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Karen Gideon

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Michael Clifford and his family sailed to North America from Ireland around 1750, a trip that cost the life of his wife, our fifth great grandmother, who was buried at sea during that voyage. Michael's son, John, who married Rachel GRAY in the midst of the American Revolution, was but a small child on this transatlantic journey that brought our CLIFFORD family to America.

Over the next two centuries, our CLIFFORD line merged with pioneering families - the EATONS who arrived from Wales around 1685, settling in Pennepack, Pennsylvania as members of the original Baptist community in Philadelphia - the WELLS who immigrated in 1750 - and the well-documented OGLE family that descended from Captain John Ogle, who helped secure Delaware from the Dutch in 1664. Other family branches include the HORNS, HUNTERS and HALLS as well as the SHIPP & HIGGINBOTHAM families of Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

While these families settled in east coast communities for differing spans of time, between the years 1760 and 1790, they traveled the famous Wagon Road to North Carolina and settled in Rowan (Davie) County, North Carolina. Many of the families lived adjacent to each other along Dutchman's Creek near Mocksville and marriages blossomed between families. Joseph CLIFFORD, son of John Clifford and Rachel(EATON)GRAY, married Susannah WELLS in 1809, fought in the War of 1812, and in 1811 our great great grandfather, Ahirah CLIFFORD - his name means "hereafter" - was born. Daniel Boone was a neighbor who became an icon of the times.

Revolutionary War soldier John OGLE, our fourth great grandfather, and his wife Sarah DENNIS, traveled Boone's Cumberland Gap Wilderness Road from North Carolina to Green County, Kentucky where John died in 1806. Their son, Benjamin OGLE and his wife Hannah HILL settled in Greene County, Illinois, courtesy of Sauk Chief Black Hawk, before Illinois statehood in 1818. Benny OGLE had a talent for carving mill stones from granite and traded his craft for land along Apple Creek. His son, James, our second great grandfather, farmed in Greene County and married Frances STEWART, granddaughter of Isaiah Stewart, under fireworks on the Fourth of July, 1847. They had eight children including Sue Francis OGLE, our great grandmother.

After the Civil War, in which Ahirah's nephew, Franklin, his son John, and some of his brothers served the Confederacy, Ahirah and his wife, Rosanna HALL, traveled from North Carolina through Tennessee. They settled in Greene County, Illinois in 1868 when our great grandfather - the youngest of their eight children - William Millard CLIFFORD, was 10 years old.

William CLIFFORD married Sue OGLE on October 19, 1884 and farmed in Berdan, Illinois. They had three children: Bertha May (b.1885), Ethel Bell (b.1889), and Charles Raymond (b.1896) - our grandfather. They were members of New Providence Baptist Church and after Bertha's death at 16 years of age, they moved to Alton, Illinois. William became a street car conductor, Ethel taught piano and Raymond graduated from Washington University and practiced dentistry in Maplewood, Missouri. Sue Ogle CLIFFORD lived to 101 years of age (1858 - 1959) and our generation of the CLIFFORD family had the pleasure of knowing her when we were young children.

Her son, Dr. Charles "Raymond" CLIFFORD, Sr. and a young nurse, Namoi "Marie" SHIPP CROSS, granddaughter of Confederate POW Caleb Josiah James SHIPP, courted at the Cotton Belt Hospital in Texarkana, Arkansas. After Marie served overseas as a Red Cross nurse in WWI, they were married on "piety hill" in St. Louis in 1919. Their only son, Dr. Charles R. CLIFFORD, Jr. graduated from St. Louis University and was a popular dentist in Maplewood, Missouri. When he died in 1995, a scholarship fund was established in his name in recognition of his support for dental hygiene education.

Family Photos

  • William Millard and Sue Francis Ogle Clifford (12 KB)
    This was probably taken around 1935; William died in January, 1942.
  • William, Bertha, Ethel, Charles and Sue in 1896 (39 KB)
    Family portrait of the Cliffords when they lived in Berdan, Illinois. William sits on the left, Bertha stands behind Ethel, and Sue holds Raymond on her lap.
  • View of Llanddewi, Randnorshire, Wales (32 KB)
    John and Joan Eaton lived in peaceful Llanddewi before coming to Philadelphia in the 1680's. Photo by J. Eaton
  • This is the house that William M. Clifford built (9 KB)
    This is the beautiful house that William built in Alton, Illinois in the 1920's. Sadly, it was torn down to make way for a highway.
  • Ben Ogle Log Cabin in Greene County, Illinois (84 KB)
    Otis Lemon was Ben's great-great grandson and was born in this log cabin on Ben's property. He took this picture of the log cabin that he lived in on Ben's farm. The date on the back of the photo was 1875, 11 years after Ben's death.
  • Iron Hill Baptist Church (61 KB)
    John and Joan Eaton were buried at Iron Hill Cemetery in 1717. Photo by J. Eaton
  • Namoi Marie Cross in 1919 (16 KB)
    This is a picture of Namoi "Marie" Cross, who married Charles "Raymond" Clifford, Sr. October 20, 1919.
  • Charles "Raymond" Clifford in high school in Alton (29 KB)
    Grandpa was a sophomore in the Upper Alton Department in June, 1915. He wrote: "I thought Pietown very nice, Until I came down here: But here's so many pretty girls, I'll hate to leave next year."
  • Llanddewi Parish Church in Wales (56 KB)
    This is a church in Llanddewi, Radnorshire, Wales where our Eatons originated. Photo by J. Eaton
  • Charles Raymond Clifford, Jr. as a child (15 KB)
    Charles was born in 1923 and this picture was taken in his early years in Maplewood, Missouri.
  • Ahirah Clifford Headstone (56 KB)
    Ahirah is buried at Belltown Cemetery, Greene County, Illinois. Ahirah was the first discovery I made while compiling the family history so his headstone has a special meaning.
  • Charles R. Clifford, Jr. in 1950 (27 KB)
    Charles served in the Navy in World War II and Korea and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Base where this picture was taken.
  • Dr. Clifford's Flowing Well Farm sale notice (34 KB)
    This notice announced the sale of farm equipment and animals that Dr. Clifford, Sr. owned in Missouri in the 1930's.
  • Sue Francis Ogle Clifford at 100 (20 KB)
    This picture was taken when Great Grandma Sue Francis Ogle Clifford celebrated her 100th birthday in Alton, Illinois!
  • Hannah Hill and family headstone (61 KB)
    Ben Ogle's family headstone at Belltown Cemetery, Greene County, Illinois.
  • Charles Raymond Clifford, Jr. 1924 (28 KB)
    This is a photo of Charles taken when he was a young boy.
  • Nantmel Parish Church, Wales (54 KB)
    Nantmel is only 2 or 3 miles from Llanddewi, Radnorshire, Wales. Photo by J. Eaton
  • Namoi Marie and baby Charles in 1926-7 (16 KB)
    New mother Marie holds Charles Raymond, Jr. in this picture taken in 1926 or 1927.
  • Ogle Millstone Monument at White Hall Cemetery (51 KB)
    The plaque reads: "In memory of Benny Ogle, he settled a farm 4 1/2 miles north of Carrollton in 1818. He carved this stone by hand and it was operated by a yoke of oxen in 1819 to grind cornmeal for the people of the community. The sun dial mounted above kept correct time along with the wooden wheel clock in those days. Erected by O. E. Lemon."
  • Caleb Josiah James Shipp 1859 (340 KB)
    Caleb Josiah James Shipp graduated from Ole Miss in 1859; this is his graduation photo.
  • Franklin A. Clifford and his family, late 1800's (52 KB)
    Franklin was the son of James G. Clifford, Ahirah's brother. He married Louisa E. Wiseman in 1866 in Davie County. Franklin fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Submitted by James W. McCluer
  • Charles Raymond Clifford looking dapper in 1900 (20 KB)
    Grandpa Clifford was born in 1896, and this photo was taken in Alton. He looks around 4 or 5 years old.
  • Ben Ogle, Friend of Black Hawk (46 KB)
    This is one face of the headstone erected for the Ogle family at the Belltown Cemetery, Greene County, Illinois.
  • The Belltown Cemetery COOKBOOK (71 KB)
    Help Keep Belltown Beautiful! This cookbook is a fundraiser as the money goes to maintain the cemetery. Send $12.00 + $4.00 for shipping to Lillian Pinkerton, 425 Centennial Avenue, White Hall, IL 62092. It is filled with recipes and stories.
  • Letter from Franklin 1865 - large file (538 KB)
    Franklin was captured by the Union army and held prisoner at Point Lookout. He wrote this letter to his parents before his release in 1865. He mentions the status of other family members and friends. Submitted by and thanks to James W. McCluer
  • Davie County map of land grants (109 KB)
    This map shows the land that Michael Clifford owned in 1780 and the names of families who lived adjacent to him at Dutchman's Creek.
  • Ahirah Clifford, 1865 (17 KB)
    This is the tin type photograph that we found in the back of the family bible that was originally owned by William and Sue Clifford.
  • Caleb Josiah James Shipp after Civil War (42 KB)
    This photo of CJJ Shipp, now known as Joe, was taken after the Civil War when he was a POW at Johnson's Island Prison.
  • Franklin A. Clifford and Louisa E. Wiseman (111 KB)
    Franklin is Ahirah's nephew and William's cousin. He had red hair and a slight build - a Clifford trait. Submitted by James McCluer.
  • Davie County map of family locations (108 KB)
    This map also shows how the families were dispersed in Davie County. Notice family names such as Eaton, Hall, Hunter, and the famous Boone family.
  • Ethel Bell Clifford (13 KB)
    This picture was probably taken when Ethel was in her teens, around 1905.
  • Dr. Charles R. Clifford, DDS from 1920's (16 KB)
    Grandpa Clifford graduated from Washington University and practiced dentistry in an office in his home in Maplewood, Missouri.
  • Pennepack Church (64 KB)
    Our Eaton family members (John and Joan Eaton who immigrated from Radnorshire, Wales to Philadelphia around 1683-86) were among the 12 founding members of this church in 1688. The structure in this picture was built in 1805. Photo by J. Eaton
  • William and Sue Ogle Clifford in 1938 (24 KB)
    William Millard Clifford looks sharp in his straw hat in this photo with Sue Francis Ogle Clifford.

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