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Notes for Asahel James BARNUM


Interestingly, confusion exists regarding the correct spelling of his given name and that of his son Asahel James Barnum, Jr. His given name appears as Asahel in the US Census enumerations of 1900, 1910 and 1930 but as Aschel on his gravestone. He has not been found in the 1920 US Census. On the gravestone of his son and in the US Census enumerations of 1900, 1910 and 1930 his son's given name appears as Asahel, while in the 1920 Census he was enumerated as Aschel. Asahel is a spelling that appears in the bible, has been used by numerous notable persons and also appears in several later generations of this same family. Additionally, is spelled thus in seven of the nine documents mentioned above. Although Aschel does not appear in any online search of given names, caution suggests that it be included in this profile as an alternate spelling.

Aschel was a member of the LDS Church (Mormon) and had two wives and two separate families.

In the 1900 US Census for Bunkerville Precinct, Lincoln, Nevada, the 1st family of Asahel Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Household #55; Family #55
Barnum, Asahel J.; Head; W; M; b. Jan 1861; 39; Married 22 years; b. Utah; Father b. Canada; Mother b. Michigan; Farmer; Employed full year; Can read, write and speak English; Owns farm home free of mortgage; Farm Schedule 47
Barnum, Martha A.; Wife; W; F; b. Dec 1858; 41; Married 22 years; Mother of 9 children; 9 children living; b. Utah; Father b. Vermont; Mother b. Wales; Employed full year; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Asahel J. Jun; Son; W; M; b. Sept 1881; 18; Single; b. Utah; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, John H.; Son; W; M; Jan 1885; 15; Single; b. Utah; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 7 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Mary E.; Daughter; W; F; b. Oct 1886; 13; Single; b. Utah; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 7 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Charles A.; Son; W; M; Mar 1888; 12; Single; b. Utah; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 7 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Zerah E.; Son; W; M; b. Jan 1890; 10; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 7 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Martha; Daughter; W; F; b. Nov 1894; 5; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah
Barnum, Carnelia; Daughter; W; F; b. Oct 1896; 3; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah
Gould, Nelson W.; Boarder; W; M; b. Aug 1865; 34; Single; b. Utah; Father b. Ohio; Mother b. Utah; Quartz miner; Unemployed 3 months within the year; Can read, write and speak English

In the 1900 US Census for Bunkerville Precinct, Lincoln, Nevada, the 2nd family of Asahel Barnum [who was enumerated with his 1st wife and family on that occasion] was enumerated as follows:
Household #100; Family #102
Barnum, Sarah J.; Head; W; F; b. Mar 1868; 32; M; Married 13 years; Mother of 6 children; 6 children living; b. Utah; Father b. Canada; Mother b. England; Can read, write and speak English; Owns home free of mortgage
Barnum, Calvin D.; Son; W; M; b. Mar 1888; 12; Single; b. Utah; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 6 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Sarah A.; Daughter; W; F; b. Aug 1890; 9; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 6 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Jenny M.; Daughter; W; F; b. Sept 1892; 7; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Attended school 6 months; Can read, write and speak English
Barnum, Naoma; Daughter; W; F; b. Jan 1895; 5; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah
Barnum, James M.; Son; W; M; b. Apr 1897; 3; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah
Barnum, Verneth; Son; W; M; b. Dec 1899; 5/12; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah

In the 1910 US Census for Mesquite Township, Clark, Nevada, the 1st family of Asahel Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #106; Family #106
Barnum, Asahel J.; Head; M; W; 49; Second marriage; M 33 years; b. Utah; Father b. United States; Mother b. Michigan; Speaks English; Farmer; Works Out; Wage worker; Employed full year; Can read and write; Owns non-farm home free of mortgage; Farm Schedule 2
Barnum, Martha A.; Wife; F; W; 51; 1st marriage; Married for 33 years; Mother of 10 children; 10 surviving; b. Utah; Father b. Pennsylvania; Mother b. Wales; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write
Barnum, Martha; Daughter; F; W; 15; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Parmelia; Daughter; F; W; 13; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Robert; Son; M; W; 7; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Attended school within the year

In the 1910 US Census for Mesquite Township, Clark, Nevada, the 2nd family of Asahel Barnum [who was enumerated with his 1st wife and family on that occasion] was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #103; Family #103
Barnum; Sarah J.; Head; F; W; 42; 1st marriage; Married for 23 years; Mother of 9 children; 8 survive; b. Utah; Father b. New York; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Owns home free of mortgage
Barnum, Sarah A.; Daughter; F; W; 19; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; did not attend school within the year
Barnum, Naomi; Daughter; F; W; 15; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year
Barnum, James M.; Son; M; W; 13; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Bernoth; Son; M; W; 10; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Virginia; Daughter; F; W; 8; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Le Grand; Son; M; W; 8/12; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation; Can read and write; Attended school within the year

In the 1930 US Census for Las Vegas, Clark Nevada the family of Asahel Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #803A; Family #803A
Barnum, Asahel J.; Head; Owns non-farm home valued at $1,500; M; W; 69; M; 18 when 1st married; Can read and write; b. Utah; Father b. Canada; Mother b. Michigan; Speaks English; Gardener; Landscape; Wage earner; at work yesterday
Barnum, Sarah J.; Wife; F; W; 62; M; 17 when 1st married; Can read and write; b. Utah; Father b. Vermont; Mother b. Utah; Speaks English; No occupation
Barnum, Verdia; Grand Daughter; F; W; 12; Single; Attends school; Can read and write; b. Utah; Father b. Nevada; Mother b. Nevada; Speaks English; No occupation
Barnum, Vernith; Son; M; W; 30; M; 24 when 1st married; Can read and write; b. Nevada; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Utah; Can read and write; Machinist; Steam road; Wage earner; At work previous workday
Barnum, Liperal; Daughter-in-law; F; W; 22; M; 16 when 1st married; Can read and write; b. Utah; Father b. Utah; Mother b. Arizona; Speaks English; No occupation
Barnum, Vernith Jr.; Grandson; M; W; 4; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Nevada; Mother b. Utah; No occupation
Barnum, Rulan; Grandson; M; W; 2; Single; b. Nevada; Father b. Nevada; Mother b. Utah; No occupation
Birth: Jan. 8, 1861, Death: May 23, 1937, Burial: Mesquite City Cemetery, Mesquite, Clark County, Nevada, USA.
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