Mr. Barclay has been truly a man given to much wandering. Not Eneas, Virgil’s hero, had a history more full of travel and adventure.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, December 6, 1823, he removed with his parents when quite young, successively to habitations in Franklin, then to Gasconade county, and finally to Newton county. After these three removes the family went, in 1845, to Texas, where, the next year, the young man, now twenty-three years old, enlisted as a soldier in the army that was then invading Mexico, and after six months of fighting in the regiment of Colonel Woods, he, with his fellow-cavalry­men, was mustered out after the taking of Monterey.  Returning to Hopkins county, Texas, he joined in 1853, in expedition bound for California. Ox teams were the mode of transportation then in use, and with these slow but sure means the party came safely through, their route lead­ing through the Osage Nation, up the Arkansas river, through Utah.  Stopping at first in Yolo County, he soon came to Tuolumne county and spent three years in mining at Shaw’s Flat.  Locating next at Springfield, he busied himself in the same pursuit until 1862, when he went to Summerville, locating himself on a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he is now engaged in tilling.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 318-319 .

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton  mmelton@rcsis.com