A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Evander Williams BARNUM
From Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska Cass County, Part 12, Factoryville, Biographical Sketches: Hon. Evander W. Barnum, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., September 28, 1826; he followed farming in that county for several years, and in Miami County, Ohio, for four years; he came to Nebraska in 1857, and located on his present farm in Liberty Precinct, which now consists of 600 acres; besides farming, Mr. Barnum raises considerable stock. He was elected Justice of the Peace about 1858, to the Territorial Legislature in 1860 and 1861, and to the State Senate from Cass County in 1872, serving a term of two years. Mr. Barnum was married in Otsego County, N. Y., February 23, 1860, to Eliza Gilchrist, a native of the county; they have one son, Thomas G.
From the Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, edition of 27 December 1898: Union, Neb., Dec. 26 —(Special.)— Hon. Evander W. Barnum died at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the age of seventy-two years. He was one of the early settlers, having located here in May, 1857. He was a member of the territorial legislature and was senator from this county in 1873. He was a member of the Episcopal Church, also of the Masonic fraternity.
This is a transcription of an article from an unknown contemporary Nebraska newspaper; part of the article is missing: Hon. Evander W. Barnum. Born September 28, 1826, in Oswego county, N. Y. Died at 3:33 p. m., Monday, December 26, 1898, at the home near Union, Neb. This sad occurrence causes sorrow not alone in the home thus left desolate, not alone in the vicinity, but throughout Cass county and eastern Nebraska, so well have the people known and loved Evander W. Barnum. Back in the boyhood home the news of his death will cause sorrow among those whom he knew as playmates many years ago, but who are now nearing that shore to which the Spirit of this good old gentleman has been borne. Deceased had been afflicted with lung trouble the past two years and gradually lost the vitality that was sustaining him, but on Nov. 27 he found the ailment was a greater burden than he could carry, and he sought his bed and calmly awaited the summons which he realized was certainly coming to his relief, and when that summons came it found a good, Christian soul ready and willing to respond. The funeral service was held at the residence at 12 o'clock on Wednesday, conducted by Rev. H. B. Burgess of Plattsmouth, and the sermon was one of such feeling and yet such simple eloquence that many an aged cheek plainly indicated the effects of the minister's language and the sorrow at parting with one so beloved by Cass county pioneers. After the funeral service a long and sad procession wended its way to the cemetery near Wyoming church, and there had already congregated many who desired to pay the last respects to their departed friend. near the grave the Episcopal buriel service was read, and the casket was placed in the vault, [torn away] hidden from mortal [torn away] pall bearers were [torn away] G. N. LaRue, [torn away] A. Fleming, [torn away] Dubois [torn away]...
A penciled note says, "buried West Union" [Cemetery].
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