Elva and Cleatus

elva&cleatus© 2012 Michael Fiveson

What can we know about the lives of a married couple who will spend eternity together?
Cleatus was five years older than Elva and if he was 26 when they married, she was 21, and that would mean they married in 1909. When Elva passed away in 1960, they would have been married for 51 years and would have had a grand celebration the year before her death.
One can imagine that Cleatus would have been broken and lost without his precious Elva, but he hung on for another 14 years and at the age of 91 his last thought must have been a happy one, knowing he would see his bride once again.
Lives of long ago, very much the same today.

41 thoughts on “Elva and Cleatus

  1. I agree. It is a bag of mixed emotions. It brought to mind the life of Kathy’s parents. Her mom is still alive but is advanced stages of dementia. Her dad has been gone for 22 years, but it was a special love. Thanks Mike.


    • Hi Ivon. I agree, aging is often a painful and sad thing. Losing the love of your life has to be gut wrenching.
      Sorry about Kathy’s mom, that has to be terrible.


  2. Nice post Mike. A bag of mixed emotions indeed. Stimulates thoughts for sure and hopes that our society will swing back around to holding onto marriages for the long-term. It takes special love and willingness to work and compromise. 😉 Cease the day! Robyn


  3. Lovely post! It makes me wonder what my own tombstone will tell. Ian and I have been married 29 years, so far, and hope to grow old together… Both sets of my grandparents made it over 50 years together. It’s getting rarer these days.
    Blessings ~ Wendy


  4. My grandmother is still living and well after losing my grandfather in 1985. I wonder now what they will say when reunited. I would imagine my grandfather saying something like “took you long enough” and my Grandmother responding “I was in no hurry”


  5. It truly is a story that gives you a thought to ponder. I walk our dog in the local cemetary each day (its very large) and I have often wondered what stories lay beneath the tombstones and what legacy has been left behind. My parents were married for over 60 years and Mom just passed this past June. I see in my dad that loss everytime we are together, its as if a part of him went with her.


    • Your posts are very much like this one, only with images of those who were alive, and maybe still are. Always good to hear from you Katherine, and thank you.


  6. Weird and interesting. My Mom’s name is Elba. This is the name of the island where Napoleon was banished. My mom is a widow. Dad passed away in February 5, 1995. This is the first time I come across the name Elva, with a ‘v’. I’d like to do some research and see where it comes from and what it means.


    • Cleatus is no common name either. If you find anything interesting, please let me know. Could well be that they were from another country, especially considering their birth dates in the 1800′s, when America saw a great deal of immigration. German perhaps?
      I remember seeing a photo of your very handsome father.


    • Elva meaning and name origin

      Elva \e-lva, el-va\ as a girl’s name is pronounced EL-vah. It is of Irish origin, and the meaning of Elva is “white, noble, bright”. Anglicization of Ailbhe. Also possibly from an Old German name meaning “foreign, true”.

      Elva has 4 variant forms: Ailbhe, Elfie, Elvia and Elvie.

      For more information, see also related names Alfreda, Elfrida and Elvira.

      Baby names that sound like Elva are Elvy, Alva, Elvah, Olva and Ulva.

      View a list of the 5 names that reference Elva.
      Read more at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Elva#VMSeG6DMYy6YRwrE.99


  7. I would like to make a little tribute to my Great Aunt & Uncle in a similar manner one day. I never knew my Uncle Ben, but in their case it was my Aunt who was alone from age 32 til she passed, childless, at age 58 after my Uncle died in a accident. Righteous women did that back then.


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