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1909 photo of Captain David Henry Clancy, b. 1836 Dresden Maine; m. Ellen; lived Massachusetts


Captain David H. Clancy was born 4 January 1836 at Dresden, Maine, the son of David and Elvira (Heath) Clancy.  His paternal grandparents were David and Bethiah (Call) Clancy.  I don't have any information on Elvira Health.  Captain David H. Clancy married Ellen, about whom I have no information, and the couple moved to Massachusetts, where they had a daughter Lillie, who married Ernest Newbegin.



Below are a reprint of a post about Captain David H. Clancy on the blog Heirlooms Reunited and his family tree.


1909 Photograph of elderly Capt. D. H. Clancy; Malden, Massachusetts

Photograph dated 1909 of an elderly D. H. Clancy of Malden, Massachusetts; taken by Fred Green, 140 Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

From online research, and assuming I have the correct D. H. Clancy:

David H. (possibly Henry) Clancy was born 4 January 1836 at Dresden, Maine, the son of David and Elvira (Heath) Clancy.  His paternal grandparents were David and Bethiah (Call) Clancy.  I haven't yet found any information on Elvira Heath.

If my information is correct, David H. Clancy's paternal great grandmother was Elizabeth Goux, whose father Daniel Goux (the surname eventually morphed to Goud, Goude, Good, etc.) came from the Montbeliard region of France to North America and eventually to Dresden, by way of Newfoundland, in the mid 18th century.  I found this information thanks to the lucky break that Elizabeth's sister Suzanne married Mark Carney and found her way into a book about the genealogy of the Carney Family.

On 9 February 1857 at Dresden, Maine, David Henry Clancy married his wife Ellen.  I have no information on her; censuses give varying dates of birth and states of birth.  The couple is found in Massachusetts in the Censuses of 1870 and beyond.  I found David in the 1910 Census of Malden, Massachusetts, where he indicated he was a widower.

In the 1880 Census of Somerville, Massachusetts, David H. Clancy called himself a Provision Dealer.  Earlier, in the 1870 Census of Boston, Massachusetts, he indicated he owned a Fish Store.  Perhaps therein lies the connection to his sobriquet "Capt." on the photograph.  Or he could have been in the military; he was the right age for duty in the Civil War.  In the 1860 Census, he's in Dresden with his parents David and Alvira C. (in other places shown as Elvira) and his many siblings; unfortunately, no occupation is listed for him. 

The couple had a daughter Lillie.  She grew up to marry Ernest Newbegin, who was born 17 September 1856 in Boothbay, Maine, the son of George Henry and Ora Caroline (McClintock) Newbegin.  By the 1930 Census Lilly was a widow, living in Malden, calling herself a "guest" in a large household of disparate people.  I couldn't find a record of any children for this couple.  I realize the price label says "Grandpa", but I think that was an editorial comment by the contemporary seller.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

A discussion of Dresden, Maine, on Wikipedia, with mention of the Huguenots, who were among the first settlers there.

Map of Malden, Massachusetts:

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Map of Montbeliard, France:

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Comment by Hillery James-Chung on July 17, 2015 at 4:52pm

The info you have corresponds with my own research.  BTW just this past month I went through an old family photo album from the childhood of my grandmother Doris Hillery and found another photo of this man!  It was really great to be able to link the photos and fit the whole story together.  He was my grandmother's great-uncle:  brother of her own grandmother, Caroline Heath Clancy Onthank (wife of the successful Boston artist Nahum Ball Onthank).  

Comment by Pam Beveridge on July 12, 2015 at 9:01am

Can you check over what information I've included, as there are likely to be errors, and I'd like to correct them.  While doing so, I can include any text that you want me to add.  I'm going to explore if there's a way that you can be administrator of a page.  Thanks for your kind offer!

Comment by Hillery James-Chung on July 11, 2015 at 9:04am

This gentleman is a relative of mine, and I can add quite a bit to his ancestry because of extensive research of the Heath line, and a fair amount on the Clancy side too.  Since this is my first day on your site, I'm not yet sure of the best way to share my research, but I've traced Clancy and Heath back to the 1600's and hope to share that with you soon.  Hillery  

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