Capt. Zachariah Clark served in the French and Indian Wars, being a member of the relief expedition for Fort William Henry. (Source: Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume 2)spouse: >Bushnell, Ann (>1734 - )
Richard Clifford enlisted in Company L, 5th Calvary, Michigan Volunteers on 22 Aug 1862 from Kalamazoo at about 23 years of age. He was mustered in on 2 Sept 1862 and discharged at Washington, D.C. on 20 June 1964. He was living at Woodville, Michigan in 1903. (Source: Michigan Soldiers + Sailors, Michigan Volunteers 1861-65, Vol. 35, page 23)spouse: >Sanford, Martha (1838 - 1908)
William III, surnamed Cliton \kle-ton\ . 1101-1128. Titular duke. Son of Robert II Curthose; aided by Louis VI of France and Fulk of Anjou, attempted several times in vain to recover Normandy from Henry I of England, who had imprisoned Robert (1106); made count of Flanders by Louis (1127); killed by rival for Flanders, Thierry d' Alsace, at siege of Alost.spouse: >Anjou, Sybil of (>1101 - )
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CAROLINE (COBB) BEMENT taught in the schools of Western New York previous to her marriage. In 1844 she established a private school in DeWitt, which she conducted continuously until 1901, save for a period of eleven months, immediately preceding her husband's decease. Her career as a teacher was a remarkable one. She possessed no college degree, but having a fine intellect and great perceptive powers, to which was added an intense love for the work, she was able to attain a position in the educational world where she was recognized as one of the foremost teachers in the State of Michigan. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 221)spouse: >Bement, Andrew Jackson (1815 - 1876)
"Some lives seem to have been touched by the wand of genius widening the field of its influence, and enabling it to strew crystals of thought and love along its way that should be fruitful for many years. Such a life was hers. Untiring in her devotion to duty; unselfish in her intercourse with friends; unswerving in her ideas of right; with naught less than love for the humblest of her race, she lived to a ripe old age, blessing all with whom she came in contact, by her presence." (Source: Obituary of Caroline Bement)
Robert Emery Coe was born about six months after the death of his father. His mother then married (2) William Sutter, and Robert was raised as his step-son. Robert married Phyllis Zavadil in 1943 and had three children. They divorced in 1947, and sometime thereafter changed his name to Robert Emery Sutter. (Source: Carole Jane Coe, May 1998)spouse: >private
Simeon Sanford was the youngest of seven children.spouse: >Johnson, Betsy Ann (>1772 - 1803)
William Otis Coe served in the Union Army, 12th Regiment, Company 1, Indiana Calvary. (Source: Carole Jane Coe Allen, May 1998)spouse: >Ferman, Emily Francis (1830 - 1913)
From family papers and letters, it would seem that some years previous to 1837, Ebenezer Colby and William Moore purchased a mill at Peterboro, New Hampshire, which they converted into a plant for manufacturing machinery. This business continued until 1837, when Mr. Colby sold out to Mr. Moore, or to his brother-in-law, William Barnes Bement, who for two years had been associated with the manufactory, and the firm, which had previously been Moore + Colby, became Moore + Bement. Subsequently, Mr. Colby became a resident of Galien, Berrien Co., Michigan. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 264)spouse: >Colby, Ebenezer (1795 - 1857)
Gilbert Abbott Colby was associated with William Barnes Bement (his uncle) at Philadelphia from 1851 to 1854 in the manufacture of machinists tools and shafting, under the name of Marshall, Bement, and Colby, he having accompanied Mr. Bement to Philadelphia, following Mr. E. D. Marshall's invitation to the former.spouse: >Lucas, Mary (~1823 - )
About 1854, Gilbert went to Niles, Michigan and there started a steam flour mill. He was also engaged in various undertakings of a substantial nature, and had some connections with the building of a boulevard in Chicago. He had an inventive genius; a roving disposition; the gift of making friends; and lived in various places, among others, besides those already named, Lowell, Massachusetts, and California. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 359)
HORACE FARNHAM COLBY was engaged in the milling of flour for over 55 years in Dowagiac, Cass Co., Michigan. In 1914, a daily output of some three hundred barrels of high-grade flour made his one of the most modern flour mills in America. For some years he was President of the Michigan State Millers' Association. (Source: Chronicles of the Bement Family in America; 1928, p. 360)spouse: >Perkins, Lucy Tracy (~1835 - >1914)
Burial: December 1920, Hurd Cemetery Annex, Orleans Ionia Co., MI Medical Information: Cause of death: Apoplexyspouse: >Beach, William E. (1856 - 1919)
Arthur Holly Compton was co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1927). His discovery, called the "Compton Effect", proved the quantum theory. He worked with one of the groups in developing the atomic bomb, invented a gyroscopic airplane control, taught physics at two Universities, and was Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from 1945 to 1953.spouse: >McCloskey, Betty C. (~1892 - 1980)
The following information was copied from Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia. Copyright 1993, 1994 Compton's New Media, Inc.COMPTON, Arthur Holly (1892-1962) The scientist who first described the behavior of X-rays when they interact with electrons was the American physicist Arthur Holly Compton. In his early research on the measurement of radiation, he found that when X rays strike graphite the are scattered and their wavelengths are increased. This discovery, known as the "Compton effect", was the first proof that X rays can act like particles. This discovery was very significant because it confirmed the theory that electromagnetic radiation can act as both as a wave and a particle.
Arthur Holly Compton was born in Wooster, Ohio, on September 10, 1892. He was the youngest son of Elias and Otelia Augspurger Compton, who had two other sons and a daughter. Compton first became interested in science, chiefly in the fields of aviation and astronomy, as a child. During his first years of amateur astronomy he photographed constellations and Halley's comet through a telescope he purchased. Later he constructed and flew a glider with a wingspan of 27 feet (8 meters).
In 1913 he was graduated from the College of Wooster. At Princeton Univ. he earned a master's degree in physics in 1914 and a doctorate in 1916. After completing his studies, he married Betty McCloskey. They had two son. Compton's teaching career began in 1916 at the University of Minnesota. During World War 1 he helped develop air plane instruments. In 1919 he went to Cambridge University in England on a one-year fellowship grant.
After three years as head of the physics department at Washington University, in St. Louis, Mo., Compton joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1923. For his discovery there of the Compton effect, he shared the 1927 Nobel prize in physics with C.T.R. Wilson, a Scottish physicist. Compton also demonstrated the total reflection of X rays and collaborated in the polarization of X rays. Investigating cosmic rays, he discovered their electrical composition. From 1931 to 1933 he directed a world cosmic-ray survey.
During World War II, Compton headed the early phase of the Manhattan District, formed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to develop the atomic bomb. As director of the project's Metallurgical Laboratory at the Univ. of Chicago, he was in charge of the development of the first nuclear chain reaction, paving the way for the controlled release of nuclear energy. Between 1942 and 1945 he also directed the government's plutonium-research project. He was the governor of the Argonne National Laboratory in 1945.
Compton was appointed chancellor of Washington University in 1945 and was professor of natural philosophy there from 1953 to 1961. He died in Berkeley, Calif., on March 15, 1962.
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Elias Compton was born on the farm homestead of his grandfather, also named Elias Compton on Mill Creek, near present Glendale, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati). His father was Wilson Compton. When Elias was about five years and eight months old, his father bought a farm about a mile from Monroe and seven miles out of Middletown (both in Butler Co., Ohio). This is where Elias spent his boyhood.spouse: >Augspurger, Otelia Catheryne (1858 - 1944)
When Elias was 19 years old, he took a 22 week course at the National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio and, certificate in hand, was ready to begin a teaching career. There was a vacancy at the one-room Woodsdale school.
Samuel Augspurger was on the committee to seek the new teacher, and Elias met his daughter, Otelia, on his day of interview. He was offered the teaching post two weeks later. Otelia was to be one of his students. She and her four younger brothers were all Elias' students in the school year 1875-1876.
In September, 1876, Otelia entered Western Female Seminary in Oxford, Ohio (later Western College for Women, and incorporated into Miami University, Ohio, a few years ago). Otelia wanted to be a missionary, and she graduated in 1886. It took her ten years since she was not a full time student.
Elias was the valedictorian of the class of 1881 of the University of Wooster (now Wooster College), which he entered four years earlier after his short teaching career at Woodsdale. The fall of 1881, Elias Compton entered Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny, near Pittsburgh. He was first in his class for two years, and was starting his third year when he was asked to come back to Wooster to teach for a year due to sudden illness of a faculty member, and he He went. At the end of the 1883-1884 school year, he was asked to remain, which he did. (there is no validated record that he was ever ordained into the Presbyterian ministry, nor that he ever served a congregation as a minister as indicated in some accounts). The wedding of Elias and Otelia fell on Elias' 30th birthday. The rites were performed in the home of Otelia, just outside Woodsdale, by the Reverend A.A.E. (Archibald Alexander Edward) Taylor, D.D., L.L.D., second President of the College of Wooster.
The Compton's first child, Karl Taylor Compton was born September 15, 1887. His name is of interest, and shows just how closely the Compton's were tied to Wooster: Karl for Karl Merz who established the music department at Wooster in 1882, and Taylor for the Presbyterian minister, and past college president who married the two.
For those interested in the history of the Compton Family "The House on College Street" by James R. Blackwood is required reading, and is the source of much of the preceding notes. The book was published in the late 1960's by MIT Press, and is out of print, but might be available in a large library. It has many fascinating facts about the family, only a few of which are included in these notes. It also has the birth and marriage dates for most of the children and their mates. There are many other fascinating anecdotes about the Compton family in the book referenced above.
Jim Abbott; Cincinnati, Ohio (Feb 1998)
Karl Taylor Compton was a physicist who did research in atomic energy. In 1946, he was head of the group that evaluated the Bikini atomic bomb tests. He taught physics at Princeton, and served as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1930-1949.spouse: >Rayman, Rowena (>1887 - 1919)
Mary Elesa Compton married C. Herbert Rice. Herbert had been a student at Wooster before Mary entered. One of Professor Compton's best students. They were engaged by mail, Herbert in India, Mary Elesa in Wooster. Mary went to India by boat and train, and first met at the train station platform. They were married October 21, 1913, in the oldest Presbyterian Church in India, in Ludhiana. (Source: Jim Abbott, Cincinnati, Ohio, February 1998)spouse: >Rice, C. Herbert (~1897 - 1960)
Mary worked with her husband, Dr. C. Herber Rice, as a missionary team in India. Dr. Rice was president of the University of Punjab. Mary was active in the community and served on the Board of Directors of many organizations and two colleges.
Wilson Martingale Compton had a degree in law. Always interested in forestry, in 1918 he began 26 years of service as Secretary and General Manager of the National Lumber Manufactures Association. He was then President of Washington State College, and then headed the International Information Administration in charge of the Voice of America.spouse: >Harrington, Helen (>1890 - 1979)
Edward III, the Confessor (1002?-66), king of England (1042-66), son of King Ethelred the Unready. During most of the rule of the Danish kings of England who followed Canute II, Edward lived at the court of the dukes of Normandy. In 1041, Hardecanute invited Edward to England, and the following year Edward succeeded to the English throne, largely because of the support of Godwin, earl of Wessex. Edward married Godwin's daughter Edith but soon gave his favor to the enemies of Godwin, who was harassed and for a brief time exiled. Perhaps because of Godwin's popularity in England, a reconciliation was effected about 1052. Godwin's son Harold, later Harold II of England, became one of Edward's advisers, and another son, Tostig, became his favorite. In 1055, Edward made Tostig earl of Northumbria, but the earl's rule was so oppressive that a rebellion broke out in 1065, and Edward was forced to exile him. Thereafter, Edward's health failed, and he was unable to attend the consecration of Westminster Abbey, which he had founded. He was succeeded by Harold II, the last Saxon king of England. Less than a century after his death, Edward was canonized by Pope Alexander III, and is buried at Westminster Abbey in London.spouse: >Eadgyth, ? (>1002 - 1075)
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Estelle Congdon was the second youngest of eight children. She was born 16 May 1920 in Virgil, Cortland Co., NY and died 19 Oct 1990 in Cortland, Cortland Co., NY. She married (1) Burr William Bement, (2) Robert Thompson, and (3) Melvin Pierce and is buried in Clifford Valley, Pennsylvania. (Source: Gary W. Bement, 1997)spouse: >Bement, Burr William (1916 - 1990)