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12 Family Lines ~ 12 Months The Clough Family-Hillbillies?

Take a look at this picture and you’ll understand my mother referring to her husbands family as “hillbillies”.

courtesy of Diane Knight

The Clough Family was in California prior to the 1860 United States Census. Thy had migrated to California from upstate New York via Illinois, where many members stayed. But our branch of the tree continued west to Amador, Placer,and Nevada counties in California and later south to Tulare county.

So last time on this blog, I wrote about the  most recent generation of Cloughs that included my Great grandmother Ida May Clough. Her father was Orson Clough. I list 4 siblings for Orson: Benjamin Jr., Lydia, Mary Ann, and another brother.

Benjamin Jr. was born in 1810 in New York, married Lucinda prior to the 1850 US Census. Benjamin and Lucinda had one daughter named for her mother. While in the 1860 US Census Benjamin and Lucinda are found in DuPage, Illinois with two children in their household, they are both listed as 9 years of age. In the 1850 US Census Benjamin and Lucinda (found in Hamburg Erie county New York) only have one child Lucinda E. who is 10 months. About 1856 the entire extended family moved to Illinois.  Also the 1870 US Census shows Lucinda E as the only other Clough in the household with Benjamin (Jr.) and Lucinda. While the age could be incorrectly recorded in the 1860 census, looking at the 1855 NY State census we can find a W. Clough (4 years old) living with B.J. (Sr.)  and L. Clough and listed as gchild. While this does not prove who his parents are we later find William Clough born in 1851 son of Orson and Julia (Marsh) Clough in the 1910 US Census for Tulare county California, living with Ira Blossom (head of household) and his mother Julia(now married to Ira Blossom) where William is listed as stepson to head of household (Ira). Benjamin Jr. died 21 January 1889 in Illinois.

Lydia Clough born 1814 in N.Y. married Joseph McCain. They have two sons Byron born in 1849 in Illinois and Hyrum born in 1856. The year the rest of Lydia’s family moved out to Illinois. Lydia died 31 May 1888.

Next comes Mary Ann Clough born 1816 in New York. This sister to Orson I have not yet proved. Prior to the 1850 US Census only head of household was named and the other members in the house were mere tick marks on a spreadsheet, listed by age groups. So in Benjamin Clough’s household in  the 1820 and 1830 there are appropriate tick marks that could be Mary Ann. Some time prior to 1840 Mary Ann marries Ira Isham and moves to Dane county Wisconsin where she and Ira raise 7 children. Mary Ann is listed in a lineage book as:

…Granddaughter of Ira Isham and Mary Ann Clough, his wife, Gr- granddaughter of Johnson Clough and Lydia Amsdell, his wife, Gr-gr-granddaughter of Abner Amsdell and Susan Sirkin, his wife. Abner Amsdell (1757-1851) enlisted, 1777, under Capt. Daniel Shay, Col. Rufus Putnam. He was at the battle of Bemus Heights. In 1780 he was allowed a pension in Erie county, N. Y., as private, Massachusetts militia. He was born in Deerfield, Mass.: died in Hamburg, N.Y.¹

Mary Ann (Clough) Isham died 1896 in Dane County Wisconsin.

1850 US Census Erie New York

The last sibling for Orson is unknown at this time. In the 1850 US Census for Hamburg in Erie County New York the listing in the Benjamin Clough (Sr.) household shows:

Benjamin (65), Lydia (63), Orson (22), Heritte M. (31), Mariah A. (3), Laura (1), Abner Amsdale (90), and Julia Marsh (18)

While Heritte could be Orson’s wife, I discount that because, while looking at that listing of marriage records that my sister found for Orson and Julia Marsh.

Clough, …….

Henrietta M. and Charles C. Marsh June 27, 1836

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Mary and Iser Isham Jan. 22, 1836

Orson and Julia Marsh Oct. 29 1851

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This is what I think in the 1850 Hamburg census that is Henrietta listed below Orson, his sister not sister in law. Possibly Charles has died, Henrietta has gone home to her parents household and has brought her sister-in law (Julia Marsh) with her to take care of the two young children.

The Mary Clough listed above could be the other sister of Orson who moved to Wisconsin, and who showed her parents as Johnson Clough and Lydia Amsdell. This does not prove her parents but does prove she is a Clough

This opens some doors for further research.What do you think?

My sister is still sorting this Family line out and I have just added to her job. At this point I will close the book on the Clough Family. Next time it will be the daunting Dougherty Line.

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Clough Brick Wall part 4

by: Madeleine Putnam Melo

My great-grandmother, Ida May Clough’s father was Orson and Orson’s parents are Benjamin Clough and Lydia. I believe Lydia’s maiden name is Amsdale. The 1850 census is the best clue I have on this family. It is an Erie Co. NY census and shows Benjamin Clough age 65, farmer, born in Mass., Lydia Clough age 63, born in Mass, Orson Clough age 22 born in Mass., Hirietta Clough age 31 born in Mass., Mariah Clough age 3 born in Ma.., Laura Clough age 1 born in Ken.,  Abner Amsdale age 90 born in Mass., and Julia Marsh age 18 born in V. T. So what to make of this census! I know that later Orson Clough marries and has children with Julia Marsh. I found a record of their marriage in: Marriage from Buffalo Newspapers 1811-1884. I later found a birth record for a Lydia Amsdill in the Vital Records of Pelham, Massachusetts to the year 1850 “AMSDILL (see Amsdale) Lydia, d. Abner and Susan Sept. 16, 1787.” YIPPY parents.
Interestingly there is a Benjamin Clough age 41 next door in the 1850 census, this is the same Benjamin we find in Illinois in 1860 and living next door to Benjamin and Lydia. In 1850 next door to Benjamin and Lydia is another Amsdale age 55- Is this Lydia’s brother and family? See Clough Brick Wall part 1

Research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City helped me find more clues, they have recorded a source as being “the Family Bible of Benjamin J. Clough” there is a recorded Benjamin J. Clough Birthplace; Belchertown, Hampshire, Mass 20 Mar 1785. WOW that coincided with the 1850 census listing his age as 65. No name of parents, so off I go to prove this information. This is my thick and high brick wall.
Working back from 1850- of course the censuses before 1850 listed only head of household and number of persons in the household
In the 1840 census for Erie, Hamburg, there is a Benjamin J. Clapp, next to Abner Amsdill- Is this Orson’s father?
In the 1830 census for Erie, Hamburg, there is a Benjamin Clough with a son under 5 yrs of age, that coincides with Orson being 22 in 1850. But the 1850 census says Orson was born in Mass, not NY.
In the 1820 census for Niagara, Hamburg, there is a Benjamin Clough next door to a Calvin Clough and on the same page is an Abner Amsdill and a Robert Amsdill. Hmm.
In 1810 Benjamin would have been 25 if the “Clough Family Bible” has been correctly quoted. And sure enough in Wellinik, Niagara there is a B.J. Clough next to a C. Clough both with boys under 10. Hmmm. So probably not father and son, but possibly brothers?
In 1800 there is a C. Clough in Ashfield, Hampshire, Mass with 5 sons, one of the correct age to be my Benjamin.
My search for Calvin Clough in 1790 was not achieved. There is no C. or Calvin Clough in the records I have tried from 1790-1799, so where is he and is he Benjamin’s father?
Also in Salt Lake City I discovered the book The Genealogy of the Descendants of John Clough of Salisbury, Massachusetts. A previous find with the Putnam genealogy had taken me back to England, Yippy Yippy, I thought I had it now.
Wrong, not a single Benjamin Clough of the right age and time period to be found in Descendants of John Clough of Salisbury, Massachusetts

Oh come on there has to be at least one.

No, there is not, ok, how about Calvin. Yes, there is a Calvin- this is what the Descendants of John Clough have to say about Calvin:

308- CALVIN (Ephraim, Jonathan, John, John) Born Feb. 1, 1771 at Stafford, Conn. On Oct. 6, 1782 he married Anna Patrick of Belchertown, Mass (Church Records) In the 1790 census his residence was Hebron, N.Y., and in the 1800 Census he was listed at Ashfield, Mass., and had six children from 10 to 26 years of age, names unknown.

Well, the “what’s going on here.”
1. If Calvin is born in 1771 and marries in 1782 he is 11 years old.
2. If Benjamin in born in 1785 Calvin is 14 years old.
3. I could not find him in an 1790 census, but lets assume that is accurate.
4. If he had an older child of 26 in 1800 that child would have been born in 1774 when Calvin was only 3!, even if we hypothesize a typo and it is really 1761 Calvin would have been only 13 years old.
If you go back to Ephraim it says he was born in 1724 at Thompson, whereas all his older siblings were born in Salisbury. Ephraim’s story is quit lengthy in the book, so will not copy here. Ephraim married a Mary Johnson (Is it possible that Benjamin gets his middle name from this grandmother?) The genealogy book lists 13 children for Ephraim, Calvin being the 12th and the birth date of 1 Feb 1771! Calvin’s oldest brother is born 1748 (Ephraim would have been 24 years old) and the youngest born 1773 (Ephraim would have been 49 years old) All quite reasonable.
I even went to Belchertown, Mass., many years ago, but was unable to learn more of the Cloughs that had lived there so long ago.
I did discover that Benjamin and Lydia Clough moved to Illinois after 1855, by looking for their son Benjamin. Benjamin and Lydia are buried in Will County, Illinois and I did find them on “Find a Grave”,

Benjamin J. Clough from findagrave.com added by Pam Looney

Benjamin J. Clough
from findagrave.com
added by Pam Looney

but have been unable to find any obituary for them or further information with that Illinois connection. It appears that they moved to Illinois to live with a daughter and also the son Benjamin is next door in the 1860 census.

1860 US Census Illinois

1860 US Census
Illinois

So I will continue the research until I can verify Benjamin’s parents.
The circumstantial evidence is that Benjamin could be the grandson of Ephraim. Other siblings of Calvin do not have descendants listed in the John Clough genealogy.
The proximity of Ephraim Clough, Calvin, the Patricks’ (Calvin’s wife’s maiden name), Benjamin and the Amsdales’ (Benjamin’s wife’s maiden name) suggest to me that they are all one family, but do I have the line of descendants correct. Benjamin in reality could be the son of any of Ephraim’s son’s.

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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