Alexander Barclay’s Estate and Final Settlement, A Summary!

Alexander Barclay died on 9 December, 1905 in Olmsted Co., Minnesota and his body was laid to rest in Farmington at the Corinthian Cemetery in Dakota County. Alexander’s tombstone is featured at Find A Grave.

 Alexander Barclay's Tombstone, Me and Storm

Alexander Barclay’s Tombstone, Me and A Storm

In recent past posts I have written about the heirs of Alexander.  These siblings, nieces and nephews were found as a result of his death and the information found in his estate papers from Dakota County, Minnesota.

Here is summary of the posts written about Alexander’s heirs.  You can find these posts by using the archive box on the right side of this blog, or the search box.

  1. The Death of George’s Brother Alexander Barclay!, November 24, 2014
  2. Grace Barclay McDonald as Administrator of Alexander’s estate, December 1, 2014.
  3. Alexander Barclay’s Final Resting Place, December 8, 2014
  4. Alexander Barclay’s Heirs in 1906, December 15, 2014
  5. George and Alexander Barclay’s older brother John Barclay, December 26, 2014
  6. What happened to the Oldest Brother John Barclay? January 2, 2015
  7. Heirs of Alexander Barclay:  John Avery Barclay, January 18, 2015
  8. Heirs of Alexander Barclay:  Helen (Sarah Ellen) Barclay Sears, January 23, 2015
  9. Minerva Parks Barclay Remarries, January 20, 2015
  10. Heirs of Alexander Barclay: James Barclay, a brother, February 6, 2015
  11. Heirs of Alexander Barclay:  Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn, February 13, 2015
  12. The Heirs of Alexander Barclay:  Mary Jane Barclay Ford, February 21, 2015
  13. Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome’s deaths…, February 27, 2015
  14. Final Resting Place of Mary and Jerome Ford, Forestville, March 6, 2015
  15. Probate of Mary J. Ford, 1917, Mach 13, 2015
  16. Alexander Barclay’s Heirs: Martha M. Barclay Ford, March 20, 2015
  17. Alexander Barclay’s Heirs, the 2nd Family: Charles Barclay, March 27, 2015
  18. Alexander Barclay’s Heirs, the 2nd Family:  William Barclay 1863-1937, April 3, 2015
  19. Alexander Barclay’s Heirs – the 2nd family:  Mary E. Barclay Clark, April 11, 2015
  20. Alexander Barclay’s Heirs – the 2nd family:  Anna Elizabeth Barclay Carter, April 17, 2015
  21. Alexander Barclay’s Estate and Final Settlement, A Summary, April 24, 2015

A Summary of Alexander’s Estate

Alexander Barclay’s probate took from December 1906 to April of 1907.

My grandmother Grace A. McDonald petitioned the court to start the process of the probate but she was unable to continue because she was pregnant at the time. A Dr. Rogers was assigned to be administrator of Alexander’s estate process. There was no will so the estate had to be probated.  I refer you to the 2nd post in the list above for a review.

Here is a brief listing of the process in Alexander Barclay’s probate process:

1.  Petition for Administration of the estate and submitting of the heirs-at-law document.

Petition for Administration

Petition for Administration

2.  Setting of a Bond and granting of Administration to H.N. Rogers.

3.  Warrant to Appraisers and oath of the Appraisers.

4. Taking Inventory of the Estate which includes the personal possessions, land and other financials like stocks.

5.  Petition for License to Sell Real Estate.

Selling of Real Estate

Selling of Real Estate

6.  Publication of announcements in the local paper for the Creditors and hearing for claims against the estate and payment of those debts.  Printer’s Affidavit.

For Creditors

For Creditors

7.  In this case, affidavits from the children of the older brother John Barclay who was believed to be deceased were obtained, along with affidavits from other family members.

8.  Distribution of the stocks and transferring title to heirs.

9.  Final accounting and Petition for Settlement of the Estate.

Final Account

Final Account

10.  Order discharging the Representative and releasing of the surety bond.

H. N. Rogers put an ad in the local newspaper in order to sell Alexander’s farm titled:

“Farm for Sale Cheap”

The Sale of Alexander's Farm

The Sale of Alexander’s Farm

In the final account for Alexander Barclay’s estate eleven Receipt forms were filled out for each of the 11 heirs and signed by each one, so this means they had to be mailed, signed and returned. The siblings received approximately $548 plus 1/10 interest in the mining stocks.  Grace Barclay McDonald also received the larger sum.  For John Avery Barclay and Sarah Ellen Barclay they received about $273 plus 1/20 interest in the mining stocks.

Grace's Receipt - Estate of Alexander Barclay

Grace’s Receipt – Estate of Alexander Barclay

The probate of Alexander Barclay has been extremely helpful in identifying the two families of John Barclay.  Unfortunately, it has not provided information about the origins of the Barclay family nor the mother Margaret of the first 7 children.

Studying the siblings has created more questions and an uncertainty of the actual ages of the children and their birth order.  John Barclay states he came to the United States in 1833 per his naturalization. After having studied the children of this man and learning of their viewpoints about the origins of the family, I think that a new approach is in order in searching for John Barclay’s origins.

This brings to a close the postings on Alexander Barclay’s estate. It is not the close of research which will continue.

In my opinion Alexander left a lasting legacy to his family.  I do know that George Barclay, his brother and my great grandfather, along with Grace, his niece and my grandmother, held him in esteem.

Alexander Barclay’s Heirs, the 2nd Family: William Barclay 1863-1937

Focusing in on Madison and Gallatin Counties in Montana

Focusing in on Madison and Gallatin Counties in Montana, the blue and green county on the bottom left where Bozeman is located.

William Barclay was younger brother to Alexander and George Barclay.  He first appears in the 1865 Minnesota State census with his parents John and Ellen Barclay along with his brother Charles.

Some ancestors grab your attention and William is one of them for me.  I ponder what sent him to Montana and why he stayed there.

He is present in the 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885 census of both the US and Minnesota.  See the previous post on his brother Charles for more details the John Barclay Family.

On 30 August 1887, William Barclay is buying land from a Wm. Robinson & Wife

Sold for $300.00 follows to-wit: Lot #4 of Section No. 8, Twp. 115, north of Range 21, West containing 33 and 90/100 acres. According to government survey of the same ____ records. Signed by William Robinson and Hannah Robinson, August 30, 1887, etc. Filed for record Aug. 30 AD 1887 at 2 p.m., Witnesses Jane? McDale, Patrick W. Farcy.

Source:  Registrar of Deeds, Scott Co., Minnesota Vol. L2, pg. 116, Scott Co., Minnesota, Family History Film #1255723 (not 1403552).

A couple of years later William is selling land on 10 July of 1891:

For the sum of $2,000 a parcel of land in the County of Scott as follows to-wit: the NE qtr of the NW qtr and the NW atr of the NE atr, Section 12, Twp. 115, Range 22 containing 80 acres – gov. survey less the right of way of the Saint Paul and Sioux City Railroad, except a certain mortgage of $1000, dated July 10, 1889 payable to Ellen L. Haywood recorded at the county seat of Scott Co., Minnesota July 15, 1889 in Book x of Mortgages, Page 107. Witnesses Ella M. Wells and C.E. Van Doren of the County of Hennepin). William Barclay, a single man personally appeared before me. Signed by William Barclay.

Source:  Registrar of Deeds, Scott Co., Minnesota, Vol. 39, pg. 21, Instrument #4261, Scott Co., Minnesota, Family History Film #1255725.

John and Ellen Barclay sell land to William Barclay on 18, July 1892. This is why I think John Barclay did not have a probate/estate for he sold his holdings to his wife and sons.

Sold for $1100.00, the South half (S1/2) of the NE qtr (NE1/4) Section twenty-three (23), Township one hundred fifthteenth (115) Range twenty-two (22). Reserving the crops now standing and growing thereon and the right to harvest the same during the season of 1892. Except a mortgage of $700 and interest recorded in book R of Mtges page 113 etc. Witnessed by Julina A. Coller and John Thiem and signed by Helen Barclay and John Barclay etc.

Source:  Registrar of Deeds, Scott Co., Minnesota Vol. 40, Pg. 359 #6877, Scott Co., Minnesota, Family History Film #1255725.

On 1 December 1894 William gets married in Hennepin Co., Minnesota to a Clara E. Sweker who may have been a divorcee.

Source:  Application for License County of Hennepin, State of Minnesota, singe by a A. J. [Wizer] Deputy Clerk.

The 1898 atlas for Scott County lists Helen/Ellen Barclay, the mother, and William Barclay in Twp. 115 North Range 22 5th Principal Meridian (Eagle Creek) Section 23 in the northeast corner.

1898 Plat Book showing Helen and William Barclay's land

1898 Plat Book showing Helen and William Barclay’s land

In 1899 William is the grantor in another deed where he sells land to his brother Charles Barclay.  He is now living in Montana.

For a sum of $1800.00, Wm. and wife Clara E. Barclay are residing in Mammoth, Madison Co., Montana at 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:  Registrar of Deeds, Scott Co., Minnesota,13 February 1899, Vol. 47, pg. 330 #12062, Scott Co., Minnesota, Family History Film #1255727.

We find William and Clara Barclay living in Montana in 1900 and they have a little son.

Line 10, Dwelling #131, Fam#82, Barcley, William, Head, W, male, Dec. 1862?, age 37, married, 10 yrs., born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Norway, occupation miner, # months not employed is 0, can read, write and speak English, owns, house. Clara E., wife, white, female, July, 1858, age 41, married 10 yrs., one child born, one child living, born in Wisconsin, Father born in Iowa, mother in New York?, can read, write and speak English. Foster, son, white, male, born Oct? 1891, born in Minnesota, father born in Minnesota, mother born in Wisconsin, at school 4 mos., can read, write and speak English.

Source:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Madison Co., Montana, SD 278, ED 54, Sht#7, 278, 4889.

Restless again, William heads to Idaho and is there by 1910 and sadly it looks like Foster didn’t survive.  I have not been able to find a grave for him.

line 36, 72, 72, Barclay, William, Head, M, W, 49, M, 20 years, born Minnesota, father Scotland, mother Norway, Farmer, Barclay, Clara E, Wife, F, W, 52, M2 20, 1 child born 1 child dead, born Wisconsin, Father born Minnesota, mother born New York. speak English, read and write.

Source:  1910 U.S. Federal Census, Gold Precinct, Latah Co. (Does not exit now), Idaho. SD 46, ED, 183, Sht 3A #6739, 26 April 1910, Merlton G. Swatman. 

In 1920 William has returned to Montana, he is now widowed.  He settles in Hot Springs, Madison County.

Line 44, Dwelling#121, Fam#121, Barclay, William H., Head, home owned, free of mortgage, male, white, age 57, widowed, attended school, reads and writes, born in Minnesota, father born in Scotland, spoke English, mother born in Norway, spoke Norwegian, can speak English, occupation farmer, general farm.

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Hot Springs, Madison Co., Montana, SD 1, ED 136.

William moves to Willow Creek in Gallatin Co., Montana by 1930.

Line 21, 48/51, Barclay William M. Head, Owns,$250, yes, male, white, 68, widowed, age of first marriage 20?, has not attended school since 1929, able to read/write, born in Minnesota, father born in Scotland, mother born in Norway, speaks English, occupation Poultry farmer, same, own account, at work yes, not a veteran, No. 44 on farm schedule.

Source: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Willow Creek Gallatin Co., Montana,  ED 16-34, SD 9, Sht 3A, 158.  

Much to my delight some wonderful individual has posted a picture of the tombstone of William and Clara E. Barclay at Find A Grave.  They are in the Valley View Cemetery in Pony, Madison Co., Montana.  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Barclay&GSfn=William&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=70132161&df=all&   Pony is further west and a little south of Three Forks.

This tombstone agrees with the death dates I have for William and Clara E. Barclay. William died 7 December 1937 Gallatin Co., and Clare E. died 21 March 1919, Madison Co.

In 2010 we had a wedding to attend in Bozeman on my hubby’s side of the family.  So I decided to go and visit my Spracklin cousin in Miles City. On the way back we stopped and visited various places and societies.  We did some side trips and one was to Willow Creek were William had lived.

Willow Creek, Montana

Willow Creek, Montana

The Headwaters Heritage Museum in Three Forks, Montana is a very good place to visit http://www.tfhistory.org/

We also visited the Gallatin Historical Museum in Bozeman, Montana: http://gallatinhistorymuseum.org/

To get to Willow Creek you go west on I-90 to almost 287 and then into Three Forks and then follow the road south.

Alexander Barclay’s Heirs, the 2nd Family: Charles Barclay

John Barclay had two families.  He was first married to Margaret. I have posted about the lives of the children of this first family which includes George and Alexander.

It is now time to share about the 2nd family of John Barclay.  He married Ellen (or Helen) about 1859.  I have featured John and Ellen in past posts on this blog.

Together John and Ellen had four children:  Charles, William, Mary E. and Anna Elizabeth. These individuals were also heirs of Alexander Barclay’s estate.  All of them were born in Minnesota in the area of Eagle Creek in Scott County.

I will revisit the census for John and Ellen Barclay’s family, so that you can see the family unit as it developed over time.

Charles Barclay first appears a 7/12 months old in the 1860 census, his two brothers are living with the family as well.  If the official date of enumeration was June 1, 1860, than Charles was probably born about November of 1859.  The 1900 U.S. Census has his birth date as January 1860?

Dwelling 838, Family 838, John Bartley, age 48 (born about 1812), male, farmer, born in Scotland. Ellen Bartley 30 (born about 1833), female, born in Norway. Charles Bartley 7/12 mos old, born in Minnesota, Alexander Bartley 20 years old (born about 1840), farm labor, born in Connecticut. George Bartley age 17 (born about 1843), farm laborer, born in Connecticut.

Source: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 97.

By 1865 George and Alexander are no longer listed in the census with their father and the family of John and Ellen Barclay consists of another son William:

Line 1, John Barkley, male. Helena Barkley, female. Charles, male. William, male. Mary, female. (No other information given.)

Source:  1865 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 1. 

Charles Barclay is now 10 in the 1870 census and he has three more siblings:

Page 13, Dwelling 81, Family 81 – Barclay, John age 50, male, white, farmer, $800 real estate, $200 personal, born in Scotland, father and mother of foreign birth, eligible to vote. Barclay,[ ], age 45, female, white, keeping house, born in Sweden, father and mother of foreign birth. Barclay, Charles, age 10 , male, white. Barclay, William, age 8, male, white. Barclay, Mary age 6, female, white. Barclay, Anna (hard to read) age 1, female and white. All children born in Minnesota.

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota page [12], 11 June 1870, by Peter Yost,

The family is still in Eagle Creek in 1875:

Line 8, Family 58, John Barkley, age 62, Male, white, Born in Scotland, parents both born in Scotland. Line 9, Helen Barkley, age 38, female, white, born in Norway, both parents born in Norway. Charles Barkley, line 10, age 15, male, white, born in Minnesota. Line 11, William Barkley age 13, male, white, born in Minnesota. Line 12 Maria Barkley, age 11, female, white, born in Minnesota. Line 13, Anna Barkley, age 3, female, white, born in Minnesota.

Source: 1875 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL#565728.

In the 1880 U.S. Census we have everyone there except Mary.

Line 9, Family #242 Barclay, John, White, Male, age 65 (means he was born about 1815), married, farmer, born in Scotland, mother and father born in Scotland. Barclay, Ellen, white, female, age 48 (means she was born about 1832-33), wife, married, keeping house, born in Norway, parents born in Norway. Barclay, Charles, white, male, age 24 (means he was born about 1856), son, single, at home, born in Minnesota, father born in Scotland, mother in Norway. Barclay, William, white, male, age 17 (means he was born about 1863), son, single staying at home, born in Minnesota. Barclay, Anna, white, female, age 10 (means she was born in 1870), daughter, at home, born in Minnesota.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 30, SD2?, ED?, T-9, Roll 633 MN

By the 1885 Minnesota census only Charles and William remain at home.

Family 98, John Barkley, age 70, male, white, born in Scotland, mother and father of foreign birth. Helen Barkley, age 53, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth. William Barkley, age 23, male, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth. Charley Barkley age 25, male, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth, Annie age 15, female, white, born in Minnesota, both parents of foreign birth.

Source: 1885 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota,  FHL #565754, pg. 14.

There is no 1890 Federal census except for attempts to try to salvage it by offering other sources.  So we move forward to the 1895 Minnesota state census and find the family but only one child remains and that is Charlie.  We also see that John Barclay is getting very old.

Family #54: Barclay, John, age 94, male, white, born in Scotland, Resident of state 45 years, 45 years in enumeration district, occupation none, mother and father both of foreign birth. Barclay, Ellen, age 65, female, white, born in Norway, both parents of foreign birth. Barclay Charlie, age 35, male, white, born in Minnesota. In state and enumeration district 35 years, a farmer, employed 12 mos of the year. Both parents of foreign birth.

Source:  1895 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, Vol. 47, pg. 287 #11684, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL #1255725.

On 25 December 1897, John Barclay passes away.  There is no estate file for John Barclay, I believe that years before he sold the land to his wife Ellen.  I have written about this in past posts as well as discussed deeds between Charles, William and Ellen. In August of 1898 Ellen sells land to her son Charles and in February of 1899 William sells his share back to Charles.

We find Ellen a widow in 1900 and son Charles is with her and listed as Head. I do not understand the one child born and one living.  The John Carter is part of her daughter Anna’s family.

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 were 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:  1900 U.S. Federal Census, Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota page 142, SD 8?, ED 172, Sheet No. 2, Jan 1860, FHC# 1240788, Microfilm #T623, Roll 788,

For some reason in May of 1904 Charlie moves his possessions to Shakopee. “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.Scott County Argus, Friday, May 20, 1904.  

Both Charles and Helen/Ellen were listed in the 1905 Minnesota State Census living in Shakopee.  She is 71 years old.

This may be why Charles moved to Shakopee, his mother Ellen was up in years and running a farm is hard business.  She passed in 1907.  I also believe that the 1850 date given for their marriage should read probably about 1858 but I have not been able to find the marriage record of John to Ellen. This obituary gives us clues as to where the other family members went.  The only one that remained was Charles.

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, 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.

Source:  Shakopee Tribune, Scott Co., Minnesota, December 13, 1907, pg. 4 column 3.

Charles was the executor of his mother’s estate.  I have shared about Ellen’s probate in a past post.  So Charles was present in Shakopee in 1907 and into 1908.

From 1908 on I loose track of Charles Barclay. He did not marry during the time indicated above. Tracking a single man can be difficult.

What happened to Charles?  There is a possibility that he went to Hennepin/Ramsey County which is Minneapolis/St. Paul and lived there. A Charles Barclay is listed living with an Oscar and Minnie/Winnie Young/Yaung who are 36 and 28 years of age and have a son Earl who is 5 years old. Oscar is an Engineer. She is Norwegian so I am thinking he was living with one of his mother’s relatives? He is listed as 59 years old and his mother was born in Norway and father in Scotland. There is a death record of a Charles Barclay in Hennepin in 1938.  Could these be Charlie?  So a little more research is needed to find out where Charles Barclay ended up.

Alexander Barclay’s Heirs in 1906…

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. 

Ellen Barclay’s Will and Probate 1907, Minnesota!

Ellen Barclay’s will is under the name of Helen Barclay.

Last Will and Testament of Helen Barclay, pg. 428

I, Helen Barclay of Shakopee in the County of Scott and State of Minnesota being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.  First: I order and direct that my, Executor herein after, named pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as conveniently may be. Second: After payments of such funeral expenses and debts, I give devise and bequeth unto my son William Barclay one dollar, to my daughter Anna Carter one dollar and to my daughter Mary Clark one dollar.  Third: After the payment of the above bequests, by my Executor, I give devise and bequeth all the rest and residue of my Estate personal and real to my son Charles Barclay to have and hold the same to himself his heirs and assigns forever. Fourth, I hereby constitute my son Charles Barclay to be Executor of this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.  In testimony thereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 9th day of September in the year of our Lord 1905.  Helen X Barclay. 

This instrument was on the day of the date thereof signed, published and declared by the said testatrix to be her last Will and Testament in our presents, I do at her request, have subscribed our names thereto as Witnesses, in her presence and in the presence of each other. Jul J. Peace, Fred P. Berens. 

Will and Certificate of Probate Helen Barclay

Will and Certificate of Probate Helen Barclay

Source: Scott County, Probate Court, Final Decrees of Distribution page 4, Roll 1, Final Decrees with indexes, 1884-1968, 20 volumes, Order Book U, Oct. 1906 – Oct. 1911, pp. 265-601, Frame No. 511.

Certificate of Probate page 429

State of Minnesota, County of Scott ) ss.  In Probate Court

In the matter of the Estate of Helen Barclay deceased.  Be it remember, that on the day of the date hereof, at a Special Term of said Probate Court, pursuant to notice duly given the Last Will and Testament of Helen Barclay late of said County of Scott, deceased bearing date the 9th day of September 1905, and being the annexed written instrument, was duly proved before the Probate Court in and of the County of Scott aforesaid, and was duly allowed and admitted to probate by said Court according to law, as and for the Last Will and Testament of said Helen Barclay, deceased, which said Last Will and Testament is recorded and the examination taken thereof filed in the this office. 

In Testimony whereof, The Judge of the Probate Court of said County has hereunto set his hand an affixed the seal of the said Court at Shakopee in the said County, this 4th day of January 1908. 

A. Meyer, Judge of Probate

There was in the Probate Order Book pg. 257 a Final Decree of Distribution of the Estate. It was a form and I have summarized it here.

County of Scott, The Matter of the Estate of Helen Barclay

The above entitled matter came on to be heard on the second day of May 1908…The representative of said estate appeared in person and by Counsel and no adverse appearance or objection was made.  

First…hearing made and filed on 7th of April, 1908 and that said citation has been published as required by law in the Shakopee Tribune.  

Second, all debts, funeral, burial, last sickness have been fully paid…final account herein which has been settled and allowed by the Court and that all specific bequests have been fully paid and satisfied.  

Third – the said decedent died testate on the 30th day of November, 1907 and  was a resident of Shakopee, County of Scott, State of Minnesota.  Fourth:  residue of estate consists of the following property, to-wit,

(A) personal property of the value of $700.00 comprised of the following items, viz:

1.  One note and mortgage dated Feb 7, 1905 made by Thos. J. Shanlay to C. J. Sord, recorded Feb. 20, 1905 at 1:10 pm in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Powner County and State of North Dakota for $700.00 and assigned by said C. J. Sord to said Helen Barclay – Int. 6% due Dec. 1, 1909.

(B) Real property – none.  Those and other tracts or parcels – none.  

Fifth, That the following named person is the sole residuary legatee and is the only person entitled to the residue of said estate of said decedent by the terms of the last Will and Testament of said decedent, Charles Barclay son of said decedent. 

Signed by N. Meyer, Judge of said court, on third day of May, 1908. 

Source:  Final Decree of the Distribution of the Estate of Helen Barclay, State of Minnesota, Scott County, pg. 357, 3rd May, 1908, Scott County Historical Society.

As usual more questions arise when you read a will and the other documents associated with it.  Helen/Ellen’s will is very interesting in that several of the children only get $1.00, but we must remember that the land John and Helen/Ellen owned was slowly sold to Charles and William.  Perhaps the daughters received gifts before they left home an after their marriages.  Yes, there is much more to do on Helen/Ellen Barclay and her life. I will leave that to her descendants as I am of the 1st wife Margaret and what to spend my time trying to find out more about her.

After the Death of John Barclay his wife Ellen lives another 10 years!

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

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.

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.

Me at the Minnesota Historical Society 2007, my third time there.