James Lent Barclay

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James Lent Barclay
Born (1848-10-05)October 5, 1848
Newtown, New York, U.S.
Died July 2, 1925(1925-07-02) (aged 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Olivia Mott Bell
(her death 1894)

Priscilla Palmer Dixon
(m. 1896; her death 1924)
Children Adelaide Barclay
Parent(s) Henry Barclay
Sarah Ann Moore
Relatives Thomas Henry Barclay (grandfather)
Isaac Bell Jr. (brother-in-law)

James Lent Barclay (October 5, 1848 – July 2, 1925) was a prominent American member of New York society during the Gilded Age.[1]

Early life

Barclay was born on October 5, 1848 in Newtown on Long Island.[2] He was the third child and second son of four children born to Henry Barclay (1794–1863) and Sarah Ann Moore (1809–1873).[3] His siblings were Henry Anthony Barclay (1844–1905),[4] Fannie Barclay (1846–1922), and Sackett Moore Barclay (1850–1918).[3][5]

His maternal grandfather was Daniel Sackett Moore.[3] His paternal grandparents were Thomas Henry Barclay (1753–1830) and Susan (née DeLancey) Barclay (1754–1837). Through his grandmother, he was a descendant of Stephen Delancey and Stephanus van Cortlandt.[3]


Barclay attended and graduated from Columbia University.[1] He was president of the Barclay Realty Company which was located at 299 Broadway in Manhattan.[6] The company managed his family's extensive real estate holdings, generally located near Barclay Street, named for his ancestors.[1]

Society life

In 1892, both Barclay and his wife Olivia were included in Ward McAllister's "Four Hundred", purported to be an index of New York's best families, published in The New York Times.[7] Conveniently, 400 was the number of people that could fit into Mrs. Astor's ballroom.[8]

He was a member of the Union Club, of which he was a governor, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Meadow Brook Golf Club, and the Southampton Club.[1]

Personal life

Barclay was married to Olivia Mott Bell (1855–1894).[9] She was the daughter of Isaac Bell and Adelaide (née Mott) Bell,[10] and the sister of Isaac Bell Jr. (1846–1889), the businessman and diplomat.[11] Before her death, they were the parents of one daughter:[2]

After the death of his first wife in 1894, he married Priscilla Palmer Dixon (1851–1924),[19] the widow of Thomas Chalmers Sloane (1847–1890) of the W. & J. Sloane Company, on April 16, 1896 at her home on West 51st Street in Manhattan.[2] She was the daughter of Courtlandt Palmer Dixon (1817–1883) and Hannah Elizabeth (née Williams) Dixon (1817–1888), a cousin of U.S. Representative and Senator Nathan F. Dixon III, a niece of Nathan F. Dixon II, and a granddaughter of U.S. Senator Nathan Fellows Dixon.[19]

Barclay died at his home, 15 West 48th Street in New York on July 2, 1925.[20] He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.[1]


Barclays owned a six-acre estate in Southampton, New York with a 13,000 square foot Colonial Revival home. The home was later owned by producer Martin Richards and Mary Lea Johnson Richards.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d e "JAMES L. BARCLAY DIES AT 71 YEARS | Member of Old New York Family, Head of Realty Company and Member of Union Club". The New York Times. 4 July 1925. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Harvey, Oscar Jewell (1899). The Harvey Book: Giving the Genealogies of Certain Branches of the American Families of Harvey, Nesbitt, Dixon and Jameson, and Notes on Many Other Families, Together with Numerous Biographical Sketches. E.B. Yordy & Company. p. 500. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Moffat, R. Burnham (1904). The Barclays of New York: Who They Are And Who They Are Not,--And Some Other Barclays. R. G. Cooke. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "HENRY A. BARCLAY DIES AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS; Associate of Bonner and Others in Raising American Horses. OWNED BONNIE BRAEAT LENOX He Came of One of the Oldest Knickerbocker Families -- A Founder of Well-Known Clubs". The New York Times. 9 March 1905. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ Burke, Arthur Meredyth (1908). The Prominent Families of the United States of America. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 343. ISBN 9780806313085. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. ^ "THE REAL ESTATE FIELD; James L. Barclay Sells West Forty-eighth Street Dwelling For More Than Double the Original Cost -- Investor Buys East Harlem Apartment -- Bronx and Suburban Deals". The New York Times. January 16, 1913. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  8. ^ Keister, Lisa A. (2005). Getting Rich: America's New Rich and How They Got That Way. Cambridge University Press. p. 36. ISBN 9780521536677. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ "DIED. Barclay". The New York Times. 1894. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  10. ^ "ISAAC BELL PASSES AWAY; The Well-Known Business Man, Philanthropist, and Public Spirited Citizen Is Dead. HE HAD A NOTABLE CAREER Was One of the Leading Cotton Merchants the First Commissioner of Charities and Correction, and Prominent in Other Ways". The New York Times. 1 October 1897. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Isaac Bell, Jr". The New York Times. 21 January 1889. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  12. ^ "The Club-fellow: The Society Journal of New York and Chicago". Club-Fellow Publishing Company. 1905. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  13. ^ "WHAT IS DOING IN SOCIETY". The New York Times. 23 October 1903. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  14. ^ "MARRIAGE STARTLES SOCIETY.; Algernon K. Boyesen and Miss Barclay Were Wedded Ten Days Before Public Announcement of Engagement". The New York Times. 7 October 1903. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Form". Form: An Illustrated Weekly Pub. Every Sat. in the Interests of American Society at Home and Abroad. I (1): 13. October 25, 1913. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  16. ^ Social Register, New York. Social Register Association. 1917. p. 453. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  17. ^ "OLIVIA BARCLAY TO WED.; Daughter of Mrs. Carlos Mayer Engaged to Captain William Persse". The New York Times. 31 May 1928. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  18. ^ "ALLARDYCE BARCLAY ENGAGED TO MARRY; Her Troth to Philippe Hottinguer Announced by Her Mother Mrs. Carlos G. Mayer. HE IS PARIS BANKER'S SON Both Bride-Elect and Her Flance Are Descendants of Old New York Families". The New York Times. 3 July 1931. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Mrs. Priscilla Barclay". The New York Times. 18 May 1924. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  20. ^ "DIED. Barclay". The New York Times. 4 July 1925. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  21. ^ Lewis, Christiana S. N. (January 5, 2008). "For sale: Estate in Hamptons, $65 million". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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