A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Ira Pearsall BARNUM
US Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 about Ira P Barnum. Name: Ira P Barnum; Birthyear: abt 1844; Birthplace: Michigan; Enlistment Date: 15 Apr 1862; Enlistment Age: 18. Since Ira's age would have been 15 years, 5 months and 5 days on his enlistment date, it appears that he must have falsified his age in order to enlist.
Michigan Marriages 1868-1925: Groom's name: Ira P. Barnum; Groom's age: 47 years; Groom's birth year: 1845; Groom's birthplace: Clinton Co., Michigan; Bride's name: Charlotte M. Rose; Bride's age: 32 years; Bride's birth year: 1860; Bride's birthplace: Royal Oak, Oakland, Michigan; Marriage date: 27 Dec 1892; Marriage place: Clio, Oakland, Michigan; Groom's father's name: Sarr Barnum; Groom's mother's name: Phebe D. Pearsall; Father of bride's name: Ransom Rose; Mother of bride's name: Jane Prigson; Film number: 2342494; Digital GS number: 4208244; Image number: 327; Reference number: v 3 p 493 rn 324; Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925. Ira was shown as a carpenter. The witnesses were Daniel and Rosalie Rose, residents of County Line.
On June 1, 1894, Ira was enumerated as a resident of Royal Oak Village. On November 16 of that year Ira P. Barnum appeared as administrator of the estate of Warren Barnum, his older brother.
On March 11, 1895, Ira was elected Assessor of Royal Oak Village.
From Ira's obituary: After about three years of intense suffering, Ira P. Barnum is at rest. About one o'clock last Sunday morning, November 13, one of Royal Oak's most esteemed citizens was called to the great beyond. Ira P. Barnum, the patient suffering from consumption, at last succumbed to the dread disease. Mr Barnum had also been totally blind for over a year. However he was an example of patient endurance, always greeting friends and acquaintances with a smile of welcome. When about 17 years of age, Mr. Barnum enlisted in the Rebellion, serving three years in the regular army and receiving two wounds in his service to his country. Mr. Barnum had spent a greater portion of his life in the vicinity of Royal Oak, and Had won a large circle of friends.
Burial: Pine Run Cemetery, Vienna Township, Clio, MI; Cause of Death: Consumption (tuberculosis); Elected: Apr 1897, Royal Oak City Clerk; Funeral Services: 15 Nov 1898, From his residence with Rev. Ostrander of the Congregational church officiating. Medical Information: He received two wounds during the Civil War and it was thought that through them he contracted the germs of the disease that killed him.
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