Proteus Barnum

Brief Life History 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 son and 2 daughters 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 Elizabeth Barnum
Cyrus G Barnum
Lida M Barnum

Sources (11)

  • Fratus Barnum, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Protens Barnum, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"
  • Protina Barnum in entry for Alberton Tracy and Lida M Barnum, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

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.


Historical Boundaries: 1831: Cook, Illinois, United States [Spreads across Cook and DuPage counties]


Historical Boundaries: 1842: DuPage, Illinois, United States

Name Meaning

Altered form of English Barnham: habitational name from any of the places called Barnham in Suffolk and West Sussex, or Barnham Broom in Norfolk, all of which were named with the male personal name Beorn or Beorna + Old English hām ‘homestead’.

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

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