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Cloe and Clow

Secretary Emeritus, Maj. Lee E. Cloe, D. Ed., USAF (Ret.)

Alan Cloe informed me that Dr. Cloe passed away in his sleep on the weekend of Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Lee E. Cloe, a Noblesville native, Charter Member of the Scottish Society Indianapolis and a lifelong member of the Lions Club, was a retired US Air Force pilot, training officer and commander, who flew supply and medical evacuation planes in Vietnam, served in Saudi Arabia during the first Persian Gulf War, and who retired with the rank of Major.

In addition to his military service, Lee Cloe held a doctorate in education, he served as an administrator for various universities and state agencies, and he was a frequently requested speaker on a number of historical subjects and personalities, which he often presented in first person, in costumes ranging from a Roman legionnaire to an Arab sheikh.

Dr. Cloe directed the first Society election at the First Annual Founders Day Dinner on Wednesday, November 13, 1985, and went on to serve as Trustee (1989-90), Secretary (1992-98 and 2000-02), Vice President (1991-92), and President (1993), he was the third recipient of the Thomas H. (Tommy) Thompson Award (1991), and named Secretary Emeritus.

According to Dr. Cloe, “There is no known connection of the CLOW/CLOE names in Perthshire with any clans that I have been able to find, thus, we wear the Strathearn tartan, to show the connection with the land of Scotland,” and Dr. Cloe was an enthusiastic proponent for the wearing of District Tartans.

His body has been given the IU Medical school but his widow may arrange a celebration of life service in the future.

Mrs. Lee E. (Marcia) Cloe

Pictured left to right: Carson Smith, Lee Cloe, Tom Milton, Stephen Andrews, Lou Shepherd and Lynn Allyn Young, Recipient of the first (1989) Thomas H. (Tommy) Thompson Award for Excellence


Ernest Cloe, 1920s, Illinois
by Lee Cloe July 03, 2000 at 02:56:44

It would be interesting to compare information on your father's side of the family as my father was Ernest Edward CLOE. He was born 2 August 1873 in Clay Township, Hamilton County, Indiana and died 26 March 1945 in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana. His father, Abraham W. (Henry) CLOW was born 23 April 1850 in Marion County, Indiana and died 11 April 1921 in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana. Grandfather was from a large family and was orphaned when his mother died in 1863 (his father - William J. CLOW - died 25 December 1854).

Of the seven children of William James CLOW and Elisabeth Rebecca RINGER, I have only been able to track two of the boys. Louisa, Susan U., Rebecca E., Sarah J. and William J. (born just after his father's death) have all but vanished.

In answer to your question of the Cloe's of Illinois being related to the Cloe's of Virginia. The answer is possibly. James CLOW and Elizabeth BIRDWELL had seven sons and four daughters. After the death of James in Virginia, Elizabeth moved the family to Kentucky. From there they scattered to Indiana and Illinois. One of the seven sons was William Howard CLOW who was married five times and resided in Indiana, Illinois (I believe) and in Benton, Arkansas. At the same time, I have information on a different line (three brothers) that also came from Scotland but fifty some years later and settled in the New England States until after the war of 1812 when one brother moved to Kentucky, then to Indiana, then to Illinois and finally back to Indiana. Then you have the Scottish CLOW's that went to Canada and then into the U.S.

The database I have on the CLOE/CLOW has several disconnected lines but as I have found out in the past, new information on one individual suddenly connect two previously non-related CLOE/CLOW lines.

Any information you wish to share would be entered in the CLOE/CLOE database and I will share with you what I have compiled from other individuals.


Lee E. Cloe


CLOW Coat of Arms
by Lee Cloe January 31, 2001 at 07:01:54

According to District Tartans by Gordon Teall of Teallach and Phillip D. Smith Jr., the Strathearn Tartan is considered a district tartan which is linked by name with land. In this case, the Strathearn tartan is linked to the beautiful and rich valley of the River Earn. This tartan is said to have been worn by the father of Queen Victoria, H.R.H. Edward, Duke of Kent who was also Earl of Strathearn. Thus it is considered a 'royal' tartan which is now used for the people of the loosely defined area without precise borders. The designer of the tartan is unknown and the date of the tartan is pre 1820.

There is no known connection of the CLOW/CLOE names in Perthshire with any clans that I have been able to find. Thus we wear the Strathearn tartan to show the connection with the land of Scotland. In the original listing of the names in Scotland and their associated tartans, (which I saw in Scottish Tartans Museum, which used to be located in the former weaving village of Comrie in Tayside / Perthshire, several years ago), the name CLOE/CLOW was linked to the Strathearn District Tartan. That listing is now published under the title Tartan for Me.

The CLOW Coat of Arms was issued to a merchant in Creiff, Scotland for his own property. Since I have not seen any lineal descent from this particular CLOW, I do not know if there would even be a connection to we as individuals. But with all of the generations between him and us today, there would have to be so many changes to the original Arms that it would be so 'busy', it would drive an engraver/painter nuts.


Lee Cloe at

Judge Ernest Edward Cloe

Birth: Aug. 2, 1873
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA

Death: Mar. 26, 1945
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA


1) Louisa Jane Carey 31 Oct 1900 Noblesville, Hamilton County, IN
2) Bess J Woddell 1 Jan 1929 Noblesville, Hamilton County, IN

There is one additional son, still living. He is the only child from the second marriage of Judge CLOE to Bessie June WODDELL. All three females from the Hiram Riley WODDELL and Zarilda-Ann May STEPHENSON marriage had or used an 'ie' at the end of their given names -- Katie Rachel, Bessie June and Augusta Irene. Augusta used "Gussie" from an early age, Katie went by "Rachie" and after the parents died, I never heard anyone call mother anything except "Bess." I debated long and hard about putting "Bessie June" on her gravestone (to be accurate). However, I do not want to be struck down by a lightning bolt since she used "Bess J." Thus you see Bess W. CLOE on the gravestone.

Please be advised that my paternal grandfather was born Abraham William CLOW/CLOE on 23 April 1850 in Center Township, Marion County, Indiana. His father, William James CLOE/CLOW died 25 Dec 1853. Abraham William is listed by that name in both the 1850 Marion County Census and the 1860 Hamilton County Census. Sometime after the death of William James in 1853, his widow, Elizabeth RINGER, with five of the seven children, moved to Noblesville and acquired the property next to the alley on the south side of Conner Street between 9th and 10th --the old A&P Store and now Huntington Bank. She died in 1862 and then came a lengthy court case with the husband of one the three remaining daughters trying to obtain the property. During this time, Abraham William disappeared and became a farm hand in Clay Township going by the name of 'Henry'. I have Hamilton County documents typed to Henry A.M. CLOW and Henry A. M. CLOE in the 1900's. How Abraham W. became A.M. is beyond me.

Since neither William James CLOE/CLOW, nor Elizabeth RINGER, could read nor write, the census official put down what they heard. Thus in 1840 he was listed as CLOE while in 1850, he was listed as CLOW. The 1860 listing also shows CLOW. It should be noted that the Scottish progenitor that came to the colonies was born CLOW genealogists state that all records in Maryland and Virginia list it as CLOE.


Lee E. Cloe, Ed.D.
Major USAF Retired




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