Ellen Barclay lived another 10 years after her husband John Barclay. She died in 1907.
In this post I want to share what I know about Ellen, because I think it fits with John Barclay’s end of life. They had been together 29-30 years and had 4 children. The children were Charles, William, Mary E., Anna Elizabeth. I will go into more detail on the lives of John Barclay’s children from both marriages, when I get to the death of Alexander Barclay who was a half-brother to Ellen’s children and full brother to the first seven, Margaret’s children. Alexander left a very involved probate file when he died in 1906. He was George Angus Barclay’s full brother and my great grandfather and subject of this blog.
Her name has been a frustration because documents have her as Helen or Ellen. The writing was so bad you could not read it. The tombstone has her name as Ellen so I will use that name. In John Barclay’s obituary notice it was said that her maiden name was Iverson but in her own obituary it is listed as Stevenson. It is possible she was married before John, but so far I do not see any evidence for a first marriage for Ellen. It is also possible that the use of Iverson was a mistake. I am choosing to go with Ellen Stevenson Barclay till I am sure.
There is so much more research to do on Ellen Stevenson Barclay. I wish I had the time. Ellen is the second wife of John Barclay and I do not descend from her. I descend from Margaret and frankly I am more interested in finding the origins of John Barclay and his first wife Margaret. So I present what I have learned about Ellen for those who would be interested.
In order to understand Ellen’s life you need to review some of the posts I have written about John Barclay. She will be featured in census and other documents like deeds, etc. You can find other posts by using the search box on the right of this blog. You can also seek out the Categories on the right of this blog and under SURNAMES you will find “Barclay Surnames.” From there scroll down and you will find John Barclay and Ellen/Helen Stevenson. Unfortunately the names are alpha order rather than by the lineage.
So what happened to Ellen after John’s death?
In 1898, after John’s death, Ellen Barclay (widow) rents her land to her son Charles Barclay on 29 August 1898
$100 yearly for years during the life of the party of the first part to be paid on April first and Jany first of each year. The NW atr of the NE qtr of Sec 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, according to the government survey thereof. Also said party reserves the use of two rooms in the building on the above property, use of the present garden, also parture, barn, corn and feed for one cow, poultry
Source: Deed of Indenture Ellen Barclay to Charles Barclay, Aug 29, 1898, Vol. 47, pg. 287 #11684, FHL# 1255725, Scott County, Minnesota
On 13 February 1899 another son William Barclay sells his share of the land to his brother Charles.
For a sum of $1800.00, Wm. and wife Clara E. Barclay are residing in Mammoth, Madison Co., Montana sold to Charles Barclay residing in Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Montana to-wit, the south 1/2 of the NE qtr of Sec. 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, 80 acres according to gov. survey. Except a certain mortgage payable to Henry Hinds of Shakopee. Witnessed by W.R. Macfadden and F. H. Wilbour and signed by William Barclay and Clara E. Barclay in the State of Montana, County of Madison etc.
Source: Deed of Wm. Barclay and wife Clara E. to Charles Barclay, February 13, 1899, Vol. 47, pg. 33 #12062, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL #1255727.
After John’s death in 1897, we find that the next census is the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. In this census we learn that Ellen was living with her son Charles. This census shows us that the only child that is still around is Charles. The remaining three children of John and Ellen have married and migrated elsewhere. William and Mary E. went to Montana. Anna married and went to Wisconsin to live. Charles is a mystery. After his mother’s death it is difficult to determine where he went. There are possibilities for a Charles Barclay living in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
28/28 Barcley, Charlie, Head, Jan. 1860, 40 years old, single, born in Minnesota, Father born in Scotland, mother born in Norway, farmer, educated, land info. Barcley, Ellen, mother born Apr 1833, 67 years widow, one child born, one child living, born in Norway and both parents where born in Norway. Naturalized 1858, 45 years in country (means she immigrated in 1855), educated. Carter, John, Nephew born Feb. 1890 10 years, single. Born in Wisconsin, Father born in Canada Fr., mother Minnesota, at school, 8 grade, educated.
Source: Charlie Barclay & Mother, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, FHL#1240788, Microfilm T623, Roll 788, page 142, SD ?, ED 172, Sheet #2. I do not understand the number of children fro Ellen in this census. All her children lived long lives?
Something happened in 1904 because a notice in the gossip column of the Scott County Argus was featured on May 20, 1904. I have no idea what this means?
“Eagle Creek: Charles Barclay has moved his household furniture into Shakopee, and will make that his future home. Charlie was always kind and obliging to everyone and we will all miss his happy smile very much.”
In 1906 he is still living in Shakopee per his half-brother Alexander Barclay’s probate case. This probate will be featured indepth at a later time on this blog.
Charles Barclay, aged 45 years, residing at Shakopee, Minn., who is a half-brother.
Ellen passes on 30 November 1907 in Shakopee. She is buried with John in the Valley Cemetery in Shakopee. You see that they use the name Helen in the obituary notice but Ellen is on the tombstone.
Helen Barclay Death Notice Shakopee Tribune Dec. 13, 1907 pg. 4 col 3 Maiden: Stevenson also in the Argus on Dec 6, 1907 pg. 1 and col 4.
Helen’s 2nd Obituary Notice
Died – Barclay – At her home in this city, Saturday, November the 30th, Mrs. Helen Barclay of heart disease. Aged 73 years. Helen Stevenson was born in Norway in 1834, and came to this country in 1849(39?) settling in Wisconsin, then Iowa, finally coming to Minnesota in 1848. She moved to Shakopee in 1850 with her husband, John Barclay, and was one of the early pioneer settlers of Shakopee. Mrs. Barclay leaves four children to mourn her loss. They are: Mrs. Mary Clark of Montana, Mrs. Anna E. Carter of Marynette, Wis.; and Charles at home, and William Barklay of Montana. The funeral was held from the residence, Tuesday, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. Mr. Ganschow officiating. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved children.
2nd Obit – Scott Co. Argus – Friday, Dec. 6, 1907 – Died – Mrs. Helen Barclay, whose maiden name was Stevenson, died at her home in this city, Saturday, November 30th, 1907, of heart failure. Deceased had been in poor health for several months past, but not until two days prior to death did her condition give cause for alarm. Mrs. Barclay was a native of Norway, where she was born April 25, 1834. She came to America in 1849 and has resided in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Her husband, John Barclay, and she were pioneer settlers in Scott county where the family is well-known. For several years past Mrs. Barclay has made her home in Shakopee with her son Charles, who survives her together with another son, William of Montana, and two married daughters. The funeral took place, Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock, from the family residence, Rev. Carl Ganschow officiating, and interment was in the Valley Cemetery.
Helen’s obituary notice Dec 1907.
The above information gives us some good information on Ellen/Helen Iverson/Stevenson. Ellen left a probate file and will. I will present that in the next post.
Note: I was having a great deal of trouble researching the early years of the state of Minnesota and when it was a territory and was unable to find an actual marriage for John and Ellen in the records. Minnesota went through a lot of changes before it became a state and was associated with records of a territorial nature of Michigan and Wisconsin. The counties also changed their boundaries. Here is a Wikipedia article that might help to get you started on researching in Minnesota http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Minnesota
The other problem is that not a lot of documents have been filmed by the Family History Library for some of the counties of Minnesota. So access to the documents is onsite. I have traveled to Minnesota three times and would love to go back for more research, we will see.
Me at the Minnesota Historical Society 2007, my third time there.