A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Isbon BARNUM
The Genealogical Record of the Barnum Family calls him Ezbon Barnum.
From the Saint Charles Review (Kane County, Illinois), July 13, 1878:
From an article based on excerpts from a copy of the April 30, 1842 issue (the third issue) of The St. Charles Patriot, Kane County Herald and Fox River Advocate.
Spinning Wheels. -- The subscriber will supply the public with Flax and Wool Spinning wheels on the shortest notice. Terms may be learned by application to the subscriber at his residence.
St. Charles, April 1st, 1842.
(The writer goes on to note that "Our readers will observe, by the above, how we obtained our stockings. We couldn't buy them then at ten cents a pair, in that age of spinning wheels. The first music that smote our baby ears, came from the spinning wheels of our mothers. The air of to-day hears no more, forever, their melody and the mothers whose dextrous hands plied them have, one by one, been laid in the grave until very few remain. Many attics of to-day, if explored, would develop the remains of dear old spinning wheels and bring back to the middle-aged men and women the memories of childhood; while tottering grand-fathers and grand-mothers would be reminded of the days when they were the chief workers in our valley's prosperity.")
In the 1850 US Census for Pokagon, Cass County, Michigan the family of Ezbon (Isbon) Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #1103; Family #1115
Isbon Barnum, 44, M, Physician, Real property $300, b. Vermont
Minerva Barnum, 30, F, b. New York
Adelia Barnum, 7, F, b. Illinois
Asenath Barnum, 2, F, b. Michigan
In the 1860 US Census for Saint Charles, Kane County, Illinois the family of Ezbon (Isbon) Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #469; Family #434
Isbon Barnum, 54, M, Painter, Real property $1,000, Personal property $200, b. New York
Minerva Barnum, 40, F, b. New York
Zenith Barnum, 11, F, b. Michigan
Hortentia Barnum, 9, F, b. Michigan
Loren Barnum, 5, M, b. Illinois
Nelson Barnum, 32, M, Goldsmith, Personal property $500, b. New York
Mary Barnum, 23, F, Wife, b. England
John Barnum, 8, M, b. Missouri
Sylvester Barnum, 11/12, M, b. Missouri
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