A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Leslie Pease BARNUM
His cause of death is listed as "paralysis."
Phyllis Rickard, Regent of the Lucy Wright Barnum DAR Site in Adrian, Michigan wrote to me in April, 1999, "I found [his obituary] in the paper. He did die in Adrian, but when I looked in the indexes, there was no death record indexed for him. He died in the house on Broad St., too, on 8 March 1915. "Prominent in field of Art" "Widely known as Critic and Writer on Art Subjects" This quote was interesting, "Spent Twenty Years in Europe, Companion of Many Famous Men - Vice Consul at Venice"
Born 2 July 1846 at Potsdam, NY. "In 1849 the family removed to Adrian..." ......."In 1874 his mother and his sister Jenny (the late Mrs. Hal C. Wyman) joined him in Munich where they took a house and lived for a year, their home being a delightful gathering place for the community of artists and students of the cultivated Bavarian capitol." Apparently, he himself painted a little, too. "....circle of acquaintances among the most prominent artists and writers of the day, such as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Dudley Warner, F. Hopkinson Smith, famous in art and letters, Walter Shirlaw who painted a superb portrait of Mr. Barnum, Edwin A. Abbey, the famous painter, at whose wedding in England he was groomsman....... " At one time he owned an "orange ranch" in California. "Her death [his mother's] was a great shock to him, as was the loss of his two nieces, daughters of Mrs. Wyman, and the sudden death of Mrs. Wyman herself in November, 1904, followed by that of Judge Robbins, husband of his surviving sister, in June, 1905..... After the death of Judge Robbins he made his home with Mrs. Robbins, his only sister and the only surviving near relative...."
The day after the funeral there was another article in the paper. "Among those present at the funeral were Dr. Fred A. Pease and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Fuller, cousins from Chicago, and Mrs. V. A. Garbutt of Detroit."
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