Warner New Hampshire’s Pearl Habor Casualty: Ensign Edward Blanchard Cloues, USN (1917-1941)

Ensign Edward Blanchard Cloues, son of Alfred S. & Hattie (Blanchard) Cloues was born 25 December 1917 at Warner, New Hampshire  He was aboard the USS. Arizona when it was sunk on 7 December 1941 during the Japanese attack.  His body remains with the ship and his shipmates. He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously, which was sent to his mother in May 1942.

Edward Blanchard Cloues
Photograph from the United States Naval Academy

“Eddie,” as he was known to his family and friends, had graduated from Simonds Free High School at the top of his class, had been active in sports, and a member of the school’s orchestra. He attended the University of New Hampshire for a year pending his appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he graduated in 1940.

He was assigned to the Battleship USS Arizona (BB 39), stationed at Pearl Harbor Hawaii, reporting for duty June 29, 1940.  He was supposed to be on leave in Honolulu, but had traded with another Ensign for ship’s duty.  He was on engineering duty in one of the USS Arizona’s turrets when the battleship was attacked, and he was killed in action.

The life and service of Edward B. Cloues has been memorialized in the following ways.

. . According to Time Magazine, after Edward’s death his mother placed a memorial in the window of Horace Martin’s store, displaying Eddie’s “Annapolis class ring, his sword, his citation for bravery, his Purple Heart, his classbook, his epaulets, his fancy dress hat, the linen he had sent home from Madeira, a Nazi knife sent home from Germany on a trip before the war, and some shell necklaces from Pearl Harbor, mailed just before Dec. 7.”
. The USS Cloues (DE 265) was the first ship to be named  for a New Hampshire hero of World War II. His mother christened the ship at the Boston Navy Yard on 10 Aug 1943.
. His name is inscribed on the honor roll of the New Hampshire Marine Memorial at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
. On 8 February 1946, Post #39 American Legion changed its name to Wilkins-Cloues Post #39 1.
. His name is listed on the bronze plaque at the entrance of Warner’s Town Hall (which also honors 98 other men and women who were residents of Warner during their service in World War II).

***Interesting Reading***

Nashua Area Men and Women in World War II, (Section on Edward Cloes) by Ron Dube

USS Arizona: Biography of Edward Blanchard Cloues

***LIFE MAG PICTURES*** Letters from Home: What goes on in Warner NH, by John Field, Life Magazine, 27 Sep 1943

——BIOGRAPHY OF Edward Blanchard Cloues——–

History of Cloues [DE-265]


[Editors note: The origin of Jacob Cloues is not definitely known.  There was a John Cloues residing in Boston who would have been a contemporary to Jacob, but it is unknown if he was related.  There were Cloues families living in Virginia, Delaware, Philadelphia PA and Long Island during this time who could all have been the source of this family. A “Goodwife CLOYES was buried in July 1701 in Boston MA]

=========First Generation==========
Jacob Cloues, b. abt 1754; d. 31 Oct 1799, age 45 years in Boston MA [as published in Oracle of the Day newspaper, Portsmouth NH]; he m. 8 Oct 1778 in Boston MA to Hannah Gray, daughter of Nicholas & Bathsheba (Edwards) Gray.  She b. abt 1758 in MA and d. after 1827 in Boston MA. He was a “tabacconist” (tobacconist) on Fish Street (now North Street) in 1798, probably only having come there a few years previous to that date, as the name Cloues is not in the directory for 1789. On 10 Dec 1799 Hannah Cloues of Boston, widow was appointed administratrix of the estate of Jacob Cloues, late of Boston, tobacconist, deceased, William McKean tobacconist, being one of her bondsmen.  On 13 January 1801, Hannah Cloues was appointed guardian to Jacob, William, and Bathsheba, minors above fourteen, children of Jacob Cloues, deceased.  On the same date a guardian was also appointed to Sally and Philip Cloues, minors under fourteen.
Children of Jacob & Hannah (Gray) Cloues:
1. +Jacob Cloues 2nd, b. abt 1782, d. 14 May 1815
2. Bathsheba Cloues, b. abt 1784, d. Oct 1812 Boston MA; m. 24 Oct 1802 in Boston MA to John Peak
3. William Cloues, b. abt 1786; m. 23 Jan 1800 in Boston MA by Rev. Thomas Baldwin  to Betsey Cox.
4. Philip Cloues, b abt 1788
5. Sally Cloues, b. abt 1790 Boston MA

=========Second Generation==========

Jacob Cloues 2d, son of Jacob & Hannah (Gray) Cloues, b. abt 1782, d. 14 May 1815 in Boston MA; m. 19 Nov 1801 [Low genealogy says 11 May 1802] Boston MA to Phebe Ann (Low) French, dau of William & Elizabeth (Knower) Low (a revolutionary soldier belonging to a company of militia called into service on 19 Apr 1775 to the Lexington alarm). She was b. 27 Jan 1777 in Chelsea MA and d. 16 Aug 1850.  She m1) 1 May 1796 in Boston MA to Jacob French.  Jacob Cloues is  listed in the US Marine Corps Muster Rolls as enlisting 7 Sep 1807 as a private at the Navy yard Charlestown, muster date November 1807.  According to “Genealogy and history of representative citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1902, page 316, “the Columbia Sentinel for May 17, 1815 contains the following ‘Died in this town, Mr. Jacob Cloues, aet 33….the family tradition…is that he fell from a wharf where he was watching for a return of a vessel in which he was interesting, bringing in a prize, and was drowned. A few months later, August 14, 1815 Phebe Cloues, of Boston, widow, was appointed to administer the estate of Jacob Cloues, late of Boston, tobacconist, deceased.
1798 Boston records:
JACOB CLOUES, owner and occupier; Brick dwelling; North Side Fish Street; East on sd. Street; South on Danl. English; & North on Sylvester; 1 work shop, wood, 240 square feet.
Land, 1,820 square feet, house, 480 square feet; 2 stories, 6 windows; Value $2,0000
Child of Jacob & Phoebe A. (Low) French:
1. Elizabeth Low French, b. 26 Jan 1797; m. 14 June 1817 to Edward Bell.  She d. 31 July 1839
Children of Jacob & Phoebe A. (Low) Cloues:
1. +Jacob Cloues III, b. 11 Sep 1801
2. +Aaron Richardson Cloues, b.29 Jan 1807; d. 2 Sep 1852 Boston MA; m. Lucy Ann Barnicoat
3. Nancy Low Cloues, b. 1 July 1810, d. 16 Jan 1884; m.1) 23 Oct 1823 Boston MA to Anthony W.L. Sumbardo; m2) 22 June 1829 William Lewis. Children: Anthony W.L. Sumbardo, Phoebe Ann Lewis, Harriet Augusta Lewis, Henrietta C Lewis, Nancy M. Lewis, Lucyanna C. Lewis, Mary E. L. Lewis and Eliza F. Lewis.
4. Phebe Ann Cloues, b. 7 March 1810, d. 6 June 1880 in MA; m. William Richards Bell. 17 Children [BELL]: Aaron Cloues, Charles Parker, George Low, Edwin Forrest, Mary Franklin Monroe, Henrietta Hobart and six other children [17 children in all; twins being born 3 times, nine of the children died in infancy]
5.  Samuel Low Cloues, b. abt 1812; d. 7 May 1851 in Boston MA, age 39

==========Third Generation=============

Jacob Cloues III, son of Jacob & Phebe A. (Low) Cloues, b. 11 Sep 1801; d. 4 Apr 1883, age 80 in Boston MA; m. 12 May 1831 in Boston MA to Emeline Reed in Boston MA. She b. abt Jan 1806 in MA and d. 29 April 1890, age 84 yrs 3 mo in Boston MA, her address being 4 Sheafe Street, Boston. Both the census and his death record indicate his occupation of sail maker.
1865 Massachusetts Census > Suffolk > Boston > Ward 1
Jacob Cloues M 63 MA sail maker
Emmeline Cloues F 58 MA
Mary E. Cloues 20 MA writing
Harriet L. Cloues 18 MA
Aaron Cloues 16 MA telegraph office
William J. Cloues 5 MA
Children of Jacob & Emeline (Reed) Cloues:
1. +Phoebe Elizabeth Cloues, b. abt 1830; d. 20 Feb 1867/1868, age 36; m1) 19 Sep 1849 in Boston MA to John A. Lee; m2) Charles F. Dearborn.
2. Theodore Cunningham Cloues, b. 17 June 1833 Boston MA; d. 24 June 1913 Somerville MA, unmarried, Officer in USN.
3. Emma L. Clowes, b 28 Aug 1836 Boston MA; m. 1 Feb 1864 in Boston MA to Charles B. Whelpley, son of Samuel & Jane Whelpley.
4. Jacob Cloues, b., d about age 4
5. Eliza Rebecca Cloues, b.; d. about 2 years old.
6. +Samuel Cloues, b. 26 Jan 1839; d. 3 Jan 1863 Boston MA, age 34
7. Mary Eliza Cloues, b. 14 Feb 1846-7 Boston MA; m. 14 June 1866 in Boston MA to Zoeth Rich Knowles, son of Franklin & Caroline Knowles. He was b. in Londonderry NH; a cabinetmaker.
8. Harriet “Hattie” Lewis Cloues, b. 13 Feb 1847 MA; m1) 18 Dec 1883 in Boston MA to Hezikiah Q. Hawes of Boston, Clerk, son of Joshua Y. & Arzilla P. Hawes. Children: Charles Whelpley Hawes b 16 May 1866, d 20 Jan 1875 and Harry Elmer Hawes, b. 29 Oct 1868, d. 13 Nov 1868. Harriet m2) Thomas Adams Noyes.  Children: Tracey Allen Noyes b 25 Jan 1885, d 19 July 1885.
8. +Aaron Cloues, b. 14 Aug 1849 MA; m. 20 Feb 1873 to May A Putnam, dau of John P. & Jane Putnam. She age 20.

Aaron Richardson Cloues, son of Jacob & Phebe A. (Low) Cloues, b.29 Jan 1807; d. 2 Sep 1852 Boston MA; m. Lucy Ann Barnicoat, dau of William & Lucy Barnicoat. She b. abt 1816 in Boston MA; d. 8 Sep 1871 in Boston MA, 54 yrs 11mo 18 days of purpura; residence 372 Tremont Street, Boston MA. He was a grocer.
1850 US Census > Massachusetts > Suffolk > East Boston (Boston Ward 4) > 9
Aaron R. Cloues 40 M Grocer MA
Lucy A. Cloues 32 F MA
Lucy A. Cloues 12 F MA
Eliza B. Cloues 10 F MA
Phebeann Cloues 8 F MA
Sophronia E. Hill 18 F
Children of Aaron R. & Lucy A. (Barnicoat) Cloues:
1. Lucy Ann Cloues, b. 25 June 1838 MA
2. son, d. in infancy
3. Elizabeth “Eliza” Bell Cloues, b. 20 Apr 1840 Chelsea MA; d. 6 Apr 1906 in Boston MA, unmarried.
4. Phoebe Ann Cloues, b. 9 Sep 1841
5. son, dau, twins, died at birth

============Fourth Generation===========

Phoebe Elizabeth Cloues, dau of Jacob & Emeline (Reed) Cloes, b. abt 1830-32; d. 20 Feb 1867/1868, age 36; m1) 19 Sep 1849 in Boston MA to John Adams Lee; m2) 6 May 1857 in Boston MA to  Charles Francis Dearborn, son of Charles H. & Elizabeth (Markley) Dearborn. He b. abt 1831 in Alexandria VA. [in 1850 census Charles F. living with his mother Elizabeth RICE and her 2nd husband Thomas Rice a Mariner living in Alexandria VA.]
1860 US Census > MA > Suffolk > Boston
Charles F. Dearborn 29 M Marine, b. Alexandra VA
Feebe E. Dearborn, 26 F b. Boston, Mass
Harriett F. Dearborn, 26 F b. Boston, Mass
Emeline Dearborn, 8/12 b. Boston MA
Child of John A. & Phoebe E. (Cloues) Lee:
1. John William Lee, b. 19 July 1850 in Boston MA; m. –; d. in Omaha, Nebraska
Children of Charles F. & Phoebe E. (Cloues) Dearborn:
2. Harriet Augusta Dearborn, b. 16 Jan 1858 [or 17 Jan 1859] in Boston MA; m. 1880 to John Edwin Clough; children [CLOUGH]: Grace and Harrey E.
3. Emeline Elizabeth Dearborn, b. 1 Nov 1861; m. Frank A. Cutler.  Children [CUTLER]: Percy Dearborn and Mary Eliza.
4. Charles Augustus Dearborn, b. 9 Feb 1863; m. –?

Samuel Cloues, son of Jacob & Emeline (Reed) Cloes b 26 Jan 1839; d. 3 Jan 1863 Boston MA, age 24y 11m 9d ; m. 27 March 1859 in Boston MA to Mary Eliza Beale/Beals, dau of William & Mary Beals. She was. b. Feb 1841 in Boston MA and d. 19 Nov 1862, age 21 yr 9 mo 4 days. Their marriage records states his occupation as engraver.
Samuel Cloues, Boston. One Frame Wood Engravings. These specimens, as well as those by John Filmer, though differing in style, exhibit considerable proficiency in the art of lining. Diploma [Lithography]
Child of Samuel & Mary E. (Beale/Beals) Cloues:
1. +William Jacob Thomas Cloues, b 3 March [or 21 March] 1860 Boston MA

Aaron R. Cloues, son of Jacob & Emeline (Reed) Cloues, b. 14 Aug 1849 MA, d 1887; buried Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett MA; m. 20 Feb 1873 to May/Mary Adlaide Putnam, dau of John P. & Jane Putnam, age 20. She b. 18 Jan 1853 in Chelsea MA.
Children of Aaron A. & Mary A. (Putnam) Cloues:
1. Charles Putnam Cloues, b. 19 Dec 1873; m. 15 Nov 1899 in Chelsea MA to Anna B. Kelly, dau of Henry H. & Annie M. (Richardson) Kelly. Children [CLOUES]: Marjorie Richard, Dorothy Anna (d 1914) and Mary Adalaide. His occupation: Butcher.
2. Edith May Cloues, b. 3 Aug 1879 MA; m. 16 Sep 1908 in Chelsea MA to Frederick B. Emerson, son of Benjamin & Abbie A. (McDuffie) Emerson. Children [EMERSON]: Jane P. and Priscilla.

================Fifth Generation=================

William Jacob Thomas Cloues, son of Samuel & Mary E. (Beale/Beals) Cloues, b. 3 March 1860 in Boston MA; m. 14 June 1887 Helen Virginia Ross, daughter of William & Helen M. Ross. He grad 1877 Boston Public Latin School and Worcester Academy in 1880; He graduated Brown University in 1884 and Newton theological institution in 1887; ordained Baptist ministry July 1887; pastor People’s Church Dover ME 1887-88; Littleton MA 1888-99, 1st Church Montpelier VT 1899-02; cataloged Randolph (VT) public Library 1903; pastor Warner NH 1904-9, assistant librarian Hills Library, Newton Theological Institution, Newton Center MA 1911-?; Several other responsibilities and associations; trustee Reuben Hoar Public Library, Littleton MA.
1910 US Census > Massachusetts > Suffolk > Boston Ward 3 > District 1300 > 28
Ross, Helen M. Head W M 75 widow 7 ch 5 living Maine Maine Maine
Ross, William S. son M W 35 single MA VA Maine teamster
Cloues/Cloes, Helen A. dau W F 46 m1x 22 yrs 3 ch 3 living Maine VA Maine
Cloues/Cloes, William J son in law W M 50 m1x 22 yrs MA MA MA clergyman Baptist church
Children of William  & Helen V. (Ross) Cloues:
1. William Arthur Cloues, b. 6 April 1888; m. 20 Nov 1911 in Webster NH to Ethel B. Walker, daughter of Milton J. & Alice (Elliott) Walker. She b about 1888.
2. +Alfred Samuel Cloues, b. 20 Dec 1889 Littleton MA
3. Paul Cloues, b. 24 Oct 1893 in Littleton MA, d. 3 Nov 1971; m. Elizabeth Maud Bartlett. She b. 13 Oct 1892 and d. 22 Feb 1967 NH. Children [CLOUES]: Pauline (b 10 Jan 1919, d. 17 Apr 2007), David P. (who m. Ruth M. res N. Chelmsford MA) and Elizabeth (who m. John T. Griffin of Waltham MA).

=================Sixth Generation=================

Alfred Samuel Cloues, son of William J. & Helen V. (Ross) Cloues, b. 20 Dec 1889 Littleton MA, d. July 1964 NH; he married 12 June 1916 to Hattie A. Blanchard, daughter of Edward & Etta S. (Chase)  Blanchard. She b. Feb 1889 in MA. He attended Brown University; lumber operations in Warner NH 1912-30; postmaster City of Warner, auto dealer, garage proprietor 1920-33; treasurer County of Merrimack 8 yrs; treasurer State of NH 1953-? Pres. Merrimack County Telephone Co.
Massachusetts > Concord > 1914 > Concord, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1914
Cloues, Alfred, civil engineer, boards Adams House
Cloues, Paul (Bridgewater, Mass.) sum res lower Main
Massachusetts > Newton > 1915 > Newton, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1915 > 266
Cloues Alfred S civil engineer boards 24 Ripley
Cloues Paul student boards 24 Ripley
Cloues William J. asst librarian Newton Theological Institution h 24 Ripley
1920 US Census > NH > Merrimack  > Warner
Cloues Alfred D.  Head M W 30 married MA MA MA manager lumber mill
Cloues Hattie B. wife F W 30 married  MA NH VT
Cloues Edward B. son M W 2 single NH
Blanchard, Edward J. father in law M W 54 widow NH NH NH engineman marine
1930 US census
New Hampshire > Merrimack > Warner > District 54 > 4
Cloues/Clowes Alfred S. Head 4000 M W 40 married at age 26 MA MA MA  Postmaster US Post Office
Cloues Hattie B wife F W 41 married at age 27 MA VT VT
Cloues Edward B SON M W 12 single NH
Cloues, Alfred S. Jr. son M W 9 single
Cloues, William J. son M W 5 single
Yuill, Myra H. Servant F W 66 widow NH MA NH
First Name:     William
Middle Name:     J
Last Name:     Cloues
Name Suffix:
Birth Date:     1 May 1924
Social Security Number:     001-16-9940
Place of Issuance:     New Hampshire
Last Residence:     Merrimack, New Hampshire
Zip Code of Last Residence:     03257
Death Date:     26 October 2006
Estimated Age at Death:     82
Children of Alfred S. & Hattie (Blanchard) Cloues:
1. **Edward Blanchard Cloues, b 25 Dec 1916 in Warner NH; Ensign, USN. died 7 Dec 1941 USS Arizona, Honolulu Hawaii
2. +Alfred S. “Sam” Cloues Jr., b. 20 June 1920 Warner NH, d. 1 Feb 2006 Keene, Cheshire Co. NH
3. William Jacob Cloues, b. 1 May 1924 NH, d. 26 Oct 2006 in New London, Merrimack Co. NH; m. 12 May 1946 to Edith Beryl Moshier, dau of Ansel Byron & Florence Bertha (Jaynes) Moshier

=================Seventh Generation=================

Alfred S. “Sam” Cloues Jr., son of Alfred S. & Hattie (Blanchard) Cloues, b. 20 June 1920 Warner NH, d. 1 Feb 2006 Keene, Cheshire Co. NH ; m. Jeannette Callas.
Obituary:KEENE – Alfred S. “Sam”Cloues Jr., 85, of Arch Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at the Cheshire Medical Center following a brief illness. Sam, as he was known to most everyone, is remembered by his family and friends for his devotion to his family and his dedication to his hometown of Warner, where he lived for most of his life. He warmed his family and the town with his friendliness, generosity, hard work and keen sense of humor. He loved books, which he amassed in great piles throughout his house. Mr. Cloues was born in Warner on June 20, 1920, the son of Alfred S. and Hattie (Blanchard) Cloues. He graduated from Simonds Free High School in Warner. During his high school years, he was a musician and played first trumpet with Roy Flanders and his Dixieland Band. Mr. Cloues went on to attend the University of New Hampshire and took accounting courses from the LaSalle Extension University. Mr. Cloues was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater in New Guinea, Australia and the Philippines with an anti-aircraft unit, in which he was responsible for portable searchlights and radar. After World War II, Mr. Cloues was a public accountant for more than 35 years. He was a founding partner of the accounting firm of Anderson & Cloues in Concord. Mr. Cloues served a number of community organizations, including the American Legion Wilkins-Cloues-Bigelow Post 39, the Kiwanis Club of Concord, the Pillsbury Free Library, the Pine Grove Cemetery, the Warner Fall Foliage Festival, the Warner Historical Society, the United Church of Warner, the board of directors of the Citizens National Bank in Newport and the board of incorporators of Concord Hospital. He also served as chair for the local March of Dimes.He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Jeannette (Callas) Cloues; his daughter, Jeanne E. Cloues of Walpole; two sons, Edward B. Cloues II of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., and Richard R. Cloues of Stone Mountain, Ga.; his grandchildren, E. Matthew Cloues, M. Elizabeth Cloues, Kacey E. Cloues, Jacob S. Cloues, Dustin W. Cloues; one brother, William J. Cloues of New London; two nieces and one nephew.Mr. Cloues was predeceased by his brother, Edward B. Cloues, who died on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.A private graveside service for the family will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Warner on Tuesday afternoon.Friends and neighbors are invited to celebrate his life and reminisce with the family at one of Sam’s favorite places in Warner, Main Street Bookends, from 5:15 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.Memorial donations may be made to the Warner Historical Society, P.O. Box 189, 15 West Main St., Warner 03278.
Arrangements are being handled by Fletcher Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Keene.
Children of Alfred S. & Jeannette (Callas) Cloues:
1. Jeanne E. Cloues
2. Edward B. Cloues II
3. Richard R. Cloues

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6 Responses to Warner New Hampshire’s Pearl Habor Casualty: Ensign Edward Blanchard Cloues, USN (1917-1941)

  1. Richard Cloues says:

    From an “eighth generationer,” thank you so much for publishing the information about the Cloues family and my Uncle Edward who was killed at Pearl Harbor. My mother (Jeannette Callas Cloues) had put together some genealogical information a number of years ago but it was pretty sparse in terms of the earlier generations.

    There appears to be one mistake of content and presentation: My father’s obituary (for Alfred S. Cloues, Jr. [1920-2006], which should be part of a missing “Seventh Generation” section including his brothers Edward and William) is included in the section on Alfred S. Cloues (Sr.) [1889-1964] (“Sixth Generation”). That the obituary is misplaced becomes clear from reading, but at first glance it is confusing. There’s also a misspelling of our last name right after that, in the section of “children of Alfred and Hattie “Cloes.”

    Again–from an eighth-generationist New Hampshire ex-pat now living in Georgia with his part of the ninth generation–thank you for publishing this information about our New Hampshire family.

    Richard Cloues

    • Janice Brown says:


      I had not originally intended to create a seventh+ generation Cloues listing, but I did this time, since you mentioned the confusion regarding your father’s obituary. I also repaired the typo from Cloes to Cloues. Thank you for your kind words.


  2. Edward Blanchard Cloues, II says:

    While surfing the web on Friday night, I was quite surprised and equally delighted to find this wonderful history of my family. I forwarded it to my brother and sister and I see you have already heard from Richard who is an avid historian.
    Thank you for your research and interesting blog. It is a gift to me since it combines so many disparate pieces of information into one place.

    • Janice Brown says:

      Edward, you are very welcome. I enjoyed researching your Cloues family tree. I did not look at wills or deeds, and I am sure those documents might shed more light on the origin of Jacob Cloues. I see so many families whose name changed over time, so its wonderful that your family kept the early spelling. You might check back from time to time, as I will add more information when I discover it.


  3. Donald R Olney says:

    Thank you for the Cloues family genealogy you have provided. My great-great grandmother is Phoebe Elizabeth Cloues (fourth generation) via her marriage to Charles Francis Dearborn. Their daughter Emeline (Emma) Elizabeth Dearborn is my great grandmother with her daughter with Frank Herman Cutler being my grandmother Mary Eliza Cutler Wentworth.

    Going thru old family portraits, I found two on which the name Zoe Knowles had been handwritten on the back. An internet search took me to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library website where I found he was married to Mary Eliza Cloues, Phoebe’s younger sister; I realized she was a famous woman. The four portraits with Eliza Knowles written on the back made sense. The pictures on the Scottish Rite website do not resemble Zoe Knowles on the portraits I have. I believe the pictures on the Scottish Rite website are correctly identified by a Civil War expert as Theodore Cunningham Cloues, older brother of Mary Eliza and Phoebe Elizabeth Cloues. An internet search for Mary Eliza Cloues brought me to your website that helped me fill in the missing pieces of our family genealogy.

    I have what I call “young” and “old” portraits that I have scanned. The “young” portraits appear to be taken when Zoe and Eliza were in their 30’s, and the “old” pictures in their mid-50’s to mid-60’s. In the “young” portrait, Zoe is wearing his Medal of Honor for his service to the Union Army during the Civil War. I will be glad to email the 600 dpi “as scanned” images to anyone in the family who wants copies.

    In my home I have two pieces of furniture made by Zoe Knowles. One is a chair and the other is a display cabinet with glass panel doors and mirror back. Both have elaborate hand carving. In 1984, my mother wrote a note they were 115 to 125 years old. I can email pictures of those pieces to anyone who may want them.

    There is also a note in our genealogy file that Theodore Cunningham Cloues resided with his niece (Emma Dearborn Cutler) and her family (my grandmother) once he retired from the Navy after a long career (50 years?) as a sail maker.

    Another note in our file states the first husband of Phoebe Cloues (John Lee) was captain of a sailing ship and died at sea. Her second husband, Charles Francis Dearborn, was the first mate on that ship. I do not know the source of that information other than it may have been handed down thru family members.

    Don Olney

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