Eunice Loomis Barnum maried James Savage in 1840 at the Episcopal Christ church in her hometown of Ballston Spa, NY. Three children were born in succession: James "Jim" Barnum Savage (1841-1922), Egbert Barnum Savage (1843-1927), and Frances "Fanny" McMaster Savage (1845-1900). Another daughter, Jane Savage (1857-1945)––later known as Jenny, was born 12 years later. In the 1850 census, James Savage was listed as a merchant.
The 1860 Savage family consisted of three teenagers, a 4 year old daughter, Eunice's 75-year-old widowed mother, Rhoby Barnum, and one servant. It would be a decade of changes. James and Egbert joined the Union Army at the outbreak of the conflict. After the war, Egbert became a career army officer, while James B. "Jim" took a job in Louisiana. In 1869 Rhoby Barnum passed away at the age of 83, and within a few months the Savages moved to Cleveland. James Savage became an insurance agent, partnering with William Albert Ludlum, who had recently married the Savages' daughter Fanny. Jim soon joined his parents and siblings in Cleveland.
Five years later Eunice Barnum Savage died at the age of 56.