Clovis Name Study

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Task List

    • Adopt Orphaned Clovis files for researching
      Needs adopted. Please remove if you adopt it
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    • Work on linking together other Clovis families
      Most Wanted list
      • Conrad Clovis [1]
        1844–1916 BIRTH 8 JAN 1844 • Penn DEATH 18 MAR 1916 • Bushness, McDonough, Illinois I know there is a tie to john Clovis/Sarah Husted because a descendant of his and I are a DNA match. Black-4130
      • William A Clovis [2]
        Born about 1840 living with the same family as the Conrad above in 1850
      • Mary Jane Clovis Shutts [3]
      • Sarah Clovis Carney [4] FOUND! Sarah is the daughter of Matthias Clovis. The proof was found in a history of Cass County, Indiana about her husband Martin Carney. If fact all the children of Matthias and Nancy Baer Clovis family were listed. You can read the list here[5]
      • Elizabeth Clovis [6]
      • Dorcas Henrietta Clovis Henry [7] has been brought to our attention by another wikitree member. We are hoping to find if she is related to the John Clovis/Clobes and Susanna Saylor family. I have doubts that she is an immediate member of their family because she was born before he came to the United States in 1777. It is possible that he brought a family with him when he came as a Hessian soldier but I haven't seen any proof of that. If you know anything about Dorcus we would love to hear from you.
      • George Clovis [8]
        George maybe the another son of John and Susannah or it is possible he is Henry and he is using his middle name. George appears in the 1830 and 1840 Fayette County, Pennsylvania census and seems to disappear. In the two census' he is living with who I assume is a wife and young daughter.
      • Henry Clovis
        • Henry Clovis listed in the 1850 St Louis Missouri Census as an attorney age 23. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Henry A Clovis in household of Shelton C Fogus, St Louis, 3rd Ward, St Louis, Missouri, United States; citing family 15, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.) This Henry is listed a being born in VA in 1827. This Henry is too young to be the son of John and Susanna Clovis. I don't have a record of a Henry being born to Matthias or Conrad who are the only Clovis' I am aware of in Va in 1820 - 1836 time period who would be old enough to be Henry's father.
        • H W Cloves in Missouri in the 1870 census. H. W. is the right age to be the son of John and Susannah. He was born in Pennsylvania.
          "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), H W Cloves, Missouri, United States; citing p. 168, family , NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,305.
    • Locate Clovis family that have seemed to disappear
      • Henry Clovis [9]
        Henry is the son of John(Johannes) Clovis(Clobes) and Susanna Saylor Clovis who is in Fayette County, Pa Orphan count records [10] in Januanry 1815 and in August 1818 asking for a guardian . Richard P Lott was appointed his guardian and it is stated that he is above the age of 14. I found a H W Clovis born in Pa age 52 who is listed as a Master Carpenter in Saint Charles, MO in the 1870 census [11]. I haven't found records that would verify this Henry is John and Susannah's Henry.
    • Clean up and format Clovis profiles
    • Add sources where possible
    • Keep an eye out for duplicates to merge



    CLOVIS is Frankish from the personal name Clovis, a derivative of the Ancient Germanic personal name Hlodovic, composed of the elements hlod "famous", "clear" + wig "war", or simply "Famous Warrior". The name is first used in History by Clovis I. A Frankish king who united France under his rule in the 5th century, and who also ended the Western Roman Empire. [Family Facts @]

    My compact tree for my Clovis ancestor (Black-4130)

    • [12] Pleasants County, West Virginia Biography of William Edward CLOVIS

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    Submitted by Valerie Crook, <>, March 1999 The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 38-39

    WILLIAM EDWARD CLOVIS. During the past seven years Mr. Clovis has devoted his entire time and energies to a very successful and prosperous automobile business as an author- ized agent for the Ford car in Pleasants County. His career altogether has been one of well directed effort in different lines. He has been a teacher, is former sheriff of Pleasants County, and probably is as well known over the county as any other citizen.

    His family has been in West Virginia for several generations. The name Clovis was transplanted to Pennsylvania in Colonial times from Southwestern Virginia. His great-grandfather, Conrad Clovis, was born in Pennsylvania, and from that state moved his family to Hebron, West Virginia, where he lived out his life as a farmer. The grandfather of William E. Clovis was Solomon Clovis, who was born in Monongalia County, West Virginia, in 1818, but spent nearly all his life in Pleasants County and was a cabinet maker by trade. He died in 1876 and is buried at Hebron. His wife was a Miss Wrick, a native and life long resident of Pleasants County. Amos Clovis, their son, was born near Hebron August 13, 1854, and since 1885 has been a resident of Maxwell in Pleasants County. He was a merchant in early life, and since then has been a leading farmer and still owns two farms at Maxwell. He is a republican and an active member of the Church of Christ. Amos Clovis married Martha Jane Flem- ing, who was born near Fairmont, West Virginia, July 15, 1856. William E. is the oldest of their children. Dr. Elijah Ellsworth is one of the state's prominent physicians and is now superintendent of the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Terra Alta. Cora Elizabeth is the wife of Homer F. Simonton, Circuit Court clerk of Pleasants County. Harry T. is an oil refiner at St. Marys, and the youngest, Maurice Lawrence, is in the drug business at Huntington.

    William Edward Clovis was born at Hebron, Pleasants County, November 7, 1876, and acquired a rural school education there. He finished his education in the Fairmont State Normal, which he attended altogether for five terms. He was granted an opportunity to teach school at the age of eighteen, and the first year he taught in the Jonestown School of his native county. Then for two years he had charge of the French Creek School, one year in the Ruckman School on Cow Creek, and his last year was spent in his home school at Nine Mile. After leaving the schoolroom Mr. Clovis was deputy county assessor one year. For some time he cherished an ambition to become a physician, and with that in view he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, but on account of ill health had to give up those plans after the first year. From 1901 to 1908 Mr. Clovis conducted a mercantile business at Adlai in Pleasants County. In the fall of 1908 he was elected sheriff, and on January 7, 1909, re- moved to St. Marys and was the chief law officer of the local courts through the four year term ending in 1914. During 1913-14 Mr. Clovis was a member of St. Marys Hardware Company, but in the meantime he had taken the agency for the Ford cars, and since 1914 has made this his primary busi- ness. He is the authorized agent in Pleasants County for the Ford automobile, trucks and tractors, and has done the biggest business in that line of any automobile agency in this section of the state. It is estimated that he has sold at least ninety per cent of all automobiles bought in the county. During 1920-21 he erected a handsome public garage at the corner of Washington and Third streets. The garage in 80x80 feet, two stories, and built of brick and concrete. Mr. Clovis is also a director of the First National Bank of St. Marys.

    He still retains a deep interest in educational progress and since July 1, 1919, has been president of the Board of Educa- tion in St. Marys. He is an elder in the Church of Christ, is a republican, and during the war was a "fourminute" speaker and a worker in behalf of all local patriotic causes.

    April 16, 1899, at Gibson in Pleasants County, Mr. Clovis married Miss Mary Varner, daughter of George W. and Angelia V. (Daniel) Varner, now deceased. Her father was a minister of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Clovis received a normal school education and prior to her marriage was a teacher in Pleasants County for four years. Mr. and Mrs. Clovis have five children, and have given all of them liberal educational advantages. Eunice Madge, the oldest, born March 4, 1900, is a graduate of the St. Marys High School and the Fairmont State Normal, and is now teacher of the fifth grade in the local public schools. Cora Edith, born October 23, 1901, graduated from the same schools as her sister and now has charge of the first grade in the St. Marys public school. The only son, George A., was born October 25, 1903, and is now a student in Marietta College in Ohio. The two younger children are Martha Virginia, born November 15, 1906, a student in high school, and Mary Edna, born Novem- ber 21, 1910.

    • [13] History of West Virginia. This is a downloadable google book for free. Pg 38 outlines Conrad Clovis.


    Free Genealogy websites

    • Family Search [14]
    • Rootsweb [15] some of the pages work and some are in the process of being repaired and linked again. It feels like it has been forever since some pages have worked!
    • Facebook has some wonderful genealogy groups. Most are closed but easy to join. There are groups that deal with family names and other with states, counties and even townships within counties.
    • Your local library
      I have found the services libraries offer can be very different. I have cards to at least four different libraries and the books and services they all have are different. They all offer online material you can access. You need to check out your libraries website to see what is available. In addition to reading books, magazines and streaming music and sometimes movies, they have genealogical materials you can access. I feel really lucky that my local library offers so much. From the comfort of my home I can access Heritage Quest, America's Genealogy Bank, New's Bank as well as many other kinds of information and all I need to do is input my library card number. It is all free. Love libraries! Check out libraries from different cities as well as colleges. You never know what you can access without a library card. There are times you will find a gold mine and others it will be Just rocks.
    • State and county websites
      The information on state websites vary just like the libraries. There are some states that have vital and land records online and you can download a digital copy for free. Every site is different as well the information they offer. Don't be surprised to go back to the same site in a year or so and find that it has changed. Expect updates and changes especially as different administrations take office.

    Message boards

      With the inception of groups on Facebook most message boards aren't used very much but here are some that can be checked for clues and you can even post to them.
    • Ancestry message boards are free to all
    • Rootsweb listserve lists. There maybe little to no traffic but they are searchable and can have a lot of information.
    • GenForum There maybe little to no traffic but they are searchable and can have a lot of information.

    Free software

      If you have never used a chromosome browser or painter for DNA matches on a graphic display before you need to check this website out. DNA painter allows you to paint, label and store those matches for free. It allows you to match people who you have no clue how you are related to them on your family tree with someone you know how you are related and have them painted and labeled on the graphic. I have have learned this is called triangulation. Some of the DNA websites you have to pay extra to see these results. My Heritage is the only site I have found that it actually shows the triangulation in the basic service.
    • DNA Match Manager [17]
      DNA Match Manager is a beta program that allows you to input all the places that they can down load your match data from. Once you do that it is a matter on pressing a button to download all of your current dna matches to a spreadsheet. Much easier than going to each site and doing it manually.

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*The Conrad mystery. There are some Conrads' I have come across) I can't shore them up to the lines we have documented. They are likely related, but the generations they represent say they would be possibly a removed cousin, if they fit at all. If anyone else comes accross any of these, put them here, and we can look out for where they fit in.

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posted 21 Jul 2018 by Candy (Black) Cox   [thank Candy]
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It is possible that the person who ordered the headstone didn't remember the date correctly. Memory can be a fickle thing. Even for close family, let alone an in-law who might have ordered it. They may not have had a written record to go by. I have found a lot of death and birth records, official records from the court house don't match what is on the headstone.
posted by Mary Calvert
Anyone know why Solomon Clovis's Birthdate on his headstone does not match his Christening birthdate?

Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911 View Record

Name Solomon Clovis Gender Male Birth Date 19 Nov 1818 Birth Place Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland Christening Date Jul 1819 Christening Age 0 Christening Place Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland Christening Comments St. John's Lutheran Church Father's Name Conrod Clovis Mother's Name Polly FHL Film Number 859283

I see you added the picture of the headstone on find a grave, Meghan.

posted by Candy (Black) Cox
Thank you for posting that.
posted by Candy (Black) Cox
JOHN PETER CLOVER, born around 1755, with his wife Catherine Sharp, a native of Holland, emigrated from Prussia, (Hanover) to America, and settled at Clover Hill, N. J. This is another family we do not want to confuse with the Clovis family although the Clovis name is represented as Clover in some records.

A link to a booklet about the family on Family Search.

posted by Mary Calvert
I agree Mary,

I have seen him in my research, and I try to be careful all documentation fits. It would be very easy to confuse them. That is a great idea to post sources even though he isn't a Clovis, because it may save someone from making that mistake. With all the easy to get records on the internet, I think people grab things too fast. Names like John and James are everywhere. lol


posted by Candy (Black) Cox

I checked out and he appears to be in Connecticut in 1790 and since our John is in Maryland in 1790 they are not the same but it could be how people thought our John's wife was Sarah. We will need to be careful not to mix them up. I checked out several Clover families that did not have sources and added sources to almost all of them in the process of deciding they didn't seem connected to our John Clovis even though his name is spelled Clover in some records. I have tax records for a John Clover in Exeter Township in Berks County. Berks County is the place Susanna's sisters lived according to the deed from North Carolina. I want to make sure they are our John before posting them.

posted by Mary Calvert
Awesome. I have a function today, so I will look tonight. I started adding children to James Manfield Clovis. I will check back.


posted by Candy (Black) Cox
Candy Maybe this profile needs to be investigated. It could be how people came up with the name Sarah for our john's wife. I will start investigating this man. Mary

posted by Mary Calvert
Welcome Ray Johnson.

I am curious about your Conrad. You and I don't match, but my research on Clovis in ancestry does yield the Ganoe surname, so we can work on connecting those. My tree is public on ancestry under CandyCox51. We did not have a DNA match, but that may only mean we are too distant, or we don't share the same segments. Candy

posted by Candy (Black) Cox
The other is adopted. I will remove them both
posted by Candy (Black) Cox