Proteus Barnum

30 April 1823–8 April 1888 (Age 64)
Shoreham, Addison, Vermont, United States

The Life of Proteus

When Proteus Barnum was born on 30 April 1823, in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont, United States, his father, Cyrus Barnum, was 34 and his mother, Betsey Miller, was 30. He had at least 1 daughter with Eliza J Rouse. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Reading, Livingston, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 8 April 1888, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Bloomingdale, DuPage, Illinois, United States.

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Proteus Barnum
Eliza J Rouse
Alice E Barnum

Spouse and Children



    Alice E Barnum


Parents and Siblings

    Cyrus Barnum


    Betsey Miller




    Levantia Barnum


    Norval Douglas Barnum


    Lorson Barnum



    Delos White Barnum


World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 2

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1833 · The Town of Chicago is Founded

Age 10

Chicago became an incorporated town after the Potawatomi Native Americans and the United States Government signed the Treaty of Chicago. The name comes from the indigenous word shikaakwa meaning onion, or something similar, because of the wild garlic that grew abundantly in the area.

Age 23

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Barnham, for example in Norfolk, Suffolk, and West Sussex. They are probably all named with the Old English byname Beorn(a) ( see Barnes 2) or Old English beorn ‘warrior’ + hām ‘homestead’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • P Barnum, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Protens Barnum, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Protens Barnum, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"

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