A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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From the Chatsorth Plaindealer, Chatsworth, Livingston, Illinois. July 11, 1902: Mrs. Mary B. Barnum died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Harry, in the north part of town, on Tuesday, July 8, after being in feeble health for many years.
Deceased was born February 6, 1826, in Clinton County, Pa., and was married in 1845 to Hugh Montgomery. Two daughters and one son were born of the union. The son and Mr. Montgomery died and were buried in Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Sarah Harry and Jennie Montgomery, both of this city, being the daughters.
Our subject came to Illinois in 1856, and in 1858 she was united in marriage with Charles Barnum, in Kendall county. The issue of this marriage was six children, namely; Martha Ballinger, Putnam, deceased; Frank; Lida Hackett and Ida Miller, twins; and William. The family came to this county in 1863, and settled on the farm in Charlotte township, where they have made their home since. On July 1, 1872, Mr. Barnum was killed. The tumbling-rod of a corn sheller broke loose and struck him in the head, killing him instantly. Mrs. Barnum was raised a Methodist, but united with the United Brethern church thirty-five years ago.
The funeral was held on Thursday morning at the M.E. church in this city, Rev. Nenager, of the United Brethern church of Cullom, officiating, assisted by Rev. Fitz Henry, of the Methodist church of this city, and the remains were laid to rest in Chatsworth cemetery.

From an unknown contemporary newspaper: Death of a Chatsworth Lady. Mrs. Mary Barnum was born Feb. 6, 1826 and died July 8, 1902 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Harry, in Chatsworth. Mrs. Barnum was married to Hugh Montgomery about the year 1845. To them one son and two daughters were born. The son and also the husband died in Pennsylvania. Her second Marriage was to Charles Barnum about the year 1858. To this union six children were born, five of which are yet living and all but one, Mrs. Alf Miller, of Pontiac, who is said to be very sick, were at the funeral of their mother. Mrs. Barnum came to Illinois about the year 1856 when this country was yet comparatively new and may be reckoned among the pioneers of the State. For 35 years she was a member of the U. B. church and the itinerant preacher was always welcome at her home. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Chatsworth by Rev. J. L. Neniger, of Cullom, assisted by Rev. Fitz Henry, pastor of the M. E. church of Chatsworth and Rev. DeLaGardie, pastor of the M. E. church, of Piper City. A large concourse of people were present at the funeral services and the floral offerings were many and very beautiful.


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