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George and Anna Barhyte, Yuma


In 1850 Saratoga New York, John "Barhight" "is a miller , 46, with Mary 24. Francis is 18, Mary 16, William 14, Richar 12, George. Catharine is 6, Addison 5, Franklin 2, and Ann 37.

In 1860 Saratoga County, New York, John J. Barhydt is 55, with Mary A. 34. William G. 23, Richard 21, George W. 18, Catharin 16, John A. 14, Franklin 11, Charles 6, and Samuel 9.

John is buried in Southside Cemetery 1805-1865 # 14241984, with Ann V.R. (Gillespie) Barhyte 1810-1844 # 14241974 "Daughter of Hon William Gillespie."


John's second wife Mary Ann Swartfiger was born October 21, 1826 in Saratoga, and died in Eaton County, Michigan January 8, 1907, informant Mrs. C.A. Barhyte. She was to be buried iat Maple Hill, Charlotete, Michigan # 62390121.



In 1875 Doniphan County, Kansas, George is a railway agent, 33, with Annie 30, both born in New York.
George is in Omaha, Nebraska in 1880, an express messenger, 40, with Anna 25, both born in New York.

He's in Denver in 1883, a railway messenger, and in 1889 Denver works for Wells Fargo.

George cash-claimed a quarter in 26, 2N 48W in 1889 - that would be a mile southeast of Yuma,.

In December 1896 there was a train wreck near Cameo, Mesa County Colorado, when an engine and four cars hit a large boulder. "Express Messenger George Barhyte was slightly injured."



In 1900 Denver, George W. Barhyte, born Feb 1848 in New York is a Fargo Express, married 25 years to Anna May 1854, New York, a real estate dealer.

In Denver, August 29, 1912 the Swedish-language newspaper reported that Mrs. George W. Barhyte of 724 Sherman died in a doctor's waiting room.

George is widowed in 1920 Denver, living on Sherman Street, in a rooming house, no occupation.


George W. Barhyte 1840-1920 is buried in Crown Hill, Jefferson County # 47514438.
He died February 9, 1920 in Denver, leaving no will.
His heirs were sister Mary A. Waddell of Florida and New York,


Edgar Allan Poe letters:JOHN BARHYTE. This resident of Saratoga Springs, New York, was the husband of Ann Barhyte (q.v.), and the father of James and Mary Barhyte (q.q.v.). According to Griffis, "Behind the Mystery of Poe’s ‘Raven,’" Barhyte married his wife, the former Miss Ann Gillespie of Sullivan County, New York, around 1830. Information on John Barhyte’s ancestry may be found in Mary Cousins McCabe’s Some Earl Settlers (Saint Louis, Mo.: Privately printed, 1921), pp. 63-65. The Barhyte estate at Saratoga eventually became a haven for artists and authors called Yaddo; the estate’s history is discussed by Marjorie Peabody Waite, Yaddo Yesterday and Today (Saratoga Springs, N. Y.: Privately printed, 1933), PP. 3-26, and by George Waller, Saratoga: Saga of an Impious Era (1966; rpt. New York: Bonanza Books, n. d.), pp. 348-49, 352-58.

John J. Barhyte 1805-1865 is buried in Saratoga Springs # 14241984.


ANN BARHYTE (?-1844). This resident of Saratoga Springs, New York, was the wife of John Barhyte and the mother of James and Mary Barhyte. According to the reminiscence left by her son James, Mrs. Barhyte was a poetess of some ability whose verses appeared pseudonymously in the New York Mirror; and she made Poe’s acquaintance when he visited Saratoga in 1842 and 1843. For additional information, see the directory entries for James, John, and Mary Barhyte, and William Elliot Griffis.
Ann and Edgar A. Poe both wrote for the New York Mirror, although they did not meet there.

"Poe spent a great deal of time (apparently, two summers) staying at the Barhyte Trout Farms, as has been attested by Ann Barhyte's husband, John Barhyte. Barhyte stated that Poe spent much of his time there working on "The Raven," with Ann Barhyte's help. This sounds like a cover up for Poe's infatuation with Ann Barhyte, who was a poet who wrote for N.P. Willis's "Daily Mirror," under the pseudonym, "Tabitha." Poe's closeness to Ann Barhyte, who died in 1844, could provide clues to the question most Poe scholars still obsess on: why Poe left Philadelphia in such a rush in 1844."

Ann V. R. (Gillespie) Barhyte 1810-1844 is buried in Saratoga, # 14241974 "daughter of Hon. William Gillespie"

MARY BARHYTE (ca. 1833-?). She was the sister of James Barhyte (q.v.); her married name was Mrs. Mary Waddell. On January 27, 1919, she recorded her memories of seeing Poe at Saratoga Springs, New York, in a letter to Arthur S. Wright, who forwarded her account to Mary E. Phillips. There is little information in this letter (MS, Boston Public Library) which is not reproduced in Phillips’ Poe, I, 764-66. Mary Barhyte’s reminiscence states simply that Poe ­[page 711:] stayed at a hotel in Saratoga and that he wore a broad-brimmed hat resembling a sombrero. This article of apparel led the two Barhyte children, James and Mary, to call him "The Mexican." No date is suggested for Poe’s visit to Saratoga. The approximate date of Mary Barhyte’s birth is established by Wright’s statement, contained in his February 4, 1919, letter to Phillips (MS, Boston Public Library), that she was "now some 86 years of age."
sister Kate G. Brown of Napa, California,


December 6, 1897 Sacramento, California "Florin, Sacramento County, Frank J., only son of John P. and Kate G. Brown (brother of Mrs. Oscar Suter and Alice M. Brown), a native of Florin. Sacramento County, aged 16 years, 8 months and 23 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow (Tuesday), at 11 a. m., from the Methodist Church, Florin. Interment Florin Cemetery")
David J. Brown, prominent rancher in the Carneros district, a veteran of the civil war, passed away yesterday forenoon after having suffered an extended illness.
Deceased was a native of Patterson, New Jersey, and was born on January 31st, 1838. Until the late fifties he lives [sic] in New York when he started service with the Covington Locomotive works. He enlisted in the United States army for service in the civil war on April 6th, 1861, and served until the close of the war.
Deceased is survived by his wife and adopted daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Hubbard, of Oakland.
Funeral services will be held at the Webber funeral parlors on Monday afternoon at two o'clock.
Notes: Native of Patterson, New Jersey, born 31 January 1838.
David James Brown was listed in the 1896 Great Register of Voters for Napa County as a farmer, age 59, height 5' 9", native of New Jersey, residing in Carneros District.
David J. Brown was enumerated in the 1900 U.S. census for Carneros Precinct, Napa County. He was listed as married (33 years), age 62, born January 1838 in New Jersey, parents both born in Scotland, occupation farmer. His household included his wife Catherine (born April 1844 in New York).
David J. and Kate G. Brown were enumerated in the 1910 census in Napa Township, Napa County, living on the Sonoma Valley ___. He was listed as age 72, native of New York, occupation farmer.
David J. Brown died in Napa County on 22 March 1929 at the age of 91. Spouse's initials were "K.G.," according to the CDI. "



half-brother Charles A. Barhyte of Cadillac, Michigan,

In 1900 Eaton County, Michigan, C. A. "Bashyte" is farming, 49, Ella A. 48, with nephew Willie G. 4. born in Ohio. Half-brother William S. Barhyte born July 1836 in New York, and C.A.'s daughters Nellie March 1883 and Grace March 1883, both born in MIchigan.

In 1880 Eaton County, Michigan, William Barhyte is 43, Susan 36, with Riley 13, George 12, Edward 9, Lizzie 6, Jerome 4, and John 2.

In 1900 Barry County, Michigan, William is living with daughter Elizabeth Darling 26 and her husband Nelson, 37
William G. Barhyte died at the Soldiers Home Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 21, 1914, born July 5, 1836 to John J. Barhyte and Anna Gillespie.
half-brother Fred Barhyte of Cleveland, Ohio,


Fred Barhyte 1861-1931 is buried in Cleveland # 67759347, with Lucy 1852-1918.
His son David 1905-2007 died in Ashland, Ohio, buried in Cleveland # 67759344.


niece Mrs. Julia B. Wright of Cleveland,


In 1870 Schenectady, New York, James H. Barhydt is 37, Antonett 39, Anna 8, Julia 6, James and Nettie both eight months.

In 1880 Schenectady, James is 48, running a book store, with Anotinette 49, Julia B. 16, Antoninette 10, and Edward 10.

On the same page is the Henry Van Slyck household. Henry is 44, a machinist, Henrietta 40, son Charles H. 5 and Ester 2. John A. Barhuddt 65, her father, is with them.

Julia is in Cleveland in 1920, 55, with Arthur S. 61, an engineering professor, both born in New York. Edward 20 was born in Ohio.
nephew Charles Barhyte of Charlotte Michigan, nephew Vern Barhyte of Battle Creek, Mchigan, niece Mrs. Ella Reynolds of Battle Creek,

In 1870 Lorain County, Ohio, Richard Barhyte is 32, Susan 21, Charles 3, and Ella five months.
In 1880 Eaton County, Michigan, R. J. Barhyte is farming 43, with Susan 31, Charles F. 13, Ella S. 8, and Vernon C. 3.

In 1900 Eaton County, Richard is 61, Susan 58, Vernon 23 and his wife Kate 23, and Ella (Sister?_ is 30.
Richard, born June 1838 in New York to John Barhyte and Mary Swartzfeguec, died July 3, 1917 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Ella Reynolds, born January 8, 1872 in Ohio, died in Battle Creek March 1, 1935, to be buried in Grasham Cemetery, Chester Township, Michigan.
Informant was her husband Frank Reynolds.


In 1920 Charlotte, Michigan, Charles Barhyte is 52, born in Ohio,
half-nephew Louis D. Barhyte of Berkeley, California,


In 1880 Coldwater, Michigan, Frank Barhyte is a clerk in a store 30, Rose 25, bornin New York, with Lousi 3 born in Michigan.
Louis is in 1920 Berkeley, California, Louis D. Barhyte is 42, born in Michigan, with Rebecca 39 born in England, immigrating 1897, naturalized 1898.
Louis is a railroad traffic manager. Eleanor is 17, Catherine 13, and Leslie D. 10.
Louis born Feb 26, 1877 in Michigan, died March 18, 1949 in Alameda County, mother Davison.

half niece Mary E. Barhyte of Cleveland,

1903 Elyria Ohio "The exciting sport of sliding down a bannister came near resulting fatally to a little Lorain girl Thursday. Little Mary Barhyte, in sliding down the bannister of a stairway, ran a five-inch splinter into her side. She was removed to the hospital, where two doctors removed the splinter. It is thought she will recover. "

In 1920 Cleveland, Mary Barhyte is 27, born in Ohio, a teacher. Her father was born in New York, mother in Mchigan. She's a boarder with Willis and Clara Chapman.
Mary was with the Chapman couple in 1910, too.
Mary died November 8, 1951, buried in Cleveland, per # 67759350.

November 8, 1951 Rhodes High School, Cleveland "We are indeed saddened by the sudden death of Miss Barhyte, who was known to many of us, if not through higher mathematics, through algebra and calculus."


half nephew William Barhyte of Charlotte, Michigan,


In 1880 Eaton County, MIchigan, Willliam is 43 a laborer, Susan 36o, Riley 13, George 12, Edward 9, Lizzie 6, Jerome 4, and John 2.

Bertha Barhyte was born 1885, and died January 20, 1885 in Charlotee Michigan to William and Susana Barhyte.
William G. Barhyte was born in New York May 2, 1870 to William G. Barhyte and Susan Reed. He died April 28, 1938 in Kalamazoo, bto be buried in Ann Arbor.




half-niece Marguerite Barhyte Moulton of Cleveland,

half-niece Minnie Frink of Seattle, Washington,



In 1870 Lorain County, Ohio, James Barhyte is 72, with Christina 26, Melissa 20, and Addison 24.

In 1880 Lorain County, Addison J. is 34 married to Melisa 33, with bbie 11, Minnie 9, Emma 7, and Jay 2.

Minnie Barhyte Frink 1870-1950 is buried in Seattle, per # 1031979271, with Edwin Perry Frink 1867-1924.
She was born July 28, 1870 in Camden Ohio, to J.A. Barhyte and Melissa Waugh.
half-niece Emma Lenszler of Elyria, Ohio,

Emma Barhyte married Karl R. LEUSZLER in Lorain County April 10, 1885.
February 7, 1903 Elyria " The funeral of at the Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. Barhyte was re; 3:30 o'clock from the home of her son, Jay Barhyte, on East River street, Rev. W. C. Badly officiating. Mrs. Barhyte was fifty-five years of age, and for twenty-two years had been a resident of Elyria. Her husband was for many years a conductor on the Lake Shore, and was killed fifteen years ago. She was an affectionate mother, and was highly esteemed by those who knew her. ; Card of Thanks. We wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy during the sicknes s and death of our beloved mother. JAY BARHYTE, MRS. EMMA LEUSZLER, MRS. MINNIE FRINK"
In 1920 Lorain County, Carl R. Leuszler is a laborer in a rubber factory, 48, Emma R. 46 Ohio, and Ralph S. 20 Ohio.

In 1923 Elyria Ohio, Karl is a shipping clerk for I.T.S. Co, with Emma living at 906 East Avenue. So does Mrs. Mae Leuszler, a saleslady at Days Music Store.

Emma R. Lenzler / Leuszler died November 9, 1925 in Lorain County, Ohio. She was born Feb 21, 1873 at Greshan Michigan to John Adison of New York and Elizabeth "Barkyet". She was to be buried in Cleveland Ohio Crematory.

Karl Leuszler died August 17, 1940 in Elyria, parents Harry Leuszler and Evelyn Spofford.




and half-nephew Jay Barhyte of Elyria.
(John Barhyte and Melissa Barhyte, per #62118063, are buried in Elyria, Ohio.)

"Jay H. Barhyte, 59, of 339 Oliveline Rd., in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, Died Feb. 28, 1937 at 6:30 p.m. He was a gas station attendant. He was the son of John and Melissa Barhyte. He married Nettie E. Wells on Dec. 24, 1900, in Elyria, Lorain OH. Nettie, was born in 1871 in Elyria, Lorain OH. to Mr.and Mrs. Percy and Florentine (Moon) Wells."



1899 Elyria Ohio "Mrs. Mary Barhyte, of New York, is visiting her nieces, Mrs. K B. Page and Mrs. George Squires. "


JAMES BARHYTE (ca. 1832-1905). He claimed that, as a boy of ten or eleven, he made Poe’s acquaintance at Saratoga Springs, New York, during the 1842 and 1843 summer seasons. Barhyte further asserted that during the summer of 1843 he and his mother, Mrs. Ann Barhyte (q.v.), assisted Poe in the composition of his unfinished poem "The Raven." Barhyte related his memories to William Elliot Griffis (q.v.), who published them in "Behind the Mystery of Poe’s ‘Raven,’" New York Times Book Review, January 20, 1924, p. 2. Arthur ­[page 708:] S. Wright, who married Barhyte’s granddaughter, also listened to his recollections; and in a January 17, 1919, letter to Mary E. Phillips (MS, Boston Public Library), Wright confirmed that the account preserved by Griffis is an accurate representation of Barhyte’s reminiscence. Although there is no indisputable evidence that Poe visited Saratoga, it is possible that he was engaged in the composition of "The Raven" as early as 1843; and it is conceivable that he would have carried his unfinished manuscript with him if he did in fact travel to the resort in this year. That James Barhyte and his mother helped Poe in the fashion described by Griffis seems improbable: During the Summer of 1843 Poe again visited the Barhytes [at Saratoga], and by this time he and the lad [James Barhyte] were fast friends- a circumstance that sheds some light on Poe’s real character. Still fond of his favorite seat under the hemlocks near the pond, the dark-eyed gentleman, as the boy well remembers, paced up and down, talking and reciting to himself. On one day, never to be forgotten, the little fellow had been out fishing for trout on the pond down in the direction of the old gristmill. Having caught his pailful, he was rowing back toward the house, oblivious of visitors and suspecting no one near, when suddenly the silence was broken by the deep echo of "Nevermore!" As he neared the house the sonorous polysyllable rolled over the pond and came back in echo at regular intervals. The sound which issued from the grove seemed to be that of some one reading aloud, though only the one word "nevermore" could be distinguished. The boy, wondering to the verge of fright, knew not what to make of it, having never heard the strange word in such fashion. As he neared. the landing place he began to hear whole lines and to catch a regular cadence of sound. He now made up his mind that some one was "speaking a piece" and that it was likely to be none other than Mr. Poe. Laughing to himself at the idea of having been so scared, he gave the oars a fresh pull, and the mystery was solved. There was Poe, in something of a fine frenzy, pacing up and down the space cleared ­[page 709:] among the trees, reciting to himself the poem, the refrain of which had so frightened the lad at a distance- the semi-croak, the demi-thunder of "Nevermore." His fears over, the boy now resolved to have some fun. Knowing the poet so well, he had by this time lost all fear of him. So, leaping ashore with his fish, he walked up to the man in long hair and slouch hat, and shouted, mockingly: "Oh! What a name for a bird! Who ever heard of a bird named ‘Nevermore’?" Instead of scowling or taking offense, Poe’s face brightened. He clapped his hands and seemed delighted with a new idea. "I have it," he cried. "Just the thing. That will make the very stanza I need to complete the poem." Thereupon he sat down on the rustic seat and wrote the first draft of the stanza: Much I marveled this ungainly Fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning- Little relevancy bore. For we cannot help agreeing That no living human being Ever yet was blest with seeing Bird above his chamber door- Bird or beast above his sculptured Bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore." From this time forth a new tie of interest bound boy and poet together. Having now completed his first draft of the poem, Poe submitted the manuscript to his hostess, Mrs. Barhyte, for criticism, telling her that her son was the cause of "the stanza of the strange name," and that he had simply put boyish prose into his own best poetry. The lady conscientiously undertook the task of criticism, giving considerable time and thought to it. She suggested several changes and made some corrections, which Poe regarded as improvements. Unfortunately, we do not know just what these were. This was the last literary work of her life. She was taken ill soon after and died in the following April, 1844. Her sorrowing husband [John Barhyte], finding his chief joy in life gone, not long after sold his estate at Saratoga and moved to the West. He was accustomed to emphasize the fact, that his wife’s last work with the ­[page 710:] pen was the thorough examination and criticism of the manuscript of "The Raven," submitted to her by Poe. In his January 9, 1919, letter to Mary E. Phillips (MS, Boston Public Library), Griffis stated that James Barhyte died in May, 1905. Additional evidence that Poe may have visited Saratoga Springs is provided by the reminiscences of Mary Barhyte and E. M. Murdock (q.q.v.).

But at least one Poe biographer says "Sterns wrote that his relative told him that an E.M. Murdock had told him (Pease) of his own acquaintance with Poe. The story claimed that in 1843, Poe visited Saratoga in the hopes of arranging to bring his invalid wife there for medical treatment. According to the Sterns/Pease/Murdock tale, Poe paid for this trip from a loan he had obtained, as well as money from the recent sale of one of his stories. However, on arrival at the spa, he discovered not only that Saratoga was unaffordably expensive, but that the journey would likely be far too arduous for Virginia. He stayed only a few days, returning to Philadelphia "utterly cast down in spirit over this additional disappointment."
If Poe ever was in Saratoga, his visit must have been something like that which was described by Sterns. Lacking any better evidence, however, his alleged sojourn has to remain among the vast pile of Poe Apocrypha. "


Also buried in Crown Hill is Anna D. 1852-1912 # 47514440.


Richard Barhyte was killed by a kick from his horse in Lorain County, Ohio December 25, 1874. He had married Rosella Mapes, daughter o moses and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Mapes
Buried in South Henrietta Township cemetery are:
Chas. Edward, son Richard & Rozylla, d July 30, 1850, 5y 10m 13d
Richard Fremont, son R & R, d Jan 5, 1857, 4m
Richard, 1809-1874
Rosella, wife, 1819-1896
Emma J., dau R & R, 1847-1862

Another daughter Christiana A. Barhyte born January 1843 at Saratoga, married Elam B. Page.


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