Patrick Barnum has studied the genealogy of the Barnham/Barnum family for more than 50 years. He is the webmaster of the Barnum Family Genealogy website (www.barnum.org) and the compiler and editor of "Barnum Genealogy: 650 Years of Family History" (Boston: Higginson Book Company, 2006) and "Barnum Genealogy, 2nd Edition" (Boston: Higginson Book Company, 2011).
Catherine Barnum I have transferred Catherine's memorial to your care. My husband and I took as many pictures as we could of Saint Paul Evergreen Cemetery so that these old headstones don't become lost as there are so many there that are badly weathered. I am sure you can add more to do Catherine's memorial justice than I ever could.
Barnum headstone photos I plan to be at the Ashland Center Cemetery this coming weekend to take photos. I am the line descended from Urben Barnum/Frank Leslie Barnum/Lowell Urben Barnum. Family lies at Ashland and Seaman Cemeteries. I will check for any photo requests.
Barnums in Rest Haven Would you like ownership of Charles Bell Barnum, Sr, Jr, and Josephine Barnum's memorials? They are no relation to me and I see that you now own the memorials for Charles' parents.
Warren Addison Barnum I have been reconstructing as best as possible the life of my grandpa. Born 1910, when he was a lad of 15 he lied about his age to get work on board a ship that went from Philadelphia PA to Vancouver Washington. I have his diary from that trip, and found an article (from The Oregonian) about what the ship was doing- it was picking up 740,000 feet of lumber to take to New York, shipped by the Columbia River Paper Mills company. While researching the times and the company, I came across your Warren Addison Barnum, and it seems he was dock superintendant for the mills at the time my grandpa's ship came to port. Not that this makes us cousins, of course, but I thought you might appreciate hearing the story. That trip was his childhood dream, and he later wrote as an adult about the fresh smell of that lumber onboard, and how clearly he could recall it, even as a man in his seventies. There are bits and pieces of this experience woven within his bio, and the second to last paragraph has been re-worked to mention Warren.
I also found the info below, in case you are interested in the company at the time your Warren worked for it:
Source: History of the Columbia River Valley From The Dalles to the Sea, Vol. III, Published 1928, Pages 195-196 Author: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
"The Columbia River Paper Mills were organized as a corporation in the fall of 1922 and its officers are: F. W. Ledbetter, president; W. B. Du Bois, vice president; Joseph J. Donovan, secretary; and Hamilton F. Corbett, treasurer. The sawmill was first completed and operated in September, 1923, and later in that year the paper mill also began its operation. The sawmill, which is located just below the paper mill, manufactures hemlock lumber and ships about six million feet a month. The lumber is mostly sent to Japan and New York, though some clear stock is sold in the middle west. The paper mill is five hundred and fifty by one hundred and twenty feet and about seventy-five thousand square feet of space, mostly on one floor, is utilized. The main products of the mill are wrapping paper, tissue paper for fruit wrappers and some newspaper stock. All the waste products of the sawmill are used in the making of paper, the sulphite process being followed. Cupples, of St. Louis handles most of the wrapping paper and the new paper, amounting to about two hundred tons a month and it finds ready sale. The entire plant occupies about fourteen acres of ground and three hundred and fifty men are employed, the yearly output of the mills being valued at about three million dollars."
John Knapp Wyatt, Ex-Clerk of Putnam County, and a former well known resident of the town of Patterson, died suddenly at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Herman S. Rogers, No. 41 Lake Avenue, Danbury, Conn., on Thursday night, Dec. 9th. When he retired in the evening, it was not noticed but he was as well as usual. Friday morning when his granddaughter went to his room to call him to breakfast, she found him dead in his bed. A coroner viewed the remains but it was so apparent that death was due to general wearing out by old age that no inquest was considered necessary.
Mr. Wyatt was born in February, 1809, on the farm in Patterson, now owned by Herman S. Rogers. His parents were Josiah and Rachel Jones Wyatt. He had one brother, Henry Wyatt and two sisters, Huldah, wife of Samuel Towner and Miss Sarah Wyatt. All are dead except Miss Wyatt, who resides with her niece, Mrs. Elihu Kent, of Patterson. Mr. Wyatt married Julia Barnum, daughter of the late Azor Barnum, and a half sister of Thomas and the late LeRay Barnum. One son, Azor, and a daughter, Sarah A., were born to them, both of whom are dead. His wife died about sixteen years ago.
In his younger days he kept a hotel at Sodom, in the town of Southeast, which was a very popular resort; it being headquarters for politicians and showmen from all over the surrounding country, and it was the scene of many political meetings and other gatherings. He sold the hotel property and soon after received a position in the Now York Post Office which he held for eight years. After leaving the postal service he came back to the old homestead in Patterson and followed farming for some time. In 1862 he was elected County Clerk on the Democratic ticket and held the office continuously until 1875 being twice re-elected to the position. He was also an excellent auctioneer and his services were sought far and near.
After he vacated the office of County Clerk, he continued to reside in Patterson, until four years ago when he removed to Danbury with his granddaughter, Mrs. Rogers, where he has since made his home. In his active days the deceased was a bright intelligent man, upright in all his dealings, social and pleasant in disposition and generous to a fault. He was highly esteemed by relatives, friends and business associates alike.
Mr. Wyatt is survived by his sister, Miss Wyatt, one granddaughter, Mrs. Rogers, one grandson, William Brower, of Kansas, and a niece, and a number of nephews, among whom are James E., John W. and W.A. Towner. The funeral services were held at the Four Corners Baptist Church, Patterson, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Oliver S. Dean officiating. Remains interred in the Four Corners Cemetery, beside those of his wife.
PUTNAM COUNTY REPUBLICAN, CARMEL, N.Y., DEC. 18, 1897