When I was about 8 yrs. old, my grandmother showed me the rifle, or musket, my gg-grandfather carried home from the Civil War. She told how he nearly starved, after he was captured, and sent to Libby Prison, near the end of the war. All they had to eat and drink was chicken feed and dirty water. This would probably be dried corn, and most of the water, at the prisons, was contaminated, as they were overcrowded at the war's end. Food was scarce, especially in the south.
She also said, his wife was an Indian that practiced medicine, and she disappeared one day. When Indians were discusted with a marriage, they just walked away.
My cousins heard the same story, and it was more than enough to get all our attention, and interest in our family history.
We did find out all about our gg-grandfather, Albert Clark, but not much about his wife, Julia Goff, except she was buried in Meriden, Ct., and their fourth child died a few months later, while Albert Clark was away at war.
Julia's mother is listed in the Meriden Ct. directory, her occupation is listed as Vapor Baths.
Link onto Talcott Goff's page for new information, to do with our Indian heritage?
I wanted our site to show anyone interested in genealogy, how we went about doing our family history. Also, a chance to thank the many volunteers that helped us in our search, especially Jan Franco of the Meriden, Ct. Public Library.
I have 2 Clark lines, Cathys goes back to Lemuel Clark, who died in Wethersfield, Ct. 1810.
I want to dedicate our Clark and Manville sites and related lines, to my cousin Cathy Carter. We started out together, but unfortunately, Cathy came down with macular eye disease a few years ago.
She was my teacher and followed me every step of the way, until her sudden passing on Oct. 11, 2003.
My other early lines are from my g-grandmother, Emma Hammond Whiting's family records.
Alden, Bass, Weeks, Hammond, Rindge, Maudsley - Moseley, Quarles, Clark, Roper
A special thanks to all the volunteers who have scanned gravestones on the sites!