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402. Calvin7 Wallingford (David6, David5, Jonathan4, Nicholas3, Nicholas2, Nicholas1) was born in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada 8 August 1812.(2298)

He married Elvira Lee, 1 January 1835.(2299) Elvira was born 12 July 1815, in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.(2300) Elvira was the daughter of Jonathan Lee and Mary Moulton. Elvira died 27 January 1888, probably in Ohio.(2301) Her uncle Jason Lee was a Methodist missionary who was sent to the Oregon Territory to convert the Indians. He founded the city of Salem, Oregon and went before Congress encouraging settlers to come to Oregon. His statue is in Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.(2302)

The family was living in Conneaut, Ohio when the 1840 census was taken. The index references him as "Calone" Wallingford, but the original reads "Calvin". Only two people were accounted for in the family, a male 20-29 and a female 20-29, presumably Calvin and his wife Elvira. Three lines away was the listing for his mother Abigail Wallingford.(2303) The family was still in Conneaut in the 1850 census, where Calvin's occupation was given as shoemaker and he owned real estate worth $1500.(2304)

He was living in Cleveland, Ohio in 1898.(2305)

Sue Brown, a descendant of Calvin's wife Elvira's brother the Rev. Addi Lee, is in possession of several letters from Calvin to Rev. Lee. They were difficult to read, but she offers some partial transcripts below:

Conneaut, August 13, 1837 "Mother Wallingfords family are all well she lives in her new house. It is only a few rods from ours. Gilbert is at home. Fanny is teaching school here she has a room in one Chambly Estrs(?) is learning a trade and Rosanna with us." [They lived in Conneaut, Ohio at the time. Gilbert and Fanny are his brother and sister. 'Estrs(?)' is likely his brother Estes. Rosanna may refer to his sister Roxanna, although we have a death date of 1804 for her so something is amiss.]

This next one is from Elvira's sister Mary Lee Morrill to her brother the Rev. Lee: Stanstead, Quebec, March 30, 1842 "I have heard of the death of Emma Webster she that was Emma Wallingford. One short year only had she been married when death tore her from the embrace of him she loved."

Another letter from Mary to Addi: Stanstead, November 18, 1845 "I had a letter from Calvins people last summer they still live in Conneaut have two children I believe I wrote to you that one was named Addi Lee:

Letter from Calvin Conneaut, July 14, 1850 "...a great many gone from this vicinity to California within the last year but no returns of money yet. My brother Estes is among those that have gone. He left a wife and child at St Louis. I have not heard from him since he got fairly at work."

Letter from Calvin Conneaut, March 3, 1851 "I am still at work hammering the boards together can make a living at but can't get ahead much. I average from seven to eight dollars per week and that will support us here where we can get provisions so cheap". [This makes it sound like he is a carpenter, but the 1850 census called him a shoemaker. Perhaps he was referring to the soles of shoes when he said "boards".]

In a letter from Calvin in Sept. 1852 he mentions that he has two brothers in Boston and vicinity. He does not mention them by name, but this probably refers to Lyman, Gilbert and/or Samuel.

A letter from Calvin to Addi: Conneaut, June 16, 1853 "I have been trying for some days to get my mind in a state to write but as I cant so I will not wait any longer. I dont know how to tell you of our loss. I sent you a paper you have doubtless got before now in which you are advised of the death of our little boy he was sick only about 3 weeks but he had not had very good health for 2 or 3 months, after we began to doct him he failed very fast...we have no fears as to the welfare of our little Addi he was a good boy and we trust he is now where pain and suffering can no more come".

Sue Brown states that in all of the letters she saw no mention of a child named Eugene, so there may not have been such a child in the family, or he may have been born after 1860 when the letters stop.(2306)

Calvin Wallingford and Elvira Lee had the following children:

child 519 i. Mary Corrilla8 Wallingford was born in Ohio about 1841/42. She was age 8 in the 1850 census of Conneaut, Ohio, where she was called "Corrilla M." (0) She was living at 123 Clinton St. in Cleveland, Ohio in 1899.(2307)

child 520 ii. Addi Lee Wallingford was born in Ohio about 1843/44. He was aged 6 in the 1850 census of Conneaut, Ohio. In a letter from his aunt Mary (Lee) Morrill to her brother the Rev. Addi Lee dated Stanstead, Quebec on November 18, 1845, she wrote (in part), "I had a letter from Calvins people last summer they still live in Conneaut have two children I believe I wrote to you that one was named Addi Lee."(2308) Addi died before 16 June 1853, in Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio. A letter from his father to their relatives back in Canada is dated Conneaut on 16 June 1853 and reads, in part: "I have been trying for some days to get my mind in a state to write but as I cant so I will not wait any longer. I dont know how to tell you of our loss. I sent you a paper you have doubtless got before now in which you are advised of the death of our little boy he was sick only about 3 weeks but he had not had very good health for 2 or 3 months, after we began to doct him he failed very fast...we have no fears as to the welfare of our little Addi he was a good boy and we trust he is now where pain and suffering can no more come".(2309)

child 521 iii. Eugene Wallingford.(2310) He died in infancy.

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