The decade of the 1890’s was going to be a very eventful decade for The Barclays of Pine River! We begin this decade with George’s father and a Civil War pension.
Sadly the 1890 U.S. Federal Census was burned in a fire in 1921. At Ancestry.com they have what they call the 1890 U.S. Census Fragment. All that remains of Minnesota is Wright County: Rockford. There are other counties in other states but all total what survives is about 1233 pages? Ouch!
There is a 1890 Veterans Schedule at Ancestry.com that can help the situation. This is what Ancestry says about this schedule.
“This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1890 special census of Civil War Union veterans and widows of veterans available on microfilm M123 (118 rolls) from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Although this schedule was to be used to enumerate Union veterans, in some areas, Confederate veterans were listed as well
Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M123, 118 rolls); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.”
George A. Barclay is not listed in this Veteran’s schedule which only covers Leech Lake and Gull River for Cass County. Gull River is listed as “Grill” at Ancestry. His brother Alexander is not listed in this Veteran’s schedule. He is living in The Town of Eureka, Dakota County, Minnesota and that city is not listed either.
Fortunately Eagle Creek in Scott County is listed and we find George and Alexander’s father featured. It was because of this list I learned that John Barclay did participate as a carpenter in the Civil War for a few short months towards the end of the war.
The top part of the Veterans Schedule for John Barclay:
Zeroing in on John Barclay’s Civil War Service:
Sometime there are remarks written at the bottom about a soldier, here is some information about John Barclay. It is very difficult to read:
Hse 57, Family 57 John Barclay, Carpenter Dec 1865 to June 1866, 6 mos. A note down below reads: Was sworn as a carpenter at St. Louis, Mo to serve ___M (quartermaster) at ____, Mo. was discharged at extinction of term.
Source: 1890 Special Schedules of the U.S. Surviving Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, and Widows, etc. NARA: M123, Roll 23 Minnesota Veterans of 1890, pg. 1, SD 2, ED 177, line 7. FHL#3381823 Eagle Creek, Scott Co., Minnesota, pg. 1, #5757.
This Veterans Schedule for John Barclay lead me to his Civil War pension file which I will feature in the next post.
The Civil War Blog post on Veterans Schedules was very interesting. The focus is about the Civil War in Pennsylvania. It is very interesting for the author explains how to read the schedule giving examples. There are other topics of interest as well.