Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate, an Overview…

On my trip to Iowa in 2003 I went to the Marengo County Courthouse, in Iowa County, to obtain a deed record of when Daniel D. Spracklin, my second great grandfather purchased the land in Iowa County and also his estate file.

Daniel did not have a will, so his estate had to go through probate. Reed A. Spracklin, a son, was his Administrator so he had the responsibility to record all transactions and steps in the probate process.

Usually I study the court clerk books to get the timeline for the probate. They would be the big books where the clerk records the probate process. The documents recorded would be: appointment of administrator, bond, announcements in the newspaper, selling of real estate, appointment of appraisers, inventory of personal property, any affidavits that are needed, selling of real estate, and settlements either partial or final.  This part of Daniel’s estate I have not researched and it might be interesting to see what information turns up.

In 2003, I just walked into the courthouse and asked for the probate packet which is the actual file that contains documents of the probate process like those mentioned above and also any debt receipts from creditors.

Here is a list of the estate packet and papers for Daniel D. Spracklin’s estate.

1). March 9, 1915 – Heirs At Law affidavit – A list of D.D.’s heirs (sons & daughters) and their relationship to him as well as his grandchildren by his son Henry Spracklin who preceded him in death. To be presented in the next post.

2). May 22, 1915 Affidavit of Publication – Notice of the Appointment of Administrator published in the Marengo Democrat. By law they were required to publish the notice for 3 weeks consecutively.

April 1, 1915, Marengo Demo title page.

April 1, 1915, Marengo Demo title page.

Administer is appointed and it is published in the local paper

Administer is appointed and it is published in the local paper

Note:  Copies of the three notices were found on the 1st, 8th and 15th of April 1915 in the Marengo Democrat and were not part of this packet and were from the Marengo Public Library Reel #965-K dated Dec. 10, 1914 – 1/29/1917.

R. A. Spracklin, a son, was appointed the Administrator of the estate in the County of Iowa.

3). April 2, 1915 – Inventory of personal effects of D.D. Spracklin by R.A. Spracklin – Iowa County, Iowa. This is a handwritten list of personal items, farm animals, farm supplies, tools and furniture.

4). Date Unknown – List of Property Belonging to D.D. Spracklin Estate, another version.

5). April 23, 1915 In Probate – Notice of Appointment of Appraisers and Return of Valuation in the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin. State of Iowa Poweshiek County.

6). June 21, 1915 – Claim Against Estate #5964 T. H. Connelly for $171.35 – District Court of Poweshiek County for funeral expenses covering casket, embalming, hearse, flowers.

7). November 11, 1915 Petition for Authority to Sell Personal Property, In the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin, deceased. R.A. is requesting that he be given authorization to sell the 1/3 of the possessions of D.D. Spracklin.

8). 1915 to 1917 Various Checks written by R.A. Spracklin, Administrator for paying creditors, administrator and heirs in final settlement. The bank used was out of Deep River, Iowa.

A claim against the Estate of D.D. Spracklin

A claim against the Estate of D.D. Spracklin

9). April 7, 1916 Final Report and Petition for Discharge in the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin, deceased.

A Distribution Check to Amarilla - Estate of D.D. Spracklin

A Distribution Check to Amarilla – Estate of D.D. Spracklin

10). Date Unknown – R.A. Spracklin Partnership, and D.D. Spracklin Estate. Spreadsheet of figures and lists of items involved. It is the same information contained in the final settlement.

R.A and D.D.'s Agreement

R.A and D.D.’s Agreement

11). May 15, 1916 Motion – In the Matter of the Estate of D.D. Spracklin To correct name of the newspaper in which appointment of Adminstrator was published to Marengo Democrat.

12). May 17, 1916 Affidavit of Publication of Discharge Notice in Marengo Sentinel newspaper.

Dkscharge notice of the Estate

Discharge notice of the Estate

13). Partition Deeds to D.D.’s Heirs-at-law – They are selling the land of D.D. Spracklin to a Mr. Thomas Stapleton, in September and December of 1916 and January of 1917.  See a future post about the partition deeds of the land of Daniel D. Spracklin.

  • O.R. Spracklin
  • P.G. Spracklin
  • C.E. Spracklin et. al.
  • V.H. Spracklin and wife
  • E.G. Spracklin and Wife
Historical Atlast 1875 of Iowa County, Iowa

Historical Atlas 1875 of Iowa County, Iowa – The white square is Daniel’s land

14). Referee Deed dated 31 March, 1915 H.W. Hatter, Referee to Thomas Stapleton. It might be interesting to look at court records for more information about this deed, like the Court of Common Pleas.  This contains a description of the land owned by Daniel D. Spracklin.

Partial of Referee Deed

Partial of Referee Deed

About 1905 R.A. Spracklin or rather Reed and family moved in with his parents and lived with them on the farm in Dayton Twp.  Reed was with Daniel and Sarah in the 1905 Iowa State Census. He made an agreement with his father to help care for the farm and his parents in their old age.  See the post: Amarilla’s Father Daniel and half-brother Reed Form a Partnership, November 11, 2014 for more information.

Regarding Daniel’s estate:  Daniel’s farm was in Dayton Twp. Iowa County, Iowa. This is very close to the border of Poweshiek County and it would be interesting to check the probate records of that county and the deeds to see what might turn up.

Traveling to Iowa in 2003 in Search of Spracklins…

Over Iowa 2003

Over Iowa 2003

Back in 2003, my research on my family was pretty new, I had been to Washington D.C and Minnesota but I was still searching for family.  I decided to travel to Iowa because I had been in contact with a Spracklin cousin who emailed me.  Jerry is a descendant of Henry Spracklin, Amarilla’s older brother from the first marriage of their father Daniel. He lives in Iowa.

Over the years, I have learned that my genealogical research trips are just as important as putting together the research and scrolling through sources.  I learned this from Paul H. Goss who did research on the Goss family.  He didn’t journal his research visits to cousins to learn about the Goss family history back in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.  If you read his manuscripts you will see that he hints at these visits but he doesn’t elaborate on them.  Paul’s visits to cousins or Goss descendants was very important and needed to be reported and sourced.  I have a lot of respect for my cousin Paul Goss.  It would have been nice to know where he obtained some of his information.

In reviewing my journal from my trip to Iowa, it brought back the whole trip and reminded me of my time in Iowa.

Here is a summary of that trip that opened the door on my research of the Daniel D. Spracklin families which included Amarilla my great-grandmother and her origins.

My trip to Iowa started on Friday, April 25, 2003 and ended on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.  I flew into the Cedar Rapids Airport (Eastern Iowa Airport). I flew first to Chicago and then walked that airport from one end to the other to get to my connection to Iowa. Always check out an airport’s website they have great information to help plan your trip.

This airport was a small airport so it was not hard to find the car rental desk and my car for the trip. Once I had settled into the new car, I made my way south to the Amana Colonies Holiday Inn east of Williamsburg.  It doesn’t seem to be there anymore and is probably under another name.

My goal was to visit courthouses, societies, libraries and cemeteries in and near Marengo and Blairstown, Iowa in search of the Daniel D. Spracklin families and Amarilla’s origins.

When I prepare for a trip like this, I make an itinerary that is extremely detailed for each day of the trip.  I know exactly what I plan to do that day after studying the websites of different repositories I want to visit. I add the addresses of repositories, their phone numbers, times they are opened and write all that information on the itinerary so I don’t have to search for it if I get lost or there is a problem that occurs, or I have to reschedule. My itinerary is there to guide me and can change.  The journal is what really happened on the trip.

Later I started using Microsoft’s Streets and Trips (now discontinued as of 2014 and support ending 2015) to prepare a road trip itinerary. I like this software because it will break the route down by each day. The map is not always detailed enough so I do use GPS either in the rental car or on my cellphone.  Cellphone GPS when traveling Internationally would be too costly. So I still need maps to help guide me. Before the trip I go to Google Earth or Google Maps to see the road using the satellite version.  Areas of the route I am unclear about I drill down so I know what might happened.  Still there are always surprises. I then make copies of my S&T maps and make sure I have a good state and or county map.

Armed with my itinerary, research goals, research papers, maps, and routing information, I head out on my adventure.

Marengo Public Library

Marengo Public Library

Once settled into the my hotel after the airplane flight, I prepare for my day. My first stop was Marengo, Iowa. I spent time in the Marengo Public Library using its newspapers and going into the basement where the Iowa County Genealogical Society was housed at that time. They were very helpful.  ICGS has moved to North English. Don’t confuse them with the Iowa Genealogical Society which is the state society located in Des Moines. The ICGS volunteer was very kind and kept the society open longer than was posted. She helped me locate cemeteries to view, found books, microfilm and more.  I was very impressed with this society.

The most significant items found where the Atlases for Iowa and Benton County showing Daniel’s land. Most of what we did was eliminate history books and other sources.  Daniel was proving to be difficult to find.

Marengo Courthouse town in distance...

Marengo Courthouse town in distance…

My biggest outing was to the courthouse for Iowa County in Marengo and it was there I obtained copies of the Probate/Estate packet for Daniel D. Spracklin. The county website has a much better picture of the courthouse. County websites are tough to get around in, so just be persist till you find what you are looking for, call and ask.

http://www.marengoiowa.com/index.php?pageid=636f6d6d756e6974795f69643a30

I waited patiently while the clerk copied the file and had my money ready to pay for the copies. She was not necessarily happy with me. I agreed not to make her copy all of the creditor receipts and instead I look at them and made my choices.  It was well worth the wait to obtain this file and see Amarilla listed as an heir-at-law of Daniel D. Spracklin along with her brothers and sisters.  Oh yes, the floors did creak…

Loy's B&B in the distance

Loy’s B&B in the distance

After a couple of days, I moved from the hotel to Loy’s Bed & Breakfast which was closer to Marengo.  It was really a farm-house where they were renting out the lower floor to visitors like myself.  I wanted to see what it would be like to stay on a farm in Iowa.  The proprietors were very nice. The man who was the owner of the farm, worked for the farm cooperative and was kind to study the estate papers of Daniel’s especially the inventory.  He said that Daniel was a general farmer and had many items that indicated this.  I was grateful, I am city girl.  He was very knowledgeable and told me how the farming was done today.

While staying at the farm B&B there was a storm and the sky got really black and I mean black and hung low to the ground. There were reports of tornadoes to the south. It slowed me down a little and made me a little nervous.  I am a city girl you know.

While in Marengo, I found a lovely cafe to the left of the park where the locals gathered.  The seats were a little worn but the food was good comfort good. It looks like its probably gone now. Sigh!

Oh, I did experience a traffic jam in Marengo.  The train that goes through the town to the south blocked my progress for about 20 minutes, giggle.

Marengo's Park in the town Center

Marengo’s Park in the town Center

I also drove from Marengo up to Blairstown to get a feel for the land and see the area. It is a little more rugged along that road and flattens out when you get to Blairstown. The public library at the time was going through construction so they had a prefab building housing the collection.

The Benton County Genealogical Society holdings were not there at my visit, they were at another location for safety. Now that the new library has been built they are housed there.  It is really a nice library from the pictures and they have a genealogy room.

http://www.blairstown.lib.ia.us/use-the-library/genealogy2

Blairstown, Iowa Sign

Blairstown, Iowa Sign

The road to Blairstown

The road to Blairstown

I did not go to Vinton to see the Benton County Historical Society holdings which would be of interest for Spracklin research.

http://iagenweb.org/benton/bchs/bchs.htm

I did make it to Belle Plaine but my search for Peter Spracklin’s grave, a brother of Daniel, failed because there was some confusion about where he was buried.

Blairstown's Water Tower

Blairstown’s Water Tower

I had to reschedule to the next day to go and study that collection which was in a bank in Blairstown.  The librarian was very helpful and kind.  I did do a search of the newspapers in the time frame of 1858-1859.  There were obituaries but I did not find anything about Elizabeth Keller Spracklin’s death or any Spracklins.  I found others with familiar names from the Titler cemetery.  Apparently you had to have money to appear in the newspapers which were mostly about farming and politics at the time.

Titler Cemetery

Titler Cemetery

I visited the Titler Cemetery which is northwest of Marengo on the road to Blairstown.  It is where Elizabeth Keller Spracklin, Olive and Mary are buried.  It was not in good shape and I could not find the graves on that visit.  (See below for the results of another visit.)

Once I was done with my visiting in the Marengo area, I did a little backtracking and headed east to Iowa City. My next goal was the State Archives of Iowa Branch which is located in Iowa City on the campus of the University. I stayed at the Haverkamp Bed and Breakfast up the street from the Archives. It was very convenient to the Archives and I could walk to it.  It looks like they are closed now.  It was a great area of the city where there were a lot of old houses.  My room was up on the 3rd floor and very nice and cozy.

State Archives for Iowa in Iowa City

State Archives for Iowa in Iowa City

I spent a wonderful several days at the Archives getting all kids of information about the Spracklins of Iowa. I searched cemetery records, vital records, and more at this location.

Once all my research at this location was done, I took the car back to the airport and shuttled back to Iowa City to await the arrival of my cousin Jerry who was coming to pick me up.  I would be staying with him and his family in Des Moines. My goal was to visit the Iowa Genealogical Society, and the main branch of the State Archives of Iowa and Historical Society in Des Moines.

Jerry came to Iowa City and we drove back to the Titler Cemetery north of Marengo. He found the stones for the Spracklins piled under a tree.

Piled under a tree

Piled under a tree, sigh…

The cemetery as in bad shape and I didn’t want to leave Elizabeth and the babies there. The stones were not on the graves put piled under trees.  See my BJM Cemeteries blog for a more thorough description of the Titler Cemetery and all my photos of tombstones (not necessarily complete.) Here is the starting post there are many more about this cemetery, so scroll to the cemeteries on the right side and find Titler.

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/2010/07/lets-get-started-with-little-cemetery-i.html

Elizabeth, Mary and Oliver’s post:

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/2010/09/stones-of-titler-cemetery-spracklinlen.html

Millersburg's sign

Millersburg’s sign

We also stopped at the Community Cemetery was near Millersburg. I usually like to visit a cemetery several times before I leave. We found the graves of Daniel, Sarah and Alfred Spracklin.

Community Cemetery near Millersburg

Community Cemetery near Millersburg

http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/search/label/Community%20Cemetery

We stopped at more cemeteries for his mother’s side of the family and then headed west to Des Moines. I spent a lovely fives days with Jerry’s family. He was extremely generous and shared his research of Henry Spracklin’s family with me. Henry is Amarilla’s older brother.

We visited the state genealogical society, Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines and just as they were closing I found some information about Peter and Solomon Goss Spracklin. There are two publications of the Titler Cemetery and you need both to get a total picture.  I got copies of these publications.

Iowa's state archives and historical society

Iowa’s state archives and historical society

We later went to the main State Archives in Des Moines and that is where I found the obituaries of Daniel and Sara Spracklin and did deed research on Daniel, his brothers Peter and Solomon Goss Spracklin.  I really should have been there for two days not just one.

I am referring to the State Historical Archives housed as part of the State Historical Society of Iowa.  http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/

On May 7th a Wednesday, Jerry took me to the airport in Des Moines and said goodbye to me and it was sort of sad but we have kept in touch over the years and I have shared my findings with him.  I helped him find Elizabeth Downey Spracklin, Henry’s wife.  We now what happened to her after his tragic death.  I have written about his death on this blog.

As you can see my trip to Iowa focused on Iowa City, Marengo, Blairstown and Des Moines.  There was not enough time to visit other areas of Iowa. So maybe another trip is in order.  We will see.

I am very glad I did visit Iowa in 2003 because I learned that the reason I could not find the Spracklins was because they all left Iowa County by the time Daniel died in 1915 and had scattered to other parts of Iowa and other states mainly going north to Minnesota and west to the Dakotas. So by 2003 you had to dig for information. Once I knew where they all went, that opened the door to more research.

Dedication:  I dedicate this post to the memory of Netha Meyer’s whom I met on my trip there, she was very helpful and enthusiastic and even offered to look up more obituaries and go to the courthouse with me. See her memorial on the Iowa County IA Genweb page.

Probate of Mary J. Barclay Ford – 1917

Will of Mary J. Ford page 2

Will of Mary J. Ford page 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is Mary’s will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Resting Place of Mary and Jerome Ford, Forestville…

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

Here is what I wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome’s deaths…

On my tour of Massachusetts and Connecticut in 2011, I drove from Enfield, Connecticut north through to Longmeadow and east through Massachusetts visiting Brookfield. At Lancaster, I headed west to Warwick, then north to New Hampshire.  Once done with New Hampshire, I headed west to  Berkshire County.  After I finished up in Pittsfield, I headed south to Connecticut.  I drove through Litchfield and Thomaston. It was not to hard to head east to Bristol.  You can read about my travels on the blog: Massachusetts Meanderings.  Just put Bristol into the search box and it will bring up my visit to the area.

https://massmeanderings.wordpress.com/

At the Bristol Public Library I found an obituary notice for Mary J. Barclay Ford.  I also found the cemetery information and the location of the burials.

I was hoping that one of the children of John and Margaret Barclay would tell me the maiden name of Margaret.  Well Mary J. Barclay Ford did have the name of her mother on her death certificate but it is very hard to read.

Medical Certificate of Death:
Mary Jane Barclay Ford
________Heart Disease
Chronic Nephritis & Dropsy
Sign by Art Dewry, M.D., Bristol, Conn.
March 29, 1917, Undertaker’s Certificate
Mary Jane Barclay Ford
Died Bristol, Jerome Ave.
Families in house One
Residence at death Bristol, Conn.
Occupation: At Home, Married
Husband: Jerome B. Ford
Date of death 1917, March 28,
Birth 1841 Dec. 28, Age 75 yrs 3 mos
Sex Female, white
Born Enfield, Conn.
Father’s name John Barclay
Mother’s name Margaret [Dav____ (Unreadable)]
Mother and father’s birthplace Scotland
Place of burial Forestville Cemetery
Name of Informant Jerome B. Ford, Edgewood
Body Embalmed yes by Emeril _______
Signature of Undertaker ____________________
Record 30th day of March 1917 Emma W. Fish, Asst. Registrar

Source:  Medical Certificate of Death and Undertakers Certificate for Mary Jane Barclay Ford, March 29, 1917, Bristol, CT. #75, Bristol Courthouse, Connecticut. 

Here is a picture of the death certificate for Mary with the area that indicates her parents’ names:

Partial of Mary's Death Certificate - Her mother's name

Partial of Mary’s Death Certificate – Her mother’s name

If you can read the last name for Margaret, I would be very grateful.  I am so close to Margaret’s last name.  Just click on the picture and it will open in a bigger window.  Click your back button to return.

Here is Mary J. Barclay Ford’s Obituary Notice:

Obituary for Mary J. Ford, 1917 Bristol, CT.

Obituary for Mary J. Ford, 1917 Bristol, CT.

Mrs. Mary J. Ford, who died at her home in Edgewood night before last as announced in the Press yesterday, was of Scotch ancestry. Her parents John and Margaret Barclay came from Edinburgh, Scotland, and settled in Enfield, Conn. where Mrs. Ford was born December 28, 1841. She was married to Jerome B. Ford then living in Unionville, June 17, 1866. They continued to live in Unionville for a time and then moved to Southington, from which place they came to Bristol in 1866, making their home in the northern part of the town known as Edgewood, where they have since lived. Mrs. Ford was a woman of quiet, friendly disposition, devoted to her home and family and greatly respected in the community in which she lived. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Millissa, widow of the late Frank Yale of Forestville, and Anna, widow of the late Henry Yale of Patchogue, NY. The oldest daughter Roselia, died quite a number of years ago. There are also a number of grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the late home of the deceased in Edgewood, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 O’clock, the Rev. Henry Still of Forestville will officiate. The burial will take place in Forestville.

Source:  Obituary of Mrs. Mary J. Ford, the Bristol Press, Friday March 30, 1917, pg. 7, col. 3. Bristol Public Library, Genealogy and History Room.

Jerome followed Mary on 5 July 1917 just months after her death:

Medical Certificate of Death: Jerome Ford, Carcinoma of Bladder, General Carcinomatosis. Signed by Raymond F. Kircher, M.D. July 5, 1917 St. Francis Hospital. Jerome Ford, Place of Death Hartford, St. Francis Hospital, Residence Edgewood Street, Bristol., CT, Occupation Machinist, Widower, death 1917, July 5th

Birth: 1845 October 28
Age 71 yrs 8 mos, 7 days, Sex Male, White
Birthplace Unionville, CT
Father: Onri Ford
Mother: Caroline Kent
Place of burial Bristol, CT, Cemetery Forestville,
Name of informant: Hospital
Embalmed – yes, by Eugene Carbonneau license 626
Undertake: Hartford Burial Case Co., Hartford
Recorded 9th day of July 1917 C.P. Botsford, Registrar
Recorded at Bristol, Conn. Aug. 20, 1917 by Thomas B. Steele, Registrar.

Source:  Medical Certificate of Death for Jerome Ford, July 5, 1917, Bristol, Connecticut, Bristol Courthouse. 

Jerome’s funeral notice was brief:

Funeral of J.B. Ford
The funeral of Jerome B. Ford was held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home of his daughter Mrs. Frank B. Yale of Stafford Ave, Forestville. The Rev. Henry D. Coe of the Baptist Church officiated. Internment was in the Forestville Cemetery.

 Source:  Obituary – Funeral of J.B. Ford, Bristol 4/19/1917 to 10/2/1917, Bristol Press, CT. Bristol Public Library genealogy and history room.

In the next post I will share my visit to the Forestville Cemetery in Bristol where they are buried along with other family members.

Heirs of Alexander Barclay: James Barclay, a brother…

James A. Barclay, an heir of his brother Alexander, has given me quite a bit of trouble.  I have tried to learn more about him but it has been difficult and he remains a mystery.

I estimate he was born about 1838 and he died in early 1906 in Bridgeport, Connecticut but the census that I have collected varies from 1838 to 1852 for his birth year.  He died during the probate of Alexander’s estate sometime during 1906.

Streets & Trips - Connecticut

Streets & Trips – Connecticut

This is from the listing of heirs in Alexander’s estate:

 “James A. Barclay, aged 68 years, residing at 1444 Stratford Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. who is a brother.”

There is a possibility that James is in the 1850 U.S. census for Connecticut but I do not know for sure if it is him.

Source: 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Litchfield, Hartford, Connecticut, 30 July 1850 – Ancestry.com

Line 29, Dwelling 131, Family 144 Joshua D. Berry age 40 male, Epis Clergyman 120.00 born NH, Jane Berry age 28, F born Ct., James Barclay age 12 male, born Ireland.

The fact that he is born in Ireland could be a mistake instead of Scotland.  The other possibility is the family went to Ireland and then to the US. The age is right for James Barclay, John’s son and George and Alex’s older brother. The location is a bit farther from the rest of the other scattered children of John Barclay and Margaret.

However, the next time I find James Barclay is in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Southington, Hartford, Connecticut. He is living with his sister Mary J. Ford. He is 21 in this census which means he was born in 1849?

Line 27, 493 – Living with Ely, Adolph, 583 Ford, Jerome B., 24, M, W, Laborer all born Connecticut, 11, Jan. Ford Mary 27 F, W, Keeping House, Ford Rosaliee, 3, F, W. Barclay, James, 21, M, W, Laborer. 

Source: Jerome Ford Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, pg. 65, enumerated 29 June 1870, Deenis P. Farch. 

Note:  Litchfield is northwest of Bristol and Southington is south of Bristol.  Mary and Jerome settled in Bristol later on.

Backing up in the census to 1860 there is a James Barclay living with a family in East Windsor by the name of William Cains.  This James is 12 years old born in Connecticut but they have him listed as Irish.  He is in East Windsor which is closer to other Barclay siblings.

In 1880 there is a James Barclay age 28 which means he was born 1852 and that is very different from my date of 1838.  He is with a Mary J. and Albert 8/12 yrs. He is a working in a clock shop.  In 1900 I have a Jam Barcley (50 yrs) living with a Mary J. and an mother-in-law Elizabeth Phelps.  He states he was born in Connecticut but his parents were born in New York and he is now a baker?   The following information maybe incorrect based on the census above but I have that James married a Maryanne Stewart? Well you can see that I am having trouble pinning James down.

When I visited Connecticut in May of 2011 I went back to the Connecticut State Library and I studied the probate records for Bridgeport, Connecticut but I could not find a probate for James Barclay.  I studied Film #1428182 but found the V. 113, 115, 116 and 118 and 119 missing for the time period I needed for James.  I even went an ordered the probate index.  They had me move to the special collections area of the library to view it. I did not have any luck figuring it out. James name was just not appearing in the records, nor where any Barclay’s in the records for Bristol in 1905, 1906 and 1907.  I will probably have to go directly to the Bridgeport courthouse to seek out my answers at some point.

At the time of Alexander’s probate process James was divorced and there was a little concern about the distribution of the funds by another sister Martha W. Ford written for her by her daughter Carrie Ford.  If that is him in the 1900 census he is not divorced yet?

In a letter dated June 1, 1900, Martha writes to Dr. H.N. Rogers the Administrator of Alexander’s estate from San Francisco to Dakota County,  Minnesota:

I did not know that brothers and sister of the half blood would inherit as against brothers and sisters of the whole blood.  I do not think that the widow of Jas. Barclay is entitled to enherit any portion of the estate because she was divorced long prior to the death of Alex Barclay…” she goes on to say that Mr. Rogers should do as he sees best.

James’s heirs did receive 1/10 share from Alexander’s estate. It appears that an N.B. [Girgen] was the administrator of James’ estate. I cannot read his signature to verify his name.  The file was so thick I had to put numbers on the some of the actions so this has #36 written on it.  Unfortunately, this is all the information I have about James A. Barclay.

So I have a little more digging to do with James. I have tried to find his obituary, the estate papers, his marriage and have not been successful at this time.  I also need to consider his divorce but everything is so vague about him it is difficult.