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BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN BARCLAY by jim0400@aolcom Facts known about John Barclay b. c1659 Scotland d. 1731 NJ: 1 He was the son of Col David Barclay and Katherine Gordon, brother of Robert Barclay, the Quaker Apologist and David Barclay. 2 He Came to East New Jersey c 1685 where his brother Robert had been appointed as an absentee Governor. John had been deeded much land by his brother Robert and others and when their brother David died at sea on his way to America Robert deeded David’s East New Jersey land to John. 3 It is said that he supposedly became estranged from his kin in Scotland when he became a follower of George Keith a former Quaker preacher who had joined the Church of England. 4 Between 1699 and 1702/03, John married Catherine ____who bore him a son John and she died soon after. 5 Until 1708 John filled many political positions in NJ. 6 John died 1731 leaving no will and his son John appointed William Bradford to administer his estate. All the above information is well documented and comes from multiple sources.
7 Robert Barclay, son of the Apologist, who never left Scotland, wrote in his 1742 memoir that he presented to the King, stated that his uncle, john Barclay died 1731 in America having left children. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433081848248;view=1up;seq=9
WHY I BELIEVE MARGARET KER BARCLAY HUSBAND WAS JOHN BARCLY, THE APOLOGIST’S BROTHER Who were these children and who was their mother? Why is there so little known about what John Barclay did between 1708 and his death in 1731. John an educated, a much experienced politician, and a man from a family of great wealth, died intestate even though he had a 29 year old son John born c1702. Why did son John appoint William Bradford to administer the estate and who were John’s stepmother and half siblings? The Presbyterian Old Tennent Church records show that son Capt. John, was a member of this church and he had children baptized there, yet his father maintained a membership in the Church of England until he died. One of the founders of the Old Tennent Church was Walter Ker, father of Margaret Ker. Being a politician and not wanting to offend or get interference from his kin in Scotland nor Queen Anne in England, John the father kept his marriage to the Margaret Ker local when he married her about 1709, because she was the daughter of Walter Ker, who was once a prisoner in Scotland, and a covenanter who was banished to America. John and son Capt. John found a way to dispose of John’s property when he died in 1731 without naming his heirs by having Bradford sale some of the assets to give the money to his wife Margaret Ker and their children. By 1735 the widow Barclay married James Brown a widower and they had two daughters who were named in Margaret Ker Barclay Brown’s will. by Jim Baucom
John Barclay immigrated to New Jersey about 1684, and settled at Perth Amboy. 
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