A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for Ephraim Payne BARNUM


This family was enumerated in the 1830 Census in Amenia, in 1840 in Plattsburgh with two older females (possibly Rebecca's family) and in 1850 in Ashtabula County, Ohio.

In the 1850 US Census for Austinburg, Ashtabula, Ohio the family of Ephraim P. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Household #268; Family #275
Ephraim P. Barnum, 51, M, Wagon maker, b. New York
Caroline M. Barnum 18, F, b. New York, Attended school within the year
James G. Barnum 14, M, b. New York, Attended school within the year
Frederick G. Barnum 24, M, Farmer, b. New York
Elizabeth Barnum, 25, F, b. Massachusetts
Sarah Thompson, 6, F, b. New York, Attended school within the year
Mary E. Barnum, 7/12, b. Ohio
Cornelia P. Epley, 25, F, b. New York
C. Maria Epley, 4, F, b. Ohio
Chancey Heath, 8, M, b. Ohio, Attended school within the year

In the 1860 US Census for Austinburg, Ashtabula, Ohio the family of Ephraim P. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Household #17; Family #17
Barnum, E. P.; 61; M; W; Wagon Maker; real property $500; personal property $70; b. N.Y.
Barnum, Cornelia [daughter]; 35; F; W; b. N.Y.
Epley, Kate M. [granddaughter]; 14; F; W; b. Ohio

Ephraim Paine Barnum 1798-1876, b. Amenia, Dutchess County, NY. Migration Steps: Ephraim Paine Barnum was the son of Caleb Barnum and Mary Paine and the grandson of Ephraim Paine (one of the writers of the Articles of Confederation and a Member of the NY Senate). He was a cabinet maker by trade. He married Rebecca Ward in 1823. Her parentage is unknown. Their Children: Cornelia b. 1824; Frederick George b. 1826, Rebecca Jane b.1828; Sarah b. 1829; Charles Palmer b.1830; Caroline b. 1833; Mary Eliza b. 1834; and James Gay b.1836. It is believed that all these children were born in Amenia, NY. Rebecca Ward Barnum was not enumerated in the Census with the family in 1850. Information is from Barnum Family History, Census records and Military Pension records.
He was probably born in either Amenia, New York, or in Connecticut.
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