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Re: Clow Family in St-Armand, Quebec, & Highgate, Vermont
Posted by: Jann Callaghan Cullen (ID *****0119) Date: September 22, 2006 at 21:57:42
In Reply to: Re: Clow Family in St-Armand, Quebec, & Highgate, Vermont by Ronald Macdonald of 615

Hi Ron;

How you doing? So very saddened to hear of your mother's death. Please accept my condolences.

I've been brewing some thoughts on John Hardick Clow for some time now, but just haven't pulled them together.

I have wondered, Ron, if maybe we are being thrown by too literal interpretations of the data on the Clow family?

Andreis Clow and Catherine Truax gave birth to TWO John Clows - this much is fact. We have always presumed that the first John, born Mar. 17, 1804 must have died, since the family named another son John just one year later. What if that John lived, and is actually your John Hardick?

Sherlock Holmes used to say that when you have exhausted all the possibilities, then the answer must lie in the impossiblities (really bad interpretation of the quote, I know!)

Why couldn't one family have had two sons named John? I have a family who have two daughters named Mary (both lived) and another who named two daughters Eliza. In each case, one daughter went by a middle name while the other kept the first name.

In my research on the family of Andreis Clow's I find that in several cases the child was named after the Godfather. Calvin Russell Clow was named after his two godfathers, Calvin May and Thomas Russell. His brother Philip Luke Clow was named after his godfather Philip Luke. It is not too far of a reach to suspect that John Hardick Clow could possibly be named after his Godfather.

I find records of a John Hardick, both Sr. and Jr. in a number of "regiment of foot" rolls for Columbia County, NY just prior to the Rev. War.

One John Hardick, Jr. served in Captain Johannes Plass's regiment. Johannes Plass (John Ploss, Sr.) later settled in Philipsburg, Que. just a few miles north of where the Clow's settled.

Perhaps it would benefit to search early Vermont/Quebec records and see if we can find a John Hardick living nearby.

Anyway, although it is not fact, Ii find it is sometimes good to bounce this off other researchers. Frankly, it just doesn't fit that your John Hardick can be anything BUT closely connected to the other Clows in the area.


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