Seeking John and Margaret Barclay’s Origins….

My 2nd great-grandfather John Barclay and his first wife Margaret have been difficult to research.  It is said he came from Edinburgh, Scotland.  It is said he came to the United States about 1833.  There is a lot of information about John but not much about Margaret.  I have presented what I know about this man in this blog and in many posts.

Here is a summary of the posts I have written about John and Margaret and if you are a descendant of this man, I would love to hear about any possible leads you may have.  You can contact me at this email  —  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

  1. John Barclay’s Two Families, March 23, 2010
  2. 1850 Connecticut – George and Alex, April 11, 2010
  3. More Siblings in Connecticut 1850, April 18, 2010
  4. The History of Enfield, Connecticut, April 24, 2010
  5. Scottish Weavers Come to Thompsonville, May 2, 2010
  6. Tracking John Barclay to Minnesota, May 10, 2010
  7. The Brothers Find Father! May 15, 2010
  8. The 2nd Family of John Barclay, May 23, 2010
  9. John Barclay Joins the Fight! August 7, 2010
  10. The Naturalization of John Barclay, August, 26, 2010
  11. John Barclay’s Land, September 11, 2010
  12. Rejected Claim: John Barclay’s Civil War Pension! March 11, 2012
  13. John Barclay December 1897, George’s Father succumbs! July 11, 2013
  14. John Barclay and Ellen Rest Peacefully in Valley Cemetery, July 25, 2013
  15. After the Death of John Barclay his wife Ellen lives another 10 years, August 8, 2013
  16. Ellen Barclay’s Will and Probate 1907, Minnesota! August 21, 2013

Other posts that might be of interest are those about Alexander Barclay’s Estate file and cover the children of John, his first marriage to Margaret and second to Ellen Barclay.  These posts start with the Death of George’s Brother Alexander Barclay, on November 24, 2014 and end with Alexander Barclay’s Estate and Final Settlement – A Summary, April 24, 2015.  This covers the siblings of George and Alexander and what happened to them. Each child has a different take on the origins of their parents.  I have another page at the top of this blog that covers the two families of John Barclay which is in some ways a repeat but has a broader scope on his two families.

The most interesting is the post is which the surname of Margaret may be found but is very difficult to read:  Mary J. Barclay Ford and Jerome’s Deaths, February 27, 2015.

I have traveled to Connecticut twice.  The first time I visited Enfield, and Hartford while attending the New England Regional Conference in 2007.  I again visited Connecticut in the Spring of 2011 and revisited some of the same places like Enfield, Hartford, and Bristol in search of the Barclay family.  See my Massachusetts Meanderings Blog and read   https://massmeanderings.wordpress.com/

I have listed under the links on the right panel of this blog the Connecticut archives I did research in.  I also visited several other town courthouses like East Windsor.

For Margaret Barclay I have conducted a major search for her burial location in Connecticut in the Enfield area.  I have not been successful in finding her.

The goal now is to review the information about John Barclay and Margaret and then determine an updated plan of research with the goal in mind of finding them where they came from in Scotland.

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