Indiana McCaslins

Gracia Idella CorningAge: 80 years18541934

Gracia Idella Corning
Birth January 10, 1854
Source: S107
Note: also given as Jan 1853 in the 1900 US Federal Census
Census 1856 (Age 23 months)
Census 1860 (Age 5 years)
Census 1870 (Age 15 years)
MarriageIsaac ClarkeView this family
October 5, 1873 (Age 19 years)
Source: S107
Note: Married by Rev. W.W. Whitcombat Bride's home; License No. 79 applied for on 4 Oct 1873, and filed on 7 Oct 1873 by H.S. Kellogg, Clerk, Floyd County Iowa. Her first application for a widow's pension states that Gracia had know Isaac for three years before they were married.
Birth of a daughter
Myrtie Idela Clarke
October 4, 1874 (Age 20 years)
Source: S126
Note: also given as Nora Springs, Floyd, Iowa
Census 1880 (Age 25 years)
Census 1885 (Age 30 years)
Marriage of a childLewis Daniel BishopMyrtie Idela ClarkeView this family
November 28, 1895 (Age 41 years)
Note: Farm near Mason City
Census 1895 (Age 40 years)
Census 1900 (Age 45 years)
Death of a husbandIsaac Clarke
December 27, 1909 (Age 55 years)
Source: S460
Note: This portion of Valley County became Roosevelt County in 1919
Census 1910 (Age 55 years)
Death of a daughterMyrtie Idela Clarke
September 13, 1913 (Age 59 years)
Source: S1205
Note: This part of Valley County became part of Roosevelt County in 1919.
Census 1930 (Age 75 years)
Death September 6, 1934 (Age 80 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial after September 6, 1934
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Rose City Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 60684886)
Family with Isaac Clarke - View this family
Gracia Idella Corning
Birth: January 10, 1854Charles City, St Charles, Floyd, Iowa
Death: September 6, 1934Swift, Multnomah, Oregon
Marriage: October 5, 1873Charles City, Floyd, Iowa
1 year

also given as Jan 1853 in the 1900 US Federal Census
Married by Rev. W.W. Whitcombat Bride's home; License No. 79 applied for on 4 Oct 1873, and filed on 7 Oct 1873 by H.S. Kellogg, Clerk, Floyd County Iowa. Her first application for a widow's pension states that Gracia had know Isaac for three years before they were married.
Rose City Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 60684886)
Shared note
In the 1856 Iowa State Census for Hardin, Franklin, Allamakee, Iowa, 41-year-old New York-born carriage maker G W Corning and his 37-year-old New York-born wife R H [Fitch] Corning have in their household their children, 13-year-old Ohio-born H E Corning, 7-year-old Ohio-born M A Corning, and 2-year-old Iowa-born G I Corning, and four boarders Edward N Taft, Wm [sic] Mamsen, 23-year-old Robt {sic] Smith and 20-year-old Hanah [sic] I Buckrin. George, Rebecca, Harriet and Mary Ann have lived in Iowa for four years, indicating that they moved from Ohio to Iowa in 1852. George is a member of the militia and the owner of land. In the 1860 US Federal Census for Hardin, Franklin, Allamakee, Iowa, Rebecca [Fitch] Corning is listed as housekeeper and her husband George Corning is nowhere in sight. She owns real estate work $1000 and personal property worth $80. Living with her are her children, Harriet, age 17 and a housekeeper, Mary A, age 11, Gracia age 6, George N. (Newell) age 4, and Benjamin A, age 6 months. George Corning reappears in the 1870 US Federal Census for Charles City, St Charles Township, Floyd County, Iowa as a 55 year-old farmer, born in New York, with a personal property worth $1375, but no real estate. In his household are Rebecca A {Fitch] Corning (age 51, keeping house, born in New York), his daughters, Harriet [Corning] Dodge (age 26, without occupation, born in Ohio-no husband can be located), Mary (age 20, at home, born in Ohio), Gracia (age 16, at home, born in Iowa) and Ada (age 7, born in Iowa) and his sons, Newell G (age 14, born in Iowa) and Arthur B (age 10 and born in Iowa) Harriet's daughters (George's granddaughters) Nellie Dodge (age 3 and born in Iowa) and Gracie Dodge (age 4 months and born in Iowa) are also living with them as is August Brunbauer (age 17 and a farm laborer born in Wisconsin). In the 1880 US Federal Census for Mason, Cerro Gordo, Gracie (Gracia age 26 and keeping house) is in the household of Isaac Clarke (mis-transcribed as Dick), age 40,who is a farmer. Living with them are their daughter, Myrtie, age 6, and their sons, Henry (George) age 4, and Howard, (age 1). Harry Loring, age 26 from Massachusetts and a farmer, is boarding with them. In the 1885 Iowa State Census for Mason, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, 44-year-old Isaac Clark [sic] and his 31-year-old wife Gracia [Corning] Clark [sic] have in their household their children 10-year-old Mytia {sic Myrtie], 8-year-old Henry, 6-year-old Howard and one-year-old Guy. The location of the family residence is Township 96 Range 20 Section 20 SW. Isaac was born in England, his parents are "foreign", has served in the military and is entitled to vote. He does not have an occupation listed. Gracia was born in Iowa and her parents are "native". The children were all born in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa; their father is "foreign" and their mother is "native". In the 1895 Iowa State Census, Gracie (age 42 and born in Clayton County, Iowa) is recorded as living in Mt. Vernon, Cerro Gordo, Iowa. In the 1900 US Federal Census for Pleasant Valley, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, Gracia (age 46 not 57 as the census has recorded) and Isaac (age 60) have been married 27 years. Only their two youngest sons, Allen R, age 12 and Lyle E, age 7, are still at home. Gracia has borne six children and all six are living Due to the death of Isaac on 27 December 1909, Gracia applied for a Civil War Widows pension on 22 January 1910. The application's validity was accepted on 26 Jan 1910. On 11 Mar 1910, James Clark, of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, swears that he is the brother of Isaac Clark [sic]. deceased, and that he knows that Isaac Clark was married to Gracia I Clark [sic] on 5 Oct 1873 , and that neither of them had been previously married nor had they divorced before Isaac's death. She received her pension retroactive to 26 Jan 1910. Her postoffice address was Culbertson, Valley County, Montana and that is where her payments of $12 a month were sent. In the 1910 US Federal Census, Gracia is living next door to her daughter, Myrtie Bishop, in the 17th School district, Valley, Montana. She is 56 and listed as head of household. Her youngest son, Lyle (age 17) is living with her. Her third son, Guy (age 26), his wife, Elora (age 26) and their two children are living a couple of doors away. Gracia was dropped from the Civil War pension rolls on 4 September 1924, due to her remarriage to A.B. Stanley at Vancouver, Washington. She was living at 243 W Watts Street in Portland, Oregon at the time of the report of her marriage. This marriage seems to have been unhappy, as shortly before 17 November 1926, Gracia asked the Honorable Scott Leavitt, Representitive from Montana, Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affaires, Sixty-ninth Congress for information on getting her pension reinstated if she divorced her second husband. She must have gotten the information she needed as, on 11 May 1928, Gracia reapplied for a Widow's pension, stating that she had divorced Mr. Stanley "without fault on her part" on 5 April 1928 in Oregon City, Oregon. She was then living at 589 East Alder, Portland, Oregon. Her witnesses to this document were her sister, Ada H Corning Bardsley (living at the corner of Bold and Tyndall Streets, Portland, Oregon) and her son, Allen R Clarke (living at 1874 E Madison Street, Portland, Oregon). Her grounds for divorce from her deposition for the reinstatement of her pension were as follows: "...after the decease of my husband, Isaac Clark, I married A.B. Stanley at Vancouver, Clarke County, Washington, on the 14th day of July, 1924; that I thereafter lived with said A.B. Stanley as his wife at Milwaukie, Clackamas County, Oregon from the date of our marriage until on or about the 15th day of June, 1927, at which time I was stricken with a stroke of paralysis, and my then husband thereupon failed to call a physician to treat me during said illness, and I was taken by my sister, Mrs. G.A. Bardsley to her home at Portland, Oregon, where I stayed for about two weeks... that my grounds of divorce were cruel and inhuman conduct rendering my life burdensome and unhappy." On 28 Nov 1928, Allen R Clarke writes to Mr Winfield Scott, Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC, to tell him that his mother Gracia Idella Corning Clarke's address is his residence at 1874 East Madison, Portland Oregon and that she would probably be at that address for some time as she is in very poor health and "entirely without funds". Her reinstated pension was $30 a month, increasing to $40 a month on 10 Jan 1929. In the 1930 US Federal Census, Gracia is living with her sister, Adah and brother-in-law George W. Bardsley on Columbia Slough Road in Swift, Multnomah, Oregon Gracia died of natural causes on 6 September 1934, causing her son, Allen R Clarke, to write to the US Bureau of Pensions on 24 September 1934 to discontinue her pension and remove her from the pension rolls. She was living at 9112 Tyndal St, Portland, Oregon when she died.