Samuel Alexander Barclay

Male4 June 1815–20 January 1877

Brief Life History of Samuel Alexander

When Samuel Alexander Barclay was born on 4 June 1815, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Samuel C. Barclay, was 42 and his mother, Jean Walker, was 43. He married Sarah Pollard on 20 November 1838, in Brownsville, Edmonson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Warren, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years and Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky, United States in 1870. He died on 20 January 1877, at the age of 61, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Dixon, Webster, Kentucky, United States.

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Samuel Alexander Barclay
Elizabeth Louisa Douglas
Marriage: 2 March 1846
Sarah Fidelia Barclay
Douglas Barclay
Julius Preston Barclay Sr

Sources (11)

  • S A Barclay, "United States Census, 1860"
  • S. A. Barclay, "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979"
  • Samuel Alexander Barclay, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    2 March 1846Logan, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (3)

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    World Events (8)

    1818 · Jackson Purchase

    Age 3

    The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 4

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 17

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name of English origin, from any of several places so called, such as Berkley in Somerset or Berkeley in Gloucestershire, both named in Old English with be(o)rc ‘birch’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

    History: The surname was brought to Scotland from southwestern England in the 12th century; Walter de Berchelai or Berkelai was Chamberlain of Scotland in 1165. It was long assumed that they were from the family that held Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, but the historian G. W. S. Barrow (1973, The Kingdom of the Scots) adduced evidence that they are more probably from Berkley in Somerset.

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

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