Another Ghost from Richard Clow’s Past Reappears!
” I googled Richard Clow and came up with your wonderful information on Richard’s first wife Mary Bingham and her husband. Mary is my grandfather Abraham Earl White’s first cousin, as her mother, Rebecca White Bingham Larpenteur, was one of his father’s older sisters. I was so thrilled that you would share her story and photo online, as for years she has only been a story-less name on my family tree with a family-less husband. What a remarkable collection your family has preserved! If you have any other information on Mary Bingham and her family, I would be so interested as the Binghams remained in Little Sioux, Iowa, along with other White sisters and their husbands (Caroline White and Enos Fry, Abigail White and Isaac Ashton, Malinda White and Lorenzo Dow Driggs) while the rest of the family, including Mary’s widowed grandmother Rebecca Smith White, moved to Utah with the main group of Mormons.”
Now this is exactly what makes writing History so great! How else would I have ever been able to find out about these historical relations without someone chancing onto my blog posts in which I have photos and as much history as I can find on each person. This is what makes technology so powerful in tracing the past!
Why do genealogists love new Civil War History books such as “Rough Enough,” the story of Richard H, Clow in the Civil War and then on the frontier?
Here are 4 reasons!
1. The first reason is that new personalities from the Civil War are very often enlisted men who appear on the stage for the first time, thus giving us new information about themselves, their families and their activities during and after the war.
2. In addition to the information about themselves, new persons on the History stage generally bring along other characters with them and introduce us to a wide range of other persons. nI the case of Richard Clow, we meet his two wives, Mary Bingham Clow and Melinda Story Clow within the context of life on the frontier. We meet his father, John Stevenet Clow, his brother, John Sherwin Clow and one of his employers, Charles Larpenteur as well as a plethora of other enlisted men and minor officers, again persons we would never hear about, but who crop up in his letters and Diary.
Mary Bingham Clow John Stevenet Clow
3. We also get a fresh viewpoint straight from the trenches of the Civil War, or of the incidents on the Frontier, not muddled by the often self-serving promotion seen with officer’s reports. In this case we get original versions of songs transcribed directly into Clow’s diary.
4. Lastly we hear stories of the dead. As this tombstone at Fort Buford attests, Richard Clow was in the party that collected the bodies after the massacre, and wrote about it in one of his letters to his sister. It’s transcribed in the book. See Fort Buford, North Dakota
A big thanks to Claudia for making my day!>))
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