Probate of Mary J. Barclay Ford – 1917

Will of Mary J. Ford page 2

Will of Mary J. Ford page 2

The probate of Mary J. Barclay Ford was obtained at the Connecticut State Library.  I visited that library in 2011. It was my second time visiting that archive.

I had to order the estate file special and they had me come in and sit in the special collections area of the library.

Finding Mary’s will and probate file was very exciting.  It consisted of the following documents:

Will of Mary J. Ford, July 18, 1904, Bristol, Connecticut, Accepted 10, April, 1917, Vol. 42 pg. 410 , Attorney Epaphroditus Peck, Witnesses Frank L. Muzzy and James T. Mather, Jr. Witness Affidavit, July 18, 1904.

Affidavit Concerning the Payment of Taxes on Choses in Action and Other Property – $1750 for Real Estate and $500 for Machinery and $25.00 for one horse.

Application for Probate of Will, Filed in Court 3rd April, 1917 Rec. Vol. 39, Pg. 266. Died March 28, 1917, left a widower Jerome B. Ford and two daughters: Melissa M. Yale of Bristol and Annie B. Yale of Patchogue, LI, New York. Published in the Bristol Press as of 10 April, 1917.

Bond, 10, April, 1917 Vol. 36, Pg. 185. $300.00 Melisa M. Yale and Alfred J. Yale.

Inventory, Accept 8 May, 1917, Vol. 40, pg. 445.

Return of Claims, 17th Oct, 1917 by Melissa M. Yale, Executrix.

Administration of Account, 17, Oct. 1917, accepted.

Source:  Probate File of Mary J. Ford, March 28, 1917 #2850, Archives of the Connecticut State Library. 

Here is Mary’s will:

Will of Mary J. Ford: Know all men hereby, that I, Mrs. Mary Jane Ford, wife of Jerome B. Ford, of the town of Bristol, county of Hartford, and state of Connecticut, being now of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following:

1. I direct that all my just debts, funeral and probate expenses be paid, but moneys other than those in the Farmington Savings Bank shall be used for such payments, if there are sufficient such moneys.

2. I give, devise and bequeath to my husband, Jerome B. Ford, the shop, water-power and land, including about one half acre, lying easterly of the highway known as Jerome Avenue; and also all tools, machinery and stock contained in said shop, and all accounts of other property belonging to the business carried on in said shop. I also give and devise to my said husband the use, occupancy and income of my homestead, including the house in which we now live, and about fifteen acres of land on the westerly side of Jerome Avenue; and of the household goods in said house.

3. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Annie Barclay Yale, of Patchogue City, Long Island, wife of Henry A. Yale, all the money which may be left, at the time of my death, in the Farmington Savings Bank.

4. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Melissa M. Yale, of Bristol, wife of Frank E. Yale, any money, on hand or deposited in bank, except that in the Farmington Savings Bank, after payment of expenses and debts as above provided. And I also bequeath to said Melissa M. Yale, after the death of my said husband, the homestead, land and furniture, to be to her and to her heirs forever.

5. I hereby nominate and appoint said Melissa M. Yale to be executor hereof, without bonds. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set [my] hand and seal, at said Bristol, this eighteenth day of July, 1904. Signed Mary J. Ford (IL) Subscribed, sealed, and declared to be her last will and testament by Mrs. Mary J. Ford, in presence of us who, in her presence, and at her request, and in presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. [Frank L. Muggy, James T. Mather Jr. Epaphrodius Peck].

This is a very interesting will in that she makes sure all the possessions and property are left to her husband Jerome.  I am also curious about what Melissa did with all the land before she left for California to be with her son?

This is what I know about Mary Jane Barclay Ford, sister and heir of Alexander Barclay.  Of course there is always more research to be done but it is time to move on.

Final Resting Place of Mary and Jerome Ford, Forestville…

At the Bristol Public Library there is a History room and I was able to find the cemetery where Mary and Jerome Ford were buried.  They are in the Forestville Cemetery.  They are featured on Find A Grave but I will share the pictures that I took that day when I visited this cemetery in 2011 on my trip to Connecticut.  I share my visit on my Massachusetts Meandering Blog, see right side panel of this blog for a link.

Here is what I wrote:

My very special goal was the Forestville Cemetery which was called the East Cemetery years ago.  I was warned it was a big cemetery and was a little worried as to how I would find them.

I was looking for Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome B. Ford and there three daughters.  I knew about Mary J. from the estate file of my great-uncle Alexander Barclay.  Mary and Alexander were siblings of my great-grandfather George A. Barclay.  I have been tracking her and it was exciting to know that I had an obituary for her and her husband.  

The Forestville Cemetery is on Circle Street in Forestville.  I found it by going along W. Washington St. to Center and then to Circle.  It is a very well-kept cemetery and easy to get around on the paved roads which are numbered 1-4.  The information I had obtained from the History room in the Bristol Library gave me other names on tombstones to use to try to identify my family.  They have a cemetery book with listings done by rows although the rows are not identified you can tell by the page number approximately where the graves might be.  You could call the Forestville Cemetery Association.  Most cemetery jobs are part-time so you do have to be patient.  I didn’t do that but decided I could figure it out myself.

It took a while but I did find them, actually I found Frank Yale’s tombstone first and Melisa M. Ford but she didn’t have a death date? A Tilton was buried with them?

Frank E. Yale Dec 7, 1862 to Sept. 18, 1916
Melisa M. Ford Jan 19, 1871 to ?
Alvah L. Tilton Aug. 17, 1884 to Aug. 27, 1924

Jerome Ford and Mary J. Barclay Ford were buried over by the fence and right off road #3.  It was good to see the graves.  Next to them was their daughter Rozelia who died at 18 years old?  In Mary’s obituary grandchildren are mentioned.  

Jerome B. Ford, Died July 5, 1817 Age 72 yrs.
Mary J. Barclay wife of Jerome B. Ford
Died Mar. 28, 1917 Age 75 yrs. 3 Mos.
Rozelia Daughter of Jerome B. & Mary J Ford
Died Feb 28, 1866 Age 18 yrs 8 mos.

We now know that Melisa died in El Cajon, San Diego Co., California where her son Alfred had gone to live.  I have not found her gravesite at this time. She migrated after 1930 and was there by 1940.

Frank E. Yale was Melisa’s first husband and father of her son Alfred.  The person named Alvah Tilton was Melisa’s 2nd husband who died in 1924. I cannot image how hard that must have been for her to lose two husbands within a decade.

Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome’s deaths…

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.

The Heirs of Alexander Barclay: Mary Jane Barclay Ford

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.

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.