Biography of William Barclay
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Barclay, William, the pioneer of the family in Wayne county; was of English descent. He came from Staten lsland prior to 1811 and settled in the town of Lyons. He served for a time in the war of 1812. He married Martha Purlee, and they had sixteen children. Abraham Barclay of Lyons and Henry of Sodus are the only ones living in Wayne county. Barton Barclay, a brother of Abraham and Henry, settled in Lyons, where he died, and another brother, Peter, settled in Sodus where he died. Henry Barclay was born in Lyons in 1811. He learned the carpenters' trade, and followed that business during his early life. He resided there until 1863, when he purchased a farm in the southwest part of the town of Sodus, where he has since been engaged in farming. He married Abbie Rossiter, and they had five children: Wallace, Melbern, Agnes, Mary J. and Lucy. Wallace settled in Sodus and is a farmer. He married Elizabeth Wright; Melbern settled in Sodus and is also a farmer. He married Martha Milham; Agnes married Horace Welch and settled in Arcadia; Mary J. married Martin Milham and settled in Marion; Lucy married Erastus Brownell and settled in Arcadia.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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