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Julie Helen Otto

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CLARISSA/CLARISSA HARLOWE (f): The innocent heroine of Samuel Richardson’s great novel of that name (1748/9). The name was often mutilated to “Clary” or “Claricy” in England and rural America. (See George R. Stewart, American Given Names: Their Origin and History in the Context of the English Language, 1979.) Clarissa Harlowe Barton (1820–1907) is better known as Clara Barton, “Angel of the Battlefield” during the Civil War and founder of the American Red Cross. See (Barton, NEHGR 84 (1930): 400–421; NEXUS 7(1990):208-13). Clarissa H. Partridge (b. 1822), daughter of Amos and Clarissa (Hill) (Slocom) Partridge of Bellingham, Mass., probably was named for her mother rather than Richardson’s heroine. Clarissa Harlowe Kellogg (prob. b. Galway, N.Y., 12 June 1799–prob. d. LeRoy, N.Y., 9 June 1873), was the daughter of Ezra and Abigail (Olmstead) Kellogg and the wife of Samuel Dauchy (Timothy Hopkins, The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New [San Francisco, 1903], 1:268, 600; with many thanks to Jerome E. Anderson)

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