Clarence Land (1881-1955) and Victoria Grace|
Clarence Law Land, the son of Law Land and Elizabeth Sykes Land was born
January 25, 1881 in Batley, Yorkshire, England.
He immigrated to Canada with his parents circa 1883. Subsequently the family immigrated to the US.
Clarence married Victoria Grace on May 26, 1909. They had four children,
Clarence (know as Elbert), Donald, Douglas and Norma.
Clarence died in 1955. Victoria died in 1977.
Helen Land mad several pages of notes on the Land family.
Page four contains information about the Grace family.
There is a note on the top of the page,
"Started working on this in 1983 after request
from Janet Clark Land Shaw at "Last Prom" in 1983 at New York Ave School."
Grace family info from Janet
William Grace October 14, 1848-July 3, 1927
*"Zoë (Zoe) was Vickie's aunt. The eldest child of Robert
and Sarah Warburton Grace from Liverpool England, she was born Sarah Smith Grace.
For reasons we do not understand, she changed her name to Zoe after
coming to the US. She lived with her brother William Grace (Victoria's father)
and was over 100 at the time of her death. She is buried in a plot owned by
William in Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn." Janice Grace, April 2011
Marie Louise July 8, 1860-Jan 5, 1922 from Grace marker, Hauppague Cemetery
Here is what I can remember of the GRACE FAMILY
- Henry deceased
- Oliver, deceased, married a Lillian
- Victoria, deceased, Sept b. 1891or 1892 d. 6-14-77 Yaphank infirmary
- Dorothy, deceased
- Katherine, deceased, (Mrs Walter Johnson) daughter, Allyce
- Gertrude (Mrs Frank Marborough) son Robert, class of 43 + Frank,
deceased, June 28, 1923- August 14, 1947, class of 1940
- Louise, (Mrs Bickle) son Rodney
- Catherine (Mrs Flloyd Sandford) Floyd R b. 1884-d. 1964
- Muriel married Wilfred Phillips have one son, Arthur, 2 grand children.
- Flloyd (Jeff) deceased married Dorothy Robinson
- 2 sons, Flloyd + ? Roger?
Aunt Vic would go to visit someone named Zoie
in nursing home in Brentwood- don't know relationship.*
found this in old paper when looking up obit for Pop died 1950
In Messenger May 12, 1950- A column "Through the Years"
24 yrs ago "Local relations received word that a son, David, was born May 11 to Mr and Mrs Frank Marlborough at their Brooklyn home. During the summer they live on Maple Ave."
Frank W. Marlborough June 28, 1923-Aug 14, 1947
(on grave stone Hauppague Cemetery)
Zoe Drier died at age 104 in February 1930.
In May 1906 a series of meetings were held to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the founding of the
Hauppauge Methodists Church. According to A History of Hauppauge Long Island by Simeon Wood
in 1920, C. L. Land (Clarence Law Land) played violin solos at the evening service on Tuesday May 22, the morning and evening services on Wednesday May 23 and the morning
and evening services on Thursday May 24.
Marriage and Annulment
The court granted an annulment of the marriage of Clarence Law Land of Hauppauge and
Muriel Eleanor Stilwell of Islip on the complaint of her husband. Land
said he was married on May 26, 1904 at Islip, when he was 23 years old and his bride
was 21 years of age, and that they had never lived together.
Ethel Land, sister of the plaintiff, told how Mrs Land had said she was under the
influence of drugs when she married Land and would not have married him otherwise.
Mrs. Land made no appearance in the suit.
THE DIVORCE COURT
Friday May 14, 1909 Page 6 Suffolk County News
Marriage of Clarence Land and Victoria Grace
Clarence Land married Victoria Grace on May 26, 1909, in Islip (New York marriage certificate
According to Helen Land, Victoria Grace
was born September 15, 1892.
The Grace Family
Obituary of Mrs. M Grace, January 13, 1932 (?)
Thursday morning last, at the home of her daughter in Islip, occurred the death
of Marie Louise Grace, wife of William H. Grace St. of this place. Mrs Grace
who was 63 years of age suffered a stroke of apoplexy. Besides her husband she is survived by
a sister and nine children, Mrs. William Johnson,
and William H. Grace Jr. of Islip, Mrs. Sarah Betts of East Orange, N. J.
Mrs. Frank Stillwell of Brooklyn,
Miss Gertrude and Oliver Grace, of New York, Mrs Floyd Sanford and Mrs. Clarence Land of this place.
- Grace William Head Oct 1847 52 Married 20 1880
England England England 1861, stone "brooker", immigrated 1861,
- Grace Mary A Wife Jul 1858 41 Married 20 1880
New York New York New York
- Grace William H Son Oct 1885 14 Single New York
- Grace Constance Daughter Jun 1889 10 Single New York
- Grace Victoria Daughter Sep 1892 7 Single New York
- Grace Katharine Daughter Nov 1894 5 Single
- Grace Alava Son Oct 1895 4 Single New York
- Grace Gertrude Daughter Sep 1897 2 Single
- Grace Dorethea Daughter Sep 1899 8/12 Single
Clarence in New York City March 1906
Among Helen's photos was a post card entitled "A hold-up in Hauppauge, L.I.".
It shows seven small
children on a path. This card was addressed to C. L. Land, Esq. (this was I assume Clarence)
at #23 7th Ave. New York. The message reads, " I hope you are having a good time, Mother."
The card is postmarked Hauppauge, N.Y. March 10 A.M. 1906.
What was Clarence doing in New York in March of 1906?
Children of Clarence Land and Victoria Grace
Clarence Elbert Land (known as C. Elbert Land) (1910-1962)
and Margaret Geraldine Bedell
Clarence born May 22, 1910 in Smithtown (New York birth certificate # 26489)
He was also known as Elbert.
Marriage: Clarence E Land married Geraldine Bedell, April 25, 1937 Ronkonkoma ( N.Y. marriage
Cert. # 15600).
Per Helen Land: Elbert (b, 1910 d. 1962) married Geraldine Bedell (b. 1913, d. 1968).
Suffolk County News April 30, 1937:
LAND-BEDELL A very pretty wedding took
place on Sunday evening at six o'clock in St. Mary's Church in Lake
Ronkonkoma when Miss Margret Geraldine Bedell the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester
Bedell became the bride of
C Elbert Land son of Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Land of Hauppauge. The ceremony was preformed by Dr. Fredrick Peters.
The bride was beautiful in a princess gown of white satin with train and a veil of --ull with wreath of orange blossoms.
The maid of honor was Miss Evelyn Wagner of Glenmore and the bridesmaid was
Miss Muriel Bedell, sister of the bride. The maid of honor wore a peach chiffon dress
with horsehair picture hat and other accessories of nile green, while Miss Bedell wore nile green chiffon with green
accessories. Their bouquets were tea roses with baby's breath, while the bride carried
white roses with baby's breath.The best man was Donald Land the brother of the groom and the
Douglas Land another brother.
Mrs. William Johnson, aunt of the groom sang "Because" accompanied by Mrs. Eva Muckelwitz of Sayville at the organ.
The bride's mother wore orchid flowered chiffon with corsage of orchid sweet peas
groom's mother wore nile green flowered chiffon also with a corsage of orchid sweet peas.
The young couple will be at home to friends Saturday at their home on Woodlawn avenue, St. James.
They left on Sunday evening for a trip though New York State.
The reception followed the ceremony at the bride's home in Hollbrook. The dining room was beautifully decorated
with white crepe paper and white snapdragons. A large white wedding bell hung over the bridal table and
a large wedding cake was the centre pice on the table."
This is followed by a long list of guest who attended the wedding. Including:
Mr. and Mrs Clarence Land, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Land, Mr. and Mrs Paul Wiedenkeller, Miss Helen Land, Miss Norma Land, Allen Land,
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Courier, Miss Averill Courier,
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Land, Mrs. Adelaid Mosely, and various Grace relatives.
Photo courtesy Patricia Worrad, February 2013
Per Julia Land: Elbert played the piano for the silent films at the local theater.
Per Obit: Pinter, pianist and piano teacher.
- Patricia 1942
Patricia wrote in June 2012:
Mariage: Lewis Henry Worrad - divorced
Bran Keith 1966
- Russell Lewis 1968
"My son Brian Keith is a lawyer in London, Ontario, Canada and my son Russell
Keith is a minister in the Associate Gospel Church of Canada in New Market, Ontario,
Canada as I am very proud of them."
Patricia Worrad, July 2012
Marriage: Ken Hodge
- Kevin (lives in Bayport)
Did not find them.
Death of Elbert Clarence Land: 1962 per tombstone in Hauppauge Methodist Church Cemetery
Suffolk County News February 21, 1962:
"Clarence Elbert Land, age 51, died on Monday at his home on
Bay Avenue, Bayport, after a long illness. Born in Hauppauge, he attended schools there
and in Smithtown and moved to Bayport 13 years ago. Mr. Land was a painter
with Charles Brown of Bayport and was also known as a accomplished
pianist and piano teacher. He was formerly organist at the Hauppauge Methodist Church.
He leaves his wife, the former, Miss Geraldine Bedell, two daughters,
Patricia Land, a student at Houghton College, Houghton, N. Y. and
a senior at
Bayport High School, his mother Mrs. Clarence Land of Smithtown, two brothers, Douglas
and Donald Land both of Smithtown, and a sister, Mrs.
Norma Ramsey of Central Islip. Services will be held at Raynor's Chapel,
Sayville tomorrow, Thursday, at two p. m., with the Rev, Landon
K Owen Jr. pastor of the Bayport Methodist Church officiating, followed by interment
in Hauppauge Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the
American Cancer Society, 297 West Main Street, Sayville."
Death of Geraldine Bedell Land: 1968 per tombstone in Hauppauge Methodist Church Cemetery
Patricia Worrad wrote in June 2012 that her mother died in an automobile accident in Savannah George in
Donald Land (1912-1980) and Janet Clark
Donald, January 16, 1912, Smithtown (NY birth certificate # 3076)
1926, December 31, The Long Islander
"Donald Land had a narrow escape from serious injury Thursday last when he was crushed against the side of his
home by a large truck delivering coal on the premises. At first it was feared he had received
internal injuries, but fortunately his only injuries were severe bruises."
Marriage: Donald K Land married June 27, 1936,
Smithtown, N.Y. state cert. # 26614.
Per Julia Land: Donald Land married Janet
The Long Islander Friday July ?? 1936
"LAND-CLARK: A very pretty wedding took place in
the Methodist Church at - o'clock on Saturday afternoon when
Miss Janet Clark, the only daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. William
Clark of Juniper Avenue became the wife of
Donald Land, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Land of Hauppauge.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. Herbert K Robinson in the presence of a
large assemblage. The bride was attended by Miss Norma Land as maid of honor
and as bridesmaids, the
Misses Dorothy Faturos, Helen and and Beatrice Thompson and
Dorothy LaMort, Joyce Lewis and
Allen Dickey were flower girls and there was a ring bearer.
Elbert Land was best man and the ushers
included Douglas Land, Charles Gibney and
William and Robert Clark. Following the ceremony a reception was held at the James
Ely Post American Legion Hall. Following their wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Land will reside in this village.
Both are recent graduates of the Smithtown Branch High School and very popular socially."
1940 Census: Colonial Road, Smithtown, Suffolk, New York,
Donald K Land, 28, carpenter, building construction,
Janet Land, 25, born Iowa,
Roberta Land, 5/12
Divorce: Per Helen Land Donald and Janet were divorced.
- Roberta Land
Death of Donald Land, 1980:
- Per Helen Land: Donald Keith (d. January 1980 "unmarked new grave
in Hauppauge cemetery 2/21/ 8")
- SS Death Index: Donald Land, born January 16, 1912,
died January 1980, Suffolk County, New York, SS# 111-09-7803.
Douglas Land (1913-1972) and Evelyn McMasters
Douglas, October 4 1913, Hauppauge #69785 or 65.
1928: Douglas Land had his tonsils out March 1928
1930: December 19, 1930 Long Islander:
"Douglas Land son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Land re-entered
St Lukes's Hospital in New York City
Thursday to undergo a further course of treatment
for his shoulder which was broken in a recent football game."
1930: December 26, 1930 Long Islander:
"Douglas Land returned home from St. Lukes
Hospital where he has been for the last ten days.
Marriage: Douglas Land married
October 23, 1938, Hauppauge N.Y. state cert. # 37320.
Death: According to the social
security death index, Douglas Land was born October 4, 1913
and died February 1972.
Per Helen Land
Douglas (b. 1913 d. 1972) married Evelyn (b. 1920 d. 1966).
- Carla married ? Sheridan
- Cheryl married and divorced Richard Hunsuker.
Death of Douglas Land: 1972 per tombstone in Hauppauge Methodist Church Cemetery. Douglas Land born October 4, 1913 died
February 1972, SS #110-20-3607 (SSDI)
Death of Evelyn: 1966 per tombstone in Hauppauge Methodist Church Cemetery
Note: Not listed in the social security death index.
Norma Land (1915-) and Charles Gibney
Norma V, July 30, 1915, Smithtown # 60686.
19-- December, (1933-35) date cut off, Long Islander:
"Miss Norma Land, who has been critically ill at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs
Clarence Land, is slowly improving."
Marriage: Norma Land married Charles Gibney of Kings Park, May 2, 1937. (Long Islander)
Per Helen Land:
Norma Land was confined to her home for several weeks afer being hit in the head with a baseball. The Long Islander.
- Married and divorced Charles Gibney.
- Jack 1937
Jean married and had four children, lives in Minneola.
??? A daughter in 1940 as reported in the Long Islander, July 4, 1940.
- Married and divorced Charles Killian (deceased).
- Married and divorced James Rogers, from Islip (a high school coach)
The Smithtown Branch High School Searchlight June 6, 1934
Norma Land was voted by the students: Most attractive, most popular, nicest
personality and ideal student.
By the faculty she was voted: Most attractive, most popular, most athletic, and ideal senior.
By the seniors she was voted: Most attractive, most popular, and nicest personality.
Class Will: Norma Land to Robert Reichling with our very best wishes.
Class future: Norma Land Physical Education Course at Cortland
Our Athletic Senior Girls:
Without a doubt the most athletic girl in the class of 1934 is Norma Land.
She has more letters to her credit than any other girl, having made a letter in soccer,
during her sophomore, junior, and senior years and letters in basketball during her
sophomore and senior years. This last year she was unfortunate in that she spent all
the first part of the basketball season in the hospital and when she was able to play,
the season was so nearly over that it seemed best not to give it a try this year. Norma
has taken a lot of hard knocks in athletics but has always come out sailing.
She has the determination, the fight, and the good sportsmanship that make a real athlete.
Now for more flashes----- We hear that a young athletic coach at a Long Island High School was discovered to be secretly married to a local boy and since the contract to the young lady forbade matrimony, she was asked to resign. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that the name of the coach, Miss Norma Land.
1940 Census: Did not find
Clarence Land in the 1910 Census
Clarence was listed in the 1910 census next door to his parents on Smithtown Landing Road
in a "freely owned house" as follows:
- Clarence, head of household, age 29, married less than a year born in
England, immigrated in 1896, naturalized, occupation, carpenter.
- Victoria B., wife, age 17, born in New York
Clarence Land, in the 1917 Draft Registration Records
Clarence Law Land on Hauppauge Rd. in Smithtown, age 37, born January 25, 1881.
Occupation, carpenter, I can't read the name of the company of his employer, but
the location is Brooklawn, New York, next of kin, wife, Victoria. Physical description:
medium height, medium build, brown eyes and black hair.
Clarence Land in the 1920 Census
The 1920 census lists the family of Clarence Land at 173 Hauppauge Road in
Smithtown, New York as follows:
- Clarence, head, owing own home with a mortgage, married, age 38,
immigrated in 1880, naturalized in 1885, born in England.
- Victoria, wife, age 26, born in New York
- Clarence, son, age 9, born in New York.
- Donald, son, age 7, born in New York
- Douglas, son, age 6, born in New York.
- Norman, son, age 4 1/2, born in New York.
In February 1922 Clarence Land bought a new Durant touring car.
Victoria Land Ill in 1925
Mrs. Clarence Land was listed as ill in St Lukes Hosptial in New York City in July 1925.
1925 New York State Census
Clarence, age 44, born England, carpenter,
Victoria B, age 32, born New York,
C. Elbert, age 15,
Donald K, age 13,
Douglas, age 11,
Norma, age 9,
Victoria Land Ill in 1926
Mrs. Clarence Land was recovering from an operation at St. Luke's Hospital in December 1926
Motor Trip to Canada, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Land and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Land took a motor trip to canada in September 1927.
Victoria Land Ill in 1928
Mrs. Clarence Land had her tonsils removed at St. Lukes in October 1929
Clarence Land 1929
Clarence Land contractor to remodel American Legion Hall.
Clarence Land in the 1930 Census
On Town Line Road in Hauppauge:
Clarence, head, own $4,000, age 49 married at 29, born England
immigrated in 1881, Na carpenter, building
- Victoria, age 37, married at 17, none
- Clarence E, age 19, professor, musician
- Donald, son age 18
- Douglas, son, age 16
- Norma, daughter, age 14
Sunday last was a memorable day in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Land, as on that date
sic her sic daughter, Mrs. Charles Gibney (Norma Land) welcomed a little son at the Southside Hospital.
The same day Miss Evelyn McMasters and Douglas Land were united in marriage, the ceremony followed by a reception
at the El Jerry Inn, whose proprietors are Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Land.
The Long Islander, November 03, 1938
Town Line Road no house numbers,
Clarence Land 59, born England, naturalized, carpenter, construction odd jobs,
Victoria Land 47,
Douglas Land 26, chauffeur dairy farm,
Evelyn Land 28, daughter in law, born, Wayne Pennsylvania,
Ronald R Land 3/12, grandson
1940 Real Estate
Clarence Land Hauppauge House and land bordered north by Margaret Dunn, east
by Martin Blacklock, south by John M--- west by George McCrone 2 1/8 acres.
Sayville Suffolk County News November 15 (?), 1940
Clarence Land was ill for "several months" late in 1941. He was released from Southside Hospital in late December
1941. At the beginning of December he was listed as "serously ill". In the December 11, 1941 issue of the
Long Islander it was noted that "Mrs. Victoria Land who was vacationing in Florida arrived home to be with her husband,
Clarence Land, who is recovering nicely from a serious illness
at Southside Hospital."
Victoria Land ill in 1943
Mrs. Clarence Land is undergoing treatment at the Mather Hospital
Thursday, September 30, 1943
According to the Sayville Suffolk County News of
November 13, 1953 Clarence Land was the resident caretaker at
Camp Edey, Suffolk and Eastern Nassau Girl Scout Camp.
Death of Clarence Land, 1955
Clarence died in 1955 and was
buried in Hauppauge Cemetery.
He is not listed in the SS Death Index.
On June 10, 1955 he was listed in the Ambulance Log as having been
taken by ambulance from Camp Edey to Bayport Hospital.
June 10, 1955 Sayville, Suffolk County News
"Clarence E* Land, 74, years old, died suddenly on
Wednesday night in the Southside Hospital. He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage
Wednesday afternoon and removed to the
hospital in the Community Ambulance.
*As noted by his granddaughter, Patricia Worrad, in June 2012, this should be and "L" not an "E".
Mr. Land was a native of England but was brought to Canada as an infant.
After living in Detroit, New Jersey and New York he came to Long Island
about 60 years ago and made his home for most of that time in Smithtown.
He was a carpenter and builder and in his younger days a musician, having his own
For the last two or three years he had been the beloved caretaker at
Girl Scout Camp Edey in Bayport where he lived and where he was stricken.
Surviving are three sons, Elbert of Bayport,
Donald and Douglas of Smithtown, and a daughter Mrs.
Charles Killian of Islip, 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph, of
New Hampshire, and Norman, of Smithtown, three sisters, Mrs Ruth Wiedenkeller, and Ms. Adelaide
Moseley of Smithtown and Mrs. Ethel Distler of Nesconset.
Funeral services will be held at two o'clock tomorrow (Saturday)
afternoon at Swensson's Funeral
Home in Smithtown followed by interment in the Hauppauge
Methodist Episcopal Cemetery."
Why isn't Victoria mentioned as his wife? Why is Ethel "Distler" instead of Courier?
Death of Victoria Land
According to Helen Land, Victoria Grace
died June 14, 1977.
SS Death Index: Victoria Land, born September 15, 1892, died
June 1977, SS#113-26-0804, Suffolk County, New York.
Land Plot Hauppauge Cemetery
Clarence was buried in the plot with his parents. That plot is located at the top of the hill pretty much in the
center of the cemetery.
Two of his sons, Elbert and Douglas, and their wives were buried in another Land plot which is located
near the top of the hill on west side of the cemetery.
Helen noted that Donald was buried in an unmarked grave in "Hauppauge Cemetery"
My immediate family lived in the Smithtown/St.James area until the spring of 1950
when we moved to New Jersey.
For the year or so before we moved to New Jersey we lived in an apartment over my
grandfather, Percy Land's, hardware store on
Lake Ave. St. James - right across the street from the elementary school. At that time
Clarence was running the hardware store. My older brother, Ed, and I would stop down there almost every day.
We loved to play with the barrels of nails and the nail scoop. Uncle Clarence would threaten to cut our ears off with the tin snips.
Vickie Land lived next door to my grandmother, Meta Land, on North County Road in Smithtown. When we would visit from New Jersey
we would frequently stop buy to say hi! to Aunt Vickie. I remember thinking that she was very pretty.