Barckley, Henry

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Henry Barckley was born in Guilderland 1812[1] or May 25, 1816 [2] to Evert[1] or Everhardt[2] Barckley (September 23, 1791[2][3] or 1785[1] - 1816)[2] and Gertrude[1] or Gitty[2] Waldron[1] or Walderon[2] (April 27, 1793 - March 28, 1864)[2][1]. His paternal family which was German in origin had settled in Guilderland several generations previously. His sisters were:

  • Henrietta Barckley (10 Apr 1815 - 1881) - Unmarried[1][2]
  • Mary Ann Barckley (December 19, 1811 - )[2]
  • Nancy Barckley (May 16, 1813 - ) [2]

Gertrude Waldron married second Dr. Jonathan Johnson[1] (bef 1795 - 23 May 1860)[4] of Guilderland. In 1818, Dr. Jonathan Johnson and Gertrude Waldron moved to Dunnsville - Altamont Enterprise - October 12, 1928. Henry's half-brothers and half-sisters were:

  • Adeline Johnson(1818 - ) - Unmarried[1]
  • George Young Johnson (1820 - ) - married Ella Corbett[1]
  • Elizabeth Johnson (1822 - ) - unmarried[1]
  • Jane Ann Johnson (1824 - ) - unmarried[1]
  • John Johnson ( - April 15, 1907)

Information for John Johnson is from his obituary: Two Sudden Deaths

Two sudden deaths occurred in Altamont the first of the week, within fifteen hours of each other, the first that of John Johnson, Monday afternoon, at about 2 o'clock, and' the second that of Hiram Fredendall Tuesday morning at about 5 o'clock.
Mr. Johnson had been in failing health for some time from heart trouble, but had been out of doors and about as usual until a day or two before his death, having been up and down, not ill enough to require the service of a constant attendant, as he had been much of the winter.
On the day in question, Mrs. Jacob T. West, with whom be boarded, heard a fall and immediately surmised something was wrong, rushed to his room and found him on the floor where he had fallen when the attack came. Help was immediately summoned but he died at once and before recovering consciousness.
Mr. Johnson had been a resident of our village upwards of thirty rears, moving here from Dunnsvile soon after the death of bis brother, Mr. Y. George Johnson, purchasing the property where he died and where he has ever since resided. He was never married, a half-sister, Miss Henrietta Barckley, keeping house for him when he first moved here and after wards boarding with the parties who occupied his house. He retired from active work soon after his removal here, enjoying frequent fishing and hunting expeditions and other sports. He was a man of good habits, honest and true, and a friend to everybody. Owing to his extreme reserve (not confiding to any one) and his not having any near relatives, but little was known of his business interests, or what arrangements to make for his burial.
His sister-in-law, Mrs. Porter, of Binghamton, (widow of George Y. Johnson) has arrived and is stopping with Mr. Hiram Griggs, and her daughter, Mrs. Georgie Johnson Wilson, of New York, his niece, has been communicated with but will be unable to come to the funeral.
Mrs. E. P. Barckley and her daughter Grace, other relatives, are on their way home from the south and are expected in time for the funeral which will beheld from his late home this Friday afternoon at one o'clock.

Note: John Johnson is NOT listed as son of Dr. Jonathan Johnson in the Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical. In the Hudson Mohawk book, George Johnson married Ella Corbett, not a Porter.



As a young man, Henry learned the blacksmith trade.[1] Later he moved to a farm in Knox and there while farming he also opened a general store.[1][5] In addition he was the local postmaster[6] as well as holding various political posts including Town Clerk and Town Supervisor.[1]

Marriage & Children

Henry married Magdalene Livingston (B. 1814, D. Dec 6, 1900), who was the daughter of Aaron Livingston and Nancy Hallenbeck. They had two sons:


He died 17 Mar. 1893 in the town of Knox and is buried in Knox Cemetery[9]



Henry Barclay died March 17th, 1893, in the 77th year of his age. He had been in declining health for the past two years. His death will be sincerely regretted by his friends and acquaintances. His funeral was largely attended from the Reformed church on Monday, 20th inst. at 11 o'clock. He is survived by a widow and one son.

Altamont Enterprise - March 24, 1893

Additional Media


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Reynolds, Cuyler, Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, NY 1911 page 1605-6,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9
  3. Gittins Family Tree - well documented
  5. Gazetteer and Business Directory of Albany and Schenectady Co., NY for 1870-71 by Hamilton Child
  6. United States Official Postal Guide by United States Post Office Department, Published 1851 page 138, Google books
  7. Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  8. Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867
  9. Knox Cemetery Records