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Atchley Photographers (Rockford, Illinois), Collins V. Clifford, July 1886
Atchley Photographers (Rockford, Illinois), Collins V. Clifford, July 1886; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Collins Venacius Clifford was born on 18 May 1886 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois to John C. Clifford and Mary E. Collins.1 Collin had four siblings: Marie Julia, John Paul, Daniel, and a sister that died as an infant.2

E. H. Wheat, photographer (Rockford, Illinois), Collins V. Clifford, 1888 ca; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
E. H. Wheat, photographer (Rockford, Illinois), Collins V. Clifford, 1888 ca; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
E. H. Wheat, photographer (Rockford, Illinois), Collins V. Clifford, 1890 ca; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
E. H. Wheat, photographer (Rockford, Illinois), Collins V. Clifford, 1890 ca; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Collin never married.3 Collin died on 16 March 1934 in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa at the age of 47.4 He is buried in Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.5

"Collins Clifford Dies at Hospital In City," obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 18 Mar 1934, p. 1, col. 7."Collins Clifford Dies at Hospital In City," Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 18 Mar 1934, p. 1, col. 7.
“Collins Clifford Dies at Hospital In City,” obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 18 Mar 1934, p. 1, col. 7.
"Funerals, Collins V Clifford," obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 19 Mar 1934, p. 12, col. 4.
“Funerals, Collins V. Clifford,” obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 19 Mar 1934, p. 12, col. 4.

Collin’s parents

Collins’ father, John C. Clifford, died on 24 April 1947 at the age of 91 in Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois.6 Collin’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Collins Clifford, died on 21 December 1957 at the age of 96, also in Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois.7 Both are buried in Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.8

"John C Clifford ,"obituary, Dubuque, Iowa, 28 Apr 1947
“John C Clifford ,” obituary, Dubuque, Iowa, 28 Apr 1947
"Dubuqueland Deaths, Mrs. Mary Clifford," Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 22 Dec 1957, p 36, col 1
“Dubuqueland Deaths, Mrs. Mary Clifford,” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 22 Dec 1957, p 36, col 1

Collin’s siblings

Daniel A. Clifford died at the age of 17 on 1 August 1912.9 John Paul Clifford died on 25 October 1967 in Savanna, Carroll County, Illinois at the age of 77.10 Both are buried in Saint Mary and Saint James Cemetery in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.11

"Daniel Clifford at Rest," Dubuque Times Journal (Dubuque, Iowa), 8 Aug 1912, p. 9, col. 3.
“Daniel Clifford at Rest,” obituary, Dubuque Times Journal (Dubuque, Iowa), 8 Aug 1912, p. 9, col. 3.
"John P Clifford," obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald, 27 Oct 1967, p. 9, col 2
“John P Clifford,” obituary, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) , 27 Oct 1967, p. 9, col 2

Marie Julia Clifford married Arthur Alphonse Fitz on 31 March 1948.12 Arthur died on 12 October 1954. 13

"Former Dubuquers Marry Wednesday in Savanah," Marie J. Clifford and Arthur A. Fitz marriage announcement, Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) 1 April 1948, p. 18, col. 7.
“Former Dubuquers Marry Wednesday in Savanah,” Marie J. Clifford and Arthur A. Fitz marriage announcement, Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) 1 April 1948, p. 18, col. 7.
"Arthur Fitz," obituary, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 12 Oct 1954, p. 20, col. 4.
“Arthur Fitz,” obituary, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 12 Oct 1954, p. 20, col. 4.

Marie Julia Clifford Fitz died on 26 October 1981 and is buried with Arthur in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Dubuque County, Iowa.14

Description and Acquisition

Items:: Collins Venacius Clifford photographs
Item acquisition: Online purchase, 2020.
Relationship: None found.

Endnotes

1. Birth: United States World War I Draft Registration Card, Collin Venacius Clifford, Local Draft Board 55, Chicago, Illinois. Birth: 18 May 1886.

Also, State of Iowa, Division of Vital Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, Collins V. Clifford, 16 Mar 1934. Single. Birth: 18 May 1886, Rockford, Illinois. Parents: John C. Clifford and Mary E. Collins, both born in Rockford, Illinois.

2. “Collins Clifford Dies at Hospital In City,” obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 18 Mar 1934, p. 1, col. 7.

3. Ibid.

4. Death: State of Iowa, Division of Vital Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, Collins V. Clifford, 16 Mar 1934. Single. Birth: 18 May 1886, Rockford, Illinois.

“Collins Clifford Dies at Hospital In City,” obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 18 Mar 1934, p. 1, col. 7.

“Funerals, Collins V. Clifford,” obituary, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald And Times Journal, 19 Mar 1934, p. 12, col. 4.

5. Headstone reads: Collins V. Clifford / 1886 – 1934.
Find A Grave, memorial 206570708 , Collins V. Clifford (1886–1934), Saint Mary and Saint James CemeteryRockford, Winnebago County, Illinois with headstone photo.

6. Father: John C. Clifford
“John C Clifford ,” obituary, Dubuque, Iowa, 28 Apr 1947.

7. Mother: Mary Elizabeth Collins Clifford
“Dubuqueland Deaths, Mrs. Mary Clifford,” obituary, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 22 Dec 1957, p 36, col 1.

8. Headstone reads: John C. Clifford / 1856 – 1947.
Find A Grave, memorial 206570422, John C. Clifford (1856–1947), Saint Mary and Saint James CemeteryRockford, Winnebago County, Illinois with headstone photo.

Find A Grave, memorial 206570560, Mary Elizabeth Collins Clifford (1861–1957), Saint Mary and Saint James CemeteryRockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. No headstone photo.

9. Daniel A. Clifford
“Daniel Clifford at Rest,” obituary, Dubuque Times Journal (Dubuque, Iowa), 8 Aug 1912, p. 9, col. 3.

10. “John P Clifford,” obituary, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 27 Oct 1967, p. 9, col 2.

11. Headstone reads: Daniel Clifford / 1894 – 1912.
Find A Grave, memorial 206574517, Daniel Clifford (1894–1912), Saint Mary and Saint James CemeteryRockford, Winnebago County, Illinois with headstone photo.

Find A Grave, memorial 206571981, John Paul Clifford (1890–1967), Saint Mary and Saint James CemeteryRockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. No headstone photo.

12. Marie Julia Clifford
“Former Dubuquers Marry Wednesday in Savanah,” Marie J. Clifford and Arthur A. Fitz marriage announcement, Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) 1 April 1948, p. 18, col. 7.

13. “Arthur Fitz,” obituary, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), 12 Oct 1954, p. 20, col. 4.

14. Headstone reads: Marie Clifford / Fitz / Died October 26, 1981.
Find A Grave, memorial 105309552, Marie Clifford Fitz (1887–1981), Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Dubuque County, Iowa with headstone photo.

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, compiler, “Collins Venacius Clifford photographs” Cool Adventures  (https://cooladventures.com/collection/collins-venacius-clifford-photographs/ : published 2022); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

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