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18 Tyler, Clarence



Clarence W. Tyler
Jan 4, 1842
Jan 20, 1922

At Rest




Thank you to Jeffrey Tyler for the following information and photos. He is the great-great-nephew of Midshipman Clarence W. Tyler of the CSS Arkansas.

Midshipman Tyler is buried in Old Hickory Grove Cemetery, a Confederate cemetery in Green Cove Springs, Clay Co., Florida. Others of the Tyler family are also interred there. Jeffrey and his brother Edward maintain the graves of Clarence and his brother, Daniel Tyler.

Clarence W. (Whitehead) Tyler was born in Staunton, Virginia, on 4 January 1844, the fourth child of Joseph Dennie Tyler (minister and the first principle of the deaf and blind school in Staunton) and Amanda Fuller Tyler. When his father passed at age 46 in 1852, the children went to live with their grandparents in Vermont, namely with Royall Tyler (chief justice of the supreme court and author) and his wife Mary Palmer Tyler (also an author in her own right but she had to publish under her husband's name at that time). He continued his education under the tutelage of his aunt.

When the war broke out in 1861, 17 year old Clarence joined the Confederacy which was looked down upon by several of his uncles who were generals in the Union army. I understand why my uncle joined the Confederate cause -- because he was a son of Virginia and simply could not betray his home state.

After the war, he and his brother Daniel settled in Green Cove Springs, Florida, where they owned a couple of hotels in the area.


From a report dated 16 Jul 1862, Lt. I. N.  Brown, Capt. of the Arkansas, noted that Clarence W. Tyler was among the eighteen wounded [15 wounded; 3 badly wounded] [Tyler was slightly stunned] 15 Jul 1862 "in our three actions yesterday with the enemy's fleet on the Mississippi River...." (ORN 1-19, pg 70.  ORN I-23, pg 698)  


While passing through the gauntlet, "Midshipman Clarence Tyler, aide to the Captain, was wounded at his post alongside the Captain." (Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. 12, pg. 117)



Martha Long Tyler
1853 - 1938

Wife of Clarence Whitehead Tyler

Borrowed from Find-A-Grave Memorial #25574008
Photo by Tonya Davie

Daniel Fuller Tyler
1839 -1910
Sarah Latimer Tyler
1856- 1929

Brother of Clarence W. Tyler and his wife


Rev. Joseph Dennie Tyler, B.A, B.D., M.A.
Son of Major and Hon. Royall and Mary Palmer Tyler
Born September 4, 1804
Died January 29, 1852
First Superintendent
Virginia School for the Deaf
1839 - 1852
This Stone Erected by
Virginia School for the Deaf

Trinity Episcopal Churchyard
Staunton, Virginia

Father of Clarence W. Tyler


Amanda Marion
Widow of the late
Rev. Joseph Dennie Tyler
Died April 22, 1885
Aged 77 Yrs.

Borrowed from Find-A-Grave Memorial #79430815
Photo by Marion O.
Cutler's Farm Cemetery
Monroe, Fairfield Co., Connecticut

Mother of Clarence W. Tyler


(Note the visiting lizard on the metal post of the sign.)


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