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Alfred G. (1831-1904) & Mary "Barney" (1838-1880) Sinclair.
Mary, daugher of Cromwell & Belinda Barney, was first white child born in Bay County.

Biography of A. G. Sinclair. (Added Nov., 2009)

History of Bay City, Michigan (1883)


A. G. Sinclair was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1831. He came to Bay City in 1855, and assumed a responsible situation with O. A. Ballou & Co., at Kawkawlin. In 1865 he built a salt block at Banks, West Bay City, and ran it one year. He superintended the construction of the Bay City and East Saginaw Railroad (afterward the F. & P. M.) after which he returned to Kawkawlin and remained until 1869. He assumed the foremanship of Eddy, Avery & Co.'s mill, in that year, and still retains the position. He was married in 1860 to Mary E. Barney, of Bay City, and has two children. Mrs. Sinclair was the first girl baby born in Bay City.

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The salt block, owned by Luther Beckwith, A. G. Sinclair and Moore, Smith & Co., burned in November, 1866, involving a loss of $16,000.

Additional Notes.

    Sinclair Burials at Pine Ridge Cemetery.

  • Afred G., d. Jan. 6, 1904.
  • Arthur C., d. Jul. 20, 1877.
  • Eve May, d. Jun. 4, 1880
  • George E., d. Aug. 16, 1874.
  • Mary E (Barney), d. May 27, 1880.
  • Daughter (?), d. Aug. 16, 1872.

    1873 - Michigan Births, Bay City, Mich.

  • Sinclair, George E., b. 5 Oct. 1873, parents Alfred G. & Mary E. Sinclair.

    1880 - Census, Bay City, Mich.

  • Sinclair, Afred G. (widow), b. 1831, Ohio.
  • Children: Belinda Ama, James A., Eva A.

    1918 - Louisiana Deaths.

  • Sinclair, James Alfred, died 8 Jun 1918, at Covington, St. Tammany, LA, married, age 54, born in Bay City, Mich. Parents: Alfred G. Sinclair & M. Barney.

1880: Mary's death. (Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Jan., 2009)

The Bay City Evening Times, Friday, May 28, 1880 (page 3)

Death of a Native of Bay County.

The report reached us this morning that Mrs. A. G. Sinclair, who has been quite ill for some time, died last night at her residence on Saginaw between Tenth and Eleventh streets. Mrs. Sinclair's maiden name was Barney, a daughter of one of the pioneers of this county, Cromwell Barney, who died in 1854. Mrs. Sinclair was the first white child born in this county and has lived here during her life. She was a lady much beloved and respected and her death will be mourned by her many friends. The funeral will take place from the Presbyterian church at half past ten o'clock to-morrow morning. Dr. Atkinson will officiate.

Additional Notes.

    Barney Burials at Pine Ridge Cemetery:

  • Cromwell b. nd, d. Nov. 3, 1851
  • Agnes Encel b. 1848, d. 1935.
  • Mary b. 1829, d. 1908 (wife of Alex)
  • Eliza b. Unk., d. Jan. 24, 1846 (6mos old, same stone w/ Sinclairs & Hoopers)
  • Harriet b. Unk. d. Mar. 9, 1848 (5yrs & 4mos same stone as Sinclair/Hoopers.)

    1850 Census, Hampton Twp., Saginaw, Mich. (458/473)

  • Barney, Cromwell, age 42, Mass., lumberman,
  • Barney, Belinda, age 43, Mass.
  • Barney, James, age 13, R. I.
  • Barney, Mary E., age 12, Mich.
  • McLane, Hugh, age 22, New York, laborer
  • Northrop, Clark, age 28, Conn., carpenter
  • Northrop, Geannis(?), age 26, Conn., carpenter
  • Fergusson, Duncan, age 23, Scotland, carpenter
Related Notes/Pages
Mary Barney, the wife of A. G. Sinclair, and daughter of Cromwell and Belinda Barney, was born about 1838. The former Belinda Street Bridge in Bay City was named in honor of Mrs. Belinda Barney for being the first white child born in the county. Mary and her parents are buried in a family plot at Pine Ridge cemetery.
Related Pages:
Barney, Cromwell
Pine Ridge Cemetery
People Referenced
Atkinson, Dr.
Ballou, O.A.
Barney, Agnes E.
Barney, Cromwell (father)
Barney, Eliza
Barney, Harriet
Barney, James
Barney, Mary E. (subject)
Beckwith, Luther
Ferguson, Duncan.
McLane, Hugh
Northrop, Clark
Northrop, Geannis
Pierce, Belinda (mother)
Sinclair, Alex G. (husband)
Sinclair, Belinda A. (dau.)
Sinclair, Eva A. (dau.)
Sinclair, George E. (son)
Sinclair, James A. (son)
Subjects Referenced
Banks, Bay, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
B.C. & E.S. RR
Columbiana, OH
Eddy, Avery & Co.
Kawkawlin, MI
Pine Ridge Cemetery
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.