A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for Judah BARNUM


The US Census of 1790 shows Judah Barnum, with one free white male
under 16 and three free white females, living in Danbury, Fairfield County,
Connecticut.

Judah Barnum Jr. was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His name appears on a pay abstract for horse travel in an expedition in 1779, Capt. Richard Shute’s company, 16th Regiment, Connecticut Revolutionary War Military Lists, 1775 – 83, p. 198. Database on-line, Ancestry.com.
Judah Barnum Jr. had 3 children who reached adulthood:
1) Rhoda: 9 Jan 1774 – 20 Oct 1860. Rhoda never married. She lived first with her parents, and later with her younger sister, Lois.
2) Eli: 7 Feb 1779 – after 1820. Eli is likely the younger male living in Judah’s household in 1820. An Eli H? Barnum was enumerated next to Lois Barnum in 1830, but he was a bit younger than Judah’s son should be.
3) Lois: 28 Jun 1781 – 14 Jun 1861. Lois married Amos Jackson, and had several children. She and her husband, plus her sister Rhoda, are all buried in the King Street Church of Christ Cemetery in Danbury, CT.

In 1790, Judah Barnum was living among a cluster of Barnum families that included Joseph Barnum 1732-1791 (Joseph3, Richard2, Thomas1) and several of his sons.
A death notice appeared in the Connecticut Courant, 18 Sep 1821, p 3: “At Danbury, Mr. Judah Barnum, aged 73. His death was occasioned by an inflammation in one of his feet, which terminated in mortification.” Judah Barnum Jr. was buried in the Cemetery of the First Baptist Church, which is located on the west side of Route 39 near the intersection of King Street in the town of Danbury. His stone was still standing as late as 2011.
It is well documented that Judah Barnum Jr’s wife, Lois Hoyt, outlived him and was buried by his side.
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