Clough Family

Source: Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY, William Richard Cutter, A. M., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1910, pages 129-130

CLOUGH. John Clough, immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1613. He was twenty-two years old when he sailed from England for America in 1635 April 11, in the ship "Elizabeth." The name for many generations has been variously spelled, Clow, Clough, pronounced to rhyme with "how," Cluff and Cluffe, pronounced as written.

The established spelling Clough seems to be the proper way.

John Clough deposed in 1691 that his age was seventy-seven years, thus substantiating the approximate date of his birth obtained at emigration. He may have lived at Boston for a time, but it is difficult to prove whether John Clough of the Boston records is John of Watertown or John of Salisbury. John Watertown was a tailor. The John Clough oft his pedigree settled in Salisbury, was a proprietor there as early as 1639, and a house carpenter by trade. He had a second grant of land in 1640, and others later. He was admitted a freeman May 18, 1642, and took the oath of fidelity, 1650, and was a commoner an taxpayer 1650. The general court granted to John Clough, then of Boston, a lot of land at Salisbury (see Hoyt's families) March 13, 1638-39, the record stating that he had served his master four years, indicating that he was either apprenticed to learn his trade of carpenter or was bound out for a term--a common way of paying passage money. Or he may have been a prisoner of war. It seems most likely that he was apprenticed at Boston in some family that he knew in England and with whom he came to this country. He must have been counted a desirable citizen even as a young man, or he would not have been granted land by the general court. He died July 26, 1691, and his will was proved November 3, following. He made bequests to his wife Martha; sons, John, Samuel and Thomas; son-in-law Daniel Merrill; daughters Elizabeth Horne and Sarah Merrill; the children of daughter Martha, wife of Cornelius page, late of Andover, and other grandchildren. He married (first) Jane --------------, who died January 16, 1679. He married (second) January 15, 1686, Martha Cilley, or Sibley. Children of John and Jane Clough: 1. Elizabeth, born December 16, 1642; married ---------- Horne. 2 Mary, July 30, 1644; died before her father. 3. Sarah, June 28, 1646; married May 14, 1667, Daniel, son of Nathaniel Merrill. 4. John, March 9, 1648-49; married, November 13, 1674, Mercy Page. 5. Thomas, May 29, 1651. 6. Martha, March 22, 1654. 7. Samuel, February 20, 1656-57; married, August 31, 1679, Elizabeth Brown.

(I) Peter Clough, a descendant of John Clough in the fifth or sixth generation, settled like many others of his descendants in New Hampshire. Many of them lived at Henniker, Weare and in the vicinity of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He settled afterward in Vermont, and died there February 3, 1845. He married (first) September 11, 1808, Polly Tower. He married (second) August 12, 1821, Hannah Perham. Children of first wife: 1. Charles. 2. David. W. 3. John Henry. 4. William (mentioned below). 5. Fanny. 6. Adeline. Children of second wife: 7. Harry. 8. George. 9. Mary. 10. Eliza. His widow lived after his death at Townsend, Vermont.

(II) William, son of Peter Clough, was born Westminster, Vermont, February 11, 1813, died January 28, 1901. He moved with his parents to Malone, Franklin County, New York, when he was twelve years old. He had a common school education. At the age of eighteen he came to Peru, Clinton County, New York, and established a furniture store. He was a cabinet-maker, having learned his trade from his father. He built up a large and flourishing trade and continued in business with much success until in 1895 he retired, selling his business to his two sons, Franklin H., and Leslie M. Clough. In politics he was Republican, in religion, a Methodist. He married (first) Cynthia Garlick; (second) December 30, 1857, Amarilla, born April 4, 1830, at Isle La Motte, Vermont, daughter of Jeremiah and Speedis (Holcomb) Cooper. Children of first wife: 1. Martha, married Robert Day; had no children. 2. Mary, married Earl Olcott; had no children. 3. Albert, enlisted in the Civil War from Plattsburgh and died in the service. Children of

Second wife: 4. William E., born October 27, 1858, at Peru; married, January 7, 1883, at West Chazy, New York, Cornie E., daughter of Hiram Clark, of West Chazy; children: i. Bessie L., born July 6, 1891, ii. Ruth M., October 18, 1897, iii. Mahlon C., December 20, 1904, iv. Harold C., (twin), December 20, 1904. 5. Franklin H., November 12, 1864; mentioned below. 6. Leslie M., December 29, 1869; mentioned below. 7. Jesse, April 27, 1873l married Mrs. Emily Clark, of Peru; have no children.

(III) Franklin H., son of William Clough, was born in Peru, November 12, 1864, and was educated in the public schools of that town. He was clerk in his father's store from an early age until 1895, when in partnership with his brother, Leslie M., he succeeded his father and they have continued together with the greatest success ever since. In addition to his mercantile business he has filled the office of deputy collector of customs in the Champlain district and has resided at Rouse's Point since October 16, 1901. He was supervisor of Peru for six years (1896-1901) and is well known throughout the county. He is a member of the Ausable River Lodge, Free and Accepted Mason, of Keeseville; Plattsburgh Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; De Soto Commandery and Oriental Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Troy, and has held various offices in these Masonic bodies from time to time. In religion he is a Methodist.

Franklin H. Clough, married, December 22, 1886, Nellie C. Lewis, of Peru, born June 28, 1869, daughter of Eli and Elizabeth (Finn) Lewis. Children, born at Peru; 1. Claudia, July 7, 1893. 2. Frances Maud, June 13, 1896. 3. Marion (twin), November 14, 1900. 4. Mildred (twin) November 14, 1900.

(III) Leslie M., son of William Clough, was born December 29, 1869. He attended the public schools of Peru and Plattsburgh and graduated from the Plattsburgh high school. He was clerk in his father's store for a number of years, and in 1895 with his brother, Franklin H., succeeded to the business under the name of Clough Brothers. He is a member of Au Sable Lodge, Free Masons, of Keeseville; Plattsburgh Chapter, De Soto Commandery, and Oriental Temple. In politics he is a Republican, in religion a Methodist. He married, August 31, 1892, in Peru, Carrie, born in Peru, daughter of Andrew and Clara (Meed) Craig. Her father was born in Beekmanton, New York, her mother in Canada, daughter of Francis Meed, of Vermont and Canada. Children: 1. Corinne A., born September 10, 1894. 2. Kenneth, June 28, 1902.