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Clough Brick Wall part 3

by: Madeleine Putnam Melo

Ida May Clough born Dec 1854 (from death certificate, which also states she was born in California) was not found in the 1855 New York census with her brother and grandparents. In 1860 she is in the California Amador County census with Almira Surface, This US census states Ida was born in Illinois (I have yet to connect Almira to the Cloughs). I could not find her father in the 1860 US Census and her mother has remarried an Ira Blossom, and is found living in Scotsburg, CA with no children listed.
In the 1870 census she should be 16, I am not sure where she is. Her father Orson (47) is in Amador Co. with Abner Clough (63) and Abner’s wife Caroline (61) No Ida. Her mother now Julia Blossom is with Ira, and their Blossom children, no Ida.
There is an Ida Clough with A.H. (born in NY.) and Ella Clough family in Stockton, CA census for 1870. This Ida listed as 14 (close enough for a census) and born in Ca. Other youngsters in this household are a Fred (12) born in Wis or Mis? And a Geo. (10) born in Wis or Mis? And Arthur (6) born in Ca. Is this my Ida, is A. H. Clough an uncle, cousin?
In 1880 Ida Bryant (25) is listed with three children Clarence Bryant (7), Allace (5) and Maud (3) in the same household are Orson Clough(53) b. NY and Jenna Clough (37) and Kate Herbert, William Herbert, Nella Herbert ( I was to learn the Herberts were children from Jenna’s first marriage) and Orson and Jenna’s children Hilda Clough, Libba Clough and Amy Clough. Wow, so Orson had remarried between 1870 and 1880 and had not only 3 more of his own children, but 3 step children and Ida was there with three Bryant children. WOW!

1880 US Census Amador Co, California

1880 US Census
Amador Co, California

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Shortly after the 1880 census, on Dec 30, 1880 Ida May married my great grandfather Joseph Fletcher Putnam. They had three children, my grandpa Ike, my great aunt Lena and my great aunt Blanche. So now I understand that all those Bryants and their descendants are my half/cousins. WOW!
Joseph Putnam and Ida May divorced. I have never found the date. Clues are that my great Aunt Blanche, youngest child of Joseph & Ida was born in 1888.
There is no 1890 census to follow. Darn!  Joseph is listed in the voter’s registration for Kawaeh, Tulare Co. in 1890 and I know that they homesteaded property near Ida’s mother Julia and Ida’s stepfather Ira Blossom. So I assume they are still together in 1890. We have this family picture of Ida May on horseback in front of a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park, not far from their ranch.

Ida May on Nellie

Ida May on Nellie

I also know that Ida May’s father Orson dies in 1897. I have been able to follow Orson’s extended family the Cloughs by Jenna and Jenna’ Herbert children, but that is another story.
By 1900 Ida May married Charles Peters and is living in Fresno Ca., no children are with them. Her Putnam children are found with their father Joseph in the 1900 census living in Alameda Co. Ida and Charles Peters had no children.
The 1900 census included some more detailed info. For Ida born: Dec 1854, age:45, born: California, father born: New York, Mother born Ohio.

Ohio?! Julia Marsh is born in Ohio? What is she doing in New York with the Clough in 1850 at the age of 18 and that census says Julia is born in Vermont?! Hmmmm!

Back to Ida. Of note in the 1900 census is also listed Charles Bryant, Ida son from her first marriage his birth is listed as 1872 in Cal. (Ida would have been 18 years old).
My older sister has a post card written by Ida after marriage to Peters from a mining town in Idaho. So I know they lived there part of the time. I assume Charles Peter’s was mining.
My great- grandmother Ida May lived in Los Angles before her death in February 1932. I know that my great aunts and my grandfather went to Los Angles from Visalia frequently to visit with her. Travel was fairly easy by train in the early 1900s.

I have long had a fascination with this great grandmother. Where was she born? Most records say California. I have read so many stories about early California and mining history I can only imagine the hardships of giving birth in such rugged circumstances. Ida May seems never to have had a stable relationship as a young girl with her mother or father. Of interest, which you will see in my next blog about her grandfather Benjamin Clough, is that Ida May does have an Illinois connection. Her Uncle Benjamin Clough had moved from Eire, New York to Will county Illinois. Benjamin and Lydia (Ida May’s grandparents) have also moved there by 1860. Later research showed not Julia Marsh but other Marsh names in same census with the Cloughs. The Marsh line has yet to be extensively research by me, but it adds to the possibility that Ida May was born in Illinois, but for now I am sticking to the California birth as fact.

52 Ancestors-#30-Ida May Clough-3 Marriages-7 Children

This week we are looking at my paternal great grandmother Ida May Clough.  Her story may be a little confusing, she had both Madeleine and I confused for years. She was married three times and had 7 children.

Ida May on Nellie

Ida May on Nellie

Ida was the daughter of Orson Clough and Julia Marsh, born  on 29 December 1854 depending on what census we look at Ida May was born in Illinois, New York, and California. We know that there was at least one other child from this union, William Orson Clough had been born 23 November 1851.

Madeleine, my sister and research partner, had found Julia Marsh (Ida May Clough’s mother) in the 1850 US census in the Benjamin Clough family in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. Julia is only 18 and listed last, probably a domestic servant. Orson (Ida May Clough’s father) is 22 and the son of Benjamin and Lydia Clough.

150 US Census Hamburg, Erie county New York

1850 US Census
Hamburg, Erie county
New York

In the 1855 New York Census for Hamburg we did find B.J. (70) and L. Clough (68), and W. Clough (4) listed as gchild. But without Orson or Julia in the household. From a biography on William O. Clough he states that his father moved to Illinois in 1856.

In the 1860 US census, I did find a Benjamin Clough(50) and a Lucinda (42) with a young child Lucinda (9) and a William Clough (9). In DuPage, Will County, Illinois but no Orson or Julia. Madeleine, my sister, had located early on during one of her searches in the Library in Amador county an Ida M. Clough (6) in Amador County with a Almira Surface in 1860.  So the big Question has been “where is Orson and Julia in the 1860 US census?” If any one stumbles upon them please let us know. And who is this Almira Surface to the Clough’s?

1860 US Census Amador County, California

1860 US Census
Amador County, California

In October of 1860 Eveleyn Clough is supposedly born to Julia (Marsh) Clough in California. And at the same time she is reported to have married Ira Blossom in California. Julia (Marsh Clough) and Ira Blossom settle in the Three Rivers Area east of Visalia, California

In the 1870 US census, Elliott township San Joaquin county, California we find an Ida (14) Clough in the A.A. Clough (37) family. This may or may not be our Ida May. If any one knows this Clough family and can prove or disprove this I would love to hear from them.

I have located a marriage of an Edwin D. Briant (Bryant?) in San Joaquin county to an Ida May Clough on 22 February 1872. Not sure if this is ours but it fits. Their first child Clarence Edwin Bryant b. 28 Dec. 1872. Their next child  Allace Bryant  (according to 1900 census) was born in December 1874. We have not been able to find a specific date but I have found her death record that only shows the year of her birth. The last child to this union is Maud Bryant who was born in October 1876.

In 1880 Ida (Clough) Bryant (26) is a widow  with three children. I have not been able to determine what happened to Mr. Bryant.

In the 1880 US census we find Ida May (Clough) Bryant in Amador County, California  on 3 June with Orson Clough (53), Jenna (37) his wife, Kate Herbert (18), William Herbert (16), Nelly Herbert (11), Hilda Clough (7), Libba (6), Amy (3), Ida Bryant (25) wd. , Clarence (7), Allace (5), Maud (3).

1880 US Census Amador County, California

1880 US Census
Amador County, California

 

On 30 December Ida May (Clough) Bryant marries Joseph Fletcher Putnam in San Joaquin county. Joseph F. Putnam is raising his daughter (Grace) from an earlier marriage to Fanny Stewart on his own. Fanny had deserted him in 1878 and taken their 2 year old daughter Alice with her to Kansas never to return leaving the older child Grace behind. Joseph filed for divorce in April  1880 claiming desertion and was awarded a divorce.

30 December 1880 Marriage Ida May Clough to Joseph F. Putnam

30 December 1880 Marriage Ida May Clough to Joseph F. Putnam

From this marriage Ida (Clough Bryant) and Joseph Putnam have four children. Arthur who dies in infancy, Ira Blossom b.30 March 1883 in Three Rivers , California, Lena A. b. 12 August 1885 in Three Rivers, California, and Blanche A. b. 12 August 1888 in Three Rivers, California.

 

Lena, Ira, Blanche Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam 1897 Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

Lena, Ira, Blanche
Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam
1897
Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

23 April 1897 we have Ida M. (Clough Bryant) Putnam marring C.T. Peters in Tulare, California. Hey, what happened to her marriage to Joseph F. Putnam? From the Photo above you can see that Joseph F. Putnam and his children are back in Clements where he grew up.

0 US Census, Fresno, California

1900 US Census,
Fresno, California

In the above 1900 US census we find near the bottom Charles T. Peter (30) a laborer at a sawmill with wife Ida M. (Clough Bryant Putnam) (45) and Clarence Bryant (27) s.son.

I do not see them in the 1910 US Census but they do appear in the 1914 City Directory for San Pedro which is in the Los Angeles Area.

Blanch, Ike and Lena Putnam Maud Bryant, Mother Peters, and Allace Bryant

Blanch, Ike and Lena Putnam
Maud Bryant, Mother Peters, and Allace Bryant

The above photo of Ida (Clough Bryant Putnam) with her adult children was probably taken some time around 1920. The only child missing is C.E. (Ed) Bryant.

Below is a photo of Ed in his Spanish American War outfit.

C. E. Bryant

C. E. Bryant

In 1920 we find Ida (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters (65) widowed  at her daughter, Alice (Bryant) (45) Corsen’s home. Also in the same household is her other daughter Maud (Bryant) (43) Tyler   and Edwin (16) Tyler who would be Ida’s grandson.

1920 US Census Los Angeles, California

1920 US Census
Los Angeles, California

I the 1930 US census for Los Angeles Ida M. (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters (75) is Living now with her daughter Maud (Bryant) Tyler (53) widowed working as a telephone operator and Fredrick F Tyler (25), Maud’s son, a fireman for the fire department. Ida May’s daughter Allace (Bryant) Corsen dies 2 December 1931.

 

1930 US Census Los Angeles, California

1930 US Census
Los Angeles, California

Ida May (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters died on 6 February 1932. Her death certificate shows her birthdate 29 December 1854. Birth place is listed as unknown City , State of California. I do not believe that is accurate. When we look to see who the informant was it shows a L.M. Koontz of County Farm, Calif. It does list her parents as Orson Clough b. New York and Julia Marsh b. New York. The cause of death for Ida May was Chronic Myocarditis which she had been treated for over 1 year.

 

Death Certificate Ida May Peters

Death Certificate
Ida May Peters

 

 

 

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