A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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A One-Name Study for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname

Notes for Levi BARNUM

There is a significant problem with the dates for this Levi Barnum since he obviously could not have been married at the age of 11 years. There are good sources for both his birthdate and the date of his marriage to Joanna Stockton, so those two dates obviously apply to two different persons with the same name. It remains to determined which are the correct individuals to match each of the dates.

The Genealogical Record of the Barnum Family shows Levi as the son of Thomas Barnum (born 1735). The Barnum Family, 1517-1904 notes that "one account says [that his father was] David, another, Zar." The Zar mentioned here is Zar Barnum (1789-1818), son of David, son of Francis. See the note for Zar, regarding his children. His given name appears as both "Levi" and "Levy."

The Pioneer History of Clarksfield (Ohio) says: Three Barnum brothers, Levi, Ebenzer M., and Eli, came from Danbury, Conn., to Clarksfield. They were sons of Levi Barnum, who died in 1796. Their mother died in 1807. Levi Barnum was in business in Pittsburg in 1819, engaged in making saddles. He had purchased land in Clarksfield and made such representations as to induce his brothers to move here. Ebenezer, at seven years of age, went to live with Jonas Benedict, whose son, Platt, was one of the founders of the village of Norwalk, O. At fifteen years of age he was apprenticed to Samuel Tweedy to learn the hatter’s trade. In 1815 he married Betsy Nickerson and lived at Danbury for two or three years, then lived in New York for a year, following his trade. In June, 1819, he and Eli, with their families, left New York, going by stage to Philadelphia and hiring a team to carry them to Pittsburg. There they purchased ox teams and proceeded by New Lisbon and Wooster, entering Huron county at New Haven. They did not learn of the location of Clarksfield until they reached Peru. They arrived here in July, after a journey of two weeks from Pittsburg. Eli settled on the farm afterward owned by Benajah Furlong, east of the Hollow. He also owned the Dunham farm, southwest of Stilesburg, now owned (in part) by William Winans. In 1824 he and Allen Mead bought out Joseph Osyer, who owned the farm on Hartland Ridge, now known as the Eno Holiday farm, and Mr. Barnum moved there. He was the first Justice of the Peace elected in Hartland. He soon afterwards moved to Norwalk, and was the superintendent of the infirmary. He died in Norwalk. His children were Levi, Horace, David M., Henry, Lucy and Mary.

On the 22d of July, 1819, soon after their arrival, the Barnum brothers sold their yoke of oxen to Captain Husted for $70 and purchased some pork, wheat, potatoes, and whisky.

According to The Public Records of the State of Connecticut from October 1776 to February 1778, p3, Levi Barnum of Norfolk and 18 others (including Col. Ethan Allen) were captured by the the British on 25 September 1775 near Montreal, Quebec, and subsequently imprisoned at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The prisoners are said to have been released in 1778.


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