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Reuben Woodard Barzee

Male 1837 - 1923  (85 years)


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  • Name Reuben Woodard Barzee 
    Born 30 Sep 1837  Alderman, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Apr 1923  Ozone, Bonneville, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Reuben Barzee was one of the original settlers of Oxford, Idaho in 1864 or 1865. In 1866, due to problems with Indians, the settlers moved temporarily to Cache Valley, Utah for protection. When first founded, it was believed that Oxford was in Utah, but surveys in 1872 found it to actually be in Idaho. As such, some records show Oxford, Utah and others Oxford, Idaho. Oxford also was in Oneida County but is now in Franklin County.
    • There are at least 4 different historical places named Fairview, Idaho. One is near Preston, one adjacent to Pocatello, one in Western Idaho near the Oregon border, and one between Rigby and Idaho Falls. The Fairview, Idaho of record here and found on the census records for this family is the one between Rigby and Idaho Falls, a few miles north of present day Ucon, Idaho. It is the place where my grandparents (Norman and Carol Park) and great grandparents (Charles and Claudia Godfrey) lived when I was young and until recently.
    • While research census records for Reuben Barzee and his son Levi Reuben Barzee, I discovered a very interesting and surprising connection. On the 1910 census for Fairview, Bingham, Idaho (this is just north of present day Ucon, Idaho in Bonneville County, Idaho) in the family entry immediately before the Barzee's is an entry for George W. Godfrey and his family (including son Charles E.). George W Godfrey is my great great grandfather on my mother's side. Needless to say, I was amazed to find this very familiar name when searching for somebody else. My father's mother's father (Levi) and my mother's mother's father (Charles) lived practically next door to each other and were only a few years apart in age. Both families (sans Charles who had not yet been born) appear on the 1900 census as well.

      My Grandma Park has recollections and history of the Barzee family, who purchased part of the Godfrey homestead sometime before 1900. There are school records that show both young men together.

      How fascinating it is to me that two generations later their grandchildren would meet, marry, and bring me into this world.
    • Idaho death record #36163 (searchable here)

      Father: James Woodard Barzee
      Mother: Elizabeth
      Spouses: Aidah Kendall and Kathrine Mariah Jensen

      Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 18 Apr 1923, pg. 4.
    • We know that Reuben practiced polygamy and had at least 2 wives. The 1870 census shows him married to Maria Barzee with no children. 1880 census shows wives of Christina (age 34) and Ada (age 24). Christina is shown with a birthplace and parent's birthplace of Denmark. Later records indicate that Christina and Maria are the same person - Christina Marie.

      One known record shows her as Kirstene Maria Andersen with a birth of 24 April 1845 in Skidrum, Skidrum, Denmark though this is not verified. It shows her marriage to Reuben on 9 Dec 1865 in Salt Lake City, though I've yet to find a record of this marriage (however, it is most likely accurate considering other records). Another record lists her as Kathrine Mariah Jensen. Many records list a marriage in 1860 in Ozone, Idaho, but this is impossible because Ozone was not yet established or settled. Her true identify can't be verified, though she likely is Kirstene Maria Andersen and certainly married Reuben prior to 1870.

      We believe that Reuben married Ada in 1872. The oldest child on the 1880 census is age 7, making this child possibly hers. There are no known records of children to this Christina.

      We do know, however, that she does not appear with the family on the 1900 census. However, there are 1910 and 1920 census records showing a Kristen M Barzee and Christena M Barzee (respectively) living in Smithfield, Cache, Utah. Smithfield is a short distance from Oxford, Idaho - their location in the 1880 census. Her name, immigration date, place of birth, etc. closely match the Christina above. She is listed as "widowed" in both cases. Additional insight, however, is gained by her death record of Dec. 3, 1920. She is listed here as Marie or Maria Barzee (the original contains an "a" and an "e" overwritten in her first name - a later notation read "Marie" - regardless, it is certainly the person from the census records above). The marriage field on this record states, "married, but husband deserted her - name unknown."

      We do know that he was married to a Christina, but cannot verify that these later records are for the same Christina, though evidence seems to indicate that it probably is. The claim of desertion is not to be unexpected. When polygamy was outlawed, most men chose one wife with whom to live - and in this case it made most sense for Reuben to stay with Ada who was younger and likely the mother of at least 4 of his children in 1880.

      The Edmunds Act, which outlawed polygamy and resulted in the imprisonment of up to 1300 Mormon polygamists was passed in 1882. Sometime between 1882 and 1884, Reuben and Ada moved to Manassa, Conejos, Colorado, perhaps to escape persecution or trial for polygamy. Christina, presumably was left behind. They lived in Colorado until sometime between 1890 and 1893, when they moved to Pima, Arizona. Daughter Ada was born in Fruitland, San Juan, New Mexico in 1896. By 1898, the family lived in Ferron, Emery, Utah where Levi was born. They are found in Fairview, Idaho in 1900. This means the family lived in Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Idaho again in less than 16 years.

      Reuben and Ada had 13 children, 8 of whom lived beyond childhood. They had 3 daughters die within 3 years (1887-1889), each shortly after birth.

      Reuben and Ada both lived long, fruitful lives. Reuben died at age 85 and Ada at age 80.
    Person ID I269  Smith/Park
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2010 

    Family Ada Maria Kendall,   b. 25 Jan 1857, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Sep 1937, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 20 May 1872 
    Children 
     1. Levi Derious Barzee,   b. 09 Aug 1898, Ferron, Emery, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1982, Ammon, Bonneville, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F136  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Sep 1837 - Alderman, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Apr 1923 - Ozone, Bonneville, Idaho Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Reuben & Ada Barzee - 1880 Census
    Reuben & Ada Barzee - 1880 Census
    Shows residence in Oxford, Oneida County, Idaho. Other wife named Christina listed. Children Emma (7), Theodore (5), Ettie (3), and Clark (1). The birthplace for Ada's parents (England and Ireland) are incorrect.
    Reuben & Ada Barzee - 1900 Census
    Reuben & Ada Barzee - 1900 Census
    Residence in Fairview, Bingham County, Idaho. Fairview is North of present day Ucon, Idaho - just a couple miles from my childhood home and adjacent to the farm of 3 generations of my grandparents.

    Shows Reuben as a farmer at age 63, Ada M at age 44 as the mother of 13 children, 7 living. Children Theodore (24), Clark F (20), George E (18), James A (16), Chester A (7), Ada (5), and Levi D (1).
    Reuben, Ada, and Levi Barzee - 1910 Census
    Reuben, Ada, and Levi Barzee - 1910 Census
    Residence in Fairview, Bingham County, Idaho. Fairview is North of present day Ucon, Idaho - just a couple miles from my childhood home and adjacent to the farm of 3 generations of my grandparents.

    Note that the record immediately before the Barzee's is for George W Godfrey with son Charles E Godfrey. Charles is my great grandfather on my mother's side. In other words, my father's mother's father (Levi) and my mother's mother's father (Charles) lived adjacent to each other when they were young. They were 5 years apart in age.

    Shows Reuben age 72 and Adiah (Ada) age 53. Children James A (26), Chester A (16), Aidah A (14), and Levi D (12).
    Reuben, Ada, and Levi Barzee - 1920 Census
    Reuben, Ada, and Levi Barzee - 1920 Census
    Residence in Ozone, Bonneville County, Idaho. Reuben W (age 83) and Ada M (63). Children James A (36) and Levi D (21). On the same census page are Reuben's sons Clark Barzee and Chester Barzee.