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John Clifton "Cliff" Stoddard
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Birth: Aug. 10, 1885
Colorado, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1946
Miami
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

NOTE: Our family visited Uncle Cliff's gravesite in Miami Memorial Park in June 2012, and his family never put a stone down for him. The purchaser of the one-space plot was his second wife, Ossie Edwards Stoddard, who had been married to him 7 years. His blank gravesite is to the right of three Couvreur family plots, with the immediate left grave (space 3) being Evelyn Couvreur (1896-1954). We got pictures of the area and have considered purchasing a plot for him. We are not sure if his two living daughters at the time (Eleanor and Lorraine) had considered purchasing a stone later, and never got to it. No other family is nearby.

"Uncle Cliff" was born in Colorado when his father and possibly some older brothers were mining (possibly for gold). During his early childhood (parents are Lyman Brown Stoddard and Rhoda Mehitabelle Douglas) he apparently moved with his father from Colorado to Arizona to pursue mining work. Apparently, some of his brothers came too. By the 1900 census, he is at Coconut Grove, Florida living with the King family - a family that appears to own fruit groves. Maybe he was a laborer? We do not know why he was there, or how he ended up in Florida. Within the next decade, he marries Ethel Fry in Dade, Florida in 1906 and is in Arizona by 1908, when his daughter Lorraine is born. By 1911-12, he is back in Florida, because daughters Eleanor and Margaret are born in Florida.

Well, apparently he got ants in his pants again late in the 1910s, because by the time of World War I, he is back in Cochise County, Arizona to register for the war there -- and his wife Ethel dies and is buried in Bisbee.

By 1920, his three daughters are living back in the old town of Larkins (now South Miami), Florida with their maternal grandmother Cynthia Fry. We haven't been able to find Clifton on the 1920 census anywhere, but by the late 1920s he is back in Miami AGAIN in the city directory.

In 1930, Clifton is living in the village on Biscayne Key in Dade County, Florida -- and he's listed as a fisherman and it appears he is renting a bungalow on the island. By late 1931, after returning to visit his family in Nebraska, he brings his niece Ruby Bowen (his sister Hattie's daughter) back to Florida with him, and she ends up living there.

In 1935, a tragedy hits the family when the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 plows through his bungalow at Cape Sable and kills his daughter Margaret and her husband. They had been married earlier that year. They never found the bodies, and this is the storm that decimated the Keys. Only the front stoop remained from the house.

In 1939, Cliff has remarried Ossie Edwards, a North Carolina native. She is with Cliff at the time of his death in Sept 1946, and she later remarries a man named Story and dies in North Carolina in 1983.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Lyman Brown Stoddard (1847 - 1920)
  Rhoda Mehitable Douglas Stoddard (1850 - 1935)
 
 Spouse:
  Ethel Freda Fry Stoddard (1890 - 1918)
 
 Siblings:
  Harry Lyman Stoddard (1869 - 1941)*
  Clayton Douglas Stoddard (1875 - 1950)*
  Pearl Stoddard (1878 - 1938)*
  Cynthia Adeline Stoddard Weilenman (1883 - 1952)*
  John Clifton Stoddard (1885 - 1946)
  Hattie Bernice Bowen Stoddard Larson (1888 - 1954)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Miami Memorial Park Cemetery
Miami
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section B, Lot 852, Space 4 (unmarked, next to Couvreur family - to the immediate right)
 
Created by: BF McLaughlin
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83604737
John Clifton Cliff Stoddard
Added by: BF McLaughlin
 
John Clifton Cliff Stoddard
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