Clawson Hiram

Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County, Michigan



Hiram Clawson (1831-1864) and Perlina Davis (1832-1919) and Perlina's husbands Fuller Porter (ca. 1817-1889) and  Reuben Streeter (1826-1905)

Hiram Clawson was born in 1831 in Wabok (?), Ohio. Little is known about Hiram's family. His mother may have been a Nancy Clawson. This woman was living in the town of Delphos, Van Wert County, Ohio in 1860 when Hiram and his family were living nearby in Washington township. Nancy was born in 1813/14 in Ohio and apparently had at least six children: Rose A, had at least six children: Rose A, Thomas, William, Cyrene, John, and Lewis. However these individuals' relationship with Hiram has not been proved. Another possible relative was a Josiah Clawson who was enlisted in the same company as Hiram during the Civil War.

Hiram was 5 feet 7 inches tall with a dark complexion, black hair and black eyes. He married on 27 May 1852 at Van Wert County, Ohio by the Justice of the Peace John King to, Perlina Davis. Perlina was born on 15 February 1832 in Seneca County, New York the eldest daughter of Nathan Davis and his wife Samantha Bates Davis.

The Clawsons lived in Van Wert County at least until 1862. During this time four children were born: Louisa, Isaac Hiram, Clara Jane, and Barbara Alice (Allie). A fifth child, a son, died during infancy. Hiram worked as a farmer.

Hiram enlisted for three years in Company F of the 118th Ohio Infantry on 22 August 1862 and was mustered in on 12 September 1862. He was later transferred to Company B of the 1st Engineer Battalion. Hiram died on 10 or 11 March 1864 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee from measles and typhoid fever. He had been hospitalized on 28 February 1864. Four months after his death Perlina and her family moved to Michigan to be near her mother and two sisters. One sister, Susan Cheney, appears to have moved to Michigan sometime between 1862 and 1864.

Perlina was married second on 19 December 1864 in Everett township, Newaygo County, Michigan to Fuller Porter. Fuller was born in 1817/18 in New York, the son of Obidiah and Hannah Porter. Perlina divorced Fuller on 11 August 1885. The circuit court records for Newaygo County state that Perlina and Fuller lived together from their marriage until 20 April 1884. During this time Fuller Porter was said to have been "disregarding the solemnity of his marriage vow... at various times neglected to support (Perlina) and to furnish her a home although he is an able bodied man and has enjoyed good health almost all the time since her marriage..."

Apparently Fuller didn't like Perlina. She stated that " her said husband has moved his residence at least twelve times since her said 1887...(he) owned three acres of land upon which they lived, that her said husband sold their land in October of that year and took the pay and left (her) destitute and remained away one year... Her said husband...on or about the 20th day of April 1884, that without the consent and against the expressed wish of your oratrix her said husband moved all his furniture, including the only cooking stove in the house and left (her) entirely destitute (the house was a rented one)..." Fuller Porter later moved to Algansee twp., Branch County, Michigan where he died in 1889.

Perlina was married third on 20 October 1887 in Grand Haven, Ottawa County, Michigan by Justice of the Peace William N Angel to Reuben Streeter. Reuben was born 6 October 1826 in Saint Lawrence County, New York the son of Warren Streeter and his wife Hizzy Foster Streeter. He had been previously married in 1855 at Alpine township, Kent County, Michigan to Eliza McNaughton. She died 10 June 1887 at Dennison, Michigan. They had had a daughter, however she appears to have died in childhood.

Reuben was a Civil War veteran serving as a private in Company G, 21st Michigan Infantry Volunteers. Reuben and his first wife operated a general store and farmed. Reuben died from a cerebral hemorrhage on 20 April 1905 in Casnovia township, Muskegon County, Michigan.

Perlina was living in Muskegon County in 1905. Perlina died 24 June 1919 in Chester township, Ottawa County, Michigan. A death notice appeared in the 4 July 1919 Coopersville (Michigan) Observer:

"Perlina Streeter was born in New York state, February 12, 1832 and she died at her home northeast of here, June 24. She leaves three daughters and one son and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral was held from the home last week Thursday, conducted by Rev. W. L. Mann. Burial was in Holton cemetery."

She is buried in Holton cemetery in Holton, Michigan.

 Children of Perlina Davis Clawson Porter Streeter

i. Louisa Clawson was born on 13 March 1853 in Ohio.

ii. Isaac Hiram Clawson was born on 12 November 1855 at Williamsburg, Ohio.

iii. Clara Jane Clawson was born on 13 November 1858 in Ohio.

iv. Barbara (Allie) Alice Clawson was born on 14 March 1862 in Ohio.

v. infant son (?)

vi. Harriet Porter was born in 1865 in Michigan.

vii. George Porter was born in 1867/68 in Michigan.

Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County