A Tragedy Occurs, the Loss of a Daughter…

Amarilla was no stranger to tragedy.  She had lost her mother when she was a little baby. Her son George Alexander died from an overdose of medicine at about 18 months old.  Her full brother Henry, the only other child that survived from the first family of Daniel Spracklin, was killed in a tragic accident in 1893 in Davenport, Iowa. Her half-brother Alfred died in 1899.  George Angus Barclay, her husband, was shot and murdered in their hotel in October of 1898.

These were all terrible and must have taken their toll on great-grandmother, but the death of her daughter Grace must have been the worst.

Amarilla lost her only daughter and child on December 25, 1911. Grace died at the hospital in International Falls.  She had given birth to a premature baby they named Grace Elizabeth and then succumbed to pneumonia. She is buried in the McDonald family plot in the St. Thomas Cemetery along with Archibald and Mary McDonell, the parents of Ronald, Grave’s husband. Grace is the writers grandmother.

Grace Barclay McDonald

Grace Barclay McDonald

Card of thanks from R.S. and Amarilla regarding Grace's death

Card of thanks from R.S. and Amarilla regarding Grace’s death, Pine River Journal

Grace’s story is featured in the blog:  The Man Who Lived Airplanes, see right side panel for link.

Amarilla is blessed with a second grandson in 1910!

In the year 1910, Amarilla Dawes was doing well, on her own, and gifted with another grandson by the name of Keith.

Keith Barclay John McDonald was born 13 March, 1910 in International Falls, Minnesota to Ronald S. McDonald and Grace A. Barclay McDonald.  His grandparents were George Barclay and Amarilla Spracklin, so that was his middle name.  The “John” was his baptismal name.

You will find more information about Keith at the blog:  The Man Who Lived Airplanes, where I share about his ancestors and their origins. See the link on the right side of this blog under BJ’s Family History blogs.

Keith B. McDonald about 1911

Keith B. McDonald about 1911. I think he wants the camera…

He would graduate from Gonzaga High School in 1929 in Spokane and enter the military during the 1930’s.  He would attend airplane mechanics school at Chanute Field in Illinois and later became an inspector of airplanes for the U.S. Air Force at Boeing in Seattle.  He knew how to repair airplane engines, automobiles engines, and boat engines. He was an expert engine mechanic.  He was also an inventor. He built several campers of his own design which were like forerunners of the tent trailers only he used aluminum.  He built his own boat and put hydroplanes on it.  He obtained a patent for his fishing oar design.  He was very curious and loved anything that had an airplane engine in it including hydroplane racing boats.  He married in 1941 to Marjorie Boardman and they have descendants living today, including the writer of this blog.

Amarilla learns of the birth of Laurie Jean, a granddaughter in 1908

In 1908, Grace gives birth to another child and names her Laurie Jean. She was best known as Jean.  Laurie Jean was born June 30, 1908 in International Falls.

Jean is featured in posts on the blog “The Man Who Lived Airplanes” especially in her sister “Eddie’s Collection of Junk.” 

Here Jean is a little girl, the earliest photos of her that I have.

Jean as a little girl

Jean as a little girl

Jean would go on to become a sixth grade teacher.  She would meet Roscoe Davis in Idaho and later move to Selah, Washington. Roscoe was a finish carpenter and had a wonderful shop out back of their house. He liked to hunt, fish, go boating and camping so they spent a lot of their time doing these outdoor activities and also visiting their grandchildren.

Roscoe and Jean cooking on an open fire

Roscoe and Jean cooking on an open fire

In the photo below Jean is celebrating a birthday in style out in the woods with a handmade cake from one of her sisters.

Jean celebrating a birthday

Jean celebrating a birthday 1954

 

Grace gives Amarilla another granddaughter: Edna Lorraine in 1907

Amarilla was not involved with Alexander’s estate but she was kept busy with grandchildren. During Alexander’s probate process Grace gave birth to Miriam in January of 1906 and the following year she gave birth to another granddaughter.

The new baby was Edna Lorraine McDonald born on the 28th day of March, 1907. Grace and Ronald were living in International Falls at the time.

Edna was better known to all as Eddie. I do not have any baby pictures of Eddie.  This is the earliest photo that I have.

Eddie as a little girl

Eddie as a little girl

Eddie about 1926

Eddie about 1926

You can find out more about Eddie by going to the blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes.  You will find the link on the right side of this blog. There are a lot of fun items shared from Eddie’s “Collection of Junk,” scrapbook on that blog.

Eddie was destined to become a nurse.  She graduated in 1928 from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane. She worked her whole life as a nurse.  Eddie loved the water so she headed to Seattle after 1930 and settled there on what is called Alki Beach and it would be her home for the remainder of her life.

She liked bright colors and prints so it is too bad we don’t know the colors of her dress in the picture below.  She might have made the dress herself.  Here she is preparing our Christmas Eve dinner a tradition in the family.

Eddie on Xmas Eve preparing our dinner in her tiny kitchen

Eddie on Christmas Eve preparing our dinner in her tiny kitchen

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 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.