Jess Clifford was born in 1893 (1900 Census) or
May 25, 1891 (1928 BIA). Jess was the son of Jim (Poker) and
Maryanna. According to his application for enrollment with the
Bureau of Indian affairs in 1928, Jess Clifford was a full brother
to Albert Clifford and a ½ brother to George Clifford.
In 1900, Jess or Jesse Clifford was residing in
Township 2, Amador County, with his brother-in-law Louis Alcalde.
Jess Clifford was 7 years old at the time, indicating a birth year
In 1910, Jess Clifford was attending the Carson
Indian School in Nevada.
In 1916, Jesse Clifford was listed in the West Ione Precinct of
the Supplement #1 Index to Registration Affidavits.
Sometime during World War I, Jess Clifford
served for the United States Army.
Jess Clifford married Lulu Howdy, the daughter
of Sam and Betty Howdy. Jess and Lulu had three sons, Richard, Roy
On June 5, 1917, Jesse Clifford registered for
the Draft. According to the selective service records, Jesse was
born October 29, 1890 in Ione. Jesse was employed as a farm
laborer by the Ione Coal and Iron Co. in Ione. Jesse was described
as medium height, medium build, dark eyes and black hair. Jesse’s
home was in Ione.
On November 1, 1933, Jess Clifford’s sons
Richard and Roy were attending the Union Grammar school in the
On March 13, 1934, Jess Clifford’s sons Richard
and Roy were attending the Union Grammar school in the Ione area.
On September 30, 1934, Jess Clifford’s sons
Richard and Roy were attending the Union Grammar school.
Jess Clifford died on April 26, 1945 in Colusa,
California and was buried in the Buena Vista Indian Cemetery.
Concerning Jess Clifford
April 26,1945 Indian, World War Veteran, Passes at 55
Jesse Clifford, 55, Indian native of California, died at 10:30 this morning in Colusa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since April 16th. He had previously undergone treatment in Memorial Hospital and was brought back there again when his condition became critical.
For many years he was employed on the Burr H.
Clifford was a veteran of World War I and had
many friends here.
A niece, Mrs. Pearl Hansen of Placer county,
J. D. McNary & Son are in charge of funeral arrangements.
April 27, 1945
War Veteran Laid to Rest
Funeral services for Jesse Clifford, 55, who died yesterday in Colusa Memorial Hospital, were held at 11 o’clock this morning in McNary’s Memorial Chapel with interment following in Ione cemetery.
Clifford is survived by two brothers, George
Clifford of Ione and Albert Clifford of Colusa.
He was corporal of Company H, 31st Infantry,
U.S. Army, in World War I and served a year and a half in Siberia.
For a number of years he had been employed on the Burr H. Mitchell ranch.