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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.

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.  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 stores of this family, sigh!

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.

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 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 Budo, 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.

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.

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John Avery Barclay, a son of John Barclay and Minerva Parks and nephew to George and Alexander Barclay, submitted an affidavit to the Probate Court of Dakota County, Minnesota.  His sister and aunt also did the same. As a result John Avery Barclay became an heir to Alexander Barclay’s estate because his father John Barclay had disappeared years ago and was presumed dead.

What follows is a mix of my research and my cousins, a descendant of this man. I thank her for sharing.

John Avery Barclay was born 23 July 1867 in Sibley Co., Minnesota per my information. His death certificate has 3 June, 1866 as his birth date signed by the hospital where he passed. He died on 8 March 1951 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.

In the 1870 U.S. Federal Census John is with his father and mother in Sibley Co., Minnesota.  Please note the spelling of the name as Barkley.

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: John Barkley Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Sibley Co., Minnesota, page 2, 17 June 1870. 

Note:  Why they used the name Abraham I do not know? This census gives his age as 4 years old. This means he was born 1866?

The 1880 U.S. Federal Census has John with his mother and sister in Sonoma Co., California and there is no mention of John Barclay the father.

Source:  Lulu Barkley Family 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Sonoma, Sonoma County, California, pg. 27, Dist. No. 3rd, ED #120, 16th of June, 1880, A. Drahnis, #14

Line 20 ___,186 Barkley, Lulu W, F, 31, married, house keepr, born New York, parents born Penn. 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.

Note: Here they state the children, John and Ella,were born in Wisconsin. This has his birth year as 1867.  Minerva (Lulu) is not born in New York, not Pennsylvania.

On 27 July 1889 John Avery Barclay married Harriette Louise Arcan in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California.

Source:  Marriage of John A. Bartley & Hattie Arcan, 27 July 1889, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California,

The Marriage of John Bartley native of Minnesota, aged 22 years, resident of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, State of California and Hattie Arcan native of California, age 20 years, resident of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, State of California. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of the Superior Court of said County, this 27th day of July, 1889. Ed Martin County Clerk of Superior Court of Santa Cruz by C. H. Ward Deputy Clerk.

I hereby certify that I believe the facts stated in the above License to be true and that upon due inquiry there appears to be no legal impediment of the Marriage of said John Bartley and Hattie Arcan, that said parties were joined in Marriage by me, on the twenty seventh day of July A.D. 1889 in Santa Cruz, said County and State and that Chas. F. Buchwald a resident of Santa Cruz, and county of Santa Cruz State of Calif. and Minivrina Buchwald a resident of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, State of California were present as witnesses of said Ceremony.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty seventh day of July A.D. 1889 – H. Brueck Pastor of the German M.E. Church of Santa Cruz.

Filed for Record at request of H. Brueck this 29 day of July A.D. 1889 at 40 minutes past 9 o’clock am and recorded August 24, 1889. Ed. Martin.

Note:  Minerva Barclay, the mother, remarried to a Charles Buchwald on 19 June 1886 in Los Angeles, California.

Harriette was the daughter of Charles Edward Arcan who was born before 1849. She was born 22 December 1871 in Santa Cruz.  She died there on 21 December 1951.

Harriette Barclay, Member of Pioneer Local Family, Dies, Dec. 21, 1951.

Harriette Louise Barclay, a native of Santa Cruz and a member of the one of the early pioneer families died in San Francisco yesterday. Services are to be conducted tomorrow at 11:30 am from the mortuary of W.C. Lasswell and company, San Francisco, and interment is to take place at Mount Olivet Memorial Park. Mrs. Barclay’s grandfather was John B. Arcan, who was born in Versailles, France and lived in Montreal, Canada, before coming to the United States. He lived for a time in New York, then in 1849 came across country with a party organized in Chicago, taking the southern route, across Death Valley. They made their home in Santa Cruz, owning the corner where the Bank of American now stands. There they put up a building with a second floor room which was used for dances. Charles Edward Arcan, Mrs. Barclays father, was a baby when the party crossed Death Valley. Later he became prominent in Santa Cruz and was well known as an athlete and baseball player. Surviving Mrs. Barclay are her children, Charles, Ella Barclay and Mrs. Violet H. Stark, her grandchildren, Harry and Edward Stark and Edward Barclay and five great grandchildren.

Source:  Santa Cruz Newspaper (name not given), Harriette Barclay, Member of Pioneer Local Family, Dies, Dec. 21, 1951.

John and Harriett had the following children:

1.  Violet Harriette Barclay, born 10 January 1890 in Santa Cruz and died on 14 September 1982 in California.  She married Edward Stark about 1909 and had two children. I have her in the 1900 and 1920 U.S. Census.

2.  Ella May Barclay born 7 January 1892 in San Francisco, California and died 1 March 1956 in California. She married a Becker after 1910 in California. She is featured in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

3.  Charles John Barclay was born 7 May 1894 in San Francisco and died on 31 May 1975 in Hollister, San Benito, California.  He is found in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census.

4. Edward Avery Barclay born 11 November 1896 in San Francisco, and died 24 July 1937 in California.  He married an Elsa MacPherson born 31 May 1905 in Butte, Montana and died 11 May 1978 in San Mateo, California. They had one son Edward Avery Barclay.  Edward married Alma E. Hardy and they had four children.  It is this family that my cousin is from and there are living descendants of this family who live on the West Coast.

Edward Avery Barclay

Edward Avery Barclay

Elsa MacPherson

Elsa MacPherson

Edward A Barclay

Edward Avery Barclay Jr.

1900 U.S. Federal Census has John in San Francisco Co. California

Church St, line 65, 1729? 111, 136, Barclay, John A., head, W, M, July 1868, 31, M, 11 yrs., born Minn, father born Scotland, mother Minnesota, Restaurant waiter, 0, yes, yes, yes, R, H. Barclay, Harriet, Wife, W, F, Dec, 1871, 29, M, 11, 4 born, 4 living, born Calif, father Illinois, mother Louisiana, yes, yes, yes. Barclay, Violet, daughter, W, F, June 1881, 10, S, born Calif, father Minnesota, mother California, at school, 9, yes, yes, yes. Barclay, Ella, daughter, W, F, June 1892, 8, S, born Calif, father Minnesota, mother Calif., at school, 9. Barclay, Charles, son, W, M, May 1894, 6, S, born Calif, father Minnesota, mother Calif. Barclay, Edward, son, W, M, Nov. 1896, 4, S, born Calif, father Minnesota, mother Calif.

Source:  John Barclay Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, ED 1, SD 139, Sheet 6? 6, June, 1900 William C. Irwin?

Meanwhile the Charles and Minerva Buchwald family are living in San Francisco, California in 1900.

Line 83, 227, 191, 196, Buchwald, Charles, Head, W, M, March 1857, 43, M, 14, born Ohio, parents Germany.

Buchwald, [Mary], wife, W, F, April 1850, 50, M, 14, 5, 2, born PA,

Steadman Raymond, grandson, W, M, May 1884, 16, S, born California.

Parks, Louisa, mother in law, W, F, July 1826, 72, W, 1, 1, born PA

Buchwald, Mabel, daughter, W, F, ____1893, 7, S, born California

Line 88, 27, 192, 197, Buchwald, Maggie, Head, W, F, June 1890, 20, S, born Ohio

193, 198 Buchwald, Godfrey, Brother, W, M, Oct, 1891 19, S, born Ohio

Source: Charles Buchwald Family, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, SD#1, ED#141, Sheet #[10], 36th assembly district, enumerated 8 June 1900, by Henry D. [Faumey].

1910 U.S. Federal Census has John Barclay in San Francisco and this time he is divorced and living with his mother’s family.

Flood St.- Line 95, 324, 158, 170, Buchwald, Chaley F. Head, M, W, 56, M1, 24, born Ohio, father born Germany, mother born Germany, English, Cook, Restaurant, W, No, O, yes, yes, yes, O, Ti, H.  Buckwald, Lulu, wife, F, W, 62, M2, 24, 5, 2, born PA, parents born PA, English, None, yes, yes, no. 

Buckwald, Mable, daughter, F, W, 17, S, born California, Father Ohio, Mother PA, English, none. 

Buckwald, Violet, Daughter, F, W, 9, born California, father born Ohio, mother PA, English, none.

Barclay, John A. Boarder, M, W, 42, D, born Minnesota, father Scotland, mother PA, English, Carpenter, House, W, no, 5, yes, yes, no. 

Steadman, Raymond, Boarder, M, W, 25, S, born California, father born Germany, mother Minnesota, English, carpenter, House, W, no, 0, yes, yes, no. 

Source: Chaley Buckwald Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, 33 District, SD#4, ED# 71, Sht#7, enumerated on 30 April 1910 by C.A. Parker. 

Note:  Based on this information it is looking like Charles and Minerva had Maggie, Godfrey and Mabel.  Of course this will need to be verified.

After their divorce Harriette Barclay is listed separately with her children in the 1910 U.S. Census.

Line 6, 3174, 137, 214, Barclay, Harriett, L. Head, F, W, 39, D, 4 born, 4 living, California, Illinois, Louisiana, all speak English, own income, yes, yes. Barclay, Ella, daughter, F, W, 18, S, California, Minnesota, California, cashier, Theater, W, yes, 12, yes, yes, no. Barclay, Charles, son, M, W, 15 S, California, Minnesota, California, errand boy,warehouse, W, no, 50, yes, yes, no. Barclay, Edward, Son, M, W, 13, S, California, Minnesota, California, none, yes, yes, yes.

Source:  Harriette Barclay, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, for San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, Dist 32 part of 13 Precinct, part of San Francisco City, 19 April 1910, Edward J. Preve, SD# ?, ED 75th?  It looks like Violet stayed with her grandmother Minerva. 

1920 U.S. Federal Census has John Barclay still living in San Francisco, California

Line 12 Flood Ave., 324, 4, 4, Buchwald, Charles, Head, O, M, M, W, 62, M, yes, yes, born Ohio, born Germany, parents born Germany, speaks German, yes, cook, restaurant, W 954. Buchwald, Mervia, wife, F, W, 68, M, yes, yes, New York, parents born New York, none. Buchwald, Violet, 18, S, yes, yes, California, father born Ohio, mother New York, sales lady, store, W, 791. Barclay, John, boarder, M, W., 51, D, yes, yes, Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother New York, carpenter, house, w, 148.

Line 16, 318, 5, 5, Steadman, Raymond, Head, O, M, M, W, 35 M, yes, yes, California, parents born US, boiler maker, shipyards, W, 140. Steadman, Lucille, wife, F, W, 27, M, yes, yes, California, parents born Ireland, none.

Source:  Charles Buchwald Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, Distr. 24, Precinct 42, SD #4, ED #323, Sht#12A, 8 January 1920, Grace E.Cahill. 

Harriette is present in the 1920 U.S. Census with some of her children.

Rolhle St., 124, 187, 188, Barclay, Harriette, Head, O, F, F, W, 50, D, yes, yes, Calif., Illinois, Louisiana, yes, none. Barclay, Charles, son, M, W, 25, S, yes, yes, Calif., Minn., Calif, machinist, Fd Motor, Co., O A 362; Barclay, Edward A, Son, M,W, 23, S, yes, yes, Calif., Minn, Calif, machinist, Fd, Motor, Co. OA. Becker, Ella, daughter, F, W, 29, Dr. yes, yes, Calif., Minn, Calif, none.

Source:  Harriette Barclay Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, 123 Assembly Dist. SD #4, ED #140, Sht# 8A, 40 Prec. 10 and 12th of January, 1920, Davis, Mrs. Mary.

Harriet L. Barclay appears in the 1930 census. Charles is still with her and so is Ella as Ella Becker.  John Avery Barclay the father has gone to Seattle and is living with his sister, see the next post about Sarah Ellen/Helen Barclay Sears Westerholm.

Line 11, 124, 73, 76, Barclay, Harriet L, Head, O, $5000, R, No, F. W, 60, Mt/Wd, no, yes, born Calif, father Chicago, Illinois, mother Louisiana, yes, none. Barclay, Charles, J. Son, M, 35 S, no, yes, born Calif, Minnesota, Calif., yes, mechanic, automobile, 7623, W, No, 9, No. Becker, Ella M. Daughter, F, 38, D, no, yes, California, Minnesota, Calif., none.

Source:  Harriet L. Barclay, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, ED 38-70, SD 7, Sht 5A, AD 25, Block 726, April 5, 1930, Mrs. Sophis Louder.

On 8 March 1851 John Avery Barclay, son of John Barclay and Minerva Parks Barclay Buckwald, passed in Seattle, King Co., Washington, he was 84 years old

His death certificate is available on-line at the Washington Digital Archives:

POD: King County, State of Washington
City of Seattle, L of Stay 9 days,
King County Hospital
1215 East 64th Street
Name: John A. Barclay
Died 3/8/51
Male
White
Widowed
DOB 6/30 66 age 84
Occupation: Waiter
BP: San Francisco, Califo. US Citizen
Informant King Co. Hospital
Disease Cerbral arterioscleorsis
No Autopsy
Attended 2/27/51 to 3/8/51
Alive on 3/8/1951 death at 9:45 pm.
Signature Ralph John….
King County Hospital 3/9/51
Burial, 3/13/51 Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, WA
Recorded 3/12/1951
Funeral directors: Butterworth & Sons.

Obituary and Funeral Notice

Obituary Mar 10, 1951 pg. 10, John W. Barclay – John W. Barclay, 84, of 1215 E. 64th St. died Thursday. Mr. Barclay a carpenter, had lived in Seattle 20 years. He was born in Minnesota. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Helen Westerholme, Seattle. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Butterworth Chapel.

Funeral Notice Mar 11, 1951 – Barclay John Avery of 1215 East 64th St. Brother of Mrs. Helen Westerholme, Seattle. Services Butterworth’s Drawing Room Chapel 1 p.m. Tuesday. Burial Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Source:  Obituary Sat. Mar. 10, 1951 for John W. Barclay and Funeral Notice Mar 11, 1951 for John Avery Barclay, Seattle Post Intelligencer. 

John is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne hill in Seattle, Washington.  He is next to the tombstone of Lewis Sears, a husband of his sister. These tombstones are in the section just left of the office building.

John A. Barclay's tombstone in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, WA

John A. Barclay’s tombstone in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, WA 1867 to 1951

Of course, there is always more research that can be done on a family and I could look for more census, divorces, funeral home records and other documents.  At this time, I will move on and share about John’s sister Helen (Sarah Ellen) Barclay Sears Westerholme.

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

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

1850 Census - Agnes Barclay

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

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

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

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

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

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

1850 Connecticut John Bartley

A  John Bartley is living with the Olmstead family in Enfield.  The spelling is slightly different.  I have seen this spelling version of the Barclay surname before in other documents.  The family starts on line 9 with an Obadiah Olmstead age 34 male, farmer with $4000 in real estate, born in Connecticut.  He is followed by Hannah age 30, [Sauranu] age 7 female and Frederick age 4 male.  John is on line 13.  This John is 16 years old which means he was born about 1834 and born in Scotland.  John is followed by a James Boyle age 28 farmer, born in Ireland.  This John Bartley is a strong possibility for the older brother of George and Alex. 

1850 Connecticut - James Barclay

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

Mary J. Barclay 1850 Connecticut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex's Probate

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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