Descendants of John Claflin
compliled by Laura Stewart Civey
1 John Claflin b: July 24, 1850 in Brooklyn,NY. d: June 11, 1938 in Lindenwold,Morristown,NJ.
. +Elizabeth Hopkins Stewart b: September 08, 1859 in Rock Haven,Oldham Co.,KY. m: June 27, 1890 in Lindenwold,Morristown,NJ.
2 Elizabeth Stewart Claflin b: June 20, 1891 in Kings Bridge,NY.
... +Abbott Augustus Low m: August 22, 1912
. 3 Elizabeth Stewart Claflin Low
2 Agnes Sanger Claflin b: November 02, 1893 in Kings Bridge,NY.
... +Crittenden Hull Adams b: November 15, 1889 in New York,NY. m: June 28, 1916
. 3 Agnes Claflin Adams
. 3 Theodora Crittenden Adams
2 Mary Stewart Claflin b: August 26, 1899 in Morristown,NJ.
... +Henry Arthur Evans b: in London,ENGLAND m: March 1920
. 3 Henry Arthur Evans III
John Claflin was from New York. He graduated from the College of City of New York in 1869 with A.B. Degree. After graduation he traveled extensively, but in 1870, after the early death of his two older brothers, he entered his father's wholesale dry goods house in New York City. He continued in his father's business, The H.B. Claflin Co., New York for many years as president. The corporation in 1890 capitalized at $9,000,000. Later he consolidated his interests into holding companies - the Associated Merchants Co. in 1900, the United Mercantile Co. in 1903, and the United Dry Goods in 1909. In spite of many successes, Claflin's organization experienced several storms during two generations of expansion, and on June 23, 1914, the H. B. Claflin Co. went into receivership. He voluntarily turned over the major part of his private fortune to meet the claims of creditors and aided in corporate reorganization, thus preventing losses which would have accompanied forced liquidation of his companies. The business never recovered, and in 1926 Claflin's, Inc. (the successor to the bankrupt H. B. Claflin Co.) was voluntarily liquidated.
This can be found in the "Dictionary of American Biography" Supplement 2 NY Scribners 1958. It goes on to say that during his lifetime he devoted himself to many interests. He served as director or trustee of some nine life and fire insurance companies and six large banks. Interested in currency reform, he headed special committees on the subject, including that of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, of which he was president in 1912-14. He also traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad, sometimes in little explored places; in 1877 he made his way across the South American continent near the equator. On this trip he was accompanied by a single white companion;he entered the South American continent at Peru and made his way to the mouth of the Amazon. He resided in "Lindenwold," Morristown,NJ. He was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.
He possessed great organizing ability; it must be stated that in the early part of the twentieth century he was the leading dry goods merchant in the United States! His later difficulties as well as his brilliant successes constitute a significant chapter in the history of American marketing.
Charles Henry Wight,"Genealogy of the Claflin Family" 1903; articles on Claflin & the Claflin failure can be found in "System" May 1913, "World's Work" Nov. 1913, "Moody's Mag." July 1914, "Independent" July 13, 1914 and"Outlook" July 11, 1914; New York Times, various issues, esp. June 26, 1914, Sept. 28, 1914, June 12, 1938 (this would have been the day after he died); "Who's Who in America" 1938-39; biog. references compiled by Ralph H. Hopp, Univ. of Illinois Library School; "Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders" by John N. Ingham Greenwood Press 1983; "Encyclopedia of American Biography" New Series Vol. II NY and West Palm Beach, FL.; "The American Historical Society, 1940; "The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography" Vol. 3 NY: James T. White & Co., 1891 & Vol. 16, 1918; "The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans" Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904; "Who Was Who in America" Chicago: A.N. Marquis Co., 1943 These are just a few of the references that can be found on John Claflin. I have not read all of these articles, but I hope to someday.
Would like any information on his descendants.
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Laura Stewart Civey
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