A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for Hiram A. BARNUM


Hiram was supposedly a prize fighter.

American Civil War Soldiers about Hiram Barnum. Name: Hiram Barnum, Residence: Clayton County, Iowa, Enlistment Date: 18 May 1864, Distinguished Service: Distinguished Service, Side Served: Union, State Served: Iowa, Unit Numbers: 223 223, Service Record: Enlisted as a Corporal 6th Class on 18 May 1864 at the age of 21 Enlisted in Company "A", 47th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 04 June 1864. Mustered out Company "A", 47th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 28 September 1864 in Davenport, IA.

Following his divorce from Elizabeth, which occurred about 1867, Hiram moved to Harrison County, Iowa.

In the 1870 US Census for Magnolia, Harrison County, Iowa he was enumerated with the family of Isaac Wetherington as follows:
Dwelling #16; Family #16
Barnum, H.; 26; M; W; Day laborer; b. Vermont; Male citizen of US of 21 years of age and upwards.

About 1871 Hiram remarried, to Adelia McGinnis.

In the 1880 US Census for District 86, Taylor, Harrison County, Iowa the family of Hiram Barnum (listed as Henry) was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #143; Family #145
Barnum Henry; W; M; 43; Married; Farm laborer; Unemployed 1 month during the census year; b. Vermont; Both parents b. Vermont
Barnum, Delia; W; F; 26; Wife; Married; Keeping House; b. Illinois; Both parents b. Ireland
Barnum, John; W; M; 8; Son; Single; Attended school within the census year; b. Iowa
Barnum, Frances; W; F; 7; Daughter; Single; Attended school within the census year; b. Iowa
Barnum, Wilber; W; M; 5; Son; Single; Attended school within the census year; b. Missouri; Father b. Vermont; Mother b. Illinois
Barnum, Rose; W; F; 2; Daughter; Single; b. Missouri; Father b. Vermont; Mother b. Illinois
McGinnis, Catherine; W; F; 50; Mother-in-law; Widowed; b. Ireland; Both parents b. Ireland

Note: Hiram's age, given as 43 in the 1880 Census, should have been 36; it is possible that he gave the enumerator a birth year of 1843 rather than his actual age. That supposition is based upon the assumption that he was born sometime between July 6 and December 31, 1843. If that were the case, his year of birth based on his age would calculate as 1844 in both the census of 1870 and that of 1880, since they were completed before July 6. However, his birth year would calculate as 1843 if the calculation were made at any time after his birthday during the same two census years].

Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Hirum A. Barnum, State Filed: Iowa, Widow: Delia Barnum.
The Genealogical Record of the Barnum Family says that he was born in 1840, in Pennsylvania. This may represent a confusion with his first cousin Hiram Barnum (b. 1840), son of his uncle Russell E. Barnum (1803-1900).
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