A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Truman Perry BARNUM
In the 1850 US Census for Yates, Orleans County, New York the family of Truman Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #183; Family #187
Tauman Barnham [sic], 26, M, Farmer, b. New York
Julia Barnham, 19, F, b. New York
Elma Barnham, 1, F, b. Michigan
[N.B., Truman's father Abel and family were living next door]
In the 1870 US Census for Carlton, Barry County, Michigan the family of Truman P. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #190; Family #183
Barnum, Truman; 46; M; W; Farmer; Real property $3,000; Personal property $1,200; b. New York; Male citizen of US of 21 years of age and upwards
Barnum, Julia; 39; F; W; Keeps house; b. New York
Barnum, Elma; 21; F; W; Domestic help; b. Michigan
Barnum, Flora; 16; F; W; Domestic help; b. Michigan; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Mary; 12; F; W; b. Michigan; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Horace; 9; M; W; b. Michigan; Attended school within the year
Barnum, Addie; 1; F; W; b. Michigan; Attended school within the year
Fuller, Flora; 33; F; W; Domestic help; b. New York
The History of Allegany & Barry Counties, Michigan, pg 412, states: In 1843, Truman P. Barnum came to Carlton, taught school a while, went back to New York, and in 1844 came again to Carlton. He, with his half-brother, O. F. Munion, worked upon Nelson Sprague's farm three years. He subsequently occupied land in Woodland, then exchanged it for the saw-mill property of Levi Herron on section 16, and ultimately settled on the same section, where he now lives, upon land first improved by Oscar Smith.
From The Hastings Banner, Thurs., July 3, 1913, pg 1, col 5. Death of Truman P. Barnum. Truman P. Barnum, one of the oldest pioneers of Carlton township, died on Monday, aged 89 years, 5 months, 15 days. Mr. Barnum was born in New York state on Dec. 15, 1823, and came to Barry county in the early days. He was the first male school teacher in the township, having taught in '43 and '44. He was promised $10 for his first 3 months service as teacher, but was compelled to accept a pair of boots as partial payment. He was the third postmaster in the township, receiving his appointment in the late 50's. He also served as supervisor and clerk. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 on Thursday morning.
From The Hastings Banner, July 10, 1913, pg 3. Obituary. Truman Perry Barnum was born in the town of Yates, Orleans County, New York, December 15, 1823, and died at his home in Carlton, Michigan, June 30, 1913, aged 89 years, 6 months and 15 days. He was the oldest of a family of eight. He was united in marriage with Julia Fuller, August 29, 1848, who preceded him to the great beyond, December 24, 1904. To this union six children were born, two of whom died several years ago, Mrs. Eva and Mrs. Mary Yarger. Mrs. Elma Yarger and Mrs. Flora Eisenhood, and Horace Barnum and Addie Wilson are left to mourn their loss in addition to twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, two brothers and one sister, a host of relatives and friends. Mr. Barnum was one of the pioneers of Carlton, coming here in 1843. He remained only a short time, returning to New York. In 1844 he came again to Carlton and has since resided here.
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