Clarissa Todd Bradstreet of Illinois

BRADSTREET, Clarissa Todd6, (Samuel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 27, 1800, in Litchfield, Conn., died Aug. 23, 1889 and was buried in Franklin Grove, Ill., married Sept. 10, 1820, Major Daniel Moore, son of Daniel and Jannet (Moore) Bradstreet, who was born Nov. 6, 1795, in Hartland, Windsor County, Vt., died May 15, 1877 in Franklin Grove, Ill., when a child of 2 years, she moved with her parents to Middletown, Delaware County, N. Y., in 1802, thence to Illinois in 1844, and to Franklin Grove, Ill. in 1864.

Mrs. Bradstreet was a cultured woman of charming personality, genial disposition and holiness of living. None knew her but to praise. Her obituary which appeared in the Franklin Grove Reporter for August, 1889 is as follows.

Lo! A mother is fallen in Isreal. It is with sorrow that we note the death of “Mother” Bradstreet which occurred Aug. 25, 1889.

She has been among us as a helper and means of strength for so many years that her loss will be keenly felt. Possessing fine physical and mental powers she devoted the last fifty-nine years of her life to the service of Christ. For some eleven years her husband was a local preacher in the M. E. denomination.

Her work has been crowned with great results, it being estimated that several hundred people have been converted and vast numbers instructed and aided to live sanctified lives. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”

When a child of two years, her family moved to Middletown, N. Y., where six older children taught in the neighboring schools. Although living at the time in a pioneer state, she received many advantages. Her earliest recollections numbering her mother’s perusal of the Scriptures, and her father’s tales of his three years toil in the Revolution.

In 1831 she was converted and united with the M. E. Church in the spring of that year. In 1833 she consecrated herself to Christ and lived a consistant and happy Christian life.

Of her twelve children, nine preceeded her to the spirit world. Three survive her; Mrs. G. T. Patrick, of Byron, Ill., Mrs. J. D. Smith and Mrs. C. Helmershausen, of this place. She also leaves eighteen grand-children and eight great-grand-children.

The funeral occurred at the M. E. Church. The sermon was preached from her chosen text, II Timothy iv, 7, 8, by Rev. E. D. Hull, of Kingston, Ill., assisted by Rev. G. W. Bassett, pastor of the M. E. Church, after which she was laid to rest in the family lot, surrounded by relatives and friends who sorrow not as those without hope.

Mr. Bradstreets line of descent was (Daniel Moore, Daniel, Henry, Simon, Simon, John, Simon.) He joined the New Hampshire State Militia, enlisted at Goffstown, N. H., Sept. 14, 1814, and was in the service for at least 65 days as a private under Captain Phineas Stone, later he was Major of a company of New York State Militia, organized for drill, and was known as Major Bradstreet; on April 27, 1871, his claim was allowed for a pension, at which time he was living in Franklin Grove, Ill., and was then 75 years of age. His widow was allowed a pension on an application executed May 29, 1878, at which time she was a resident of Franklin Grove, Ill., being 78 years of age.

The first five children, namely, Henry, William, Daniel, Alexander and Clarissa are buried side by side in Hancock, N. Y., and Clarissa Anne and Richard are buried in Ulyses, Tompkins County, N. Y.

I. Henry Moore, b. Oct. 29, 1821, d. Oct. 4, 1822.
II. William Moore, b. July 15, 1824, d. Feb. 3, 1827.
III. Daniel, b. July 14, 1826, d. Aug. 12, 1830.
IV. Clarissa, b. May 15, 1828, d. Aug. 15, 1830.
V. Alexander Calder, b. Feb. 17, 1830, d. July 21, 1830.
VI. John Wesley, b. Sept. 27, 1831, in Chehocton which was later named Hancock, N. Y., d. Dec. 31, 1888, and was buried in Oregon, Ill., m. Nov. 6, 1853, Mary Conway. He moved with his parents to Illinois in 1844. After two years stay in Daysville, he moved to Oregon, Ill., thence to Marion township, where he resided until he married. He was a sufferer from lupus for many years, which appeared just below the eye, and which eventually caused his death. His sufferings were borne with cheerfulness, always hoping for the best. He was converted when still a young man and during his last days he received the sacrament. He trusted in God’s Mercy. Issue: (1) Daniel Moore, b. Dec. 2, 1856, m. Elizabeth Parker and had four children; (2) Jesse William, m. Harriet Brimblecorn, they lived in Byron, Ill., six children; (3) Harvey; (4) Clarissa Winifred, d. in Aug., 1878, as did her infant daughter Clarissa, m. John B. Smith.
VII. Daniel Moore, b. May 17, 1833 in Hancock, N. Y., d. May 15, 1887 in Oregon, Ill., m. May 7, 1860, Lydia A. Mack. He moved to Illinois with his parents in 1844 and settled in Daysville, thence he moved to Marion township where he lived until his marriage. For a number of years he lived in Oregon, Ill. He was a model of honesty and diligence. He was reared in a christian family in the methodist faith; gave his heart to God while young and trusted his spirit to His keeping. Had issue: (1) Frank Harlow, b. in Oregon, Ill., May 30, 1861, m. Jan. 21, 1891, Ida Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah and Ada (Davis) Fowler, who was b. Oct. 3, 1870, in Aurora, Ill., and had issue: (a) Pearl, b. June 2, 1895 at White Water, Kan., grad. Snyder High School 1914; (b) Blanche Olive, b. April 14, 1897 at White Water, Kan., grad. Snyder High School 1914, and from Southwestern Normal School 1917; (c) Frank Harlow, b. June 22, 1912 in Snyder, Okla. (2) Effi S.; (3) Clarissa Edith.
VIII. Clarissa Anne, b. Aug. 2, 1835, d. Aug. 14, 1841.
IX. Martha Jane, b. Dec. 6, 1837, m. Dec. 17, 1854, George Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah (Blodgett) Patrick, who was b. July 1, 1825, d. June 10, 1896, had issue: (1) Charles Holbrook, b. Oct. 19, 1855, m. Carrie Woodburn, and had (a) Helen B., b. Dec. 27, 1883; (2) Adah Maria, b. Dec. 13, 1856, m. James C. Woodburn and had issue: (a) Roy Morton, m. Blanche Jeanette Winteroud in Chicago, Ill., and had James Corydon, b. Nov. 1, 1917; (b) James Adelbert, m. in Chicago, Ill., May 13, 1916, Mildred, daughter of Otis G. Rinehart, and had Elizabeth Jane, b. Oct. 4, 1917; (c) Grace Esther, m. Ralph Clarence Winquist, and had James Corydon, b. July 1, 1917; (3) Thomas Bolton, b. May 10, 1859, d. April 22, 1864; (4) George Walter, b. Sept. 20, 1861, m. first, in 1885, Ella E. Ingraham of Wheaton, Ill., who was b. 1865, d. Sept., 1889, had issue: (a) Florence Ella, b. 1886, m. in 1916, Dr. Thomas Lorbeer of Riverside, Cal., and had Alice Louise, b. March 1918; Mr. Patrick m. second, in 1892, Eda N. Ward, who was b. in 1866, and had issue: (b) George, b. Feb., 1894, and grad. from Rockford High School in 1914; (c) Charles, b. 1895, grad. Rockford High School in 1914; (d) Floyd, b. 1898; (e) Florian, b. 1898 twins; (f) Martha, b. Jan. 1, 1900; (g) Francis, b. July 10, 1901; (5) Henry Winter, b. July 11, 1866, m. Maud Sybyl and lives in Rockford, Ill., had two children; (6) Eva Blanche, b. Aug. 4, 1869, d. Oct. 22, 1882; (7) Lillian Gertrude, b. March 4, 1874, m. Rev. M. M. Black, a M. E. minister and had issue: (a) Charles Harleigh, b. July 12, 1907, died; (b) Warren Columbus, b. July 12, 1909; (8) Harry Fiske, b. Nov. 13, 1875, m. Susie E. Corwin, and had issue: (a) Harleigh Clayton, b. July 17, 1900, d. April 12, 1904.
X. Maria Anne, b. Nov. 17, 1839 in Ulyses, N. Y., d. Dec. 28, 1893 in Franklin Grove, Ill., m. Feb. 6, 1879, John B. Smith, who was b. Nov. 5, 1844, d. Aug. 29, 1910. When a child of five years she moved with her parents to Illinois where she passed the rest of her life. At eighteen she united with the M. E. Church where she was a faithful worker in both church and Sabbath school until prevented by the care of her aged parents. She was teacher in the public schools for several years. Issue: (1) Arthur J., b. Oct. 6, 1881, m. Frances Vendy; (2) Elsie Clarissa, stilborn.
XI. Mary Fletcher, b. July 27, 1841 in Ulyses, N. Y., m. June 27, 1866, Henry Charles Frederick, son of Henry Charles Frederick and Jane (Hilton) Helmershausen, who was born in Bristol, Lincoln County, Maine, d. May 5, 1916, in Franklin Grove, Illinois. She resides now 1919 with her daughter (Adella) in Chicago, Ill. In 1844 she moved to Illinois with her parents, attended Mt. Morris Seminary, taught school in Ogle County, Ill., was assistant principal in High School in Polo, Ill., and was later principal in the High School in Franklin Grove, Ill., she graduated from C. L. S. C. in 1893, is a member of the M. E. Church, W. C. T. U., W. F. M. S., C. L. S. C. and D. A. R. Five of her ancestors, Rev. Samuel Todd, Samuel Todd, Simon Bradstreet, Henry Bradstreet and William Moore, were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Her poems have been gathered in a volume called “Aftermath,” written since her children were reared. Issue: (1) Maud Minnie Adella, b. April 24, 1867, lives in Chicago, she too is a poetess, A. M., Dixon College, 1907, Ph. B., University of Chicago, 1914, unmarried; (2) Frank Daniel, b. Sept. 2, 1868, m. March 5, 1896, Lillian Elizabeth Welch, of Chicago; (3) Homer Chase, b. Sept. 8, 1870, m. May 22, 1905, in Ogden, Utah, Nellie Kate, daughter of Henry Burr and Maria (Cary) Burritt, who was b. Feb. 24, 1878 in Anamosa, Iowa; (4) Floyd Thayer, b. Feb. 11, 1872, m. June 15, 1900, Anna Elizabeth Hauflaire who graduated from Dixon College in 1891, they have three children; (5) Alice Ada Dorothea, b. Sept. 14, 1874, graduated from Dixon Conservatory of Music in 1893, is a school and music teacher; (6) Charles Bryant Edwin, b. Aug. 5, 1876, d. May 12, 1880, the result of burns sustained the day before; (7) Henry Warren Frederick, b. Aug. 9, 1878, graduated from DeKalb State Normal School in 1903, principal of Erie public schools 1903-05, Supt. Coal City schools 1905-07, teacher in Chicago schools 1907-10, student in University of Chicago in 1910.
XII. Richard M. J., b. Dec. 10, 1843, d. Dec. 10 1843.


Todd, George Iru. Todd Family in America. Gazette Printing Company. 1920.

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