California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
CLIPPERTON, WILLIAM H (1836-1881) SALINAS IOOF (Salinas
Daily Index December 8, 1881)
Col. W. H. Clipperton was a native of England and forty three years of age at the time of his death. His mother and sister are living in Australia, and Capt. Clipperton, a brother of his, is British Counsul at Philadelphia. Another brother resides in Liverpool England. He has a son nineteen years of age, in Canada, who is studying law and teaching and teaching school. His wife, from whom he was divorced only a year or two ago, was Belle Douglas, an actress well known throughout the Pacific Coast States and Territories, fifteen or eighteen years ago. [Belle Douglas was his second wife. His first wife, the mother of the son above alluded to, resides in Canada at the present time...Ed Index]. Col Clipperton participated in the Crimean war, but in what capacity we do not know. He came to the United States and was a Captain in the 1st Michigan Cavalry in the late civil war. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was Judge Advocate of the District of Columbia in 1864, we think. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, belonging to some Post in San Francisco, the name of which we have as yet been unable to learn. After the war he resigned his commission and came to the Pacific coast, having, at various times since been engaged in journalism in California, Nevada and neighboring territories. He came to Salinas about five years ago and was there admitted to practice law in the County and District Courts He had editorial charge of the Salinas Index while Senator Hill was at Sacramento last winter, and has been running the Californian since last June. The deceased left no property of any value, being one the class who spent their money as fast as they make it. Having expressed a desire to be buried n Salinas, in case he should die, the funeral took place over there at 11 o’clock this forenoon under the auspices of the Good Templars and Salinas Engine Company No. 1. He was a member in good standing of the former order when he died, and belonged to the fire company when he lived in Salinas. The funeral services were held in the M.E. Church before the body was taken to the cemetery. Rev. AK Crawford preaching the sermon. His Good Templar regalia was deposited in the grave with him. there was no mother, no sister, no wife, no child, nor relative of any sort, to weep over him, but kind hears and willing hands performed the last sad rights and placed wreaths and bouquets of flowers upon his coffin and grave. Col. Clipperton had a heart in him as tender as a woman and was kind and generous to a fault. Death has rung down the curtain upon his life. Humanity from its great Faustian of sympathy, can well spare him a tear. Let the grave swallow up his faults who of us have them not? and let only his virtue be remembered.
|Researched and Compiled by :
Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA.
Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”.
Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10.
The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base