A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Albert Henry BARNUM
In the 1880 US Census for District 135, Austin, Travis County, Texas the family of A. H. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #83; Family #92
Barnum, A. H.; W; M; 45; Married; Drives milk wagon; b. New York; Both parents b. New York
Barnum, Mary; W; F; 43; Wife; Married; Keeping house; b. Arkansas; Both parents b. Virginia
Barnum, A. G.; W; M; 15; Son; Single; Drives milk wagon; b. Arkansas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, Ellen; W; F; 14; Daughter; Single; b. Arkansas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, Alice; W; F; 10; Daughter; Single; b. Arkansas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, Austin; W; M; 9; Son; Single; b. Arkansas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, William; W; M; 7; Son; Single; b. Arkansas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, Rose; W; F; 4; Daughter; Single; b. Texas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, F. L.; W; F; 3; Daughter; Single; b. Texas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
Barnum, D. H.; W; M; 1; Son; Single; b. Texas; Father b. New York; Mother b. Arkansas
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Albert Barnum. Born May 1834 in NY. Died 15 Mar 1902 in Woodland, Barry Co., MI. Buried in Woodland Mem. Park, Woodland, MI. Occupation Farmer.
Albert was a public-spirited man of many talents. He had a Marching Band, consisting of snare drum played by Asa Noyce, George VanAnom, who played the fife, & Albert, himself, who played the bass drum. The drum was placed in a museum. They traveled throughout the state and surrounding territory, playing at all the fairs, Old Soldier's Reunions and picnics, and political rallies and affairs of the day. His popular marching band was in great demand in the years gone by. He married Christina Jordan, 5 Feb 1861. Born 22 Apr 1837 in Livingston Co., MI. Died 6 Sep 1928. Buried 8 Sep 1928 in Woodland Mem. Park, Woodland, MI. Daughter of John Jordan & Charity May Galloway.
She was the oldest of six children, Christina, George, Jessie, James, Ira and Elizabeth. She was the first white child in Woodland Twp., having come with her parents in a wagon and ox team and a cow tied behind the wagon. When a very young child she played with the Indians along the shores of Jordan Lake. When Christina grew up she became a school teacher. She taught at Bonanza corners north of Lake Odessa 1/2 mile, a distance of 8 miles from her home.
When she and Albert were courting he walked with her on Sunday afternoons to Bonanza corners, returning home the same evening. They purchased 100 acres of land in section 27 in 1859, the same year they were married, from the U. S. Government. They were prosperous farmers, clearing the land, picking the many stones from the fields ready for cultivation. They had and maintained a beautiful farm home. This is a Centennial Farm owned and operated by a granddaughter. Albert & Christina were charter members of the Kilpatrick Church, which was founded in 1856.
They adopted a child, Mamie Vernal in 1879, at the deaths of Christina's youngest sister Elizabeth, who was with child and took sick with the measles, causing her death.
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