Alexander Barclay’s Heirs: Martha M. Barclay Ford

Martha M. Barclay Ford is a sister to Alexander Barclay and heir.She was listed as living in Fruitvale, California at the time of the probate of Alexander’s estate in 1906.

Martha married a Jeremiah Ford.  I do not know if he is related to Jerome Ford her sister Mary’s husband.

In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, a Jeremiah F. Ford and Martha are living in Connecticut.  It is possible that Jarvis might be a brother?

Line 8, 1412, 1282 Jeremiah F. Ford, 24, M, Machinist, F, Martha 21 F.Line 10, Family 1583 Ford, Jarvis O. Ford, 28 M, 700, 100, Jane E. 24, F. 

Source:  Jeremiah Ford Family with others, 1860, Burlington, Hartford, Connecticut, July 30, 1860, Charles G. Birge. 

In 1865 Jeremy T. & Martha (Barclay) Ford had a baby daughter born to them on July 10, 1865 per the Farmington Vital Records, listed from Original Certificates FHL# 3662.

They had migrated to California by 1870 and appear in the U.S. Federal census living in San Francisco, California.

Line 33, Dwelling 517, Family 502, Ford, Jeremiah, age 36, Male, Married, Machinist, $3500, $1500, Born in Connecticut., Martha Ford age 33, Female, Married keeping house, can read and write, born in Connecticut, Carrie Ford age 4, female, born in Connecticut. John Quinlin, 40 M, W, Laborer, 3500, 5000, born Ireland and Bridget Quinlin 35, F, W, Keeping house, Jos. Kennedy, 23, M, M. Laborer, 3000, born Ireland.

Source:  Jeremiah Ford Family, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, California, Page 54, 3rd Precinct San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, 24 June 1870, PO. San Francisco, [ ] Asst Marshal. 

In 1900 they are living in Brooklyn Twp., Alameda Co., California:

Line 88, 128, 123, Ford, Jeremy [ ], Head, White, Male, Aug, 1832 age 67, Ma, married 41 years, born in Conn., parents born in Connecticut, machinist/Foundry 12 yes, yes, yes, O F H., Martha M., wife, White, Female, Feb. 1838, married 41 years, 2 children born, 2 living. Born in Conn. parents born in Scotland. yes, yes, yes. Caroline M., daughter, White, Female, July 1865 age 34, Single, born in Conn., both parents born in Conn., dressmaker, 0 yes, yes, yes.

Source: Jeremy Ford Family, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Brooklyn Twp., Alameda Co., California, SD 1, ED 324, Sht # 6, 1st Precinct.

Brooklyn Twp is right south of Oakland Twp. in this area of the San Francisco Bay.
Oakland and Alameda

Oakland and Alameda

According to my information Martha M. was born in 1843 not 1838?  This is very interesting for if this is true it changes the birth order of the Barclay siblings.

We find them in Brooklyn Twp., Alameda Co., California again in 1910:

 Line 14, 2680, 346, 356 Paulsen Peter  – Ford, Jeremy [ ] Head, White, Male, age 79, Married, married 53 years, born in Connecticut, both parents born in Massachusetts, Speaks English, own income, yes, yes, O F [ ], Martha M., wife, Female, White, age 73, married 53 years, two children born, 2 alive, born in Connecticut, parents born in Scotland, English, no occupation, yes yes.

Source:  Jeremy Ford Family, 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Brooklyn Twp., Oakland City, Alameda Co., California, SD cut off, ED 20, Sht cut off, 23 April 1910, Winnifred M. James Enumerator.

I have been unable to locate Jeremiah and Martha in the 1920 census, nor have I found an obituary notice which means I have yet to find where they are buried.

I believe they had only Carrie but it was indicated that another child maybe have been born according to the 1900 census.

1.  Carrie Marine Ford was born 10 July 1865 in Farmington, Connecticut and may have died on 19 February 1943 in San Francisco.

Source: San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985, Birthdate July 10, 1865, Retired Sales Woman, Father Jeremy T. Ford, born Conn. mother Martha Barclay born Conn. Buried Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.  She was 77 years old.  She lived in the community 40 years, in California 45 years. Single. Foster mother of Arnold R. Bowhay, Aunt of Mrs. Kurken Gagos.

I was unable to locate Carrie in the 1920 and 1930 census. I believe I found her in the 1940 living in the Old Peoples Home in San Francisco. She was 74 years old and born in Connecticut. The funeral records indicate that it will take a lot of digging to learn more about her life and the Bowhay and Gagos connections are interesting.

There are several Martha Fords listed in the California Death Index but one has the middle initial of M. So I think it is her. This Martha died 13 January 1916 in Santa Clara?  Jeremiah Ford her husband does not appear unless his first name is spelled differently.

NOTE:  I have had technical difficulties with the editor of WordPress an apologize for any problems this may have caused.  I have had to recreate this whole post.

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Heirs of Alexander Barclay: Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn

Sarah Agnes Barclay has also given me trouble.  I thought I had her in Connecticut married to a Porter Blinn but discovered, when I was in Connecticut in 2011, that it was a Sarah Grissom who married Porter Blinn. This is an example of checking other records like marriages and not just relying on census. The Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn I wanted married a James Blinn.  As you read the information below you will see that Sarah is still giving me trouble.

In Salt Lake City, in October 2014, I found a birth record for an unnamed baby. The parents were Jas. B. Blinn and Sarah A. Barclay Blinn. The baby was born 29, June 1868 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut. FHL#1313829.

Birth Record child of Sarah and James.

Birth Record child of Sarah and James.

June 29, ____ Blinn, Male, Jas, B. & Sarah A. Barclay Blinn, father 41, mother 22, 121 Park Street, Occupation of the father [M/Woulder] W. H. Tremaine, physician. Mother’s occupation Bonnet Maker.

Update 6/10/2016 – I just recently found them in the 1870 Census.  They are living in Bridgeport, Connecticut:

line 27, They are under house 1708 of a Dolph, Edwin L.  2531, Blinn, James B, 40, M, W, Iron Moulder, $150, born Connecticut, his parents are of foreign birth

Blinn, Sarah, A, 28, F, W, domestic _____, born Conn. parents of foreign birth. 

Blinn, Anna E, 8/12 F, W. 

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, James Blinn Family, page 312, Bridgeport, County of Fairfield, Connecticut, enumerated the 26th day of July, 1870 by a Philo L. Bainerd. 

The 1880 Connecticut Census has a James with a Sarah A. which might be them but the ages do not match the birth record above?

Line 28, 1751/2, 19, 30 Blinn, James B. W, M, 52, Iron Maulder, born Connecticut, parents born Ireland.

Blinn, Sarah A. W, F, 33, Wife, Hair worker, born Connecticut, father born England, mother born Scotland. 

Blinn, Rex E., W, M, 8, son, at school, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut.

Blinn, Olive May, W, F, 3, daughter, at school, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut. 

 Source: James Blinn Family, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, page 3, SD#2, ED#4, enumerated 1 of June 1880, by J. McConville. 

Sarah Agnes Blinn witnesses a deed between Grace and Amarilla in 1899 in August.  I have featured this deed in a previous post on this blog regarding George A. Barclay’s estate, in Pine River. See the post dated March 24, 2014 titled: “Final Decree Aug. 15, 1899 – George’s Legacy.”  I am glad Grace got to meet more of her father’s siblings.  I think of all the lost stories of this family, sigh!

Update 6/10/2016 – I no longer feel that this is Sarah it just doesn’t work.  In the 1900 Census we find Sarah with a daughter in California.

Line 84, 426, 55, 103, Blinn/Blum, Sarah, Head, W, F, June 1834, 65 Wd, 2 children born, 2 died. Born in Scotland, Immigrated 1851, 49 years in U.S., no occupation. 

Blum, Louisa, daughter, W, F, Nov. 1853, age 46, S, born California, father born Sweden, mother Scotland, no occupation

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Sarah Blum, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, SD# 1, ED 306, Sht 4, Assembly Dist. No. 45, enumerated on the 4th day of June 1900, by Joseph A. Gendoth. 

If this is Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn then I find her birth date very interesting and the fact she immigrated in 1851 also very interesting.  Her daughter Louise is very confusing with the age 46 and the birth 1853?

1910 U.S. Census Seattle, King County, Washington we find them under the name Blain. Update 6/10/2016 – The only thing that bothers me is that she is said to be born in PA and I think that is not correct.  So this is where things get tricky.

Line 96, 24th Avenue, 46, 56, Blain, Sarah A., head, F, W, 60 Wd, 5 children born 2 living, born Pennsylvania, Scot – Engl, Eng. English, Income, yes, yes. 

Leola M. daughter, F, W, 33, D, 0 0, Born Pennsylvania, Father born New Jersey, mother born PA, English, Clerk, Abstract Office, W, No. O, yes, yes.

Source:  Sarah Blain Family, 1910 Seattle, King County, Washington 11th Precinct part of, SD#1, ED#93, Ward 3 Part of), Sht#2, enumerated 16 April 1910, by T/F. W. Van Allen. Blain, 

In 1920 Sarah is living in an insane asylum and probably has suffered the same fate as Alexander who was found wandering Farmington before his death and ended up in the Rochester Hospital in Olmsted Co., Minnesota.  It is very interesting that her parents are born in New York?

Line 65, Blinn, Sarah A, F, W, 69, WD, yes, yes, born Connecticut, father born New York, mother born New York, yes,, no occupation. 

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Napa State Hospital, Napa, California, Juarez Precinct, SD#3, ED# 56, Sht.#16, enumerated 14 January 1920, by John K. Harries.

The information provided below may or may not be the correct family, there is a tombstone at Find A Grave in the Sunset View Cemetery in Contra Costa, California, for a Sarah A. Blinn with the appropriate dates. She is listed as the Mother of Leola M. Kellogg but I don’t know or can’t find a Leola Kellogg marriage record:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Blinn&GSfn=Sarah&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=137683492&df=all&

Daughter Leola Mae may have married first an Alexander Buck and lived in Contra Costa but based on the above, I am not sure.

Line 71, 423, 433, Buck, Alexander, Head, M,W, 35 M, yes, yes, born PA, parents born PA. yes, truck_____Contractor. 

Buck, Leola Mae, F, W, 34, M, yes, yes, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut, none. 

Source:  Alexander Buck Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Contra Costa, California, 7th Township, SD#3, ED#17, Sht.#18, enumerated 31, January 1920, by Claire W. Schmidt. 

By 1930 they have moved to Placer, California.

Line 92, 178, 198, Buck, Alexander, yes, M, W, 45, M, 21, no, yes, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut, 55, yes, rancher, fruit ranch

Buck, Leola, F, W, 44, M, 21, no, yes, born Connecticut, parents born Connecticut

Buck, Sarah, daughter, F, W, 8, S, yes, yes, born Connecticut, parents born, Connecticut, rancher, fruit ranch. 

Source:  Alexander Buck, 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Placer, California, township 14, ED# 31-27, SD4, Sht#7, enumerated on 22, April, 1930 by Matthew W. Coates.

Sarah J. Buck was born 4 January 1922 in Placer and her mother’s maiden name was Blinn.

1940 we find Alexander with a May in Placer.

Line 41, 141, O, 200, No, Buck, Alexander E. Head, M, W, 55, M, No, 8, born PA, Same house, Farmer. Buck, May, Wife, F, W, 56, M, No, 8, born PA, County Clinton, State PA, no occupation.

Source: Alexander Buck Family, Placer County, California, Judicial 10, SD#2, ED#31-21, Sht 7, enumerated on 22 April, 1940, by Eldon R. Martinson. 

It looks like Alexander Buck died on 20 November 1970 in Placer, California and was born 21 December 1884 per the California Death Index.

Update 6/10/2016:  About two weeks ago a lady from MOHAI contacted me with an article about a Leola Mae Blinn who was an attorney in the Seattle, Washington area.  MOHAI is the Museum of History and Industry here in Seattle.  So I started to doublecheck everything and found the 1870 census for James and Sarah A. Blinn.  I am still having trouble verifying the death of James and finding out more about Sarah.

This article from the MOHAI individual had a photo from a city directory for a Leola May Blinn as an attorney.

Leola May Blinn

Leola May Blinn

The article was from the Urbana Daily Courier Tuesday December 12, 1916 – Woman Motorists Drive off Wolves, Their Only Weapons Were Firebrands and Hatchet — An All-night Battle.  Seattle, Wash. Forced to use firebrands, their only weapon aside from a hatchet, to drive away the timber wolves and coyotes that surrounded their machine at night, three Seattle women fund excitement aplenty on the last leg of an 8000 automobile journey across the continent. The women, Miss Leola May Blinn, her mother, Mrs. Sarah Blinn, aged 70, and Mrs. Charles S. Davis, traveled alone, without even a gun to protect themselves. They slept ou in the open. Miss Blinn’s automobile being converted at night into a sleeping car. “It was when we got stuck in eastern Washington that we suffered out most harrowing experience,” said Miss Blinn, describing the events of the journey. “We had just been ferried across the river at Walla Walla to Wallula when we ran into poor roads. From there to North Yakima we had a terrible time. We managed the difficult sand piles that served for roads until we were making a forced detour around the ‘Old Horn,’ a bend in the Columbia River. Then we got stuck in the sand.  “We were miles from nowhere. Night came on. We had trouble with our battery and could not switch on the electric lights We could not go ahead nor could we go back. While we sat their the coyotes and timber wolves came. We had no gun. There was nothing but a hatchet. “We had built a fire, however, with the safe brush that was near, and with the firebrands were able to keep them off. The Coyotes were afflicted with rabies, the weather having been very hot, and the wolves came right up to the machine and almost put their noses inside. We stayed up all night. Early the next morning I started out for assistance. While I was away Mrs. Davis had to use firebrands again to keep off the coyotes who had reappeared. Then she became anxious for my safety, not knowing whether I would be able to find assistance or not. I was able, however, to arouse two white men in a tent a mile away and with their help we got out of the North Yakima flats.”

I know that Sarah Agnes Blinn was in Seattle in 1906 helping her niece and nephew with affidavits about their father’s disappearance in Alexander’s estate papers.  So this is very interesting.

I did manage to find an obituary about a Leola M. Kellogg but I don’t know what paper it is from only that it was done sometime in 1959:

Mrs. Leola B. Kellogg, Criminal Lawyer, Dies – Mrs. Leola Buck Kellogg, 82, a criminal lawyer for 40 years, died, Monday at Harbor General Hospital, where she was taken after being stricken at her Redondo Beach home. She lived at 1927 Gates Ave. North Redondo Beach.  Mrs. Kellogg was born in Hartford, Conn. She was graduated from law school at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and later attended the New York School of Dramatic Art. After a brief career as an actress in the Boston stock company and at the Knickerbocker Theater, New York, she went to Seattle where she was admitted to the bar in 1912.  Mrs. Kellogg was admitted to the California bar in 1919 and had specialized in criminal law in Los Angeles since then, acting as defense counsel in 18 murder trials in this area. She maintained offices at 122 S. Pacific Ave. Redondo Beach, and appeared in Redondo Beach Municipal Court as recently as March 3. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Niland Mortuary Chapel, 535 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach and interment will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery. Mrs. Kellogg leaves a daughter, Mrs. Sarah Jane von Dyl of Encino, and five grandchildren. 

This obituary about Leola May Kellogg explains the notate on the tombstone that I found for Sarah A. Blinn, see above link to Find A Grave.  It also explains why I was finding articles about Leola in the Seattle newspapers which stopped about 1920.  I am going to summarize these articles here:

The Seattle Sunday Times, Oct. 27, 1912 – Miss Blinn Active in Republican Campaign – Feminine Lawyer Who Made Great Race for State Office, Heads Women’s auxiliary. With Photo. Miss Leola May Blinn, who ran third in the race for commissioner of public lands and who was the only woman admitted to the practice of law at the last state bar examination has been made chairman of the King County Republican committee’s women’s auxiliary. Miss Blinn is in charge of the women’s headquarters in the Seattle Hotel. Miss Blinn made a remarkable race for land commissioner, spending most of her time at her desk in the county clerk’s office while the campaign was in progress and devoting odd moments to her own canvas. As she is a good automobile driver she was able, in spare time, to make quick runs to nearby points and covered a great deal of the state in short trip expeditions. She introduced into politics an innovation — the woman campaign manager — who accompanied her on all her trips. Immediately after the close of the campaign, Miss Blinn appeared before the bar examining board and passed one of the most rigid bar examinations ever submitted to students. It is her ambition to devote herself to law practice in probate and realty matters, having had seven years’ experience in abstract work and having become familiar with probate business through her experience in the county clerk’s office. Miss Blinn is a member of the Women’s Relief Corps and several other organizations. She was born in Hartford, Conn. and now resides with her mother, at 1833 Twenty-fourth Avenue. 

The Seattle Republican Friday Jan. 17, 1913 – Leola May Blinn ….first woman to be admitted to practice in the U.S. court in this district. 

The Seattle Star, Wed, May 21, 1912 First Edition – Women Attorneys are Opposed in Man’s Trial. About a burglary case in which Miss Blinn and Miss Reah Whitehead argued the case.

The Labor Journal (Everett, WA) Fri, Feb 7, 1913 – First Edition – Women Form State Body. She held several positions in the creation of the organization.

The Labor Journal (Everett, WA) Fri Aug 14, 1914 – First Edition page 3 with photo – Woman Lawyer to Aid Paroled Prisoner. 

The Newport Miner (Newport, WA) Thu, Aug 8, 1912 – First Edition page 6, Woman Candidate Files – Her move to run for land commissioner is filed.

The Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, OR) Tue, Aug 24, 1915 – page 13 – Woman Lawyer at Joint Meeting. Miss Leola May Blinn of Seattle is the only woman lawyer from Washington attending the joint meeting of the Washington Oregon and Bar Association….sort of a quick bio of her.  

The Seattle Sunday Times, Nov. 11, 1917 She appears with a photo, About her Relief Corp work.

There is a Find A Grave memorial, with no gravestone at this time, to Leola. They use the name Leola Buck Kellogg, born Aug. 29, 1876 and died May 11, 1956.  She is buried in the Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Co., California. Plot 4 563 5.  Billion Graves has a tombstone photo for her that reads: Beloved Mother, Leola B. Kellogg 1876 to 1959.  There are other Kelloggs buried in the Pacific Crest:  Daisy Evans, Emmer Edward and Michael.  I did not find her husband.

The SSDI Applications and Claims Index has a Sarah Jane Vondyl (Sarah Jane Von Dyl) who was born 4 Jan 1922 in Auburn Place, CA and she died 16 Dec. 2006. Her father is listed as Alexander E. Buck and her mother is Leola M. Blinn.  So this means that Leola M. Blinn did marry to Alexander Buck.

I found a marriage in Skagit County, Washington on 5th September, 1917 in Mt. Vernon by a Baptist Minister. Alexander E. buck of King and Leola May Blinn of King.  Witnesses were Edna M. Behrens and Mrs. J.E. Noflsinger. Rev. Noflsinger was the officiating minister. Pastor of the Davis Memorial Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.  So by 1920 they were in California.

According to the SSDI He, Alexander Buck, was born 21 December, 1884 and died Nov. 1970 in California in Contra Costa.  This means they must have divorced because he died 11 years after Leola died and she was Kellogg by that time.

I found two references to court cases one took place 6 December 1940.  Where a Leola M. Kellogg applied for Habeas Corpus.  The petitioner, who is the wife of William V. Kellogg, was charged with grand theft accomplished by means of drawing and cashing six checks upon the alleged joint tenancy account of herself and her husband at the Bank of America in Sacramento and by appropriating the money to her own use contrary to her trust. etc.  This case goes on for 10 pages. Justia – US Law, Case Law, California Case Law Cal App 2d Volume 41 in reg Kellogg.

Collison v. Thomas, Docket No. L.A. 25793, 55 Cal 2d 490 (1961) – This litigation involves the estates of William P. O’Brien his wife Masie O’Brien..Edna M. Collison, as administratrix of Masie’s estate…Leola Buck Kellogg was administratrix of William’s estate to quiet title on land in Torrance, CA.  Unfortunately Leola died during the trial etc.  The entire trail of this action took less than one day. It commenced at 11:05 a.m. on May 11, 1959, Mrs. Kellogg, the administratrix of William’s estate died at 11:20 a.m. on the day of the trial.  This brief was 4 pages long. 

An article appeared titled “Woman Charges Husband Ruined Law Business, Los Angeles, Sep. 17, UP Mrs. Leola M. Kellogg, former Sacramento attorney, today filed suit asking $15,250 damages from her husband, William V. Kellogg of Sacramento, charging that he ruined her law business by causing her prosecution on grand theft charges. Mrs. Kellogg said her husband swore to a complaint Sept 12, 1940, which caused her arrest and trial in Sacramento. She said she was acquitted in a jury trial but that her practice was destroyed. Her husband, she said, was “malicious” in his action, which was described as the outgrowth of a dispute over funds in a joint bank account. 

I have not found a marriage record for Leola to William V. Kellogg at this time.  I cannot get a fix on him although he may have died in Denver, CO.

End of update 6/10/2016  – Well if this is Sarah’s daughter Leola must have been someone to know.  Maybe some day I will figure this out. It looks very much like it could be Sarah’s family.

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I find that the Barclay’s were very inconsistent with their census information.  I am using census again without other documents like vital records to verify, so the information above is all very uncertain till I get time to dig more.

There is certainly more to do with Sarah Agnes and her family like finding her marriage record and when did James pass. How many children did she actually have?  Did I find the correct Sarah in the census or am mistaken.  I need to look at vital records and more to see if I cannot get a clearer picture of Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn.

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.

Minerva Parks Barclay Remarries…

Minerva Parks Barclay, after the disappearance of her husband John Barclay, remarried to Charles Buchwald on the 19th of June 1886 in Los Angeles, California.

I ponder what it might have been like for Minerva.  What happened, did John just disappear or did the marriage end, was there foul play and he was killed? At this point we do not know.

The following is taken from Wikipedia:

Several criteria affect declaring someone dead by assumption:

  • A person’s being missing from their home or usual residence for, typically, seven years (the period varies from state to state)
  • Such absences being continuous and without explanation
  • Such absences being accompanied by a lack of long-distance communication with those most likely to hear from them
  • Diligent but unsuccessful search for that person and inquiry into their whereabouts.

Apparently a missing person requires to be missing 7 years in California and it is called Presumption of death.  In the affidavits written by John, Ellen and Sarah Agnes Blinn they mention a diligent search was performed.  Boy would I love to know what that all meant.  I am assuming that the divorce Minerva obtained was probably “desertion.”

In any event, the John Barclay born about 1835-36 in Scotland, disappeared.  His wife Minerva Parks remarried and she lived the remainder of her life in California in the San Francisco area.  She died 30 June 1926 and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Find A Grave does not have her listed at this time.

Minerva is alone in the 1880 U.S. Census in Sonoma County, California where we find her with her two children, I have posted about this before but feel it is important to repeat it for consistency sake.

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.

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

We move forward to 1900 and she is married and living with her family in San Francisco.  It looks like she had more children with Charles: Mable, Maggie and Godfrey however, she would be 43 years old when Mable was born?  The interesting part is the her mother, Louisa, is living with them.

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, 1900 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California SD#1, ED#141, Sheet #[10], 36th assembly district, enumerated 8 June 1900, by Henry D. [Faumey]. 

1910 Census for the Charles Buchwald 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: 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.

It is interesting that John Barclay is with his mother and Violet is listed as a Buckwald, I thought she was John and Harriette’s child?  It seems I need to look for several divorces to learn what is happening with this family and do more digging.

1920 Census they are still living on Flood street.

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, Mevia, 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.

Minerva Parks Barclay Buchwald died in 1926. The fate of Charles her husband is unknown at this time.

Funeral of Minerva Buchwald, 346 Flood Ave, Charged to Chas. Buchwald, 346 Flood Ave, DOD June 30, 1926, DOB April 20, 1850, Age 76 years 2 Mos. 10 days. Place of death 346 Flood Ave (San Francisco) Cause of Death Chronic Modalities, Dr. F. W. Lowe. Occupation at home, married, POB New York, Name of Father A.D. Parks, BP New York, Maiden Name of mother unknown, BP New York. At place of death 21 years, Resided in California 50 years, Date of funeral July 3, 1926, Chapel, 3 pm. Rev. Feix, Interment in Mt. Olivet.

Funeral Notice – Buchwald – In this city, June 30, 1926 Minerva Buchwald, beloved wife of Charles Buchwald, loving mother of John A. Barclay, Mrs. Ella Sears, Mrs. Mabel Bishop, Mrs. Violet Broman, devoted grandmother of Raymond Steadman a native of New York. Aged 70 years 2 months 10 days. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services today (Saturday: at 3 pm, at the chapel of H.F. Suer Co. 2910 Mission St., near 25th St.) Interment private.

Source: Funeral Record for Minerva Buchwald, June 30, 1926 in California.

After studying all the information about John Barclay and Minerva Parks, and their two children John Avery and Sarah Ellen (Helen), I have to say it has been a challenge to find the documents and sources and make sense of the information because the information was not always consistent from source to source. There are so many questions yet to find answers to regarding this family and the descendants. I thank my cousin LeeAnn for her help and for sharing with me.

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.

What happened to the Oldest Brother John Barclay?

In the last post I wrote about John Barclay the son of John and Margaret Barclay and brother to Alexander and George Barclay.

He took his family and headed to California about 1871-72.  They were probably there by 1874 when the baby son Albert passed.

Unfortunately the trail goes cold on John Barclay and what happened to him.

We turn to Alexander Barclay’s probate file and find several affidavits that may explain a little of what happened.  In any event, the estate of Alexander went to John and Minerva’s children:  John Avery Barclay and Sarah Ellen Barclay.

The two children, John and his sister prepare an affidavit that states what they know of the whereabouts of their father.

Affidavit John Avery Barclay, April 1, 1906

Affidavit John Avery Barclay, April 1, 1906 partial

John Avery Barclay is the son’s name, but someone added, in handwriting on the original affidavits, an initial “A” in the father’s name to read “John A. Barclay.”

#24 Affidavit of John A. Barclay

State of Minnesota  )                                      In Probate Court

County of Dakota   )

 In the matter of the estate of Alexander Barclay, Deceased,

 State of California                              )

City and County of San Francisco     )

             Be it known that on this 9th day of April 1906, before me a Notary Public within and for the City and County of San Francisco and State of California, personally appeared John Avery Barclay, who being first duly sworn on oath deposes and sayes; that his name is John Avery Barclay, that he was born at Sibley in the State of Minnesota on the 23 day of July 1867, that his father was John [A.] Barclay, that he, and his sister Sarah Ellen Barclay, now Mr/s. Lewis Sears, are the only children, and heirs at law of said John Barclay.

            That his father said John [A.] Barclay, prior to the year of 1877, departed, left his family and, that he was last heard of in San Francisco, California, in 1877, has not been seen or heard from, and no one knows what has become of him.

             That for years a consistent and careful search was kept up to try and discover his whereabouts, that he could not be found nor could any information be obtained regarding him.

             That his wife, Mrs. John Barclay, deponents’ mother some years after his fathers departure obtained a divorce, and has since married again.

             That deponent has reason to believe and does believe that his father said John Barclay, is dead.              Signed by John Avery Barclay

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th day of April, 1906: Jessie O’Brien

The affidavit for the probate court in Minnesota is pretty much the same for the sister:

#24 Affidavit of Sarah Ellen Barclay Sears – Mrs. Lewis Sears

 State of Minnesota  )                                      In Probate Court

County of Dakota   )

In the matter of the estate of Alexander Barclay, Deceased,

State of Washington, County of King                    

            Be it known that on this 20th  day of February 1906, before me a Notary Public within and for the County of King and State of Washington, personally appeared before me Mrs. Lewis Sears, who being first duly sworn on oath deposes and sayes; that her name is Mrs. Lewis Sears, and that prior to her marriage to Lewis Sears, her maiden name was Sarah Ellen Barclay, that she was born at Sibley in the State of Minnesota on the 29th day of March 1869, that her father was John [A.] Barclay, she has a brother John Avery Barclay, and that she and her said brother are the only children and heirs of said John A. Barclay.

            That her father said John A. Barclay, prior to the year of 1877, departed to know one knows where, and has not been heard of since, save that he was last seen that year in the city of San Francisco, California, and that for years a careful and systematic  search was made to discover his whereabouts and he could not be found nor could any information be obtained as to what had become of him.

             That his wife, Mrs. John Barclay, deponants mother some years after his fathers departure obtained a divorce, and has since married again.

             That deponent has reason to believe and does believe that her father said John Barclay, is dead.                       Signed by Mrs. Lewis Sears

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th of February 1906. Jessie O’Brien.

Apparently the court was not satisfied and wanted a third affidavit and in this case it was the sister of the said John Barclay who made statement.

#24 Affidavits of Sarah Agnes Barclay Blinn

State of Minnesota  )                                      In Probate Court

County of Dakota   )

In the matter of the estate of Alexander Barclay, Deceased,

State of Washington, County of King                                   

             Be it known that on this 20th  day of Feb. 1906, before me a Notary Public within and for the County of King and State of Washington, personally appeared Sarah Agnes Blinn, who being first duly sworn on oath deposes and sayes; that she is a known sister of John Barclay, that said John A. Barclay, was married in the year 1866, that there was born to said John A. Barclay, as the issue of said marriage, one son viz: John Avery Barclay, and one daughter viz:  Sarah Ellen Barclay, now Mrs. Lewis Sears.

             That said John A. Barclay, if living, would be 70 years of age, that he has not been heard from, and there is every reason to believe that he is dead.

             That his wife, Mrs. John Barclay, some time after the departure of said John A. Barclay obtained a divorce, and has since married again and is living in Sunnyside, California.

            That said deponent has reason to believe and does believe that said John A. Barclay, is dead.                                     Signed by Sarah Agnes Blinn

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of February 1906.                                             [Unreadable signature]  Notary, Co. of King, Washington

In 1880 there is a census record for Sonoma County, California where a Lulu Barkley is living there with a John and Ella, no John Barclay is listed with her.

Source:  1880 U.S. Census, Sonoma, Sonoma County, California, page [27], SD# 3rd, ED#120, enumerated June 6/16, 1880, by A. Drahnis. 

Line 20, ___, 187, Barkley, Lulu, W, F, 31, married, housekeeping, born New York, parents born in Pennsylvania, Barkley, John, W, M, 13 son, at home, born Wisconsin, father born Scotland, mother born New York, Barkley, Ella, W, F, 11, daughter, born Wisconsin, father born Scotland, mother born New York.  

This census information might have been easy to miss because of the reference to Wisconsin as the birth of the children.  My cousin has sharp eyes and knew who they were.

Here is a link to a map of the counties of California which is interactive.  Of course you would have to find maps of the counties in the time period of 1880 as counties change over the years.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/california-counties-map/