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Mary E. Barclay is a sister to Alexander Barclay and therefore one of his heirs.  She was born to John and Ellen Barclay about 1864 in Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota.

Mary was present in the 1865 Minnesota State Census, the 1870 U.S. Federal, and the 1875 Minnesota State census, but she disappears from the census for John and Ellen Barclay by 1880.

Focusing in on Madison and Gallatin Counties in Montana

Deer Lodge, Carbon and Yellowstone. Silver Bow Counties

At the time of John Barclay’s death in 1897, she is listed in his obituary notice as living in Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana.  Her last name is not given.

On 10 January, 1899 we find a marriage in Butte, Montana for a Mary and we find out that she had been married before and is now divorced.  In 1880 she would have been 16 so maybe she married before the census was enumerated and left home.  It is also interesting that she writes her mother’s maiden name as Iverson.

Marriage of Charles B. Clark, white, age 42, born at Henderson, Sibley Co., Minnesota, residing at Butte, son of John A. Clark and Sarah Clark maiden name Butler, not previously married. To Mary Barclay white age 34 years, born Shakopee, Scott Co., Minnesota, daughter of John Barclay and Ellen Barclay maiden name Iverson, who has been previously married but who is now legally divorced, date of marriage 10 Jan, 1899 signed by Clinton C. Clark Clerk and Frank M. Sullivan Deputy Clerk.

Source:  State of Montana, Charles Clark to Mary Barclay, 10 January, 1899 in Butte, Montana #5142.

We find Mary and Charles Clark living in Carbon County, Montana.  You will notice that the middle initial is B in the following census.  I have her as Mary E.

Line 1, 1/1 Clark, Charles B., Head, w, male, Aug. 1856, 42 yrs, married 4 years. Born in Minnesota, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio, farmer, owns, speaks, write, talks English, farm, no. 1 on schedule. Mary B., wife, white, female, born Jan 1864, 36? yrs., married 4 years, 0 children, born in Minnesota, father and mother born in Scotland, can read, write and speak English. Henry Fisher, servant, white, male, Oct 1876, 23, Single, born in Ohio, father and mother born in Germany, farm labor, speaks, write and reads English.

Source: 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Rens Twp., Carbon Co., Montana. SD?, ED7, Sht#1. 

Mary and Charles Clark have migrated to Billings, Montana by the 1910 census and they now have a daughter named Ruth.

Line 38, 303/29/31, Clark, Charles B., head, male, white, [43], married eleven years, born in Minnesota, parents in Ohio, Speaks English, occupation Stockman, cattle/sheep, read/writes (cannot make out the rest). Mary B., wife, female, white, 42 years old, married 11 years, 1 child born, one living, born in Minnesota, father and mother born in Scotland, Speaks English, no occupation, writes and reads. Ruth, daughter, female, white, 12-15 years old, single, born in Montana, speaks, reads and writes English.

Source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Billings, Yellowstone Co., Montana, SD#2, ED#246, Sht 7A. 

In the 1920 census Charles and Mary Clark are still residing in Billings, Montana and they are alone.

Line 29, 60, 92, Clark Charles B, Head, O, M, M, W, 62, M, born Minnesota, father born Ohio, mother born Ohio, Farmer, retired. Clark, Mary B, wife, F, W, 55, M, born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Scotland, English.

Source:  1920 U.S. Federal Census, Billings, Yellowstone Co., Montana, SD# 3 ED#161, Part of Ward 1, Sht#15A, 14 and 15th of January 1920, Frank B. Leaper

Again we find them in Billings in the 1930 census:

Line 90, 803, 142, 154, N. Broadway, Clark, Charles B. head, O, $6000, R, No, M, W, 73, M, 39, No, yes, born Minnesota, farther born Iowa, mother southern WS, retired, farmer. Clark, Mary B., Wife, H, F, F, W, 66, M, 30, No, Yes, born Minnesota, father born Scotland, mother born Scotland.

Source:  1930 U.S. Federal Census, Billings, Yellowstone Co., Montana, School Dist.#2, First Ward, ED#56-2, SD 10, Sht #6, 7 April, 1930, Mrs. Alice B. Mains

There is a memorial on Find A Grave for a Mary E. Clark who died 19, February 1930 in Calvary Cemetery in Gibson Flats, Cascade County, Montana.  There is no tombstone photo at this time.

Charles B. Clark is buried in Hill Cemetery, in Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., Montana. Find A Grave has a memorial but no tombstone photo.  It does state that their daughter is Ruth Clark Kirby.

There is an obituary notice for Charles Clark in the Montana Butte Standard, Tuesday, March 1, 1932 page 3.

CHARLES B. CLARK Called by Death – ANACONDA, Feb. 29, (Special) Charles B. Clark, 75 died, this morning at a local hospital. he was a native of Minnesota and a pioneer resident of Montana. Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Kirby of Billings. The body is at Kendrick chapel. Time and Place of the funeral will be announced later. 

There is of course, more research to be done on this family, especially in search of Ruth, their daughter. There is census of 1920, 1930 and 1940 that have a Ruth Kirby in Billings living with a Robert Kirby. They have several children.  I cannot get a good fix on her at this time but it might be her.  The marriage for this couple has her father as Powers and I am confused by that information.  The early years for Mary would be of interest to research pinning down her first marriage and then the divorce.

It is interesting to see that Mary thinks both her parents were born in Scotland?

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Focusing in on Madison and Gallatin Counties in Montana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1898 Plat Book showing Helen and William Barclay's land

1898 Plat Book showing Helen and William Barclay’s land

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

For a sum of $1800.00, Wm. and wife Clara E. Barclay are residing in Mammoth, Madison Co., Montana at sold to Charles Barclay residing in Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Montana to-wit, the south 1/2 of the NE qtr of Sec. 23, Twp. 115, Range 22 80 acres according to gov. survey. Except a certain mortgage payable to Henry Hinds of Shakopee. Witnessed by W.R. Macfadden and F. H. Wilbour and signed by William Barclay and Clara E. Barclay in the State of Montana, County of Madison etc.

Source:  Registrar of Deeds, Scott Co., Minnesota,13 February 1899, Vol. 47, pg. 330 #12062, Scott Co., Minnesota, Family History Film #1255727.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willow Creek, Montana

Willow Creek, Montana

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

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

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

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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. 

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Ellen Barclay lived another 10 years after her husband John Barclay.  She died in 1907.

In this post I want to share what I know about Ellen, because I think it fits with John Barclay’s end of life.  They had been together 29-30 years and had 4 children.  The children were Charles, William, Mary E., Anna Elizabeth.  I will go into more detail on the lives of John Barclay’s children from both marriages, when I get to the death of Alexander Barclay who was a half-brother to Ellen’s children and full brother to the first seven, Margaret’s children.  Alexander left a very involved probate file when he died in 1906.  He was George Angus Barclay’s full brother and my great grandfather and subject of this blog.

Her name has been a frustration because documents have her as Helen or Ellen.  The writing was so bad you could not read it.  The tombstone has her name as Ellen so I will use that name.  In John Barclay’s obituary notice it was said that her maiden name was Iverson but in her own obituary it is listed as Stevenson.  It is possible she was married before John, but so far I do not see any evidence for a first marriage for Ellen.  It is also possible that the use of Iverson was a mistake.  I am choosing to go with Ellen Stevenson Barclay till I am sure.

There is so much more research to do on Ellen Stevenson Barclay. I wish I had the time.  Ellen is the second wife of John Barclay and I do not descend from her.  I descend from Margaret  and frankly I am more interested in finding the origins of John Barclay and his first wife Margaret.  So I present what I have learned about Ellen for those who would be interested.

In order to understand Ellen’s life you need to review some of the posts I have written about John Barclay.  She will be featured in census and other documents like deeds, etc.  You can find other posts by using the search box on the right of this blog.  You can also seek out the Categories on the right of this blog and under SURNAMES you will find “Barclay Surnames.”   From there scroll down and you will find John Barclay and Ellen/Helen Stevenson.  Unfortunately the names are alpha order rather than by the lineage.

So what happened to Ellen after John’s death?

In 1898, after John’s death, Ellen Barclay (widow) rents her land to her son Charles Barclay on 29 August 1898

$100 yearly for years during the life of the party of the first part to be paid on April first and Jany first of each year.  The NW atr of the NE qtr of Sec 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, according to the government survey thereof.  Also said party reserves the use of two rooms in the building on the above property, use of the present garden, also parture, barn, corn and feed for one cow, poultry 

Source:  Deed of Indenture Ellen Barclay to Charles Barclay, Aug 29, 1898, Vol. 47, pg. 287 #11684, FHL# 1255725, Scott County, Minnesota

On 13 February 1899 another son William Barclay sells his share of the land to his brother Charles.

For a sum of $1800.00, Wm. and wife Clara E. Barclay are residing in Mammoth, Madison Co., Montana sold to Charles Barclay residing in Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Montana to-wit, the south 1/2 of the NE qtr of Sec. 23, Twp. 115, Range 22, 80 acres according to gov. survey.  Except a certain mortgage payable to Henry Hinds of Shakopee. Witnessed by W.R. Macfadden and F. H. Wilbour and signed by William Barclay and Clara E. Barclay in the State of Montana, County of Madison etc.

Source:  Deed of Wm. Barclay and wife Clara E. to Charles Barclay, February 13, 1899, Vol. 47, pg. 33 #12062, Scott Co., Minnesota, FHL #1255727.

After John’s death in 1897, we find that the next census is the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.  In this census we learn that Ellen was living with her son Charles.  This census shows us that the only child that is still around is Charles. The remaining three children of John and Ellen have married and migrated elsewhere.  William and Mary E. went to Montana.  Anna married and went to Wisconsin to live.  Charles is a mystery.  After his mother’s death it is difficult to determine where he went.  There are possibilities for a Charles Barclay living in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

28/28 Barcley, Charlie, Head, Jan. 1860, 40 years old, single, born in Minnesota, Father born in Scotland, mother born in Norway, farmer, educated, land info.  Barcley, Ellen, mother born Apr 1833, 67 years widow, one child born, one child living, born in Norway and both parents where born in Norway. Naturalized 1858, 45 years in country (means she immigrated in 1855), educated.  Carter, John, Nephew born Feb. 1890 10 years, single.  Born in Wisconsin, Father born in Canada Fr., mother Minnesota, at school, 8 grade, educated.

Source:  Charlie Barclay & Mother, 1900 U.S. Federal Census,  Eagle Creek, Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota, FHL#1240788, Microfilm T623, Roll 788, page 142, SD ?, ED 172, Sheet #2.  I do not understand the number of children fro Ellen in this census.  All her children lived long lives?

Something happened in 1904 because a notice in the gossip column of the Scott County Argus was featured on May 20, 1904.  I have no idea what this means?

“Eagle Creek: Charles Barclay has moved his household furniture into Shakopee, and will make that his future home.  Charlie was always kind and obliging to everyone and we will all miss his happy smile very much.”

In 1906 he is still living in Shakopee per his half-brother Alexander Barclay’s probate case. This probate will be featured indepth at a later time on this blog.

Charles Barclay, aged 45 years, residing at Shakopee, Minn., who is a half-brother.

Ellen passes on 30 November 1907 in Shakopee.  She is buried with John in the Valley Cemetery in Shakopee. You see that they use the name Helen in the obituary notice but Ellen is on the tombstone.

Helen Barclay Death Notice Shakopee Tribune Dec. 13, 1907 pg. 4 col 3 Maiden: Stevenson also in the Argus on Dec 6, 1907 pg. 1 and col 4.

Helen's 2nd Obituary Notice

Helen’s 2nd Obituary Notice

Died – Barclay – At her home in this city, Saturday, November the 30th, Mrs. Helen Barclay of heart disease. Aged 73 years. Helen Stevenson was born in Norway in 1834, and came to this country in 1849(39?) settling in Wisconsin, then Iowa, finally coming to Minnesota in 1848. She moved to Shakopee in 1850 with her husband, John Barclay, and was one of the early pioneer settlers of Shakopee. Mrs. Barclay leaves four children to mourn her loss. They are: Mrs. Mary Clark of Montana, Mrs. Anna E. Carter of Marynette, Wis.; and Charles at home, and William Barklay of Montana. The funeral was held from the residence, Tuesday, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. Mr. Ganschow officiating. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved children.

2nd Obit – Scott Co. Argus – Friday, Dec. 6, 1907 – Died – Mrs. Helen Barclay, whose maiden name was Stevenson, died at her home in this city, Saturday, November 30th, 1907, of heart failure. Deceased had been in poor health for several months past, but not until two days prior to death did her condition give cause for alarm. Mrs. Barclay was a native of Norway, where she was born April 25, 1834. She came to America in 1849 and has resided in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Her husband, John Barclay, and she were pioneer settlers in Scott county where the family is well-known. For several years past Mrs. Barclay has made her home in Shakopee with her son Charles, who survives her together with another son, William of Montana, and two married daughters. The funeral took place, Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock, from the family residence, Rev. Carl Ganschow officiating, and interment was in the Valley Cemetery.

Helen's obituary notice Dec 1907.

Helen’s obituary notice Dec 1907.

The above information gives us some good information on Ellen/Helen Iverson/Stevenson.  Ellen left a probate file and will.  I will present that in the next post.

Note:  I was having a great deal of trouble researching the early years of the state of Minnesota and when it was a territory and was unable to find an actual marriage for John and Ellen in the records.  Minnesota went through a lot of changes before it became a state and was associated with records of a territorial nature of Michigan and Wisconsin.  The counties also changed their boundaries.   Here is a Wikipedia article that might help to get you started on researching in Minnesota http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Minnesota

The other problem is that not a lot of documents have been filmed by the Family History Library for some of the counties of Minnesota.  So access to the documents is onsite.  I have traveled to Minnesota three times and would love to go back for more research, we will see.

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

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

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George’s father, John Barclay, passed away on 25 December, 1897.  I tried to find out if George attended the funeral but I did not have any luck with the newspaper gossip columns in Pine River and in Shakopee.  He is barely mentioned in the obituary.

The last time I posted on my 2nd great-grandfather John Barclay, I talked about his Civil War service in several posts and caught up with the happenings in Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota.

There are many more posts on John Barclay that were done early in this blog so check on the Categories on the right side.  These were the most recent.

1.  Catching up with the Barclay’s of Eagle Creek Twp., February 12, 2012

2. The 1890 Census and Veterans Schedules – John Barclay dated February 25, 2012

3.  Rejected Claim:  John Barclay’s Civil War Pension!, dated March 11, 2012.

In 1894, John and his wife Ellen/Helen, sell land to a Charles G. Bowish of Shakopee, Minnesota.  They receive $1 from this person which might imply some relationship?

For the sum of $1.00 convey the following land:  The north half of the NE qtr of Section 23 in township 115 of range 22.  Except a mortgage thereon and on their lands, payable to Henry Hinds.  Witnessed by Charles G. Hinds and E. J. [Affolter] and signed by John Barclay and Helen Barclay etc.

Source:  John Barclay & Wife to Charles G. Bowdish of Shakopee City, Minnesota, 21 June 1894, Vol. 39 pg. 227 Instrument #1304, Scott Co., Minnesota FHL#1255725. 

In the Minnesota State Census of 1895 we find the family of John Barclay to be as follows:

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

Source:  Family of John Barclay, 1895 Minnesota State Census, Eagle Creek, Scott County, Minnesota, pg. 2, Schedule #5, Enumerated on the 10th day of June 1895. FHL#565810. 

In 1898 the Every Name Index to the Scott Co. Atlas of 1898 has Barclay listed and we find Helen Barclay and William Barclay are the owners of the land.

John is not there but Helen and William are? 1898 Plat Book

John is not there but Helen and William are? 1898 Plat Book

John Barclay appears in the Vital Record and Indexes of 1853-1972 for Scott County, Minnesota – Death Records. Vols. A-C 1871-1907, FHL#1379418.

Index: Barclay, John, line 25, Dec. 25, 1897, Book B, pg. 24, line 146.

Register of Deaths in the Town of Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota
1897 line 6 Dec. 25, 1897 John Barclay, Male, White, married, 96 years old, born in Scotland, Name of parents John and [Mary], parents birthplace Scotland, cause of death old age, Date of record Jan, 3, 1898. Copies of the register at the Scott Co. Historical Society, June 2007.

Much to my delight I did find an obituary notice on John in the Scott County Argus newspaper for December 30, 1897 page 4 column 1.  George is alluded to but not named like his brother Alexander.

John Barclay's Obiturary 1897

John Barclay’s obituary 1897

BARCLAY – At the home of his son Charles , in Eagle Creek, Saturday, Dec. 25, 1897, of old age, John Barclay, aged ninety-six years.  Deceased was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 18th day of March, 1801, and the first forty years or more of his life were spent in his native land.  By his first wife seven children were born to him; and in the 40’s the family, diminished by the loss of the wife and mother, came to America.  All these children are still living, one, Alexander, being a resident of Dakota county, another lives elsewhere in this state, three live in Connecticut, and two in the far west.  As early as 1848 John Barclay located at Fort Ridgely, in the then wilderness of the great Minnesota territory, and in 1853 he came to Eagle Creek and took up a claim.  Some years later he married Ellen Iverson, who with four children survives him.  These children are Charles, at home; William located at Pony, Mont.; Mary, at Butte, Mont.; and Annie, now Mrs. David Carter, of Marinette, Wis.  Of these only Charles and Mrs. Carter were able to be at the funeral.  This took place Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. J.B. Ferguson officiating, an the remains were followed to their last resting place in the Valley Cemetery by neighbors and may friends of the early pioneer days.

Note:  There was also a funeral notice in the Dec. 31, 1897 Shakopee Tribune under Local

“Died: — John Barclay died at the home of his son Charles, in Eagle Creek township last’ Saturday at the advanced age of 96 years.  Funeral took place from the Presbyterian church last Tuesday; Rev. Ferguson officiating. “

In searching the court Probate records for Scott County, I did not find a will or probate/estate file for John Barclay.  I did find one for his wife in 1907.  John had sold land to his wife about 1867 and there are deeds in which he sold land to his sons.  This means that he probably didn’t have enough money to have a probate; however, there should be a court record of  dismissal if that was the case.  So I am not sure what happened?

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John Barclay, my great great grandfather, was introduced to me by my Aunt Miriam in her family history notes, so I knew about him.  I also had a copy of the book by the city of Pine River, celebrating their first 100 years, and he is mentioned in that book: 

  “…not far from Shakopee where George’s father chose to live “because it reminded him of his native Scotland.”  Apparently the father, John, remarried and had other children…”  

John Barclay had two families.  He was first married to Margaret.  When he married Margaret is not known and where she is buried is also unknown.  She probably died in Connecticut but so far a search of records reveal only one possibility of a Margaret Barclay dying in Enfield in 1848 of about the right age. 

continuing the quote above…” because at the time of Alexander’s death in 1906, there was quite a bit of difficulty in locating all the Barclay heirs from “both families.”” pg. 105 

In my Aunt Miriam’s notes she mentions Alexander’s probate: 

Alex's Probate

 

My great-uncle Alexander Barclay has been very good to me.  I secured his probate file at some expense from the Dakota County Courthouse in Minnesota and it opened up a very big genealogical door!  

From this first marriage came seven (7) siblings that were listed in Alexander’s estate file.  There wasn’t a will so some of the information is carefully taken from the probate file.  Other information such as census searches and indexes were also used.  I am slowly gathering the facts together on the siblings and will present more at a later time. 

1.  John Avery Barclay born abt 1836, died – unknown.  According to Alex’s estate file he disappeared and was presumed dead as stated in an affidavit of his sister Sarah Agnes. He appears in deeds, land records, and court documents in Silbey Co., Minnesota till about 1880.  He may have gone to California.  John Avery Barclay was probably born in Scotland per census information and other sources but that is not yet proven.  John married Minerva  Parks on 3 July 1865 in Henderson, Sibley Co., Minnesota.  Since John Avery Barclay was considered dead his two children where his heirs and they are mentioned in the estate file.  The couple actually had four children:  

1. John Avery Barclay II born 23 July 1867 in Sibley Co., Minnesota and died 8 March 1951 in Seattle, King Co., Washington.   

2. Sarah Ellen born 29 March 1869 in Sibley Co., Minnesota.   

3 and 4. There were two other children twins: Albert and Alice born 1870 Silbey Co.,  Minnesota but it is looking like they didn’t survive.  Some of this information was supplied by another cousin.  

2.  James A. Barclay born about 1838 in Connecticut, he died about 1906 in Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., Connecticut during the probate process of Alexander’s estate.  He married a Maryanne Stewart and had children.  

3.  Sarah Agnes Barclay born about 1840 in Connecticut.  She married Porter Blinn about 1860 in Connecticut.  He was born about 1842 in Connecticut.  They had 6 children and it looks like they stayed in Newington, Hartford Co. , Connecticut. 

Update:  May 26, 2010 – I was at the Family History Library researching when I discovered that the Sarah that I thought was Sarah Agnes Barclay in the census married to Porter Blinn was the Sarah I should be studying for the Barclay’s.  Turns out she is a Griswold and her father is Henry Griswold.  So back to the drawing board on #3.  This is why it is so important to check other sources like marriages and birth records and not totally trust the census. 

4.  Mary J. Barclay born about 1841 in Connecticut and died 28 March 1917 in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut.  I have her estate file.  She married a Jerome B. Ford and had 3 daughters.  Jerome was born about 1846 in Connecticut. 

5. Alexander A. Barclay was born September 1842 in Hartford, Connecticut and died on 9 December 1905 at the Rochester Hospital for the Insane in Olmsted Co., Minnesota.  He apparently suffered in the end with dementia.  He was only in the hospital about 6 days before he died.  He was buried 17 December 1905 in the Corinithian Cemetery in Farmington, Dakota Co., Minnesota. 

6.  Martha M. Barclay born about 1843 in Connecticut and died around 1920 or later in California.  She married a Jeremiah Ford in about 1859 in Connecticut.  I do not know if Jeremiah and Jerome were brothers.  Martha and Jeremiah had two daughters.  

7.  George Angus Barclay was born 18 August 1844 probably in Connecticut and died on the 28th of October 1898 in Pine River, Cass Co., Minnesota.  George is the subject of our blog and more information will be forthcoming on his life. He married Amarilla Spracklin in 1878 and they had 2 children. 

The second marriage of John Barclay was to Helen in Scott Co., Minnesota.  I have not been able to find their marriage in Minnesota records but it happened prior to 1860 per the census and from this marriage their were four (4) children born. 

8.  Charles Barclay was born about January 1860 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota.  After the death of his mother in 1907 he seems to have moved from Shakopee and might have gone to Minneapolis and died about 1938.  Charles didn’t marry as far as I can determine from census and other documents. 

9.  William Barclay was born about 1863 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota and died 7 Dec 1937 in Gallatin Co., Montana.  He married a Clara E, probably in Minnesota.  She was born about 1859 in Wisconsin and died about 21 March 1919 in Madison Co., Montana.  They had one child name Foster born 1891 and probably died by 1907.  

10.  Mary E. Barclay was born about 1864 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota and died 19 February 1930 in Cascade Co., Montana.  She married Charles B. Clark probably in Minnesota for he was born there about 1856.  He died 28 February 1932 in Deer Lodge Co., Montana.  They had at least one child named Ruth Clark who was born about 1895.   It is interesting that there are two Mary’s named in John’s family a good 20+ years apart. 

11.  Anna Elizabeth Barclay was born 15 April 1870 in Shakopee, Scott Co., Minnesota and died 4 August 1955 in Menominee, Menominee Co., Michigan.  She married David Maurice Carter on 9 July 1885 in Eagle Creek (Shakopee), Scott Co., Minnesota.  David was born 9 January 1860, Marinette, Marinette Co., Wisconsin.  The information for this family was supplied by a cousin and has not been verified.  Anna had 4 children. 

The person that initiated the probate process for Alexander was his niece, my grandmother Grace A. Barclay McDonald.  She was pregnant at the time and lived in International Falls.  She was unable to attend the court sessions because she had the baby and was “indisposed.”  The baby was my Aunt Miriam. 

Book: Logsleds to Snowmobile’s, Pine River Centennial Celebration, 1873-1973, Written by the Citizens of Pine River and edited by Norman F. Clarke, Pine River Centennial Committee, 1979.  A copy is available at the Family History Library.

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