"Aunt Clarissy Birdsey" in Mourning, Albumen Carte de Visite, Circa 1863
Written on reverse in pencil: "Aunt Clarissy Birdsey."
"Photographed by M. H. Sloper. Wilcox Building, West Meridan, Conn."
Clarissa Wilcox Birdsey was born in 1809 in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut. She was the Daughter of Sylvester Wilcox (1782 – 1808) and his wife Abigail Bacon (1784 – 1854). She married merchant and farmer Alanson B. Birdsey of Meridan (b. 25 Nov. 1805-d. 17 June, 1881). They were married on 10 Aug. 1829. Alanson ran a grocery store on Main Street, Meridan, for some time. In 1844, Alanson built a large brick house (a "mansion," according to one source) on Broad Street that, after his death, became the home of his daughter and her husband.
The Couple had a daughter, Elizabeth (b. 1830) who married Walter Booth and had a daughter named Mary Jane and a son, Walter, Jr.. Eldest son, Gershom, named after Alanson's father, was born 5 may, 1832, and married Phebe Camp Irwin in April 1853, and died in 1856. Second son Russel Birdsey lived from 1837 – 1839. Their youngest daughter Mary Jane (1841 – 1916) married Francis Foster.
She is buried with many members of her family at East Cemetery, Meridan.
A photo of Alanson: