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12 Months-12 Family Lines~ #3 The Clough Family

This is March and month three in my 12 Months- 12 Family Lines. So this month I will be working on my Clough Family line.

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The Clough’s became apart of my family when my great grandfather Joseph Fletcher Putnam married Ida May Clough. My sister has done this paternal line research but I still have a binder that needs to be reviewed. So I may need to call on her with any questions that I have. We have both written in this blog, how the Clough research has been a challenge, my sister has been quite diligent in pursuing this line. Ida May’s father Orson was the son of Benjamin and Lydia (Amsdale) Clough who are found in the 1850 census in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. Determining who Benjamin’s father was has been a daunting task. One that we have not nailed down.

Ida May had a brother William O. Clough and a sister Evelyn Clough, plus four half sisters, Hilda, Libby, Amy and Grace, a step brother William Herbert, and step sisters Kate and Nelly Herbert from her father, Orson Clough’s second marriage to Sarah J. Herbert. Ida May’s mother (Julia Marsh) also remarried (Ira Blossom) and they had three girls: Emma, Anna, and Lottie Blossom and one boy, Charles Blossom. All these divorces and remarriages occurred in the second half of the 1800’s in California. You would have thought it wouldn’t be until a more current time that we get this kind of blended family. Does this pattern run in families? If we could get back further would we see these patterns repeated? Or is this pattern occurring due to the nature of the time and rural area?

I had not originally  included any information on Ida’s half siblings but when looking for more information on Orson and Julia, following the half siblings may shed some light.

I have done a story on Uncle Billy Clough (born 23 Nov. 1851) who was believed to have died in 1920 when he failed to return to Three Rivers from the Mineral King area below Mt. Whitney, CA, where he spent summers working a mining claim and doing odd jobs for the power company, It was his job to close the dam gates before leaving for the winter. In the fall of 1920 the gates didn’t get closed and Billy was never found. Several years later remains were found on the Franklin Lake trail and it was presumed that he had been attacked by a cougar on the way to close the gate.

Evelyn Clough (click on image to enlarge)

Now Ida May’s sister Evelyn Clough appears to have also been a very interesting woman. Evelyn was born October 1860 in California soon after her mother married Ira Blossom. Evelyn was also known as Eva and after 4 known marriages, Evelyn was found as Eva Clough in the 1920 and 1930 Census and was listed in her step-fathers 1924 obituary as Eva Clough. Evelyn first married G. W. Cahoon who was 22 years older then Evelyn and a Dairyman in the Three Rivers area. Their first child David was born about 1879.

1880 US census

George was born January of 1880 and Cahoon in 1882. By the 1900 census David is no longer with his mother.  From the 1900 census Eva has listed that she gave birth to 9 children and that 8 are still living. In this 1900 US census Evelyn (Eva) is no longer with G.W. Cahoon,  she has been married for less then a year to John Menteer and has George Cahoon and Cahoon Cahoon (yes, Cahoon Cahoon!) along with Pansy, Zinnia, Rose, Violet and Forest Busby listed as John Menteer’s step children. That is seven children at home so the other living child could be David or another Cahoon or a Busby.

 

1900 US census

1910 US Census

I have not found a death record for GW Cahoon (did they divorce?) nor have I found a marriage record for Daniel Busby and Evelyn (or Eva), but it also appears that Daniel may not yet have died but he may now (in the 1900 census) be in Kansas and remarried. Need to look for divorce records.

By 1910 Evelyn is no longer with John Menteer but is shown as Evelin Long a widow  with, Zinnia, Rose, Violet, and Forest. In 1920 Evelyn is 59 and it is just her and her 23 year old son, Forest. Evelyn is shown as a truck farmer. In the 1930 US census Eva (age 70) is living with her daughter Pansy.

Evelyn Clough Cahoon, Busby, Menteer, Long died before 1940. Still looking for a death record for her other trees on ancestry.com list her date of death as may 1938. Any Cahoon’s or Busby’s out there with sources for Evelyn, I would love to hear from you. I know my sister has been in touch with a third cousin 1x removed some time ago, possibly she has added more information to this generation of Clough’s.

There are still the Orson and Sarah Clough children to follow up on as well as Orson’s siblings families, so I will try to complete the Clough family next time.

Clough Brick Wall part 2

This is a continuation of last weeks blog by my sister.

Orson Clough was becoming a mystery. I have him in 1850, but not 1860, or in 1870. Also no wife, no children in 1870. I knew that Ida May Clough was the daughter of Orson Clough, but had not yet confirmed her mother, so I sent for her California death certificate.  My paternal aunt always called her Grandma Peters.  I knew she had lived in Los Angeles.  Guess what, the first one I got was the wrong Ida Peters so I sent for the other one.

It confirmed her father as Orson Clough, born in NY, and stated that her mother was Julia Marsh, born in NY. Yippee!

It stated Ida’s birthplace as California, city or town unknown. Darn.

So now I had Ida’s mother confirmed, and yes, she was the same person in that 1850 census.  In our family there have been lots of surnames.  Growing up I never knew how they were connected, just related some how!  My Great ‘Aunt Blanche’ was a woman I had known well and was the daughter of Ida May.  When I was a teenager she had given me information on her father’s side of the family, not much on her mother’s. (Click on image to enlarge)

Hand written tree w_WM

Not easy to read, but being the originator I have an advantage. Ida May had married a Bryant before she married my grandfather.  So when I started my genealogy I saw the name Bryant and all those other surnames that had been batted around in my youth.  So now to connect the dots.  I called a “shirt-tail cousin” (he is actually my half second cousin once removed) and he said,

 GRANDMA PETERS, IDA MAE, HAD A SISTER WHO LIVED IN THREE RIVERS CALIFORNIA. HER NAME WAS EVELYN.

Evelyn, who is Evelyn? Aunt Blanche did not say anything about Evelyn, there is no Evelyn on my crude family tree.  Aunt Blanche where are you when I need you?  I already knew part of the mystery but my brain was not connecting the dots, ok, so maybe genealogy is not my thing. Ada was achieving great maternal finds and I’m lost with who is Evelyn?  Well, I was not quitting! The parts I knew,and did not get, was why my grandfathers name was Ira Blossom Putnam. There was also the Busby’s, one of those batted about names, that had named their children after flowers, like Pansy. So I just thought that generation was crazy about flowers. I also knew about another family relative by the name of Ed Bryant, I thought he was grandpa’s cousin or some other relative. Turns out he was grandpa’s half brother.  I called a Three Rivers researcher and asked her about the Bryants . “Oh yes”,she said, “the Bryants, the Blossoms, the Loverins.” I knew about the Loverins, my Aunt Blanche was very close to a Loverin, although I never met him.  Well of course she was close to him, he was her nephew, just like my Dad was her nephew.  So I’m lost, all these relatives and I do not know how we are related.  So there was the clue Ira Blossom my own grandfather was not named for a flower, but named after someone with the surname of Blossom. .  So I started to search for the surname of Blossom in the census and Voila!

1860 US Census Fresno County California

1860 US Census
Fresno County California

1860 Scotsburg, CA, Ira Blossom, 28, Rancher, born in Ohio, Julia Blossom, 33, Housekeeper, born in New York. Julia was 18 in the 1850 census, maybe this is not my Julia. Hmmmm. (Historical note: Scots-burg, now Centerville was founded in 1854 near the Kings River. In 1858 a ferry was established at Poole’s crossing.  In the winter of 1861-1862 flooding destroyed the ferry and town.)

Further research finds Ira and Julia Blossom in Farmersville in 1870 with children Eva (is this my Evelyn?) Emma and Charles.

1870 US Census Farmerville Tulare County California

1870 US Census
Farmersville Tulare County California

In 1880 they are in Three Rivers CA, with two more daughters Anna and Lottie.  Both Ira (now shown as born in Illinois) and Julia (shown again born in NY.)  are now 47. Hmmmm……

Julia Marsh

Julia Marsh

I was able to follow Ira and Julia till there deaths, Julia in 1922 age 88 and Ira in 1924 age 91. I have both Ira’s and Julia’s death certificates. Ira’s parents are listed as unknown and Julia’s are listed as ?Marsh and ?Crissy.  Hmmmm….

Yes Eva is my Evelyn, born in October of 1860. She is variously listed as Evelyn Clough, Evelyn Blossom and Evelyn Blossom Clough.  I have not researched her, was she Orson Clough’s biological child but raised by Ira Blossom?  Since my great-grandmother choose to name her son Ira Blossom (he was Grandpa Ike to us), her step-father must have been beloved by the family.  In the Three Rivers area there is a Blossom Peak and an Evelyn Lake.  Also Clough’s Caves after William Clough (Uncle Billy) but that is another story.

So I know the rest of the story about Ida May’s mother, but what about Ida and her father Orson? Am I lost again? Darn!

More to follow next week……

 

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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