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Samuel Bartow and Mary S. McKenney

BARTOW, Samuel
born in Ohio, April 18th, 1818. When nineteen, bought a farm in Monroe county. Lived there until the fall of 1849, when he located in Bartholomew county, Indiana. Lived there three years, teaching school part of the time, then went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and St. Louis, Mo.; from there by steamer to St. Paul and to Minnetonka. Made a claim to the farm on which he now lives, located on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka. Married in 1839 to Mary McKenney. They have five children. He has held the office of county commissioner and has been prominent in the affairs’ of the town.

Source: http://hennbios.tripod.com/surnameb.htm

Samuel Bartow is currently believed to be the son of Eli Bartow and Charity of Harrison County, Ohio. He was born April 18, 1818 in Ohio. He married, 1839 in Ohio, Mary S. McKenney who was born 1810 in Pennsylvania and died before 1870. She is currently believed to the the child of Robert and Margaret McKenney of Belmont, Guernsey and Monroe Counties, Ohio.

Samuel and Mary had five children:

  1. Robert W. Bartow b. May 10, 1845 in Ohio, married first, in July 1869 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, E. M. (Alice) Page born abt 1848 in Wisconsin, died March 17, 1879. They had two children, Robert and Horace. Rbert second married Ella, who had been born Jan 1854 in Indiana. Their children were Joseph A. and Thomas C.
  2. Luther B. Bartow b. Dec 1846 in Ohio, married a woman named Annie who was born May 1857 in Iowa. They had at least 5 children, Sidney Bruce, Jenette, Clifford, and two others who the 1900 census gives as having deceased.
  3. Margaret A. Bartow was born 1848 in Ohio.
  4. Mary S. Bartow was born Feb 1855 in either Minnesota or Indiana.
  5. Samuel Milton Bartow was born 1856 in Minnesota. He was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Rathdrum, Indiana.

Samuel’s 1838 Noble County, Ohio land patent shows his land in proximity of Robert McKinney, one of the reasons for which he is believed to be the father of Samuel’s wife, Mary S. McKenney.

Samuel BARTOW took his land in the same area in W1/2SE on Sept 1 1838.
Robert MCKINNEY took his land also Sept 1 1838 in the same area W1/2NW.

The 1840 Cadiz, Harrison, Ohio census doesn’t reflect yet Samuel’s marriage to Mary S. in 1839.

In 1840 in Monroe Co., Samuel’s father Eli is living by Robert MCKINNEY/McCLUNEY.

Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Harrison, Ohio; Roll: 402; Page: 146.
Samuel BARTOW – – – – 1
James McADAM

The 1850 Redding, Jackson, Indiana census.

Robert SUTHERLAND? b. KY and Esther and family
William A. MAYBE 29 upper Canada and Sarah
497/507 Samuel BARTO 32 teacher b. OH
Mary 40 b. PA
Robert W. 5 b. OH
Luther B. 3
Margaret A. 2
Eli 50 farmer b. NY
Nicholos MEGER? Germany and Catherine
George WOLFMAN Germany and John

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Redding, Jackson, Indiana; Roll: M432_152; Page: 131; Image: 264.

By 1852, Samuel Bartow was residing in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

The 1857 Township 188, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

21 Sept 1857
Searched only for the name “Samuel” and was able to find in 1857 Hennepin and found in Townsyip 118 on page 25
Saml Bartlow 45 PA
Mary 35 PA
Robert 12 PA
Lushon 10 PA
Margaret illegible age PA
Mary 4 PA
John 1 Minnesota
Then did a handsearch for Robert McKenney in the 25 pages of that census and didn’t find

Samuel’s land entry, 1857, in Hennepin, Minnesota.

Document Number: 915
Total Acres: 96.65
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: April 02, 1857
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries
Land Description:
11 5TH PMNo117 N22 W8
23 5TH PMNo117 N22 W7
34 5TH PMNo117 N22 W7

He appears to be a neighbor of Robert Eugene McKenney whose homestead was “the S.W. quarter of section 19 in
township 117 N. of range 22 in the district of lands
subject to sale at Minneapolis, Minn. containing 158
acres and 60-100th. of an acre”.

1860 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: M653_570; Page: 0; Image: 253.
Listed as BARTON in index
78/77 Samuel BARTOW 40 farmer $1500 $200 OH
Mary 40 b. PA
Robert 16 b. OH
Luther 15
Margaret 12
Mary 8 b. IN
Milton 5 b. MN
Wyant VANDTSEIN 30 farmer b. NY

The 1865 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

1865 Minnesota Hennepin County, Minnetonka
Robert W.
Luther B.
Maryaceth A.
Mary C.
Saml M.
Rebecca E.
Charity A.
Samuel B.

The 1870 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: M593_5; Page: 617; Image: 634.

44/46 BARTOW Samuel 52 farmer $1200 $300 b. OH
Margaret 22 b. OH
Luther 23 b. IN
Mary 18 b.MN
Milton? 14

Next page

49/52 BARTOW Robert 25 Farmer $1200 $225 b. OH
Alice 22 b. Wisconsin
PAGE Albert 24 farm laborer b. Wisconsin

Allan McKenney’s notes on Samuel Bartow’s residence:

“I was looking at a plat map of Minnetonka twp. (1874) and found Samuel Bartow’s property according to the BLM coordinates. He did indeed live on the south side of Lake Minnetonka that borders with Gray’s Bay.These old maps have the persons name who lives on the land at that time (owners). This is also interesting as, just south of his place and a little east, is Groveland. This shows an unidentified church and cemetery. I think that this is where Sam’s wife Mary is buried. Groveland cemetery goes back to 1852 to the presant day. I also came across all of the burials for Bloomington cemetery (over 2,000) burials. Checked all who are there, and no Bartows nor Macs show up.”
Allen McKenney

1875 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Handsearched Minnetonka, Hennepkin for 1875 and found…

1875 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota
Pg. 4
Samuel Bartow 57 O father b. P mother b. O
Mary 23 b. illegible parents b. OH
Milton 19 b. MN parents b. OH

Pg. 6 Robt W. Bartow 24 b. OH parents b. OH
Alice M. 26 b. Wisconsin father b.NY mother b. Wisconsin
Robert 1 b. MN father b. OH mother b. Wisconsin

1880 Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T9_623; Family History Film: 1254623; Page: 153.4000; Enumeration District: 220; Image: 0309.

113/116 BARTOW Robert W. 35 OH OH PA
Robert 6 MN OH WI
Horace 1 MN OH WI
Samuel 65 father OH NY NY
Mary S. 26 sister IN OH PA

The 1885 Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota census.

54 Mary J. Whipple and family
55 Samuel Bartow 67 b. Ohio
Luther B 38
Anne 32 b. Iowa
Sidney B 0 b. Minnesota
56 R. W. Barto 39 b. Ohio
Bert 11 b. Minnesota
(illegible) 6

Please, if you are a descendant and have further information on Samuel Bartow or Mary S. McKenney, we’d love to hear from you. See the contact page.


2 responses to “Samuel Bartow and Mary S. McKenney”

  1. Timothy Barto Avatar
    Timothy Barto

    My Name is Timothy Barto, my dad was Joseph jr., his dad was Joseph Sr. And his dad was Robert William (pioneer in Seattle).
    I have inherited some books from the Barto line that are from Scotland; one is the History of Scotland dated 1789. I suspect the McKenney line may have some Scottish roots although it’s only speculation.
    I’ll do some more research with the books to see if they reveal any family names or dates.
    Timothy – a very distant relative in the Northwest.

    1. jmk Avatar

      Hi, Timothy. Thanks for writing. The McKenney line was perplexing until we did DNA and found it’s only related to Irish McKennas. The line originated in America with a Robert McKenna. His naturalization paper was found and he had signed it Robert McKenna but officials wrote the name as McKenney.

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