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The Clough Brick Wall part 1

Today’s blog is from the other Putnam Sister. I am really happy to be sharing this space with my sister. This is a first in a series she has planned for you on,

Brick walls:

In approximately 1986 my sister asked me to help her with a genealogy project for our parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Sounded ok. I knew nothing about genealogy and thought we would talk about my grandparents and their families. My other sister organized an ingenious re-enactment of some of our deceased ancestors by choosing look-a-likes, or nearly so, descendants. I cannot say I was too pleased to be chosen to play my paternal grandmother who was short, fat and not terribly attractive, but then I do resemble her in all those ways. Those darn genes!
I had no idea what I was in for!! The journey has been oh so fun.
Now 30 years later- yeah gads has it been that long-I am now like many of you a long line of ancestors, some going back to the 1066 English invasion by William the Conqueror and a pile of bricks and brick walls.

It has been a great journey. My sister and I decided she would research the maternal side and I would research the paternal side.

It took me several years to follow my paternal grandfather’s mother, Ida May Clough. After forks in the road and stumbles, we often invented what we thought were plausible explanations, but were really fanciful stories. For instance, we had conflicting information that Ida was born in California (from her death certificate), Illinois (from a 1860 census) and New York (her brother and grandparents were there in 1855 census).  Ida, according to her death certificate, was born 29 December 1854 in California. I, at the time, could not find Orson and Julie.  I did find an announcement of their marriage in Buffalo in Oct of 1851. So where are they? William (Uncle Billie) is five in the 1855 census with Orson’s parents Benjamin and Lydia Clough, so is Julia pregnant when they marry? Or as is often the case, is the census incorrect about William’s age? William (Uncle Billie) is another story, but do not know his birth date.  I discovered William and Ida May’s father, Orson Clough, came to early California for the Gold Rush, and ended up having a saw mill, a mine and a ranch in Amador Co., California, part of Gold Rush country.  I could not find Julia at that time after what I thought was thorough research, so we made up this great story,

Orson goes to California before 1854 with the gold rush, Julia goes with him, but leaves William behind with Orson’s parents.  In California she becomes pregnant with Ida, dies in childbirth and Orson has this small child, whom he has raised by Almira Surface.

Ida is in the 1860 census with Almira and no sign of Orson.  DARN.  I traced Orson and his parents to Hamburg, NY.  I have him in the 1850 census with his parents Benjamin, age 65, Lydia age 63, Orson 22, Abner Amsdale 90, whom I now believe to be Lydia’s father, and interestingly, Julia Marsh. Who is listed on Ida May’s death certificate as her mother.  Plus I have the marriage evidence for Julia and Orson. On one census lots of information and clues.  But I could not prove my fantasy scenario, DARN. (click on images to enlarge)

1850 US Census Erie New York

1850 US Census Erie New York

In 1860 US Census I have not located Orson.

In the 1870 census, Volcano, Amador, California  I found Orson (47) with Abner Clough(63) and his wife Caroline (61) and Abner and Caroline’s daughter Jennette Wooster (40) and Jennette’s children.  A local Amador historian thinks Abner is Orson’s brother, also could be an uncle or cousin.  So hey where are the children, William and Ida, and does this confirm that Julia is dead?  Ida is supposedly 16 now and William is supposedly 20.  I am loosing 15-20 years of info on my family DARN.

Orson Clough Photo curtsey of

Orson Clough
Photo curtsey of fredsownline on Ancestry.com

Return next week for the continuation of the Clough Brick Wall.

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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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