Please kindly find below my information on Hiram Calef. My line is through his wife America Gillham so I have not extensively researched the Calef family. The Hiram Calif married to America that I describe below fits well with Chuck Califf’s December 01, 2010 post (http://genforum.genealogy.com/calef/messages/74.html). It is certainly possible that I am error. But I hope this information helps and more information is better than less I think for finding the ‘right’ answer! Best-
I have seen the multiple ancestry.com pages that suggest Hiram Calif was born to David Calif and Betsey___. The 1850 United States Federal Census for Utah, Utah Territory enumerates David Califf and Betsey as parents, among 11 others, of Hiram Celiff aged 10. I have concluded that the mentioned Hiram Celiff is simply another separate individual from the Hiram Calef who marries America Gillham due to:
1) The age is off in the 1850 Utah census- Hiram Calef should be 15 in 1850 and his age is consistent in the below census sources (with possible exception of 1855 which has a 10 year window).
2) Hiram Calef is found in Hancock County in 1855, among his brother and father
3) Hiram Calef is found in California in 1860, 1870 and beyond married to America.
4) The Hiram Celiff mentioned in 1850 in Utah is found in census records in 1860 United States Federal Census for Provo, Utah, Utah Territory enumerating a David and Betsey with a son by name of Hyrum Cluff, aged 17 (age is inconsistent here)- simultaneously we also have Hiram Calif enumerated same year of 1860 in California.
5) Utah County, Utah Cemetery Index about Hyrum Cluff
Name: Hyrum Cluff
Birth Date: 1841
Death Date: 14 May 1923
6) Various other Hiram Calef facts as below, not the least is his grave marker indicating a much different birth year than that of Hiram Celiff.
Descendants of Stephen CALEF
1. STEPHEN1 CALEF1 was born in New Hampshire, USA2, 3. He married SALLY STEARNS. She was born in Vermont, USA2, 3.
Stephen CALEF and Sally STERNS had the following children:
i. HIRAM 2 "COBEL" CALEF1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 was born on 03 Jan 1835 in Ohio, USA2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10. He died on 02 Nov 1913. He married America Gillham, daughter of Robert A. GILLHAM and Elizabeth WALKER on 21 Sep 1854 in Hancock, Illinois, USA2, 6. She was born in Dec 1835 in Campbell, Kentucky, USA2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
ii. AUSTIN CALEF1.
1 Census Record, 1855 Illinois State census for Hancock County, Walker Twp, Twp 3N, Range 8W, 3 Jul 1855. Line 13 Stephen Calef; Line 16 Austin Calef; Line 22 John Walker; Line 24 Robert Gillham; Line 25 Hiram Calef; Line 27 Henry Gillham.
2 Census Record, 1900 California census for Glenn County, Twp 4, 26 June 1900, enumerated as household/family # 138/143. Calif, Hiram age 65, Jan 1835, born Ohio, father New Hampshire, mother Vermont; America age 64, Dec 1835, born Kentucky, father Ireland, mother Kentucky.
3 Census Record, 1880 California census for Sutter County, Yuba Twp, 3 & 4 Jun 1880, enumerated as household/family # 62/62. Calif, H age 45 born Ohio, father New Hampshire, mother Vermont; America age 44, born Kentucky, father Kentucky, mother Kentucky; Lambirth, Emma age 15, born California, niece; Lambirth, Jennie age 2, born California, niece; Lambirth, Charles L age 2, born California, nephew.
4 WFT Imports, Tree #1973.
5 Biographical Review of Hancock County, Illinois (Chicago, Hobart Publishing Company, 1907), pg 209. (indicates Hiram Cobel).
6 Marriage Record, Hiram Calef and America Gillham. Marriage Record book 2, page 24, license # 2287.
7 Draft Registration, US Civil War - Hiram, Calef. Yuba, Sutter, California, USA.
8 Census Record, 1860 California census for Sutter County, Yuba Twp, 11 Jun 1860, enumerated as household/family # 101/91. Calif, H age 25 born Ohio; America age 24, born Kentucky.
9 Census Record, 1870 California census for Sutter County, Yuba Twp, xy xyz 1870, enumerated as household/family # 85/72. Calif, H age 35 born Ohio; America age 34, born Kentucky.
10 Census Record, 1910 California census for Colusa County, Williams Twp, 10 May 1910, enumerated as household/family # 132/132 Calif, Hiram and # 133/133 Cambirth, Charles. Note surname enumerated as Cambirth versus Lambirth/Lambreth.
household/family # 132/132: Calif, Hiram age 76, born Vermont; Annie age 64, born Kentucky
household/family # 133/133: Cambirth, Charles age 32, born California; Nora age 30, born California; Belmont age 8, born California; Murrial age 6, born California.
11 Brunenn, Pioneers of the Prairie, pg 368, "Gillham, Robert".
12 Census Record, 1850 Illinois census for Hancock County, 7 November 1850, enumerated as household/family # 1425/1427: Note - the family name was enumerated as Gillam versus Gillham. Robert Gillam, age 49, born South Carolina, a farmer; Elizabeth age 48, born Maryland; Eli age 18, born Kentucky; Cynthia A age 16, born Kentucky; America age 14, born Kentucky; Nancy J age 12, born Illinois; Sarah E age 10, born Illinois; Also in the household was Nancy A. Smith, age 26, born Kentucky; Milda S. Smith, age 6, born Illinois; George W. Smith, age 3, born Illinois; Sarah E. Smith, age 1, born Illinois. (no status/relationship listed for the Smiths).