1770 - 1845 (74 years)
||Joseph Cloud |
||Aug 27, 1770
||Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA
||Jul 03, 1845
||Radnor, Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA
||Laurel Hill, West Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA
- He was head of the melting and refining dept. of the US Mint, at Philadelphia from Jan 1798 until Jan 14 1836, when he resigned on account of poor eyesight.
Cloud Family Journal Vol. XIV, No. 4, p. 91
Aug. 12, 1845 - Death Notice At his residence in Delaware county, on the 31st ult., Joseph Cloud, Esq., aged 75 years. The deceased was appointed an officer in the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, by General Washington, and held the situation till removed by Gen. Jackson. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and regarded as a man of fine scientific attainments.
Joseph CLOUD was "Refiner and Melter" of the United States Mint (Philadelphia) from 1797-1836. He was elected to America's oldest scholarly organization the American Philosophical Society (founded by Benjamin Franklin), in 1806. He served as Secretary (1812) and Curator (1814-22) under Thomas Jefferson who was President of the Society from 1797 to 1814.
By training, Joseph Cloud was a chemist. Following are excerpts from Chemistry in Philadelphia, by Edgar F. Smith (1919), pp. 86-90:
"He had an honorable share in finally establishing the individuality of palladium . . . Cloud's papers are thoughtful and give evidence of wide knowledge in chemistry and skill in experiment. . .
"He married the daughter of Enoch Taylor. Their only son was Joseph, Jr. (1800-1834), who graduated in medicine in 1823, and whose education was conducted principally beneath the paternal roof . . . The best masters in the various branches to which his attention was called, were selected, and he enjoyed every facility which the great anxiety of his father to render his complete, could suggest.
"This care in his son's education marks Cloud as a wise man. The son seems to have acquired scientific tastes and in later life founded in Media a scientific society called "The Cabinet". Before it he appeared frequently as lecturer . . .
"..in the Public Ledger for August 2. 1845, appeared these lines under Died :
"At his farm in Delaware County on Thursday evening, July 31, Joseph Cloud, Esq., in the 75th year of his age.
"His male friends, and those of the family, are respectfully requested to meet his funeral at the dwelling of Adam Eckfeldt, Esq., in Juniper Street, near Vine Street, this afternoon at 5 p.m. without further notice--to proceed to Monument Cemetery.'. .
"The Cloud farm, in Delaware County, lies back of the present University Astronomical Observatory. It became the property of his friend Adam Eckfeldt.
"Cloud was a scholar and a profound thinker. He was a member of all the local scientific bodies and was active in them. Pure chemistry was his favorite, though he exhibited deep interest in all the changes which were made in science."
Further mention of Joseph Cloud is made in the History 21 Chester County, Pennsylvania by Futhey and Cope (1881), p. 500 as follows: "Joseph, born Aug. 27t 1770, died July 3, 1845, married, Aug. 21, 1797, Eliza, daughter of Enoch and Elizabeth (Maris) Taylor, of West Bradford . . . He died in Radnor, and was buried at Laurel Hill. Besides two daughters, Eliza and Elizabeth, who died young, he had a son Joseph, Born Dec. 17, 1800, died June 2, 1834, married Elizabeth Roberts. He owned what was known as the Como farm, in West Bradford. . . His son, Edwin Cloud, resides in Franklin township."
Further information in the article indicates that Joseph was the son of Abner and Amy (Pyle) Cloud who were married about 1760. Abner is then said to be the son of Mordecai who "married, Feb. 12r 1714, Sarah Chads, daughter of Francis, and after her death married, 9, 30, 1738, Abigail, widow of Isaac Baily." Mordecai died in 1745.
||Dec 14, 2010 |
||Abner Cloud, b. 1718, Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA , d. 1783, Pennsylvania, USA (Age 65 years) |
||Amy Pyle, b. 1739, Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA , d. |
||Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA
||Eliza Taylor, b. 1785, Springfield, Chester county, Pennsylvania, USA , d. |
||Aug 21, 1797
||West Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA
| ||1. Eliza Cloud, b. 1798, d. |
| ||2. Elizabeth Cloud, b. 1799, d. |
|+||3. Dr. Joseph Cloud, b. Dec 17, 1800, Radnor, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, USA , d. Jun 02, 1834, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, USA (Age 33 years)|
| ||4. Edwin Cloud, d. |
- [S898] Gedcom - Thompson, Linda.
- [S1852] Gedcom - Smith, Miriam E.
- [S1853] Gedcom - Goodloe, Carla.
- [S2030] Cloud Family Association Journal, Vol. XIV, No. 4, p. 91.
- [S2030] Cloud Family Association Journal, Vol. III 1980 - 1981 Number 4, p. 1.