellogg leaves a daughter, Mrs. Sarah Jane von Dyl of Encino, and five grandchildren. 

This obituary about Leola May Kellogg explains the notate on the tombstone that I found for Sarah A. Blinn, see above link to Find A Grave.  It also explains why I was finding articles about Leola in the Seattle newspapers which stopped about 1920.  I am going to summarize these articles here:

The Seattle Sunday Times, Oct. 27, 1912 – Miss Blinn Active in Republican Campaign – Feminine Lawyer Who Made Great Race for State Office, Heads Women’s auxiliary. With Photo. Miss Leola May Blinn, who ran third in the race for commissioner of public lands and who was the only woman admitted to the practice of law at the last state bar examination has been made chairman of the King County Republican committee’s women’s auxiliary. Miss Blinn is in charge of the women’s headquarters in the Seattle Hotel. Miss Blinn made a remarkable race for land commissioner, spending most of her time at her desk in the county clerk’s office while the campaign was in progress and devoting odd moments to her own canvas. As she is a good automobile driver she was able, in spare time, to make quick runs to nearby points and covered a great deal of the state in short trip expeditions. She introduced into politics an innovation — the woman campaign manager — who accompanied her on all her trips. Immediately after the close of the campaign, Miss Blinn appeared before the bar examining board and passed one of the most rigid bar examinations ever submitted to students. It is her ambition to devote herself to law practice in probate and realty matters, having had seven years’ experience in abstract work and having become familiar with probate business through her experience in the county clerk’s office. Miss Blinn is a member of the Women’s Relief Corps and several other organizations. She was born in Hartford, Conn. and now resides with her mother, at 1833 Twenty-fourth Avenue. 

The Seattle Republican Friday Jan. 17, 1913 – Leola May Blinn ….first woman to be admitted to practice in the U.S. court in this district. 

The Seattle Star, Wed, May 21, 1912 First Edition – Women Attorneys are Opposed in Man’s Trial. About a burglary case in which Miss Blinn and Miss Reah Whitehead argued the case.

The Labor Journal (Everett, WA) Fri, Feb 7, 1913 – First Edition – Women Form State Body. She held several positions in the creation of the organization.

The Labor Journal (Everett, WA) Fri Aug 14, 1914 – First Edition page 3 with photo – Woman Lawyer to Aid Paroled Prisoner. 

The Newport Miner (Newport, WA) Thu, Aug 8, 1912 – First Edition page 6, Woman Candidate Files – Her move to run for land commissioner is filed.

The Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, OR) Tue, Aug 24, 1915 – page 13 – Woman Lawyer at Joint Meeting. Miss Leola May Blinn of Seattle is the only woman lawyer from Washington attending the joint meeting of the Washington Oregon and Bar Association….sort of a quick bio of her.  

The Seattle Sunday Times, Nov. 11, 1917 She appears with a photo, About her Relief Corp work.

There is a Find A Grave memorial, with no gravestone at this time, to Leola. They use the name Leola Buck Kellogg, born Aug. 29, 1876 and died May 11, 1956.  She is buried in the Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Co., California. Plot 4 563 5.  Billion Graves has a tombstone photo for her that reads: Beloved Mother, Leola B. Kellogg 1876 to 1959.  There are other Kelloggs buried in the Pacific Crest:  Daisy Evans, Emmer Edward and Michael.  I did not find her husband.

The SSDI Applications and Claims Index has a Sarah Jane Vondyl (Sarah Jane Von Dyl) who was born 4 Jan 1922 in Auburn Place, CA and she died 16 Dec. 2006. Her father is listed as Alexander E. Buck and her mother is Leola M. Blinn.  So this means that Leola M. Blinn did marry to Alexander Buck.

I found a marriage in Skagit County, Washington on 5th September, 1917 in Mt. Vernon by a Baptist Minister. Alexander E. buck of King and Leola May Blinn of King.  Witnesses were Edna M. Behrens and Mrs. J.E. Noflsinger. Rev. Noflsinger was the officiating minister. Pastor of the Davis Memorial Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.  So by 1920 they were in California.

According to the SSDI He, Alexander Buck, was born 21 December, 1884 and died Nov. 1970 in California in Contra Costa.  This means they must have divorced because he died 11 years after Leola died and she was Kellogg by that time.

I found two references to court cases one took place 6 December 1940.  Where a Leola M. Kellogg applied for Habeas Corpus.  The petitioner, who is the wife of William V. Kellogg, was charged with grand theft accomplished by means of drawing and cashing six checks upon the alleged joint tenancy account of herself and her husband at the Bank of America in Sacramento and by appropriating the money to her own use contrary to her trust. etc.  This case goes on for 10 pages. Justia – US Law, Case Law, California Case Law Cal App 2d Volume 41 in reg Kellogg.

Collison v. Thomas, Docket No. L.A. 25793, 55 Cal 2d 490 (1961) – This litigation involves the estates of William P. O’Brien his wife Masie O’Brien..Edna M. Collison, as administratrix of Masie’s estate…Leola Buck Kellogg was administratrix of William’s estate to quiet title on land in Torrance, CA.  Unfortunately Leola died during the trial etc.  The entire trail of this action took less than one day. It commenced at 11:05 a.m. on May 11, 1959, Mrs. Kellogg, the administratrix of William’s estate died at 11:20 a.m. on the day of the trial.  This brief was 4 pages long. 

An article appeared titled “Woman Charges Husband Ruined Law Business, Los Angeles, Sep. 17, UP Mrs. Leola M. Kellogg, former Sacramento attorney, today filed suit asking $15,250 damages from her husband, William V. Kellogg of Sacramento, charging that he ruined her law business by causing her prosecution on grand theft charges. Mrs. Kellogg said her husband swore to a complaint Sept 12, 1940, which caused her arrest and trial in Sacramento. She said she was acquitted in a jury trial but that her practice was destroyed. Her husband, she said, was “malicious” in his action, which was described as the outgrowth of a dispute over funds in a joint bank account. 

I have not found a marriage record for Leola to William V. Kellogg at this time.  I cannot get a fix on him although he may have died in Denver, CO.

End of update 6/10/2016  – Well if this is Sarah’s daughter Leola must have been someone to know.  Maybe some day I will figure this out.  It looks very much like it could be Sarah’s family.

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I find that the Barclay’s were very inconsistent with their census information.  I am using census again without other documents like vital records to verify, so the information above is all very uncertain till I get time to dig more.

There is certainly more to do with Sarah Agnes and her family like finding her marriage record and when did James pass. How many children did she actually have?  Did I find the correct Sarah in the census or am mistaken.  I need to look at vital records and more to see if I cannot get a clearer picture of Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn.

John Barclay’s Two Families

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.