George and Amarilla Barclay’s Family Overview….

This page will cover a table of contents for the posts written and published on this blog about the lives of George Angus Barclay and his wife Amarilla Grace Spracklin.

I am creating pages for each family grouping to help make it easier to find the posts written about that family.  This will make it easier to find study the information and I highly recommend that you do that and not just jump around.  Please read the posts carefully it is important.  Always feel free to ask me questions and request copies of original documents or suggest updates for genealogy always changes as new information comes to light.

Blogs are not the best for doing searches and can be confusing.  As the author I sort of know what is going on.  I have made copies of my posts and put them into a Word.doc so I can search it and I have a Table of Contents of the posts making it easier for me to find things.

There are three ways to search this blog:
  1.  Use the Archive Box on the right side of the blog and find the month and year and click and it will give you a listing of posts written during that time.  So if you use the dates below you can find the post you are looking for and see it in sequence.  Blogs go from past dates to present so they are backwards from a book.
  2. Use the Search box on the right of this blog to search using key words like a person’s name, the location, topics like Mayflower etc.
  3. Seek out the Categories which I have tried to organize by surname, cemeteries, locations and subjects.  The list is auto alphabetical within the grouping, so you need to scroll looking for what you want.  There is a number next to the category telling you approximately how many posts that the category.  It may not find all references to the keyword you are using, although I strive to be careful and diligent.
  4. Blogs are backwards from a book, so the oldest posts are the first. So you could technically go back to the beginning and go forward through the blog.  I strive to do the genealogy in a chronological manner but not always for this is also a story about their lives and family connections make it very complicated. When I start writing about a family, I do a summary post of the family of a specific couple listing their children and then try to follow it with more detailed posts about the children and their families if it works within the concept of the blog.  If you see revisiting in the title it means I have found new information or am going back to that person or couple and adding more detail.

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The Lives of George Angus Barclay and Amarilla Spracklin 

George Angus Barclay

  • The Barclay’s of Pine River – An Introduction, Mary 10, 2010
  • An Appointment – Pine River Journal, March 15, 2010
  • A Tribute to Miriam! March 20, 2010 – she is their granddaugther
  • Getting to Know Great Grandfather George Angus Barclay, March 23, 2010
  • Getting to Know Amarilla Spracklin Barclay, March 27, 2010
  • George Barclay On His Own A Trading Post! September 21, 2010
  • George Barclay Purchases Land! October 9, 2010
  • Zeroing in on George Barclay’s Land Purchases, October 24, 2010
  • George’s Patents for Land! October 29, 2010
  • 1874: Barclay Patents Section 6, November 17, 2010
  • 1874: A Patent in Walden Twp? December 3, 2010
  • George Barclay and D. McNanny – A Partnership in 1875? December 23, 2010
  • 1878: Enter Amarilla Spracklin, January 9, 2011 – See Amarilla below for more on their marriage.
  • 1875-1876 Commissioner? 1877 Postmaster, 1879 Land Patent, Feb. 18, 2011
  • Pine River: June 1880, March 12, 2011
  • Life in Pine River: The Barclay Ranch, May 19, 2011
  • A Deed the Northern Pacific Railroad & George – 1883, July 25, 2011
  • George Barclay Acquires another Patent! September 23, 2011
  • Partition Deed: Morrow County, Ohio 1884, October 8, 2011
  • George’s Land Patent #16446 April 5, 1888, October 21, 2011
  • Pine River in 1885, December 30, 2011
  • Half-Way House or Stopping Place! January 14, 2012
  • The 1880’s: Starting a Family, Land more or less, A Mortgage Deed, and a Robbery! January 28, 2012
  • George Barclay Seeks His Civil War Pension! July 15, 2012 – For George’s Civil War Service see the page at the top of this blog.
  • Murder in Pine River: Pat Ryan, Summer 1891, July 27, 2012
  • Over the Fence News: June 2, 1894 – Pine River Events: G.A.R., coming of the RR & Robbery at Jenkins, November 1, 2012
  • Over the Fence: June 9, 16, 24, 1894: The Railroad and Other Items of Interest in Pine River! November 16, 2012
  • News: June 29, 1894 – Another Robbery at the Barclay Ranch! November 29, 2012
  • Extra, Extra! June 30, 1894 – The Barclay’s Travel Beyond Pine River & RR Troubles, December 9, 2012
  • Pine River 1894: A 4th of July Celebration! December 28, 2012
  • July 1894 – George A. Barclay Builds a Hotel, January 10, 2013
  • 1895 – George’s Home, Prosperous Living in Northern Minnesota, January 24, 2013
  • 1895 – State Census – The Barclay’s, February 7, 2013
  • 1895-1897: Cass County, MN, Organization! November 21, 2013
  • January & February 1895: George writes letters to the Editor, March 7, 2013
  • Brainerd & Northern Minnesota RR & Right of Way, March 21, 2013
  • George & Amarilla Barclay sell land in May 1897, April 4, 2013
  • Pine River Gossip 1897, April 18, 2013
  • George Barclay & McNanny’s Estate 1897, May 2, 2013
  • Right of Way Brainerd & Northern RR October 1895 and a Timber Contract with NPRR in July 1897, May 16, 2013
  • George Applies Again for his Civil War Pension, May 30, 2013
  • On the Trail of the Muscallonge July 1897, June 13, 2013
  • July 1897: Walker vs. Pine River – A County Seat Decision, June 26, 2013
  • 1898 – Amarilla Handles a Few Land Transactions! September 5, 2013
  • Probate of George Barclay’s Estate Begins – End of 1898, February 17, 2014
  • Alexander Barclay Attends his brother George’s Funeral! January 27, 2014
  • Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place for G.A. Barclay, February 3, 2014
  • Final Decree August 15, 1899 – George’s Legacy, March 24, 2014
  • The Old Log Store is Moved – Pine River – July 21, 2014
  • The Death of George’s Brother Alexander Barclay, November 24, 2014
  • G.A.R. Records Lost for Pap Thomas Post, 1911, June 19, 2015
  • A Mystery Solved – A Niece Visits Pine River for their Tall Tales Play, 1985, November 7, 2015
  • Amarilla tries again for George’s Civil War Pension – 1916 to 1919, February 13, 2016
  • Heir Mail article honoring George A. Barclay, Civil War Soldier, May 12, 2016

George A. Barclay Murder Trial 7 May 1900: April 7, 2014

  • A Murder in Pine River, October 29, 1898, October 31, 2013
  • Aftermath of a murder – Pine River in October 1898! November 14, 2013
  • Cold Blood Murder & a Cowardly Crime – November 1898, November 28, 2013
  • Grace Barclay McDonald Hears the News! December 5, 2013
  • A Murder Investigation regarding the Death of George A. Barclay, Decmeber 16, 2013
  • The Coroner’s Inquest – George A. Barclay’s Death, December 27, 2013
  • The Witnesses for the Coroner’s Inquest – George A. Barclay’s murder, January 14, 2014
  • The Coroner’s Inquest Verdict regarding the Death of G.A. Barclay! January 20, 2014
  • Alexander Barclay Attends his brother George’s Funeral! January 27, 2014
  • Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place for G.A. Barclay, February 3, 2014
  • Reward offered $1000 for Information, November 12, 1898, February 10, 2014
  • Probate of George Barclay’s Estate Begins – End of 1898, February 17, 2014
  • Enter J.G. Dawes, February 24, 2014
  • Grand Jury Convenes regarding the murder of G.A. Barclay – May 1899, March 5, 2014
  • A Change takes place – Amarilla is now in control! March 18, 2014
  • Andy Hayford Released November 1899, March 18, 2014
  • Final Decree August 15, 1899 – George’s Legacy, March 24, 2014
  • Pine River in 1900 – Amarilla and J.G. Dawes together? March 31, 2014
  • George Barclay Murder Trial 7 May 1900, April 7, 2014

George’s father John Barclay – see the page at the top of this blog for John Barclay and his two families PAGE:

  • John Barclay’s Two Families, March 27, 2010 – George’s father

George and Alexander:

  • 1850 Connecticut – George and Alex, April 11, 2010
  • After the Civil War, George and Alexander Try Farming! August 19, 2010

Amarilla Spracklin Barclay, Dawes, and Urton:

  • Getting to Know Amarilla Spracklin Barclay, March 27, 2010
  • An Appointment – Pine River Journal, March 15, 2010
  • 1878: Enter Amarilla Spracklin, January 9, 2011
  • George & Amarilla’s Wedding Photos, January 17, 2011
  • Amarilla’s Origins in Iowa, February 4, 2011
  • The Death of Amarilla’s Grandfather John Keller, Mary 25, 2011
  • Amarilla’s Grandmother Keller Passes 1882, June 20, 2011
  • Stepping Back in Time: Amarilla’s Life in Iowa Before George! July 1, 2011
  • Amarilla Connection to Ohio! August 13, 2011
  • Partition Deed: Morrow County, Ohio 1884, October 8, 2011 – John Keller’s estate
  • Spracklin and Keller Connection – Amarilla’s Parents, November 3, 2011
  • The 1880’s: Starting a Family, Land more or less, A Mortgage Deed, and a Robbery! January 28, 2012
  • George & Amarilla Barclay sell land in May 1897, April 4, 2013
  • 1898 – Amarilla Handles a Few Land Transactions! September 5, 2013
  • The Witness for the Coroner’s Inquest – George A. Barclay’s murder, January 14, 2014
  • A Tragedy occurs, the Loss of a Daughter, June 25, 2015

Life after the death of George A. Barclay – Amarilla in charge!

  • The Probate of George Barclay’s Estate Begins – End of 1898, February 17, 2014
  • A Change takes place – Amarilla is now in control! March 10, 2014
  • Final Decree August 15, 1899 – George’s Legacy, March 24, 2014
  • Amarilla Tries for George’s Civil War Pension 1898, April 14, 2014
  • Pine River June 17, 1901, The Plat is Certified! April 21, 2014
  • Pine River Incorporates Dec 5, 1901, April 28, 2014
  • Pine River Gossip June 1901 to March 1902, May 5, 2014
  • Amarilla Takes on a new role: Grandmother, the birth of Leola Vivian 1902, May 12, 2014
  • Amarilla gives to the Methodist Episcopal Church, June 9, 2014
  • Amarilla welcomes her grandson in May 1904, July 15, 2014
  • 1904 Pine River Gossip – More over the fence...August 24, 2014
  • Amarilla’s Father Daniel and half-brother Reed form a partnership, November 11, 2014
  • Another Granddaughter arrives in January of 1906, November 18, 2014
  • Grace Gives Amarilla another granddaughter: Edna Lorraine in 1907, May 1, 2015
  • The Death of Sarah, Amarilla’s Step-mother 1907, May 8, 2015
  • Amarilla participates in Pine River Festivities circa 1908, May 15, 2015
  • Amarilla learns of the birth of Laurie Jean, a granddaughter in 1908, May 22, 2015
  • The 1910 Census and Pine River, June 5, 2015
  • Amarilla is blessed with a second grandson in 1910! June 12, 2015
  • Fire – The Barclay Hotel Burns – December 1915, July 3, 2015
  • The Death of Amarilla’s father, Daniel D. Spracklin – March 1915, July 17, 2015
  • Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate, Heirs-at-Law, August 7, 2015
  • Daniel D. Spracklin and Sarah Blacketer Allgood’s final Resting Place and possible Military Service for Daniel, October 1, 2015
  • A Mystery Solved – A Niece Visits Pine River for their Tall Tales Play, 1985, November 7, 2015
  • Daniel D. Spracklin’s Estate: Revisiting the Partition Deeds of his heirs, January 30, 2016
  • Daniel D. Spracklin and Sarah’s Children – A Summary, February 2, 2016
  • Amarilla tries again for George’s Civil War Pension – 1916 to 1919, February 13, 2016
  • Emily Jane Allgood Gilchrist 1857 to 1925 and her family…February 26, 2016
  • The Death of Harry Spracklin, son of Henry Spracklin 1927, March 1, 2016
  • Harry’s Estate: Harry and Frieda Spracklin’s Children, March 5, 2016
  • One Last and final try for George Barclay’s Civil War Pension, March 17, 2016
  • 17 November 1939 – Founder of Pine River Celebrates her Birthday, March 29, 2016
  • Pine River in 1940, April 7, 2016
  • August 1942: The Death of Amarilla…pioner of Pine River, April 10, 2016
  • Amarilla’s Final Resting Place…Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, MN, April 15, 2016
  • Amarilla’s Legacy and Estate 1942…April 21, 2016
  • August 1947: A little Church Business! April 24, 2016
  • The Park and the Hospital in Pine River in 1949, April 28, 2016

J.G. Dawes 2nd Husband of Amarilla:

  • Enter J.G. Dawes, February 24, 2014
  • Pine River in 1900 – Amarilla and J.G. Dawes together? March 31, 2014
  • J.G. Dawes and Amarilla Barclay Wed – September 1902, May 12, 2014
  • J.G. Dawes and gossip in 1904, July 7, 2014
  • J.G. Dawes Builds Amarilla a House 1904! July 30, 2014
  • J.G. Dawes and Longville Days, August 12, 2014
  • The 1905 Minnesota Census – Amarilla and J.G. September 1, 2014
  • Amarilla and J.G. Go their Separate Ways 1910, May 29, 2015
  • 1933: Jefferson G. Dawes succumbs…March 11, 2016

George Alexander Barclay, a son of Amarilla and George:

  • A Son is born – George Alexander Barclay 1880, March 3, 2011
  • A Tragedy: An Accident Baby George Dies! May 6, 2011

Grace Amarilla Barclay, a daughter of George and Amarilla:

  • A daughter is born: Grace Amarilla 1882, May 23, 2011
  • 1898: Sweet Sixteen – Grace Barclay is growing up! September 19, 2013
  • Grace Barclay’s Marriage to R.S. McDonald, September 1898, October 3, 2013 – For more about Grace and R.S. go to the blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes.
  • Grace Barclay McDonald Hears the News! December 5, 2013 – About her father’s murder
  • The Witness for the Coroner’s Inquest – George A. Barclay’s murder, January 14, 2014
  • Final Decree August 15, 1899 – George’s Legacy, March 24, 2014
  • Amarilla Takes on a new role: Grandmother, the birth of Leola Vivian 1902, May 12, 2014. For more on each of the children of Grace and R.S. go to the blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes.
  • Amarilla welcomes her grandson in May 1904, July 15, 2014
  • Another Granddaughter arrives in January of 1906, November 18, 2014
  • The Death of George’s Brother Alexander Barclay, November 24, 2014
  • Grace Barclay McDonald as Administrator of Alexander’s estate, December 1, 2014
  • Alexander’s Heirs in 1906, December 15, 2014
  • Alexander Barclay’s Estate and Final Settlement – A Summary, April 24, 2015
  • Grace Gives Amarilla another granddaughter: Edna Lorraine in 1907, May 1, 2015
  • Amarilla learns of the birth of Laurie Jean, a granddaughter in 1908, May 22, 2015
  • Amarilla is blessed with a second grandson in 1910! June 12, 2015
  • A Tragedy occurs, the Loss of a Daughter, June 25, 2015

George Urton, 3rd Husband of Amarilla

  • Amarilla marries for a 3rd and final time to George Urton, February 19, 2016
  • Amarilla and George Urton in the 1930’s...March 7, 2016
  • George Urton Passes in March of 1939! March 25, 2016

Travels for genealogical research for Barclay, Spracklin and other families

  • Traveling to Iowa 2003, July 10, 2015 – Spracklin Research
  • Keller and Delano Families – The Delano Kindred, August 24, 2015
  • Trips to Minnesota 2000, 2001 and 2007 – Not Published
  • Centennial of Pine River, 1973 looking forward to 150+years, May 4, 2015

As of May 13, 2016, I have updated this page, but I may be back to check it and refine it so check back.  Please leave comments or contact me at bjmcdonell@gmail.com.