A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for Villeroy B. BARNUM

Villeroy Barnum and family are listed in the 1840 US Census for Springfield, Illinois as follows:
Barnum, Villeroy; 21-30 years; head of household; 1 male 10-15 years; 1 female 21-30 years and 1 female under 5 years.
These would have been: Villeroy, 28; Nancy, 28, unknown male, 10-15 and Mary, about 2. This raises the question, "Where was Emily?" She would have been about 8 years old at that time. Villeroy appears in the 1885 Minnesota State Census at White Bear Village, Ramsey County, where he was living with his granddaughter Julia Clewett and her family.

In the 1850 US Census for Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota the family of Villeroy BARNUM was enumerated as follows:
Household #206; Family #206
Barnum, V. B.; 39; M; b. Connecticutt
Barnum, Nancy; 38; F; b. New York
Stiles, Wm. H.; 22; M; b. New York
Stiles, Emily; 18; F; b. Illinois
Barnum, Mary; 12; F; b. Ohio

Note: Emily Stiles was Villeroy's daughter and Wm. H. Stiles was his son-in-law.

From the History of White Bear Lake, Minnesota: The first settler in what is now the city of White Bear Lake was V.B. Barnum, a farmer from Conn. who purchased in Sec 22 & 23 by Military Land Warrant in 1852, between Goose & White Bear Lake. His was the first resort hotel.

According to Fifty Years in the Northwest by William Folsom, Villeroy Barnum was an original settler of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, owning 175 acres. He operated the first hotel in the area until retiring in 1856. He was the first assessor of the township of White Bear Lake, 11 May 1858.


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