Joseph Clingan & Matilda Parks
Letters from Joseph Clingan to Matilda M. Parks, the girl
he left behind while going on a journey setting up
newspapers for his fathers company. Both letters were
written in 1818, from Wheeling West Virginia and
Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Before he returned Matilda
died at age 17. The family had an obituary printed on
silk cloth and framed, which was saved along with these
two letters.
Joseph later married and settled in Wayne County, Ohio.
These letter show a love that wasn't to be, but can told
to Clingan descendants by the words of Joseph himself.