Clara Eliza Hamilton was born in West Brookfield on July 31, 1856. Her parents were Horace Warren Hamilton and Laurinda (Barlow). Clara graduated from Brookfield High School in 1874 and attended Oread Collegiate Institute of Worcester according to her obituary published in the Springfield Daily Republican of July 10, 1937 on page 5.
Clara married Sumner Haynes Reed, the son of Rev. Joel Everett and Serafina (Haynes.) (adopted son of Abel Wheeler Reed.) The marriage took place in West Brookfield on June 6, 1878, according to Massachusetts Vital Records. Clara's obituary tells of her prominent role in the Sunday school of the First Congregational church stating that she held offices both on the local and regional level and addressed conventions throughout New England. The obituary goes on to say that she wrote papers for the various clubs and societies to which she belonged and that she contributed poems and articles to newspapers and magazines.
Clara and Sumner Reed moved to Howard St. in Brookfield sometime between 1910 and 1920. Clara died there on July 9, 1937 leaving three children.