Additional Descendants of Charles and Jane Barker Cleaver
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Charles and Jane Barker Cleaver - Charles Sr. was born May 7, 1781 in London, England to Samuel Cleaver and Ann Harris. He married Jane Barker on Jan 5, 1811 in Westminster, St. Martin-In-The-Fields Church, London, England. Jane Barker was born July 6, 1788 in London, England to William Barker and Mary Wraith. Charles died July 1, 1860 in Cleaverville, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois and Jane Died January 14, 1871 in Waukegan, Illinois. Charles imigrated to Toronto Canada in 1834. Charles and Jane had sixteen children and $50,000 dollars when they left England. However, not all of the children moved with them to Canada, but instead remained in London to run business's that they had established there. The family remained in Canada for three years and then in 1837 they moved to a farm 40 miles from Chicago Illinois. Some records point to the Archbishop Euseby Cleaver, of Dublin Ireland, as Charles Grandfather. However research done by Patricia Buchanan and the hiring of a genealogist in Ireland who transcribed the pedigree of Euseby found no connection to Charles. (Reference: Janice Buchanan, Elk Grove, CA)
Arthur W. Cleaver - The following was taken from page 199 of the Book, Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois - Ninth Edition, Revised and Extended in 1898;
Arthur Von Wedel Cleaver was born March 31, 1860 in Chicago, IL and died December 18, 1943 in Fullerton, CA. He married Helene E. Shaw, the refined daughter of Captain D. S. Shaw of Long Beach, California, and they have one child. Arthur, now the oldest Chicago representative of the Cleaver family, is the grandson of Charles Cleaver and son of William Cleaver, which were two one of the grand and influential men of the city of Chicago. There are but few who have contributed more to the greatness of Chicago than the family of Charles Cleaver Sr., who was born and reared in London, England. Charles was a member of the family which has in the past two centuries been famous in soap-making. With a family of sixteen children and fifty thousand dollars in money, he made his way to America about the year 1831. For a short time Charles resided in Toronto, Canada, where he had settled. His sons hearing of the growth of the city of Chicago, the eldest, Charles Cleaver, proceeded to make his way to the last mentioned city, where he established a factory for making soap and candles on the ground now occupied by Kirk soap works in the year 1833. William Cleaver, father of Arthur W. Cleaver, joined the next year and entered into the business, and they also started a general store on what is now South Water Street. They soon moved the soap works to the Division Street and the river, which was then considered extremely far West.
The oncoming army of settlers soon crowded them out of that district, and they repaired, in 1854 to the property which they purchased along the lake shore, by what is now Cottage Grove Avenue on the West, Forty Third Street on the South and Thirty Fifth Street on the North. Near the lake shore they erected a large shop, at the foot of Pier Street, which is now Thirty Eighth Street. Lake was at that time the main highway and stage coach road between Detroit and Chicago and on this street was the business of Cleaverville, which was laid out and platted within the above lines. They erected a very substantial pier, which extended out into the lake. At this time there was a quarter mile of beach East of where the Illinois Central Railroad tracks are now. They conducted the general merchandise store, post office and other industries at the corner of Lake Avenue and Pier Street; near by which Arthur W. Cleaver built a large and commodious residence. It was in this building that Arthur W. Cleaver and his brothers and sisters were born. In 1857 panic practically destroyed the business of the brothers, and they discontinued the soap business. William conducting the general store and Charles Cleaver entering the real estate business. Picture of Charles Cleaver Jr.
A few years after the sons, William Cleaver and Charles Cleaver Jr., had become established in business, the father Charles Cleaver Sr., moved to his family to Waukegan, Illinois, where he became the owner of a large tract of land. The family was a very influential one in this district, where it is now well represented.
Picture of William Cleaver. William Cleaver, father of Arthur W. Cleaver, was born November 27, 1815 in London, England and died November 13, 1896 in Chicago, IL at the age of 81. He was a man of strong personality and fine moral perceptions. Being strictly honest and upright in his dealings, he gave all men credit for the same qualities of character, whereby he gained many valuable friends. He was reared in the Church of England, but afterward changing his opinions, with his usual amount of will power and strength of character, he was not at all afraid to make known his skepticism. He died as he had lived, peacefully, and with the consciousness of having harmed no one, having, in being true to himself, been true to all men. He received his education in London, the city of his birth, which occurred in 1815.
William Cleaver Family Portrait
His love of adventure led him to join the hardy pioneers who made their way over the plains and mountains to the gold fields of California. This was in 1849, and while on this trip he had many narrow escapes from death, not only by the Indians, but through hunger and thirst. After one year in the diggings, he made his way to New York, by the way of the Panama and the Oceans.
In his later years he delighted the ears of his sons with the tales he told of the perils and trials through which he had passed. He married for his first wife Miss Mary Whitney, who at her death, left three children, William H., now a resident of Terra Haute, Indiana, Josephine, now the widow of Thomas Swan, of Chicago; and Frank Cleaver, who is the superintendent of the motor power of Vandalia Line of railway at Princeton, Indiana.
On the death of his first wife, he felt the need of a companion and a mother for his children, and married the highly accomplished daughter of Professor Charles F. Zimmerman, who was President of Basil College, Switzerland. She was making a visit to this country when Mr. Cleaver met her. She was a linguist of more than ordinary powers and spoke the English language, as well as French, Berman and Italian very fluently. Her brother who is one of Europes greatest scholars and linguists, succeeded her father in the Presidency of the college, and his son, Reverend G. A. Zimmerman, is superintendent of German in the public schools of this city. Mrs. Cleaver passed away from this life January 1, 1896, and her aged husband was not long in following her. He expired peacefully and willingly on the 13th of November of the same year.
William was eighty one years of age when he died, after the death of his wife he seemed to lose all interest in life, his one desire being to follow her as soon as possible. Mr. and Mrs. William Cleaver left three children to mourn their loss. Arthur W. who is the eldest; Charlotte, who became the wife of George N, Brown, a member of the Lawton Cutlery Company, of this City; Herbert the youngest who married Miss Lenore Randall, daughter of O. T. Randall of this City and is a partner of the A. W. Cleaver and Company, proprietors of Cleavers Laundry.
Arthur W. Cleaver was one of the first men to reduce to a science the cleaning of wearing apparel, which he did in the year 1878, for the convenience of the people in the neighborhood of the town of Cleaverville. He, with his father, erected a substantial building with the correct appliances for use in washing, and for a nominal fee the public was allowed to come and wash clothes. It was conducted on what is now known as the co-operation plan, but was not a success, and shortly after the building, which was then at the corner of Lake Avenue and Thirty Eight Street was fitted for a modern laundry. This Arthur W. Cleaver continued until, though quite large and well equipped, it was found to be wholly ill equipped to the fast increasing business.
In 1888, in partnership with his brother, he purchased their present site, where with the abundant capital they built the largest and best equipped laundry in the City of Chicago. The laundry is located at 103 to 107 Thirty Eighth Street, near Cottage Grove Avenue. Here they have a capacity for turning out three thousand dollars worth of laundry work each week. They have branch agencies all over the city, from which their numerous wagons gather orders each day. The one great secret of the success of this business is that each member of the firm made it a point to ascertain that none but the best of work was done on the clothes sent to them and no work was promised to be finished unless it was certain it could be turned out at the time promised.
A. W. Cleaver shows the strong characteristics which he inherits from his father, including rugged honesty, together with the subtle graces of his gentle and refined mother, from whom he inherited his fine musical talent. He is among Chicagos best amateur violinist, and has played an instrument as a member in the First and Second Regiment Bands, Illinois National Guard. He is also a great reader and a writer of some note on metaphysical subjects, such as The relation of Man to His Creator. On this kindred subject he has accumulated quite an extensive private library, from which he derives great pleasure and profit. In religion Mr. Cleaver has a leaning toward Theosophy, not holding a fixed opinion, but always open to conviction. Above all he does not accept any faith that cannot be proven by practical demonstration. He is a pleasant man to associate with, in society or in business. He justly deserves the success in business which has marked his progress, and enjoys the respect and admiration of all who come in contact with him.
The following additional information on Arthur W. Cleaver was provided by Janice Patricia Buchanan of Elk Grove, California;
Arthur came to Los
Angeles, CA. in 1894 prior to his parents death in 1896. In 1900 he
established Cleaver's Laundry in Los Angeles, CA. After the European
tour in 1904 he formed the Los Angeles Laundry Company continuing
its operation until disposing of the business in 1912. In 1911 he
established the Excelsior Laundry Company in San Diego. Cousin
Theodore Dowst resided in San Diego as did Helene's brother-in-law
Thomas Brownrigg. Helene committed suicide in 1912 so he probably
sold the Los Angeles Laundry Company due to her death. Arthur and
Kathryn established the Sanitary Laundry Company in Fullerton, CA.
My grandparents Cecil Cleaver and Pattie Wortley Brown took care of
Kathryn and Arthur in their elder years at their home at 519 W. Fern
After their deaths
my grandparents inherited their monies and properties, including the
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