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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.

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 ~ #39 William Orson Clough – Eaten by a Cougar?

William (Billy) Orson Clough

William (Billy) Orson Clough

William (Billy) Orson Clough was my great grand uncle. Born in Hamburg, Erie county, New York to Orson Clough and Julia Marsh, 23 November 1851.

In the 1855 New York State Census W. (Billy) Clough (4) was living or visiting his paternal grandparents B.J. and L. Clough in Hamburg, New York.

1855 New York State Census Hamburg, Erie County

1855 New York State Census
Hamburg, Erie County

In the 1860 US Census William (9) is now living with or visiting an uncle and aunt, Benjamin and Lucinda Clough in DuPage, Illinois. he and his sister (Ida May) both spent much of their childhood with people other then their parents, at least when it came to the census time.

1860 US Census DuPage, Illinois

1860 US Census
DuPage, Illinois

1876 finds William (25)  registered to vote in Visalia, Tulare county, California where he is listed as a telephone operator. Then in 1878 before his 28 birthday he registered to vote and is listed as an Agent in Visalia.

California Voter Registers 18661898-4 crop

The 1880 Census finds William  O. Clough (28)  listed as a Laborer. In Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare, California.

1880 US Census Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare County, California

1880 US Census
Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare County, California

It was during this time period that Billy Clough discovered a cave in the southwestern part of Sequoia National Park. Many articles have been written about the caves that became known as Clough’s Cave. And you will find it in Place Names of the Sierra Nevada by Peter Browning. Below an article about Clough’s Cave and four other caves found in the Sequoia National Park.

Clough's Cave clipping

The 1890 Califoria voter registration we find William (37) in Tulare listed as a stock raiser.

In the 1896 California voter registration, William is shown as 44 years old, being 5′ 8 1/4″ tall, having a light complex, blue eyes and dark hair. His occupation is listed as miner.

1896 California Voter Registration

1896 California Voter Registration

In 1910 we find William (57) living/visiting with his mother, Julia (Marsh) and step father Ira Blossom in Lemon Cove, south fork of Kaweaha Road. William’s occupation is listed as a miner.

1910 US Census Lemon Cove, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Lemon Cove, Tulare County, California

These newspaper clippings  and the one above were found in Visalia at the Library in their Historical Record files.

William Clough

William Clough

From this article you can see that Billy was a colorful character. Billy was always the last to leave the mountains before winter set in and was the one to shut the gates on the Edison Power Dams.

W.O. Clough Believed Dead

In 1917 Uncle Billy, at 66 years old, did not come out of the mountains. My family story is that my grandfather (Ike Putnam) and his half brother Ed Bryant and my great Aunt Blanche rode in to search for Uncle Billy, but while a few of his things were found, he was not and it was speculated that a bear or a cougar got him. This article mentions that a diary was found that said he shut the gates on Nov. 2 and that was his last entry. I wonder what happened to that diary. What happened to Uncle Billy we will never know, either the winter storm caught him unaware or some mountain animal took him down. The mountains were his home and his final resting place.

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