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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.

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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.

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.

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……

 

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.

52 Ancestors – Joseph Fletcher Putnam – Hiked through the Jungle

Joseph Fletcher Putnam

Joseph Fletcher Putnam

My paternal great grandfather was born in Cambridge Massachusetts 18 May 1852 to Joseph and Mary Ann (Fletcher) Putnam. Between the birth of young Joseph and his older sister Nellie, Joseph senior had traveled to the Goldfields in California, where he and a friend Edwin Whipple had a claim on the Mokolome River, and back again to Cambridge. The “Family Story”  is that the family left Boston by ship and landed on the Gulf of Mexico at Panama where they had to trek through the jungle walking across the isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean. There they caught a steamer for San Francisco. Since the family is in the 1860 US Census in California Joseph would have been less then 7 years old and his older sister would have been younger then 12 years of age when the family made this trek. The 1860 US census shows that Joseph’s sister Lucy was just 4 months old in July when the census was taken and that she was born in California. Exactly when they arrived I have not completely documented.

1860 US Census Elliott Township San Joaquin County California

1860 US Census
Elliott Township San Joaquin County
California (Click on image to enlarge)

 

 

Joseph Fletcher Putnam grew up on his father’s orchard ranch in Clements California, which is about 23 miles northeast of Stockton California. At the age of 22 he met and married Fanny Stewart 18 years of age on 23 Febuary 1875 in Stockton California. The witnesses to the marriage were William Whipple and Lucy Fellows Putnam. William and Lucy later marry and raise a large family of their own.

Recorded Marriage Licence  Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Fanny Stewart

Recorded Marriage Licence
Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Fanny Stewart

Fanny was from Kansas, and I often wondered what she was doing out in California in 1875.  Fanny and Joseph had Grace Ellen  in Feb. 1875 and Alice was born 30 September 1876. In October of 1878 Fanny travels to Kansas to visit her family. Fanny took the 17 month old Alice with her and left 3 1/2 year old Grace at home with her father. Fanny and Alice never came back. In April of 1880 Joseph F. Putnam filed in Stockton California for a Divorce due to desertion, which was granted 20 April 1880 by A.V.D. Peterson, Judge of the Superior Court.

Divorce papers Joseph & Fanny Putnam

Divorce papers Joseph & Fanny Putnam

In the 1880 US Census Joseph Fletcher is alone in Hopeton Merced County California while his daughter Grace is with his parents in Clements (San Joaquin County) California.

On Dec. 30 1880 Joseph F. Putnam (age: 27) marries Ida May (Clough) Bryant (age: 25) in Stockton California. Ida May has three children from an earlier marriage to C.E. Bryant,  C.E. ‘Ed’ 8 years old, Allace 5 years of age, and Maude about 3 years old.

Marriage Lisence Record Joseph F. Putnam & Ida May Bryant

Marriage Lisence Record
Joseph F. Putnam & Ida May Bryant

 

Joseph and Ida May go on to have four more children together. Arthur dies in infancy, Ira B. is born in 1883, Lena A. is born in 1885 and Blanche A. is born in 1888.  Joseph’s second wife leaves him also and he is left with the children while his wife (Ida May)  appears in the 1900 census with a Charles Peters, a younger man.

900 US Census Alameda County California

1900 US Census Alameda County
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

 

 

 

 

In the 1900 US census we find Joseph Fletcher living and working in Alameda County California with his three children from his marriage to Ida May, Ira, Lena and Blanche.

 

 

 

Grace, his daughter from his first marriage, has married and is living in the same area with her husband (George Bryant) and their two children (William and May). I have not discovered if there is a connection to Grace’s step mother (Ida May) and Grace’s husband George. It was very confusing to me for her married name to be the same as her 1/2 brother and sisters. It took several years and the story of Joseph Fletchers first marriage to be revealed by the decendants of Alice Putnam (Grace’s full sister) from Colorado and New Mexico who made contact with my sister and I back in the early 1990’s. We then learned where Grace fit into the family and who her mother was and why there were two Alices and one was spelled differently by Aunt Blanche. Dear Aunt Blanche if she explained it to Madeleine and I, we did not understand, maybe because we were just teenager and not yet into genealogy. Anyway Madeleine’s notes were hard to follow, at least for me .

Information from Aunt Blanche

Information from Aunt Blanche

Back to Joseph Fletcher.  In the 1910 US census we find Joseph F. Putnam married to an Elizabeth.

1910 US Census Visalia Tulare County California

1910 US Census
Visalia Tulare County
California

From this census we see that they have been married 4 years.  All of Joseph’s children are either married or off on their own.

Joe & Elizabeth (Potter) Putnam

Joe & Elizabeth (Potter) Putnam

Here is the last photo I have of Joseph Fletcher Putnam and his wife Elizabeth.

In 2000 I found a Land Record on Roots Web for Joseph F. Putnam dated 08 October 1891 . It was a cash sale for a Parcel listed as Township 018S, Range 029E, Section 6.

Land Record Tulare County, California From Rootsweb.com 2000

Land Record
Tulare County, California
From Rootsweb.com 2000

My brother wrote me requarding my question to him about where the Elliott Ranch was. I am now wondering if this is the section that he was speaking of:

The Elliot ranch was next to Grandpa Ikes , property to the Northeast, it was 160 acres that was sold off of the original 640 that was willed to one of the relatives, do not remember who.  Aunt Lena, aunt Blanche and Grandpa Ike inherited the other quarter sections, possibly you know who the other sibling was.  Seems like there was another brother or sister who I do not remember.

At the time I found this record I also found a parcel that William P. Punam (Joseph F.’s brother) puchased in 1908. This was listed in Tulare county as, Township 021S, Range 028E, Section 28. Here is an opportunity for us to do a little investigation about these two pieces of property. I know from newspaper articles that the property immediately north of Aunt Lena’s place was given for an airport by Joseph Putnam and that the Visalia Airport has expanded to take more of what was Aunt Lena’s place.

1920 US Census Visalia Tulare County California

1920 US Census
Visalia Tulare County
California

1930 US Census Visalia Tulare county California

1930 US Census
Visalia Tulare county
California

The next 20 years  find joseph and Elizabeth in and around Visalia.

18 August 1931 Elizabeth dies.

On 13 December 1932 Joseph F. Putnam  dies.

Elizabeth and Joseph are buried in Visalia.

52 Ancestors-#36- Ira Blossom Putnam- Grandpa Ike

Ira "Ike" Blosspm Putnam

Ira “Ike” Blossom Putnam

Best known to all by “Ike”, he was born Ira Blossom Putnam on 30 March 1883 in Three Rivers, California. The son of Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Ida May Clough.  That name always bothered me, not Ike but Blossom. It was especially strange that every cow we ever had was called “Blossom”. When my sister and I were working on the family history we had this  “Aha!” moment. We discovered that Ike’s mothers step father was Ira Blossom. Blossom being his surname. So Ike was actually named after his step grandfather.

From the time that Ike and his two sisters were born until about 1892 the Putnam family lived in Three Rivers, California. In the Voter Registration book for Fresno County in October 1892 Joseph Putnam registered to vote. The precinct was called Sequoia and the Post Office was Camp Badger. Whether the whole family was living there is hard to know, possible since Ida May’s mother and step father were also living in Three Rivers, Ida May and the kids stayed there while her husband worked at Camp Badger to earn extra money. It may have been a logging camp. I have not found any information on Camp Badger. I did find a small community called Badger in Tulare county north of Visalia at approximately 3,000 ft. elevation near Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Could be the place.

In 1894 Ike’s grand father Joseph Putnam died in Clements California.

In 1896 I found Joseph Fletcher Putnam is in the Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County listed as a farmer in Clements. I take it that Joseph has gone home to Clements to take care of his fathers farm.

In the 1896 Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County Joseph Fletcher Putnam is still there. This time He is listed as a Saloonkeeper.  So is his family in Clements?

The next record I have is 1897 where Ida May marries a Charles Peters in Tulare County. They later move to Los Angeles.

In the 1898 Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County, Joseph Fletcher Putnam is still there and is again listed as a Saloonkeeper.

I found it interesting that Ike’s father moved up and down California so much and wondered if the kids were shuffled along with him or did they stay in Three Rivers all this time?

1900 US Census Santa Clara, California

1900 US Census
Santa Clara, California

In the 1900 census we have Ira B. Putnam at 16 years of age with his father and his two sisters, Lena and Blanche, in Santa Clara.

Lena, Ike, Blanche Grace and Joseph F. Putnam

Lena, Ike, Blanche
Grace and Joseph F. Putnam

They were not his only siblings. His father had been married previously and he had two older sisters Grace being the eldest and Alice who I believe Ike may have never met. His mother was also married previously and she had C.E. (Ed) Bryant, Maud Bryant, and Allace (Alice) Bryant.  In this same year (1900)Grace, Ike’s older sister, has married a George Bryant and that family is living in Alameda, not so far away.  “And that’s another story.”

Later that year (1900) Joseph Fletcher marries Elizabeth Potter.

Anyway back to Ike. On 15 July 1907 Ike married Etta Jane Francis in Visalia California.

Ira (Ike)  and Etta Jane Putnam Wedding 15 July 1907

Ira (Ike) and Etta Jane Putnam
Wedding 15 July 1907

The 1910 US Census shows Ike and Etta in Visalia. They are shown on the county road Goshen to Tulare. Ike is shown as a farmer who owns his place free and clear. From this I would ascertain that they are on the Ranch that my older brother and sister remember. Which would now be between the end of  Walnut Ave. and Hwy 99 West of Visalia.

1910 US Census Visalia, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County, California

 

 

Etta, "Ike" and baby LLoyd

Etta, “Ike” and baby Lloyd

Their son, Lloyd was born 3 May 1912 and their daughter, Eunice was born 20 Feb. 1914.

 

"Babe" (Eunice) and Lloyd

“Babe” (Eunice) and Lloyd

From the 1910 census until his death “Ike ” lived and worked the Ranch outside of Visalia.

His mother died in Los Angeles February 1932. and his father died later that same year in December in Visalia.

Ike died 19 April 1948.

My paternal grandfather died before I could know him. I was sure my siblings all would have memories. My brother who is 6 years older then me wrote:

I was six or seven when he passed away,  do not really remember much.  They had sold the major portion of the ranch and had only kept the 20 acres where we grew up.  I remember before they sold the ranch, going to the milk barn with dad and the milk man would always put me on the roof to be out of his way.  That was when they would come to pick up the milk in the milk cans.  Also remember picking up prunes after they were shaken from the tree.  When they killed a hog they would scald it in a big iron tub and scrape the hair off the hide.  Mom would render the fat and we would have cracklings. After they sold that portion of the ranch and built the house between the one we lived in and aunt babes, he had cancer and they amputated his leg.  I remember him walking on crutches.  I have a picture from grandma Gay of him and Dad, holding a rattle snake he had killed. He loved the three rivers area, and we had relatives’ there.  He was always kind and thoughtful

So then my older sister who is 8 years older called me to relate her stories to me.

I remember when the family would go Posting up to Three Rivers. That’s  what they called it when they would go get Posts for the Ranch. There were rattlesnakes everywhere. Out there where that big oak tree was, was a Prune orchard. When Sweringer bought that piece he took all those Prune trees out and planted cotton. I use to follow him (Grandpa Ike) around when he picked blackberries in the garden, he had a big garden. I’ve never found nectarines as good as Ike’s. Maybe because he grafted everything. I remember the pomegranate tree, it was there as you drove up the lane and came around the house on the left you could see the pomegranate tree.

When I asked about his having his leg amputated she said:

Yes they had to do it twice. They took it off below the knee and then they had to go back in and take more. I was really devastated. All I really remember is his lying there in that bed at the house.

So my other sister who is just eighteen months older really has no memories. She does have a photo that has a story about her taking an egg to Grandpa Ike to show him.

I.B. Putnam Visalia Times 1948

I.B. Putnam
Visalia Times 1948

 

 

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