Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cabinet Photograph of Commodore Wallace Clifford; taken by a Plymouth, New Hampshire studio

Cabinet photograph taken of a man identified on the reverse as "Wallace Clifford, Mother's Brother".  

The photograph was taken by the Harry S. Heath studio of Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Note of 27 January 2013: Please scroll down to the comments for information from the organization Vermont in the Civil War ( on Commodore Wallace Clifford's Civil War service, including twice being a prisoner of war, in the First Vermont Cavalry.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome!]

I believe this man to be Commodore Wallace Clifford, who was born at Cabot, Vermont, about 1845, the son of Absalom and Susan P. (Boynton) Clifford, who were born at Warren, New Hampshire, and Orford, New Hampshire, respectively.

Wallace's paternal grandparents were Timothy and Ruth (Smith) Clifford.  His maternal grandparents were Stephen and Betsey (Palmer) Boynton.

In 1863, according to Civil War draft registration records, Wallace was living at West Fairlee, Vermont, and was farming.

Wallace's first wife was Angeline L. Barry, born in Massachusetts, the daughter of William and Caroline (Slade) Barry.  Wallace and Angeline had, I believe, three daughters.

Angeline died 16 November 1894 at Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Wallace subsequently married Alice A. Derby on 15 December 1898.  Wallace described himself as widowed on the 1910 Census.

According to census records, Wallace worked in a mill and as a day laborer.  He died 27 June 1926, at Plymouth, New Hampshire.  

If you have corrections to the information above or additions to it, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  I'd especially like to have more information on Angeline L. Barry and Alice A. Derby.

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  1. Commodore W. Clifford served in the 1st Vermont Cavalry, from 12/3/1861 to 1/3/1865, and was taken prisoner twice, first at Broad Run, Va., 4/1/1863, and second at Buckland Mills, Va., 10/19/1863. The first time he was released in 6 days, the second, after two months. He attended the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913. He died 6/27/1926 in Plymouth, according to his pension record index card. We'd be honored to share his photo on our site, thanks!

    Tom Ledoux
    Vermont in the Civil War

  2. Thank you so much for this rich information! Interesting that he joined with Vermont, the state of his birth. Wonder if it was home state loyalty or the proximity of the enlistment site? Yes, please feel free to add his photo to your site. I'm amending the post with a nod for readers to scroll down to your comment.