Heirs of Alexander Barclay: Helen (Sarah Ellen) Barclay Sears

Sarah Ellen, a daughter of Minerva Parks and John Barclay, became an heir of uncle Alexander Barclay after the affidavits about the status of her father, John Barclay, were submitted to the Probate Court of Dakota County.

Again the following is a mix of my research and my cousin’s.

Sarah Ellen Barclay was born the 29 March, 1869 in Sibley Co., Minnesota. She died on 16 August 1957 in Seattle, King Co., Washington as Helen Westerholme. She started using the name “Helen” by 1910.  At the time of Alexander Barclay’s probate process in 1906, she was known as Sarah Ellen Sears.

We find Helen Sears with Lewis Sears in the 1910 Census.

Line 93, 1756, 190, 196, Sears, Lewis, Head, M, W, 47, M2, 5, born California, father New York, mother born Ohio, English, manufacturer, wrapping paper, yes, yes, 0, __, H

Sears, Helen, wife, F, W, 40, M2, 5, 1 Child born, 1 living, born Minnesota, Father born Minnesota, mother born Minnesota, English, none, yes, yes.

 Source: Sears, Lewis Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, SD#1, ED#216, Sheet # 7, Ward of city #14, enumerated 19 April, 1910, by Alonzo Wardell. 

Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Lewis died 2 July 1913 in Seattle and is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill next to her brother John A. Barclay’s grave.  I have not found an obituary notice at this time for Lewis Sears but I did find a picture of a man who could be him but I cannot post here so below is the location of the article.

Source:  Newspapers.com, The Seattle Republican, Seattle, WA, Friday December 25,  1903 First Edition. He was very handsome. What follows is the caption under the picture. 

Lewis Sears – Paper of this edition was supplied through Lewis Sears, who is the coats agent for the McClellan Paper Company, Minneapolis, Minn. manufacturers of all grades of fine book, cover, writing, ledger, bond and other class of papers. Office 214 and 216 James Street, Seattle.

Years pasted and Helen, as she was calling herself now, remarried to Alex W. Westerholm on the 13th day of February, 1918, in Seattle, King Co., Washington. He may have been Axel rather than Alex.

Source: #57932/62544, State of Washington, County of King, John B. Wright by authority of license bearing the 13th of February, 1918, Lawful Wedlock Alex. W. Westerholm and Helen Sears witnesses were S.W. Biggs and a Leola May Blinn. 

They are together in the 1920 U.S. Census.

Line 82, Arrowsmith Ave., 9767, 175, 189, Westerholm, Axel W. Head, O, M, M, W, 42, M, 1899, Na, yes, yes, born Sweden, Swedish, parents Swedish, yes, Sea Captain, Alaska Steamship Co. W. 

Westerholm Helen Sears, wife, F, W, 48, M, yes, yes, born Minnesota, farther born Scotland, mother Massachusetts, yes, Manager President, Lewis Sears Paper Co., EM

Source: A. Westerholm Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, SD#1, ED#317, Sht. 7, enumerated 13 January 1920, by Martha F. Steele. 

An interesting development, John Barclay is living with his sister in Seattle in 1930.

Line 5, 14 Ave S., 1710, 258, 258, Westerholm, Capt. W, Head, O, $6000.00, M, W, 50, M, 38, no, yes, born Sweden, his parents born Sweden, 1893 Na, yes, Captain, Alaska Boat, 

Westerholm, Helen S. H., wife, H., M. W, 52, S., no, yes, born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Illinois, yes, no occupation, 

Barclay, J.V., brother-in-law, M,W, 52, S, no, yes, born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Illinois, yes, laborer, Lumber Mill. 

Source: Capt. Westerholm Family, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, block 5133, ED #17-173, SD #2, Sheet #30A, enumerated 14, April, 1930 by Rebecca E. M. Crauley. 

Much to my delight John is still living with them in 1940.

Line 22, 14 Ave So., 1710, 264, 0, 9000, Westerholm, Capt. Axel, Head, M, W, 62, M, No. 6, born Sweden, NA, Same house, No, yes, Captain Ship, Alaska Steam Co., pw, 130 etc. 

Westerholm, Helen, wife, F, W, 65, M, No, 6, born Minnesota, Same house, no, no, no, no, no, H, no occupation. 

Barclay John A., brother-in-law, M, W, 67, S, No, 6, born Minnesota, Same house, no, no, no, no, no, U, no occupation. 

Source:  Capt. Westerholm Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., Washington, block 61-62-63, SD#1, ED#40-278, Sht #13, enumerated on April 13, 1940 by Elizabeth Glemley. 

Neither Helen (Sarah Ellen) nor John seemed to escape tragedy in their lives. Helen’s husband Axel was a Captain and his ship blew up.  An article about this accident at sea appeared in the Seattle Times Monday 24 April 1944 on page 7, column 2, 3 and more. The article also had pictures of the Capt and Mrs. Westerholm but I cannot share them here. What follows is only a portion of the article.

Families of Missing Straub People Still Hope for Return

Families of the seafaring men lost in the sinking of the Liberty ship John Straub last Wednesday today clung desperately to the hope that their men had reached shore safely or boarded ships nearby in Alaskan waters. Notified yesterday of the disaster, the wives and mothers telephoned each other and sought information additional to the meager accounts of survivors and Coast Guard officials.

Mrs. Axel W. Westerholm, 1718 14th Ave. S., wife of the 66 year old captain who has been going to sea with the Alaska Steamship Company since 1918, could not believe the veteran skipper could meet with a serious accident. “He was determined to keep going as long as vital cargoes were needed in distant parts,” she said.” He could have retired some years ago.”

First Trip on Straub:

Captain Westerholm, one of the Seattle’s oldest mariners in point of service, was in the vicinity of Dutch Harbor when the Japanese made their first raid at the outpost early in the summer of 1942. Although it was believed it was his first trip on the John Straub, he had been master of other Liberty ships and had served on passenger ships, freighters and cargo ships of all types…

The articles goes on to describe other men involved in the accident. There are other articles on the same page discussing the Liberty Ships and why they were in the waters in that location.

Helen Westerholm buried her brother John Avery Barclay at Mount Pleasant near her first husband Lewis Sears on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington in 1951.  She herself passed on 16 August 1957.

Her death is recorded in the Washington State Digital Archives:

Image #1135, Doc#15366, Helen S. Westerholm, 16 Aug 1957, 86 Female, father John Bartlay, mother Minerva Parks, in Seattle, King Co., Washington. 

A funeral and obituary notice appeared in the Seattle Times on Sunday, August 18, 1957 for Helen:

Funeral: Westerholm – Helen S. 641 East 72nd, Mother of Raymond Steadman, Seattle. Private services Monday 11 a.m. Green Lake Funeral Home, Interment Evergreen. page 48, column 4. 

Obituary: Mrs. Alex W. Westerholm. Private funeral services for Mrs. Helen Sears Westerholm, 86, will be held tomorrow in the Green Lake Funeral Home. Burial will be in Evergreen. Mrs. Westerholm died Friday in a nursing home after a long illness. Mrs. Westerholm was born in Minnesota. She came to Seattle from California in 1912. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Westerholm was the widow of Capt. Alex W. Westerholm master of the Liberty ship John Straub. He was killed when the ship exploded in Alaskan waters April 19, 1944. 

Mrs. Westerholm is survived by a son, Raymond A. Steadman, Seattle. 

UPDATE 2/21/2015:  Based on the information about Helen’s interment, I visited the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery and found her gravesite: 

Helen Westerholm Tombstone in Evergreen, Seattle, WA

Helen Westerholm Tombstone in Evergreen, Seattle, WA

Here we finally see that Raymond Steadman was Helen’s son.  He has appeared in the census with Minerva mother of Helen as a boarder and grandson.  Who the father is unclear at this time and does this mean that Helen (Sarah Ellen) was married a 3rd time?

Raymond Steadman was born about 1889 in California and died on 24 January 1967 in Seattle, King Co., Washington in the Seattle Times Newspaper. Unfortunately it does not tell us about his parentage.

Obituary:  Raymond A. Steadman – Funeral services for Raymond A. Steadman 78, of 7018 Fifth Av. N.E. will be at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow in the Acacia Chapel, with burial in Acacia. He died yesterday in a hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Steadman came here from his native San Francisco 20 years ago. He owned and operated the Lake City Motel nine years, and also was an apartment house owner. His wife Lucille A. Steadman survives.

Update 2/21/2015:  Acacia Cemetery is very near so I visited it and found the gravesite for Raymond and Lucille.  

Lucille Steadman's stone is to the right of Raymond's.

Lucille Steadman’s stone is to the right of Raymond’s.

Raymond Steadmans Tombstone, Acacia, Seattle, WA.

Raymond Steadmans Tombstone, Acacia, Seattle, WA.

In the next post I will write about Minerva Parks Barclay Buchwald and what happened to her, the mother of John Avery and Helen (Sarah Ellen) Barclay.

Heirs of Alexander Barclay: John Avery Barclay

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

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

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

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

Line 12, 11, Barkley, John, 35, M, W, Farmer, $1500, $500, Scotland, parents of foreign birth, male citizen. Barkley, Norva, 21, F, W, keeping house, born PA. Barkley, Abraham, 4, M. W, born Minnesota father of foreign birth, Barkley, Ellen, 2, F, W, born Minnesota, father of foreign birth, Allis, 2/12, M, W., father of foreign birth, Apr. 

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

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

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

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

Line 20 ___,186 Barkley, Lulu W, F, 31, married, house keepr, born New York, parents born Penn. Barkley, John W, M, 13, son, at home, born Wisconsin, father born Scotland, mother born New York. Barkley, Ella, W, F, 11, daughter, born Wisconsin, father born Scotland, mother born New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John and Harriett had the following children:

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

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

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

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

Edward Avery Barclay

Edward Avery Barclay

Elsa MacPherson

Elsa MacPherson

Edward A Barclay

Edward Avery Barclay Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary and Funeral Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

The Death of George’s Brother Alexander Barclay!

About a month before the birth of Miriam to Grace and Ronald McDonald of International Falls, Alexander Barclay passed away.  He was a brother of George Barclay.

I have featured Alexander on this blog many times.  He has been very important to the research on the Barclays. In some posts I just mention Alexander as way to link him to the other family members.  Here is a list of posts about Alexander Barclay:  You can use the Archives box or just put his name into the search engine box on the right.

  • Alexander Barclay Attends his brother George’s Funeral, January 27, 2014
  • 1890: Alexander Barclay, Awarded Civil War Pension! April 7, 2012
  • Catching up with Alexander Barclay: Dakota County, MN, March 22, 2012
  • A Son is born: George Alexander Barclay 1880!, March 3, 2011
  • Brother Alexander Barclay’s Civil War Service…July 11, 2010
  • Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place for G.A. Barclay, February 3, 2014
  • The Murder Investigation regarding the Death of George A. Barclay? Dec 16, 2013.
  • After the Death of John Barclay his wife Ellen lives another 10 years! August 8, 2013.
  • John Barclay December 1897, George’s Father succumbs! July 11, 2013.
  • 1895 State Census – The Barclays, February 7, 2013.
  • The 1890 Census and Veteran’s Schedules – John Barclay, Feb. 25, 2012
  • George Barclay On His Own: A Trading Post! September 21, 2010.
  • John Barclay’s Land! September 11, 2010.
  • The Naturalizaton of John Barclay, August 26, 2010.
  • After the Civil War – George and Alexander Try Farming? August 19, 2010
  • John Barclay Joins the Fight! August 7, 2010.
  • The 2nd Family of John Barclay, May 23, 2010
  • John Barclay’s Two Families, April 3, 2010

According to my records, Alexander died on the 9th of December 1905.  He was buried in the Corinthian Cemetery in Farmington, Dakota Co., Minnesota. I visited this cemetery in 2007.

I had all sorts of trouble finding Alexander’s death date because he was not appearing in Dakota County, Minnesota. It turns out his death was not easy and he died in the Hospital for the Insane in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota.

AlexBarclayDeathCert445

Rochester Patient Registers: #7127, 80, Alexander Barclay, Admitted Nov. 5, 1905, from Dakota Co., 63 years, single, religion: none, ____ , born in Conn. Hartford, ill health, unknown, sen. dem., no. of attackes 1, no. of admittances 1, age 62, 9 mos., 9 mos. 24 days, time in hospital 24 days, Died Dec 5, 1905, ex. sen. dem. #114.6.1.5B Box 1 Vol. A & B., pg. 179. 

Rochester State Hospital Adm. & Discharge: #243 Alexander Barclay, Residence: Farmington, Dakota Co., Admitted Nov. 15, 1905, Died Dec. 9, 1905 114.B.9.7B Box 1 1879-1955.  

Obituary Record – Rochester State Hospital – Line 9, 1905, Dec. 9, Alexander Barclay, Male, age 63 Single, Farmer, born Conn., Came from Dakota Co., Disease is unreadable. No. of attacks 1, No. of admissions 1, Case #7140. Admitted 1905 Dec. 8. In residence 7 days, total duration of disease 1 year 7 days. Cause of Death Ex in Sen Dem. Remains removed.

Minnesota Death Certificates – Died 1905, Dec 9, Rochester, Olmsted Co., Minn. Exhaustion in Senile Dementia, Alexander Barclay, not stated, MWS, Farmer, Conn. R.M. Phelps M.D., A.S. Adams H.O.

I discovered the end of his life by accident.  I was working diligently at the Minnesota Historical Society on their newspaper collection and in the pages of the Dakota County Newspaper I found entries in the published town finances for Farmington under County Finances, Dakota County Disbursements.  There were two entries in this listing of the county finances regarding Alexander.  There was also an article about court proceedings which committed Alexander to the hospital in Rochester.

City Expenses:  pg. 2, 4 col. Insane Expense, #1581, W. H. Brownell # 50 o Court #1582.

City Expenses: Dr. J. C. Fitch $7.50 Dr. H. N. Rogers examination $7.50 for A. Barclay, $8.49. 

Adjudged Insane: Alexander Barclay; of Farmington, was adjudged insane by Judge T.P. Moran on Tuesday evening, and committed to the hospital at Rochester. He was formerly a resident of Lakeville, and is sixty-three years of age. He was taken there by Deputy A.C. Nesbitt and W.W. Carmon Wednesday.  

Back then any sickness including old age was turned over to the state hospital and it was not till about 1950 and beyond that we started to see these different symptoms of aging in a different light such as dementia. Since Alexander was single and there was no family to care for him nearby the town and county took action.  Unfortunately, this condition is part of my family medical history.

Fortunately, several obituary notices were found with the help of the Dakota County Historical Society, which give a little more information about his life.

Obituary notice in the Hastings Gazette, Saturday 23 December 1905.

“Alexander Barclay, a former well known resident of Lakeville, died at the Rochester hospital on the 9th inst., aged sixty-four years. He was a bachelor and a veteran of the civil war, and was committed from Farmington Nov. 15th. Internment at Corinthian Cemetery, Farmington, on Sunday under the auspices of Canby Post.”

Hastings Obit for Alexander

Hastings Obit for Alexander

Obituary notice in the Dakota County Tribune, Friday 22 December 1905.

“Death of Alex Barclay, Alex Barclay formally of Farmington died on Dec 9th at Rochester. His body was brought to Farmington where he was buried Sunday Dec 17th.

Mr. Barclay was an old soldier having enlisted in Co. C 4th Minnesota Sept 25th 1861, which was stationed at Fort Ripley where they did duty among the Chippewa Indians until April 1862. From there they went south to St Louis where they received the necessary equipments and then joined General Grants army at Pittsburg Landing. He participated in all their engagements up to and including the siege of Vicksburg Miss, where he joined Sherman’s army which he accompanied to Chattanooga, and was in all their engagements from Chattanooga to Atlanta. He continued with Sherman’s army thru Georgia and the Carolina’s and was with them at the surrender of Johnson near Rolin NC. He then went to Washington and was in the grand reunion in May 1865. From Washington he was transferred to Kentucky where he was discharged Aug. 9th, 1865. Mr. Barclay leaves two brothers in California, a half brother in Shakopee, a sister in the east and a niece who lives near the Canadian line. He was a member of Canby Post GAR No 47 of Farmington and was 63 years old at the time of his death.”

The last obituary is very well done except for the description of Alexander’s family. There were eleven (11)  heirs two of which were children of his oldest brother John Avery Barclay.

The family of Alexander, rallied and had his body shipped back to Farmington where he had made his home since 1870.

Alexander does appear in the records of the Canby Post GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) No. 47. The only regret I have is there is no picture of Alexander.

Here is a link to a timeline for the Civil War.  If you scroll down you will see pictures of the Grand Review Parade at the end of the war:   https://civilwarinvirginia.wordpress.com/page/8/

Another Grand-daughter arrives in January of 1906…

Amarilla added to her duties as grandmother with another grandchild.

Miriam McDonald about 1909

Miriam McDonald about 1909

This grandchild was Miriam Audrey Amarilla McDonald.  Miriam was born the 15th of January 1906 in International Falls where her parents Grace (Barclay) and R.S. McDonald had moved. She was baptized on February 4, 1906 under the name Maria.  Her godfather was John McDonald and godmother was Mrs. McDonald.  I think the sponsors were R.S.’s brother and wife.

Miriam about 1913

Miriam about 1913

I have no baby pictures of Miriam. Most of the photos start when she was about 3 or 4 years old.

Miriam has been featured in her brother Keith’s blog “The Man Who Lived Airplanes.”  You can find the link to this blog on the right side panel of this blog.  Just put Miriam in the search engine of that blog and you will find lots of articles and pictures of her and her family.  I found about 10 posts.

Miriam is very important, because she was the one that got the writer of this blog and the others interested in the family genealogy.  In about 1967 she sent me six pages of typewritten notes on our family.  Later I was to find more and it eventually became about nine pages.  I am greatly indebted to Miriam for these notes and have shared them on this blog and the one mentioned above.

Miriam about 1940

Miriam about 1940

This photo above is one of my favorites of her.  She never married but had a long good life traveling to many places in the world, teaching ninth grade English for years at Franklin High School in Yakima. She was devoted to her family up to the very end.  Oh, she made the best Pecan pie ever…!

Back from My Travels…

Well, I am back from my travels.  My second trip to Canada is completed and that happened in September 2014.  Remind me not to travel in the Fall because you have to drive through thick fog, rain, cold and wind storms, brrrr….  Fortunately, I did not have to deal with snow.  It was a great trip and I posted about it in The Man Who Lived Airplanes and the Boardman and Brown blog – see side panel for links.  I did 1964 miles just 49 short of my first trip. It was EPIC!

My week at Salt Lake City went by too quickly.  I enjoyed my class on Scottish research and learned a lot.  The British Institute sponsored by the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History always puts on quality genealogical education. http://www.isbgfh.org/ My teacher was Paul Milner and he was very knowledgeable and patient with us Americans.  You might want to check out his blog he discusses the sources and that could be very helpful.  http://www.milnergenealogy.com/

While in Salt Lake City I was at the Family History Library doing research I did try to seek out John Barclay and his first wife Margaret but was not successful in finding him listed in the indexes that they had, so it will probably require some more digging, fortunately, I have a road map with my class lessons.

Looking west in SLC

Looking west in SLC

Class on Irish Research

Class on Irish Research which I probably should take next?

Family History Library British Isles floor B2

Family History Library British Isles floor B2

Let’s see, I left off with Amarilla and J.G. Dawes in the 1905 Census in Pine River.  I will continue to follow Amarilla through the rest of her life touching on the people who were part of her experience which includes her half-siblings from the 2nd marriage of her father Daniel D. Spracklin: Lydia, Virda, Reed, Daniel, Peter, and Charles Edward. They are all characters just like Amarilla.  Yes, I will discuss her marriage to J.G. Dawes and later to George Urton.

Her “of the blood” siblings have been written about: Henry, Oliver, Mary and from the second marriage Alfred.  I will share some about Henry’s descendants especially Harry his first born.

There will be posts about the end of Daniel and Sarah’s lives and why it is so difficult to find them in the records in Iowa, it is because they left.  I had to go there to Iowa to find them.

There will be more about Amarilla’s grandchildren and daughter Grace.

How all these events and happenings affected Amarilla is difficult to say.  I really have very little personal information about her or memorabilia from her like a diary or letters.  Sigh!

On George’s side, I have some more interesting tidbits and will write about my research on his siblings and half-siblings. According to his brother Alexander’s probate file there were 11 children that were involved in the process, one of which was represented by his children.  Yes, it is a mystery.  So brother Alexander Barclay end of life will be a big topic.

There are two other blogs you should be consulting and that is the Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio where I share about Amarilla’s grandparents on both sides of her lineage.  Elizabeth Keller Spracklin’s parents,  John and Mary Keller, are discussed and this line leads to DAR and Mayflower.  On Daniel’s side I write about John and Lydia Spracklin and their lives in Ohio and will go back further into that lineage.  Lydia Goss Spracklin line also leads to DAR and Mayflower.

If you are interested in Amarilla’s daughter Grace’s life you could read about it in this blog and also in The Man Who Lived Airplanes.  That blog is about her son Keith’s life and the family.  Grace married Ronald S. McDonald in 1898 and had 8 children one of which was Keith, my father.  I will touch upon his siblings briefly in this blog, but for more details go to the Man Who Lived Airplanes.  My dad loved airplanes and worked around them all his life.