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 Posted: Tue Jul 24th, 2007 03:41 pm
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PVT Clewell,

   Of the many sources available to family researchers, one of the best is to ride on the backs of genealogists gone before. As far as the Clewells go, here is a useful one:

As a member of the Clewell famil

Note the bewildering number of spelling variations of the name Clewell.

   This Lewis B. Clewell is the right age to have been the one in the 153rd PA Inf. The Schoeneck connection is there. Reading this should get your juices flowing. Click on: "HOME" at the bottom for another surprise.

   Another way to capitalize on the work of others is to find other families" genealogical work when your relatives married their relatives. Here is an example from the Miksch Family (More Moravians). Some of them married Clewells, whose names are cross referenced, along with their genealogies:

 

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Miksch Family Tree. A Moravian-Brethren Family from Moravia

   Note the spelling variation on Elizabeth of Clewel.

   Another source is information written about the areas your relatives settled in. It often includes histories of the prominenet families in the area.

Northampton County Pennsylvania Collection - CD - (item 320138437737 end time Jul-23-07 09:03:10 PDT)

See #24 on the list.

   One of my favorite sources is cemeteries. Sometimes they have information on those buried there. The stones themselves might say something. Some other folks had to see to their burials. Also, relatives are often buried close by. Nowadays, they can often be contacted by e-mail, snail mail, or phone. The cemetery that Richard and Robert are buried in might be interesting. Here is another cemetery for example:

 

Schoeneck Moravian Cemetery - Northampton County, Pennsylvania

   Scroll to the bottom for more possible sources of information. WARNING: Some of those might actually expect to be paid for their services. <g>.

   It shows an Andrew F. Clewell and apparently some of his offspring. He was the right age to have served in the war, but apparently did not.

   Often, researchers find surprising movements made by their predecessors. For example, here is Frank A. Clewell, formerly of the 119th PA. Somehow, he became a member of the Nebraska GAR. Apparently, some of the PA boys went west- at least part of the way.

 

Denver Public Library: Western History Genealogy: Research Tools - Nebraska Grand Army of the Republic - C

   Finally, in my last posting, I forgot to include the realization that the PA listing included SGT Augustus B. Clewell. The Confederate in the 9th Bn of the NC Sharpshooters was Augustus A. Clewell. It might be a coincidence, but Augustus is not that common a name.

   It was common practice in those days for brothers to name their sons after their own brothers. I don't know how old either Augustus was, but both were probably in the generation behind that of John David Clewell (born in 1805). Thus, a way out theory would be that John David had a brother in PA who was also a brother of the father of Augustus B., and both had a brother named Augustus, etc. In this case, it would be possible for John David to be the father of Augustus A., and the uncle of Augustus B. Just speculating. <g>.

   Have fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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