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In the last post I wrote about John Barclay the son of John and Margaret Barclay and brother to Alexander and George Barclay.

He took his family and headed to California about 1871-72.  They were probably there by 1874 when the baby son Albert passed.

Unfortunately the trail goes cold on John Barclay and what happened to him.

We turn to Alexander Barclay’s probate file and find several affidavits that may explain a little of what happened.  In any event, the estate of Alexander went to John and Minerva’s children:  John Avery Barclay and Sarah Ellen Barclay.

The two children, John and his sister prepare an affidavit that states what they know of the whereabouts of their father.

Affidavit John Avery Barclay, April 1, 1906

Affidavit John Avery Barclay, April 1, 1906 partial

John Avery Barclay is the son’s name, but someone added, in handwriting on the original affidavits, an initial “A” in the father’s name to read “John A. Barclay.”

#24 Affidavit of John A. Barclay

State of Minnesota  )                                      In Probate Court

County of Dakota   )

 In the matter of the estate of Alexander Barclay, Deceased,

 State of California                              )

City and County of San Francisco     )

             Be it known that on this 9th day of April 1906, before me a Notary Public within and for the City and County of San Francisco and State of California, personally appeared John Avery Barclay, who being first duly sworn on oath deposes and sayes; that his name is John Avery Barclay, that he was born at Sibley in the State of Minnesota on the 23 day of July 1867, that his father was John [A.] Barclay, that he, and his sister Sarah Ellen Barclay, now Mr/s. Lewis Sears, are the only children, and heirs at law of said John Barclay.

            That his father said John [A.] Barclay, prior to the year of 1877, departed, left his family and, that he was last heard of in San Francisco, California, in 1877, has not been seen or heard from, and no one knows what has become of him.

             That for years a consistent and careful search was kept up to try and discover his whereabouts, that he could not be found nor could any information be obtained regarding him.

             That his wife, Mrs. John Barclay, deponents’ mother some years after his fathers departure obtained a divorce, and has since married again.

             That deponent has reason to believe and does believe that his father said John Barclay, is dead.              Signed by John Avery Barclay

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th day of April, 1906: Jessie O’Brien

The affidavit for the probate court in Minnesota is pretty much the same for the sister:

#24 Affidavit of Sarah Ellen Barclay Sears – Mrs. Lewis Sears

 State of Minnesota  )                                      In Probate Court

County of Dakota   )

In the matter of the estate of Alexander Barclay, Deceased,

State of Washington, County of King                    

            Be it known that on this 20th  day of February 1906, before me a Notary Public within and for the County of King and State of Washington, personally appeared before me Mrs. Lewis Sears, who being first duly sworn on oath deposes and sayes; that her name is Mrs. Lewis Sears, and that prior to her marriage to Lewis Sears, her maiden name was Sarah Ellen Barclay, that she was born at Sibley in the State of Minnesota on the 29th day of March 1869, that her father was John [A.] Barclay, she has a brother John Avery Barclay, and that she and her said brother are the only children and heirs of said John A. Barclay.

            That her father said John A. Barclay, prior to the year of 1877, departed to know one knows where, and has not been heard of since, save that he was last seen that year in the city of San Francisco, California, and that for years a careful and systematic  search was made to discover his whereabouts and he could not be found nor could any information be obtained as to what had become of him.

             That his wife, Mrs. John Barclay, deponants mother some years after his fathers departure obtained a divorce, and has since married again.

             That deponent has reason to believe and does believe that her father said John Barclay, is dead.                       Signed by Mrs. Lewis Sears

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th of February 1906. Jessie O’Brien.

Apparently the court was not satisfied and wanted a third affidavit and in this case it was the sister of the said John Barclay who made statement.

#24 Affidavits of Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn

State of Minnesota  )                                      In Probate Court

County of Dakota   )

In the matter of the estate of Alexander Barclay, Deceased,

State of Washington, County of King                                   

             Be it known that on this 20th  day of Feb. 1906, before me a Notary Public within and for the County of King and State of Washington, personally appeared Sarah Agnes Blinn, who being first duly sworn on oath deposes and sayes; that she is a known sister of John Barclay, that said John A. Barclay, was married in the year 1866, that there was born to said John A. Barclay, as the issue of said marriage, one son viz: John Avery Barclay, and one daughter viz:  Sarah Ellen Barclay, now Mrs. Lewis Sears.

             That said John A. Barclay, if living, would be 70 years of age, that he has not been heard from, and there is every reason to believe that he is dead.

             That his wife, Mrs. John Barclay, some time after the departure of said John A. Barclay obtained a divorce, and has since married again and is living in Sunnyside, California.

            That said deponent has reason to believe and does believe that said John A. Barclay, is dead.                                     Signed by Sarah Agnes Blinn

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of February 1906.                                             [Unreadable signature]  Notary, Co. of King, Washington

In 1880 there is a census record for Sonoma County, California where a Lulu Barkley is living there with a John and Ella, no John Barclay is listed with her.

Source:  1880 U.S. Census, Sonoma, Sonoma County, California, page [27], SD# 3rd, ED#120, enumerated June 6/16, 1880, by A. Drahnis. 

Line 20, ___, 187, Barkley, Lulu, W, F, 31, married, housekeeping, born New York, parents born in Pennsylvania, Barkley, John, W, M, 13 son, at home, born Wisconsin, father born Scotland, mother born New York, Barkley, Ella, W, F, 11, daughter, born Wisconsin, father born Scotland, mother born New York.  

This census information might have been easy to miss because of the reference to Wisconsin as the birth of the children.  My cousin has sharp eyes and knew who they were.

Here is a link to a map of the counties of California which is interactive.  Of course you would have to find maps of the counties in the time period of 1880 as counties change over the years.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/california-counties-map/

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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.

Henderson Minnesota 2007

Henderson Minnesota 2007

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.

Henderson Minnesota 2007

Henderson Minnesota 2007

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.

The Public Library of Henderson, Minnesota

The Public Library of Henderson, Minnesota

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. 

Improved: 25
Woodland: 10
Unimproved: 135
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
Oats: 300,
Irish Potatoes: 35,
Butter: 200,
Hay: 24,
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:

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MN1310__.261&docClass=STA&sid=joquca5t.bjk

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.

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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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Alexander Barclay was buried in the Corinthians Cemetery in Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota.  Corinthian Cemetery shares the area with another cemetery St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Corinthian Cemetery is not on the main street of Farmington.

Corinthian Cemetery is not on the main street of Farmington.

Alexander’s tombstone is under my maintenance at Find A Grave after the original poster kindly transferred it to me.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Barclay&GSiman=1&GScid=82122&GRid=84263195&

Here I am with the tombstone of my great great uncle Alexander Barclay.  You can see the storm clouds forming in the background and I look very cold.  We could not dally because the sky opened up.

Me, Alexander Barclay and a storm

Me, Alexander Barclay and a storm

I am amazed at the size of the monument for Alexander but dismayed that there was no flag or indication of Alexander’s service in the Civil War.  Something I will have to attend to.  Any help would be appreciated just leave a comment.

Corinthian Cemetery, Farmington, Minnesota.

Corinthian Cemetery, Farmington, Minnesota.

Alexander died 9 December 1905 but he was buried 17 December 1905. Something must have happened regarding the burial of Alexander’s body that required an affidavit to be prepared and signed by the heirs protesting the removal of Alexander’s body from Farmington?  There were no other documents in the probate packet but there might be documents in the court clerk books at the courthouse?  Yes, we have a mystery.

Protestion of Removal of Body

Protesting of the Removal of the Body

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Grace was pregnant with Miriam at the time of her uncle Alexander’s death. Giving birth in January of 1906. She took action and petitioned the court for the administration of Alexander Barclay’s estate about January 11, 1906. Alexander did not have a will.

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Grace was unable to travel because she was pregnant with Miriam.  By the time the testimony was given below was presented she had given birth, so the court was delayed in getting started.  Grace sent Charles W. Stanton as her representative:

Charles W. Stanton called and being duly sworn says (about March 14, 1906)

“My name is Charles W. Stanton.  I am the Attorney-in-Fact for Grace A. McDonald, the same person who made the petition for letters of administration shown me in this matter.  The other instrument shown me is my Power of Attorney executed by Grace. A. McDonald.  She was unable to appear at this hearing on account of delicate health.  On or about February 1st Mrs. McDonald gave birth to a child and has not as yet, regained sufficient strength to warrant a journey from International Falls to Hastings.  The distance according to the present means of travel, being over 700 miles.

I am a resident of the Village of International Falls, Itasca County, Minnesota.  I am well acquainted with Grace A. McDonald, wife of Ronald S. McDonald.  She is also a resident of the Village of International Falls, Itasca County, Minnesota.  I have known her since about the year 1890.  I also became acquainted with George A. Barclay, the father of said Grace A. McDonald about the year 1890.  Grace is now about 25 or 26 years of age.  I was, at that time, visiting in the Pine River, Cass County, this State and have visited there since then many times, at the home of George A. Barclay and his family.  I know from my own knowledge of the family and from information received relative to said family that Grace A. McDonald was a daughter and the only child of George A. McDonald.

 George A. Barclay was shot at Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota some few years ago, and was survived by his wife and daughter, Grace A. Barclay, (who has since been married to said Ronald S. McDonald).  Mrs. Barclay, the widow of said George A. Barclay, has since inter-married with a certain man, and is now Mrs. Daws.  I never heard any mention of their being any other children in their family.  I have never seen any family record of their family, do not know that they kept any such record.  I do not know where Mrs. McDonald was born, although she may have told me. I do not recall now. 

 I know that said George A. Barclay is dead of my own personal knowledge and know that he was killed, as before stated.  He left some estate both real and personal.  I believe the personal property was divided amicably between his wife and daughter after his death.

 I did not know that there was such a person as Alexander A. Barclay prior to the death of George A. Barclay.  I have heard Mrs. McDonald speak of him since.  She also told me of the interest he took in the trial of the alleged murder of Mr. George A. Barclay.  She said the deceased assisted them financially many times during the lifetime of her father and has also assisted her mother since his death by loaning her money.  Mrs. McDonald visited Mr. Alexander A. Barclay, during his lifetime, while she was attending school in St. Paul or Minneapolis.  He (the deceased), visited them many times also, particularly during the trial and investigation of the murder of George A. Barclay.  Of my own personal knowledge, I do not know that the loans of Mr. Alexander Barclay to Mr. George A. Barclay were paid, or whether they were not, but have been informed by Mr. W. A. Gray of Farmington, Minnesota that they were paid in full.  Mr. Gray knew all about the affairs and business connections or transactions of Alexander A. Barclay, with the exception of some mining stock owed by the deceased.  Dr. Rogers of Farmington, knew and was well acquainted with the deceased prior to his death and knew all about the mining stock owned by the deceased at the time of his death, knows what companies they are invested in and also knows the amount invested by the deceased, which was, I believe $2300.00.  I made inquiries of both these men and think they can give and gave all of the necessary information relative to the estate of Alexander A. Barclay, deceased, that was in their possession. 

When I went to Farmington, which was on the 10th day of January, this year, I was not acquainted with anyone, but had a letter of introduction to Mr. George R. Taylor, who is Cashier in the Bank at Farmington.  He told me what he knew of the deceased’s financial and referred me to Mr. Gray and Dr. Rogers, from whom I obtained the information stated in the petition for letters that I made as attorney in fact for Grace A. McDonald, in this matter.  From information obtained from Mr. Gray by me, I believe the value of the personal property is about $2000. and consisted of  a mortgage of $1400; a chattel mortgage on a Blacksmith shop at Farmington, for $300 an another note executed by a party at Pine River for $100, on all of which there is probably some accumulated interest.  There was a check in the Bank of $50., some personal effects, etc., aggregating in all, about $2000.  The present value of the mining stock for investments, I know nothing about a personally, but was informed they are unlisted stock and in my opinion, not worth very much, perhaps about $1000.

I visited the real property owned by the deceased at Farmington, which consists of a house and lot, worth probably $800.00.  The Lakeville farm, I did not see, but it consists of 105 acres of agricultural land, and taking into consideration the answers to inquiries I made about it, it is worth between $4000. and $5000.  I know of no other real property owned by the deceased at the time of death.

George A. Barclay was engaged in Hotel business at Pine River, also the delivery and stable business at one time, but I have never heard anything about the deceased having any interest or partnership in any of the aforesaid business of said George A. Barclay, although he loaned him money at different times, according to Grace A. McDonald.

I know nothing about the other heirs of the deceased, although I have heard Mrs. McDonald speak of them perhaps.  I do not recall anything to the affect now.

The petition for letters asked for the appointment of Dr. H. N. Rogers, and we still desire this appointment.”

This testimony of Mr. Stanton is probably the best piece of information I could have found.  I now feel confident that my research on the Barclay’s is true and good. I wonder what other stories Mr. Stanton or the others may have had to share.  Sigh!

Apparently there were other reasons for delay and Dr. H.J. Rogers was not appointed administrator till about March 13, 1906. The bond was $5,000.

Dr. H.L. Rogers also was called to testify:

Dr. Rogers called, and being duly sworn, says: –

 “I reside at Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota.  I knew and was well acquainted with Alexander A. Barclay, prior to his death.  I know the real property he owned at Lakeville and Farmington.  The property in Lakeville consisted of a farm of 105 acres of agricultural land and that at Farmington of house and lot.  I knew something of his financial affairs and his personal property to the best of my knowledge, consisted of something like $1800.  In notes, most of which are secured and $50. in certificate of deposit & $1000 shares of mining stock.  I know that Mr. Barclay paid for the mining stock and I am familiar with the kind of stock.  I would not attempt to place a value on this stock, as it is all unlisted stock but will give the Companies and the most of the stock of Mr. Barclay.

Dr. Rogers gives a detailed list of about 7 stocks and their total $2812.50

 In addition to the above the deceased had some “Shamrock” shares…I know of no other personal property belonging to the deceased, except two old trunks, containing cloths, which are of no particular value.  There may be papers of value in those trunks.  The farm implements and farm property owned by deceased, were disposed of sometime prior to his death.  The house and lot at Farmington is worth about $800.00.  His farm is valued at about $50 an acre.

My knowledge of the heirs of the deceased was obtained from him, and through correspondence with his heirs before and since his death.  I have no personal acquaintance with but two of the deceased heirs, viz: Charles Barclay at Shakopee, Minnesota, and Grace A. McDonald at International Falls, Minnesota.

Grace A. McDonald is the only child of George A. Barclay, who was killed a few years ago at Pine River, Minnesota, and who was a brother of Alexander A. Barclay’s.  I am not acquainted with the other heirs of the deceased named in the petition, but from what I have learned believe, that John A. Barclay named in the petition died prior to the death of the deceased, and that John A. Barclay left surviving him two children, who were his only heirs, viz: Sarah Ellen Sears and John Avery Barclay.  I believe John A. Barclay had no other children, except Sarah Ellen and John Avery.

 I know of the deceased death and arranged for his funeral at Farmington, and attended his funeral.  He died at Rochester, Minnesota, December 9th, 1905, at the State Hospital for the Insane.  At my request his remains were prepared for burial at Rochester, and shipped to Farmington, where he was buried.”

You never know what you will find in a probate file.  In this case, I had copies of the packet which I paid a high price for.  I did not have the court clerk books which might shed light on the process of the probate court.

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About a month before the birth of Miriam to Grace and Ronald McDonald of International Falls, Alexander Barclay passed away.  He was a brother of George Barclay.

I have featured Alexander on this blog many times.  He has been very important to the research on the Barclays. In some posts I just mention Alexander as way to link him to the other family members.  Here is a list of posts about Alexander Barclay:  You can use the Archives box or just put his name into the search engine box on the right.

  • Alexander Barclay Attends his brother George’s Funeral, January 27, 2014
  • 1890: Alexander Barclay, Awarded Civil War Pension! April 7, 2012
  • Catching up with Alexander Barclay: Dakota County, MN, March 22, 2012
  • A Son is born: George Alexander Barclay 1880!, March 3, 2011
  • Brother Alexander Barclay’s Civil War Service…July 11, 2010
  • Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place for G.A. Barclay, February 3, 2014
  • The Murder Investigation regarding the Death of George A. Barclay? Dec 16, 2013.
  • After the Death of John Barclay his wife Ellen lives another 10 years! August 8, 2013.
  • John Barclay December 1897, George’s Father succumbs! July 11, 2013.
  • 1895 State Census – The Barclays, February 7, 2013.
  • The 1890 Census and Veteran’s Schedules – John Barclay, Feb. 25, 2012
  • George Barclay On His Own: A Trading Post! September 21, 2010.
  • John Barclay’s Land! September 11, 2010.
  • The Naturalizaton of John Barclay, August 26, 2010.
  • After the Civil War – George and Alexander Try Farming? August 19, 2010
  • John Barclay Joins the Fight! August 7, 2010.
  • The 2nd Family of John Barclay, May 23, 2010
  • John Barclay’s Two Families, April 3, 2010

According to my records, Alexander died on the 9th of December 1905.  He was buried in the Corinthian Cemetery in Farmington, Dakota Co., Minnesota. I visited this cemetery in 2007.

I had all sorts of trouble finding Alexander’s death date because he was not appearing in Dakota County, Minnesota. It turns out his death was not easy and he died in the Hospital for the Insane in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota.

AlexBarclayDeathCert445

Rochester Patient Registers: #7127, 80, Alexander Barclay, Admitted Nov. 5, 1905, from Dakota Co., 63 years, single, religion: none, ____ , born in Conn. Hartford, ill health, unknown, sen. dem., no. of attackes 1, no. of admittances 1, age 62, 9 mos., 9 mos. 24 days, time in hospital 24 days, Died Dec 5, 1905, ex. sen. dem. #114.6.1.5B Box 1 Vol. A & B., pg. 179. 

Rochester State Hospital Adm. & Discharge: #243 Alexander Barclay, Residence: Farmington, Dakota Co., Admitted Nov. 15, 1905, Died Dec. 9, 1905 114.B.9.7B Box 1 1879-1955.  

Obituary Record – Rochester State Hospital – Line 9, 1905, Dec. 9, Alexander Barclay, Male, age 63 Single, Farmer, born Conn., Came from Dakota Co., Disease is unreadable. No. of attacks 1, No. of admissions 1, Case #7140. Admitted 1905 Dec. 8. In residence 7 days, total duration of disease 1 year 7 days. Cause of Death Ex in Sen Dem. Remains removed.

Minnesota Death Certificates – Died 1905, Dec 9, Rochester, Olmsted Co., Minn. Exhaustion in Senile Dementia, Alexander Barclay, not stated, MWS, Farmer, Conn. R.M. Phelps M.D., A.S. Adams H.O.

I discovered the end of his life by accident.  I was working diligently at the Minnesota Historical Society on their newspaper collection and in the pages of the Dakota County Newspaper I found entries in the published town finances for Farmington under County Finances, Dakota County Disbursements.  There were two entries in this listing of the county finances regarding Alexander.  There was also an article about court proceedings which committed Alexander to the hospital in Rochester.

City Expenses:  pg. 2, 4 col. Insane Expense, #1581, W. H. Brownell # 50 o Court #1582.

City Expenses: Dr. J. C. Fitch $7.50 Dr. H. N. Rogers examination $7.50 for A. Barclay, $8.49. 

Adjudged Insane: Alexander Barclay; of Farmington, was adjudged insane by Judge T.P. Moran on Tuesday evening, and committed to the hospital at Rochester. He was formerly a resident of Lakeville, and is sixty-three years of age. He was taken there by Deputy A.C. Nesbitt and W.W. Carmon Wednesday.  

Back then any sickness including old age was turned over to the state hospital and it was not till about 1950 and beyond that we started to see these different symptoms of aging in a different light such as dementia. Since Alexander was single and there was no family to care for him nearby the town and county took action.  Unfortunately, this condition is part of my family medical history.

Fortunately, several obituary notices were found with the help of the Dakota County Historical Society, which give a little more information about his life.

Obituary notice in the Hastings Gazette, Saturday 23 December 1905.

“Alexander Barclay, a former well known resident of Lakeville, died at the Rochester hospital on the 9th inst., aged sixty-four years. He was a bachelor and a veteran of the civil war, and was committed from Farmington Nov. 15th. Internment at Corinthian Cemetery, Farmington, on Sunday under the auspices of Canby Post.”

Hastings Obit for Alexander

Hastings Obit for Alexander

Obituary notice in the Dakota County Tribune, Friday 22 December 1905.

“Death of Alex Barclay, Alex Barclay formally of Farmington died on Dec 9th at Rochester. His body was brought to Farmington where he was buried Sunday Dec 17th.

Mr. Barclay was an old soldier having enlisted in Co. C 4th Minnesota Sept 25th 1861, which was stationed at Fort Ripley where they did duty among the Chippewa Indians until April 1862. From there they went south to St Louis where they received the necessary equipments and then joined General Grants army at Pittsburg Landing. He participated in all their engagements up to and including the siege of Vicksburg Miss, where he joined Sherman’s army which he accompanied to Chattanooga, and was in all their engagements from Chattanooga to Atlanta. He continued with Sherman’s army thru Georgia and the Carolina’s and was with them at the surrender of Johnson near Rolin NC. He then went to Washington and was in the grand reunion in May 1865. From Washington he was transferred to Kentucky where he was discharged Aug. 9th, 1865. Mr. Barclay leaves two brothers in California, a half brother in Shakopee, a sister in the east and a niece who lives near the Canadian line. He was a member of Canby Post GAR No 47 of Farmington and was 63 years old at the time of his death.”

The last obituary is very well done except for the description of Alexander’s family. There were eleven (11)  heirs two of which were children of his oldest brother John Avery Barclay.

The family of Alexander, rallied and had his body shipped back to Farmington where he had made his home since 1870.

Alexander does appear in the records of the Canby Post GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) No. 47. The only regret I have is there is no picture of Alexander.

Here is a link to a timeline for the Civil War.  If you scroll down you will see pictures of the Grand Review Parade at the end of the war:   https://civilwarinvirginia.wordpress.com/page/8/

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After the Coroner’s inquest returned their verdict of “undetermined” in the death of George Barclay the funeral was allowed to take place:

Minnesota Dept of Veteran Affairs website of Memorials

Minnesota Dept of Veteran Affairs website of Memorials at the State Capitol Complex

“The remains were brought to this city today and were met at the train by friends and Pap Thomas Post No. 30, G.A.R. under who auspices the services were conducted, the murdered man being an old soldier and member of this post.  

The funeral services were conducted at the Episcopal church, Rev. C. F Kite officiating. The remains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased leaves a widow and one married daughter to mourn his death.”  From the Cold Blooded Murder article Nov 3, 1898. 

Another version of the funeral:

“The remains were brought to Brainerd on Thursday morning for interment and the funeral took place at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rev. C. F. Kite conducting the services.  The members of Pap Thomas Post, G.A.R. and the Women’s Relief Corps, met the funeral cortege at the station and marched with the procession to the church and thence to the cemetery.” From Cowardly Crime article Nov. 5, 1898.

See post dated November 28, 2013 “Cold Blood Murder and Cowardly Crime – November 1898,” for the complete articles.  

Alexander, George’s brother had heard of the shooting.  So he left his home in Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota to attend the funeral on November 3, 1898. The brothers had served in the Civil War and were G.A.R. (Grand Old Army) members so I know that he would have wanted to attend and be part of the G.A.R. processional.

Source:  Local News – A.A. Barckley started for Pine River, Dakota County Tribune.

A.A. Barckley started for Pine River Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of his brother, who was shot there Saturday.

Alexander attends George's funeral

Alexander attends George’s funeral

The newspaper combined the murder events with the funeral and didn’t prepare a separate article on the events of the funeral of George A. Barclay. Unfortunately the G.A.R. Chapter that George was a member of lost their papers in a fire in about 1910, so I was unable to obtain anymore details on the funeral of George.

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