Clarence Miller. McDonald & Sterry, Albany, NY. CDV. Album 2. Page 14.
We know little about the early life of Clarence Blake Miller. By 1883, he was a young man reported by the New York Globe as having “returned to the city to accept a political position.” The Globe and the New York Freeman occasionally chronicled his life including illnesses and social sightings in the years that followed.
In December 1886, 27-year-old Clarence married Arabella Chapman. The New York Freeman reported how the two were wed in Albany’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church by the Reverend Israel Derricks. The ceremony included organ music, and was followed by a reception at the home of Arabella’s parents, John and Harriet. The wedding procession included Arabella’s brother Charles, and her sister Alfarata.
Arabella and Clarence lived together and raised their family, first in North Adams, Massachusetts where he was a waiter. It was a temporary relocation, however, and the two returned to Albany with their family where they remained together until Arabella’s death in 1927. In 1930, Clarence, at 68 years old, still resided in Albany, employed as a railroad mail clerk and living with his son Aubin and daughter Alfarata, who inherited the Chapman albums from her mother. He died in April 1932 of a coronary embolism and was buried in the plot of his brother-in-law and Arabella’s brother, John T. Chapman.