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Clarinda "Clara" Whittington[1]

Female Abt 1832 - Aft 1894  (~ 63 years)

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  • Name Clarinda "Clara" Whittington 
    Born Abt 1832 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1894 
    • Clara's maiden name was remembered in the White family as "Thompson" rather than Whittington, she having been raised by Cyrus Thompson, husband of Melina Dalton Whittington Thompson.  In 1859,  Clara Crozier is listed on the tax roll of Chambers County as the owner of 900 acres of land and 3 slaves.
      Of Clara's three children, only her son George survived to adulthood. George White was raised by Melina and Cyrus. He married twice but had no children from either marriage.
      An 1887 Liberty Vindicator newspaper item about Clara Crozier, when she  ran a store in Devers, said she went to New York to buy merchandise to stock her store.
      Clara Crozier inherited a large estate from the "supposed" death of her first husband Joseph White.  And, having lived in Galveston, she was probably cosmopolitan in nature, having more exposure and opportunity to attend concerts, theatre and appreciate the finer arts. Clara's second husband, John Crozier, had a sister and a brother-in-law who lived in Brooklyn, New York during the 1870's.  Her brother-in-law's name was E.M. Stackpole who made his living as a merchant as did most of the Croziers and allied kin.  Mr. Stackpole and family had lived in Galveston and Dallas before moving to New York in the early 1870's and then back to Texas around 1880.  Sadly, Crozier's sister and several members of the Stackpole family drowned during the Galveston storm of 1900.  With all these New York affiliations, Clara Crozier may very well have been the one who packed her niece, Ida, off to New York with her in-laws to see to it young Ida got the musical training she needed.
      In 1894, George J. White filed a lawsuit against Bill and Clara to claim his rightful inheritance as sole heir of Cyrus Thompson. Clara at that time is living in Jefferson County.
      No record of her death has been found, but one family tradition states she died in New York state.
    Person ID I5696  mykindred
    Last Modified Apr 21, 2016 

    Father [son] (__),   d.  
    Mother Melina Dalton,   b. Abt 1806, Opelousas, Saint Landry parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 25, 1874, Galveston, Galveston county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married Bef 1840 
    • One cousin wrote "Undocumented family lore places Melina leaving Louisiana with her brother William K. Dalton and settling in Texas with Elisha.  This lore also has Elisha subsequently returning to Louisiana."  Melina's last two children, William H. and Clarinda Whittington, both recorded that they were born in Louisiana and that their father was born in South Carolina (Elisha's place of birth). Elisha's divorce petition states that Melina abandoned him in 1831. Melina herself gave testimony that she came to Mexico/Texas in 1832 (evidence corroborated by her recorded legal transactions there).  But we have no evidence that Elisha was ever there (the dates of his children by Mary Milam would seem to make this difficult.).  (Could she have been pregnant with Clarinda when she left Louisiana?)
    Family ID F3202  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Joseph White,   b. Aug 15, 1826,   d.  
    Married Aft 1850 
    • They lived in Cracker's Neck, present day Hankamer, Texas.
     1. Ellen (?) White,   b. Between 1846 and 1852,   d. youth Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. George Joseph White,   b. Jan 06, 1854, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 08, 1910, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Family ID F2070  Group Sheet

    Family 2 John Crozier,   b. 1837, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1890  (Age < 52 years) 
    Married Sep 03, 1858  Wallisville, Chambers county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Clara and John had moved to Devers by 1880 where John's occupation in the census was listed as school teacher. John is buried in the Whittington Cemetery in Devers.
      Their only child, Suzie, died during a visit to Crozier's sister in Hill county, Texas.
     1. Susan Annie "Suzie Annie" Crozier,   b. Abt 1859,   d. 1865, Hill county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
    Family ID F3664  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S633] Gedcom - Waldron, Mickie.

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