September 20, 2017

A Child Was Stuck With This Name

I’ve been doing some genealogical research for a friend of mine for her Barlow family. Sometimes, when I can’t go any further on a line, I just do a Google search for the name, date and location of the person to see what results I get.

One result was the Barlow Genealogy website and in scrolling down the page to see if I could find any mention of a George O. Barlow born in 1836 New York, I found this rather humorous name. Look at the third child in the list!

That’s worse than on of my cousin’s named Truman Dillinger Yates. His daddy named him because he was the first born. Truman said his dad never got to name another one of his children.

Address Fails

36 New Leads From A Civil War Pension Record

Information Extracted From Pension File for George O. Barlow

By Carol Yates Wilkerson

Name: George O. Barlow

Parents of George O. Barlow are: Stephen and Mary (Louis) Barlow

Born: 01 Nov 1837, St. Lawrence Co., NY

Military Service: Sgt. Co. K, 3rd Reg. MN Volunteer Infantry;  During the Civil War George contracted malaria while in Arkansas; attending physician was Nathan Birly; large doses of quinine given to George for “malarial poisoning and ague” caused acute deafness and “loss of constitution” [chronic fatigue].

Army Pension: CW military pension #491,619. Affidavits signed by Thomas Hunter, Charles Perry, A. C. Wedge documenting service and affects of malaria; Other affidavits signed for character and proof of parentage of his three minor children, as well as his marriage to Eliza: Peter T. Safford, Sauk Center, Stearns, MN; Benjamin Veeder, and David Cleveland, Stearns, MN; also, Hannah Veeder; 1st Lt. Thomas Hunter (in Co. K); Charles Perry, Pvt., Co. K.

Marriage:  Wife, Eliza A. Safford; married 05 Nov 1865, Olmsted Co., MN at residence of Joseph Bear; witnesses: Joseph Bear and David Wood.

Land Ownership: Land owned in Todd County foreclosed on for back taxes 1898.

Occupation: Farmer

Memberships: Grand Army of the Republic Post 100, Long Prairie, MN [attested to by fellow members].

Died: 09 May 1898 Long Prairie, Todd, MN; (Cause of death: Angina Pectoris and fatty degeneration of the heart;) H. P. Johnson, MD, Long Prairie, MN.

Undertaker: G. W. Dinkel


Spousal Information From Pension File of George O. Barlow

Name: Eliza (Elizabeth?) Ann Safford

Born: 07 January 1846, Christiana, Dane, WI

Sibling: Peter T. Safford

Children: Minor children living at time of pension application: Cora B (b. 12 June 1886);  Flossie (b. 21 Sept. 1889); and Leland Barlow (b. 22 June 1892).  These three children were all born at home and delivery was assisted by Eleanor Cates/Cotes.

Pension number: #467609; application filed 19 May 1898, St. Paul, MN.  Affidavits signed by Mary Maute and Mary N. Adams; also, Hannah Veeder and Catherine Galusha.

Died: 12 April 1920, Minot, Ward, ND












COG – Modest Genealogy Goals For 2010

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I don’t usually make New Year’s goals, but here are some things I hope to accomplish this year in my personal and professional genealogy:

  • Last month I ordered a Civil War pension file for George O. Barlow, an ancestor of my niece-in-law Jill Hohensee Yates, and after it comes in the mail I hope to glean some additional information from it before sending the records on to Jill’s mom Carol. I’ve been doing some research on Mr. Barlow through Ancestry and other sites too, as well as collecting pictures of headstones from Find-A-Grave. When I feel I have ‘enough’ and have reached a stopping place in the research, I plan on putting it all on disk for a backup version and then printing most of it off for a notebook to give to the family.

Genealogy vs Real Life

My own family research has taken a far back seat this last year as my husband and I adjust to him being retired. When he was working I could allow myself several hours a day of an uninterrupted wallow in my paperwork, pictures and emails as I forged ahead filling in the family trees. We have some home projects going this year (bathroom remodel, raised bed garden) but once those are done I might be able to get some genealogy done. I would really like to have a cook to make meals so I would only have to show up to eat. 😉

  • It’s a never-ending quest to find my ancestor Miles Yates who married Deborah Holmes in 1840 Roane County, TN.  I suspect Miles might have been a ‘family’ name, and his real first name was something else.
  • After I find the article again, I want to write about one of my Holmes cousins who was on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour as an award winning fiddle player.  She was self-taught and lived in Missouri and Iowa during the time she held her champion titles. I know she was one of my Holmes cousins, but I need to find the newspaper articles about her to state her full name. So many cousins, so little memory.

These few things should keep me busy all winter and spring, don’t you think? What are your genealogy goals for 2010?

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