I just recently started searching our connection to P.T. Barnum. Philo Barnum was the name my Great Grandma mentioned in interviews with her by my mother. Though, so far I have not come up with the connection.
So far what I suspect is our Barnum connection may have come from Albert Henry Barnum. In the 1880 AK census it lists his birth place as NY. In the 1900 TX census it lists Ellen's father born in NY and her mother and self born in AK. That is how I have traced this possiblity.
Albet Henry Barnum DOB: 1835 NY Died: 1905 TX Mary B. BoatrightDOB: 1837 AK Died: 1910 TX
Daughter: Ellen Barnum DOB: 1866 AK Died: 1901 TX (My Great Great Grandmother) Married: 1883 Austin, TX James Travis Potter DOB: 1853 TX Died: 1937 TX (My Great Great Grandfather)
We are in possession of a love letter written to Ellen from James(sent from Watters Station,TX) just before they were married along with a tin type of them when they met.
They had 10(11?)Children
James and Ellen's daughter: Polly Permilla Ann Potter DOB: 1880 TX Died: 1986 CA (My Great Grandma)
I have a picture of Polly and her husband Ballard Garner holding me in 1957 when I was about a year old.
So from Albet Henry Barnum I have: Father: Isaac Barnum Mother: Roxanna Philey
Isaac Barnum: Father: Abel Barnum Mother: Anna Peet
Ellen died when my Great Grandma Polly was around 10 or so. She didn't know a lot about her mother's side of the family because of her dying so young. She did mention Ellen taking her to the circus when she was young and the circus guy greeting Ellen by name. The man then put Polly on a stool and let her take the tickets at the door of the tent. She needed a stool because she was little.Polly said the man's name was Philo.
I hope I am on the right track, names, dates and locations seem to fit.
We also have a picture of a Mabel Barnum listed as a cousin, and another Barnum woman we don't know the name of.