Thomas H. Cleaves (son of ? Cleaves) was born Abt. 1807 in Maine, and died Abt. 1889 in Washington, DC. He married Emeline F. Vaness in Maine.
Notes for Thomas H. Cleaves: 1850 Census - Kennebunk Port, York County, Maine, Roll 274 page 134 Image 266 #369 CLEAVES, Thomas H. age 43, value 350, born Maine (1807), Carpenter Emiline F. age 27, born Maine (1823) Alonzo B. age 7, born VA (1843) Alvaro age 6, born Maine (1844) Levenia age 4, born Maine (1846) Saraphina age 4 months, born Maine (1849)
1860 Census - Comorn Post Office, King George County, VA, Roll 1356 Book 1 page 365 image 2 #114 CLEVES (Cleaves), Thomas H. age 53, value 50, born Maine, Carpenter wife, Emeline age 27 (must be 37), born VA son, Alonzo B. age 17, born VA, apprentice Carpenter daughter, unclear (Emerancia) age 15, born Maine, Student (this has to be Levenia!) daughter Cerifino Lorosa (Saraphina) age 10, born VA, 1850 census says Maine daughter, Edwina Canali age 8, born Maine (1852) daughter, Emma Melissa age 6, born VA (1854) son, Orin age 4, born VA (1856) daughter, Cassandra age 2 born VA (1858) son, Alvaro R. age 15, born VA (1845) (sons and daughters were listed as male or female and not son or daughter)
1870 Census - Shiloh Township, Edge Hill Post Office, King George County, VA, Roll 1658 Book 1, page 66a, image 27, dated August 20, 1870 #184 CLEVES (CLEAVES), Thomas H. age 65, (ca. 1805), occupation-Carpenter, born Mass (Maine in 1850) wife, Emeline age 49, Keeping House, born VA ca. 1821 daughter, Saraphina age 20, at home, born VA ca. 1850 daughter, Edwina age 18, at home, born VA ca. 1852 daughter, Emma age 16, at home, born VA ca. 1854 son, Orrin R. age 14, at home, born VA ca. 1856 daughter, Cassandra age 11, at home, born VA ca. 1859 daughter, Ladia/Tadie age 5, born VA ca. 1865
Same Post Office, page 61a, image 17, August 16, 1879 (sons of Thomas and Emeline) #113 CLEAVES, Alonzo age 28, Farmer, born VA ca. 1842, value $500 wife, Pocahontas age 24, Keeping House, born VA ca. 1846 daughter, Mary age 1, born VA ca. 1869
#40 CLEAVES, Alvaro age 26, Farming, born VA ca 1844 wife, Elizabeth age 26, Keeping House, born VA ca. 1844
1870 Census - White Chapel Township, Lancaster County, VA, Roll 1658 Book 1, page 199b, image 10, dated July 20, 1870 (daughter of Thomas and Emeline), husband, CHARLES BALDWIN #83 BALDWIN, C. age 30, Farmer, real estate value $300/personal property $150, born VA ca. 1839 wife, Lavenia age 24, at home, born VA ca. 1846 male (assumed son), John Baldwin age 6 months, born VA ca. 1870 female, CLEAVES, C. age 11, born VA ca. 1859 (Cassie)
TO BE NOTED: This is the earliest census for finding Charles Baldwin. The age is correct, name of wife and age is correct. He is in a county near where he got married in Caroline County, and near King George County, where Levenia's parents and siblings live. Find C. Cleaves in home is another hit. C. Cleaves would be sister of Levenia and age matches for Cassandra. Cassandra is counted in August 1870 with her parents and in July 1870 with her sister, Levenia, Charles and new baby, John age 6 months. When Charles was attending the farm, Levenia would be drawing water from the well, bringing in wood to cook with, hanging clothes out to dry, fetching vegetables from the garden, getting eggs from the hen house and many other chores that would mean she needed an extra hand or eyes to watch a 6 month old baby. Another reason that I am sure this is correct, is the fact that this farm is in a water town. The neighbors worked as Sailors, on the Wharf, Oysterman, Fisherman, at the Boat, Merchants, and Farmers. Charles was drawn to water. Many Blacks lived in the area. It was only five years since the Civil War. This was a southern area and I don't think he went around telling anyone that he was a Union Soldier and a hero. I guess this is why he answered question as to his birth, as in Virginia. This was an era of healing and pain, and like us he was trying to make good in a place he was unsure of. I am not sure what happened to baby John? Did he die young or grown into adulthood? We only know about the birth of Randolph and Ida. The 1900 census revealed that Lavenia had six children with 2 living. This tells a story of pain. I have yet to find the 1880 census with Charles, Levenia, Randolph and Ida. I never thought I would find this one in 1870. I will now research a birth certificate for John Baldwin and land records for Charles Baldwin. jbh4/3/2004
1880 Census - Shiloh Township, King George County, Virginia, page 521C
CLEAVES, Thomas age 65, born VA, Laborer, parents born VA wife, Emeline age 40, born VA as parents (her age should be about 57) daughter, Tadie age 14, born VA (1866) daughter, Minnie age 8, born VA (1872) daughter, Saraphina (listed as sister, age 20 born VA (1860) this is not a mystery, but a mistake. Saraphina was four months old in the 1850 census and a child of Thomas and Emeline. Age was a big issue with women of this era and not given correctly to census takers 75% of the time. Saraphina would be about 30 years old and did not want to appear to be a spinster?
Note: Orin Cleaves, wife Elizabeth, daughter Leliatta and son Jesse are listed in same county near by.
1880 Census - Washington, DC CLEAVES, Cassie age 22, born VA, Nurse, father born Maine and mother VA Note: In home of Gustave and Louisa Linke with 1 year old Emeline. The information on Cassie matches the daughter, Cassie Cleaves, who is out of home.
1890 Census is not available (burned)
1880 Census for Levenia Cleaves Baldwin and her husband-Charles Baldwin - found in Washington, DC with daughter, Ida and son, Randolph.
1900 Census, Charles Baldwin and wife, Levenia found in Washington, DC. Levenia's parents were deceased, but had brothers and sisters in Washington, DC.
1910 Census, Charles and Levenia found in Accokeek, Prince George's County, MD. They died soon after.
More About Thomas H. Cleaves: Boyds of DC: 1890, Emeline (widow of Thomas) Tennallytown found at the National Archives. Burial 1: Unknown, Lot 69 behind Elbrooke Methodist Church, Tennallytown, Wash., DC. Burial 2: Report of the Genealogical Records Committee, District of Columbia, The Daughters of the American Revolution Library, N. S. D. A. R. 30948 LIX Volume 59, located in the Delaware section -bottom shelf, interments without stone or marker for Thomas and wife. Census 1: 1850, Roll 274, Kennebunk Port, York County, Maine. Census 2: 1860, Comorn Post Office, King George County, VA. Roll 1356 Book 1 page 365. Check notes for details.. Census 3: 1870, Shiloh Township, Edge Hill Post Office, King George County, VA. Census 4: 1880, Shiloh Township, Edge Hill Post Office, King George County, VA. Occupation 1: 1860, Carpenter, per census. Occupation 2: 1850, Carpenter, per census. Possible: Possible first marriage, if Thomas P. is his son. Not sure why i even thought this. Thomas Pl. Cleaves born August 1838 in Maine. Married Elizabeth born 1838..
More About Thomas H. Cleaves and Emeline F. Vaness: Marriage: Maine.
Children of Thomas H. Cleaves and Emeline F. Vaness are: