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Calvin Cloud b. 1-28-1821 in Claiborne Co. Tn. d. 10-10-1862 in Stone Co. Mo. s/o Joseph and Jane (Carpenter) Cloud. 6-23-1839 Calvin married Mary Jane Nail b. 12-8-1821 in Tn. d. 6-12-1906 in Stone Co. Mo. It is not known if they married in Tn. or Mo.  Both are buried in the old Lee Cem. in Stone Co.

The couple was in Stone Co. prior to 1843 as of 6-12-1843 they sold a lot in Galena to John Birchfield. 1847 Calvin became the legal guardian of Thomas Benton Birchfield, s/o John Birchfield.

Calvin and Mary Jane Cloud owned a farm on James River near McCall Bridge in Stone Co. in what is now Cass Twp. They were the parents of 11 children- 1) Joseph Franklin b. 4-11-1840 in Mo. d. 5-8-1863 buried in Lee Cem. 2) John B. b. 4-16-1843 in Mo. d. 7-28-1925 in Stone Co. buried in National Cem. Springfield, Mo. John B. served in the  72nd Regt. Company B, under Capt. Hart 11-3-1887 he married Susan C. Stephenson. Next was twins 3) William Perry b. 4-15-1845 d. 12-23-1920 in Christian Co. 8-18-1864 married Elsie Monger both are buried in Mt. Carmel Cem.  4) Green Berry b. 4-15-1845 d. (not known) married Mrs. Elizabeth Mills White 2-6-1868 buried Ponce de Leon Cem. Stone Co.  5) Amanda Jane b. 4-23-1848 in Mo. no further info.  6) Alexander b. 3-9-1850 d. 2-27-1863 buried Lee Cem.  7) Mary Catherine b. 3-7-1853 d. 10-10-1877 buried Lee Cem. Married Obediah West Patty 8-2-1868 in Stone Co.  They were the parents of three children.  After the death of Mary Catherine, Obediah took the children and went west to Oregon and Washington State.  8) Sopha Ann b. 12-15-1855 d. 2-17-1863 buried Lee Cem.  9) Ambrose Calvin b. 4-3-1857 d. 4-4-1945 at the home of his daughter Etta (Cloud) Wilson. 7-19-1874 he married Susan P. Morris, they became the parents of 11 children 8 living to be adults. They are both buried in Little White Cem. Stone Co. Mo.  10) Nancy Louisa b. 4-15-1860 d. 1949 buried Mt. Carmel Cem. Christian Co. Mo.  Married Henry N. Inmon 10-14-1883.  11) Comfort Oley b. 3-17-1863 d. 2-7-1868 buried Lee Cem. Stone Co. Mo.

Calvin was a private in Company B 72nd Regt. E.M.M. under Capt. Hart. He enrolled for service July 30, 1862, and was ordered into service August 16, 1862. He served only 56 days.  Records show he was killed by bushwhackers.

Near the home of Calvin and Mary Jane Cloud a young 11-year-old was left to fend for himself. This young man was Alf Bolin. He came to the home of Calvin and Mary Jane, they gave him a home until he was about 17 years of age when he left and joined a gang of bushwhackers. One evening Calvin Cloud had slipped in home for food and to feed his horse. Alf Bolin and some of his gang rode in and asked Calvin for his gun.  He replied that he did not have a gun. Alf Bolin spoke up and said, "Calvin Cloud you have a good gun and I want it". Calvin recognized Alf's voice and told him to get off that horse and ask for the gun like a man, at that Alf shot Calvin and shot at Mary Jane missing her.  Alf Bolin was betrayed by his own gang, killed and beheaded. His head was taken to Ozark, Mo. Mary Jane was summoned to Ozark, not knowing why she was called.  She saddled her horse one very cold and snowy morning, rode the horse from near McCall bridge to Ozark and at that time she would have been 7 months pregnant. When she arrived in Ozark she learned she was called to identify the head of Alf Bolin, the notorious renegade during the Civil War.