A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Washington BARNUM
In the 1880 US Census for District 63, Sunfield, Eaton County, Michigan the family of Washington Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #184; Family #189
Barnum, Washington; W; M; 31; Married; Farmer; b. Michigan; Both parents b. New York
Barnum, Eliza; W; F; 33; Wife; Married; Keeping house; b. New York; Both parents b. New York
Barnum, William; W; M; 4; Adopted son; Single; b. Michigan; Father b. Michigan; Mother b. New York
Newspaper source unknown, Scrapbook 1928-1932, Vermontville Library, Vermontville Michigan. Copyright © 1999 by Jan Sedore. This copy contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives. Washington Barnum, only son of Lewis and Harriet Edgel Barnum, was born on the Barnum homestead at Shaytown, Eaton County, Michigan, June 5, 1849, and departed from this life at his home near Sunfield January 17, 1931, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 12 days. He was united in marriage to Ann Eliza Bale of Vermontville, February 1, 1869 at Sunfield. They cleared the land and built a home near Shaytown where he resided until the death of his mother. He moved to his present home May 12, 1897 where he resided until his death excepting five years in Vermontville. Early in life he became a member of the church at Shaytown, and gave it his loyal support ever after. He leaves the aged wife, one sister, Mrs Nettie Bale of Shaytown, four foster sons, Wm. of Vermontville, Bert of Monroe, Fay of Mulliken, Benjamin of Sunfield, one foster daughter, Mrs Ena Myers of Grand Rapids, eighteen grandchildren, also many other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Thompson officiated. Burial in the Welsh cemetery.
Sad and sudden was the call
Of our loved one, loved by all:
Our loss was great, the shock severe
We little thought, his death so near.
We know not why, we cannot tell,
But Jesus knows and all is well.
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