Reuben CLEVELAND

Reuben CLEVELAND

Male 1814 - 1884  (70 years)

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  • Name Reuben CLEVELAND  [2, 3, 4, 5
    • His parents were Truman Cleveland (he was born in CT and died 11/29/1839) and Amelia Peterson (she was born in NY and died in 1866).

      Notes from Rosehill Cemetery - "Captain - Army Company F8, Illinois Cavalry".

      He married Julia Slosson on Dec. 23, 1832 in Chazy, Clinton County, New York.

      They had 7 children together:
      - 1 - Amelia - married Laurence B. Waterman.
      - 2 - Esther Ann - married George Douglass Buckley.
      - 3 - Silas Ezra - married Mary Patrick.
      - 4 - Truman David - married Jennie Vaughn.
      - 5 - Jesse (1841 - 1842)
      - 6 - Willard Willis (1842 - 1843)
      - 7 - Rueben Fuller (1844 - 1846)

      (the last 3 children born and died in Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada).

      After almost 42 years of marriage, Julia died in Chicago on 9/12/1874, and Reuben married Eliza Brandner Nicholson (widow of Mr. McClintock) on 11/10/1875 - no children from that marriage.

      --- from a memorial write-up for him ---

      In Memoriam ? Reuben Cleveland

      REUBEN CLEVELAND.
      FOR THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
      As each grand oak grows old and disappears,
      Within the forest green,
      So, one by one, our Western pioneers
      Pass from this lowly scene.

      O, man has gone to rest whom many know
      Whom many honored here;
      Whose soul was kind, whose hearty grasp was true,
      Whose friendship was sincere.

      Who lived not for himself; who saw above
      Something more grand than gain;
      Who leaves a thousand friends his name to love,
      Who part with him in pain.

      Who toiled with helpful, willing hands to rear
      Our city from the wild,
      That art, that culture and refinement, here
      Might have a home and guild.

      EPITAPH.
      O, strew his bier with flowers of fragrant beauty,
      And write above his grave;
      A soldier who came at the call of duty,
      The nation's life to save!

      Not one who struggled with a proud ambition
      To glitter in the van ?
      But one who filled with honor each position
      Of Citizen and Man!

      EUGENE J. HALL.
      MILLARD AVENUE STATION, Chicago.

      Three Score and Ten.
      Capt. Reuben Cleveland, for many years a resident of Chicago, and a prominent figure in the history of the city for the past quarter of a century, died yesterday morning, aged 70 years. For a number of weeks he had been in poor health, his ailment at last taking the form of dropsy, which was the direct cause of his death. To write the history of a well known individual is not the task of an hour. The main outline may be given and it may convey, in a general way, the story of a life, but it must ever be incomplete and be likely to do injustice to the life and character of the dead. Mr. Cleveland was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1814. His ancestors were of English stock, settling in Connecticut. He was a not very distant relative of Governor Grover Cleveland, of New York. His father was a shipbuilder, and the son followed the footsteps of his sire as regards a manufacturing life. At an early age he was engaged in contracting and building and, as the years passed by, he reached an enviable position in his chosen occupation, through the force of his own endeavors. At the age of 18 he was married to Miss Julia Slosson in Clinton county, N. Y., where he had moved some little time prior to his marriage. Returning to Montreal, he was again engaged in contracting and building for a number of years. In 1848 he came to Chicago, where he followed his previous line of work as contractor, also becoming associated with J. K. Russell, at the corner of Fulton and Jefferson streets, in the manufacture of sash, doors and blinds. He continued in this business relation until 1859. During the years just antedating this last period he had become largely interested in real estate in the city, owning extensive tracts on the West Side, and also valuable property on the North and South sides, but in the financial crash of 1857 he lost heavily. About 1859 he was appointed Commissioner of Public Works by Mayor John C. Haines. At the breaking out of the war he took charge, as captain, of Company F, Eighth Illinois Cavalry, a company which had been organized by Governor Beveridge, of this state. Mr. Cleveland had been captain of a cavalry company ? the Chicago Dragoons ? before the war, so that he was fitted for the position to which he was called. He served about one year and six months in the war of the rebellion, when he was forced to resign on account of ill health. He recovered from his sickness and again engaged in building. At the close of the war he was appointed a government inspector in the tobacco and cigar department of the revenue service. After a year's service he was appointed Police Commissioner by Mayor Medill, and after four years in that office he again returned to the inspector's position, which position he has since held. His wife died in 1874, and he was married again to Mrs. E. B. McClintock who survives him. The children living, by his first wife, are: Mrs. Amelia Waterman, Mrs. Esther Buckley, S. E. Cleveland, deputy sheriff, and T. D. Cleveland, of the Superior Clerk's office. Mr. Cleveland became a member of the Masonic order in 1854 in this city. At a later date he founded Cleveland Lodge, No. 211, which still bears his name. He was a member of Cleveland Lodge, Washington Chapter, Apollo Commandery, Oriental Consistory, and the red Cross of Constantine, being a thirty-second degree Mason. He was also a member of Post No. 28. G. A. R., and of the Veteran Union League Club. Mr. Cleveland was a man whose loss will be keenly felt by all who had known him, and his friends were legion. ? Chicago Inter-Ocean.


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    Born 12 Apr 1814  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jul 1884  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • "Descendants of Moses Cleveland - Cleveland Genealogy" - Reuben Cleveland resided successively at Hemmingsford, Clark, Bond Head, hemmingsford, Belchertown, Mass., and Chicago. he was an honorable, highly esteemed man. In 1873 he held a position in U.S. Custom House, Chicago.

      "Chicago Tribune, July 11, 1884"----

      REUBEN CLEVELAND

      One of the old pioneers of this city quietly passed away yesterday at his residence, corner Wabash Avenue and Van Buren street. he came to Chicago in 1849, commencing business as a carpenter and builder in the spring of 1850, under the firm name of Cleveland & Russell, and continuing in that business until 1857, when he became City Superintendent under Mayor Haines. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, Mr. Cleaveland entered the service of the United States as Capt. of Co. F. 8th Ill. Cav (Farnsworth's) participating in the Virginia and subsequent campaigns. At the close of the war he was appointed a member of the Board of Fire and Police under the administration of Mayor Medill. In the early days of this city he was a member of Garden City Lodge, A.F. & A.M., then in the South Division. Removing to the West Division in 1856, he became one of the founders of Cleveland Lodge, which was named after him, and of which he was the first W. Master. It subsequently became one of the largest and most influential lodges of the fraternity in this country. He was also a Past High Priest of Washington Chapter, No. 43, R.A.M. and a member of Apollo Commandery, No 1, K.T. Oriental Consistory, A. & A. S.R., and of Knights of Rome and Constantine, also a member of Post 28, G.A.R.
    Person ID I12034  Main Tree
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2022 

    Father Truman CLEVELAND,   b. 18 Apr 1770, Brooklyn, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 20 and 21 Nov 1839, Bondhead, Clark Twp., New Castle Dist., C.W. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Amelia PETERSON,   b. 01 Sep 1792, Port Henry, Essex County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 Jul 1866 and 1867, Lilly Lake Campton, Kane County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 18 Jul 1811  Hemingford, C.E. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F23291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Julia SLOSSON,   b. 14 Feb 1809, Grand Isle, Chittendon Co., Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1874, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1832  Chazy, Clinton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Married 23 Dec 1832  Chazy, Clinton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. Willard Willis CLEVELAND,   b. 16 Jan 1842, Hemmingsford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Sep 1843  (Age 1 years)  [Natural]
     2. Jesse CLEVELAND,   b. 04 Mar 1841,   d. 1842  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
     3. Amelia CLEVELAND,   b. 21 Nov 1833, Hemmingsford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     4. Reuben Fuller CLEVELAND,   b. 25 Feb 1844, Hemmingsford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1846  (Age 2 years)  [Natural]
     5. Esther Ann CLEVELAND,   b. 22 Dec 1835, Hemmingsford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     6. Silas Ezra CLEVELAND,   b. 16 Mar 1838  [Natural]
     7. Truman David CLEVELAND,   b. 15 Jan 1840  [Natural]
    Family ID F02051  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eliza Bradner NICHOLSON,   b. 29 Oct 1832, Montgomery, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1894  (Age > 63 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1875  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F05503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Dec 1832 - Chazy, Clinton, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Dec 1832 - Chazy, Clinton, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Nov 1875 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jul 1884 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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    Reuben Cleveland
    Reuben Cleveland
    Reuben, son of Truman Cleveland and Amelia Peterson, is the husband of Julia Slosson.

    Photo added by: Tom C

  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S02255] Everton Publishers: Bureau of Missing Ancestors.

    3. [S03336] Slason-Slauson-Slawson-Slosson Family by George C. Slawson dated 1946.

    4. [S00087] "The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families", Edmund Janes Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland, (Name: Name: Hartford, Conn.1899;;).

    5. [S03338] Slosson 11-20-00 Greene.FTW.
      Date of Import: Jan 6, 2001