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In the 1860 US Census for Fennimore, Grant County, Wisconsin, the family of Doctor F. Barnum was enumerated as follows:
Dwelling #306; Family 306
D. F. Barnum, 26, Male, Farmer, Real property $1,500, Personal property $200, b. New York
Derinda Barnum, 27, Female, b. Vermont
Hannah N. Barnum, 3, Female, b. Wisconsin
Ell Franklin Barnum, 1, Male, b. Wisconsin
Platt Barnum, 58, Male, Farmer, Real property $3,500, Personal property $500, b. Vermont
Note: Doctor's brother George P. Barnum and George's wife Mary were enumerated next door, in Dwelling #305

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles. Name: Doctor F. Barnum; Residence: Ellenboro, Wisconsin; Enlistment Date: 17 Feb 1865; Rank at enlistment: Private; State Served: Wisconsin; Survived the War ?: Yes; Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Wisconsin 49th Infantry Regiment on 17 Feb 1865; Mustered out on 08 Nov 1865 at St Louis, MO; Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion.
From The Fennimore Times, Fennimore, Wisconsin, 2 July 1902: It Killed Him. The Stone Thrown at Doc Barnum by Dan Streeter. Last Monday evening a tragedy was enacted a few miles west of this city that is greatly deplored by everybody and by which an old man came to a sudden death by the hand of his own son-in-law.
Daniel Streeter lives with his wife and five small children on a farm three miles west of Fennimore in the town of Mt. Ida. His father-in-law, Doc. Barnum, aged about 75 years, made his home with them.
Dan is of a rather quarrelsome disposition and addicted to strong drink. He was in town Monday afternoon and imbibed as usual. He got home about four o'clock and is said to have tried to pick a quarrel with his wife but she would not have anything to do with him. Meeting his father-in-law in the yard, he probably was more successful, as they were not entirely on good terms with each other, and angry words might have passed between them; at any rate, Streeter picked up a stone and threw it at Barnum as the latter was going out of the gate, striking him in the head. Streeter claimed at the inquest that the old man threw a stone first, but for this there is only Streeter's statement. Streeter's act of throwing the stone was witnessed by his wife, who sent a child over to a near neighbor, Ab. Graham, to come over. Barnum, after he was struck, walked up the road toward Graham's, and had gone about a quarter of a mile, when he collapsed and fell on his face in the road, just as Graham came along. Graham thought the old man had fainted, but soon discovered that he was in reality dying, and in a short time his soul had gone to join its Maker. Streeter's family and neighbors had by this time come up, and finally Dan himself, who seemed to be much perturbed over what he had done, and on being told that the old man was dead, said "Well, I guess I'll have to go to prison then." An inquest was held where the corpse lay by Justice F. A. Nelson. The jury, composed of J. H. Place, O. J. Arnold, Amos Cushman, Geo. Fry, Bert Draggs and Adam Wehrle, after listening to the evidence, Mrs. Streeter making her statements in great anguish of mind and soul, returned a verdict that the deceased "came to his death by a stone in the hands of Daniel Streeter". Dr. A. B. Bailey was present as physician. The wound was a deep one in the back of the head, on the left side, crushing the skull, and bled profusely.
It is a very deplorable affair. Of course, Streeter probably did not mean to kill the old man, but merely threw the stone out of malice or in anger. But what a fearful result! The case has been put in the hands of District Attorney Brown. Streeter was taken to Lancaster by Constable Nelson Knox and O. J. Arnold and lodged in jail. He will have a hearing July 10, at 10 o'clock. In the meantime his family and his worthy parents have the sympathy of all in their terrible affliction.
As there was undoubtedly no premeditation of the crime on Streeter's part, he will either be charges with murder in the second degree or manslaughter. The punishment for the former is imprisonment in the state prison for a term of eight to twenty years, for the latter four to seven years.
A post mortem examination of Barnum's body was made yesterday afternoon by Doctors Godfrey and Hassell, and their evidence will be presented at the examination.
Mr. Barnum's funeral will take place to-morrow forenoon at ten o'clock at the White School house. Elder Coffrin of the Free Methodist church will have charge..
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