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 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.
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?