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Notes for Lewis Henry BARNUM


In the 1850 US Census for Thompson, Sullivan County, New York the family of Lewis Henry Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #583; Family #586
Lewis Barnum, 27, M, Farmer, Real property $1,300, b. New York
Elizabeth Barnum, 30, F, b. New York
Milton Dewy, 12, M, b. New York
Henrietta Dewey, 14, F, b. New York

In the 1860 US Census for Thompson, Sullivan County, New York the family of Lewis Henry Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #100; Family #100
Barnum, Henry; 36; M; Farmer; Real property $1,500; Personal property $200, b. NY
Barnum, Elizabeth; 32; F; b. New York
Barnum, Milton; 21; M; Farmer; b. New York
Barnum, Adalaid; 13; F; b. New York
Barnum, Nancy A.; 9; F; b. New York
Barnum, Georgiana; 6; F; b. New York
Barnum, Herbert; 4; M; b. New York
Barnum, Weston; 1; M; b. New York
Misoner, Albert; 14; M; Servant; b. New York
McKee, Alethea; 67; F; Domestic; born Connecticut. [Note: This last person was Alethea Barnum McKee, mother of Lewis Henry Barnum, living with him]

In the 1880 US Census for Thompson, Sullivan County, New York the family of Lewis Henry Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #34; Family #38
Barnum, Lewis H.; W; M; 56; Married; Farmer
Barnum, Susan; W; F; 51; Wife; Married; Keping house
Barnum, H. Eugene; W; M; 23; Son; Single; At home
O'Neil, Frank; W; F; 18, Stepdaughter, Single, At home

The obituary of Lewis Henry Barnum was published in the Republican Watchman of Monticello, Sullivan County, New York on July 17, 1908. It reads as follows: Lewis Henry Barnum, an aged resident of this town, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. E. Stratton, near South Fallsburgh, on Tuesday of this week, at 12:20 o'clock. The deceased was born February 7, 1824, on the John O'Neil farm, near Denniston's Ford. As a boy he attended school at Glen Wild and associated with Friend Couch, Dr. Pery, the Bowers boys and others who afterwards became know the county over, as exceptionally good business men. Early in life he left the little school house and his farmer home and traveled across the country to Milford, Pa., to learn the trade of chairmaker with his future brother-in-law, Albert Dewey. He graduated at the business and returned to Bridgeville where he hired to Solomon Dewey, also a chair manufacturer, who afterward became his father-in-law. Mr. Barnum was married three times. For his first wife he married Maria Dewey. For his second wife he married Elizabeth Dewey,* daughter-in-law of Solomon Dewey, and for his third wife he married Susan Overton. Mr. Barnum, many years ago, gave up the manufacturing business and engaged in farming, buying the old homestead where his son Squire Barnum now lives. He was a hard working man, and honest as he was hard working. He farmed it in the summer, and worked at the Howard and Tremain tannery in the winter, and gathered togehter a small property as a result. Sixty years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and lived to see all his children members of the same denomination. He was a rugged thinker, splendid moralist and devout christian. He was rather gifted as a talker and his church licensed him, many years ago, to exhort. His services were sought after by various churches. In late years he gave that up to younger men. Some five or six years ago gangrene of the foot developed and Mr. Barnum went to Poughkeepsie to consult his son, Dr. [Henry weston] Barnum, and while there the leg was amputated above the knee, which probbly hastened his death and csued the general break down that took him away. Two sons and two daughters survive. They are, Dr. H. W., at Pasadena, Cal.; H. E., at home; Mrs. A. E. Stratton, at South Fallsburgh; Mrs. A. T. Neil, of Monticello. The funeral was held at the Brodgeville church, where he had long worshipped. Rev. J. C. Hoyt preached the sermon and the pastor, Rev. Mr. Morse, assisted in the service.

A message received from descendant Diane Rousseau in May, 2001 states: Source of the obituary of Lewis Henry Barnum: It was published in the Republican Watchman, Monticello, Sullivan County, New York, on Friday July 17, 1908. Lewis Henry Barnum, son of Platt and Alethea (Barnum) Barnum was born 7 Feb 1824 at Fallsburgh, Sullivan Co. NY. At the time of death the Town was Fallsburgh, and since then the "h" on the end has been dropped. Married: (2nd) 14 Mar 1850 Elizabeth (Millspaugh) Dewey, daughter of James Millspaugh and Sarah (Bodine) Millspaugh at Bridgeville, Town of Thompson, Sullivan Co., NY. Lewis Henry Barnum died 14 Jul 1908, at the home of his daughter, Nancie Stratton. At the time of Lewis Henry's death, the area was Centerville, but it was renamed in 1917 to Woodridge. This area is in the Town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County, NY. Henry Lewis is buried in the Bridgeville Cemetery, Bridgeville, Town of Thompson, Sullivan Co. NY. He died a widower. Elizabeth Millspaugh, daughter of James Millspaugh and Sarah (Bodine) was born 25 Jan 1818 at Liberty, Town of Fallsburg, Sullivan County, NY. She died 12 Nov 1873.

According to the Genealogical & Family History of Southern New York, Lewis Henry, second son of Platt and Althea (Barnum) Barnum, was born February 7, 1824, in Thompson, died in that town July 14, 1908. He married, March 14, 1850, Elizabeth Millspaugh, born January 25, 1818, died November 12, 1873. Children: 1. Nancy Augusta. 2. Georgia Amanda. 3. Herbert Eugene. 4. Henry Weston, M. D.
From the Orange County (NY) Times-Press, Friday, July 17, 1908: Obituary Notes. -On Tuesday morning, at the residence of Albert Stratton, near Fallsburg, occurred the death of Henry Barnum, who was about 90 years of age. Death was due to the infirmities of age.

From the Monticello (NY) Republican Watchman, Friday, July 17, 1908, page 8: Lewis Henry Barnum, an aged resident of this town, died a the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. E. Stratton, near South Fallsburgh, on Tuesday of this week, at 12:20 o'clock.
The deceased was born February 7, 1824, on the John O'Neill farm, near Denniston's Ford. As a boy he attended school at Glen Wild, and associated with Friend Couch, Dr. Perry, the Bowers boys and others who afterwards became known the county over, as exceptionally good business men.
Early in life he left the little school house and his former home and travelled across the country to Milford, Pa., to learn the trade of chairmaker with his future brother-in-law, Albert Dewey. He graduated at the business and returned to Bridgeville where he hired to Solomon Dewey, also a chair manufacturer, who afterward became his father-in-law. Mr. Barnum was married three times. For his first wife he married Maria Dewey [on 20 May 1847]. For his second wife he married Elizabeth Dewey, daughter-in-law of Solomon Dewey, and for his third wife he married Susan Overton.
Mr. Barnum, many years ago, gave up the manufacturing business and engaged in farming, buying the old homestead where his son, Squire Barnum, now lives. He was a hard working man, and honest as he was hard working, and worked at the Howard and Tremain tannery in the winter, and gathered together a small property as a result.
Sixty years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and lived to see all his children members of the same denomination. He was a rugged thinker, splendid moralist and a devout christian. Rather gifted as a talker, his church licensed him many years ago to exhort, and his services were sought after by various churches. In late years he gave that up to younger men. Some five or six years ago gangrene of the foot developed and Mr. Barnum went to Poughkeepsie to consult his son, Dr. Barnum, and while there the leg was amputated above the knee, which probably hastened his death and caused the general break down that took him away. Two sons and two daughters survive. They are, Dr. H. W., at Pasadena, Cal.; H. E., at home; Mrs. A. E. Stratton, at South Fallsburgh; Mrs. A. T. Neil, of Monticello. The funeral was held at the Bridgeville church, where he had long worshipped. Rev. J. C. Hoyt preached the sermon and the pastor, Rev. Mr. Morse, assisted in the service.
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