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Notes for Ebenezer Munson BARNUM


The Barnum Family, 1350-1907 mistakenly gives his father as Zar, son of David, son of David, son of Francis, son of Thomas Barnam.

Ebenezer and his brothers Eli and Levi Barnum moved to Pittsburgh in 1819, and from there they went almost immediately to Clarksfield, Ohio. According to the Pioneer History of Clarksfield, Ebenezer M. Barnum first lived on the farm across the road from his brother’s, now known as the Fisher farm. Soon after their arrival, he and his wife were attacked with the chills and fever and Mr. Barnum became so ill that his life was despaired of, but he finally recovered, and his wife also. Mr. Barnum moved to Milan in a few years and worked for Henry Lockwood making hats, for several years. In 1829 he obtained from Richard Huyck a deed of thirty-one acres of land at the southwest corner of Hamlin’s corners, (now Twaddle’s) one mile east of Clarksfield village. He lived in a log house here for a time and later built a frame house. In 1857 he moved to the village into a house which had been built by Zelotus Barrett, which is now occupied by John Barnum. Here he died in 1868 and his wife in 1885. Their children were Francis, Mary, John N., Joseph S., William L., Stephen Gregory, Sarah A., and Ebenezer M., Jr. Francis and Mary died in infancy. John N. was born in 1820, and married Catherine Croxford in 1840.

They first lived in the old log house on the home farm and then built the house at the Hamlin corners, now owned by John Howard. In 1856 they moved to the village into a house built by Warren Cooley, now owned by Vern Stiles. Mr. Barnum opened a store in the building which stood in the bank south of the Cobb store, which was built by David Stevenson. He afterward became the owner of the Cobb store and carried on business with Dr. Disbro. He afterward carried on the business alone until he retired from active business a few years ago. His children are Emma, Mary and Herbert. A son, Joseph, died some years ago. His wife, Catherine, died in 1886, and a few years afterward he married Elizabeth Norton and they are now living in Clarksfield village.

Joseph Barnum was born in 1823, and married Sally Bacon of Ripley in 1845. He learned the trade of harness maker of Starr Hoyt and followed the business for a while and then lived on the Benajah Furlong farm for a time. From there he went to Ripley and then Missouri, where he lived until his death in 1899. He was engaged in the mercantile business for many years.

William L. Barnum was born in 1825 and married Maria Scott in 1845. They lived in different places in this township. Mr. Barnum became a minister and now lives in Michigan. His first wife died and he is living with a second wife. He has a daughter, Marilla.

Stephen Gregory Barnum was born in 1828, and married Lucinda Norton in 1849. They moved to Missouri in 1855 and lived in Minnesota and Missouri until 1883, when Mr. Barnum died. They had two children, Susie and Charles, both of whom are deceased.

E. M. Barnum, Jr., died at the age of three years.

Sarah A. Barnum was born in 1833, and married Levi Stuck in 1855. They moved to Missouri very soon afterward, where she died in 1856.

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.

Indians used to visit the Clarksfield area to exchange venison for produce, whiskey, etc. One day an intoxicated Indian stopped at the house of Ebenezer M. Barnum, and supposing him to be "one Frenchman," insisted on slaying him. Fortunately, he was tied up for the night, with the aid of one of his own tribe, and in the morning he departed in a more amiable frame of mind.

Levi Munson Bodwell came to Clarksfield in 1820, and settled on a farm one-half mile north of the Hollow. His mother was a half sister of Ebenzer Barnum.

On 25 September 1830 Ebenezer, then living in Milan, Huron County, Ohio, received a letter from his brother Eli, then living in East Hartford, Connecticut.

On 25 October 1843 Ebenezer bought from Christopher House "One gray mare, One Horse waggon, One Single Harness, & Two cows". He paid $50 in the form of a note of hand for that same amount originally given by Christopher Hand to Ira Peck.

In the 1850 US Census for Clarksfield Township, Huron County, Ohio the family of Ebenezer Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #301; Family #308
Barnum, Ebenezer M.; 55; M; Farmer; real estate value $1,500; b. Ct.
Barnum, Betsey; 52; F; b. Ct.
Barnum, Stephen; 22; M; Stone Cutter; b. Ohio
Barnum, Lucinda; 19; F; b. Ohio
Barnum, Sarah; 16; F; b. Ohio; attended school during previous year
Barnum, Elizabeth; 2/12; F; b. Ohio

In the 1860 US Census for Clarksfield, Huron County, Ohio the family of Ebenezer Barnum was enumerated as follows;
Dwelling #1610; Family #1578
Ebenezer Barnum, 64, M, No occupation, Real property $800, Personal property $1,800, b. Connecticut
Betsey Barnum, 62, F, b. Connecticut
Death: 1868. Burial: Clarksfield Cemetery, Clarksfield, Huron County, Ohio, USA.
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