(2)  Ribbon belonging to Joseph Thomas Cloud
(1859 - 1941) from the "Improved Order of Red
Men".  For many years this was mistaken for a
sign of Native American ancestry.  In reality the
Red Men Society was almost exclusively a white
mans social club not unlike  many other such
clubs.  I am still researching the Native American
ancestry story that runs in the family.  I believe it to
be valid but coming from an older branch of the
family other than the Clouds.
(1)  Four Generations of the Cloud Family.  This photo was taken probably sometime
around 1939.  From the left:  Mary Louisa Cloud Montgomery (although by this time
she was divorced from Wallace Montgomery), Thomas Joseph Cloud, Beverly Kay
Ratcliff as a child, and Wintford H.Cloud.  Wintford died of a blood clot from a
construction accident in 1940 and Thomas Joseph died a year later in 1941.
(3)  I am told this is a childhood photograpph of Cladie Cloud.  I cannot confirm that.  
The dress style of the adult in the picture seems turn of the century or late 1890's.
(4)  Formal portrait of Mary
Luce Bell Williams (1865 -
1937).  She was born in Coles
County, Illinois and then moved
to Delaware County, Indiana
with her family in the 1880's.  
She married William Henry Bell
and had three children but then
lost her first husband in 1889,
along with her father, in the
Winter Flu epidemic of that
year.  She later remarried to
Caleb T. Williams and had 7
more children who became
known as the Bell-Williams clan.
(5)  This photo is important but frustrating in that I cannot identify anyone in it except  
for Mary Luce Bell Williams, second from left.  I am trying to put a date on this one
because I am very interested in establishing an identity for the older woman standing   
in the background on the far right.  I believe it may be Nancy McNairy Luce (1838 -
1931), wife of Rev. James Luce.  Part of my interest involves the ongoing search for
possible Native American (and via verbal history from Christine Cloud Carmichael,
Cherokee heritage) ancestry.  Note the facial features on both Mary Luce Bell Williams
and the woman on the right.  If I am right in seeing the high cheek bones and  
prominent nose that is a common facial feature of some Native Americans, then that
background would not be coming from the Cloud line of the family but from the line
going backwards through Cladie Luce Cloud, her mother, Nancy McNairy Luce and   
her mother Mary Price.  The McNairy and Price lines originate in North Carolina in the
18th century.  This would point to a possible intermarriage into Cherokee heritage
during this earlier time and not during the "Trail of Tears" period of the 1830's.
(6)  Cladie Bell Cloud sometime in
the late 1930's.  Bev Wilkinson
relates that this is a classic look for
Cladie.  She spent her days in a
dress with an apron on as she did
chores around the house.  Later,
after Wintford H. Cloud, her husband
died she had to take work outside
the house and worked at the Brooks
Ketchup factory nearby to support
the family.
(7)  An earlier formal portrait of
Cladie Luce Cloud.
(8)  This picture and the one directly
below it are a pair taken at the
same family gathering sometime in
1937. On the left is Otto Palmer
who is holding his granddaughter
Linda Palmer.  On the right is
Wintford H. Cloud holding his first
granddaughter, Beverly Kay
Montgomery Ratcliff.
(9)  In this photo we see on the left,
Cladie Luce Cloud holding her first
granddaughter, Beverly Kay
Montgomery Ratcliff and on the
right Ethel Palmer holding her
granddaughter Linda Palmer.
(10)  A Bell-Williams family reunion, probably at a park in Munice, late 1930's.  I had
Bev Wilkinson write down the names of the people she could recognize on a copy of
the photo.  I have included her notations on this picture.  She made those in 2006.
(11)  Another Bell-Williams family reunion photo.  Not sure if it is the same year as #10
above.
(12)  When possible I like to get firsthand remarks on photos like this.  This is a photo
taken in the late 1950's of the three Bell sisters.  I had Bev Wilkinson write out
comments (shown below).
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Joe Cloud during WWII
Jim Wilkinson
jimwilk@hotmail.com
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