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Family of Samuel (m3) BARKLEY and Catherine MCCLAUGHRY

Married655 1769 Dec 28655.

Samuel's will1363, signed 28 September 1810, mentions his wife "Agness." Though Moffat655 has his second wife's name "Nancy," Agnes is correct. See notes under Agnes.

Samuel was bequeathed1359 his father's land, comprising some 82 acres, which lay between Samuel's own farm and that of Samuel Miller. In his will, that land, "the farm that was [his] fathers and now in possession of Makki Roat," was passed on the his fifth and sixth sons Andrew King Barkley and Marcus Barkley. His fourth son James inherited the farm where father Samuel lived. Oldest son Samuel, and second son Thomas were each bequeathed $25. To third son Robert $250. Oldest daughter Mary and "Peter Milspaugh her husband" - $25. Second daughter Jane and husband Henry Crist - $25. Third daughter Elizabeth and husband George Pitts - $25. To fourth daughter Catherine, fifth daughter Margaret, and youngest daughter Nancy (no husbands mentioned) - $500 each. He appointed his wife Agness and sons Samuel and James executrix/executors. The will was witnessed by Joseph Whelan, Archibald Crawford (possibly niece Mary's husband) and James McCurdy. A pension application file2857 contains a document, apparently being the words of second wife Agnes Barkley, describing Samuel's Revolutionary War Service. That application, being made under the provisions made by Congress, Jul 7, 1838, would provide half pay and pensions to widows. His service description therein: he was an officer and served as such as Lieutenant in Capt Grahams company in 1776, serving 5 or more months "that season." In the spring of 1777, he was again in Graham's company and continued until a few days "before Fort Mongomery was taken" Graham deserted, leaving the company in charge of Barkley who marched the company in pursuit of the enemy. Barkley served "that season" for 7 months or more, guarding powder works, etc. She (Agnes) restated that Barkley married her 15 February 1787 by the Rev Andrew King, deceased, pastor of the Presbyterian church in Montgomery; that Barkley died on the 17th of April 1814. She was not married to him previous to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to January 1794 (a date specified by the Act of Congress.)

Fort Montgomery, information gathered from several websites, was the scene of a battle fought in the highlands of the Hudson River valley, not far from West Point, October 6, 1777. The colonists had previously erected a chain stretching across (yes, across) the river at West Point.The British, under General Sir Henry Clinton captured Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery and dismantled the chain. The Captain Graham referred to was likely Charles Graham, Captain, New York Line.

Samuel, Samuel Jr, and Agness[sic] Barkley were present as witnesses2858 to the signing of his will by John Nelson, a farmer of Argyle, Washington Co., NY.

Children of Samuel (m3) BARKLEY and Catherine MCCLAUGHRY:

1. Mary (m9) BARKLEY655 b. 1770 Oct 23655.
md. Peter MILLSPAUGH
2. Jane (m10) BARKLEY655 b. 1778 Sep 13655.
md. Henry H CHRIST
3. Samuel (m11) BARKLEY655 b. 1780 Dec 13.
md. 1) Catherine CRAWFORD
md. 2) Parney HURD
4. Thomas (m12) BARKLEY655 b. 1783 May655. d. unmarried655.
5. Elizabeth (m13) BARKLEY655 b. 1786 Aug 28655.
md. George PITTS


655. Barclays of New York, R. B. Moffat (Robert Grier Cooke. New York. 1904. Call no. R929.2 B244)
1359. Will Abstract of Barkley, James Senior, 27 Oct 1789, Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.)
1363. Will Abstract of Barkley, Samuel, 1810 Sep 28, Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.)
2857. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900; www.ancestry.com
2858. Will Abstract of Nelson, Joseph, 1814 Nov 17, Argyle, Washington Co., NY; Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.)